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July 2014 Display Case

Ever since the Display Case has been assembled this month, we have noticed an increase in patrons stopping by to look inside, and making a point to ask us about its contents. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Allison Schafer, the circulation assistant who decorated our display case this month.

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Read it while it’s hot – cool YA novels for adults (Part One)

If you are like myself in that you succumb to fads like jeggings or paleo diets, you are probably wondering what the next big literature trend is. If you’ve been paying attention to upcoming movie releases (which are all just based off of books anyway), you have probably noticed a recurrent theme: the main character is a young person escaping from harm in an alternate universe where the whole societal structure is based on some “law” which is contrary to that which we know to be good. Confused? Let me explain further. Continue reading

Jake’s Tech Tools – eBooks and Such

Série Cube

Welcome back, Readers!

After a rant-filled month, I am returning to my review “roots” and will be highlighting free eBook websites that are legal and open to all people with little to no barriers. Please keep in mind that I have no vested interests in these websites; I just did a little digging and found them to be excellent sources for a wide variety of free, legal eBooks. The vast majority of the materials are in the public domain; however, there are a few that are creative commons titles. Enjoy! Continue reading

Overview of Outreach Services Needs Assessment

In August, 2013, I compiled a list of the current e-mail addresses of online patrons and those who attended at the Lozier Center who used Outreach Services during FY 2012-2013. I also included faculty and staff members who were Outreach patrons in the previous eight years. in mid-September, a seven-question needs assessment survey was e-mailed to these 128 former Outreach Services patrons. Replies were to be sent no later than October 4, 2013. By October 6, eighteen replies (14% of the total sent) were received. Continue reading

“OUT is IN”

Park & Recreation

It all began in 1985. That is how long we have celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This year’s theme is, “OUT is IN.” The focus is on making this the year that people go outside, change their outlook, and get involved in their community through parks and recreation.

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Turn Your Eyes up to The Night Sky to See Orion and His Belt

This month is focused on the Outdoors. That means gallivanting through trees and avoiding bugs or staring up at the clouds and seeing weird shapes in them. Everyone knows about climbing stuff or playing hide and seek, maybe riding a bike or a scooter, but what about after dark? Sure, July has fireworks, or there are bands to see, but what about just a normal night? Take away the light pollution, and the overbearing noises of the city.

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Slip in Some Fun This Summer

Water FunWinter is finally over!!! Spring has sprung and summer is here. Now is the time to get outdoors and slip in some fun this summer! Your adventure could be on a vacation to Florida or the Rocky Mountains or as close as your backyard. It is all up to you, your resources, and your creativity!   Continue reading

The Western Canon

indexAre you familiar with the literary critic Harold Bloom? He’s been a controversial figure since at least the 1990′s, but has been a powerful force in literary criticism since the late 50′s. A passionate defender of the works of Shakespeare and the High Romantic movement in literature, in recent years he’s drawn immense controversy for his derisive remarks concerning social literary criticism and for his published attacks on the merits of modern popular authors like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling. Continue reading