Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Independence Day weekend hours

girls with sparklers

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

Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday Reads: Half-Resurrection Blues

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend hours


Image by Matt Sawyers from Pixabay

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Summer library hours


REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS—MAY 12 – AUGUST 25, 2019

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


EXCEPTION DATES

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Library Commencement Weekend



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

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Finals Hours


FINALS WEEK LIBRARY HOURS:

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

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Reads: Excellent Sheep

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Summer Reading Theme: Beach Reads

These “beach reads” may not all be the fluffy fare that is typically associated with shady umbrellas and fruity drinks, but they all have something to do with a beach.
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com


Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family with the Great Depression underway. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished. (Publisher’s summary)

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico The tale of a lonely man, a little girl and a wild goose driven by a storm to the coast of England. The story tells how the man came to the aid of his country in its moment of desperate need and how the bird became a symbol of hope and safety to the lost armies on the beach at Dunkirk. (Publisher’s summary)

“F” is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton Seventeen years after the murder of Jean Timberlake at Floral Beach, her self-confessed killer suddenly reappears, and the case reopens. For Royce Fowler, old and sick with not much time left, his son's reappearance was the chance to heal an old wound. For Kinsey Millhone, the case was a long shot, but she agreed to take it on. She couldn't know then it would lead her to probe the passions buried just below the surface of family relations, where old wounds fester and the most cherished emotions become warped until they fuse into deadly, soul-destroying time bombs. (Adapted publisher’s summary)

The Mind Game by Hector MacDonald When Ben Ashurst agrees to participate in a study of the biology of human emotions for his charismatic Oxford tutor, he can't begin to imagine what lies ahead. With a luxury resort on a beach in Kenya as the site of the experiment and his beautiful new girlfriend along for company, it seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas holidays. But paradise starts to lose its luster when, without warning, Ben finds the experiment veering from abstract scientific theory into terrifyingly real danger. (Publisher’s summary)

Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall Avey Johnson--a black, middle-aged, middle-class widow given to hats, gloves, and pearls--has long since put behind her the Harlem of her childhood. Then on a cruise to the Caribbean with two friends, inspired by a troubling dream, she senses her life beginning to unravel--and in a panic packs her bag in the middle of the night and abandons her friends at the next port of call. The unexpected and beautiful adventure that follows provides Avey with the links to the culture and history she has so long disavowed. (Publisher’s summary)

Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener This collection of tales is set against the background of the South Pacific, the endless ocean, the coral specks called islands, the coconut palms, the reefs, the jungle and the full moon rising against the jungle. The tales are told by a young naval officer whose duties on an Admiral's staff take him up and down the islands. (Publisher’s summary)

Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates It all began when Kelly Kelleher was introduced to The Senator, a man she had wanted to meet since selecting him as the topic of her senior honors thesis. Charmed and infatuated, Kelly eagerly accepts his invitation to leave the island party where they've met and ride back to Boothbay Harbor together on the late night ferry. Those who remember Chappaquiddick can predict Kelly's ultimate fate, but certainly not the horrors she must have suffered strapped to the seat of a car that would become an aqueous death chamber. Immense courage shines through the tangled streams of her thoughts, memories, and hallucinations. As witnesses to her plight, we can only keep vigil as she drifts in and out of consciousness, waiting for the reprieve that surely must be hers. Oates brilliantly redefines the meanings of guilt and innocence, vengeance and reward in this thought-provoking allegory of our life and times. (Library Journal review)

Beach Road by James Patterson Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in America's wealthiest resort town, legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him afloat. His clients make a living serving the rich, and the billionaires and celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll. Then a friend of Tom's is arrested for a triple murder near a movie star's mansion. Tom knows in his gut that Dante Halleyville is innocent, and Dante asks Tom to represent him in what could be the trial of the century. Tom recruits Manhattan superlawyer Kate Costello to help. She's a tough hire, because she's his ex-girlfriend, but she agrees. In their search to find who really executed three locals, Tom orchestrates a series of revelations to expose the killer. And what emerges is staggering--and will shock everyone. (Publisher’s summary)

McNally’s Secret by Lawrence Sanders Something is tarnished on the Gold Coast of Florida--behind Palm Beach's highfalutin' facade bubbles a lowdown brew of blackmail, fraud, adultery, and murder. Playboy/sleuth Archy McNally specializes in discreet cases for his father's old-line law firm. When he is called in to retrieve some property stolen from a wealthy matron's mansion, Archy's genius is put on the line. (Publisher’s summary)

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks Divorced and disillusioned about relationships, Theresa Osborne is jogging when she finds a bottle on the beach. Inside is a letter of love and longing to "Catherine," signed simply "Garrett." Challenged by the mystery and pulled by emotions she doesn't fully understand, Theresa begins a search for this man that will change her life. (Publisher’s summary)

Brazil by John Updike Allusions to Tristan and Isolde dot Updike's fiction, poetry, and even nonfiction, so it is not surprising to find him reimagining their story as a novel. Surprisingly, he places them in the Brazil of the last three decades. His Tristan is a black beach boy, his Isolde the affluent daughter of a career diplomat; their mutual destiny begins when they meet on a Rio beach. Updike's Brazil, described with his customary scrupulous detail, is alien enough to provide a legendary landscape where the lovers must confront tribulations, endure separations and enslavement, survive deadly adventures, and rely on their love literally as their only sustenance. The rich prose is Updike's characteristic own, but he achieves a tone suggesting that of both the medieval troubadours and the modern Latin American fabulists. (Library Journal review)

Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods Forced into early retirement at thirty-seven, smart, attractive, and fiercely independent Major Holly Barker trades in her bars as a military cop for the badge of deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do island town lies an evil that escalates into the cold-blooded murder of one of Holly's new colleagues. An outsider, Holly has little to go on for answers and no one to help her--except Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty that becomes her companion and protector. The closer she gets to the truth, the more Holly knows that it'll take one smart dog with guts to sniff out this killer--before he can catch her first. (Publisher’s summary)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Easter Break Hours

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EASTER BREAK HOURS
April 17                      8:00 a.m.  -  7:50 p.m.
April 18                      8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
April 19 - 21              CLOSED

April 22                     8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Fun with Stats

We've had some inquiries recently about some of the library usage statistics, so here are a few selected bits of data for your perusing pleasure! The infographic is current at the moment, though one of our librarians is retiring at the end of this semester. Also note: the collection bar graph is NOT to scale!




Click through this presentation to see more detailed usage information about our database usage statistics!



Are there any other bits of information you'd like to know about the library? Let us know!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Reading Theme: China

Films set in China are on display over in the O’Hara Room, and in The Reading Room, we’re packing our bags for a fictional trip across the Pacific. We have a significant number of Chinese works in our fiction collection; take the time to acquaint yourself with a new-to-you classic.


Image courtesy of Pixabay.com


My Lucky Face by May-Lee Chai
Possessed of a good-fortune face, according to her imposing Auntie Gao, Lin Jun feels anything but fortunate despite her work, husband, and beloved son. A middle-school teacher in China, she befriends Cynthia, an American woman who has arrived to teach English at her school. Influenced by her formative years in the Cultural Revolution, by her new American friend, and by an awakening sense of self, Lin Jun feels awkward, stupid, and incapable yet dreams of leaving behind her unfulfilling marriage and creating a new life for herself.
(Library Journal review)

The Dragon’s Village by Yuan-tsung Chen
Shanghai, 1949: we look through the eyes of Guan Ling-ling, a headstrong, idealistic seventeen-year-old. As her family departs for Hong Kong, Ling-ling boldly chooses to stay, and joins a revolutionary theater group which soon leaves the city to carry out the new reforms in the Chinese countryside. After a scant few weeks' preparation, this city-bred schoolgirl suddenly finds herself in one of China's most remote and impoverished areas, a world so far from her own experience that she can barely understand the lives she has been sent to change. (Publisher’s summary)

Nobel House: A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong by James Clavell
The tai-pan, Ian Dunross, struggles to rescue Struan's from the precarious financial position left by his predecessor. To do this, he seeks partnership with an American millionaire, while trying to ward off his arch-rival Quillan Gornt, who seeks to destroy Struan's once and for all. Meanwhile, Chinese communists, Taiwanese nationalists, and Soviet spies illegally vie for influence in Hong Kong while the British government seeks to prevent this. And nobody, it seems, can get anything done without enlisting the aid of Hong Kong's criminal underworld. (Publisher’s summary)

A Floating Life: The Adventures of Li Po by Simon Elegant
History and legend combine brilliantly in Simon Elegant's bawdy "autobiographical" account of China's famed rabble-rousing versemaker Li Po. On a lavishly outfitted river barge in ancient China, a studious young vintner's son takes down the life story of the extraordinary Tang Dynasty poet-in-exile, none other than the "Banished Immortal" himself, the great Li Po.Li Po relives his outlandish adventures, from riding on the back of an enormous eagle to working for a brutal butcher as a Pigboy-in-training, and struggling to make his mark at the court of China's most glorious emperor. (Publisher’s summary)

Soul Mountain by Xingjian Gao
In 1983, Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death.But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer--he had won "a second reprieve from death." Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing and began a journey of 15,000 kilometers into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain (Publisher’s summary)

The Chinese Lake Murders by Robert van Gulik
The Chinese Lake Murders describes how Judge Dee solves three difficult cases in A.D. 666, shortly after he has been appointed magistrate of Han-yuan.

"[Robert van Gulik] deftly interweaves three criminal cases involving exotic yet universally recognizable characters, then has his Judge Dee provide a surprising yet most plausible solution."--New York Times Book Review
(Publisher’s summary)

The Binding Chair, or, A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society by Kathryn Harrison
In poised and elegant prose, Kathryn Harrison weaves a stunning story of women, travel, and flight; of love, revenge, and fear; of the search for home and the need to escape it. Set in alluring Shanghai at the turn of the century, The Binding Chair intertwines the destinies of a Chinese woman determined to forget her past and a Western girl focused on the promises of the future. (Publisher’s summary)

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in Old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Now, as the world lurches towards total war, Banks realizes that the time has come for him to return to the city of his childhood and at last solve the mystery - that only by doing so will civilization be saved from the approaching catastrophe. (Publisher’s summary)

Waiting by Ha Jin
This is the story of Lin Kong, a man living in two worlds, struggling with the conflicting claims of two utterly different women as he moves through the political minefields of a society designed to regulate his every move and stifle the promptings of his innermost heart. (Publisher’s summary)

Camel Xiangzi by Lao She
Fictionalized account of the author's experiences in his early youth with the poverty of his family and neighbors. The story takes place in China before the Communist take-over and Chairman Mao's rise to power. The author came to see communism and Mao as the solution to the poverty of the masses. (Publisher’s summary)

The Family by Jin Ba
The first half of the 20th century was a period of great turmoil in China, with thousands of years of established civilization being uprooted by a radical socialist revolution. Family, one of the most popular Chinese novels of that time, vividly reflects that turmoil and serves as a basis for understanding what followed… Drawn largely from Ba Jin's own experience, Family is the story of the Kao family compound, consisting of four generations plus servants; it's essentially a picture of the conflict between old China and the new tide rising to destroy it, as manifested in the daily lives of the Kao family. (Publisher’s summary)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.

With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. (Publisher’s summary)

The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attache in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923. (Publisher’s summary)

Old Well by Yi Zheng
This novel from contemporary China tells the story of life in Old Well, a peasant village struggling against a perennial lack of water. Sun Wangquan is continuing the family tradition of digging new wells, a task that has claimed the lives of several of his ancestors, but he is the first to apply modern scientific methods. Much of the narrative is devoted to the love triangle of Sun Wangquan, his traditional wife Duan Xifeng, and the modern woman Zhao Qiaoying who has captured his heart. (Library Journal review)

April DVD Spotlight: The Cinema of China and Hong Kong

For this month's DVD spotlight, we're heading across the globe to celebrate the cinematic output of China and Hong Kong.  While both mainland China and the former British colony of Hong Kong had distinctive film industries for much of the 20th century, it was only in recent decades that films from these industries gained international prominence.  The energy and style of directors like John Woo, Tsui Hark, and Wong Kar-Wai led to a boom in popularity among Hong Kong films in the 1980s and 1990s, while at the same time China's "Fifth Generation" of directors, such as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige, drew global acclaim for their work.  We've got a wide variety of films from this period and later, spanning a range of genres.

Featured titles include:

Chungking Express (1994)
A pair of intertwined love stories unfold against the backdrop of a bustling Hong Kong shopping center in this celebrated gem from Wong Kar-Wai.

Farewell My Concubine (1993)
This exquisite historical drama follows two orphans who spend their lives as performers in the Peking Opera.

Hard Boiled (1992)
A die-hard Hong Kong cop teams up with an undercover agent to bring down a mob of smugglers in John Woo's influential shoot-'em-up classic, arguably the best action film ever made.

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

Infernal Affairs (2002)
In this stylish thriller that inspired the Oscar-winning gangster film The Departed, a cat-and-mouse game ensues when an undercover cop infiltrates the mob, only to discover that the mob may have a mole within the police.

Shower (1999)
In this winning comedy, a successful businessman returns home and develops a new appreciation for the traditional bath house run by his family.

To Live (1994)
This sweeping historical epic, from acclaimed director Zhang Yimou, depicts a family's struggle to survive across four decades of tumult and social change in 20th-century China.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday Reads: The Stranger Diaries

This week, Judith Koveleskie tells us about The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffith.

Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

This mystery that reads like a novel has three main characters: Clare (A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland), Georgia (her daughter) and Harbinder (a gay Indian Detective Sergeant). 

When another teacher is murdered, Harbinder is called in to investigate.  Clare soon discovers that someone else is leaving mysterious entries in her diary commenting on what she writes and seemingly tying her to the murder.  Other clues seem to indicate that events in a Holland short story may be coming true.

Descriptions of what is happening are presented in separate sections from the point of view of each of the three  women.  The story also deals with family relationships, especially those between mothers and daughters.

As usual, Elly Griffith weaves a spellbinding tale that is gripping to the very end.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday Reads: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Happy Friday!  Adam Pellman shares the nonfiction book he's reading: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, written by James Agee, with photographs by Walker Evans.

Adam Pellman is reading Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
by James Agee and Walker Evans

I first discovered the American writer James Agee when I was in film school as an undergraduate.  Agee wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite films, The Night of the Hunter (which you should absolutely watch if you've never seen it), and he was also a noted film critic.  I have yet to read his celebrated novel A Death in the Family, but I'm currently reading this nonfiction book, in which he chronicles the lives of poor tenant farm families in rural Alabama during the Great Depression (fun!).  The families live in utter destitution, but Agee describes their existence in some of the most elegant prose I've ever read.

In fact, at times Agee's writing is almost too poetic, so much so that I sometimes lose focus a bit as, for example, he spends several pages describing the furniture and personal belongings in a farmhouse bedroom.  Still, I find myself feeling a great appreciation for his mastery of language, and for the ways he reflects upon his own role as an outsider who has come to "spy" on these poor families.  Agee includes little bits of self-reflexive humor (e.g., including a brief quotation before the start of the main text, with a footnote that reads, "These words are quoted here to mislead those who will be misled by them"), and he is such a talented writer that his descriptions sometimes make me go back and re-read them.  One of my favorite passages reveals the backbreaking hardship of these families' daily lives, describing how one of the wives awakens in exhaustion each morning:

"She has not lacked in utter tiredness, like a load in her whole body, a day since she was a young girl, nor will she ever lack it again; and is of that tribe who by glandular arrangement seem to exhaust rather than renew themselves with sleep, and to whom the act of getting up is almost unendurably painful."

I've been pretty blown away by the writing in this book, so I'm looking forward to reading Agee's fiction in the near future.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Reads: The Library Book

Kelly Clever is listening to another audiobook, but this week it's non-fiction: Susan Orlean's The Library Book.

Kelly Clever is listening to The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This was my book club's pick for last month. My library hold came in the day after our meeting, but I decided to listen to it, anyway.

I'm sure that I must have learned about the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire when I was in graduate school, but if so, the knowledge was long ago buried under detritus about gray literature, Princeton files, and how to clear paper jams out of the public printers. The Library Book takes a thorough look at the day of the fire and the herculean salvage efforts that followed. It also delves into the life of the man who may or may not have deliberately started the inferno.

In addition to talking about the fire, Orlean meanders through the history of libraries and also takes a look at their present day. She's surprised to learn that modern libraries are de facto homeless shelters; that they offer lectures and classes; that a director is part social worker, part properties manager, and part scholar; and that a central library's shipping department packs and sends out an entire branch library's worth of books and other materials every single week.

My book club friends liked the book well enough, but none of them were riveted. Personally, I'm loving it. If you're a librarian or an aspiring one, or the particular kind of book lover who daydreams about Belle's library from Beauty and the Beast, you'll probably love it, too. The author reads the audiobook, and she speaks very slowly, so I'm listening to it at 1.5x speed. If you haven't already downloaded the Libby app from OverDrive, do that and enter your public library card number so you can explore the wealth of audiobooks and ebooks that are at your fingertips!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Research Award deadline just around the corner!


Remember to get your Research Award entries in by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 17th!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Reading Theme: California Dreaming


For March, we’re dreaming of sunnier climes… particularly California.


