Friday, August 17, 2018

August-September DVD Spotlight: The AFI Top 100

From now until the end of September, Reeves Memorial Library is spotlighting those films in our collection that have been included in the American Film Institute's 2007 list of the 100 greatest American films of all time.  This display was inspired by the recently-launched podcast Unspooled, in which co-hosts Amy Nicholson and Paul Scheer watch and discuss one film from the AFI list each week.  We've got nearly half of the titles on the list, including the film taking the top spot, Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941).  From undisputed classics like Casablanca (1942) and Singin' in the Rain (1952), to modern favorites like The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Sixth Sense (1999), there's something for everyone in this month's display.

Other featured titles include:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick's monumental science fiction epic is a challenging, beautiful work of cinematic art that still inspires awe 50 years after its release.

The Godfather (1972)
Far more than just a simple gangster film, Francis Ford Coppola's great mafia epic is both a sweeping family saga and an incisive examination of the corrupting influence of power.

High Noon (1952)
Gary Cooper gives an Oscar-winning lead performance in this suspenseful classic, about a retiring marshal who must face a gang of vengeful outlaws on his own after being abandoned by his cowardly fellow townspeople.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg's influential, grittily realistic World War II film, about a small group of American soldiers on a rescue mission behind enemy lines, is both a grisly reminder of the horrors of war and a moving testament to the honor and courage of those who have given their lives fighting for freedom.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Oscar-winner Jodie Foster plays a young FBI cadet who must seek help from imprisoned cannibal murderer Hannibal Lecter in order to catch another serial killer.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
This perennial favorite follows Kansas farm girl Dorothy, who must find her way back home after being magically transported to the land of Oz, where she and her new friends must defeat the evil Wicked Witch of the West.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Reads: The Republic of Pirates

Arrrr! Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever has been spending the summer (mentally) in the Caribbean with Blackbeard & Co.
Kelly Clever with The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard

"The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard book popped up on an Audible sale list. While I didn't want to use one of my audiobook credits on it, I was interested enough to get a print copy from the public library. My family often vacations on the Outer Banks, where the legacy of Edward Thatch (Blackbeard) and other pirates is still remembered.

"I enjoy history, so I'm enjoying the book, but it's not exactly a page-turner. There's a lot of detail, and while sometimes that's delightful, it can also bog things down. There are also a lot of details that I didn't really want to know; the 1700s were a cruel time, and it's been hard to read about a lot of the suffering endured by everyone but particularly by slaves and children.

"Still, I'm glad that I picked up this book. My favorite story so far has been about the eight pirates who captured a wine merchant ship and decided that it was REALLY important that they all get hammered drunk in the middle of a horrific storm, leaving the operation of the ship to their captives. I think I would have conducted my own risk/benefit analysis somewhat differently in those circumstances."

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Reads: Independence Day

Today our Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Adam Pellman, shares a seasonally-appropriate book from our fiction collection.

Adam Pellman with Independence Day by Richard Ford

"With the July 4th holiday having just passed, I thought it would be an ideal time to read a novel set during that time of year, Richard Ford's Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day.  The novel is a follow-up to Ford's celebrated 1986 novel The Sportswriter, which follows divorced sportswriter Frank Bascombe as he grapples with his failed marriage, the death of his young son, and his assorted unfulfilled aspirations.  Independence Day picks up several year later, during the July 4th holiday weekend in 1988, as Frank, now a realtor, continues to deal with his many failings.  He struggles to close a home sale with a bickering out-of-state couple, his relationship with his girlfriend is crumbling, and his two-day road trip with his troubled teenage son, who lives with Frank's remarried ex-wife, does not go as planned.

"It's a beautifully-written novel, and Ford makes the seemingly mundane details of everyday life feel fresh and compelling.  Frank has many flaws, and I don't recall finding him all that likeable when I read The Sportswriter about five years ago.  But I have a great deal more sympathy for Frank in this book, maybe because I'm now closer to his age, and have more life experience under my belt."

Monday, July 2, 2018

Closed 4th of July

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The Library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

We are wishing all a safe and happy celebration!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday Reads: Another Country

Two summer Friday Reads for you in a row! Judith Koveleskie recently read Another Country by Mary Pipher and wanted to share. 

Judith Koveleskie with Another Country by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

"Another Country by Mary Pipher, Ph.D., was written nearly twenty years ago, but it is still relevant in navigating the 'generation gap.'   This term was popular a few years ago, when referring to the differences between parents and teenagers, but it is equally relevant in the relationships between adult children and older parents.  
"The author is a psychologist who offers insights about the different ways that parents and children view emotions, independence, and aging.   She also includes numerous interviews with older people at various stages in their life journeys.  
"One particularly interesting concept is that age cannot fully define a person.   She points out that formerly anyone over 65 was ​old.   ​Now, however, those in good health can be considered 'young old' and their lives do not differ much from the lives they lived as younger people.  However, ​gradually or ​​suddenly their health can change and they become 'old old' with many different needs and in many cases a completely different way of relating to others.

