Thursday, October 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Practice babies

We had an inquiry a few weeks ago about a former "practice baby" in the Home Economics program. While high school students today often get to spend a weekend taking care of an "infant simulator" that cries and demands attention, Seton Hill students of the past had the opportunity to care for real children.

Babies from an orphanage would be "lent" to the college for a period of time to be taken care of in the "practice house" (present-day crime scene house) by several college students under the supervision of the faculty.

students and Sisters with a baby in the Practice House Living Room, c. 1940s

The babies would then return to the orphanage and would go on to be adopted in the usual way.

While this practice would likely be considered detrimental today due to the large number of caregivers, "scientifically-cared for" babies were apparently in some demand by adoptive families. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Break Hours



October 7-8                           CLOSED

October 9-10                         8:00 a.m. –  4:50 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Art in Canevin

We almost forgot this week's TBT! We don't always put them here on the blog, so make sure you're following us on Facebook or Twitter to get the weekly posts.

Here's a shot labeled "Art 1950's-60's-Canevin Basement Hall."

Remember, now, no smoking in the studios. That's what "the smoker" is for. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reading Theme: Horror Fiction

‘Tis the season to be spooky. These horror picks will keep you up at night… whether to keep turning pages or because you’re too afraid to turn out the lights!

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100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories by Michael Arnzen (yes, Dr. Arnzen!)
One hundred very satisfying small stories by one of the true masters of flash fiction. Sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous, and sometimes musical, this collection is essential reading for anyone interested in flash-bizarro-horror, not to mention the fact that it's basically a clinic for anyone interested in writing the stuff. A modern classic. ( reviewer Scott Cole)

Ghost and Horror Stories by Ambrose Bierce
Drawing on his own experiences as a Civil War veteran and a San Franciscan journalist, Bierce uses the backdrop of the Civil War, the South and California as the setting in many of his tales. His highly intelligent, highly critical and biting personality comes through in the bizarre menagerie of characters populating his narratives, in the descriptions of their actions and in the world they inhabit. ( reviewer Amazon Customer)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Have you ever tiptoed down a hall in a dark house late at night, not sure if you really heard that bump in the night? That is what reading this novel was like, in all of the best ways possible. Shirley Jackson is a renowned master at the macabre, the unnerving, the Gothic genre, and this work puts her talents on full display—in HD. ( reviewer Navidad Thelamour)

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
You are strapped in an airline seat on a flight beyond hell. You are forced into a hunt for the most horrifying secret a small town ever hid. You are trapped in the demonic depths of a writer's worst nightmare. You are focusing in on a beast bent on shredding your sanity.
You are in the hands of Stephen King at his mind-blowing best with an extraordinary quartet of full-length novellas guaranteed to set your heart-stopwatch at- FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT.
(Publisher’s summary)

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Does this classic need a synopsis? A young and beautiful primadonna is visited by a masked "Angel of music" who teaches her to sing and jealously demands her devotion. (Publisher’s summary)

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft
Incantations of black magic unearthed unspeakable horrors in Providence, Rhode Island. Evil spirits are being resurrected from beyond the grave, a supernatural force so twisted that it kills without offering the mercy of death! (Publisher’s summary)

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Lestat's kiss has awakened Queen Akasha from her 6000 year sleep. She immediately begins a wholesale slaughter of most of the world's vampires, sparing only a small remnant (including Lestat) who she expects will join her in a crazed crusade against male mortals. (Publisher’s Weekly)

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Presents the classic macabre tale of a vampire, Count Dracula of Transylvania, and the small group of people who vowed to rid the world of him. (Publisher’s summary)

Fog Heart by Thomas Tessier
Oona Muir has visionary trances that involve self-laceration, bleeding and fits. Expressing her visions in the disjointed, imagistic language of traditional prophecy, she convinces a few believers but lets more skeptical acquaintances scoff--until she hints at their own dark secrets. (Publisher’s Weekly)

Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, edited by Phyllis Cerf Wagner and Herbert A. Wise
This is the bedrock of horror anthologies; the quintessential collection of spine-chilling tales; the keystone in any serious horror buff's collection. ( reviewer R.D. Ashby)

The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story by Horace Walpole
On the day of his wedding Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed in mysterious circumstances. Fearing the end of his dynasty, his father, Manfred, determines to marry Conrad's betrothed Isabella, until a series of supernatural events stands in his way. A giant helmet falls from the moon, a portrait sighs, a statue bleeds and spirits warn of impending tragedy, as the curse on Manfred's house inexorably works itself out. (Publisher’s summary)

Monday, October 2, 2017

October DVD Spotlight: Horror Films

October is here, and that means it's horror movie season!  If you're looking for something scary to watch, Reeves Memorial Library is here to deliver the chills.  We've got movies about all manner things that go bump in the night, from vampires and ghosts to mutant animals and murderous aliens.

