Already stressed out by the baking, the shopping and all the pre-Christmas parties? Give yourself a true Christmas gift: the time to reflect, and to ponder, and to be renewed by the incredible Christmas story as given in the Scriptures.
Come to Trexler Library at 12:00pm on Monday, December 9, and spend a quiet half hour gently absorbing inner peace and joy as we use music, and readings, and video to beautifully unfold this story.
Sr. John Marie will lead us in the Christmas journey.
You can’t make it at 12:00pm? The same presentation will take place at 4:00pm.
Check it out in Trexler
“Jane Austen meets Downton Abbey”
“In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.”
“On this day in 1731, a group of young men in Philadelphia pooled their money to set up the first library in America. The idea for a library came about when Benjamin Franklin started a club with about 50 friends so they could debate about politics, morality, and the natural sciences. The group was called the Club of Mutual Improvement. When they disagreed about a topic, they liked to consult books. But books were expensive in those days, so they combined their resources to found a subscription library. They called it the Philadelphia Library Company. The rule was that any “civil gentleman” could browse through the volumes, but only subscribers were allowed to borrow them. The library expanded over the years. Later it moved to Carpenter’s Hall, the building where the First Continental Congress met in 1774. Franklin said that after the library opened, “reading became fashionable, and our people, having no public amusements to divert their attention from study, became better acquainted with books.”
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The Book of My lives by Aleksandar Hemon
“The Book of My Lives by Alexksandar Hemon - Read about Hemon’s memoirs as he reminisces about his embarkment from Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to the United States for an educational program. This journey becomes permanent due to the outbreak of Yugoslavian Civil War forcing him to begin a new life in Chicago. Follow his memories as he assimilates to life in America while at the same time mourning the life he left behind.”
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Kathleen Arthur, Evening Circulation Supervisor recommends:
Ocean at the End of the Lane (by Neil Gaiman) is one of those books that is really, really difficult to explain… but in a good way. It’s one part coming-of-age story, one part mystery, and one part horror tale with warmth and humor interspersed throughout. You know… sort of like life, which is probably why the novel remains so impressively real despite the fantasy elements central to the story.
As the buried memories of our unnamed narrator’s boyhood slowly return to him, we meet the slightly older girl who lives at the end of the lane with her mother and grandmother. At least she appears to be a few years older. As the threat of a powerful and mysterious danger grows, the boy discovers that the girl and her family are far, far older than they seem. They also possess knowledge of things he never imagined and compassion that will save him in more ways than he immediately realizes.
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APA Citation Workshops
Having trouble compiling a reference list in APA style? Not sure how to cite your sources within the body of your paper? This workshop will cover the essentials of APA style and provide you with guidelines and tools to help you tackle citation with confidence. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome!
Monday, November 4, 7 pm – 7:45 pm
Online via Blackboard Collaborate
Go to http://desales.libcal.com/event.php?id=471660 to register for this workshop
Tuesday, November 5, 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Campbell Conference Room, Trexler Library
Go to http://desales.libcal.com/event.php?id=471683 to register for this workshop
Wednesday, November 6, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Campbell Conference Room, Trexler Library
Go to http://desales.libcal.com/event.php?id=471685 to register for this workshop
Debbie Malone, Library Director, brings us this weeks book note. Debbie writes:
Sokolove, Michael. (2013) Drama High: The Incredible True story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater. Riverhead Hardcover.
LA2317.V65 S65 2013
This is a beautifully written, touching and fascinating story of the incredible theater program at Truman High School in Levittown, a blue-collar town outside of Philadelphia. It is a paean to Lou Volpe who ran the program for 40 years and whose productions drew critical acclaim and the attention of famous theater producers. His productions touched on topics not often attempted in high school productions – teen sexuality, angst and reckless behavior.
Volpe pushed his student actors hard, and they often performed far above their own or anyone else’s expectations. Being in one of his productions was life changing for most of the students whose lives he touched.
Today’s book note comes to us from Kathleen Arthur, Evening Circulation Supervisor:
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith PR6068.O93 C83 2013
I suggest finishing any tasks of life-or-death importance before starting The Cuckoo’s Calling because the oft-overused praise “I couldn’t put it down” actually applies to this one. If the title sounds familiar to you it may be because there was a minor media furor a while back when the author Robert Galbraith was outed as J.K. Rowling writing under a pen-name Though the mature subject matter and tone are refreshingly different from that of her Harry Potter books*, fans will recognize Rowling’s understated humor and ability to craft complex, flawed characters whom we nonetheless come to love.
The story centers on war veteran Cormoran Strike who is struggling to make ends meet with his private detective business while dealing with a series of challenges in his private life. When the brother of world-famous model Lula Landry asks Strike to investigate her apparent suicide, Strike and his temp agency secretary Robin (a young, recently-engaged London newbie) find that the circumstances surrounding the model’s death are more complicated anyone imagined. Let’s hope there are sequels!
*The Harry Potter books are awesome. Read them too if you haven’t done that yet.
Want to learn how to lower your student loan debt?
Join us in the library for What You Should Know about Your Federal Direct Loan Workshop: Trexler Financial Literacy Series
When: October 9, 2013 at 4:00pm-5pm
Where: Trexler Technology Center, 2nd floor Trexler Library
Freshmen earn a Character U Point!
*Note: Please bring your FAFSA Pin # to access your loan history
***Registration is required for this workshop: Please go to: http://desales.libcal.com/event.php?id=429107