"The book also discusses the gifts that each generation has to give to each other.   With the aging of the 'baby-boomer' generation and the increase in typical lifespans, we have a larger elderly population than ever.  As a nation, we should find better ways of caring for the 'old old' as well as learning the lessons that they have to teach us."

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Reads: Educated

We won't have a Friday Reads every Friday during the summer, but you'll see us share a book now and then. We hope you're also getting a chance to read some good books this summer!

Today Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever tells us about a book she read recently-- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Kelly Clever with Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

"Tara Westover was 'homeschooled' (more on the scare quotes in a sec) in the mountains of southeastern Idaho in a fundamentalist Mormon family. Her father was a mentally-ill survivalist who was obsessed with the coming of The End. He ruled the family with an iron fist and put his children to work salvaging scrap metal from his junkyard. Since the medical establishment was a tool of the Illuminati, injuries (including third-degree burns, concussions, broken bones, and more) were treated at home by her mother, a self-taught herbalist. The kids’ labor was more important than their education, so anything beyond learning to read and basic arithmetic was left to each child to self-direct from a handful of musty textbooks in the basement.

"Everything changed when Tara’s older brother, Tyler, the third of the seven children, taught himself enough to take the ACT and get into college. Their dad tried to stop him from going to BYU to be brainwashed by the liberal professors, but Tyler persisted. Years later, he persuaded Tara to follow in his footsteps. Going to college also got her away from the second-oldest brother, who had already broken several of her bones in violent rages to which their parents turned a blind eye. Tara was 17 when she first entered a classroom, and she had a steep learning curve as she first heard of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, realized that most people washed their hands after using the bathroom, and discovered that ibuprofen could fix an ache in minutes instead of days.

"Eventually, though the mentorship of her bishop, her roommates, and her professors, Tara won fellowships that enabled her to study in Cambridge and at Harvard; today she holds a Ph.D. in history.

"This book was incredibly difficult to read, but I implore everyone who can handle it to read it. I grew up in the religious homeschooling movement of the ‘90s; I’m three years older than Tara Westover. My family also lived in semi-isolation out in the mountains and got pretty into Y2K prep, but my parents believed strongly in education, including college (even for girls, which was unusual in those circles). They took us to the doctor and dentist regularly and were never violent or negligent. But I was always aware that there were other families out there who were much farther down the spectrum. I absolutely believe Tara, because I am all too familiar with the patterns, the family dynamics, and the mindsets that she describes."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend hours

Memorial Day Weekend LIBRARY hours:

Thursday, May 24th: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Friday, May 25th - Monday, May 28th: CLOSED

Friday, May 4, 2018

Finals Hours

Finals are upon us!

LIBRARY hours (the office and the rooms with the books!); the Learning Commons space upstairs will be open 24/7!

  • May 7 - 10                            8:00 a.m.  –  9:50 p.m.
  • May 11                                  8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
  • May 12 - 13                          CLOSED

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Throwback Thursday: May Court

Today we're exploring another extinct Seton Hill tradition: the May Court and the May Day celebrations, generally. Once upon a time, May Day was the biggest "student event" of the Seton Hill year and was officially devoted to the celebration of the Virgin Mary.

May Day trumpeters

May pole

These two photos are from May Day 1925. We see the "May Court" with the heralds trumpeting their arrival. You can see that a couple of the girls behind the trumpeters are carrying elaborate baskets, while others have bouquets or armloads of blossoms. In the second photo, we get to see a May Pole; while May Day celebrations have died off in the United States over the decades, many of us probably got to participate in one of these as children. 

May Queen and King
King and Queen of May: Grace Boslett, '33, and Barbara Yahner, 32

This shot is dated 1932, and here we get to see a few curious trends emerging. First, the "King and Queen of May" are now wearing renaissance costumes instead of the (mostly) contemporary clothing of seven years earlier. Second, yes, the King is named Barbara. 

The May Court was chosen in a similar fashion to modern-day Homecoming courts-- by vote-- and the May King was a separate voting category from May Queen. So Barbara and any runners-up for May King were nominated for the May King role. 

dancer with flower wreath on front lawn
Mary Gertrude Jones, May Day 1934

You may recognize the location of this 1934 photo. Part of the May Day festivities were a parade to the front lawn (in front of what is now the Administration building). In the background behind the dancer, you can see girls sitting around on the grass, while the court is seated upon a raised dais. 

May Court

This 1936 May Court features a mixture of 30's and Renaissance clothing. Here, again, we have a female May King, and here, again, the King is taller than the Queen. The rest of the court, other than the heralds, are wearing dresses. 

May Queen
This unnamed student was May Queen in 1937.

Student crowning Mary statue

And here we have a student crowning Mary with flowers in the Grotto in 1947. 