Featured titles include:

Audition (1999)
This cringe-inducing Japanese film, surely one of the most disturbing movies ever made, is both an extremely unsettling piece of revenge horror and a surprisingly affecting examination of loneliness.

The Brood (1979)
An experimental form of psychotherapy has gruesome and unintended side effects in this early work from Canadian auteur David Cronenberg.

The Exorcist (1973)
This horror classic, about a possessed teenage girl, is considered by many to be scariest movie ever made.

Hostel (2005)
A backpacking trip through Europe turns into a grisly nightmare in this cleverly-structured film from provocative horror director Eli Roth.

Nosferatu (1922)
This silent, expressionistic adaptation of the Dracula story features some of the most haunting imagery in all of cinema.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
With equal parts horror and humor, this wildly entertaining film tells the story of a slacker who tries to win back his ex-girlfriend amid the chaos a zombie apocalypse.

Check one out today ... if you dare.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thanks for celebrating Banned Books Week!

Thanks for following along for Banned Books Week on our social media channels. We hope you learned some interesting facts about our freedoms and our right to information, and that you have a refreshed commitment to protecting them.

To wrap up Banned Books Week 2017, here's an infographic from the ALA with fast stats about book challenges and removals in the United States.

Words DO have power, as book challengers recognize. Book defenders know it, too, and they use their words to defend access to information and perspectives. Use your words wisely!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016

For Banned Books Week, take a look at the top 10 challenged books of 2016 and why they were considered problematic.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

It's Banned Books Week!

September 24-30th is Banned Books Week 2017. Watch our blog and social media accounts for tidbits about intellectual freedom, book challenges, materials banning, and censorship, or visit the American Library Association's Banned Books Week page.

Banned Books Week - Words Have Power! #BannedBooksWeek

Friday, September 22, 2017

In Memoriam

The Reeves staff wish to thank the anonymous person(s) who left flowers and cards in memory of our departed beta, Gill.
memorial shrine to fish

pink carnations and a "RIP GILL" card

pink carnations with "YOU WERE THE BEST GIL" card

He will forever swim in our hearts. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Hours

The Library will be closed on Sunday, September 3rd and Monday, September 4th. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fall Hours

The Library hours (library office, children's room, and O'Hara and The Reading Room downstairs) will have the following regular hours this semester:

Monday – Friday                                           8:00 a.m.  -  11:50 p.m.
Saturday                                                       9:00 a.m.  -    4:50 p.m.
Sunday                                                         1:00 p.m.  -  11:50 p.m.

We will be closing earlier this week as we finalize our student aides' schedules. 
August 21 - August 25                                   8:00 a.m.  -    7:50 p.m.    

Our complete hours and exceptions are posted on the library's website:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August-September DVD Spotlight: Cult Films

To kick off the new academic year, we're embracing the weird and wonderful with a spotlight on the cult movies in our DVD collection.  These are films that, while they may not have been popular at the time of their original release, have gained a passionate and devoted fanbase in the years since.  Some of them, like the anime masterpiece Akira (1988) and the beloved fairy tale The Princess Bride (1987), are genuinely good films, while others, like Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster (1956) and the Village People-starring Can't Stop the Music (1980) ... well, not so much.  But it's the bad cult films that usually have the most ardent admirers, and they offer a reminder that it's often our flaws that make us so special.

Whether you like good cinema, or cinema that's so-bad-it's-good, we've got something for you.

Featured titles include:

After Hours (1985)
A lesser-known, darkly comedic gem from the great Martin Scorsese, about a New York yuppie's long, surreal night in SoHo.

F for Fake (1975)
Orson Welles's playful, free-form documentary takes as its subjects art forgery, hoaxes, and the very idea of trickery itself.

Hard-Boiled (1992)
Two Hong Kong cops team up to take on a gang of smugglers in this influential, shoot-em-up classic from action master John Woo.

Night of the Lepus (1972)
Giant, man-eating rabbits terrorize a southwestern town.  Enough said.

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)
Widely considered to be the worst film ever made, Ed Wood's unintentionally hilarious B-movie tells the story of grave-robbing aliens who turn corpses into zombies.

Road House (1989)
Patrick Swayze stars as Dalton, a legendary bouncer whose attempts to clean up a notoriously violent Missouri bar bring him into conflict with a local crime boss.

Save the Green Planet (2003)
In this bonkers Korean comedy/sci-fi film, a disturbed man kidnaps and tortures his ex-boss after becoming convinced that he is an alien who has infiltrated human society.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Reading Theme: Summer!

