Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas hours


December 17  -  20     8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
December 21  -  January 1    CLOSED

We'll be back at 8:00 a.m. on January 2nd. Happy holidays!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Finals Hours

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

  • December 3 - 6                     8:00 a.m.  –  9:50 p.m.
  • December 7                          8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
  • December 8                          9:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
  • December 9                          CLOSED

Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday Reads: The Demon of Brownsville Road

Dr. Stanley has a personal connection to today's Friday Reads feature! Read on to learn more about The Demon of Brownsville Road: A Pittsburgh Family’s Battle with Evil in Their Home by Bob Cranmer and Erica Manfred.

David Stanley with The Demon of Brownsville Road

Coming from a family who has lived on Brownsville Road for 4 generations I was familiar with the house that inspired the book. Growing up there were rumors of at least one haunted house on Brownsville Road; however, it was not the one that is talked about here. Being familiar with the Pittsburgh political scene I am familiar with Bob Cranmer but did not know that he lived just a few blocks away. Not being a true believer in hauntings, ghosts, etc., I wanted to see what was happening at the house that was always one of the better-kept in the area. It was fun to try to decipher a lot of the areas and people alluded to in the book. I still see the house quite often but now I slow down and look for specters in the windows!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Melvil Mondays: 700-709

We're all the way to the 700-709s today-- "The arts." There's a lot of wild, wacky, and beautiful stuff in the 700s, and today we start out by looking at the first few "standard subdivisions" sections.

* 700 - Standard subdivisions of the arts, including decimal classes for philosophy and theory of the arts and even computer applications that are "used as a technique to support traditional techniques in the arts."
700.1 F85
But is it Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory
by Cynthia A. Freeland

700.103 P76
Politics, Gender, and the Arts: Women, the Arts, and Society
edited by Ronald Dotterer and Susan Bowers

* 701 - Philosophy and theory (of fine and decorative arts... just tack that onto the end of all of these categories!)

701.15 K91
Creative Sparks
by Jim Krause
* 702 - Miscellany

* 703 - Dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances

* 704 - Special topics, including ethnic and national groups and iconography

704.0392 S44j
Jewish Art
by Gabrielle Sed-Rajna
* 705 - Serial publications

* 706 - Organizations and management

* 707 - Education, research, and related topics

* 708 - Galleries, museums, and private collections

* 709 - History, geographic treatment, and biography

Monday, November 19, 2018

Melvil Mondays: 600-609

We're running out of Mondays for the semester! This week we explore the 600-609 section, which is a relatively slim segment of our collection.

The 600s are for Technology (Applied sciences). This includes a great many things, and we sometimes refer to the 600s as the "catch all" block of the Dewey Decimal System. Much of it has to do with mechanical engineering, which is of course not a program that is or that has been offered at SHU. As a result, we only have a few shelves' worth of books in this call number range.

* 600: "Class here inventions."

How Things Work: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Technology
Translated from the German original, Wie Funktioniert Das? by George Allen

* 601: Philosophy and theory
* 602: Miscellany (the catch-all section of the catch-all section-- the true junk drawer of the DDC)
* 603: Dictionaries and other reference materials
* 604: "Technical drawing, hazardous materials technology; groups of people"

Hazardous Materials Chemistry
by Armando S. Bevelacqua
604.7 B57
* 605: Serial publications
* 606: Organizations
* 607: "Education, research, related topics"
* 608: Patents
* 609: History (like industrial archaeology), geographic treatment (of industry, production, and the related economics), and biographies of inventors and/or patentees

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Reads: Motherless Brooklyn

Happy Friday!

Today, our Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Adam Pellman, tells us about Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem:

Adam Pellman is reading Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

I'm still working through my reading challenge for the year, which is to read one book published each year since I was born.  Motherless Brooklyn is my pick from 1999.  The novel follows Lionel Essrog, a New York City private detective who is working to solve the murder of his boss/mentor, Frank Minna.  Lionel has Tourette syndrome, a disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and vocal tics.  The disorder makes for a unique variation on the detective genre, as Lionel's focus on his investigation and its clues is sometimes sidetracked by his compulsions.  It also makes the novel a great work of psychological fiction, and it's interesting to view the world through such a distinct lens.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Reads (or listens): Blue Lily, Lily Blue

We made it to Friday! Today, Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever tells us about the book she's currently listening to. Yes, audiobooks "count"-- librarians and cognitive scientists say so! Here's a bit about Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater:

Kelly Clever is listening to Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm finally getting around to listening to the third book in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published four years ago, but the audio version wasn't released right away, and then I got sidetracked. I'm so in love with Will Patton's narration that I couldn't bring myself to read it in print. It's been worth the wait.

The Raven Cycle books follow Blue, a psychic's teenage daughter, as she becomes reluctant friends with four boys who are attending the local elite prep school. She is drawn into their quest to find a mystical king they believe to be in an enchanted sleep somewhere beneath the nearby Blue Ridge mountains. In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Blue is becoming increasingly stressed as a new school year starts; her mother has vanished and Gansey (unbeknownst to him) is fated to die before the end of the coming April.

As I said, Will Patton does an amazing job with the narration of these stories. His husky voice is perfectly suited to the creepier passages, and he does a hilarious job with characters' voices in the lighter moments. I'm also a huge fan of his performance of Jack Kerouac's On the Road; give that one a listen if you get the chance. I'll probably seek out more of his work in the future just because I enjoy listening to it so much.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Melvil Mondays: 500-509

Back to the dusty, musty stacks today to check out the 500s. Well, actually, we hope they're neither dusty nor musty and we employ student aides and dehumidifiers toward that end, but--

Wait, where were we? Oh, right: in science and mathematics.

* 500: "Natural sciences: sciences that deal with matter and energy, or with objects and
processes observable in nature"

The next few numbers are "the usual": 

* 501: Philosophy and theory
The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age
by John Horgam
501 H81
Also as an ebook!
* 502: Miscellany
Einstein Simplified: Cartoons on Science
by Sidney Harris
502.07 H31
* 503: Dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances

* 504: unassigned

* 505: Serial publications

* 506: Organizations and management

* 507: Education, research, related topics

Re-Engineering Female Friendly Science
by Sue V. Rosser
507.1073 R82
* 508: Natural history. "Class here description and surveys of phenomena in nature."

* 509: History, geographic treatment, and biographies of those engaged in scientific and mathematical pursuits. 

Studies in the History of Mediaeval Science
by Charles Homer Haskins
509 H35

The biographical dictionary of women in science : pioneering lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century
509.22 B61 v. 1 & 2

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Reading Theme: ...But I've Seen the Movie!

If you’re a habitual user of the phrase “No, but I’ve seen the movie,” this month’s book display is for you! We have a list of books that inspired some of the favorite films of the last few decades. BYO popcorn (just not into the Reading Room, please).

Most of these probably need no introduction, but here you go, anyway...

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The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a top secret Russian missile sub….

Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on...
(Publisher’s summary) (Take me back to the 80’s in the best possible way --Kelly)

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:

   a. lose 7 pounds
   b. stop smoking
   c. develop Inner Poise

Bridget Jones' Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
(Publisher’s summary) (A bit dated now, but still laugh-out-loud funny, even lacking the hilarious Colin Firth/Hugh Grant “fight” scene of the movie --Kelly)

The Firm by John Grisham
When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert and Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray-doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail- already knew. You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice-- if he wants to live. (Publisher’s summary)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption. (Publisher’s summary) (Don’t read this one when you’re home alone for the week with only your cat to protect you --Kelly)

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Who is Jason Bourne? Is he an assassin, a terrorist, a thief? Why has he got four million dollars in a Swiss bank account? Why has someone tried to murder him?...

Jason Bourne does not know the answer to any of these questions. Suffering from amnesia, he does not even know that he is Jason Bourne. What manner of man is he? What are his secrets? Who has he killed?
(Publisher’s summary)

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O'Hara, the daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson. (Publisher’s summary)

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning. (Publisher’s summary)

The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness. ( via

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again. (Publisher’s summary)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women — mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends — view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't. (Publisher’s summary)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and wisdom, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined… (Publisher’s summary)

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
(Publisher’s summary)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father', she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker - a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.
(Publisher’s summary)

Friday, November 2, 2018

November DVD Spotlight: The Criterion Collection

Although streaming services have become the go-to movie watching platform for many people, there are still companies devoted to producing high-quality releases of Blu-rays and DVDs, and many of these companies have cultivated large and loyal customer bases.  This is certainly true of The Criterion Collection, a company whose beautifully-designed cover art, extensive supplements, and gorgeous restoration work have made their releases of important classic and contemporary films the pinnacle of Blu-ray and DVD quality.  Reeves Memorial Library's collection includes over 140 Criterion releases, such as undisputed classics like Grand Illusion (1937) and Seven Samurai (1954), and modern masterworks like Hoop Dreams (1994) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).  All through the month of November, our display will highlight a selection of our Criterion offerings.  Featured titles include:

Amarcord (1973)
Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical film is a loving, vibrant portrait of life in a small Italian town in the 1930s.

Brazil (1985)
This darkly comic surrealist masterpiece, from the mind of visionary director Terry Gilliam, presents a nightmarish dystopian world where technology and bureaucracy reign supreme.

Crumb (1994)
This biographical portrait of legendary underground artist Robert Crumb and his eccentric family is a revealing look at his life and provocative work.

Les Diaboliques (1955)
This classic French thriller centers on the murder of a sadistic boarding school headmaster by his mistreated wife and mistress.

High and Low (1963)
The great Akira Kurosawa directed this masterful crime thriller, about a wealthy businessman who must decide whether to pay a ransom when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own.

In the Mood for Love (2000)
This gorgeous, swooningly romantic period drama, directed by the great Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, chronicles the relationship between two neighbors who realize their spouses are having an extramarital affair.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
This vivid dramatization of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc is one of the true masterpieces of the silent era, featuring an all-time great lead performance by Renee Falconetti.

The Red Shoes (1948)
In what may be the most gorgeous color film ever made, a ballerina becomes torn between her love for a young composer and her devotion to her career and the demands of an uncompromising ballet impresario.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Friday Reads: Leave the Grave Green

You made it to Friday! If you're looking for the literary equivalent of comfort food, Judith Koveleskie has a book that might fit the bill: Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie.

Judith Koveleskie with Leave the Grave Green

Who could resist a book with a title like this?

A body fished from the Thames opens this British-style whodunit by an American author. It stars the Scotland Yard superintendent, Duncan Kincaid, and his sergeant, Gemma Jones, as they investigate the drowning of the black sheep of a wealthy family. Zest is added to the probe by the growing attraction between Kincaid and the victim's widow, something which his lady sergeant frowns upon.

I never tire of English mysteries, especially on a cold winter night with a hot cup of tea.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Melvil Mondays: The 400s

It's the last Monday of October! As we move into a new month, we also move into a new Dewey range: the 400-409s.

The 400s are for Language.

Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind
by George Lakoff
401.9 L19

  • 400: "Class here interdisciplinary works on language and literature." (I love librarian instruction manuals and guidelines; so reminiscent of "here there be dragons.") 
  • 401: Philosophy and theory
  • 402: Miscellany (I also love that we have these metaphorical "junk drawers" in our Dewey classes... though 402.85 is called out specifically for computer applications)
  • 403: Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and concordances
  • 404: ...Nothing to see here! It's "Unassigned." Move along, move along!
  • 405: Serial publications
  • 406: Organizations and management
  • 407: Education, research, and related topics in linguistics
  • 408: Groups of people (408.9 is "treatment of language with respect to ethnic and national groups")
  • 409: Geographic treatment and biography

Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Reads: Misery

Is there anything more suited to October than a Stephen King novel? Adam Pellman tells us about Misery this week.

Adam Pellman with Misery by Stephen King

I was really into Stephen King during my junior high and high school years, but at this point it's been close to two decades since I read one of his novels.  I'm very much looking forward to jumping back into his work, and since this novel was recently recommended to me by horror writer (and Seton Hill professor) Michael Arnzen, it seemed like the perfect choice.  It also counts toward my reading challenge for the year, which is to read one book published each year since I was born.  This will be my choice from 1987.  Here's an excerpt from the book's publisher description:

"Paul Sheldon, author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one winter day in a strange place, a secluded farmhouse in Colorado.  He wakes up to unspeakable pain (a dislocated pelvis, a crushed knee, two shattered legs) and to a bizarre greeting from the woman who has saved his life: 'I'm your number one fan!'

Annie Wilkes is a huge ex-nurse, handy with controlled substances and other instruments of abuse, including an axe and a blowtorch.  A dangerous psychotic with a Romper Room sense of good and bad, fair and unfair, Annie Wilkes may be Stephen King's most terrifying creation."

Monday, October 22, 2018

Melvil Mondays: The 300s

Monday, Monday...

It was too hard to pick one book from the 300-309 range, so we have a variety. The 300s are for the social sciences. You'll find "philosophy and theory" in the 300.1s, "miscellany" in the 300.2s, and "sociology and anthropology" in most of the rest of this range. This includes topics such as "Social interactions" and "Culture and institutions," so lots of good stuff in here.

Honey, I'm Home!: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream
by Gerard Jones
302.2345 J77
A Natural History of Love
by Diane Ackerman
302.3 A18

Why Empathy Matters
by J.D. Trout
303.372 T86

Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion
by Randal Marlin
303.375 M34

Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women int he Twentieth Century
by Betsy Israel
305.4896 I85
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond
304.28 D53

History of Prostitution Among All the People of the World
by P.L. Jacob
306.7409 J15, vol. 1&2

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Reads: The Great Lakes

Do you need a vacation... or at least a virtual one? Join our Serials Librarian, Judith Koveleskie, on a mental trip to the Great Lakes region with The Great Lakes by Pierre Berton. We hear the lake country is lovely this time of year. 

Judith Koveleskie with The Great Lakes by Pierre Berton

"The Great Lakes have always held a particular fascination for me, so finding this book on our shelves was a delight.   Although it is over twenty years old, I found it interesting because it was published in Canada and offered a somewhat different perspective on the lakes.  It included history, culture, geography and many other fascinating features along with gorgeous photographs.  One of the items on my bucket list is to take a cruise on all of the Great Lakes and this book has whetted my appetite for that adventure."

Monday, October 15, 2018

Melvil Mondays: The 200s

Happy Monday!

We are already to the 200s! The 200s collect the religion books. The 200.1-.9 section contains "standard subdivisions" (ask our cataloging librarian, Adam Pellman); 201-209 are "specific aspects of religion," as well as "specific topic[s] in comparative religion, religions other than Christianity."

South and Meso-American Native Spirituality
edited by Gary H. Gossen
200.98 S72

Can Christians Be Educated?
by Morton Kelsey
207 K29

The Wild Goats of Sin Gedi
by Herbert Weiner
209.5694 W42

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Reads: Mister Rogers Talks With Parents

Happy Friday! This week, public services librarian Kelly Clever shares her recent read, Mister Rogers Talks With Parents by Fred Rogers and Barry Head:

Kelly Clever with Mister Rogers Talks With Parents

"Since having my son (who had a meltdown in Rite Aid this morning, by the way), it has become very clear to me that no parent actually knows what they're doing. If anyone ever got close, though, I'd say it was probably Mister Rogers.

"Like nearly every other 80's baby in America, I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first episodes, and since I live near where he grew up as a boy, there have been a lot of celebrations going on. When I found out that he had written a book to parents, I knew I had to read it.

"I've been so impressed by Mister Rogers' deep study of early childhood development and education. The book is written in his trademark easy-to-understand style, but it's obvious from the front matter and many of the examples he uses throughout the book that he used the best available research and consulted with leading experts of the day as he developed his television episodes and other materials.

"While I usually tell our education and psychology students to look for more recent publications than a book from 1983, I think most of Mister Rogers' observations and advice stand the test of time. (Just make sure to also use plenty of more current stuff to see how the fields have progressed in the last 35 years.)

"If you're a Mister Rogers fan, you're in a great location; he grew up in Latrobe, just down Route 30 from SHU. Why not take an afternoon to go visit Adams Memorial Library (which has plenty of Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger stuff throughout the building), walk over to Fred Rogers Memorial Park and take a selfie with the statue, stop by the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, and wrap up with a quiet visit to Mister Rogers' final resting place in Unity Cemetery?"

