End of the semester Interlibrary Loan… time may NOT be on your side.

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Photo by David Lofink, used under a Creative Commons license.

We’re always happy to help you find whatever it is you need, whether it comes from here in our own library or from somewhere out in the world via Interlibrary Loan.  But as we get closer to the end-of-the-semester crunch time, we do feel the need to remind everyone that Interlibrary Loan can take some time, particularly for physical items that may be sent through the mail.  As such, it might not be the best option for your last-minute, “Hail Mary” pass sorts of needs, even if we can find a library here in Rhode Island that a.) has the item you need; and b.) can actually supply it, because even in-state requests can take 3 to 5 business days.

Of course, if you still want to attempt the request, by all means go for it, we’re happy to help out in any way we can; that’s our whole deal here.  We just want to help manage your expectations a little and save you some frustration if the thing you’re hoping to find takes longer to arrive than you want or need.

Also, it’s a stone cold bummer to have to tell y’all that stuff won’t be here in time.

Free Ear Plugs! When it just can’t be TOO quiet…

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Do you find it’s still too loud for studying – even in the designated library quiet zones? Stop by Borrower Services and pick up a free pair of individually packaged ear plugs! Great for studying in the library, sleeping in your dorm, meditating outside, or anywhere else you need some quiet time on campus. You will be surprised at how effective they are in blocking out unwanted noise.  Check out this article, Quiet Please, from Slate Magazine.

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Don’t forget to follow the directions for usage on the package or take a peek at this page from the University of Wisconsin for proper fit.

Old games collecting dust? Donate them to the library!

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Game Donation

Do you have a chess set you never use?  Are you tired of your reign as Monopoly board slum lord?  Finding yourself Uno-ed out?  No longer winning at the game of Life?  No longer feeling Sorry?  Haven’t got a Clue?  Settled Catan to the point of overpopulation?  Lost your Ticket to Ride?  Looking for a less Trivial Pursuit?

(Okay, I’ll stop.)

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, and you have a bunch of complete, gently-used board and/or card games collecting dust in a closet or under the bed, consider donating them to the library!  We’re looking to build a collection of games for people to use as a way to pass the time and relieve a little stress while they’re here in the library (especially as we approach mid-terms and finals).  People have asked us in the past about adding some games to our collections, and you can help us do that.

Contact the Borrower Services desk for more information.

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.

Schoolhouse Rock: Library Study Room Edition!

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study room slideFinal exams are almost upon us and we’re getting tons of study room requests, and we’re happy to fill them of course, but if you’re not doing it correctly we have to cancel them and you run the risk of losing out on study space.  So just remember the simple rules shown above in groovy 1970s fashion.

And if you need more information on our study room request policies, be sure to visit this page!

Graphic Novel Display on the Second Floor

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comic display signWe’ve bought a lot of graphic novels (and scholarly titles on topics related to comics and graphic novels) to add to our collection in the past few years, so in order to call attention to our acquisitions the latest book display at the rear of the 2nd floor “quiet area” is devoted to comics of all kinds. Memoir, history, music, science, food, horror, science fiction, fantasy, humor, super heroes… if there is a topic or genre that appeals to you, you’re likely to find something that will appeal to you either on these shelves or elsewhere in the collection (we own way too many now to put them all on display now).

If you’re a fan of the comics format, check it out.  If you’re new to or are just curious about comics, also check it out! And if you have any questions or are looking for some suggestions, feel free to ask.  We always like connecting people with new things to read, and I pride myself on being able to find comics that will appeal to just about anyone.

And to answer a question we often get about these book displays: yes, OF COURSE you can check these out!  We set these things up to draw your attention to the books we set up, and we hope that results in people giving them a shot.  Personally, I love seeing big empty spaces in previously full displays… that means it’s working.

And if you check out and request a lot of graphic novels, we might get to buy more. Everyone wins.

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.