Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

In a flamboyant age and a notoriously flamboyant profession - he was an active member of a theatre company for at least 20 years - Shakespeare was abnormally reticent. As a result, researchers have had painstakingly to piece together the story of his life from surviving scraps of evidence.

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Shakespeare wrote most of his greatest plays during the first decade (1599-1608) of his company's occupation of the Globe. They include the mature comedies, Much Ado About Nothing (which may shortly pre-date the move), As You Like It and Twelfth Night; the darker comedies, sometimes called ‘problem plays’, All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida; a pot-boiler, The Merry Wives of Windsor, written in response to demands for more of Falstaff; and the major tragedies, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens. It was a period that saw the Lord Chamberlain's Men honoured by the new monarch with the title of King's Men and confirmed in their ascendancy at court. (From Credo Reference

Read Shakespeare:

Romeo and Juliet
Much Ado About Nothing
A Midsummer's Night Dream


The Tragedy of Macbeth
A Midsummer's Night Dream
Henry V

Friday, April 18, 2014

Read the Book - Watch the Movie

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Read the Book:

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (Alcuin Library GV880 .L49 2003)

This book explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money. The author examines the fallacy behind the major league baseball refrain that the team with the biggest wallet is supposed to win.

Watch the Movie:

Moneyball - Alcuin Library DVD  5876  and Clemens Library DVD GV880 .L49 2012

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Renew your books!

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Did you know you can renew your books online? Go to Your Borrowing Record (see steps below) to view and renew items you have checked out like your books, DVD's and items loaned from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)*. View a tutorial here.

Steps to Your Borrowing Record:

1) From the library home page, click on "Borrowing Record" (under the heading "How Do I...")
2) Username is your Banner # and your Password is your last name.

It's easy to do! Ask a Librarian if you need help.

* Materials borrowed from other libraries need to be renewed prior to the due date to ensure ample time for the borrowing institution to respond to the request. Not all renewal requests are extended, so you need to continue to check Your Borrowing Record to see if your request has been accepted.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Annual Student Art Contest!

The Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict will once again be the venue for an Art Contest and Show sponsored by the joint libraries. The Libraries are inviting any student at CSB/SJU to submit artwork. The show will be juried by members of the Art Department and the Library, and the selected works will be awarded cash prizes and displayed in the gallery space of the Clemens Library. If you entered last year, do not hesitate to enter again this year! Entries to the contest must be submitted by April 28, 2014 to David Malone (rm.A109) at Clemens Library (CSB) or to Kelly Kraemer in the Library Reference Office at the Alcuin Library (SJU). Students may submit up to three pieces unless it is a series which consists of more than 3 pieces. This contest is open to all CSB/SJU students, not just Art Majors!

Work in all two-dimensional and three-dimensional media will be accepted including but not necessarily limited to sculpture, painting, prints, drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, video, computer or artist’s books. Work created in classes is certainly eligible. All work should be suitably framed (in whatever way the artist thinks is appropriate to the piece) and ready for hanging.

The artwork should be accompanied by a typed statement relating the intentions, motivations, or themes of the artist. The statement should be approximately 100 words. The prizes include 1st place of $300, 2nd place of $200 and 3rd place of $100. The contest is sponsored by the Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict and the Alcuin Library of Saint John's University with the assistance of members of the CSB/SJU Art Faculty.

 For more information contact David Malone (

All reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the handling, storing, and installing of the artworks submitted for this contest. Neither the Libraries nor the jury committee will be responsible for damage to works while in our possession. Submission to this contest shall imply agreement to all conditions of the contest.