Our August reading theme is… Summer! Yes, classes may be starting, but we have weeks of long, hot summer days between now and September 22nd. These summery books are just the thing to help you savor the golden afternoons before assignments begin in earnest.

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Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy
In a sleepy Irish town in the 1960s, the Ryan family thrives on hard work and simple pleasure until American millionaire Patrick O'Neill converts an estate into a luxury hotel, bringing about unforeseen changes. (Publisher’s summary)

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
The enthralling debut from bestselling novelist Michael Chabon is a penetrating narrative of complex friendships, father-son conflicts, and the awakening of a young man’s sexual identity. Chabon masterfully renders the funny, tender, and captivating first-person narrative of Art Bechstein, whose confusion and heartache echo the tones of literary forebears like The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield and The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway. ( summary)

Tell Me How the Wind Sounds by Leslie Davis Guccione
Fifteen-year-old Amanda Alden's summer vacation in New England turns out to be a summer of learning and love when she meets deaf, 17-year-old Jake. In spite of his brusqueness, Amanda learns to communicate with Jake through sign language, and soon realizes that her feelings for him are more than friendship. ( book summary)

The Shrimp and the Anemone by L. P. Hartley
An evocative account of a childhood summer spent beside the sea in Norfolk by brother and sister, Eustace and Hilda. (Publisher’s summary)

Last Summer by Evan Hunter
'Last Summer' is a remarkably simple novel with a powerful punch. Three teenagers, two guys and a girl, meet and become friends on a summer island community. These kids are at the cusp of adulthood, and social morals are in flux (..the story is set in the late 1960s). Lots of mischief ensues, mostly harmless stuff. But then they meet a nerdy girl who joins their threesome. At first it seems she will blend in but then it all goes so badly. No spoilers here but let's just say the social interactions of the threesome combined with the studipity of youth and exploding hormones yield a disturbing outcome. (Review by Amazon user lazza)

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
Set in a small, coastal town in Maine, this enduring sequence of intimate stories has assumed its rightful place in the pantheon of American classics. A series of small, beautifully rendered sketches as a sustained narrative, perfectly evoking the inexorable decline of coastal New England after the Civil War. ( book summary)

Prodigal Summer: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish city wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud. (Publisher’s summary)

A Separate Peace: A Novel by John Knowles
The Devon school in the summer of '42 is a lot like the fantasy kingdom of Camelot, and Phineas is its King Arthur, giving off a warm exuberance that attracts loyal followers and beguiles normally suspicious adults. No one loves him more than Gene, but this is Gene's "sarcastic" summer. (Publisher’s summary)

The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing
A middle-aged woman's search for freedom, this is classic Lessing, here given a stunning new image. Her four children have flown, her husband is otherwise occupied, and after twenty years of being a good wife and mother, Kate Brown is free for a summer of adventure. She plunges into an affair with a younger man, travelling abroad with him, and on her return to England, meets an extraordinary young woman whose charm and freedom of spirit encourages Kate in her own liberation. Kate's new life has brought her a strange unhappiness, but as the summer months unfold, a darker, disquieting journey begins, devastating in its consequences. ( book summary)

The Summer of the Danes by Ellis Peters
In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily exhausted each other. On the whole, Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing and agrees to accompany a friend to Wales. When Cadfael is captured by an army of Danish mercenaries, he finds himself in the midst of a brotherly quarrel that could plunge an entire kingdom into deadly chaos. (Publisher’s summary)

The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart
When a charred corpse is discovered in the linen closet of her family's Maine retreat, a woman must do some fast sleuthing of her own--before a dangerous killer burns, her, too! ( book summary)

Farewell, Summer by Helen Hooven Santmyer
This slim novel tells, in the leisurely, old-fashioned style that has endeared Santmyer to many readers, about an ill-fated love affair that occurred in the town of Sunbury, Ohio, one summer, long ago. Damaris, a high-spirited beauty, returns home from a convent school and announces she wants to become a nun, an unthinkable idea to her Dutch Presbyterian family. Her cousin Steve, a dreamy young man who yearns to be a poet, comes to Sunbury after his father's death to seek his fortune. The inevitable happens. The two young people, with some encouragement from Damaris's grandfather, begin a flirtation… The author shines in her loving recollections of turn-of-the-century Ohio and her exploration of the ties that bind and break families. (Publishers Weekly)

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women. ( book summary)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Adult Degree Programs

Our social media presence is pretty quiet in the summer, and campus life certainly has a more relaxed pace during June and July. But that doesn't mean that our beautiful Hill is deserted! The graduate and evening/weekend classes take place all year around.

