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!

Monday Movie: “Chicken Little”

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One of the worst feelings one can have is when something embarrassing is constantly brought up by friends. But even worse is when it’s constantly brought up by everyone in your entire town. This is Chicken Little (Zach Braff), who, a year ago, claimed the sky was falling. He caused a city-wide panic and is now the joke of the town in the film Chicken Little. The embarrassment affects more than the young courageous chicken, but also his father Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), a former baseball star, who now must deal with the consequences of Little’s actions.


And so the movie follows Chicken Little and some of his close friends, a nervous and cowardly pig named Runt (Steve Zahn), a mute and always silly fish named Fish, and a would-be-relational-therapist duck named Abby (Joan Cusack), who try to support him through the constant jokes and laughs that are sent his way.


Everything seems to be going well when Chicken Little joins the baseball team and hits a game-winning swing. That is, until Chicken Little finds a piece of the sky, which turns out to be a piece of an alien spaceship. With his friends, he discovers evidence of an impending alien invasion. But now, can Chicken Little convince his father, his friends, and the entire community of Oakey Oats that the sky may really be falling?


Chicken Little has many cute, fun, and hilarious moments to go around. It’s stocked full of random pop-culture references that will keep parents giggling even when the kids completely miss it. Its story is simple, easy to follow, and viewers will find themselves inevitably rooting for the Little-guy. But beyond that, the movie lacks a focused message and is generally rough around the edges. 


First, coming out in the same year as animated classics Madagascar and Robots, the animation of Chicken Little seems incomplete, and unrendered at times. Instead of looking like the finished product, the movie can look one step away from animated completion. This won’t take away from a child’s enjoyment, but for those who enjoy the level of detail in some animated movies, this one will miss the mark.


Also, the message of the movie seems muddied. The movie unites Little and his father when his father realizes that Chicken Little isn’t lying but is telling the truth. The movie hopes that the audience will understand the importance of parents believing in their children. But Cluck only believes Little when there’s substantial evidence, or when he’s hitting home runs on the field. By the end of the movie Cluck turns around and joins his son, but only in the wake of the alien invasion. This constantly verbalized theme of “closure” will be lost on anyone under 10.


Chicken Little offers plenty of laughs and sweet moments, but no more than other animated classics that far surpass it in story and animated style. This one may be fun to watch with roommates at 10:45 at night to laugh at its more absurd features (which I did), but there are much better options when it comes to entertaining your kids.


Chicken Little is rated G and is available in the Logos.

*review by Brennan Kress

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.

Top 5 Novels About Animals

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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.

 

 

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

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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!

Book Review: “Where The Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

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Is there any book within the last 3 years that has spent as much time on the NY Times bestseller list as Where The Crawdads Sing? Every time I’ve checked the list recently, Where The Crawdads sing is high up on it, even though it was published 2 years ago in 2018. A book this popular and beloved definitely piques the interest, so now I have finally taken the time to read and review it.

Where The Crawdads Sing is the story of Kya, a woman who has survived alone for most of her life in the North Carolina marsh.

Before you read further: I did not like this book, but I am in the minority of readers here. All of my library coworkers who read this book loved it.

Mild spoilers ahead.

 

What Where The Crawdads Sing gets right: This is a book about a central character, Kya, and her growth and development as a lonely, intelligent, nature-loving woman. After years of abuse and neglect from her family, Kya learns how to survive alone in the marsh without much help or compassion from the nearby townspeople. She is a sympathetic character that just makes you wonder: what were all of the adults doing in this town, letting a child fend for herself in the wilderness? Why didn’t anyone try harder to help? She does have some help from Jumpin’ and his wife, but I understand that their help had to be limited as they faced discrimination and racism. So where were the other people, who had nothing to worry about by helping an impoverished, abandoned child?

What Where The Crawdads Sing gets wrong: I hated the grammar and writing style in this book. There are tons of sentences that are technically run-ons; most of them are like this:

Pa’s overalls were so heavy wet she couldn’t wring them out with her tiny hands, and couldn’t reach the line to hang them, so draped them sopping over the palmetto fronds at the edge of the woods.

 

By late afternoon she was very hungry, so went back to the shack.

