Logos Links: May 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.


Now Is The Time For eBooks

While library buildings around the world are closed for COVID-19, and while patrons are staying at home, now is the perfect time to get started with eBooks.


Court Rules Detroit Students Have A Constitutional Right To An Education

This groundbreaking ruling decides that children have a right to literacy.


The Library Of Congress Wants To Help You Remix Public Domain Audio Clips

Have you ever wanted to be a DJ? Now there’s a free way to practice remixing, thanks to the Library Of Congress.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Celebrate Asian/Pacific American heritage with this book list compiled by the ALCS blog.


2020 Library Systems Report

Learn what’s new in the world of library technical services with this report by American Libraries Magazine.


Books With Memorable Moms

For Mother’s Day, this blog post names and celebrates some famous moms in literature.


Best Practices From World Libraries Photo Gallery

See what libraries are doing all around the world with this collection of photos and links.












Spotlight On Library Displays

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Did you know that the library creates displays to showcase our collection? Each month, a new display theme goes up on the first-floor bookcase near the stairs. Monthly themes include:

  • Star Wars
  • Harry Potter
  • Summer Reading
  • STEM
  • Historical Fiction

and more!




We also have books on display in the Family Room. These include children’s books and young adult books. Pictured below is our “Universe of Stories” display!

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All of the books, audiobooks, and DVDs on display are available for checkout. Just take the item you want to the Circulation Desk and they will check it out for you.

Top 5 Books About Reading & Libraries

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You know you’re a dedicated reader when you start reading about- you guessed it- reading itself! There are a surprising amount of books that talk about the joys of reading, how books are made, and libraries in general. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites, which are all available here in our library.


On Reading Well: Finding The Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior

Prior explores how the great books in history can teach us character lessons. On Reading Well will give you nostalgia for the literary canon as well as compelling arguments for why you spend so much time reading!


A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel

At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book – that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader.


The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This true crime book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) fire, and its aftermath, to showcase the crucial role that libraries play in our lives.


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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Based on the true story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.


Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading by Maureen Corrigan

A lifelong book lover and NPR book critic speaks about the authors and the books that have played a key role in her life, exploring how the magic of reading has helped her understand herself and reflecting on how a love of literature can help transform our lives.

How To Renew Library Books

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Renewing books doesn’t have to be hard! There are several ways to renew your library items, listed below.

Faculty, staff & students:

  • Renew materials on line by accessing their accounts at My Library Account.
  • If materials are overdue, either call the Information Desk at 731-661-5070, come to the library, or bring the materials to the library.

Alumni & guests:

  • Call 731-661-5070 or come to the library to renew materials.

Renewal policy:

  • Faculty, staff and students may renew items two times.
  • Alumni and guests may renew once.
  • If further renewals are needed, items should be returned to the library for rechecking.

7 Of The World’s Coolest Libraries


Libraries are magical places full of stories and knowledge. Many of us visit our local libraries on a regular basis. However, some libraries stand above the rest whether with content, architecture, or even lack thereof. Here are 7 of the coolest libraries you have probably never heard of!

Started by Luis Soriano, Biblioburro is a mobile library carried on the backs of donkeys. Soriano is a school teacher in Colombia who takes packs loaded with books and uses his donkeys to tote them to rural Colombian villages to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to books. However, Biblioburro isn’t the only small mobile library around. Libraries across the globe are taken from place to place by mules, camels, motorcycles, horses, and even elephants.

Soneva Kiri Resort Library
On a rocky, seaside slope in Thailand rests the library of the Soneva Kiri six star hotel. Shaped to resemble a manta ray, this structure is made of Thai bamboo and local River Red Gum. The structure is not only a library but also includes a sleeping pod, cooking cave, and vegetable garden. Built in 2007, it was designed to shade and protect from the tropical climate as well as utilizing natural light to illuminate the interior.



Gladstone’s Library
Paying tribute to William Gladstone, Gladstone’s Library is Britain’s finest residential library and its only Prime Ministerial Library. Founded in the Victorian Era by Gladstone himself, the library was a crowning achievement of his later life. In addition to the fantastic architecture and the over 150,000 printed items the library possesses, visitors can also pay £66 a night to stay at the library which has bed and breakfast amenities.

Library of Muyinga
In Muyinga, an area in northern Burundi, a library was built for local deaf children. The library was designed by the Belgian practice BC Architects. The structure is made of local materials such as pressed earth bricks that were made on site, and it was specially made to naturally ventilate and guide the hot humid air of the Burundi climate. The space has maneuverable wooden screens, ample exposure to natural light, and a custom-made hammock hanging over reading areas.
Kansas City Central Library
This Missouri library is decorated in a very peculiar way. 22 colossal facades made of mylar and concrete were fashioned in the style of popular books such as Catch-22, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Charlotte’s Web. In addition to the monolithic titles on the outer walls, the library contains several special collections including the local history of Kansas City and an extensive collections on African-American history and culture.


Trinity College
In Dublin, a library that has been open for over 400 years and contains over 6 million printed volumes sits still in use. The library of Trinity College is the largest library in Ireland. In addition to its vast number of volumes, the library contains some incredibly rare books and manuscripts including the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. The space known as the Long Room is where many of their books are kept. It is a two-story room with an arched ceiling and it is the most recognizable part of the library. 


Brooklyn Art Library
Started in 2006, the Brooklyn Art Library is a place that seems unassuming at first glance, but the shelves hold something very different. The library holds the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks, and they also maintain a digital library with images scanned from many of the books. The library holds almost 40,000 sketchbooks on site with around 20,000 of them scanned into the digital library. The library was crowd-sourced from locations all over the world with artists from countries all over submitting their books to the project. Since its opening, there have been over 260,000 sketchbook checkouts.



National Library Week!

Come celebrate National Library Week with us!


There will be a table on the Logos patio where you can chat with our library staff, enter to win a free T-shirt, and tell us why you love the library! You will receive one of the new library stickers for participation.


Celebrate The Anniversary of The Logos!

Keep watch throughout the week of October 31st for more updates on how to celebrate The Logos!


National Library Week


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!