CHECK THIS OUT!–Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



We’ve got it! This book is the latest publication in the Harry Potter universe (until September anyway), but it’s not written by J.K. Rowling. It’s also not strictly a novel. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play on Broadway, and this book contains the scripts. The play focuses not Harry and Malfloy, but on their children, Albus and Scorpius.

The book has gotten mixed reviews–some love it, some hate it. Why not check it out and join the conversation?




CHECK THIS OUT!—New Non-fiction

It’s August, which means we’ve only got about a month of summer left! If you’re looking to fit in some non-fiction reading before the summer ends, check out some of these books from the New Books display on the second floor:


NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity—Written by WIRED reporter Steve Silberman, this work looks at the history of autism, specifically the suppression of information about autism and the ways we can make the world better place for those on the autism spectrum.

Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement—This book features pieces of writing by 16 current and former prisoners who have been kept in solitary confinement, and explores the legal, ethical, and psychological effects. The preface of this book was written by Sarah Shourd, who was kept in solitary confinement for more than a year.

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-up Bubble—Written by the writer and co-producer of the tv show Silicon Valley, this work details the author’s past working in a start-up tech company. Some examples of chapter titles: “In which I make a very big mistake,” “A disturbance in the farce,” and “The Ron Burgundy of tech.”


The Economics of Race in the United States—This book explores race in the United States and how it effects things like as health care, quality of schooling, and housing opportunities. It also explores what kind of policies could ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to succeed in the U.S.

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person can Create Extraordinary Change—This is the story of Adam Braun, who left his job at Bain & Company to create Pencils of Promise, an organization that started with just $25 that has gone on to build more than 200 schools for children worldwide.

Civic Education and the Future of American Citizenship—This work features a collection of essays on the topic of citizenship, including the importance of citizenship and how civic education should be handled.


Security 2.0: Dealing with Global Wicked Problems—This book explores the concept of international security in modern political society, without being overly complex or confusing.

 Defeating ISIS: What They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe—This work explores the organization ISIS, including who they are, their activities across the world, social media presence, and offers some options for how to defeat them.

White World Order, Black Power Politics—This book examines how racism and imperialism affected the way we formed (and taught) international relations. It also focuses on a group of professors at Howard School of International Relations who fought against this tradition, including Merze Tate, the first black female political science professor.




CHECK THIS OUT!—Graphic novels

Bryant library has a bunch of graphic novels to check out! Never read a graphic novel and don’t know where to start? Read before but need new recommendations?  Whether you’re looking for something new, a classic, or some historical graphic novels, we’ve got you covered:

New series

Rat Queens vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery The Rat Queens are a “pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire” (Image Comics). Follow Dee, Hannah, Violet, and Betty in this funny, adventure-fantasy comic.

Sex Criminals vol. 1: One Weird Trick Two people who both stop time (literally) when they orgasm meet and craft a plan to use their powers to rob banks so they can raise enough money to save a library. This comic is definitely explicit, but also hilarious and heartfelt.

Saga book 1– We featured Saga a couple weeks ago, but this on-going series follows a couple from opposite sides of a space war trying to save their child.



Sandman vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes The Lord Dream escapes imprisonment and finds his realm in disarray. This comic series follows Dream (and his siblings Destiny, Destruction, Delirium, Desire, Despair, and Death,) as he fixes the dream realm, as well as the problems his disappearance caused in the mortal realm.

Watchmen The comic that inspired the movie! Someone starts killing members of a disbanded superhero team, prompting investigation into why (and who). This is definitely not your ‘typical’ superhero comic.

Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic– The Bone cousins get separated and lost, and this collection details their adventures as they try to get back home.


The Complete Maus– A graphic novel about Nazi Germany and World War II, where the author illustrates his father’s experience of being captured and surviving a concentration camp.

Persepolis 2: Story of a Return– An autobiographical comic about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation Into the Kennedy Assassination– This book takes evidence surrounding the Kennedy assassination and presents it in graphic novel format.


If you have any questions or want more recommendations, come visit us the library (or text, call, or IM us)!



Pokemon Go at Bryant



Catching a Zubat in game

If you’ve liked our page on Facebook, you may have noticed that we’re playing Pokemon Go (also, go like our page if you haven’t yet!). Pokemon Go is a free augmented reality mobile game for iPhone and Andriod where you can catch, evolve, and battle Pokemon. The game uses GPS to put Pokemon, gyms, and Pokestops, (special locations that give you items) in real-life locations, so that you can catch Pokemon while exploring your neighborhood.

There are a bunch of locations on campus that tie in with the game, including the library! The Bello Grand Hall is a Pokestop and you can also catch Pokemon inside the library (so far I’ve seen Zubat, Eevee, and Pidgey in here). The Chase Fitness Center, Fisher Center, Koffler Building, bookstore, and the Alumni Path are all Pokestops, so visit these locations to get items like Pokeballs, eggs, and potions.

Bryant also has two Pokemon gyms, one at the Bryant Arch and one at Hall 9, where trainers can battle for control of the gym once they reach level 5.

If you want some more information on how to play, check out this article from USA Today, or try this article from Forbes for some more advanced strategies. Let us know if you’ve got any good tips, especially if you know where to find some rare Pokemon!

CHECK THIS OUT!—Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

51Np0hUI+dL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about Jacob, a teenager whose storytelling grandfather tells him with his dying breath to find an island and to tell someone what happened. Jacob doesn’t understand the message, but before he can think on it he sees an unbelievable monster and passes out. The sight of it gives him nightmares for months, and he is sent to therapy. As part of his treatment, Jacob looks into his grandfather’s final message and discovers the ruins of the old children’s home, destroyed during World War II, where his grandfather stayed as a child. Jacob finds photos of some very strange children, and realizes that all his grandfather’s peculiar stories may have been true after all.


This book was also recently adapted into a movie, directed by Tim Burton—check out the trailer on YouTube here!



Happy Pride Month! Check out some of the resources Bryant library has on LGBT topics (click the book title links to place a hold on the book or see where to find it in the library):


Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990, An Oral History

Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America


Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men

A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being

Out & About Campus: Personal Accounts by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered College Students

Society & Politics

Straight Jobs, Gay Lives: Gay and Lesbian Professionals, the Harvard Business School, and the American Workplace

That’s so Gay!: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed our Nation


If you’d rather stay anonymous, or if you’re at home for the summer, you can check our collection of e-books on LGBT topics that you can access on your laptop with no trip to the library required! Here are just a few e-books from our collection:

The Long Arc of Justice : Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights

Living out Islam : Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims

Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

More Resources

If you’re looking for other resources, you can try searching the library catalog for LGBTQ, lesbian, gay, or transgender, or ask a librarian for assistance. You can also contact The Pride Center for more information about Bryant Pride and other resources at




CHECK THIS OUT!—Summer Reading Display Books

It’s finally summer, which means it’s time to get some reading done! Whether you’re interested in catching up on academic or leisure reading, we’ve got books for you. Check out some of these books we have in our summer reading display on the second floor:

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Click on the book covers above to get more information or to place a hold on the item, or visit the library and check out our summer reading, leisure reading, or new book sections!



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