Logos Links: September 2020

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Library team members Amber Wessies and Olivia Chin have searched the Internet for the best book, movie, and library-related links. Learn more about library news around the world below.

Sprains, Strains, and Fractures: Understanding the Difference

Learn how to recognize and treat minor sprains and strains.

There Are Alternatives To Goodreads

Not a Goodreads fan? Check out one of these options instead!

The Inside Story of the $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library

“Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive over the course of 25 years.”

COVID-19 And Open Access Publishing

The pandemic has led to more articles being published online via open access.

What Is A Fractal?

This website will introduce you to the interesting world of fractals and mathematics.

Newsmaker: Laurie Halse Anderson

Learn more about famous YA author Laurie Halse Anderson with this interview.

Churches Open Doors to Largest School District in Texas to Help Students Continue Education

Texas churches provide safe spaces and internet access to students who need a place for remote learning.

Colleges Go Virtual to Address Growing Mental Health Needs

“Moreover, around 60% of students in a separate survey said the pandemic has made it harder to access mental healthcare.”

The Best Libraries to Visit for Design Inspiration

Flip through this gallery of beautiful libraries!

Book Review: “Columbine” by Dave Cullen


The infamous Columbine tragedy happened in 1999. Since then (and even before Columbine), there have sadly been many other school and public shootings. Author and journalist Dave Cullen was one of the first on the scene of Columbine, and after years of research and investigation, he wrote the nonfiction account Columbine in 2009.

This book is about a real event that happened in 1999, so there are “spoilers” in talking about the book.

What Columbine gets right: Dave Cullen is an excellent writer and resource on this topic. He was there at the scene, he talked to many significant people, and his research since then has been in-depth and ongoing. Cullen debunks many of the myths and fears around the two perpetrators (for example, they were not members of the so-called “Trench Coat Mafia,” a group of Goth kids at the school).

Columbine also examines the impact that this event had on the news media, the state of Colorado, and the country. You’ll read firsthand accounts from parents, students, and local officials, and you’ll take a terrifying look into the journals of Harris and Klebold. Overall, this book provides a comprehensive account from all sides of the event.

What Columbine gets wrong: Some sources criticize Cullen’s ultimate conclusion that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were not bullying victims but in fact just mentally ill students. In my opinion, we may never know the full reasons on why they did what they did, but at least Columbine gives us some facts and figures to consider.

Readers who will enjoy Columbine: People who remember the event and want to learn more about what happened, and readers who enjoy nonfiction, true crime, and investigative journalism.

Readers who may not enjoy Columbine: People who do not want to read about sad and traumatic events.


Columbine is available here at the library. Dave Cullen’s book Parkland is also available.

Content note: Graphic descriptions of real-life violence, murder, language, and trauma. Reader discretion is advised.

Reviews written by Olivia Chin reflect her personal opinions and not necessarily those of the library or university.

Reading List: Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week is usually celebrated during the last week of September. Libraries and bookstores across the U.S. display books that were once banned or challenged for their content. Many of these books are ones that you may have read in school, or even at church (since the Bible has often been a challenged book throughout history).

If you’d like to read a book that was banned or challenged, take a look at the list below. Click the links to see where each book is located in the library!

*Book descriptions provided by the publishers via the library catalog.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. Read our review here.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

In depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The lives of two sisters- Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates- are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl in an America whose love for blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others, prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be beautiful, people will notice her, and her world will be different.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Huxley’s classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

Book Review: “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine

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The Last Mrs. Parrish is a suspenseful drama written by two sisters using the name “Liv Constantine.” This book follows three major characters: the scheming Amber and the rich but troubled Jackson and Daphne Parrish. Amber wants to replace Daphne as Jackson’s wife and win all of the money and accolades that comes with the title “Mrs. Parrish,” but there’s more to the Parrish family than meets the eye.

Mild spoilers ahead.

What The Last Mrs. Parrish gets right: It’s hard to predict where this book is headed at first, so I enjoyed finding out new details about the characters and the plot as I read along. You’re immediately introduced to a villainous character, so already the perspective is different than what you might be used to. The plot was slow at first, but the last third of the book really picked up and added to the excitement.

What The Last Mrs. Parrish gets wrong: This is a book about very, very bad people. It’s hard to read at times because their perspectives are so malicious. Thankfully there is some justice in the story, but it takes a long time to get there.

While there certainly was some mystery at first, I predicted one of the major plot points early on in the book, so I had to be patient in waiting for this character to reveal their motives.

The writing also wasn’t my favorite. There were several instances where the authors should have followed the rule of “show, don’t tell.”

Readers who will enjoy The Last Mrs. Parrish: Fans of complicated relationships, villainous main characters, and pure drama will enjoy this book.

Readers who won’t enjoy The Last Mrs. Parrish: Readers who dislike reading about bad things happening to good(ish) people. Readers who avoid stories about abusive relationships.


The Last Mrs. Parrish is available in the Recreational Reading section of the library.

Content note: Language, violence, rape, emotional and physical abuse. Reader discretion is advised.

