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McKee Library Receives Donations

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 04/11/2017 Library Director Tony Hardman is pictured here with some of the unique donations that McKee Library has received recently. —Courtesy photoLibrary Director Tony Hardman is pictured here with some of the unique donations that McKee Library has received recently. —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle State University McKee Library has received some unique donations recently.

The first unique donation is an extensive art book on the works of surrealistic artist, Salvador Dali. The Panhandle State Student Store actually received the book first as a gift from the publisher. The student store, recognizing its value as an academic work, called the McKee Library, who immediately accepted the book for its main collection.

The significance of the donation is that not only does the McKee Library have a valuable art book, but in the fact that the work is an extensive work on Salvador Dali himself. The McKee Library has six original prints from Dali’s famous Dante Collection.

The Dante Collection contains over 30 paintings inspired from the Italian writer, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is divided into three books or parts: Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. The six prints owned by the McKee Library include prints from each part.

The staff of McKee Library recognized this and placed the book in the youth room where the Dali prints are currently on display. Normally the book is placed in the Library’s main collection. However, Library Director Tony Hardman felt the book should be next to the next to the prints themselves. That way, patrons admiring the prints, may use the book to gain further information about them. They may also look at replicas of the entire Dante series as well as all of the works of Dante in general.

The second donation is a unique collection of storytelling CD’s. These CD’s were donated through Hardman’s storytelling connections with fellow storytellers throughout the state.

Each of the storytelling CD’s feature a nationally known storyteller. Each storyteller has performed at the national Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., as well as various festivals in Oklahoma. The CD’s contain stories from stories from two national storytellers from Oklahoma: Tim Tingle and Barbara McBride Smith. Other tellers include Donald Davis, Sid Leiberman, Willy Claflin, Bill Harley and Charlotte Blake Allston.

This particular collection will be of interest to patrons who enjoy listening to books on tape. Many people enjoy listening to a tape of someone reading popular books. Instead of an entire book, a traveler may listen to a collection of shorter stories, each told by a professional and nationally acclaimed storyteller.

The key difference is that the stories are told and not read. It is a common misunderstanding that tellers simply read books that are already written. Instead, storytellers tell the story from memory, often adding their own elements and personal touch to the story, much the same way a comic would perform a stand-up comedy routine. The stories are both humorous and serious and range from historical stories to widely exaggerated tall tales. Most of the CD’s are recorded live from actual performances so the listener can enjoy the audience response as well as the storyteller’s performance.