We’re excited to be hosting another exhibit from the National Library of Medicine! “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” focuses on the novel Frankenstein and features information about Mary Shelley, the medical research that provided some of the basis for the novel, and the creative works that have been inspired by Shelley’s story.
Come in and browse the exhibit on the first floor of the library! You can also find more information on the National Library of Medicine’s website.
Image from Singer-Mendenhall Collection, Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
Happy New Year, Bryant! If you’ve made some resolutions you want to stick to this year, check out some of our self-help books to help make those new habits stick year-round:
If you’re looking to have a more meaningful year, take a look at Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life. This book was written by Tom Rath, who also wrote Strengths Finder 2.0, and he discusses how to create more meaning in our lives and the importance of achieving a healthy lifestyle. If your goal is productivity this year, try Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, which focuses on changing your world view to help you achieve more. For those who want to take a more mindful approach this year, check out Show Up as Your Best Self: Mindful Leaders, Meditation, & More, which goes over mindfulness and meditation techniques used by Fortune 500 Executives that can improve your leadership skills.
If you’re looking for an entertaining read to help improve your life overall this year, I recommend Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need To Do And Start Doing What You Want To Do. This book (which features lots of swearing, FYI) will help you organize your brain and focus your energy on things you actually care about. If you’ve set some new creative goals, check out Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, where she discusses how important it is to put in the work for creative pursuits. As a bonus, she also has a podcast called Magic Lessons where she talks with other artists (including Neil Gaiman, Michael Ian Black, and Ann Patchett) about overcoming our fear to create, which will help you stay motivated all year long.
Hi everyone! We hope you’re going into your finals super relaxed and ready to ace your tests! There are a few things going on at the library over the next week or so to help you conquer your finals:
- Magnetic poetry encouragement—We have a board set up at the entrance of the library with magnetic poetry words for you to create short messages of encouragement for your fellow Bulldogs. Check out what’s already been written or write some lines of your own as you come in!
- The snack cart—It’s back (by popular request)! Library staff will be around delivering afternoon snacks during finals, so keep an eye out for it!
- Relaxation fort—If you need to take a few minutes to yourself, you can use the relaxation fort on the first floor near the research desk. It has meditation tutorials, stress balls, and relaxing pictures so you can take a few minutes to center yourself in between studying sessions.
- Creepy Mouse—Our old friend Creepy Mouse has escaped again! She’ll be hiding in the library throughout finals, and if you’re the one to find her and bring her back, you could win a candy prize. Make sure to follow us on instagram so you know when she’s loose!
- Hot chocolate bar—On Friday, we’ll have a hot chocolate bar set up with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and more. Come visit it if you need a sugar rush!
As always, let us know if you need anything (including research help), and good luck on finals!
Our hours will be a little different this week because of the holiday, so make sure you check out our calendar to see when we’ll be open. If you’re at home for the holiday, you can still use the databases for research, and you can check out our online tutorials for tips while we’re closed.
Have a great break, everyone!
Bryant is partnering with PBC Guru to start a new virtual book club for alumni, faculty, and staff. A new book will be chosen every two months, and participants can go online to discuss the book with others. This month’s choice is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business, and we have one copy of this book available at Bryant. You can check the library catalog for more information, or to see if our copy is available for check-out.
To see if public libraries near you have a copy of the book, click the links below to check your local library:
These search results will show physical books, e-books, and audiobooks! Talk to your local library if you have any questions about finding or checking out these materials.
To sign up for the Alumni book club, or for more information, click here.
For information on library services for alumni, click here.
If you liked this book and are looking for others like it, you can check out this list from Goodreads.
Who’s ready to do some fall baking? If you like pie (who doesn’t like pie?), you should check out our new book called The Art of Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life. It has instructions on making a variety of different types of pie, including traditional flavors like apple, blueberry, and peach, as well as some less common flavors like mocha cream, banana rum caramel coconut, grasshopper (mint), and nectarine. Not into sweets? No problem–there’s a whole section on savory pies like sausage and apple, Shepard’s pie, and English pork pies. Don’t want to bake, but do want to look at some close up pictures of pie? This book’s got that too.
Come browse this book in our Leisure Reading section, and send us a picture if you end up using one of the recipes!