Book Review: “Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location”



I have around 15 different house plants in my apartment. Most of them are succulents of some kind, but 2 are specifically cacti, 1 is a hosta, 1 is a prayer plant, 1 is a snake plant, and 1 is a poinsettia that someone gave to the library last Christmas (I couldn’t bear to throw it away). All of my plants have names, and I love all of them as equally as possible.

When the Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location arrived at the library, I immediately checked it out (for obvious reasons). This book is big, brand new, and bursting with breathtaking photos of every kind of plant you can think of. While I don’t have a yard to garden in, I still love learning about plants and how to care for them. This may be the same for you- if you’re living in a dorm, then your growing space is limited. However, this book can teach you techniques for your future yard, or for that next big Campus & Community landscaping project.

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The sheer volume of this book could be intimidating at first look. Thankfully, the book begins with a helpful “About this book” section, where key terms and symbols are defined. The book is divided into two sections: Plant Locations and Plants for Special Effects. Within these sections, you can learn about the best plants for shady and sunny gardens, plants for garden problems, and even plants for color and scent. The specific plants are pictured in vibrant colors and their scientific names in bold.

This book is for anyone who enjoys flowers, succulents, trees, and plants of all kinds. You can pick it up from the library today!


Featured Books About Personality Types


Chances are you know someone who can rattle off their Enneagram number, their Myers-Briggs letters, their Hogwarts house, and maybe even their astrological sign. Many people have a fascination with personality types, quizzes, and theories since they can often learn more about themselves and other people by identifying different personalities. We’ve compiled a few lists of the best personality-based books that the library has to offer. If you’re interested in learning more about the way you think, feel, and act, check out one of these books!

List of Enneagram-Based Books:

  1. Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram by Alice Fryling
  2. The Enneagram Advantage: Putting the 9 Personality Types to Work in the Office by Helen Palmer
  3. The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr
  4. The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile
  5. The Road Back To You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile


List of Myers-Briggs Based Books:

  1. Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs and Peter Myers
  2. Type Talk at Work by Otto Kroeger
  3. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul Tiegger and Barbara Barron-Tiegger


Other Books About Personality:

  1. The Normal Personality: A New Way of Thinking About People by Steven Reiss
  2. Personality: What Makes You The Way You Are by Daniel Nettle
  3. 10 Best College Majors For Your Personality by Laurence Shatkin
  4. Personal Intelligence: The Power of Personality and How It Shapes Our Lives by John D. Mayer
  5. Personality Theories: A Global View by Eric Shiraey



Featured Book: “How To Think About Law School: A Handbook For Undergraduates And Their Parents”


How many of you are preparing to enter law school after your time at Union? There’s never a better time to get ready than the present- thankfully, there’s a helpful book in the library that maps out your road to law school.

How To Think About Law School: A Handbook For Undergraduates And Their Parents was written by political science professor Michael R. Dillon. This book teaches “how to build an undergraduate resume, how to gather information about law school and legal careers, how to prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and how to navigate the pitfalls of the law school application process.” The chapters follow a chronological format, with its chapters detailing plans for your undergraduate years, applications, and the subsequent years of law school.

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One of the great things about How To Think About Law School is that the author gets straight to the point, answering pertinent questions that the reader may have. On the topic of choosing a good undergraduate major, Dillon writes:

While the question, “what should my son/daughter major in to have the best chance of getting into law school?” seems reasonable, there is no simple answer. . . There is no one right or wrong major for you to become a lawyer. I have advised majors in accounting, English, biology, education, and computer science successfully applying to law school. A small number of colleges and universities actually offer pre-law majors, but most law school admissions officers recommend against such programs.

Dillon also immediately pinpoints which credentials are crucial to being admitted to law school:

When it is time to submit your law school applications, generally in the fall of senior year, there are two key credentials upon which your application will succeed or fail- your undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and your LSAT score.

From there, the book dives into how you can prepare for your future career in law. Dillon encourages law school hopefuls not to lose sight of their other passions, as they may be prove to be helpful in the legal world later. He recommends saving faculty recommendation letters and outlines a mission for succeeding in undergraduate course work. Finally, he talks about different study methods, dealing with other law school students, and studying for the bar exam.

How To Think About Law School is a comprehensive guide written by someone with personal experience. It’s easy to read and understand, and the advice offered is paramount for future lawyers. You can click here to check this book’s availability in the library. Click here for LSAT test prep resources.

Welcome, STEM Day Students!


Welcome to Union University!

Here at the library, we have many books, DVDs, journals, and other resources dedicated to STEM subjects.

On this special STEM Preview Day, a display of our STEM-related materials will be located on the library’s first floor. Feel free to stop by the library during your visit and check out what we have to offer.


You are also welcome to ask questions to our staff or student workers at the Circulation Desk, also on the first floor. We look forward to hosting you and your families!

Here is a list containing some of our most intriguing STEM-related titles: