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!
This Sunday, March 11th begins Daylight Savings Time. Don’t forget to set your clocks and watches one hour AHEAD on Saturday night, which means you lose one hour of sleep….(until November).
A very important week is upon us all – it’s the “Fair Use / Fair Dealing” week which runs from February 26 – March 2, 2018. It’s a week coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries, celebrating the importance of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. In it’s simplest terms, “fair use” and “fair dealing” are the legal use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances – something students and educators deal with on a daily basis. For more information and ideas on how you can be an active participator, please visit their site: Association of Research Libraries
Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad, is striking in both its literary style and emotionally impactful content. Whitehead is noted for mixing realism with a bit of surrealism and this, his latest novel, is no exception. Set in the antebellum South, he introduces us to Cora, a young slave woman who, along with her companions one night, relies on the light of the full moon to escape the brutality of the Georgia plantation on which she was born. With help from a clandestine network of abolitionist individuals, they travel the Underground Railroad which Whitehead depicts as a cavernous system of actual railways.
Scenes of both triumph and horror abound in this mix of historically-based fiction and subterranean fantasy. Whitehead’s sensory style of writing will keep you engaged and reflecting upon its emotional content for days after you’ve completed the book. Don’t overlook this one on your next leisure reading quest.
To learn more about the book, or put a hold on it, visit the library catalog.
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.
Wishing everyone all the joys of the season! The library will be open during winter break, to assist patrons during Winter Session and IDEA 2018. Please click on this link: Hours January 2- 24, 2018
The library will resume regular hours for the Spring 2018 semester beginning January 25, 2017.
Thank You to everyone for voting in the Thanksgiving Basket Contest in the Roto on November 16th. We won 1st Place this year (our first time, ever), which makes all the time and effort into planning, organizing and creating our CornuKruppia most rewarding! Overall, 262 votes were cast (the most ever) in the contest, and 26 baskets were entered – with all the food donations going to the Capital City Community Center in Providence, feeding needy families this Holiday season. Again, thank you all so much!