• Library Displays

    Don’t judge a book by its cover, judge it by its first line(s)

    Can you guess the titles of these books from their first lines? Do they make you want to pick them up? Dazzling…wrenching…a mind bender.”– Time “Brain-boggling.”– Life “Full of poetry, scientific imagination, and typical wry Clarke wit. By standing the universe on its head, he makes us see the ordinary universe in a different light…[This novel becomes] a complex allegory about the history of the world.”– The New Yorker “Breathtaking.” —Saturday Review To find out the title click here!   “A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction.”– Los Angeles Times Book Review “A gripping adventure story . . . Laced with wit, spiced with terror,…

  • Library News,  Natural Sciences,  Technology

    The Physics of . . .

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant . . . just about everything! A new book display in the Baker Reading Room brings together over a dozen books from the Ohrstrom Library collection that share a common thread: They all have “The Physics of” as part of their titles.  Beyond that connection it is a very diverse selection, covering topics that range from sports, music and sailing, to NASCAR, Star Trek, Superheros, and even James Bond movies. Did you know that: A baseball compresses from a round shape to an elliptical one when the bat-ball impact approaches 140 MPH? When a hockey puck is tilted at a positive angle relative to the…

  • Library News

    New Book Display: Black History Month 2009

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant The Quest for Citizenship in the Americas –  this year’s theme for Black History Month –  is the inspiration for a book display now on view in the Baker Reading Room.  Library Assistant Meredith MacLeod has assembled a wide range of books that inform and illuminate this powerful and resonant theme. Each year, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History chooses a theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP.  The ASALH website offers this description of the theme: A century ago, an interracial group of Americans joined together and formed…

  • History,  Library News

    New Book Display: Inauguration 2009

    Sandra Chauvin – Circulation Librarian In honor of the historic Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, the staff at Ohrstrom Library has assembled a display of related materials. Please take a moment during the next week or two to learn about other Presidential inaugurations in such books as The inaugural addresses of twentieth-century American presidents edited by Halford Ryan (353.03 In1R) and Lincoln’s greatest speech: the second inaugural by Ronald C. White Jr. (Big. L638W5).   Listen to the actual voice of FDR give three of his inaugural addresses on the recording FDR: nothing to fear (CD Biog.  R6772). Learn more about what experiences have shaped and inspired…

  • Fine Arts,  Library News

    New Book Display: Graphic Novels

    Lisa Laughy -Archives Assistant In response to growing student interest, Ohrstrom Library is expanding its collection of graphic novels. The library staff is celebrating the influx of these engaging new books with a colorful display in the Baker Reading Room featuring over 20 new graphic novels.  They represent a mixture of artistic styles and genres including biographies, autobiographies, fantasy, and literature.  Here are the highlights of a few of the titles: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – her award winning memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution Beowulf adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds – a visually compelling graphic novel of the ancient classic. Three Shadows by Cyril…