Book review written by Circulation Manager Olivia Chin; personal opinions are her own and not those of the library or university.

Top 5 Novels About Animals


Many children spend time reading about their favorite animals while growing up. Books about animals, particularly fictional stories, can be both inspiring and heart-wrenching. This list compiles several tried-and-true classic novels about different kinds of animals. Both middle-grade children and adults may enjoy these books (although some children may need to grow up more before tackling Watership Down).

*Book descriptions provided by the publishers, c/o the library catalog


The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.


Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

Paul and his sister Maureen’s determination to own a pony from the herd on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction.


Watership Down by Richard Wright

Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.


It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville

The story of a fourteen-year-old New York boy and his relationships with a stray tomcat, an eccentric old woman, a troubled older boy, the first girl with whom he has been friends, and his father.


The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.



How To Watch Movies On Reserve At The Library

Each semester, several professors add movies to their Reserve list at the library (you can learn more about how to check out Reserve items here). This means that we have their movies ready for you at the Circulation Desk. However, many of these movies can only be watched while in the library building. There are two main ways that you can watch a movie like this while in the library:

Use your laptop or a library desktop computer + a portable DVD drive.

DVD drives can be checked out from the Circulation Desk using your student ID just like movies and books. They will just need to stay within the library building. You can also check out headphones from the Circulation Desk if needed.

Check out the media room, #324.

The library’s media room, #324 on the third floor, is equipped with a TV and DVD player. You will need to come to the Circulation Desk with your student ID to check out the room’s key, as the media room remains locked to protect the media devices. You are also encouraged to reserve this room ahead of time, since it is often in use. You can reserve the media room and other study rooms on the library website- click this link to do that.

Reading List: Personal Finance

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How we budget, save, and invest our money is something that we all must examine in our lives. Thankfully, there are several resources available to help you get started on your journey with personal finance. This reading list includes both print books and eBooks that are all about saving for retirement, paying off student debt, calculating returns, and more!


*book descriptions provided by the publishers c/o the library catalog


You Can Do The Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia And Make Better Financial Decisions by Ronald Lipsman

In You Can Do the Math, Ron Lipsman draws from over 30 years of teaching mathematics to help you take control of your financial destiny by applying basic arithmetic techniques. Step by step, he walks you through the fundamental calculations that underlie virtually every financial decision.


The Personal Finance Calculator: How to Calculate the Most Important Financial Decisions in Your Life by Esme Faeber (eBook)

Is it better to buy or lease a car? How does one calculate an investment return? For that matter, what exactly is an investment return? The Personal Finance Calculator provides non-complex tools and calculations for assessing current personal wealth, determining how much debt is too much debt, understanding credit card interest rates, and more.


How To Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide by Jane Bryant Quinn

With How to Make Your Money Last, you will learn how to turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck that will last for life. Today, people worry that they’re going to run out of money in their older age. That won’t happen if you use a few tricks for squeezing higher payments from your assets- from your Social Security account (find the hidden values there), pension (monthly income or lump sum?), home equity (sell and invest the proceeds or take a reverse mortgage?), savings (should you buy a lifetime annuity?), and retirement accounts (how to invest and- critically- how much to withdraw from your savings each year?). The right moves will not only raise the amount you have to spend, they’ll stretch out your money over many more years.


No-Nonsense Finance by Errold F. Moody (eBook)

A straight-talking, real-life guide to all the aspects of personal financial planning by acclaimed web author E.F. Moody.


Student Debt: Rhetoric and Realities of Higher Education Financing by Sandy Baum

This book analyzes reliable evidence to tell the true story of student debt in America. One of the nation’s foremost experts on college finance, Sandy Baum exposes how misleading the widely accepted narrative on student debt is. Baum combines data, research, and analysis to show how the current discourse obscures serious problems, risks misdirecting taxpayer dollars, and could deprive too many Americans of the educational opportunities they deserve. This book and its policy recommendations provide the basis for a new and more constructive national agenda to make paying for college more manageable.


Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know by Leonard Burman & Joel Slemrod

Most contemporary Americans know little about how their tax system works. But with heated debates over taxation now roiling Congress and the nation, an understanding of our tax system is of vital importance. In this book the authors, both tax scholars, offer explanations of how our tax system works, how it affects people and businesses, and how it might be improved. Organized in a question-and-answer format, the book describes the intricacies of the modern tax system.


501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College: Going Back to School Without Going Broke by Gen & Kelly Tanabe (eBook)

Adults can find the means to go back to school despite the pressures of work, family, and a mortgage with this guide to funding continued education. With expanded information on online and distance learning and part-time classes and new financial aid, loan, and scholarship opportunities, this updated resource teaches adult students how to find and win scholarships designed especially for them, obtain financial support from employers, get financial aid for distance learning, receive larger financial aid packages, take advantage of educational tax breaks, and trade tuition costs for volunteer service.


