If you’ve been alive at any point in the last 30 years, you’ve probably played Tetris at least once. Maybe you’ve played long enough that you still see the shapes falling after you’ve stopped playing or even in your dreams (this is a documented psychological phenomenon called “the Tetris effect”). What you may not know is that the story of arguably the most ubiquitous video game ever involves all manner of tech industry wheeling and dealing, political manipulation, questions of ownership, and one Russian computer scientist who wanted to make a simple puzzle game to amuse himself and his co-workers. Writer/artist Box Brown covers it all in this graphic novel, along with a quick history of the video game industry and a rumination of what it is about gaming that drives us all, whether we know it or not. It’s a fun, informative read… you’ll probably enjoy it, and you’ll definitely want to play Tetris for an hour or six when you’re done.
Hey there! It’s your friendly Bryant librarian, updating the blog on winter break. How’s it going? If the break is getting a little long we can help! We have some great library resources that can enlighten and entertain you, even away from campus. Did you know that the library has a whole database that encompasses “A collection of thousands of streaming documentaries, indie films and more?” We do! It’s called Kanopy.
According to their website, Kanopy streams more than 26,000 films to over 3,000 higher education campuses worldwide, reaching millions of students around the globe. With over 75 subjects, Kanopy partners with the Great Courses, Criterion Collection, PBS and more, to collect hard-to find films that cover a multitude of educational subjects.
Where else can you stream movies that teach and show you interesting subjects? You can see the Criterion Collection and Documentaries all in the same space. How else can you find great documentaries on Doing Business in Singapore and then Madame Tutli Putli?
This is a great resource for professors to try out at Bryant too. Thousands of video examples are here at your fingertips. You can watch a whole film or create an account and clip scenes from different films to create an informational playlist. Use them in the classroom to explain a topic, inform students or just to enjoy!
You’re getting your mind ready for classes again, while relaxing. Best of both worlds.
Did you know? You can now check out Magazines and Journals at the library.
Along with reading them in the comfy library chairs, you can take some back issues of Psychology Today or check out the latest AdWeek and enjoy them outside of the library. The Douglas and Judith Krupp library holds the most recent issues of international, national and local newspapers as well. These physical periodicals, magazines and journals are located across from the leisure reading section and to your right as you enter the library.
Are you off campus and away from Bryant? You can also access free digital magazines as well through Flipster. You can view the magazines on your computers, tablet or phone. Currently, the library subscribes to Time, Sports Illustrated and Travel & Leisure on Flipster. If you’re at Bryant and would like to peruse the magazines, come and use the iPad that’s set up by the Borrower Services Desk. You can take a look at the magazines on the tablet stand. Come by to browse and check some out today.
Take a look and see how you can access our digital magazines!
March is a graphic novel series featuring the first person accounts of Congressman John Lewis on the history of the civil rights movement. In Book 1, he describes his childhood in segregated Alabama, how it shaped him to become a civil rights activist, and the experience of taking part in the Nashville sit-ins. The latest installment of this series, March Book 3, made The New York Times Bestseller list, and this year was the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award.
Bryant has the first two books in this series. Stop in and check them out so you have something to read over Thanksgiving break!
One of the most popular authors we have recently added to our Leisure Reading collection is Swedish writer Fredrick Backman. His first three books were best-sellers all over Europe, and have become quite a sensation here in America. Looking for a book to warm your heart during the autumn chill? Check out one of his novels – ‘A Man Called Ove’, ‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry‘ and ‘Britt-Marie Was Here‘. You’ll be glad you did!
We have board games available for checkout for your game night. Options include time-honored traditions like Clue, Operation, and Monopoly, vintage games like Mall Madness and Marry, Dump, or Date?, and classics like chess and Jenga. We even have two copies of Cards Against Humanity!
All these games are available for overnight checkout. Check the catalog to see a full list of games and whether they’re available!
Once 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.