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!

Free Ear Plugs! When it just can’t be TOO quiet…

Do you find it’s still too loud for studying – even in the designated library quiet zones? Stop by Borrower Services and pick up a free pair of individually packaged ear plugs! Great for studying in the library, sleeping in your dorm, meditating outside, or anywhere else you need some quiet time on campus. You will be surprised at how effective they are in blocking out unwanted noise.  Check out this article, Quiet Please, from Slate Magazine.

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Don’t forget to follow the directions for usage on the package or take a peek at this page from the University of Wisconsin for proper fit.

CHECK THIS OUT!–Every Little Step

every-little-step-bookOnce you’ve put the Beach Bag and Summer books aside, it’s time to settle in with a cozy throw and pick up a good book for Fall! Krupp Library has a wonderful collection of notable titles in fiction and non-fiction, and one book recommended is the recent best-selling memoir “Every Little Step” from Grammy Award winner Bobby Brown.  From his musical roots singing in a Boston church choir, to his sudden fame with New Edition – and his success as a solo artist – Brown covers all the highs and lows of his celebrity life. He writes candidly about his turbulent marriage to the late singer Whitney Houston, as well as the heartbreak of losing his daughter Bobbi Kristina last year at the age of twenty-two.

In the beginning of the book, Brown writes: “I hope my fans and other readers of this book will be entertained by this trip into the crazy, exciting, fascinating world of Bobby Brown.”  Entertaining, indeed.

–David

Pokémon at the Library

It’s opening weekend, and we’re getting a little Pokémon crazy. We’ve got a variety of Pokémon themed things going on in the library, including an Instagram photo contest. We’ll be setting off lures all weekend (add us on facebook and twitter to hear about when we’re setting them) so stop by and say hello!

What have you caught in the library?

 

If you catch anything cool in the library, tell us! We’ve got a whiteboard set up next to the leisure reading section (there’s a picture of it at the bottom of this post) for everyone to record what Pokémon they’ve found in the library. Add your coolest library catch when you come in, and check out what other people have caught.

Instagram contest

We’re having a photo contest! To enter, follow us at @bryantlib on Instagram and upload a Pokémon themed picture of the library: it can be a picture of a Pokémon you caught in the building or a picture of you and your friends with some of our props (more on that next).

Here are the details and rules:

  • The contest will run from September 2 – September 12, 2016.
  • In order to count for the contest, entries must feature the Douglas & Judith Krupp Library and you must be following @bryantlib on instagram.
  • All the people in your picture must provide consent before the picture is taken.
  • The picture must have the hashtag #bryantlibpics in the caption.
  • The prize is $15 to Dunkin Donuts!
  • Winners will be announced on September 14th, 2016 and will be selected by a panel of library staff. Entries will be judged based on originality and the creative representation of Pokémon in the library.

Props and Pins

If you need some ideas for pictures don’t worry—we set up a table with Pokéballs, masks, and a stuffed Pikachu to inspire and enhance your photos.  We’ve also made some pins for you to take, including one with everyone’s favorite mascot Tupper, and put on your favorite Pokémon hunting gear.

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A student trying on one of our masks

 

CHECK THIS OUT!–Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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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?

 

–Becca

Becca

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.

 

–Becca

Becca

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.

 

Classics

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.

History

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)!

–Becca

Becca