Chinese Bamboo Scrolls Display

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In case you’ve been distracted by all the snow we’ve gotten, we have a new display in the lobby this semester! The library currently has the Confucius Institute’s collection of Chinese bamboo scrolls, which are a flat piece of bamboo made to be written on and which were used instead of paper. Our display features scrolls that have survived for more than 2,000 years from the Han and Wu dynasties. These scrolls were used as shipping labels, records of prisoners, ledger covers, to practice multiplication tables and more. There’s even a “name card” scroll, which is a very early version of a business card! The exhibit also features information about the scrolls’ contents and their discovery. For example, did you know “The Art of War” was originally written on bamboo scrolls and discovered in a tomb?

This exhibit will be up for the rest of the week, so take a look on your way into the library!

Scrolls art of war         scrolls

Accio bulldog!

Tupper PotterHave you checked out our visiting exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine yet?  Tupper did today, and as you can see he clearly enjoyed it. It’s to be expected, though, because let’s face it, he’s clearly the library’s Patronus.

(He couldn’t believe Nicholas Flamel was a real guy, either… we’re all floored by that particular revelation.)

The exhibit runs through February 28th. Be sure to check it out before it apparates away.

There’s still time for leisure reading!

Were you looking to squeeze a little reading-for-pleasure in toward the end of Break and/or Winter Session, before the Spring semester hits you straight in the brainstem?  Don’t worry, there’s still time!  And here are a few suggestions for you, all of which you can find right here at the library.

Revival by Stephen King

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New Stephen King is always a call for celebration, right?  Especially when he returns his storytelling to its creepy roots, which is very much the case here. Here’s what the inside cover blurb has to say: “In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.”

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’ by Cary Elwes

as you wish

Inspired by a 25th anniversary reunion of the movie’s cast, Cary Elwes (a.k.a., Westley, farm boy turned Dread Pirate) wrote this recollection of the film’s creation, including reactions, anecdotes from filming, behind-the-scenes photos, interviews with the cast and crew, and so on.  As one of the most beloved movies of the past few decades – and certainly among the most quotable films ever made – this is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan. And if you’ve never seen it, well, get on that, and then come back and give this a read.

Silver Surfer: New Dawn by Dan Slott and Mike Allred


Silver Surfer has traditionally been one of the more mopey comic characters… downright emo at times. This book, reprinting the first 6 issues of the Surfer’s current monthly comic, tosses all that aside in favor of wild cosmic adventure and bizarre-but-fun situations.  Writer Dan Slott takes more than a little inspiration from Doctor Who – cosmic know-it-all who needs to lighten up meets spunky-but-sheltered human woman, travels and antics ensue – and the art by Mike Allred (and the eye-popping coloring by his wife Laura) is poppy and kinetic enough to keep up. You don’t need to know years of comics continuity to enjoy this one. Just enjoy the ride.

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes – Photographs from the International Space Station by Chris Hadfield

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Looking for something more visual than even a graphic novel? How about this collection of photographs of the world taken by astronaut (and Twitter / YouTube sensation) Col. Chris Hadfield during his tenure as Commander on the International Space Station? Hadfield’s perspective (in both the figurative and literal senses of the world) is unique and eye-opening, and you just may learn to look at the world in an entirely new way.
These titles and many more available for your perusal. Swing by and check them out, and as always, if you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

Harry Potter is coming to Bryant!

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Illustration of a basilisk Konrad Gesner, Historiae Animalium, 1551

Well… sort of.

This spring semester, the library will be hosting the Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine traveling exhibition. This awesome exhibit was created by the National Library of Medicine, and it uses materials from the NLM collection to highlight the link between Renaissance science and the magical world of the Harry Potter series.

For instance, did you know that alchemist wizard Nicholas Flamel was a real person? Or that unicorn horn was actually believed to have medicinal properties? Investigate the history of magical creatures, potions, herbology, and much more with Harry Potter’s World!

This exhibit will be displayed in the library from January 20th – February 28th, so be sure to stop by and experience the magic for yourself!

Learn more here:

Illustration of distillation equipment Ambroise Paré, Les Oeuures d'Ambroise Paré, 1585

Illustration of distillation equipment
Ambroise Paré, Les Oeuures d’Ambroise Paré, 1585

Library Hours for Winter Session, Jan 2 – 19

Winter Session is officially underway, and of course we’re here to help you with whatever you need.  Here’s our schedule for the next few weeks:

Winter Session 2014

Library Schedule for Final Exams

Another semester is winding to a close, but before we reach the end, we have to get through Final Exams first! As always, the library will be open additional hours throughout the exam period to help you with your study needs. Here’s our schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 11th: 7:30am – 2am

Friday, Dec. 12th: 7am – MIDNIGHT

Saturday, Dec. 13th: 8am – MIDNIGHT

Sunday, Dec. 14th: 10am – 2am

Monday, Dec. 15th – Thursday, Dec. 18th: 7am – 2am

Friday, Dec. 19th: 7am – 5pm

Saturday, Dec. 20th & Sunday, Dec. 21st: CLOSED

Good luck with exams! Study hard, but try not to let it stress you out.

Schoolhouse Rock: Library Study Room Edition!

study room slideFinal exams are almost upon us and we’re getting tons of study room requests, and we’re happy to fill them of course, but if you’re not doing it correctly we have to cancel them and you run the risk of losing out on study space.  So just remember the simple rules shown above in groovy 1970s fashion.

And if you need more information on our study room request policies, be sure to visit this page!


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