CHECK THIS OUT! – Internet Favorites In Real Life

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Some of your favorite web-based authors and artists have been working hard to get their work off the Internet and into your hands, through the timeless magic of book publishing! So if you feel like spending some time with a “real” book instead of endlessly scrolling on a screen, check out these picks.

Maybe you’re familiar with the long-running, delightfully geeky xkcd webcomic? Creator Randall Munroe recently released What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, a book that seeks to solve ridiculous questions submitted by his readers (“If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time, would it change color?”) using math, science, logic, and dozens of stick figure djane eyre coverrawings. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll enjoy the footnotes.

Speaking of laughing and learning, Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters rewards you for having paid attention in class — the more you remember about literary classics such as Hamlet, Don QuixotePride & Prejudice, and The Great Gatsby, the harder you’ll laugh at the jokes. But don’t worry if you’ve forgotten everything from AP English! You’ll also find sections on The Baby-Sitters Club, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. These imagined text message conversations originated as a column on The Hairpin and continued on Ortberg’s website The Toast before being published as this charming, bright yellow book.hyperbole and a half

And speaking of bright yellow books! Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half has turned some of the best content from her website (as well as some brand new material) into Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. This color-saturated book features Brosh’s signature Microsoft Paint illustrations and her “I can’t believe that really happened!” storytelling style. Brosh tackles everything from birthday cake to clinical depression to goose attacks, always with an eye to the hilariously absurd. This book has become one of the most popular graphic novels in our collection, and when you check it out you’ll see why.

Each of these titles can be found in the Leisure Reading section, located across from the Borrower Services desk (it’s the first shelf you’ll see when you walk into the library). Do you have a favorite website-turned-book? Let us know, and we might add it to our collection!

CHECK THIS OUT!–Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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In celebration of summer vacation, why not check out a leisure reading book, sit outside (or inside in the air conditioning) and read? I recommend Station Eleven, which follows a group of people whose lives begin to intersect because of the death of an actor on the night before the world ends.

Arthur Leander, an actor, has a heart attack and dies on stage while performing King Lear. Jeevan, a paparazzi-turned bartender-turned paparazzi-turned paramedic tries to resuscitate him, and when he can’t, he comforts Kirsten, a child actress in the play. Later that night, a pandemic erupts and a flu-like disease kills almost everyone and effectively ending the world as we know it.

This story spans decades as we follow different characters, all connected by some kind of relationship to Arthur. We see Arthur’s ascent (or descent) into fame as well as the outbreak through the eyes of his first ex-wife Miranda and his close friend Clark. We see what the early days of the infection were like from Jeevan, who gets a phone call from his friend who works in a hospital telling him to get out before the planes were grounded. Because he can’t leave his brother, he stays and we see what the early days of the outbreak were like in the city before Jeevan sets out into the unknown. We see the future through Kirsten, (now grown up and skilled at throwing knives,) part of a traveling orchestra/Shakespearean play company in the post-apocalyptic future. Throw in a cult leader named The Prophet and a comic book called Station Eleven, and you’ve got an interesting plot that ties all these characters together into one cohesive story.

–Review by Becca

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CHECK THIS OUT!– DVDs

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It’s finals week, and I know everyone’s working hard, so this week we’re highlighting the library’s DVD collection. Most of you know that we have documentaries and other educational films, but you may not know that also we also have movies like Paprika, High School Musical, and Nacho Libre. Take a study break: check out a movie, grab a few friends, and relax for a few hours between finals!

To take see what DVDs we have, click here!

