Admittedly, 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.
Looking for something to do tonight? Check out our game collection! We’ve got a variety of games from recent (Cards Against Humanity), to classic (Monopoly, Pictionary), to vintage (Mall Madness). You can browse the games we have online, or you can come take a look at our new display area on the first floor of the library!
Board games are available for a 3-day check out, and you can find them on the first floor of the library near the windows.
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.
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!
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)
Did you know the sign at the campus entrance isn’t the original Bryant sign? The sign we have now was put up in 2004 when we changed our name from Bryant College to Bryant University. Check out the original sign from 1971 (with students posing on top):
For more information, check out our Digital Commons! Which sign do you prefer?
Looking for a book that’s in tune with nature? How about a graphic novel about the namesake of The National Audubon Society? Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau & Jérémie Royer is based on the life of ornithologist and naturalist John James Audubon who traveled the United States in the 1800s observing and illustrating birds.
This book features great art, a strong story, and is clear and easy to read, even for those who don’t read comics. There are also reproductions of Audubon’s paintings at the end so you can observe his style first-hand. This is a great book for the end of the summer, since there’s time to read it outside and enjoy the nice weather, then do some exploring of your own!
To get more information, or to place a hold, click here.
There’s one more month of summer left, so if you’re looking to squeeze in some reading, you should check out some of our young adult (YA) titles! YA books are written for a teenage audience, but are enjoyed by readers of all ages (check out this article from The Guardian on why so many adults enjoy YA books).
Below are some of the YA books we have at the library, but you can also explore this list of other titles we have. Click on the covers to get a quick summary in the “Description” section of the record, or to place a hold on the book: