Check This Out!—RetroPie

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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!

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Frankenstein Exhibit

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We’re excited to be hosting another exhibit from the National Library of Medicine! “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” focuses on the novel Frankenstein and features information about Mary Shelley, the medical research that provided some of the basis for the novel, and the creative works that have been inspired by Shelley’s story.

Come in and browse the exhibit on the first floor of the library! You can also find more information on the National Library of Medicine’s website.

A man lies over skeleton as man exits room. Right: Woman touches man as he departs.

Image from Singer-Mendenhall Collection, Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Check This Out! — Self-Help Books

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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:

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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.

 

31111142.jpgIf 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.

—Becca

Becca

Check out Burn Baby Burn! This book is Scorching Hot!

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Don’t forget, we at Krupp Library have a whole bunch of amazing leisure reading choices. I am addicted to young adult fiction and could not wait to share this awesome title! I could not put Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina down. Based in New York in 1977, the summer the city is living in fear of the “.44 Caliber Killer”, Medina spins the tale of what it was like to live through this scorching summer with a serial killer on the loose. Nora Lopez is 17 and the epitome of all of the Son of Sam’s victims. She is young, beautiful and brunette — everything this killer has in mind. Between dodging the serial killer, dealing with some serious family drama and falling in love with the new guy at the shop where she works, Nora has more than her fair share of craziness going into her eighteenth year. All she and her friends want to do is hit the discos and relax before college, while instead curfews are in place and the city is basically on lock down.

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By the end of the summer the police have the killer in custody and Nora is able to turn her world around. This book is a must read. It has it all: romance, thrills and more! Make sure to pop in to the library during break to unwind with any number of books located in our Leisure Section!

Happy finals!

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Hi everyone! We hope you’re going into your finals super relaxed and ready to ace your tests! There are a few things going on at the library over the next week or so to help you conquer your finals:

  • Magnetic poetry encouragement—We have a board set up at the entrance of the library with magnetic poetry words for you to create short messages of encouragement for your fellow Bulldogs. Check out what’s already been written or write some lines of your own as you come in!
  • The snack cart—It’s back (by popular request)! Library staff will be around delivering afternoon snacks during finals, so keep an eye out for it!
  • Relaxation fort—If you need to take a few minutes to yourself, you can use the relaxation fort on the first floor near the research desk. It has meditation tutorials, stress balls, and relaxing pictures so you can take a few minutes to center yourself in between studying sessions.
  • Creepy Mouse—Our old friend Creepy Mouse has escaped again! She’ll be hiding in the library throughout finals, and if you’re the one to find her and bring her back, you could win a candy prize. Make sure to follow us on instagram so you know when she’s loose!
  • Hot chocolate bar—On Friday, we’ll have a hot chocolate bar set up with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and more. Come visit it if you need a sugar rush!

As always, let us know if you need anything (including research help), and good luck on finals!

—Becca

Becca