Okay, I know the weather around here doesn’t scream “fall.” But September 23rd is the official first day of the fall season for 2019, and that has to count for something! For those of us who look forward to fall each year, here is a list of books that are especially perfect to read during the season of falling leaves, pumpkins, scarves, and outdoor sports:
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Reason: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne Shirley. Sure, it’s not quite October yet, but we’re almost there!
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Reason: This is a charming children’s book about the changing of the seasons. Look for it in our Family Room!
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Reason: Get into the spooky spirit with Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel, which was recently adapted into a Netflix show.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Reason: Fall means school, and The Secret History is all about a group of New England college students. The novel’s element of suspense just adds to its appeal.
Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe by Kate Buford
Reason: For some people, fall is all about football season! Dive into football history with this fascinating biography of the formidable athlete, Jim Thorpe.
Where did Halloween come from? If you’ve ever wondered about this unique holiday, you’re not alone. Author Lisa Morton put together a complex and varied history of Halloween, as well as how Halloween themes have permeated American popular culture. You can read a brief description of her book, Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, below:
Halloween has spread around the world, yet its associations with death and the supernatural as well as its inevitable commercialization has made it one of our most puzzling holidays. How did it become what it is today? This book examines the origins and history of Halloween and explores in depth its current global popularity. The author reveals how holidays like the Celtic Samhain and Catholic All Souls’ Day have blended to produce the modern Halloween, and she shows how the holiday has been reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals are new customs. She takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially Mexico’s Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of events such as 9/11 and the global economic recession.
Lisa Morton looks at history through the changes and updates to the celebration of Halloween. It’s easy to get lost in the unique stories that surround this holiday.
You can check out Trick or Treat from the library’s Family Room.
We are so glad to have you here at Union University. At the library, we love to help you learn, research, and study!
First things first: the library website is located at www.uu.edu/library. This is your one-stop place for all things library-related, including links to our social media, library news, databases, catalogs, and more.
Here are some library facts and perks you should know about:
- Your student ID doubles as a library card! Use it to check out books at the Circulation Desk or at the self-check stations.
- If you need research help, you can schedule an appointment with one of our trusty Research Coaches.
- Sometimes your professors may have items for your class to check out on Reserves. Ask the staff at our Circulation Desk for access to items on Reserves.
- Want to know about due dates, fines, or overdue items? Check out Using the Library on our website.
- The first floor of the library houses the Circulation Desk, labs, offices, the Research Desk, Modero, and study spaces. The second floor houses books, movies, CDs, offices, two study rooms, and study spaces. The third floor houses the President’s office, administrative offices, study rooms, and study carrels.
- The library employs around 20 student assistants per regular semester. These student assistants are supervised by our library staff (managers, catalog associates, archivists- you name it, the library has someone who can do it). You may be a good fit for working here if you value attention to detail, helping others, and initiative!
Have a great first week of classes, and be sure to visit the library!