Make Something at the Library!

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Everyone knows you can get research help and study at the library, but did you know you can make things too? We have some tools in room 215 you can use to help you make something cool, whether it’s for a class assignment or personal project. Here are a few of the things you can use use in that space:

  • 3D Printer: We have a new MakerBot in the library! Students can book time with the machine, send their files to print, and pick up the project when it’s finished printing. For more details, or to book the machine, click here.
  • Sewing machine: Another new addition to our collection is a Singer sewing machine! The machine can’t reverse stitch, but it’s fully functioning otherwise, so you can bring your own supplies to complete a quick sewing project, like a superhero mask for Halloween or this coffee cozy for your favorite pumpkin spice flavored beverage.
  • Cricut: The Cricut is a machine that cuts out super precise paper shapes. You can use it to create banners, titles for a poster project, or even to cut some bat and pumpkin shapes for Halloween. The machine can also cut vinyl which you can use to design mugs and other items. You’ll need to make a free Cricut account, but you can design on your own laptop and come in to the library to cut your design. We’ve stocked the room with both paper and vinyl, so head upstairs and see what you can make!

For more information on any of these tools, contact the library, and send us pictures of what you make!

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Throwback Thursday: Pants in the Library

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Did you know Bryant women were not always allowed to wear pants in the library? In 1965 when the campus was still in Providence, the dress code allowed women to wear pants after 3pm in the dorms, but never in the library or any of the classrooms. Thankfully this rule changed in autumn 1969, and we’re happy to see all of you in whatever you choose to wear!

Click here to get more information about the photo from our Digital Commons!

One of Oprah’s best picks ever!

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behAdmittedly,  it was with great hesitation that I started Oprah’s current choice for her eponymous book club – the debut novel “BEHOLD THE DREAMERS”  by Imbolo Mbue. After all, what’s an Oprah book choice without the 3D’s (despair, depression, and dysfunction)  and I wasn’t quite sure I was looking for that at the end of  those lazy days of summer. Much to my surprise, Mbue’s book proved one of the best  book choices in Oprah’s 20 year ‘book club’ history.  Sure it has the 3 D’s, yet layered in a beautifully written story about a young Cameroonian couple who believe they are on the fast track to living the American Dream, until the 2008 economic meltdown comes into play. A clash of cultures, religion, class systems, race, wealth, and dreams all come into play – making this a must-read book for everyone.

Welcome back, Bulldogs!

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Happy start of the semester, everyone! We’re here for all of your questions, whether they’re library related or not. You can visit in-person, send us a text, or IM us from the library homepage whenever the library is open (check out our hours here). If you’re looking for information on accessing library resources, check out our new Research Help page.

We also have Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (bryantlibrary), so follow us there for updates about what’s going on at the library!

Here are some other Bryant resources you might want to check out to get off to a great start this semester:

  • ACE, or The Academic Center for Excellence, can help you with your homework or review before a test.
  •  Counseling Services is a great resource if you’re having a hard time settling in.
  • The Writing Center can help you learn to write, edit, and cite your papers.
  • Dining Services has a website with the hours for the dining options on campus, as well as the Salmo menu (at the bottom of the page)!
  • The Bryant Bulldogs site has The Wellness Center hours and the schedule for group exercise classes this fall.

Let us know if you have any other questions, or just drop by and say hello!

–Becca

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September Book Club’s “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” by Rachel Joyce

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Due to the popularity of our August Book Club pick “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”,   our September Book Club choice is the enchanting ‘companion’ novel “The Love Songs of Miss Queenie Hennessy” by Rachel Joyce.  While ‘Miss Queenie’ is waiting for Harold’s visit as he treks across England, she decides to  write to him – and tell Harold everything she’s kept secret for 20 years.  Order your copy today through ILL – just call us at Borrower Services and we’ll be happy to help you. (232-6125)

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#Bryant2021 Reads “Grit”

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GritWhile September still seems a month away, our incoming first year students are participating in the “GRIT Initiative” Bryant’s entire incoming class has been asked to read the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and write a 1-2 page reflection for their Gateway course.

The library has the physical book that you can borrow, but if you’re out of state or prefer to access it a different way, you can digitally borrow the audiobook! (1 user at a time, 2-day loan). Start listening now and get ready for September!