Image courtesy of Pixabay.com


The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve. First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir . It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger. (Publisher’s summary)



Home Free: A Novel by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

On Christmas Eve, two life-altering events are thrust upon Kate, a traditional middle-class housewife, without warning. Cliff, her husband of 25 years, announces he is leaving her for his old flame. Then, Ford, who is living in a dilapidated station wagon, appears at Kate's doorstep. Having lost their Iowa farm, Ford and his family have moved to California to begin a new life. Desperate for shelter, Ford leaves his wife and children in a seedy hostel for women while he searches for work. When Kate reunites Ford's family under her roof, her life begins anew as she champions the plight of the homeless. (Publisher’s summary)



The Goodbye Look by Ross Macdonald

Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry Chalmers. The prime suspect, their son Nick, has a talent for disappearing, and the Chalmerses are a family with money and memories to burn. As Archer zeros in on Nick, he discovers a troubled blonde, a stash of wartime letters, a mysterious hobo. (Publisher’s summary)



A Shooting Star by Wallace Stegner

Sabrina Castro, an attractive woman with a strong New England heritage, is married to a wealthy, older California physician who no longer fulfills her dreams. An almost accidental misstep leads her down the slow descent of moral disintegration, until there is no place for her to go but up and out. (Publisher’s summary)



How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto

Meeting at their quilting circle every week, the women of the small town of Grasse share their personal stories, beginning a tradition that encompasses a half century of American history. (Publisher’s summary)



Mixed Blessings by Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel weaves a powerful tale of three couples who face decisions about having children that will test, in unexpected ways, the ties that bind them as lovers, partners, and friends. Their lives, their goals, their feelings about families, are on the line, as the word "infertility" begins to unravel their dreams. (Publisher’s summary)



“A” is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery by Sue Grafton

READ THE SENSATIONAL BLOCKBUSTER THAT STARTED IT ALL! Take it from the top in # 1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton's knockout thriller that introduced detective Kinsey Millhone--and a hot new attitude--to crime fiction... A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she's got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes… That's why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she's out on parole and needs Kinsey's help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki's bad name won't be easy. (Publisher’s summary)



The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor

If Huck Finn had gone West during the Gold Rush and lived to tell about it, he might have sounded much like Jaimie McPheeters in describing his incredibly hazardous trek by wagon train to California in 1849. Jaimie shares the storytelling with his father, an intelligent Scottish doctor whose ebullient personality is only slightly undermined by a weakness for gambling and strong drink. (Library Journal review) ***Pulitzer Prize winner, 1959***

Friday Reads: West Newton

Today Judith Koveleskie shares a book about her hometown-- West Newton: Memories of an Old Town by Florilla W. Albig
Judith Koveleskie with West Newton: Memories of an Old Town



This limited edition book about my hometown was published for the Bicentennial Year. Mrs. Albig was the editor of the local paper and this book captures the town at that moment in time. Although most of the businesses and some of the structures are no longer there, the spirit of the town remains strong. Although I have not lived there for over 50 years, it is still home to me and I return as often as I can.

The book was a gift to Reeves Library from George R. Sweeney who was prominent in Westmoreland County and served as head of the Municipal Authority for nearly 35 years. News clippings about him are inserted in the back of the book.

Although I enjoyed reading this book again, I realize that it conforms to the WASP mindset that was prevalent at the time. We did have Catholics and African Americans who made contributions to the the town, but except for pictures of their churches, they are not mentioned. Perhaps in the future, someone else can write a book that is more inclusive. One of our most gifted residents was a young man in my high school class who achieved much in the world of art https://gregthompsonfineart.com/project/tarrence-corbin/

March DVD Spotlight: Comedies

We're looking to tickle your funny bone with our newest DVD display!  All through the month of March, we're highlighting the comedy films in our collection.  We've got something for every sense of humor, from witty Hollywood classics like His Girl Friday (1940) and Ninotchka (1939), to hilarious modern crowd-pleasers like Groundhog Day (1993) and The Wedding Singer (1998).  If you enjoy British humor, you might check out the hysterically funny crime caper A Fish Called Wanda (1988).  Whether you like romantic comedies, action comedies (we're looking at you, Hot Fuzz (2007)), or dark comedies, we've got you covered.

Featured titles include:

Adaptation (2002)
Nicolas Cage plays identical twin brothers, one of whom is struggling to adapt an acclaimed non-fiction book into a screenplay, in this surreal comic masterpiece.

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.

Bull Durham (1988)
Sports, romance, and comedy meld perfectly in this film about an aging minor league catcher who is brought in to "mature" a young pitching prospect, and who falls for a local baseball groupie.

The Firemen's Ball (1967)
This Czech satire chronicles a local firemen's ball where everything goes hilariously wrong, from an ill-fated beauty pageant to a lottery in which all the prizes have been stolen.

Heathers (1988)
This blistering teen satire, about a high school girl who teams up with a sociopathic fellow student to murder the members of a snobby clique, makes Mean Girls look like a Hallmark movie.  But, we also have:

Mean Girls (2004)
A smart, hilarious comedy about a formerly home-schooled teen who struggles to navigate the social landscape of her new high school.

Trouble in Paradise (1932)
A mischievous, sophisticated romantic comedy about a thief and a pickpocket who fall in love, then scheme to rob a beautiful perfume company executive.

Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Nobody does mockumentary comedy better than writer/director Christopher Guest, and this film, about a small-town amateur theatre troupe putting on a musical to celebrate the town's 150th anniversary, may be his funniest film.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday Reads: Stiff

Dr. Stanley has another eclectic pick for us this week-- Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. (Side note: it's never boring having David for a boss!)

David Stanley is reading Stiff by Mary Roach

I enjoy all genres of books. I like humor. I like fiction. I like non-fiction. I like the macabre. I like science. This books, believe it or not, contains bits of all of the above. This book was recommended to me by someone who for one reason or another thought it was a topic I would enjoy—he was right.

When most people think about death they never really consider much other than burial, cremation, donation, or other generalities. What this book does is explore the various specific paths that a person’s remains can take from the moment of death until final disposal. Although at times the narrative can be a bit “descriptive” it is eye opening as to the many ways that people can continue to assist mankind after they shuffle off this mortal coil.

I’ve been aware of how cadavers are used in medicine but it was interesting to learn of some of the specifics of how they help to hone the skills of physicians and other professionals. These bodies also assist in ways that surprised me: think crash dummies, and in ways that I had read about in the past: think methods of decomposition.

All in all it’s nice to see that these people were/are altruistic at a time when many have been laid to rest. It makes me appreciate what they continue to do and the respect that they are still accorded for their final sacrifices.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Reads: Samaritan

We made it to another Friday! Today Adam Pellman shares Samaritan by Richard Price, a crime novel that dives beneath the surface.

Adam Pellman is reading Samaritan by Richard Price

While I enjoy whodunits and traditional detective stories, I often prefer "literary" crime fiction that is more character- and setting-driven, and that is focused less on revealing a criminal's identity than on revealing some deeper truth about the human condition.  Richard Price is a crime writer whose work definitely falls into the latter category.  I've read two of his other novels, Clockers and Lush Life, and both were excellent.  Samaritan is about a former television writer, Ray Mitchell, who returns to urban New Jersey to teach a creative writing seminar at his old high school.  After Ray is beaten nearly to death in his apartment, and refuses to cooperate with the police, a former childhood acquaintance of his, police detective Nerese Ammons, decides to work the case and find out what happened, and why.

As an avid reader, I was pleased to discover a passage early in this novel that perfectly illustrates one of the reasons I love to read:

"What we really get out of the good books we read is self-recognition. We read and discover stuff about life that we already knew, except that we didn't know we knew it until we read it in a particular book. And this self-recognition, this discovering ourselves in the writings of others can be very exciting, can make us feel a little less isolated inside our own thing and a little more connected to the larger world."

Monday, February 11, 2019

Melvil Mondays: 900-909

We've finally reached the 900s, which are for "History, geography, and auxiliary disciplines." Here are the "standard subdivisions" for 900-909:



  • 900 - Standard subdivisions of geography and history
  • 901 - Philosophy and theory of history
  • 902 - Miscellany of history
902 G888
The Timetables of History
by Bernard Grun

  • 903 - History dictionaries, encyclopedias, and concordances
  • 904 - Collected accounts-- "class here adventure"
  • 905 - Serial history publications
  • 906 - History organizations and management of history
  • 907 - History research, education, and related topics
907.2 C77
History/Writing
By Albert Cook

  • 908 - "History with respect to groups of people"
  • 909 - World history-- "Civilization and events not limited by continent, country, locality."

909.07 C17i v. 1-3
The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Middle Ages
edited by Robert Fossier

Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Reads (or listens): The Raven King

Happy Friday! Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever has moved on to the final book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater; the last time she was on Friday Reads, she was listening to the previous book.

Kelly Clever is listening to The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I decided to not take years off in between books in the series this time. Blue Lily, Lily Blue ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I was hoping that The Raven King would pick back up where it left off. It hasn't, but I'm enjoying the ride that it is and expect that everything will come together in the end.

I haven't had much time for "real" reading since the semester started up, so expect to see a lot of audiobooks as my Friday Reads features for the foreseeable future!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

It's Children's Authors & Illustrators Week



The Children's Authors Network has some suggestions for ways to celebrate; we also recommend visiting our children's room in the Learning Commons!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Reading Theme: Best Pictures


This seems a little bit like deja vu, considering that we just did “movies into films,” but we’re pairing up with the DVD Spotlight on Oscar Winners. Here are books that were made into Best Picture-winning films-- listed in order of release date!







