It is a rare feat for someone as busy as the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, to find the time to write what would become a best-selling book. Yet that is exactly what Michael Punke did.
Inspired by the true story of frontiersman Hugh Glass, Punke penned a fictional tale of survival and revenge which would inspire the Oscar-nominated film of the same name. The Revenant follows Hugh Glass as he struggles to persevere through both a vicious bear attack and a monstrous betrayal by two members of his team. What unfolds is a stark examination of man vs. nature; Glass must drag himself across uncharted territory, all the while fighting off would-be attackers, dangerous animals, and his own massive wounds. If he lives through his physical ordeal, he will then have a moral dilemma to face: whether or not to deliver revenge to those who left him behind.
The Revenant is available for check-out at the library in the Recreational Reading section. More information can be found online here.
The Germantown campus library revealed new “READ” posters on April 13th. Librarian Shirley Harris and Library Assistant Erica Cole invited faculty, staff, and students to stop by the library and enjoy the new posters. Light refreshment was also served. Part of the initiative was to promote awareness and usage of the library’s website, www.uu.edu/library, which provides immeasurable resources.
The Union Book Project houses books authored by Union faculty and staff. Located just behind the Research Desk on the first floor of The Logos, the project’s shelves showcase the talent and hard work of Union’s community. The library staff hopes that The Union Book Project will allow the authors to be recognized and honored.
All of the books are available for check-out. Ask a librarian at the Circulation Desk or at the Research Desk about how you can check-out an item from this special collection.
April 10th-16th is this year’s National Library Week. Come by our beautiful library in The Logos today and appreciate all of the hard work, generous donors, and heartfelt prayers that made this building possible.
As always, the library has plenty of books, online resources, study rooms, and entertainment to meet your needs. If you need a caffeine boost, stop by Modero before browsing the library’s collection. Research coaches are also available by appointment or by stopping by the Research Desk on the first floor.
Make the most of the library during National Library Week!
For Professor Melinda Posey’s Identity Systems course, students designed movie posters based on classic stories in literature. According to Professor Posey, “In Identity Systems, students learn the ins and outs of branding, marketing, and building a visual identity for companies. This campaign fit right into that mission, giving students the challenge of re-branding a ‘classic book’ and creating a movie-like theme for the novel to entice readers to pick up a classic today.”
The results of this mission can be admired on display in the South Lobby of The Logos. Each of the students’ posters are framed and hanging above the computers in the lobby. One of the library’s own student workers, Duncan Walden, contributed his design for Arabian Nights. Some of the other classics featured include Jane Eyre, Hamlet, and The Divine Comedy.
Several members of the library staff administered a critique of the posters, adding to the community of the project. Please take the time to appreciate the student-made posters in the library (pictured above) as well as their life-size cutouts in the PAC (pictured below).
April is National Poetry Month, and the library has plenty of poems to keep you well-read. Check out one of the library’s most recently acquired poetry collections, The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski.
Here are just a few of the other poetry collections available:
Please enjoy a reading of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot below and be sure to check out all of the poetry that the library has to offer.
Worried that all 20 of the books you have checked out are overdue? Wondering if you have a fine? Trying to avoid a line at the circulation desk?
Have no fear. The self-check stations, located outside the doors of the Technology Learning Center (room 123) and on the second floor near the bathrooms, provide quick and essential services.
Here’s the list of what they can do:
- Check out books.
The most basic function of the stations, the “Check-Out” button is listed first on the home screen. This option allows you to scan your student or faculty I.D. card and then access a check-out screen. To scan the books, simply place them down on the station’s base.
2. Access your account.
With this option, you can view your library account. This will list all of the items you have checked out, as well as their due dates. The “Account Summary” screen also shows if you have any items on hold as well as any charges, or fines, on your account.
3. Renew your items.
While there is a button solely dedicated to renewing items on the home screen, you can also renew books through the “Account” and “Check-out” options. Renewing a book is as easy as checking its corresponding box and clicking the “Renew Selected” button. You can also renew multiple books at once, if that’s more your style.
With these three functions, the self-check stations should have you ready to go in no time. Now you can focus on that next big paper.
The Family Room is currently featuring an art installation by Union alumnus Katherine Crutcher Motta. The pieces combine bright colors and unique typography with quotes from famous children’s books. The artwork will be on loan for the Spring 2016 semester.
Most of the artwork is available for purchase; please see Janice Baumgardner (Room 107) or Melissa Moore (Room 105) for pricing and availability. Katherine Crutcher Motta also has an Etsy shop and takes custom orders. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Recreational Reading section (located on the second floor of The Logos) houses a great collection of stories to read for fun…which may be perfect for relaxing on your spring break. Here are just a few of the less studious books that the library has to offer:
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor
- Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work by Susan L. Mizruchi
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by Phillip Ball
- Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe
- Grace Unplugged: A Novel by Melody Carlson
- Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux
If you need to come by the library, here are the hours for Spring Break:
- Saturday, March 19
Open 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, March 20
- Monday, March 21 – Wednesday, March 23
Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 27
- Monday, March 28
Resume normal hours of service
Open 7:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
The library’s Recording Studio, located on the third floor, is now available for reservations.
With seating for five, the studio is a space that will allow current Union students, faculty, and staff the ability to make audio recordings. The studio is lined with sound-dampening acoustic treatment and contains professional audio equipment for the user to make high quality sound recordings. Possible uses for the studio include the recording of voice-overs, narrations, podcasts, and the digitizing of analog media.
Please note, this is not a live music recording studio and, therefore, musical instrument recording and singing recording are prohibited. The studio is available to all current Union students, faculty, and staff on a reservation only basis and will be open Monday-Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Fridays 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturdays Noon-4:00 p.m., and closed on Sundays. The patron should have a basic working knowledge of audio equipment and editing software and must comply with Copyright law.
To reserve the studio, go to http://www.uu.edu/library/ and click on “Recording Studio” under the heading “Room Reservations.”