May Day celebrations at Seton Hill, as in much of the rest of the country, began to fade out shortly after World War II. May 1st is also known as International Workers' Day, which was widely observed in communist countries, making it more problematic for many Americans during the Cold War. 

For more information about the history of May Day, you can find more on

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Reads: Target Africa

Friday, Friday! For this week's Friday Reads, Serials Librarian Judith Koveleskie tells us about a new book in the library collection-- Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century.

Judith Koveleskie with Target Africa

"Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century is a new book by Obianuju Edeocha, a Nigerian woman who is the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion and propagation of the Gospel of Life in Africa through the dissemination of good information, sensitization and education.  After following her on Twitter, @obianuju, I couldn’t wait to read her book.  

"Since the end of colonization, Africa has struggled with socio-economic and political problems.   This book reveals the Western influence over Africa that is rarely talked about.  It tells the story of foreign aid with strings attached; the story of Africa targeted and recolonized by wealthy donors.  Many wealthy individuals and NGO’s are promoting their own solutions to Africa’s problems, rather than listening to and valuing the opinions and culture of the people they seek to help.

"She says, 'Like many of the Africans in the 1950’s who longed for independence from their colonial masters, I long for independence from our twenty-first-century neocolonial masters so that Africans can rule themselves in a manner that befits their values and aspirations.'”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Reads: The Tipping Point

It's Friday! You made it! This week, Library Director David Stanley tells us about a book he's currently reading, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

David Stanley is reading The Tipping Point. 

"The book to read if you want to think about why things happen. How do epidemics start? Why was Paul Revere’s ride so successful when William Dawes’s was not? How do some things become 'the in thing' for young people, or older people, to have to have? What causes rises and falls in crime rates? These and more are discussed. According to the author they all follow a similar developmental process which leads to a tipping point. It makes you look at just about all events with a new curiosity."

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Reads: Dreamland

TGIF! Today our Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Adam Pellman, shares about the book he's reading, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.

Adam is reading Dreamland

"Our country is facing a public health emergency, as tens of thousands of Americans die every year of overdoses from opioids such as prescription painkillers and heroin, and millions more are addicted to these same substances.  Dreamland explains how this epidemic came to be.

"The author, an investigative journalist and author of two previous non-fiction books about Mexico and Mexican immigration, presents a clear-eyed history of the problem.  The book's focus is two-fold.  Part of the story follows the development, marketing, and unfettered prescription of pain medications like OxyContin in the 1990s and early 2000s, which led to extensive drug abuse and related crime.  The book's other main focus is the expansion of a black tar heroin trafficking network based in a small county in western Mexico, where the heroin trade became a cottage industry of sorts.  These two developments coalesced into a perfect storm, as heroin dealers found a ready client base in towns already devastated by painkiller abuse.

"The book is illuminating and heartbreaking in equal measure, and it's written in a compulsively readable style that gives it the feel of a true crime narrative.  It's timely, essential reading for anyone interested in this topic, or anyone who has been touched by tragedy as a result of this epidemic.  Much of the book focuses on my native Ohio, where addiction to painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl has been widespread, so this is a story that hits close to home for me."

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Lantern Chain

Today for Throwback Thursday, we're exploring another old SHC tradition. Once upon a time, the College had a "big sisters" and "little sisters" mentoring program, similar to many sororities today. Junior girls would be paired with first-year students to help them adjust to college life.

girls carrying lanterns

girls seated in the gym in circles, half of each circle wearing white and the other half wearing black

Though these photos in the old Sullivan Gym may look like a creepy cult's religious ritual, they are actually from what was called the Lantern Chain ceremony. The Senior "big sisters" would pass the lanterns to their Sophomore "little sisters." This symbolized that the little sisters were assuming the role of big sisterhood and would be becoming the mentors the following year.
girls form an X shape as part of ceremony

girls assume another formation

This set of photos originally appeared in the 1954 Chevron publication. Thanks, as always, to Bill Black in the SHU Archives for the pictures and the stories!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Reads: The Immortalists

Finally Friday! What would you do if you knew-- exactly-- how much longer you had to live? Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever has been reading The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, which explores that question.

Kelly Clever with The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

"The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin was my book club's pick for April. Four siblings, ages seven to 13, go to see a fortune-teller in the summer of 1969. This woman has a specialty: She claims that she can tell you the exact date that you will die. The kids go in to see her one-by-one, and what they hear will impact the course-- and possibly the lengths-- of their lives.

"I was hooked by page seven. Are the prophecies true or was the woman a con artist? Why did she tell the children to keep what she told them to themselves? We know what the oldest girl's prediction is, but what about the younger three?

"If you've wrestled with the idea of fate versus free will, or wondered if you would live your life differently if you knew how much of it you had left, or been close with and paradoxically distant from your family, you'll enjoy the concepts explored in The Immortalists.

"As for me? I'm glad I don't know 'my date.' Who wants a countdown clock to THAT on their phone?"

Monday, April 2, 2018

April-May Reading Theme: Westerns

We’re partnering up with In the Spotlight this month to feature Westerns. Make sure to head over to the O’Hara room to check out the DVDs!

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Little Big Man by Thomas Berger

Believe it or not, Jack Crabb is 111 years old. He is also the son of two fathers, one white, the other a Cheyenne Indian chief who gave him the name Little Big Man. As a Cheyenne, Crabb feasted on dog, loved four wives, and saw his people butchered by horse-soldiers commanded by Custer. As a white man, he helped hunt the buffalo into extinction, tangled with Wyatt Earp, cheated Wild Bill Hickok--and lived through the showdown that followed. He also survivied the Battle of Little Bighorn, where he fought side by side with Custer himself--even though he'd sworn to kill him. (Publisher’s summary)

Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig

Dancing at the Rascal Fair is an authentic saga of the American experience at the turn of this century and a passionate, portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try new lives in the imposing Rocky Mountains. Ivan Doig's supple tale of landseekers unfolds into a fateful contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill, walled apart by their obligations as they and their stormy kith and kin vie to tame the brutal, beautiful Two Medicine country. (Publisher’s summary)

The Last True Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle

Julia Weslin turns to K.C. Houston, a gentle and skilled horseman, to help her fulfill her late brother's dream of saving a herd of wild mustangs from destruction. (Publisher’s summary)

The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton: A Novel by Kathleen Eagle

Lidie Harkness marries Thomas Newton and moves with him to Kansas in an effort to keep it a Free State in the years before the Civil War. She is an earnest convert to the abolitionist cause and events lead her to disguise herself as a boy in her search for justice. (Publisher’s summary)

Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour

Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that has become Louis L'Amour's hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker, the Yakut native Alekhin, who knows every square foot of the icy frontier--and who knows that to trap his quarry he must think like a Sioux. (Publisher’s summary)

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

Cut off from the life of ranching he has come to love by his grandfather's death, John Grady Cole flees to Mexico, where he and his companion embark on a rugged and cruelly idyllic adventure. (Publisher’s summary)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

A love story and an epic of the frontier, Lonesome Dove is the grandest novel ever written about the last, defiant wilderness of America. Richly authentic, beautifully written, Lonesome Dove is a book to make readers laugh, weep, dream and remember. (Publisher’s summary)

Shane by Jack Schaefer

In the summer of 1889, a mysterious and charismatic man rides into a small Wyoming valley, where he joins homesteaders who take a stand against a bullying cattle rancher, and where he changes the lives of a young boy and his parents. (Publisher’s summary)

Incident at Twenty Mile by Trevanian
A trio of convicts occupy a small community in Wyoming and terrorize its unarmed inhabitants. An opportunity for Matthew Dubchek, a young drifter with a gun, to live his fantasy of being Ringo Kid. Question is will he have the guts. (Publisher’s summary)

The Virginian by Owen Wister

Considered by many to be the best Western novel, Wister's work essentially defined the genre, both in print and on film, and also created the archetypal Western hero: the strong silent type who rides in from the range and saves the day by shooting the bad guys full of holes. Like many in the genre, this also features a romantic subplot. This 100th-anniversary edition was produced in tandem with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and has color and black-and-white art by Western artist Thom Ross. A beauty. (Library Journal review)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

April-May DVD Spotlight: Westerns

From now until the end of the semester, Reeves Memorial Library's DVD display will be showcasing that most American of film genres, the western.  It's a genre that's evolved over the decades, as earlier romantic depictions of frontier justice and the settling of the West gave way to revisionist explorations of America's violent past.  We've got silent films like Cecil B. DeMille's The Squaw Man (1914) and Buster Keaton's comedy Go West (1925), and classic spaghetti westerns like Duck You Sucker (1971).  We've even got western-inspired foreign films like Thailand's vividly colorful Tears of the Black Tiger (2000), and the Hindi-language Indian epic Sholay (1975).  Whether you're in the mood for romance, shoot-em-ups, or moody drama, we've got the western for you.

Featured titles include:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
This character-driven meditation on fame and ambition, about the relationship between the outlaw Jesse James and his future assassin, features breathtaking cinematography and superb performances from an all-star cast, including Brad Pitt as James.

High Noon (1952)
Gary Cooper gives an Oscar-winning lead performance in this suspenseful classic, about a retiring marshal who must face a gang of vengeful outlaws on his own after being abandoned by his cowardly fellow townspeople.

High Plains Drifter (1973)
A high point in the early directorial career of star Clint Eastwood, this film about a stranger hired to protect a remote Western town from outlaws is tinged with elements of the supernatural.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
This offbeat, melancholy gem follows a charismatic gambler and businessman who partners with a professional madam to establish a brothel in a burgeoning Pacific Northwest town, only to run afoul of a greedy mining corporation.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
This sprawling, operatic epic, from the great spaghetti western director Sergio Leone, features an all-time great villainous turn from Henry Fonda, as a killer hired to eliminate a local widow whose land lies in the path of the railroad.