Image courtesy of Pixabay.com





All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers, but their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches... (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)


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave. (Publisher’s summary)


How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
Growing up in a mining community in rural South Wales, Huw Morgan is taught many harsh lessons - at the kitchen table, at Chapel and around the pit-head. Looking back on the hardships of his early life, where difficult days are faced with courage but the valleys swell with the sound of Welsh voices, it becomes clear that there is nowhere so green as the landscape of his own memory. (Publisher’s summary)


Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther

This book is in no way about action or adventure of war. Instead it is overflowing with observations about human nature that were amazingly accurate - the kind of thing that you never thought of before but once put into words you realize that so many feelings and actions are universal to the human race. Mrs. Miniver musings include trying to put words to the sound that her windshield wipers make and mustering up false urgency to Christmas shop early… Meanwhile, the war is brewing and Mrs Miniver takes her children to be fitted for gas masks. She also goes to the dentist and watches the last autumn leaf fall from the tree outside her window…so life is going on while the world slowly boils... (Goodreads review by Jennifer)


Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson

Journalist Philip Green has just moved to New York City from California when the Third Reich falls. To mark this moment in history, his editor at Smith’s Weekly Magazine assigns Phil a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. In order to experience anti-Semitism firsthand, Phil, a Christian, decides to pose as a Jew. What he discovers about the rampant bigotry in America will change him forever. (Publisher’s summary)


All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

More than just a classic political novel, Warren’s tale of power and corruption in the Depression-era South is a sustained meditation on the unforeseen consequences of every human act, the vexing connectedness of all people and the possibility—it’s not much of one—of goodness in a sinful world. Willie Stark, Warren’s lightly disguised version of Huey Long, the onetime Louisiana strongman/governor, begins as a genuine tribune of the people and ends as a murderous populist demagogue. Jack Burden is his press agent, who carries out the boss’s orders, first without objection, then in the face of his own increasingly troubled conscience. And the politics? For Warren, that’s simply the arena most likely to prove that man is a fallen creature. Which it does. (Publisher’s summary)


From Here to Eternity by James Jones

In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier's life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair... in the most important American novel to come out of World War II, a masterpiece that captures as no other the honor and savagery of men. (Publisher’s summary)


Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace


Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880) by Lew Wallace is one of the most popular and beloved 19th century American novels. This faithful New Testament tale combines the events of the life of Jesus with grand historical spectacle in the exciting story of Judah of the House of Hur, a man who finds extraordinary redemption for himself and his family.A classic of faith, fortitude, and inspiration.. (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. (Penguin.com via Goodreads.com)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. (Publisher’s summary)



Ordinary People by Judith Guest

In Ordinary People, Judith Guest’s remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain...and ultimate healing. (Publisher’s summary)



Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

An Oscar-winning story of a memorable mother and her fiesty daughter who find the courage and humor to live through life's hazards and to love each other as never before. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove created two characters who won the hearts of readers and moviegoers everywhere--Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma. (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 Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed towards Mordor to destroy the Ring, accompanied by SmEagol--Gollum, still obsessed by his 'precious'. After a battle with the giant spider, Shelob, Sam left his master for dead; but Frodo is still alive--in the hands of the Orcs. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing. (Publisher’s summary)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1923 now free!

copyright symbol over a keyboard


We've talked about copyright issues quite a few times on our blog and we mention copyright and public domain issues frequently on our social media. And you might have even explored one of our two copyright LibGuides!

If you're a fan of copyright trivia and public domain matters (wait, it's just us?), you'll be excited to hear that, for the first time since 1998, we have a new class of materials entering the public domain due to copyright expiration!

Motherboard covers some of the notable works that are now copyright-free, and also explains where to access this wealth of material. Happy downloading!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Library Research Award



The Reeves Memorial Library Research Award is open and accepting entries! Undergraduate work from the Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters is eligible to be entered. If you're a student who turned in a research project that you are really proud of, enter it! If you're a professor who was really impressed by student work in one of those semesters, suggest the student enter!

The submission deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 17th, 2019. For full details and entry instructions, visit the research award website: https://setonhill.libguides.com/award

Monday, January 28, 2019

Melvil Mondays: 800-809

We're back to class here on The Hill, which means we're also back to Melvil Mondays. We resume in the 800-809s, "Literature (Belles-lettres) and rhetoric." It's more fun than you might think! 

Once again, the 00-09 section of the 800s is reserved for the "Standard subdivisions" and for "rhetoric; collections; history, description, critical appraisal of more than two literatures."


