Check This Out! – Tetris: The Games People Play

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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.

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CHECK THIS OUT!–March

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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!

CHECK THIS OUT!–Fredrick Backman

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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 SorryandBritt-Marie Was Here.  You’ll be glad you did!

–David

CHECK THIS OUT!–Every Little Step

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every-little-step-bookOnce 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.

–David

CHECK THIS OUT!—Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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51Np0hUI+dL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about Jacob, a teenager whose storytelling grandfather tells him with his dying breath to find an island and to tell someone what happened. Jacob doesn’t understand the message, but before he can think on it he sees an unbelievable monster and passes out. The sight of it gives him nightmares for months, and he is sent to therapy. As part of his treatment, Jacob looks into his grandfather’s final message and discovers the ruins of the old children’s home, destroyed during World War II, where his grandfather stayed as a child. Jacob finds photos of some very strange children, and realizes that all his grandfather’s peculiar stories may have been true after all.

 

This book was also recently adapted into a movie, directed by Tim Burton—check out the trailer on YouTube here!

–Becca
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CHECK THIS OUT!– DVDs

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It’s finals week, and I know everyone’s working hard, so this week we’re highlighting the library’s DVD collection. Most of you know that we have documentaries and other educational films, but you may not know that also we also have movies like Paprika, High School Musical, and Nacho Libre. Take a study break: check out a movie, grab a few friends, and relax for a few hours between finals!

To take see what DVDs we have, click here!

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CHECK THIS OUT! – Be a Brilliant Leader

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The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree 

 

With the end of the school year, we know that you are planning ahead for the summer job or internship plans. As you work to succeed and gain more experience, you will always be in positions of leadership. You could be working within a team or managing a large group of people, but you will always called to show Bryant’s “Character of Success”

The library has created a display in the second floor area (Silent Study Area) that showcase some of the great books and activity books that we hold, designed to inspire leadership and guide you as you navigate your work environment. Here’s a highlight of some of the free resources available to you.

 

Leaders Eat Last: Why some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

“Sinek reveals the next step in creating happier and healthier organizations. He helps us understand, in simple terms, the biology of trust and cooperation and why they’re essential to our success and fulfillment. Organizations that create environments in which trust and cooperation thrive vastly out perform their competition. And, not coincidentally, their employees love working there. But “truly human” cultures don’t just happen; they are intentionally created by great leaders.”

 

 

 

Act like a Leader, Think like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

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Act like a Leader, Think like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

“Leadership expert Herminia Ibarra (INSEAD) upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first-and then change your way of thinking. In this unconventional book, Ibarra, one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership transitions, provides the first practical guide on how to change when you also need to lead. Defying standard leadership development guidance, which encourages deep self-reflection into strengths and weaknesses, this book shows that the most effective way to change is through action, not analysis, and by learning from experience, not introspection. In short, it will teach you to change from the outside in by first acting like a leader and then thinking like one.”

 

 

 

Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel

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Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel

“Kiel offers us the findings of a new study that tell us how to grow and develop that kind of extraordinary leadership. This groundbreaking book is based on Kiel’s seven years of rigorous research into the “black box” that contains the little understood connection between character, leadership excellence, and organizational results. Kiel’s evidence not only draws a hard and direct link between strong character and strong business results, his findings go on to identify the specific character habits of exceptional leadership and how they play a role in shaping every facet of the organization.”