Welcome Back!


Welcome students, faculty, and staff, new and returning alike, to another year here at Bryant!  Those of us here at the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library look forward to meeting and working with you this year.

And as always, watch this space for information about library services, programs, and more.


Labor Day Weekend and Beyond…


Here’s the schedule for Labor Day Weekend and the Fall Semester:

Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, August 30th : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, August 31st : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, September 1st : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fall 2008 – September 2nd to December 11th
Mondays – Thursdays : 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Fridays : 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays : 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sundays : noon – 1:30 a.m.

Hours subject to change.  For instance:

Friday, September 12th
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Early closing due to an Alumni event to be held in the library that night.)

As always, watch this space for more schedule updates.

Reading Outside Helin: “X Saves the World” by Jeff Gordinier


(Recommended by Krupp Library Circulation Assistant Bill Doughty)

Desperately in need of a non-fiction break after a quick succession of several quirky and humorous sf/fantasy/horror books by Jasper Fforde and Christopher Moore, I decided to give Jeff Gordinier’s recent X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking a shot.  It’s an interesting look at the history of the oft-maligned so-called “slacker” generation, how the media has never really understood them, and how their lifestyles and attitudes are an important counterpoint to those of both the Baby Boomers before them and the current crop of Gen Y/”millennial” kids.

Sure, it sounds a bit academic, but Gordinier is Editor-at-Large for Details magaazine, and has written in the past for other mags like Fortune, GQ, and Entertainment Weekly, so his writing is pretty snappy, and he’s able to strike that important balance between being serious and being funny whenever the situation calls, so it’s an easy read in that respect.  Non-fiction can still be fun, people.

A quick look through the catalog shows that no one in HELIN currently owns a copy of this, but it’s worth hunting for through your favorite local library or bookstore.

Library Schedule Update


Classes are over for the summer as of Wednesday, August 13, so here’s what the new schedule will be until the beginning of the Fall semester:

Thursday, August 14 – Friday, August 29th
Monday – Friday : 8:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday : closed

Labor Day Weekend : Saturday, August 30th – Monday, September 1st
Saturday, August 30th : tba
Sunday, August 31st : tba
Monday, September 1st : tba

Presenting our new blog, Bryant Reads!


That’s right, the blog end of the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is expanding its brand. (See what I did there? Working with all these marketing majors is paying off.) Introducing Bryant Reads, a blog dedicated to leisure reading.

You remember leisure reading, right? Reading that isn’t for work or school? Reading for fun, simply because you want to? Yeah, it’s hard for us to find the time for that most days, too. And then when the opportunity does come along, it’s sometimes hard to actually pick out what to read. I mean, doing all of your reading off of a prescribed list isn’t always fun, but it certainly takes the guesswork out.

And that’s the point of Bryant Reads – we want to help put fun, interesting reading material into the hands and brains of those who need it. And by we, I mean all of us. The library runs the blog, sure, but we want people from all sectors of the Bryant University community – students, staff, faculty, administration, alumni – to contribute thoughts, suggestions, reviews, or whatever they can think of to the blog. We can’t read everything, obviously, and we may miss a lot of great books without ever even knowing it. Participation is the key to Bryant Reads, and we hope you all want to play along.

So please visit http://bryantreads.wordpress.com/ to check out the blog and learn how to participate. Remember, it can’t be business all the time!