This 1968 billboard advertised the "Evening Degree Programs," later the "Adult Degree Programs" or "Accelerated Degree Programs."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Independence Day hours

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The library will close at noon on Friday, June 30th, and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Reading Theme: Fathers

For June, our Reaching Theme is fathers in fiction. The good, the bad, and the complicated.

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Ride With Me, Mariah Montana by Ivan Doig
To explore the meaning of Montana's century of statehood, 65-year-old Jick McCaskill, his photographer daughter Mariah, and her newspaper columnist ex-husband Riley Wright tour the Treasure State in Jick's Winnebago. While Riley writes on-the-scene dispatches and Mariah takes photos of the places they visit, Jick, the narrator, recounts the state's--and his family's--good and bad times. A lengthy picaresque with innumerable well-crafted vignettes, this leisurely novel could easily serve as a tour guide of Montana's historic places. (Library Journal review)

Independence Day by Richard Ford (Pulitzer Prize, 1996)
Former sportswriter Frank Bascombe, divorced and now a realtor, ... sees himself in the "existence period" of his life. He lacks direction and carries on an ambivalent relationship with his current girlfriend, Sally. Over the 1988 July 4th weekend, with the upcoming Bush-Dukakis presidential contest in the background, Frank takes his troubled son Paul on a trip to the basketball and baseball halls of fame, leading to a serious accident that forces Frank from the "existence period" and into changing his life. (Library Journal review)

Branigan’s Break by Leslie Davis Guccione
Sean Branigan was a struggling single father, trying to understand the minds, and hearts, of his own two teenage daughters. So when sexy school counselor Julia Hollins called him to give him some 'friendly advice' he was more than a little offended! Worse still, he was more than just a little attracted to her. But Sean was not about to let her start rearranging his family's life, or soften his hardened heart. (Publisher’s summary)

Plainsong by Kent Haruf
In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether. A teenage girl -- her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house -- is pregnant, alone herself, with nowhere to go. And out in the country, two brothers, elderly bachelors, work the family homestead, the only world they've ever known. (Publisher’s summary)

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (Coretta Scott King Award, Prinz Award)
Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy -- impulsive, eager, restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She's pregnant. Bobby's going to be a father… With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson looks at the male side of teen pregnancy as she delves into one young man's struggle to figure out what "the right thing" is and then to do it. No matter what the cost. (Publisher’s summary)

The Assassins by Elia Kazan
Master Sergeant Cesario Flores is a troubled man. A career non-com, he feels safe in his well-ordered life. So when his precious daughter Juana joins the tuned-in, dropped-out generation, Flores breaks into little pieces...with murder the result.
THE ASSASSINS is set in the United States during the '70s, a violent time at home and abroad. It's about two specific murders, but more than that it focused on a murderous way of life. ( book summary)

Independent People by Halldór Laxness (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1955)
Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. But Bjartur's spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him. What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail. Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is a masterpiece. ( book summary)

A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories by Norman Maclean
On the surface, it's a story about Maclean, his gifted but fundamentally flawed brother, their father, the land that they loved and the religion of fly fishing that bound them together. But it's also a book that has a great deal to say about the bonds that tie family members together and about the heartache that can result when one of those family members desperately needs help that none of the others is able to give. (James Thane, review)

The Chosen by Chaim Potok
In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together… Together they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, the crisis of faith engendered when Holocaust stories begin to emerge in the U.S., loss, love, and the journey to adulthood. The intellectual and spiritual clashes between fathers, between each son and his own father, and between the two young men, provide a unique backdrop for this exploration of fathers, sons, faith, loyalty, and, ultimately, the power of love. ( editorial review)

Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, 2002)
Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it's Janine, Miles' soon-to-be ex-wife, who's taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it's the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town-and seems to believe that "everything" includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America. (Publisher’s summary)

Fine Things by Danielle Steel
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of Wolff’s, New York’s most glamorous department store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San Fransisco to open a West Coast store. His career is skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center. When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of five-year-old Jane O’Reilly, and then into the equally enchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, Bernie knows he has found what he has been looking for. Bernie thought he had found love to last a lifetime, but when Liz is stricken with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child, time becomes painfully short. Alone with two children, Bernie must face the loss and learn how to move on. New people, new experiences, a new life alone with two kids. He meets it with courage and humor, and learns some of life’s hard but precious lessons as he does. (Publisher’s summary)

Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter
Stanley Banks is just your ordinary suburban dad. He's the kind of guy who believes that weddings are simple affairs in which two people get married. But when daddy's little girl announces her engagement to Buckley, Mr. Banks feels like his life has been turned upside down. ( summary)

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
This story of a young woman's confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations. "The Optimist's Daughter" is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents. (Publisher’s summary)