The Searchers (1956)
John Ford's hugely influential classic features a career-best performance by John Wayne, as a bitter, bigoted Civil War veteran who spends years tracking his murdered brother's daughters, who were kidnapped by a Comanche raiding party.

The Wild Bunch (1969)
This brutal portrait of an outlaw gang is both shockingly violent and a surprisingly poignant examination of aging and social change at the turn of the 20th century.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Easter Break Hours


March 29                               8:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.
March 30-31, April 1             CLOSED
April 2                                   8:00 a.m.  –  4:50 p.m.

Have a blessed Easter!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Reads: The Life and Times of Paddington Bear

Serials Librarian Judith Koveleskie has been reading The Life and Times of Paddington Bear by Russell Ash with Michael Bond. Here's what she has to say:

Judith Koveleskie with The Life and Times of Paddington Bear

"I was twelve years old when A Bear Called Paddington was published in 1958, so I never had the pleasure of reading these books as a child. Although I have had many children in my life over the years, I somehow never had one who was a Paddington fan. Recently I watched the Paddington movie with my 8-year-old grandson and we liked it so much that we watched it three times in two days. Although the usual order of things in my life is to read the book and then see the movie, in this case I did the reverse. I read the Paddington book in our Children's Room and then found this book in the Westmoreland County Library System. It recounts the origin of the story as well as providing biographical information about the author, Michael Bond, and the development of Paddington over the years. It is a delightful read and one that anyone who loves the Paddington stories might enjoy."

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Reads: In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

Happy Friday! Our cataloging & acquisitions librarian, Adam Pellman, is reading In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke. If you're intrigued by the title, read on for Adam's thoughts on the book.

Adam Pellman is reading In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

"This is the sixth book in a detective series that I started reading a few years ago, and that I've really enjoyed for its superb character development, plotting, and sense of place.  The series is set in small-town Louisiana, where its main character, a former New Orleans police detective and recovering alcoholic named Dave Robicheaux, has made a new life for himself working for the local Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department.

"In this installment, Dave must grapple with the South's legacy of racist violence as he becomes involved in an investigation into the still-unsolved murder of a black man from 1957, as well as a series of serial rapes and murders of prostitutes.  Oh, and as the title suggests, Dave also communes with the ghost(?) of Confederate general John Bell Hood.

"The author, James Lee Burke, is immensely talented.  He writes in lush descriptive prose, has a great ear for dialogue, and creates these wonderfully complex crime narratives that rank far above the enjoyable whodunits that often make up this genre.  I'm looking forward to the many remaining books in this series."

Monday, March 5, 2018

March Reading Theme: Irish Fiction

In honor of the wearin’ o’ the green, this month’s Reading Theme is Irish fiction.

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The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy

The novel tells the story of Kathleen de Burca, an Irish travel writer living in London, who throws over her life there to return to Ireland and write a book. What she is chasing down is an old scandal - an affair in mid-nineteenth-century Ireland between the wife of an English landlord and her Irish servant. But what she is really after is an understanding of passion itself... (Publisher’s summary)

A World of Love by Elizabeth Bowen

...An uneasy group of relations are living under one roof at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside. When twenty-year-old Jane finds in the attic a packet of love letters written years ago by Guy, her mother’s one-time fiance who died in World War I, the discovery has explosive repercussions. It is not clear to whom the letters are addressed, and their appearance begins to lay bare the strange and unspoken connections between the adults now living in the house. Soon, a girl on the brink of womanhood, a mother haunted by love lost, and a ruined matchmaker with her own claim on the dead wage a battle that makes the ghostly Guy as real a presence in Montefort as any of the living. (Publisher’s summary)

In the Woods by Tana French

Detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a 12-year-old girl near a Dublin suburb. The case resonates with similarities to a murder committed twenty years before that involved two children and the young Ryan. (Publisher’s summary)

Loving / Living / Party Going by Henry Green

Henry Green explored class distinctions through the medium of love. This volume brings together three of his novels contrasting the lives of servants and masters (Loving); workers and owners, set in a Birmingham iron foundry (Living); and the different lives of the wealthy and the ordinary, (Party Going). (Publisher’s summary)

Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas by Morgan Llywelyn

An authentic re-creation of sixteenth-century Ireland provides the backdrop for the saga of real-life Irish chieftain Grace O'Malley, who took part in a lifelong struggle against England's Queen Elizabeth I. (Publisher’s summary)

Bard by Morgan Llywelyn

This is the tale of the coming of the Irish to Ireland, and of the men and women who made that emerald isle their own. (Publisher’s summary)