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Library Schedule for Final Exams and Senior Week, May 1-17

Not to scare you, but finals are almost here.  As always, we’ll be offering an expanded schedule throughout exams to help you with study needs:

Friday, May 1: 7:30am to Midnight

Saturday, May 2: 10am to Midnight

Sunday, May 3: 10am to 2am

Monday, May 4 – Thursday, May 7: 7am to 2am

Friday, May 8: 7am to Midnight

Saturday, May 9: 8am to Midnight

Sunday, May 10: 10am to 2am

Monday, May 11: 7am to 2am

Tuesday, May 12: 7am to 6pm

Wednesday, May 13 – Friday, May 15: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Saturday May 16 (Graduation Day!): Noon to 3pm

Sunday, May 17: CLOSED

Best of luck with exams, and congratulations to everyone who will be graduating!

CHECK THIS OUT! – Be a Brilliant Leader

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree 

 

With the end of the school year, we know that you are planning ahead for the summer job or internship plans. As you work to succeed and gain more experience, you will always be in positions of leadership. You could be working within a team or managing a large group of people, but you will always called to show Bryant’s “Character of Success”

The library has created a display in the second floor area (Silent Study Area) that showcase some of the great books and activity books that we hold, designed to inspire leadership and guide you as you navigate your work environment. Here’s a highlight of some of the free resources available to you.

 

Leaders Eat Last: Why some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

“Sinek reveals the next step in creating happier and healthier organizations. He helps us understand, in simple terms, the biology of trust and cooperation and why they’re essential to our success and fulfillment. Organizations that create environments in which trust and cooperation thrive vastly out perform their competition. And, not coincidentally, their employees love working there. But “truly human” cultures don’t just happen; they are intentionally created by great leaders.”

 

 

 

Act like a Leader, Think like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

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Act like a Leader, Think like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

“Leadership expert Herminia Ibarra (INSEAD) upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first-and then change your way of thinking. In this unconventional book, Ibarra, one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership transitions, provides the first practical guide on how to change when you also need to lead. Defying standard leadership development guidance, which encourages deep self-reflection into strengths and weaknesses, this book shows that the most effective way to change is through action, not analysis, and by learning from experience, not introspection. In short, it will teach you to change from the outside in by first acting like a leader and then thinking like one.”

 

 

 

Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel

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Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel

“Kiel offers us the findings of a new study that tell us how to grow and develop that kind of extraordinary leadership. This groundbreaking book is based on Kiel’s seven years of rigorous research into the “black box” that contains the little understood connection between character, leadership excellence, and organizational results. Kiel’s evidence not only draws a hard and direct link between strong character and strong business results, his findings go on to identify the specific character habits of exceptional leadership and how they play a role in shaping every facet of the organization.”

Remember the Rule of Threes when booking a study room!

study room rule of threesThis is an especially busy time of year for study room bookings at the library, and we like to accommodate as many of you as possible, but if you don’t follow our policies we can’t process your bookings, so remember: no more than 3 hours per booking, and no fewer than 3 people in group.

Also, keep in mind that we only allow 6 hours of booking per student per week.

CHECK THIS OUT!– The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

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If you’re like me, you saw the name J.K. Rowling and said “More Harry Potter?!” Nope, (we’ll both have to wait for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie in 2016), but it’s almost as good. The Casual Vacancy is written for an adult audience and focuses on people and personal connections rather than magic.

The Casual Vacancy follows the lives of the people in the small town of Pagford after Barry Fairbrother, member of the city council, dies. During the race to replace his seat, secrets start to appear online about the candidates from someone who claims to be the Barry’s ghost. Though the first secret is posted by one of the teenagers in town, the online persona quickly begins to take on a life of its own.

One of the things that’s interesting about this story and keeps it from slipping into soap opera-esq drama is that the story isn’t told from one person’s point of view—it’s told from everyone’s point of view. The point of view character switches at the beginning of each new chapter, which keeps the story moving at a brisk pace. Not all the characters are likable, but they are realistic, and the opportunity to see the motives behind the behaviors contrasted with how other characters see them is intriguing. The varied perspectives makes for an interesting story about how people relate to one another, and whether they can repair the town’s sense of community after everything that’s revealed during the race.

Check this book out from the leisure reading section of the library on the first floor!

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