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New Feature: Staff Summer Reads @ Wardman Library

June 28th, 2012 by libuser

Ahhhhh, summer reading! Don’t know about you, but I simply cannot turn down a trashy (auto)biography or coming-of-age novel during this sun-drenched period of bliss! We will be sharing our summer reads here and hope you will join the conversation and share your summer picks with us as well.

Kathy F. kicks off this new feature with her recently finished read of Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi, in which she describes it as “one of the strangest books I’ve ever read.  Fascinating because it morphs as you read it (as do the characters themselves).”

Well, I’m intrigued! Kathy used Link+ to borrow this interesting read from one of our lending libraries. Feel free to use this service for any book you may be searching for.

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Shavontae’s Pick: Interview with the Vampire (DVD)

April 26th, 2012 by libuser

“One of my favorite movies is Interview with the Vampire. I personally  really like this movie. A lot of people who have read the book (which I am  currently reading) and seen the film believe that the book is way better  which is common with most film adaptions. So far from what I’ve read,  the movie does not do Anne Rice’s strong attention to detail much justice.  But if you don’t like reading much and looking for a great movie give it a  watch.”

Thanks Shavontae, we couldn’t agree more. Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, and Brad Pitt….HELLO!

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New Staff Pick: Inkheart Trilogy

April 23rd, 2012 by libuser

Brina recommends the Inkheart trilogy, comprised of Inkheart (2004), Inkspell (2006), and Inkdeath (2008) by German author Cornelia Funke.

“Although it is generally only found in the children’s section, I love the magical world that Cornelia Funke was able to pull the reader into.  I adore those books that can wrap you into their characters and settings. These books revolve around an abstract view of this perfect feeling. The main character is able to make books come alive by reading aloud. When pushed into an unfamiliar setting, you can feel her uneasiness and learn to cope with the problems at hand with her. I suggest reading these books whenever you have some free time and this summer, while laying out in the sun would be a seemingly perfect time. Inkdeath is my favorite of the series by the way!”

Thanks Brina!

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Duncan’s Pick: Game of Thrones (Season One)

April 9th, 2012 by libuser

Duncan recommends the HBO Series Game of Thrones, based on the well known book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. He argues the library should own season one of the highly popular series for multiple reasons:

Firstly from an academic perspective Game of Thrones should be added because it provides ample inspiration for writing courses offered by Whittier College. Secondly, it can be used by religion classes to discuss the prevailing religious structure within the series. From a personal enjoyment perspective this television series provides amazing entertainment, making the viewer constantly question their place within the universe.”

Sounds like a compelling argument to me, well done Duncan! Don’t forget you can also watch all the episodes online via HBO.com.

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New Staff Pick: Into the Wild

March 2nd, 2012 by libuser

During her shift at the library, Shelby T. quickly snatched Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer off the re-shelving cart after a student had returned it.

“I could not put it down after I started in, and think I read all 200 pages in a weekend. The language he writes with is so conversational that you can get consumed in his descriptions.”

The library owns a copy of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven all by Jon Krakauer.

Where will you snag your next great read?

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New Book and DVD Staff Pick!

January 25th, 2012 by libuser

Student assistant, Rachel T. chose East of Eden by John Steinbeck as one of her favorite books. The library owns a copy of the book and DVD for your reading and viewing pleasure.  First published in 1952, the novel brings to life the intricate details of the Salinas Valley and follows the interwoven stories of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons.

Rachel also recommends The Virgin Suicides, a 1999 dramatic film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. IMDB describes the storyline as “a group of male friends become obsessed with a group of mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents after one of them commits suicide.”

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Human Trafficking Theme Pick: Little Princes

January 23rd, 2012 by libuser

Instructional Technologist, Kathy F., chose Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan.  She discovered the book through Gretchen Rubin’s blog, where she states:

“Grennan’s book—which came out in paperback this week—tells an amazing story. At age 30, when he was volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal, he realized that the children there weren’t orphans, they were trafficked. He put himself on a mission to reunite these lost children with their families, and he managed to get many of them back to their families, after years of separation, fear, and privation. He also founded Next Generation Nepal, an organization that continues to help trafficked children.”

Wardman Library proudly recognizes “Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month” with the current exhibition in the library lobby.  Swing by to check out the display highlighting books with a similar subject matter, or use Link+ to request a copy of Little Princes.

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Hugo’s Pick of the Week: Fight Club

January 19th, 2012 by libuser

We’ve had the pleasure of Hugo’s hard work and great company over Jan term. One of his favorite books is Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, because he could relate to the plot and characters.

The book follows an insomniac who amuses himself by attending support groups while impersonating a sick person.  Then he meets Tyler Durden and they start an underground fighting club as an alternative form of psychotherapy.  Recommended for American Psycho, Trainspotting, V for Vendetta, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fans.

The movie adaptation stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, what could be better than that?! Come check out the DVD from the library for an enthralling weekend watch.

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New Staff Film Pick: The Red Shoes

January 17th, 2012 by libuser

Priscilla discovered The Red Shoes movie in our collection while conducting research on ballet.  This film has become her favorite because “it is a suspenseful and eerie film that takes something so overlooked, like a pair of ballet shoes, and really makes you scared and afraid of ever encountering them.” Priscilla recommends it as a unique movie that ballet and non ballet lovers can enjoy.

Check out all the details at IMDB then swing by the DVD section on the 1st floor of the library to rent it.

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New Staff Pick: The Hunger Games

January 16th, 2012 by libuser

Tyler’s favorite book is The Hunger Games, the first novel from a trilogy followed by Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.  With “plenty of tension and good social commentary about the possibility of a police state government,” The Hunger Games will not disappoint science fiction and dystopian fans.

Check out the trailer for the upcoming screen adaptation of the book: http://www.scholastic.com/thehungergames/hg_movie_trailer.htm

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