The Joys of Summer Reading

Belle loves books

So we’re just slightly past the halfway point of summer – finals for summer classes are underway and the fall semester official starts on August 16 (but pre-fall classes begin sooner: July 29 – we can’t wait!). But that doesn’t mean you don’t still have time to get in some leisure reading. Summer is the perfect time to pick up a good book and just relax. You can read outside when it’s nice (thank you for last week, Polar Vortex!) or cozy up inside with the a/c when St. Louis’s standard humid summer days are in full force.

This summer NPR focused on a special project that they referred to as the “Book Your Trip” project. This project is “a series that is much more about the journey than the destination, and aims to create a surprising, serendipitous book discovery experience for the summer months.” With this in mind they came up with 12 lists, all of which focus on a specific means of transportation. They provide an excellent way to discover something new. Below are the lists they created which you can feel free to add to as you please. Happy reading!

Book Your Trip Reading Lists:

 

Remembering Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature (along with many other awards), passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 13 at the age of 90. The Nobel Prize website offers a succinct explanation of how Gordimer came to be the recipient of the award:

Her works comprise novels and short stories in which the consequences of apartheid form the central theme. Some of her books have at times been banned in her native country. She depicts extremely complicated personal and social relationships in her environment, putting the face of racism before the readers… who [thanks to] her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to pick up any of her work we have a number of titles available for checkout here in the library:

  • Not for Publication: And Other Stories
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 N6 1965}
  • July’s People
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 J8 1982}
  • Six Feet of the Country
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 S58 1986}
  • A Sport of Nature
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 S67 1987}
  • The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics, and Places
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 Z467 1988}
  • My Son’s Story
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 M9 1991}
  • Jump and Other Stories
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 J83 1991}
  • Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories
    {Call # PR 9369.3 .G6 B44 2007}
  • Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008
    {Call #PR 9369.3 .G6 T46 2010}

Happy Birthday, Oliver Sacks!

Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks turns 81 today (Wednesday, July 9)! This man has written a number of books that look at the workings of the brain and explains various aspects of this amazing organ in an accessible way. We have a number of his books here in the library ready and waiting to be checked out.

If you haven’t been exposed to Sacks before here’s a recording of his TED talk from 2009 that looks at how hallucinations reveal things about our minds:

And here are a few of the titles we have here in the library:

An Anthropologist on Mars

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
RC 351 .S1948 1996

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
RC 351 .S195 1998

Musicophilia

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
ML 3830 .S13 2007

The Mind's Eye

The Mind’s Eye
RC 423 .S23 2010

Hallucinations

Hallucinations
RC 533 .H3 S33 2012

4th of July Library Hours

4th of July

Can you believe the 4th of July is already here?! As we all celebrate Independence Day in our own special ways the library will be CLOSED on Friday, July 4, in honor of the national holiday.

We hope you enjoy the fireworks, BBQ, and whatever other excitement you have planned.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend! We’ll see you bright and early on Monday, July 7, when our normal summer hours resume.

You’ve Got Questions…

 

We’ve got answers! But just in case your question comes at a time when the library isn’t open or is something you think you should be able to find online we have an FAQ page embedded on our website. This searchable FAQ highlights a lot of the questions most frequently received at the Reference Desk. The Reference Librarians are always happy to help if you come to them with questions, but it doesn’t hurt to know that there is a readily accessible online place for answers as well.

Take the time to go through and see if any of the questions you’ve had are answered. If you don’t see something that you’d like to suggest be added, drop us a note at refdrop@stchas.edu.

 

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Check it out! The 2014 PBS Online Film Festival!

PBS Online Film Festival

On June 16 the third annual PBS Online Film Festival kicked off. Running through July 31, 2014 the festival is comprised of *25* short films culled from “Independent Lens,” “POV,” and other collaborative efforts with public broadcasting producers.The press release issued by PBS explains:

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful stories from filmmakers across the country while providing an opportunity to reach an engaged and digitally savvy audience. Attracting more than one million video streams and more than 50,000 votes in its first two years, the PBS Online Film Festival has become a popular annual online event…

The films will be available for streaming across all PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org, Roku, Xbox, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “People’s Choice” award. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

All of the films are free and readily available for you to start watching! Check them out on the PBS Online Film Festival site.

Celebrating PRIDE with LGBT Authors

LGBT Pride month

As we continue celebrating LGBT Pride month we thought we’d take a moment to highlight some famous LGBT authors who have left their mark on the literary world. It was hard to even try to pick a few authors to focus on so here’s a far from complete list to help you explore. Take the time this month to check out the work of someone you haven’t read before. There’s some pretty impressive literary talent here:

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