Featured Author: J.K. Rowling

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Joanne (Jo) Rowling was born on July 31st, 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Growing up with a love of books and studying literature at Exeter University, Rowling wrote pages and pages of notes about her own book ideas. Yet the series of jobs she worked and having her first child took up much of her time, and Rowling did not immediately get published.

When she sent her first manuscript out, wariness followed. Rowling has no middle name, and her world-famous pen name “J.K. Rowling” was actually conceived at the request of publishers, who were unsure if young boys would read books written by a woman. Rowling chose the “K” for “Kathleen,” the name of her grandmother. Armed with a new moniker and seven years’ worth of developing the idea, Rowling debuted her first novel in 1997. That novel was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.






The rest is history.





Since then, the Harry Potter series has become an international success, both in books and film. Rowling herself has been featured in countless magazines and media, and the list of her awards is nearly too long to print:


PEN America Literary Service Award, 2016
Freedom of the City of London, 2012
Hans Christian Andersen Award, Denmark, 2010
Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur: France, 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award, British Book Awards, 2008
South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2008
James Joyce Award, University College Dublin, 2008
The Edinburgh Award, 2008
Commencement Day Speaker, Harvard University, USA, 2008
Blue Peter Gold Badge, 2007
WH Smith Fiction Award, 2004
Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, Spain, 2003
Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2001
Children’s Book of the Year, British Book Awards, 1998 and 1999
Booksellers Association Author of the Year, 1998 and 1999


Rowling has written other books as well, including crime novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith, and several books for adults such as The Casual Vacancy. The library has the entirety of the original Harry Potter books and films, plus the recently released movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s easy to celebrate Rowling’s birthday today: just visit the Family Room, the Recreational Reading shelf, or the DVD collection. Her literary influence spreads across different media and cultures, and will continue to do so for, most likely, generations.



Featured Author: Ernest Hemingway

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On this day in 1899, author Ernest Hemingway was born. Hemingway grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and served in WWI as an ambulance driver for the Italian army. After working in journalism, Hemingway soon became known as a novelist and short story author.

A bullfighting aficionado, Hemingway wrote a nonfiction book called Death in the Afternoon detailing all he knew about the sport. He also traveled the world, drawing from his big game hunting experiences, cultural development, and personal relationships to enrich his writing.

Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for his famous novella The Old Man and the Sea in 1951. Then, in 1954, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

In regards to writing advice, Hemingway stated in Death in the Afternoon:

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.

Hemingway died in 1961, leaving behind a legacy of memorable and moving literature. The library has a Hemingway collection featuring most of his works, as well as several biographical books and professional criticism of his various books. Below are just a few of the titles you can find on our shelves related to Hemingway:


Meet Our New Evening Circulation Supervisor!


Sarah Zornes has joined the library team as our new Evening Circulation Supervisor!

Fun fact: Sarah is a certified flight attendant and has a black belt in Taekwondo. Likes: birds, coffee, editing, & theatre. Dislikes: rumble strips & broccoli.

Olivia Skelton, the former Evening Supervisor, is now the Circulation Manager of the library.

Spotlight on The Family Room


The Family Room is one of the most unique spaces in The Logos building. Designed with children in mind, the Family Room houses children’s literature and nonfiction complete with colorful displays and creative furniture. A sizable section of the books is classified through the Dewey Decimal System, which differs from the rest of the library’s collection; most of the main library books are classified through the Library of Congress System. There are 3 sections of books in the Family Room: middle grade fiction, children’s nonfiction, and “easy” or early reading fiction books.

Students of the School of Education may find books for their student teaching assignments here. Parents, older siblings, and babysitters may want to take advantage of the Family Room as well, and bring their younger charges along.



Featured Author: Jean Craighead George


The author of such classic childhood favorites Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain was born on this day in 1919. Jean Craighead George was a reporter, author, and, above all, a nature-lover. George published over 100 novels during her writing career, most of them about and for children. Her research in Alaska inspired her Julie of the Wolves trilogy, the first book of which won the Newberry Medal, and George won over 20 different awards for her literature.

George died in May 2012 and was posthumously inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in November 2016.


The library holds several of George’s most famous works. They are located in the Family Room in the Logos. A complete list of the library’s holdings written by Jean Craighead George can be found here.

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