Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

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There are few writers in American literary history who have become cultural icons. Yet Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835, and later known as Mark Twain (a nom de plume taken from his riverboat piloting days meaning two fathoms deep, or safe water), has clearly staked a place for himself in the larger American collective conscience, leaving a legacy not only as a fountainhead of American literature itself but also as a resilient and persistent figure in American popular culture. Ernest Hemingway famously remarked that “all American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” William Faulkner echoed Hemingway's canonizing praise, acclaiming Twain “the father of American literature.” At the same time, Twain's image, humorous quips, and aphorisms have been a constant of the popular media. His novels and stories have been remade into comic strips, children's films, and cartoons; his image and his words regularly figure in commercial advertising campaigns; and his likeness even appeared in a 1990 segment of the television program Star Trek. That he continues to predominate and to be celebrated in circles of both high and low culture is only fitting, for in his life as in his art, Twain played with and on the distinction between high art and popular culture and in doing so fashioned a literature grounded in the American vernacular. In this light, he joins Walt Whitman in fulfilling Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a truly American voice and literature. (From Credo Reference)

Read books by Mark Twain:

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Life on the Mississippi (Biography)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Renew your materials online!

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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.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Library Hours - Thanksgiving Break

Library Hours - Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 26          8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday, November 27     8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday, November 28 – Saturday, November 30: CLOSED
Sunday, December 1              6pm – 12midnight

The BAC Music Library will close at 2:30 Tuesday, November 26
and open for regular academic hours, Monday, December 2 at 9:00am.

Free Coffee at Alcuin!

Wake up and smell the coffee! and then get it for free at Alcuin Library on Monday mornings between 8:45am -11:15am. The library is providing free coffee or tea, and muffins. If you need a little extra motivation to get up and study for that test or work on that paper, then make it over to the Alcuin Library and get your java jolt and maybe a little sustenance, again, all for free.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Visit the Writing Center!

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Visit the Writing Center on either campus to get help with paper. One-on-one sessions allow both the tutor and the student to work through procedures and strategies in order to help improve the student's writing abilities.  They offer resources in all stages of the writing process, from brain-storming to perfecting a final draft.  They do not proofread papers; rather, they believe in the value of teaching students how to brainstorm, how to organize their thoughts, how to clarify their assertions, how to recognize and fix their grammar mistakes, and so on.  They believe in teaching students skills they can use in all their writing.  Each session is intended to reach beyond a specific assignment.

Schedule an appointment today!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cool Tool: Silk

Silk is a free service that allows you to create webpages organized around a theme or topic. Take a look at a sample Silk site here