How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget: Cut Your Wedding Costs in Half by Diane Warner

Provides advice on planning an economical wedding, including how to save money on wedding attire, flowers, food, and music, and offers sample budgets, current average costs, and histories of four weddings.


Budgeting Basics & Beyond by Jae K. Shim & Joel G. Siegel (eBook)

Financial and non-financial managers need to simplify their day-to-day work on important areas including budgeting, control, and planning, financial planning and modeling, project analysis, and capital budgeting. This updated desk reference gets to the core of every budgeting and planning issue fast.


The Theory of the Individual in Economics: Identity and Value by John Bryan Davis (eBook)

The concept of the individual and his/her motivations is a bedrock of philosophy. Economics, though, is guilty of taking this hugely important concept without questioning how we theorise it. This superb book remedies this oversight.






Book Review: “Into The Water” by Paula Hawkins

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Author Paula Hawkins is well-known for her thriller The Girl On The Train, which I reviewed here. Since I enjoyed her previous book, I was eager to read Into The Water and get a new story from Paula Hawkins.

Into The Water follows several characters in a small town as they examine the mysterious deaths of a single mother and a young woman who were both found in what is known as the Drowning Pool.

Mild spoilers ahead.


What Into The Water gets right: There are many different characters in Into The Water, and all of them have interesting stories and suspicious connections with each other. I would say the main characters are the Abbott family: Nel, who is found dead at the beginning of the book but speaks to us through her unfinished manuscript; Jules, Nel’s younger sister who struggled with abuse and eating disorders in her past; and Lena, Nel’s volatile and frustrated teenage daughter. Through the perspectives of these three women, the reader can start forming conclusions about who did what (and why).

I liked the sense of mystery in this book, as well as how differently each character remembered certain events. It really shows how perspective is everything.

What Into The Water gets wrong: Keeping up with who is married or related to someone in the town of Beckett can be difficult, especially at the beginning of the book.

Readers who will enjoy Into The Water: People who like suspense, large casts of characters, and complicated relationships will enjoy this book.

Readers who won’t enjoy Into The Water: People who don’t enjoy trying to keep up with ten or more characters and viewpoints.


Into The Water is available in the library’s Recreational Reading section.

Content note: rape (the scene is brief but uses possibly triggering language), violence, inappropriate relationships, language.


Most book reviews on this blog are written by Olivia Chin and reflect her personal opinions of the books, not the library’s view as a whole.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Library Experience


What can the library do for you, as a student at Union? We’re glad you asked! Read on to find out how you can get the most out of your library experience.


Social distance and wear a mask while you are in the Logos.

Keep us safe and open by following our COVID-19 protocols!


Visit us at the Circulation Desk or at the Research Desk. Ask us questions!

We love to help people, especially patrons who are excited about the library. We’ll gladly point you in the right direction (or literally walk with you there). We can also give you tips on using our library website, finding library items, checking out Reserves, ordering a book through Interlibrary Loan, etc.


Print, copy, and scan documents with our printers.

You can use one of our desktop computers or your own laptop to print here. Just use Paw Print if you’re printing from your laptop! Our copiers can scan books and papers for you and send them to your email. Click here for a tutorial on how to do that!


Dig deep into the library website.

You can do pretty much anything library-related on our website: renew your books, search for articles, schedule a Research Coach appointment, view old Cardinal and Cream magazines through our online Archives, see our operating hours . . . the list goes on! Just go to www.uu.edu/library and dive in!


Book a study room, the Recording Studio, the Media Room, or the Interview Room.

Need a space for something school-related (and not too loud)? We have rooms for that! Book online through our website, and reserve ahead of time to beat the crowds.


Borrow Expo markers, pencils, highlighters, and pens- but please bring them back!

We have a limited supply of writing materials that you can use while in the library. Please bring these items back to the Circulation Desk when you’re done so that others can use them.


While you’re at it, borrow a book or movie!

I’ve heard alumni say how sad they are that they didn’t take full advantage of check-out privileges when they were students. Just come to the Circulation Desk to check out, or use a Self Check Machine. It’s easy!


For more on all of the great things you can do at the library, check out our blog post about the library’s underrated perks!

Logos Links: August 2020

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Library team members Amber Wessies and Olivia Chin have searched the Internet for the best book, movie, and library-related links. Learn more about library news around the world below.


How Does Generation Z Really Learn In College?

A professor shares his thoughts on teaching Generation Z students.


Five Things To Know About F. Scott Fitzgerald

Learn more about the famous author of The Great Gatsby.


How Can I Spot Misinformation About The Coronavirus and COVID-19?

Fact-check online resources with these tips from the University of Toronto libraries.


7 Fantastic Books That Deserve Movie or TV Adaptations ASAP

A list of books that deserve a spotlight on the big screen.


Is This The End For Academic Conferences?

A professor weighs in on the cons of academic conferences in the age of COVID-19.


How To Write An Email Well Enough To Land A Book Deal

Have a great book idea? Read on!


Explore the Newly Digitized Diaries and Letters of Marian Anderson

Through the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Libraries, you can now learn more about opera singer Marian Anderson.