 

It should be “so she draped them” and “so she went back to the shack.” Otherwise it’s a run-on that’s confusing to read. There’s also a sentence that refers to the Andrews family as the “Andrewses.” It made me physically cringe. Delia Owens continues with this kind of writing throughout the book, and honestly it drove me crazy. I understand that maybe she was trying to make her writing voice similar to that of Kya, but it just didn’t click.

Here is a great review that doesn’t address the grammar but does point out some contextual flaws with the book.

And one last thing: the romances, if you can call them that, fell very, very flat. The men that Kya gets involved with treat her terribly. I would have loved to see Kya developing other relationships- like friendships- instead of these toxic ones.

Who should read  Where The Crawdads Sing: Readers who enjoy historical fiction and nature writing, and who can overlook the inconsistent writing and dialogue.

Who shouldn’t Where The Crawdads Sing: Readers who want believable dialogue and character development. Readers who are also editors and will be itching to edit this book (that’s me).

 

Where The Crawdads Sing is available in the Recreational Reading section of the library.

Content note: language, brief suggestive scenes, racism and sexism that was typical of the sixties

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Books About Leadership

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Great leaders aren’t born ready to lead- they learn both from their own experiences and those of other leaders. These 5 leadership books can help you learn about your leadership style, how to manage a team at work, diversity in leadership, and finding motivation. We have several other leadership books available; just search for the term “leadership” in our catalog.

*book descriptions provided by the publisher, c/o the library website

 

Boundaries For Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud

In Boundaries for Leaders, clinical psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Henry Cloud leverages his expertise of human behavior, neuroscience, and business leadership to explain how the best leaders set boundaries within their organizations- with their teams and with themselves- to improve performance and increase employee and customer satisfaction. In a voice that is motivating and inspiring, Dr. Cloud offers practical advice on how to manage teams, coach direct reports, and instill an organization with strong values and culture.

 

Leadership is an Art by Max De Pree

Provides advice on the “art” of leadership by the CEO of one of Fortune magazine’s ten best managed companies. Read Olivia Chin’s review here.

 

Diversity and Leadership by Jean Lau Chin & Joseph E. Trimble

Although leadership theories have evolved to reflect changing social contexts, they remain silent on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice. Diversity and Leadership offers a new paradigm for examining leadership by bringing together two domains–research on leadership and research on diversity–to challenge existing notions of leadership and move toward a diverse and global view of society and its institutions. This compelling book delivers an approach to leadership that is inclusive, promotes access for diverse leaders, and addresses barriers that narrowly confine our perceptions and expectations of leaders. Redefining leadership as global and diverse, the authors impart new understanding of who our leaders are, the process of communication, exchange between leaders and their members, criteria for selecting, training, and evaluating leaders in the 21st century, and the organizational and societal contexts in which leadership is exercised.

 

How To Be A Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact by Jane E. Dutton & Gretchen M. Spreitzer

This is a book about how to lead people and organizations in ways that unlock their greatness. It offers a potent assembly of ideas about how small actions leaders take can make a difference in changing the trajectory of individuals and organizations, moving them more rapidly and effectively toward being their best. The book is built on a foundation of cutting-edge research and transformational insights from the field of positive organizational scholarship.

 

HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Leadership by Harvard Business Review

Go from being a good manager to being an extraordinary leader. If you read nothing else on leadership, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles on leadership and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your own and your organization’s performance. This book will inspire you to: motivate others to excel; build your team’s self-confidence; provoke positive change; set direction; encourage smart risk-taking; manage with tough empathy; credit others for your success; increase self-awareness; draw strength from adversity.

 

 

 

How To Check Out A Library Book

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So you’re ready to check out a library book- here’s how to do that:

1. Locate the book that you need. You can do this by looking up the book by using our online catalog and then finding the book by its call number on our shelves- click this link for more help with that, or go to the Circulation Desk for in-person help.

2. Take the book down to the first floor.

3. Option 1: use the self-check machine, located near the North doors, to check out the book. You will need your student ID for this option. Follow the prompts on the screen to check out the book.

Option 2: take the book to the Circulation Desk and ask the library employee for help checking it out. The library employee will then either scan your ID or ask for your name to look up your account, and then they will check it out to you.

4. Look for a due date receipt in your email- these receipts are automatically sent from our system and will remind you when your book is due back.

5. Eventually, you will need to return your book by its due date- check out this blog post for more information about how to return your library items!

 

*you can use this same process to check out DVDs and audiobooks as well!