Catholics by Brian Moore

In the not-too-distant future, the Fourth Vatican Council has abolished private confession, clerical dress, and the Latin Mass, and opened discussions about a merger with Buddhism. Authorities in Rome are embarrassed by publicity surrounding a group of monks who stubbornly celebrate the old Mass in their island abbey off the coast of Ireland. The clever, assured Father James Kinsella is dispatched to set things right. At Muck Abbey he meets Abbot Tom├ís, a man plagued by doubt who nevertheless leads his monks in the old ways. In the hands of the masterly Brian Moore, their confrontation becomes a subtle, provocative parable of doubt and faith. (Publisher’s summary)

My Dream of You by Nuala O’Faolain

The novel tells the story of Kathleen de Burca, an Irish travel writer living in London, who throws over her life there to return to Ireland and write a book. What she is chasing down is an old scandal - an affair in mid-nineteenth-century Ireland between the wife of an English landlord and her Irish servant. But what she is really after is an understanding of passion itself... (Publisher’s summary)

Ashworth Hall by Anne Perry

In 19th-century England a meeting of Irish Protestants and Catholics to discuss home rule for Ireland is disrupted by murder. Scotland Yard's Thomas Pitt and his wife try to find the killer before he strikes again and scuttles the talks, the purpose of which is to bring peace to Ireland. (Publisher’s summary)

A Shower of Summer Days by May Sarton

The Irish estate home Dene’s Court has been empty for years—its icy visage, shuttered windows, and overgrown tennis court are a burden for its caretakers and a curiosity for the nearby townspeople. And so the announcement that Violet Dene Gordon and her husband, Charles, are on their way back from British Burma to settle in the long-dormant estate sends a ripple of excitement through the sleepy village… Anxiety, tempers, and long-buried emotions flare as the estate’s new residents search for a sense of belonging and peace between its hallowed and serene walls. (Publisher’s summary)

An Excess of Love by Cathy Cash Spellman

The story of two sisters, daughters of an Irish Protestant lord, whose lives go separate ways when one marries an aspiring poet and revolutionary and the other marries an aristocrat but falls in love with an Irish freedom fighter. (Publisher’s summary)

Trinity by Leon Uris

The "terrible beauty" that is Ireland comes alive in this mighty epic that re-creates that Emerald's Isle's fierce struggle for independence. Trinity is a saga of glories and defeats, triumphs and tragedies, lived by a young Catholic rebel and the beautiful and valiant Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join him. Leon Uris has painted a masterful portrait of a beleaguered people divided by religion and wealth--impoverished Catholic peasants pitted against a Protestant aristocracy wielding power over life and death. (Publisher’s summary)

Four Letters of Love: A Novel by Niall Williams

William Coughlan abandons his wife and his son to paint the pictures he believes God has commanded. He disappears into the west of Ireland on a mission, following a prompting that may or may not have been real to daub the canvas and stare at the Atlantic light. On an island off the west coast, a boy gifted in music falls mute and lame while playing with his sister. It is a moment that scars the heart of Isabel Gore, as she helps her brother Sean home across the island to meet the disbelief and sorrow of her parents. Two moments, two stories, each apparently as random and uncertain as the other. Four Letters of Love brings them together in a lyrical effusion of bracing freshness and power. This is a novel about destiny, acceptance, the tragedies and miracles of everyday life, and about how all our stories meet in the end.. (Publisher’s summary)

Featured books do not reflect the views of Reeves Memorial Library or Seton Hill University.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Spring Break Hours


March 4                                 CLOSED
March 5 - 9                            8:00 a.m.  –   4:50 p.m.
March 11                                CLOSED

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March DVD Spotlight: Selections from the National Film Registry

The National Film Preservation Board was established in 1988 to "ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's film heritage" (NFPB website).  One of the program's most important roles includes advising the Library of Congress in its annual selection of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry.  With hundreds of films dating back to 1891 in the Registry, it's no surprise that Reeves Memorial Library's extensive DVD collection includes well over 100 of these landmark works of American cinema.  From silent classics like Broken Blossoms (1919) and The General (1926), to modern masterpieces like Fargo (1996) and The Terminator (1984), our March DVD display includes only a portion of Registry titles in our collection, but there's something for everyone.

Featured titles include:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick's monumental science fiction epic is a challenging, beautiful work of cinematic art that still inspires awe 50 years after its release.

The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Coen brothers' goofy cult classic, a noir-tinged comic caper about a lazy, Southern California stoner who gets sucked into a kidnapping plot after being mistaken for a millionaire with the same name, has inspired hordes of devotees over the past two decades.

Citizen Kane (1941)
Still possibly the best film ever made, Orson Welles's groundbreaking and hugely influential portrait of a newspaper tycoon's rise and fall is a dazzlingly complex American masterpiece.

The Godfather (1972)
Far more than just a simple gangster film, Francis Ford Coppola's great mafia epic is both a sweeping family saga and an incisive examination of the corrupting influence of power.