  •  801 - Philosophy and theory (including "techniques and principles of criticism," as depicted here):


801.95 K63
Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed
by Mary Klages

  • 802 - Miscellany
  • 803 - Dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances
  • 804 - Unassigned
  • 805 - Serial publications
  • 806 - Organizations and management
  • 807 - Education, research, related topics



and here's a fun (and crowded) one--



  • 808 - "Rhetoric and collections of literary texts from more than two literatures"


808.042 H161
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
by Constance Hale

808.0666 S41
Science and Technical Writing: A Manual of Style
by Philip Rubens

  808.51 G17
Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
by Carmine Gallo

808.82 B55 1938-39 & 808.82 B55 1940-41
Best Broadcasts of 1938-39 and 1940-41
by Max Wylie


  • 809 - "History, description, critical appraisal of more than two literatures"-- this can include biographies of critics. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Reads: Northumbria

We're all back at it for the semester, but Judith Koveleskie is taking a virtual vacation with Northumbria: English Border Country by Rob Talbot and Robin Whiteman.

Judith Koveleskie with Northumbria: English Border Country
Most people are familiar with many parts of England, from Cornwall to the Yorkshire Dales.   However, Northumbria is less well-known.   Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the largest city, is closer to Edinburgh than to London.   Stretching from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, it includes industrial areas, Roman ruins, and Alnwick Castle the home of the Duke of Northumberland,  It is a fascinating place  and my own interest has grown over the years because I have a penpal who resides in Newcastle and she has told me a great deal about her home country.   Margaret and I have been corresponding for over 50 years, a practice that may seem quaint in the days of the Internet.   This book was a gift from her, just one of many that have informed me about this northernmost part of England.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Spring hours

SPRING 2019 HOURS
January 22, 2019 - May 12, 2019

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

EXCEPTION DATES
January 22                8:00 a.m.  -  7:50 p.m.
February 3                1:00 p.m.  -  5:00 p.m.

SPRING BREAK
March 3                   CLOSED
March 4 - 8              8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
March 10                CLOSED

EASTER BREAK
April 17                      8:00 a.m.  -  7:50 p.m.
April 18                      8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
April 19 - 21              CLOSED
April 22                     8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.

FINALS
May 6 - 9                 8:00 a.m.  -  9:50 p.m.
May 10                    8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.

May 11 - 12             CLOSED

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January-February DVD Spotlight: Oscar Winners

With the announcement of the 2019 Academy Award nominations earlier today, it's a perfect time for our latest DVD display: Oscar Winners!  We've got beloved classic Best Picture winners like Casablanca (1942) and The Godfather (1972), as well as more recent winners such as 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Spotlight (2015).  Whether you like comedy or drama, romance or suspense, we've got something for every movie lover.

Other featured titles include:

Adaptation (2002)
Nicolas Cage plays identical twin brothers, one of whom is struggling to adapt an acclaimed non-fiction book into a screenplay, in this surreal comic masterpiece, which earned Chris Cooper a well-deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

The Departed (2006)
This Boston-set crime epic, about an undercover cop who infiltrates the Irish-American mob, only to discover that said mob may have a mole within the state police, took home the Academy Award for Best Picture, and gave Martin Scorsese his first Best Director Oscar.

Fargo (1996)
Frances McDormand won the first of her two Best Actress statuettes for her endearing portrayal of pregnant Minnesota police chief Marge Gunderson, whose investigation of a roadside murder puts her on the trail of a group of inept kidnappers.

Get Out (2017)
This acclaimed social horror film, about a young African-American man's increasingly unsettling weekend visit to his white girlfriend's parents' house, made writer-director Jordan Peele the first African American to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Jack Nicholson gives an Oscar-winning performance as a rebellious mental ward inmate in this beloved Best Picture winner, which also earned Louise Fletcher the Best Actress award for her turn as the villainous Nurse Ratched.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
This acclaimed horror-thriller, about a young FBI cadet who interviews a notorious serial killer as part of an effort to catch another killer, features Oscar-winning lead performances by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

Titanic (1997)
This Best Picture-winning box office smash, about an aristocratic young woman who falls in love with a poor artist aboard the doomed ocean liner, won a staggering 11 Oscars.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

J-Term hours

...Aaaaand we're back!

Our regular hours for January 2nd - January 21st:

Monday - Friday     8:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Saturday                  9:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Sunday                    CLOSED

We will also be closed on Wednesday, January 16th (for the SHU Winter Workshop) and Monday, January 21st (for Martin Luther King Day).