Friday, December 14, 2007

Cookies & Cider - TONIGHT!!

Join Alcuin and Clemens Library on Study Day (Monday, December 17th) at 9:00pm for cookies and cider! Come to the libraries, study awhile and then break for a cookie or two.

Good luck on your final exams!!

Sponsored by CSB/SJU Food Service and the Libraries.


New Movie Titles - Dec. 14, 2007

Need a break from studying? Check out these new movie titles available at Alcuin Library:

The Bourne Ultimatum
December Boys
William Wegman Video Works 1970-1999
Shadow Casting: The Making of A River runs through It
What About Bob?
Paths of Glory
Odds Against Tomorrow
The Nun’s Story
Live-in Maid
Blank Check
Divine Trash
3 Ninjas Trilogy


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New Movie Titles - At Clemens Library!

Clemens Library has just received the following new movies for its collection:

High School Musical
Power Shift
China On The Rise :
The Girl Next Door
Nanny Diaries
Linda, Linda, Linda
The Taste of Tea
Happy Feet
Absolute Wilson
No End In Sight
As You Like It
The Tank Man
Killer of Sheep
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Showdown with Iran
Vietnam a TV History


Monday, December 10, 2007

Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project

As a partner with filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS on The War, the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress, offers this special Web site to enhance the viewing experience of this epic yet intimate look at those who sacrificed so much to serve their country during World War II. Related sited: PBS: The War.


Internet Resources

Wired for Books

For many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show. Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.


Internet Resources

Friday, December 07, 2007

News from the Library Director: Mis-reading

What should we make of the news about reading in the US? The National Endowment for the Arts recently released a report finding that Americans are reading less, and reading less well. On the other hand, the latest Gallup poll on Americans’ use of leisure time finds reading as the top leisure activity, reported by 29% of respondents, virtually unchanged from 10 years ago, when reading (consistently the top choice) was the favorite of 28% of respondents. In-store book-buying is in decline, but online book-buying is on the rise. All in all, the numbers give mixed messages about the future of reading.

Some of the confusion over the “future of reading” arises from the changes in ways we define reading in the 21st century. The NEA report seems to focus on a narrow conception of “voluntary reading” that roughly equates to novels or other literary works, and reading for school or work doesn’t count. How about reading the newspaper to make better informed decisions about voting or civic engagement? How about listening to an audiobook while commuting to work? And how about all the ways we mix reading and writing in the electronic environment, from adding comments to blogs to annotating your home collection in LibraryThing. At the Libraries, we see lots of signs that the future of reading is alive and well. Library use increases every year – last year we had nearly 400,000 visitors, and we’re on track to increase by 10% again this year. In addition, the Library web site has an average of 35,000 visitors each month. We loaned over 100,000 items, and our users downloaded another 120,000 online articles and other electronic documents. Still, we’d like to do more to nurture the habit of reading among our patrons. If you have suggestions on how the Library can promote reading, I’d love to hear from you.

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New Movie Titles - Dec. 7, 2007

Latest additions to our collection at Alcuin Library:

Bus Stop
Born Yesterday
A Farwell to Arms
Mister Roberts
Sun Dogs
De Nadie (Border Crossing)
Pirates of the Caribbean: World’s End
The Gymnast
Avant Garde 2
The American Friend
Arctic Tale
A Crude Awakening
The Future is Wild