Friday, December 16, 2016

Give Yourself the Gift of A New Book

School's out!  (Unless you have Monday finals, and then in that case, I'm sorry. Your freedom is coming.)

But don't flee the premises just yet, because new books are in. We have just the book to top off your TBR pile over winter break, so come browse our selection. Need a few suggestions to get you started? Check out the books below:

Peek into other lives in these memoirs and confessionals: Lisa Kotin tells the story of sugar addiction in My Confection: Odyssey of a Sugar Addict. Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer brings caustic humor to everything from one night stands and introversion to stem cells and Hollywood in her bestselling essay collection The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Margo Jefferson discusses life among the black elite during some of the most revolutionary times of racial, sexual, and cultural change in the 20th and 21st centuries in Negroland. Ruth Wariner chronicles her upbringing in, and escape from, a polygamist family in The Sound of Gravel. And in Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life, Kelsey Miller guides readers through her journey out of self-hatred and into self-love.

With movies like Justice League and Wonder Woman due next year, it's never too early to get yourself into the superhero mood. On the Origin of Superheroes: From the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1 by Chris Gavaler explores how the elements that created Superman predated him by centuries. Barbara Brownie and Danny Graydon dig into the symbolism of iconic costumes in The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction. Brian Michael Bendis brings us more of Jessica Jones' adventures in Jessica Jones: The Pulse: The Complete Collection, which follows her career shift to Daily Planet journalist while juggling a husband and baby. And if you're looking for a super-powered upgrade to your own life (that doesn't include a hot bath in radioactive material), check out Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb.

Superheroes aren't the only ones hitting the big screen in 2017. Hidden Figures, the story of a team of African-American women whose mathematical genius launched an astronaut into orbit, opens in theaters everywhere in early January. Margot Lee Shetterly plumbs their story in Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

Don't forget fiction. The narrator of Paul Beatty's incisive, hilarious, and award-winning novel, The Sellout, decides to reinstate slavery and segregation as a means of putting his hometown of Dickens, California back on the map. Lawyer Lacy Stoltz finds herself caught in a deadly case of corruption in John Grisham's latest novel, The Whistler. And 'tis the season for some murder in The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P. D. James, a collection of four Christmas-special mysteries.

Find all of these books and more in our catalog. Have a wonderful winter break!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sweet Study Break

It's finals week, and it's time to indulge your sweet tooth! Stop by the circulation desk Tuesday the 13th to Monday the 19th, where we'll be treating everyone -- students, faculty, and staff -- to free cookies and coffee.

Good luck this week!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Countdown to Finals

Now here are seven glorious words we've all been waiting to hear: it's (almost) the end of the semester! Classes end Monday, December 12, and finals week goes from Tuesday, December 13 through Monday, December 19. We know you're gearing up for exams (we see you, lurking in the back of the library past 9:30pm) and would like to offer a few reminders:
  • The library is a popular place this time of year. Please keep in mind that your fellow students are as gut-churningly stressed out as you are, so please remember not to talk in the quiet areas, to keep your voice lowered in the group study rooms, and to take your in-person conversations up front.
  • Need some help with research? Fretting about those in-text citations? We can help! Our reference librarians are ready to help you with any research or citation questions you may have.
  • Need a laptop for next semester? Our G.O.A.L. program, in which eligible students can borrow a laptop for the entire spring 2017 semester, is still accepting applications until December 19. Check out the G.O.A.L. Program page for more information.
  • We know you love the library, and before closing, the library loves you! But trapdoors in the ceiling release buckets of black widow spiders at 9:30 p.m. sharp, so please be respectful of closing hours and your own bodily safety and leave on time!
Good luck in this last week. You've made it this far, and you're so close to finishing. You. Can. Do it!