September 27 – October 3 is Banned Books Week and you might have noticed our display has been up all month long in preparation for it.
So what is Banned Books Week all about? Well, the American Library Association explains that it’s “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. . . By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.”
And what can you do to celebrate Banned Books? Read them! We have lots of titles on display here in the library. Plus you can check out the “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” and try to read some of those. Or you can check out the Banned Books Virtual Read Out:
Come in and grab a book off our display. Celebrate your freedom to read what you want. Who knows, you might find out that one of your favorite books was banned or challenged at some point.
Happy #MediaMonday! Sure, a few months have gone by since the Oscars, but that doesn’t mean you got around to watching all the 2014 Best Picture Nominees.
If you haven’t already, you should check out “The Imitation Game.” It was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it won the award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
The film is based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. So, what’s it about?
“A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936– the concept of a universal machine– laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program– all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.”
If you’re one of those people who likes to read the book before you see the film, you’re in luck because we have both on hand!
When you come in to pick up the movie, make sure you browse our collection of DVDs to see if anything else catches your eye.
We’ll leave you with the movie trailer. Enjoy!
Today, September 17, is the birthday of poet William Carlos Williams. We figured he’d make for a perfect #tbt and it would give us the excuse to highlight his work.
Williams was a unique voice in American poetry. He received the National Book Award for poetry in 1950 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1963. In addition to being an accomplished poet, Williams was also an essayist, playwright, novelist, and a practicing physician.
It’s always a great experience to hear a poet read their work. Fortunately PennSound makes this a possibility with Williams. You should definitely take a minute to go listen to some of the recordings they have.
You’ll also want to check out the 1964 interview with the poet from The Paris Review.
There is some great biographical information and literary criticism available through our ARTEMIS Literary Sources database. Not to mention the books we have upstairs in our collection. Titles like:
So happy birthday to this engaging poet. We’ll leave you with one of his more well-known poems, “This Is Just To Say”
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
Man, it has been a while since our last blog post! BUT we’re coming back with something good – a reminder that SCC’s Between the Covers book club is meeting to discuss the play Clybourne Park in one week!
On Wednesday, September 23, at 2:30 the book club will be meeting in the library’s Information Commons for the first book club discussion of the Fall 2015 semester. Like always, there will be coffee, snacks, and the chance to enter a drawing for prizes. It should be a great conversation!
And SCC’s Center Stage Theater is presenting “Clybourne Park” in the Fine Arts Building Theater September 30 – October 4. Tickets to the play are *free* for SCC Students who show their ID. So read the play, talk about it, and then see it on stage!
Oliver Sacks was a well-known neurologist and author. His books offered accessible case studies of the intricacies and unique nature of the human brain.
In February 2015 Sacks wrote an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times on learning he had terminal cancer. On Sunday, August 30, Sacks passed away.
His obituary in The New York Times offers a more in-depth picture of the man if you’re interested in reading more. You can also check out a Vanity Fair article about him from this past June, or this piece from Wired.
If you haven’t had a chance to read any of his work, take the time to pick up one of his books. They’re truly fascinating. We have the following in the library:
We’ll leave you with a TED Talk Sacks gave in 2009:
Well, you survived the first week of classes. Congratulations! Now that you’ve gotten into the swing of things it’s time to start incorporating fun campus activities into your schedule. We always have a ton of things going on around campus and you should do what you can to participate in all the things that interest you.
One thing that’s going on this week is the kick-off meeting for SCC’s Between the Covers Book Club! The Book Club is sponsored by SCC’s Multicultural Programming Committee. It meets in the LRC Information Commons (the area in the back of the library by the Help Desk). The kick-off will be this Wednesday, August 26, at 2:30. There will be food, coffee, a giveaway, and the chance to meet new people from around campus!
Between the Covers is a book club open to students, faculty and staff. The club averages three books a semester, so it’s doable to work it in to your busy academic schedules.
We’ll look forward to seeing you!
Rick Steves is something of a travel guru. He is all about experiencing new places and encourages people to get out and see the world around them. You can check out his books, his website, his Twitter feed, and his show on PBS to get his travel tips and experience his joy for wandering the globe.
We’ll leave you with one of his TED Talks. It might inspire the travel bug in you ;)
Alright guys, it’s here! The Fall 2015 semester is officially upon us and we are pumped!
We’re so glad you’re here at SCC and want nothing more than to see you succeed.
The library (also known as the LRC) is here to help you with all kinds of things. We have computers you can access to look up your schedule, get started on homework, or check Twitter between classes. We have magazines and academic journals for you to peruse in your downtime. You can read them for fun or to immerse yourself in your field of study. Not to mention the fact that we have TONS of books available for check out. We have titles that can help you with your studies in addition to plenty of books to read for fun. PLUS we have hundreds of DVDs for you to peruse. We have documentaries, Oscar winners, musicals, and more!
All 4 (yes, 4!) of our Reference Librarians are here to help you. Feel free to stop in and say hi! Plus you can get in touch with a librarian via phone (636.922.8620) or chat on our website as long as the library is open (that means until 10 p.m. tonight).
If you have questions about the library you can always check out our FAQ section.
Here’s to a great fall term! Just know that the library is here for you :)
We made it through another week! Today we thought we’d take a different tactic with our #FridayReads and we’re going to look at reading in a slightly different way.
Remember how much fun it was being read to as a child? The appeal is still there today in the pleasure you get from things like listening to audiobooks and podcasts. When someone has a great reading voice it evokes a unique kind of comfort and a different appreciation for the written word. That’s what makes Storyline Online such an awesome resource.
This site is sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. The Foundation “records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos” to go along with those stories.
If you have the chance to read aloud with the children in your life, by all means do so. It’s a great experience to share with them and it helps encourage a love of reading. But if you happen to be busy and still want to provide a “storytime” experience, that’s when this site can come in handy.
And hey, you don’t need to have a kid around to appreciate being read to. We won’t tell if you take advantage of this site just for yourself. Enjoy being read to by the likes of Betty White, Al Gore, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, and more.
We’ll send you off with one of the stories on the site, Library Lion (we couldn’t resist):
August 13 is Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday, which inspired today’s #tbt. This master of suspense is responsible for numerous classic films (think “Psycho,” “North by Northwest,” “Vertigo,” and “Rear Window“). If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out a Hitchcock film, now is the time to remedy that.
We have a lot of books about this famous director. Feel free to stop by and check some of them out!
We’ll leave you with this entertaining Saturday Night Live reimagining of the filming of Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.”