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Archive for January, 2012

Pacific Standard Time: New Companion Book to the Current Exhibition

January 26th, 2012 by libuser

Check out Pacific standard time : Los Angeles art, 1945-1980 on the New Books shelf behind the Info Desk:

“This volume is published on the occasion of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, that accompanies the Getty Research Institute’s exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, from 1 October 2011 through 5 February 2012.”–Publisher’s description.

Don’t forget to see the exhibit at the Getty Center while it lasts:


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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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New Feature: Staff Picks!

January 12th, 2012 by libuser

One of our fabulous student assistants, Rachel Kenny, cannot stop reading and re-reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini. The library owns Eragon and Eldest, the first and second books from the Inheritance Cycle series. Search the library catalog by Title or Author to see the holdings, or try Link+ to borrow any of the books from other libraries.

Highly recommended for The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars fans. Check out the author’s site for more information: http://www.alagaesia.com/books.php

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