Monday, June 20, 2016

Book of the Week: The Polar Regions by Adrian Howkins

The Polar Regions:  An Environmental History

By Adrian Howkins

Call Number:  G 587 .H69 2016

Review from the Journal of Historical Geography 

Publisher's Description:  The environmental histories of the Arctic and Antarctica are characterized by contrast and contradiction. These are places that have witnessed some of the worst environmental degradation in recent history. But they are also the locations of some of the most farsighted measures of environmental protection. They are places where people have sought to conquer nature through exploration and economic development, but in many ways they remain wild and untamed. They are the coldest places on Earth, yet have come to occupy an important role in the science and politics of global warming.

Despite being located at opposite ends of the planet and being significantly different in many ways, Adrian Howkins argues that the environmental histories of the Arctic and Antarctica share much in common and have often been closely connected. This book also argues that the Polar Regions are strongly linked to the rest of the world, both through physical processes and through intellectual and political themes. As places of inherent contradiction, the Polar Regions have much to contribute to the way we think about environmental history and the environment more generally.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book of the Week: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton

By Elizabeth Strout

Call Number:  PS 3569 .T736 M9 2016

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description:  A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book of the Week: The Healing Power of Hip Hop by Raphael Travis, Jr.

The Healing Power of Hip Hop

By Raphael Travis, Jr.

Call Number:  ML 3918 .R37 T73 2016

Publisher's description:  Using the latest research, real-world examples, and a new theory of healthy development, this book explains Hip Hop culture's ongoing role in helping Black youths to live long, healthy, and productive lives.

• Connects the latest research conclusions about Hip Hop's influences with actual examples of its practice and applied value in action
• Identifies education, health and mental health, and afterschool settings as key to promoting health and well-being
• Disentangles arguments about whether Hip Hop culture is more of a tool for empowerment or a tool for risk promotion
• Explains Hip Hop's ongoing contributions to health and learning, with attention to the Black community
• Provides a common language and structure for helping professionals, researchers, and policymakers to organize work related to Hip Hop and well-being
• Introduces meaningful models, tips, and resources for personal or professional use
• Offers real-world insights from today's leaders within the Hip Hop Ed movement

Visit AuthorStory to learn more about the author and his research

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Exam Cram! May 16th starting at 6:00 p.m.



It's that time of the semester!


Need help with citations? A statistic? Help with a paper or final exam? 

The Library and Tutoring Learning Center staff will be here on Monday, May 16th from 6:00 pm - midnight to help you!

We will also have free coffee, cookies, fruit, surprises from the Office of Sustainability, and Andy's infamous announcements. 



Rocket the therapy dog will also be here! 
  • Monday, May 16 - Library Lobby & IMC (3rd flr)
  • 6 - MIDNIGHT
  • FREE COFFEE, COOKIES, FRUIT and more!
Good luck with studying from all of us at the Library and TLC!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Children's Book Week - May 2-8




Children’s Book Week is May 2-8. This will be the 97th annual celebration commemorating books for young people and the joy of reading. Please check out our Children's Book Display in the Library Lobby area. 





The University Library also has a rich collection of children's literature in the IMC area on the 3rd floor. We encourage you to browse the collection. 

This year, in conjunction to Children's Book Week, the Library has a craft activity for all! Please join us and make really cool book cover bags. We often do not keep the book covers on our materials due to wear and tear, but we think about ways in which some of these beautiful works of art can be preserved.



So, learn how to make some cool bags! The Library will provide the materials and the event is free. No need to register, just show up and bring your inner craft person to the party! 

Tuesday, May 10 - 11:00 am - Noon (LRC 103A Idea Studio)
Thursday, May 12 - 11:00 am - Noon (LRC 103A Idea Studio)















Friday, April 29, 2016

Book of the Week: The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner

The Geography of Genius : A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

By Eric Weiner 

Call Number:  BF412 .W395 2016

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description:  Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.

Visit the author's website at http://www.ericweinerbooks.com/
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.
- See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.
- See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf

Library Labs Workshop: 3D Model Design



3D MODEL DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS

Please join us for our next Library Labs workshop! 




Description:   Not a CAD expert but still wish to create your own 3D models to print? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to a variety of tools designed to make 3D file creation simple and fun. 

Intended Audience: Students/Faculty & Staff (Approved for SBE events credit)

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at noon - 1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 107

Register: Register here (free!)

Presenter:  Matt Sonnenberg, IMC Assistant