Monday, October 8, 2018

Melvil Mondays: The 100s

Welcome back!

This week we move on to the 100s. Hope your brain is warmed up and ready for this, because the 100s hold works on "Philosophy, parapsychology and occultism, [and] psychology."

The 100s are books about philosophy in general. The 101-109s hold philosophical theory, "miscellany of philosophy," reference materials for the study of philosophy, and more.
Plato's Sun: An Introduction to Philosophy
by Andrew Lawless
100 L41

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday Reads: Night Film

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian Adam Pellman is reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Here's his take:
Adam Pellman with Night Film

"On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova--a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years."--Publisher description.

I initially picked this novel up because it is, in part, about a mysterious film director, and I'm a big film buff.  It seemed right up my alley.  It's a really engaging mystery, and it's pretty spooky, too, so it was a good reading choice as we get close to Halloween.

Hours for Extended Weekend


October 7 (Sunday)                 CLOSED
October 8 - 9              8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Introducing Melvil Mondays: The 000s

Aliens in the Skies:
The New UFO Battle of the Scientists
by John G. Fuller
001.9 F96
We're starting a new blog and social media series! We're going to be exploring some of the books in our print collection. (Yes, we still have a print books collection.)

We're calling this series "Melvil Mondays" in honor of Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, which we use here at Seton Hill to organize our collection.

We'll be working our way through the different "hundreds," one "ten" at a time. So this week we'll look at a book located somewhere between 000-009, and next time we'll peek at a book from the 100-109s, and so on. Eventually we hope to wrap back around to the "zeros" and go through the "zero-tens" and then to the "one-tens," etc. We'll see how it goes. It's an untraditional way to meander through Dewey, but this path will let us explore different fields of knowledge without getting too bogged down in any one discipline at a time.

First up are the Zeros! Here you'll find "Computer science, information, general works." And weirdness.

001-006 ambitiously attempts to house "knowledge, the book, systems, computer science." The 007-009 have not been assigned anything.

Amusingly, "knowledge" includes .9, "Controversial knowledge." So you'll find books about UFOs smushed up against programming manuals for Linux.

Friday, September 28, 2018

October DVD Spotlight: Horror Films

October is almost here, and that means it's horror movie season!  If you're looking for thrills and chills, Reeves Memorial Library has got you covered.  We've got scary movies about all manner of things that go bump in the night, from vampires and zombies to mutant animals and murderous aliens.  And let's not forget the scariest monster of all, humankind.

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

Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele's acclaimed hit, about a young African-American man's nightmarish weekend visit to his white girlfriend's parents' house, is the perfect combination of slowly-escalating unease, disturbing horror, and brilliant social commentary.

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.

The Thing (1982)
Tension and paranoia abound in John Carpenter's gory horror classic, about an Antarctic research station that comes under attack by a shapeshifting alien.

Stop by the library and check one out today ... if you dare.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Homecoming Book Sale

Seton Hill's Homecoming is approaching, and with it, our annual book sale!

As in past years, we'll be charging a dollar per vertical stacked inch. Pile up your purchases and we'll measure them at the desk! We encourage people to bring their own reusable bags, but we'll have a few plastic bags on hand if you forget yours.

28 (Fri.) 9:00 am – 4:50 pm
29 (Sat.) 9:00 am – 4:50 pm
30 (Sun.) 1:00 pm – 11:50 pm

Reeves Learning Commons Room 116 (near the front information desk on the main level)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Non-Book Club!

Does reading a whole book just for fun sound impossible with everything else you have going on? Okay. But could you listen to a 30-minute podcast and chat about it over lunch? Then join the very low-stress The Non-Book Club at our inaugural meeting on Thursday (or, if that doesn't work with your schedule, catch us on Wednesday, September 19th)!

No grades, no attendance logs, no pressure! Just listen to a good story and join us as we share our thoughts on the first Thursdays and third Wednesdays of the month. Takeout lunch containers and/or brown bag lunches are encouraged. :)

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome!

You can see what we'll be listening to and where and when we're meeting on the The Non-Book Club page: This week, we're listening to episode 9 of the Levar Burton Reads podcast, the short story "1000-Year-Old Ghosts" by Laura Chow Reeve