#FridayReads – The Joys of Reading

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Happy Friday!

For today’s #FridayReads we’re going to look at the particular pleasures of reading. When there are so many other ways to get information, stay entertained, and just pass the time, why do we keep coming back to books? Because of all they have to offer.

Here are just a few of the titles we have in the library that look at the benefits of reading:

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We’ll leave you with a little “Reading Rainbow” love… because why not? ;)

#ThrowbackThursday – Fun with LIFE Magazine

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We don’t like to brag, but we have a LOT of interesting materials in the library. Something we have that we picked for today’s #tbt is an impressive backlist for LIFE magazine. LIFE started as a weekly magazine in 1883 and was known as a publication built around captivating photographs. It highlighted culturally-relevant news stories that covered everything from war to celebrity weddings. It’s entertaining to look back and flip through old issues to see what was going on at the time, see how advertising has changed, and to simply look at the pictures.

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We have a majority of the back issues of LIFE from 1939-1998. These can be found on the second floor of the main study area (we refer to this room as “the stacks”). They are shelved on the FAR RIGHT side of the stacks with the other older (anything prior to the current year) periodicals (AKA magazines, newspapers, and academic journals). It is shelved alphabetically by title AND the issues of the magazine are big so they’re not hard to find. Feel free to browse to your heart’s content.

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Unfortunately copies of LIFE are unavailable for checkout, BUT there’s another way to access this awesome resource. Thanks to Google Books you have access to back issues of the magazine online. It doesn’t give you quite the same experience as actually flipping through the pages, but it comes pretty close. This is an engagingly dangerous way to spend a lot of time :)

#WednesdayWisdom – Consumer Reports is Awesome

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When you’re about to make a big or important purchase what’s the first thing you do? Head to Google? See what kind of reviews you find on sites like Amazon? Well there’s one resource that has been around for over 75 years that “empower[s] consumers with the knowledge they need to make better and more informed choices.” That resource, which is today’s #WednesdayWisdom, is Consumer Reports.

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You might be wondering what makes this resource worthy of being highlighted. Well, if you want to know which vacuum is best for your living situation (maybe you have 10 cats, we don’t judge), or which laptop you should buy as you head back to school, or which car will really get you the best gas mileage. Consumer Reports can offer up that information.

Consumer Reports “serves consumers through unbiased product testing and ratings, research, journalism, public education, and advocacy.” They test and rate products so you know if they live up to the claims they’re making.

The next time you’re debating which cell phone you should get, or find yourself needing to buy a new washer and dryer, head to Consumer Reports to get ratings on offerings from all the big names out there. Trust us, it will be worth your time!

The library offers access to this resource in a number of ways. We have print copies of the magazine which comes out monthly. The issues from the current year are found on the first floor of the library in the Periodicals section (back by the Help Desk). Issues from the previous 4 years can be found on the second floor in the row of shelves located to the far right.

Consumer Reports Issues

We also have online access to Consumer Reports going back to 1988. You can search for articles using LexisNexis or Academic Search Premier.

And finally, we have the Consumer Reports Buying Guide (TX 335 .A1 C6 2015) on our book shelves. The 2015 copy is located in the Reference Section of the library and copies 2010-2014 are shelved on the second floor with the rest of our books.

Buying Guide 2015

So shop smart. Consumer Reports is a resource the library provides so you can have access to all that it offers. Take advantage of it while you’re here! :)

#TravelTuesday – St. Louis

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Today’s #TravelTuesday is staying local – we’re highlighting St. Louis in honor of the World Cup Qualifier taking place at Busch Stadium on November 13! Soccer is well-loved around the world, and excitement about the sport in the U.S. has grown considerably in recent years. There should be a great turnout at Busch this November. Here are just a few titles to get you in the right frame of mind:

About Soccer and the World Cup

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About St. Louis!

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If you’re looking for where to go eat, shop, and hang out in St. Louis be sure to check out St. Louis Magazine’s A-List Award winners. If you’re specifically interested in places to eat take a look at Sauce Magazine‘s Reader’s Choice winners along with Feast Magazine‘s 2014 Feast Awards.

And you should definitely take the time to tour the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Branch. Renovation of the branch was completed in 2012 and it’s a beautifully impressive, award-winning St. Louis treasure.

So try and make it downtown in November for the World Cup Qualifier. There’s plenty to do in STL and it’s sure to be a good time.

#MediaMonday – “Life Itself”

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It’s Monday and the last official day of the summer term! Since today is hot and humid (you’ve gotta love Missouri weather) what better way to “celebrate” than with #MediaMonday?! This is exactly the kind of day you want to spend INSIDE in the a/c watching a great film. Today we want to highlight the documentary “Life Itself.” Whether or not you’re a fan of movie critic Roger Ebert this is a film that’s worth watching.

