Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Independence Day weekend hours

girls with sparklers

We hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day with family and/or friends! The library will be CLOSED July 4th-7th. We'll see you on Monday the 8th!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday Reads: Half-Resurrection Blues

Kelly Clever recently read Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older, who will be speaking at the SHU Performing Arts Center tomorrow evening at 7:00 as part of the Writing Popular Fiction MFA residency. (The public is welcome to attend the free talk, reception, and book-signing!)

Kelly Clever with an ebook copy of
Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

The last Writing Popular Fiction author talk I attended (in January, with Kevin Hearne) resulted in my current addiction to the Iron Druid Chronicles. I decided to read something by June's visiting author, as well. Like Hearne (who wrote Heir to the Jedi), Older has written a book in the new Star Wars canon. I liked Last Shot, about Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, but I wanted to read some of his other material, too. Contemporary urban fantasy is more my cup of tea than YA or middle-grade books, so I picked Half-Resurrection Blues, the first book in his Bone Street Rumba series. 

It took me a while to get into the fantasy world of the series. Carlos, the protagonist and narrator, is "half-dead." What this means, exactly, is unclear, even to Carlos himself. He's not a zombie or a vampire, but he did die and come back to some form of life and doesn't remember anything about his life before he died. He works for the NYC Council of the Dead and interacts with ghosts, but he's still corporeal. He has one foot in each world, and it's an awkward and lonely place to be. He's basically a hit man for the Council of the Dead, finishing off rogue spirits for good or dispatching living people when necessary. 

When Carlos finds out that he's not the only one of his kind, his complicated life gets even more complicated. His divided life and loyalties are divided and tested even more than they already were, and he has to figure out how to survive and help his friends survive new and unknown threats from the living and the dead.

This one didn't hook me quite as much as Hounded by Kevin Hearne did, but that's probably because it's darker in tone. I'm glad I read it, and if my babysitter plans hold, I'm going to the author talk tomorrow. I'd recommend this book to those who like gritty urban fantasy, and particularly to anyone who's looking for urban fantasy with a protagonist of color. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend hours

Image by Matt Sawyers from Pixabay

Thursday, May 23rd:    8:00 a.m. - Noon
Friday, May 24th-Sunday, May 26th:   CLOSED

Monday, May 13, 2019

Summer library hours


Monday—Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED


May 23    Thursday    8:00 a.m. - Noon
May 24    Friday        CLOSED
May 27    Monday     CLOSED
July 4      Thursday    CLOSED
July 5      Friday        CLOSED
Aug. 19   Monday     CLOSED

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Library Commencement Weekend

The library will be CLOSED on May 11 & 12 for Commencement activities. Congratulations, graduates!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Finals Hours


May 6-9  8:00 a.m.-9:50 p.m.
May 10    8:00 a.m. -4:50 p.m.
May 11-12    CLOSED

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Reads: Excellent Sheep

Dr. Stanley has been reading up on "elite" higher education in Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz.

David Stanley is reading Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation
of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
by William Deresiewicz

An interesting overview of the evolution of elite colleges and universities and the effect it has had on their student populations. If you’re interested in finding out what made some universities elite you can read about their metamorphoses here. A well-written narrative of how schools began as places for students to experiment, reflect, and gain a broad view of the world but, ultimately, became businesses to aid students in narrow paths for financial success. The elite student has been molded from a young age to realize that affluence has its advantages and that failure is not an option. The elite schools have realized this and work to ensure that they remain firm in their beliefs. This is evidenced beginning with the admissions process and progressing through to graduation. Should students go through the higher education process with a myopic view of being trained for a specific, high-paying career or should they be given a chance to experience life outside of their comfort-zones and realize that personal fulfillment is sometimes more than a hefty paycheck? Some interesting hypotheses in this book that shed light on the machinations behind the “ivy-covered walls.”