• Literature

    Inspired by the Fiske Cup? Read a Great Play!

    Kevin Barry – Library Director Have you read Equus by Peter Shaffer? By now, most students have noted that Daniel Radcliffe, star of the popular Harry Potter films, has assumed the haunting role of the tortured stable boy in the Broadway production of  Equus, written by Peter Shaffer. In this fascinating 1973 play, a psychiatrist works closely with a boy hospitalized because he has brutally blinded several horses with a metal spike.  While trying to reorient the boy through psychotherapy, the  doctor is anguished by his realization that in order to normalize the boy, he must also deprive him of his unconstrained passion and what has become a sort of…

  • Literature

    There’s nothing like a short story!

    Kevin Barry – Library Director Nothing relaxes and quenches the thirsty mind like a quick read before dozing off at night.  There are plenty of yarns numbering only four and five pages long.  Some pack a wallop and some sooth the soul.  Reading something short just for fun before bedtime is both healthy and habit-forming! Get addicted quickly by going to the Ohrstrom Library Catalog.  Type in Short Stories, American and hit “Subject”. Need a specific recommendation?  Begin with 60 Stories by Donald Barthelme (Fiction B28) and turn directly to his short story, The School (pp. 309-312).  It is not only hilarious, but forces the reader to ask, “What’s grammar…

  • Databases,  Literature,  Web Resources

    Recreational Reading: Spotlight on EBSCO NoveList

    Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian Are you looking for a great recreational read over the break but have already devoured everything by your favorite author?  Would you like to find books of a similar nature written by different authors?  If so, try searching NoveList through EBSCO and you may discover new favorites. 1) Click HERE to visit Ohrstrom Library’s website and select EBSCO from the database menu. 2) Then select NoveList (over to the right, see below). This database will allow you to find author “read-alikes” specific to your subject criteria. 3) Conduct a search of your favorite author. 4) Select a title retrieved from your search.  Then, click on…

  • Library News,  Literature

    Librarians’ Holiday: Recommended Reading from Ohrstrom’s Staff

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant Heading into Thanksgiving break you may be craving the luxury of escaping into a good book. Sure, you read all the time for school and cracking the covers of a book may be the farthest thing from how you plan to relax over the break. Consider taking the time to do some recreational reading during your down time, it may be just the thing you need to unwind. With that in mind Ohrstrom Library staff has put together a special display in the Baker Reading Room of recommended recreational reading. Stop by Ohrstrom before heading out on your break and pick up something fun and…