CHECK THIS OUT!–March

March is a graphic novel series featuring the first person accounts of Congressman John Lewis on the history of the civil rights movement. In Book 1, he describes his childhood in segregated Alabama, how it shaped him to become a civil rights activist, and the experience of taking part in the Nashville sit-ins. The latest installment of this series, March Book 3, made The New York Times Bestseller list, and this year was the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award.

Bryant has the first two books in this series. Stop in and check them out so you have something to read over Thanksgiving break!

CHECK THIS OUT!–Fredrick Backman

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One of the most popular authors we have recently added to our Leisure Reading collection is Swedish writer Fredrick Backman.  His first three books were best-sellers all over Europe, and have become quite a sensation here in America.  Looking for a book to warm your heart during the autumn chill? Check out one of his novels –  ‘A Man Called Ove’,  ‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryandBritt-Marie Was Here.  You’ll be glad you did!

–David

Library-Inspired Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Need a last minute costume idea for Halloween?  Hey, the library can help you with that, too.  Here are a few suggestions that will be easy to pull off, even on a limited budget (or no budget at all):

h2g2Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – When the world ends, Arthur is still in his pajamas and bathrobe, so put on your pjs, throw a robe on, and be sure to grab your towel… no intergalactic hitchhiker goes anywhere without a towel, the most useful object in the known universe.  Not only is this one of the easiest costumes ever, it’s arguably the most comfortable.


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Day-Off Wolverine from Astonishing X-Men Books 1 and 2 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday – Wolverine is undeniably cool, but his various comic book costumes would look weird in the real world.  On his downtime, though, his look is really easy to pull off… just a dirty t-shirt (or no t-shirt), dirty flannel shirt, dirty jeans, some heavy duty hair gel, and you’re good to go.  See?

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He’s the best there is at what he does, and he doesn’t even need to dress up for it.


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Former CEO and business guru Jack Welch – He led General Electric, he’s renowned for his business acumen, and he name dropped Bryant in his book, Winning.  Chances are you’ve got business clothes in your closet already, so grab out a shirt and tie, and walk around with either some GE small appliance or a bottle of Welch’s Grape Juice (which he had nothing to do with but it did inspire a good joke about “mind grapes” on 30 Rock a few years back, so it counts).


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Looking for Alaska by John Green – Why be a single character when you can be the whole book? Just make up a poster with a picture of the state of Alaska, write “Have you seen this state?” over it, and grab a pair of binoculars.

Look, you waited until the last minute, okay?  They can’t all be winners.


A Course Reserve Book – This one is super easy… make a big green rectangle with a black, uppercase “R” on it.  Then make a big yellow circle with a professor’s name on it.  Stick those both on yourself somewhere, say you’ll be going out for two hours, and then actually return much later after everyone else has been looking for you forever.

(Yeah, we totally notice when you do that.🙂 )


However you spend Halloween, have a good time, be safe, and because you’re never too old for Trick or Treating, remember to avoid the houses that hand out healthy snacks or toothbrushes.

Also, if for some reason you do use any of these bizarre suggestions, we’d love to see pictures!

Also also, we’re happy to take any and all Reese’s Peanut Butter cups you don’t want off your hands.  Just putting that out there.

CHECK THIS OUT!–Board games!

We have board games available for checkout for your game night. Options include time-honored traditions like Clue, Operation, and Monopoly, vintage games like Mall Madness and Marry, Dump, or Date?, and classics like chess and Jenga. We even have two copies of Cards Against Humanity!

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All these games are available for overnight checkout. Check the catalog to see a full list of games and whether they’re available!

Virtual Reality is Actually Here with Google Cardboard at the Library!


The actual reality we deal with every day can be pretty intense, but it is sadly lacking in the ability to step inside historical scenes, fly like a bug, safely jump off buildings, or run with dinosaurs. Luckily there’s Virtual Reality to help fill these sad voids in real life, and technology has progressed far enough that you no longer need those giant headsets seen in weird 1990s movies like The Lawnmower Man, just a viewer and a smart phone to plug into it.

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Because we support and, yeah, share your need for having dinosaurs in your life, the library now has Google Cardboard VR viewers to lend out.  Just check one of these out from the Borrower Service desk, download one or more of the many VR apps on the market from your provider of choice, slide your phone into the viewer, and you’re off!

Not sure what’s out there for VR apps?  We have you covered there, too, with our handy Virtual Reality Guide, listing a few of the many free and paid apps available as well as information on how to find even more.

The Google Cardboard viewers can be checked out for up to three days at a time, and can be renewed twice.  Contact us if you have any questions, and be sure to let us know how and where you’re using VR, what apps you like best, and what you named your new dinosaur friends.

Study tool: Zotero

Research season has begun! If you’re collecting all your class readings for the semester, starting your Capstone project, or just want to keep your research more organized, you should check out Zotero, a free tool (for the lowest amount of storage—you can pay for more space) described on their website as “a personal research assistant.”

Here are some of the things Zotero can do:

  • Save PDFs of articles you found in a database, or links to web resources with the browser widget
  • Access files you’ve saved by logging into the Zotero website
  • Create different folders for different classes, projects, or aspects of your topic
  • Share articles with other people by adding them to a group
  • Add your own notes to each article, such as how it relates to your thesis, what pages to focus on, or the assignment they’re for
  • Generate citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago format (make sure to double-check them for accuracy just in case!)

Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. To get started, go to the Zotero website, make an account, and download the program.

There’s a new way to book study room space at the library

Our library booking system has upgraded and there is a new way to book for your group project space. This entire system is an online booking system and it also is the same system that you can use to book spaces at the Academic Innovation Center.

The Krupp library has 12 individual study rooms that are connected to an AirMedia station (think big computer screen) that are great spaces for group work! Bryant students (non-Bryant students will not be processed) can book these rooms for group work or study work anytime the library is open.

Think about these guidelines before you begin:

  • Library study rooms can only be booked for groups of three or more people and for three hours or less. You can book up to six hours per week.
  • Remember to book well in advance: these rooms are popular and you will lose out if you are booking the rooms on the day of or the night before

Access the study room reservation page by going to the library’s webpage (library.bryant.edu). Click on the link titled “Study Room Reservations” under library spaces.  This link will take you to our study room calendar.studyroomreservation

You can select the dates and times that you would like to book the space and then click “Submit Time Spots” to enter the names of your group members. You should receive an email with the confirmation of the booking. Your study group has now reserved a room!

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But what if you just need a quiet room that isn’t your dorm room? Do you and a study partner want to use a room and can’t find a third person? Don’t worry! Even though you can’t book the room in advance, you can access the online booking system to look at the study room reservations and pop in when the room isn’t booked. Just remember that you need to graciously leave before the next booked group arrives.

Our library loves to find more ways to help our students succeed. If you are full of pep and energy on a Saturday or Sunday morning, the library study rooms open at 8:00am on the weekends during the semester. Your group of three or more can book a room for a morning study session.

If you have any questions or are confused about the process, the librarians would love to help you! Stop by the library, IM, text or call us!