New Toys!

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So you’re all probably aware by now that we have second generation iPads and Amazon Kindle e-readers that we lend out here at the library, but were you aware of the other cool toys we have available for you to check out now?

  • Student Laptops – We’ve had laptops for you to check out for student use in the library for several years now, but this year there’s a big change to our process: now they can actually leave the building.  Working on a project and your laptop is on fritz, or maybe you don’t have one at all?  You can now check out one of ours for up to a week, with a renewal period of an additional week (please note that these are for matriculating Bryant undergrad and graduate students only).

  • Rosetta Stone Laptops – We now have 7 laptops that come loaded with Rosetta Stone language software to help you learn French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Gaelic, Russian, and Italian (1 language per laptop).  Bryant students, faculty, and staff members can check these out for up to 4 weeks, with a renewal period of an additional 2 weeks.

  • Kindle Fires – Besides the regular Amazon Kindle e-readers, we now also have Kindle Fire tablets available to lend to Bryant students, faculty, and staff.  These Android-powered tablets can hook up to your Amazon account, allowing you to purchase ebooks and magazines (and download any previous purchases), as well as download a variety of apps (Comixology looks great on this, if I may offer a suggestion).  These can be checked out for a week and renewed for an additional week.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Slates – These tablets are also Android-powered, but come with a detachable USB keyboard/case and stylus, making them sort of the midpoint between a laptop and an iPad.  Bryant students, faculty, and staff can check these out for a week (and renew for another week), download apps through Google Play (Comixology also looks great here… just sayin’), and really take it for a spin.

The iPads and Kindles aren’t going anywhere, and are still available for your use, but we heartily encourage you to explore and play with these other awesome options we now offer.  And as always, if you have any questions, stop by, call (232-6125), or email (circdesk AT bryant DOT edu) us!

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Next Kindle Brown Bag Lunch to be held Tuesday, January 17th in Gulski Dining Room

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Looking to learn more about your Kindle, or maybe just hoping to get some suggestions for new books to download?  Then come to the next Kindle Brown Bag Lunch event on Tuesday, January 17th, from 1 to 2 pm in Gulski Dining Room.  Library staff will be on hand to help discuss and demonstrate the latest tips and tricks to get the most out of your Kindle, as well as provide an opportunity for users to swap hints and recommendations of their own.  Bring your lunch and join in!

Coming soooooooooon…

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Yup.  We’re getting the Kindle Fire.  Several of them, in fact.  We don’t have an exact date to tell you, unfortunately, as they don’t get released to retail until November 15th, and Amazon is apparently honoring pre-orders in the order in which they were received, so while we’re hoping we get ours in that initial batch, we don’t know for sure.

But given how excited you all get for the Kindles and iPads we already have, we figured this e-reader/tablet lovechild would be the sort of thing that would also catch your fancy.  So, if that’s the case, consider your fancy officially caught.

More information as we get it, of course.

UPDATE:  The Kindle Fires now have an estimated delivery date of sometime between November 21 and November 29. Get excited.

118 (and counting!) reasons to check out a Kindle.

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Don’t let all the excitement about the iPad make you forget that we still have Amazon Kindles to loan out to Bryant students, faculty, and staff, too.  Same system as always: available on a first-come, first-served basis (no holds), one week check-out period, and an optional one-week renewal.

For more information on the Kindle initiative, check out this page, and for a list of our ever-growing number of titles available on the Kindles, click here.

89(!) reasons to check out a Kindle.

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As if there wasn’t plenty of incentive to check out one of our Kindles before, we currently have almost 90 titles loaded (or pre-ordered to be loaded on their release date) on each of them: new fiction, classics, non-fiction, study guides, and more.  And, of course, we’re always looking for suggestions for more, so if there’s anything you’re looking for and don’t already see here, ask?

And now, after the jump (to save space here on the front page, because honestly, that’s a lot of books), the list. Continue reading

Twenty-Two Reasons to Check Out a Kindle

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Still haven’t taken a look at our Kindles yet?  Well, let me give you 22 reasons why you should – the 22 titles we currently have loaded on each and every one!

  1. Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by John Palfrey & Urs Gasser
  2. Breathless: A Novel by Dean R. Koontz
  3. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  4. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  5. Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde
  6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  7. Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story by Isabel Gillies
  8. House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street by William D. Cohan
  9. The Kindle Users Guide
  10. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  11. Know What You Don’t: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen by Michael A. Roberto
  12. Last Night at the Lobster: A Novel by Stewart O’Nan
  13. Life in the Iron Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis
  14. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  15. The New Oxford American Dictionary
  16. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  17. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  18. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  19. U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
  20. The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens
  21. Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus by Michael A. Roberto
  22. The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience by Kirstin Downey

As you can see, it’s a pretty wide variety of material – leisure reading, informational reading, and some class-specific books, as well.  Quite literally something for everybody, and we’ll be adding more (and swapping some out) as time goes on, so check back often.

We’re also open to requests!  Anything you’d like us to add?  Let us know!

Recommended: “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom

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Melanie Cluley, a Generalist in the Human Resources department, wanted to pass along her recommendation of Kathleen Grissom’s first novel, The Kitchen House (which is available on our library Kindles).  Here’s the description from the publisher’s website:

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

For more information about the book and Ms. Grissom herself, visit her profile on SimonAndShuster.net or her own website.

Want to read it?  Well, we currently have it uploaded to all five of the library’s Kindles, so if you haven’t stopped by to ask us about our Kindle program yet, you now have a reason to do so!