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

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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.”

CHECK THIS OUT! – Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

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ms marvelKamala Khan’s life has gotten tricky.  She’s already trying to balance the expectations of her strict-but-caring Muslim-American family, the misconceptions of her classmates, the desire to hang out with her friends, and still find the time to write a little fanfic on the side.  Then a strange mist causes her to develop bodymorphing powers and sets off a chain of events that involve her with a crazed scientist’s plot to kidnap and enslave teens from throughout Jersey City (some of whom don’t actually seem to mind it).  So she does what anyone would do in her shoes… pull together a makeshift costume, carry on the legacy of her favorite superhero, save her friends, and hope she doesn’t get busted by her parents.

If the mix of high school humor and melodrama, characters who sound the way teenagers actually talk, multiculturism, and superpowers is at all appealing to you, this is your book.  G. Willow Wilson (herself Muslim) has a great ear for dialogue and a knack for balancing humor, action, and pathos (sometimes all in the same scene) that is tough to match.  The artwork by Adrian Alphona is the perfect accompaniment, equally at home conveying the funny (especially Kamala’s funky power set) and the serious.  This book has won a lot of acclaim and a very vocal online fanbase.  Check this out and see why.

There’s still time for leisure reading!

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Were you looking to squeeze a little reading-for-pleasure in toward the end of Break and/or Winter Session, before the Spring semester hits you straight in the brainstem?  Don’t worry, there’s still time!  And here are a few suggestions for you, all of which you can find right here at the library.

Revival by Stephen King

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New Stephen King is always a call for celebration, right?  Especially when he returns his storytelling to its creepy roots, which is very much the case here. Here’s what the inside cover blurb has to say: “In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.”

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’ by Cary Elwes

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Inspired by a 25th anniversary reunion of the movie’s cast, Cary Elwes (a.k.a., Westley, farm boy turned Dread Pirate) wrote this recollection of the film’s creation, including reactions, anecdotes from filming, behind-the-scenes photos, interviews with the cast and crew, and so on.  As one of the most beloved movies of the past few decades – and certainly among the most quotable films ever made – this is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan. And if you’ve never seen it, well, get on that, and then come back and give this a read.

Silver Surfer: New Dawn by Dan Slott and Mike Allred

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Silver Surfer has traditionally been one of the more mopey comic characters… downright emo at times. This book, reprinting the first 6 issues of the Surfer’s current monthly comic, tosses all that aside in favor of wild cosmic adventure and bizarre-but-fun situations.  Writer Dan Slott takes more than a little inspiration from Doctor Who – cosmic know-it-all who needs to lighten up meets spunky-but-sheltered human woman, travels and antics ensue – and the art by Mike Allred (and the eye-popping coloring by his wife Laura) is poppy and kinetic enough to keep up. You don’t need to know years of comics continuity to enjoy this one. Just enjoy the ride.

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes – Photographs from the International Space Station by Chris Hadfield

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Looking for something more visual than even a graphic novel? How about this collection of photographs of the world taken by astronaut (and Twitter / YouTube sensation) Col. Chris Hadfield during his tenure as Commander on the International Space Station? Hadfield’s perspective (in both the figurative and literal senses of the world) is unique and eye-opening, and you just may learn to look at the world in an entirely new way.
These titles and many more available for your perusal. Swing by and check them out, and as always, if you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

We’re blinding you with SCIENCE!

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Have you been watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox or National Geographic?  If not, get on that.  But if you are, and the desire is burning inside of you to make sure you are as scientifically literate as possible, we’re here to help!  There’s a wide variety of science-related books on display on the shelves facing the rear stairs up to the quiet area on the second floor.  There are personal works by and/or about renowned scientists (Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Richard Feynman to name a few), informational texts on many fields of scientific inquiry (physics, chemistry, ecology, biology, astronomy, etc.), books on a variety of important and interesting issues (evolution, biogenetic ethics, global warming, quantum mechanics, science denial, famous feuds within scientific communities) and more.  Check it out!  And I mean that literally… books you see on display are available to be checked out, so don’t be shy and certainly don’t worry about upsetting the aesthetics of the thing.  We highlight these things so you’ll notice them.  Seeing empty spots on the display shelves actually makes us happy.

Add a little science to your reading diet… just because you might learn something doesn’t mean it won’t be fun.