Malcolm X (1992)
Spike Lee's stylish, sprawling biopic about the influential civil rights leader gives the great Denzel Washington the lead role of a lifetime.

Shadows (1959)
Maverick filmmaker John Cassavetes's exploration of interracial romance and sibling relationships is a landmark work of American independent film.

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
This glorious ode to Hollywood moviemaking, set during the transition from silent to sound film, remains the high-water mark of the American musical.

Stop by the library today and check one out!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Reads: Phasma

It's Friday! Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever is listening to the audiobook of Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson and narrated by January LaVoy. Her thoughts:

Kelly Clever is listening to Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

"Even though I consider myself a pretty big Star Wars fan, I never read any of the books until relatively recently. My knowledge of the old EU (Expanded Universe for you muggles) came exclusively from spending way too much time on back in high school. With the reboot of the canon, however, I feel like I have a chance to get in on the ground floor… not that I’ll be able to keep up.

Phasma had only brief appearances in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but like Boba Fett before her, she managed to capture popular imagination with her cool armor. Phasma gives us her back story, told in a frame-narrative format. I wasn’t sure that I’d really want to listen to a long (over 12 hours!) character exploration of one of the baddies, but the frame story involves a Resistance spy and a First Order officer who has some redeeming qualities. I’m enjoying their interaction and I want to know how Phasma’s past is going to impact their choices.

Like all of the Star Wars titles I’ve listened to as audiobooks, this one is 'enhanced' with sound effects and music from the films. I’d been skeptical about that concept, but they are well-done and, for me, the extras really do add to the experience."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Reads: Travels with My Aunt

Happy Friday! Serials Librarian Judith Koveleskie is reading Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene. Here's what she has to say:

Judith Koveleskie is reading Travels with My Aunt

Although I think of Graham Greene as a more serious novelist, I am enjoying this book filled with unexpected surprises and delightful humor.  I have just started reading it, but am captivated by the characters and thoroughly enjoying it.  Here is the summary from Goodreads.

Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.

Originally published in 1970, Travels with My Aunt offers intoxicating entertainment, yet also confronts some of the most perplexing human dilemmas.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Reads: Last Night in Twisted River

This Friday our cataloging & acquisitions librarian, Adam Pellman, shares a little about his current read:

Adam Pellman is reading Last Night in Twisted River

"I'm doing a reading challenge this year that requires me to read one book published each year between my birth and now.  I'm just young enough to pull it off.  I've been meaning for years to read one of John Irving's novels, so Last Night in Twisted River seemed like a good choice for a book from 2009.  It's about a father and son who spend decades as fugitives after an accidental killing in a New Hampshire logging camp.  We have several of Irving's earlier novels in our fiction collection here at Seton Hill, so if I enjoy this book, I'll check out one of his other novels, maybe The World According to Garp."

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Reading Theme: Romantic Fiction

We’re doing the cliche thing and featuring romances for the month of February. Within that broad genre, however, you’ll find thrillers, literary fiction, bodice-busters, and tear-jerkers. And February is also Black History Month, so you’ll see a couple of asterisks (**) next to the books featuring Black protagonists.

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**The Hand I Fan with by Tina McElroy Ansa
Lena, now forty-five and tired of being "the hand everyone fans with," has grown weary of shouldering the town's problems and wants to find a little love and companionship for herself.  So she and a friend perform a supernatural ritual to conjure up a man for Lena.  She gets one all right: a ghost named Herman who, though dead for one hundred years, is full of life and all man.  His love changes Lena's life forever, satisfying as never before both her physical and spiritual needs. (Publisher’s summary)

The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley
In a Britain struggling to survive Roman invasion, Eilan is the daughter of a Druidic warleader, gifted with visions and marked by fate to become a priestess of the Forest House.

But fate also led Eilan to Gaius, a soldier of mixed blood, son of the Romans sent to subdue the native British. For Gaius, Eilan felt forbidden love, and her terrible secret will haunt her even as she is anointed as the new High Priestess. With mighty enemies poised to destroy the magic the Forest House shelters, Eilan must trust in the power of the great Goddess to lead her through the treacherous labyrinth of her destiny. (Publisher’s summary)

Possession by A.S. Byatt
"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire -- from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany -- what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas. (Publisher’s summary)

Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie
Quinn McKenzie has always lived what she calls a "beige" life... It's a perfectly happy and secure life, [but] she's bored to the point of insanity.

But when Quinn decides to change her life by adopting a stray dog over everyone's objections, everything begins to spiral out of control. Soon a man from her past comes back into her life and the old attraction is ignited again. Now she's coping with dog-napping, breaking and entering, seduction, sabotage, stalking, more secrets than she really wants to know, and two men who are suddenly crazy...for her. (Publisher’s summary)

Keeper of the Bride by Tess Gerritsen
Nina Cormier would have been a beautiful bride, had the groom bothered to show up. But when the empty church exploded, Nina got the message. Someone was after the bride-to-be. Portland cop Sam Navarro was no white knight. He'd protect Nina, but there was no way he would put them both at risk by falling in love with her. (Publisher’s summary)

Liberty’s Lady by Karen Harper
On the eve of the Revolutionary War, one woman is about to betray her own heart by falling in love with her sworn enemy. Journalist Libby Morgan uses her newspaper to fan the flames of revolt against England. Cameron Gant, New York aristocrat, tory and secret spy, is the prime target of her rhetoric. Sworn enemies by their divided loyalties, they are drawn into a passion that does not recognize sides. Soon they are risking their lives and their love in a daring masquerade that could end in liberty--or death. (Publisher’s summary)

Julie by Catherine Marshall
Julie Wallace is just eighteen in 1934 when her father risks their life savings on a struggling newspaper and moves the family to a flood-prone Pennsylvania town.

It is here a young woman's convictions take firm root, as Julie finds herself taking sides when battle lines are drawn between desperate steelworkers and the mill owners who control their lives. And it is here where her heart and her loyalties are torn, divided between two special men. But when a devastating natural catastrophe becomes the ultimate test of courage and commitment, Julie's remarkable inner strength will come to the fore -- a strength born of faith and love. (Goodreads reviewer Loraine)

**Seduction by Felicia Mason
Award-winning journalist C.J. Mayview leaves behind her career and commitments to seek peace of mind in Serentiy Falls. U.S. Marshal Wes Donovan is in the business of uncovering secrets. His curiosity is piqued by the lovely city sophisticate who doesn't seem to possess a past. And when C.J. becomes caught up in a shocking conspiracy that soon ensnares Donovan as well, she and Donovan must trust each other to save themselves--and their love. (Publisher’s summary)

**How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan
A holiday in Jamaica turns into sizzling romance for 42-year-old Stella Payne, a black divorcee and financial security analyst, when she meets Winston Shakespeare, a local assistant cook. Stella invites him to San Francisco to show him off to friends and to her 11-year-old son, and Shakespeare is a hit. Only problem, Shakespeare is 20 years old. (Publisher’s summary)

My Phillipe by Barbara Miller
Returning to England after years abroad with Wellington's army -- first as an officer's daughter, then trapped in a loveless marriage with a military man -- recently widowed Bella MacFarlane longs only to raise her son, Jamie, on the farm she inherited from her father. That soon proves to be a battle she cannot win, for Jamie is the new duke of Dorney, and his guardian is a man she dreads facing -- her late husband's cousin, Phillipe Armitage. Four years before, Bella and Phillipe had shared a single night of passion. But when Phillipe was captured by the French, Bella surrendered to his cousin's marriage proposal...only to discover that the man she had loved and thought dead survives... Now, though Bella is free once more, memories of her supposed treachery forestall any thought of reconciliation. But when danger threatens both Bella and the child under their protection, he charges to their defense, determined to win a lifetime of happiness for them all. (Publisher’s summary)

**Jazz by Toni Morrison
In Harlem, 1926, Joe Trace, a door-to-door salemsan in his fifties, kills his teenage lover. At the funeral, his wife Violet slashes the dead girl's face and then desperately searches to find why Joe was unfaithful. The profound love story is immersed in the sights and sounds of Black urban life during the Jazz Age. (Publisher’s summary)

An Officer and a Gentleman by Steven Phillip Smith
A timeless tale of romance, friendship, and growth. Loner Zack Mayo enters Officer Candidate School to become a Navy pilot and in thirteen weeks he learns the importance of discipline, love and friendship. (Publisher’s summary)

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
A romance featuring a troublesome teenager in North Carolina who is changed for the better by the love of a girl. She is the angelic daughter of a local minister and the boy joins her in doing good deeds. But she has a secret which will break his heart. (Publisher’s summary)

Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel
The president of a major pharmaceutical company and the unhappy wife of a famous senator meet under dire circumstances in Paris, and everything in which they believe is put on the line.  (Publisher’s summary)

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert J. Waller
When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience of uncommon truth and stunning beauty that will haunt them forever. (Publisher’s summary)

**Two Cities: A Love Story by John Edgar Wideman
A redemptive, healing novel, Two Cities brings to brilliant culmination the themes John Edgar Wideman has developed in fourteen previous acclaimed books. It is a story of bridges -- bridges spanning the rivers of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, bridges arching over the rifts that have divided our communities, our country, our hearts. Narrated in the bluesy voices of its three main characters, Two Cities is a simple love story, but it is also about the survival of an endangered black urban community and the ways that people discover for redeeming themselves in a society that is failing them. With its indelible images of confrontation and outrage, matched in equal measure by lasting impressions of hope, Two Cities is a compassionate, lacerating, and nourishing novel. (Publisher’s summary)