To quote the documentary website: “Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

You can read more about it in the transcript of an NPR interview done with Ebert’s wife, Chaz. The trailer for the film is below:

You also might want to consider checking out Ebert’s website where you can find some great movie reviews.

While you’re in looking for this film, be sure to browse the rest of our DVD collection. We have everything from Oscar winners to workout videos. You’ll find our collection on the first floor of the library in front of our reference section. See you soon!

#FridayReads – The Craft of Writing

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We’re celebrating the weekend with a special #FridayReads category. We wanted to take a look at books that focus on the art of writing. Whether you’re already a writer, aspire to be one, or simply want to improve your writing for class these are just a few titles we have on hand that you might want to check out:

Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
PE 1450 .N67 2015

Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction by John Casey
PN 3355 .C295 2014

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden
PN 6710 .A24 D743 2008

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
PE 1450 .T75 2004

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
PE 1408 .S772 2000

Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood
PR 9199.3 .A8 N44 2002

On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinnser
PE 1429 .Z5 1998

Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style by Arthur Plotnik
PN 147 .P55 2005

Stop by and pick one up. You’ll be glad you did :)

#ThrowbackThursday – AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time

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Who doesn’t love #ThrowbackThursday? And because we’re closing in on the weekend AND the end of the summer term, we thought we’d take a look back at AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time (last updated in 2007 for the list’s 10th anniversary). You might disagree with some of the titles, but it makes for a good “to watch” list.

The library’s DVD collection is located on the first floor of the library in front of the reference books. Those on the AFI list that are available for check-out include:

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Stop in and pick something up!

#WednesdayWisdom – The 24/7 Library

You know we love seeing you come to the library to study, hang out, write, or to do any number of other things. But sometimes you have to access library resources from home because the library may be closed or because you don’t have the time (or energy) to make it to campus. Luckily for you a number of our resources are available 24/7, and that’s today’s #WednesdayWisdom. Just because the library is closed doesn’t mean you don’t have access to what we have to offer.

So here’s just a taste of what you can do from home:

  • Search the library catalog for books and movies. True, you can’t access the physical copy but you can Request It and have it placed on the hold shelf for you to pick up the next day.

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  • Search the library catalog for eBooks. Those are available any time, day or night. You can read them on your computer or you may download and read them on most eReaders. (Most of our eBooks offer the option to download).

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  • Access any of our databases! Whether you need to find an article for a paper, read some literary criticism, or look up biographical information on an artist you can do that with our databases.

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  • Get quick answers to questions you might have about the library by checking out our FAQ section on the library homepage.

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  • Request books through MOBIUS. There might be a time when you’re looking for material that the library doesn’t have in-house. You can place your MOBIUS request anytime and have it delivered to our library in 3-4 business days.

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So remember, the library tries to meet you where YOU are. We aim to provide help at your moment of need – even if that moment happens to be at 2 a.m.

#TravelTuesday – Greece

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We’re starting something new with our library blog and some hashtag inspiration. For #TravelTuesday we thought we’d take a minute and look at Greece. Odds are good you’ve been hearing lots about it for a while now thanks to the Greece debt crisis and the country potentially leaving the eurozone. With that in mind, just because you’ve heard about it doesn’t mean you could really explain what has been going on (trust us, you’re not alone).

As of yesterday, July 20, 2015, banks in Greece reopened and the country began repaying its debts. For a little background on the Greece debt crisis there are some good overviews provided by The New York Times and Vox. You can also head to NPR and read some of their pieces.

An interesting result of this economic crisis is that more people have been considering the idea of traveling to the country. If you think you’re game Rick Steves makes the case that this is a “great time to visit Greece.”

And because this is on the library blog we have to highlight a few of our fabulous materials to get you in the right frame-of-mind :) We have a number of titles that look at Greece in different ways, but here are just a few to whet your appetite:

Culture and Customs of Greece

Culture and Customs of Greece by Artemis Leontis
DF 741 .L46 2009

Greece Land of Light

Greece: Land of Light by Nicholas Gage; photographs by Barry Brukoff
DF 741 .G35 2004

The Gods of Ollympus

The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi
BL 783 .G675 2014

Oh My Gods

Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths by Philip Freeman
BL 782 .F73 2012

2015 U.S. Poet Laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera

Exciting news! On June 10, 2015 Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed the 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate. Herrera will be the first Hispanic poet to hold this position. Prior to accepting the appointment he served as California’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2015. During his term his role will be “to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.”