Ever read a news article that piques your curiosity? Or, something interesting that cites its sources, and you want to read those articles to become more of an expert on the topic? You can!
For example, take the recent New York Times article titled, “Accounting for Taste: Not for Your Ears Only: How Sour Gets Its Zing”. This article discusses a recent scientific study on taste reception cells that was published in Science, which you can read in full here through the library’s databases!
When you’re reading articles, you can always search the library catalog for the research cited, or search directly within the many databases to which we subscribe to learn more. If you are reading the article on campus and the citation is hyperlinked, you will be routed directly to the article if we have access to it. Try it, the next time you’re curious about a topic!
Hi everyone! Our magnetic poetry board is back, this time so you can write poems to your Valentine, whether it’s a significant other, best friend, or yourself! Here are a couple of the poems that have been created so far:
Make sure you stop in this week and check out the poems, or to write your own!
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.
Have you checked out our new video game nook near the BServ desk and Laptop? We have a RetroPie available for checkout that has over 175 games from the Atari, NES, and SNES systems, including Pacman, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. The RetroPie is available for a 3 day checkout (and can’t be renewed), and just requires a TV or monitor and an HDMI cable to use. Come visit our display and check it out for some weekend gaming!
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.
Considering graduate school or a career with a competency exam? As a new year begins, we want to remind folks to visit AskRI.org for access to GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT and PCAT preparation tests, Practice Entrance Tests for health occupations, and a variety of other valuable resources.