Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jessup Library Book Club

The Book Club will meet this next Tuesday, October 26th, in Study Room F (727) in the Jessup Library. Please join us as we discuss The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.

The Kitchen House is a powerful novel about life in the 1790s on a tobacco plantation in Virginia. Grissom unmasks the culture and reality of the antebellum South through voices of slaves and white indentured servants. In each character, the reader is drawn to the vivid portrayals of respect for humanity, sadness, fear, love, and tragedy in a horrible system of disrespect and terror. The characters touch your heart and it is difficult to rest one's eyes from chapter to chapter. Grissom's research into slavery and the intolerable conditions of the antebellum South is evident throughout the novel. Her tale of a white Irish girl growing up with black slaves in a kitchen house separated from the white plantation owners tells an interesting story of love and exposes the readers to the simple things in life that matter the most, love and respect for our fellow human beings.

Linda Cahill

Thursday, October 14, 2010

This is going to be big!!!

...a big new books list, that is! While you were toiling away at midterms (either taking or grading them), the library was VERY busy adding lots of new and interesting books to the collection. Now that some of the stress is over (or close to being over), why don't you take a look at some of our great new additions.

Halloween is right around the corner--not to mention that vampires are all the rage, especially with shows like True Blood. If you're a fan, check out the books on which the series is based.
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead

Many books are eventually turned into television shows and movies. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an excellent example. In the Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood, Kristin Thompson explores the impact these films had on the industry and offers an interesting behind-the-scenes view of their making.

And speaking of the Lord of the Rings, check out the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment.

We recently celebrated Banned Books Week, which reminded me of this book--Controversial Cinema: The Films That Outraged America.

Do you have a pet that you absolutely adore? If so, you may want to read The Powerful Bond Between People and Pets: Our Boundless Connections to Companion Animals.

Okay, who doesn't have a cell phone? Are you lost without yours? So, what impact have these devices had on our society? Find out in 24/7: How Cell Phones and the Internet Change the Way We Live, Work, and Play.

Spammers, hackers and trojans, oh my! See who or what is lurking behind the seemingly innocent facade of the Internet in Dissecting the Hack: The Forb1dd3n Network.

As always, this is just a few of our most recent additions. The full list can be found on the new books list.

I hope you'll find time over break to check out a few of these books, and we'll see you back on the 20th!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ca-ca-ca-catalog...the library goes "Gaga"

Are you a fan of Lady Gaga? Imagine what she would say to this video created by the University of Washington's Information School. The library never sounded so good!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Library has...

...another study room! We are very pleased to announce that we have added a sixth study room to our repetoire! Study Room F is located in Room 727 in the library.

Like our other study rooms, groups may sign up for it in advance. Individuals do not need to sign in; you may use it if it's available, but you must vacate the room if a group needs it. The sign up sheet is located in the black binder at the front of the circulation desk. The room may be reserved for up to three hours. Please keep others in mind; do NOT sign up for more than three hours at a time.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We hope this additional study room will be helpful, especially as we enter mid-semester...we know it's almost mid-term time!