Shel Silverstein’s “Homework Machine”


Did anyone else read a lot of Shel Silverstein when they were a kid? In honor of National Poetry Month, childhood nostalgia, and the plethora of projects you have to get done before the end of the semester, you should check out his poem “Homework Machine” from A Light in the Attic:

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You can also check out some of Shel’s poems and an excerpt from The Giving Tree being read aloud on his YouTube channel!


Add More Poetry to Your Life


Happy Poetry Month! If you’re looking for some quick ways to read more poetry, here are a few suggestions:

Let us know if you have other suggestions for incorporating more poetry into your life!



Check This Out!-Hot Dog Taste Test



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Looking for something fun and irreverent to read? Hot Dog Taste Test is full of art and comics from Lisa Hanawalt, production designer and producer on the Netflix series Bojack Horseman. This book features illustrated lists on goofy topics such as “Things that make me feel super old,” and “Food diary,” as well as full stories, including a day in the life of New York chef, and her experience swimming with river otters. It also features comics about Tuca & Bertie, so you can get to know them before their new Netflix show comes out.

To place a hold on this book, or for more information, check the catalog here.

Check This Out!—Paper Girls, vol. 1


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Congrats—you’ve made it to the mid-point of the semester!

If you’re looking for a way to unwind in between studying and working on projects, you should check out a graphic novel from the library. Today we’re highlighting Paper Girls, which follows four newspaper delivery girls who encounter a supernatural threat to their town while delivering papers on Halloween. Check it out if you’re looking for a fun story about growing up, time travel, and saving the world.

For more information, or to place a hold on this book, go to the library catalog.

For past graphic novel recommendations, click here!



Happy International Women’s Day!


In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting some library resources that you can use to learn more about women’s studies and other topics. Check these out:

You can also check out this trailer for a documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg that will come out in May.

Let us know if you’re looking for more information, or if you have any questions!

Happy International Women’s Day 2014! ^__^ For equality and women’s rights all over the world.

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Why is Fair Use Important?


In our last post, we discussed Fair Use Week, but did you know that fair use (the ability to reuse aspects of media without getting permission from the copyright holder) is hugely important for creating new media? Take a look at this infographic by the Association of Research Libraries for information on how fair use allows us to create new works such as news reports, art, and scholarship!

Feed Your Curiosity: News Articles and our Databases


Ever read a news article that piques your curiosity?  Or, something interesting that cites its sources, and you want to read those articles to become more of an expert on the topic?  You can!

For example, take the recent New York Times article titled, “Accounting for Taste: Not for Your Ears Only: How Sour Gets Its Zing”. This article discusses a recent scientific study on taste reception cells that was published in Science, which you can read in full here through the library’s databases!

When you’re reading articles, you can always search the library catalog for the research cited, or search directly within the many databases to which we subscribe to learn more.  If you are reading the article on campus and the citation is hyperlinked, you will be routed directly to the article if we have access to it. Try it, the next time you’re curious about a topic!