Monday, January 31, 2011

Best Books 2010

Best Books 2010 Display
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
We've pulled some of the best books in 2010 for this display. If you're looking for an enticing read, please feel free to browse the selection on the first floor, right by the circulation desk. Everyone will surely find something of interest!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

February Faceoff

The Governor's Academy is facing off 9 other ISL schools in a challenge next month. The goal is to increase young alumni participation in the annual fund in February. The alumni participating are from the classes of 2000 - 2010.

Take a look at this great video:

P.S. How many library scenes can you spot? (I found four.)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Governor's Blog

Governors Blog
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Welcome back after the semester break!

Did you know that in addition to the library blog, the Governor's community has other blogs? The school blog, pictured right, records the life on campus. Both faculty and students contribute, so you're sure to get a balanced view.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow behind the library

Snow behind the library
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
On this last day of the semester, students were busy in the library finishing final projects. While most of the schools in the area were closed due to snow, we’re looking outside at sunshine reaching the playing fields. The snow is nearly up to the bottom glazing bar on the windows in the back of the library. There should be good skiing for the weekend trip, and for those who will spend the semester break skiing with their families. Have a great time – we look forward to seeing everyone rested and ready for semester two next Wednesday morning.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

E. A. Poe's Birthday

Today in History Poe 3
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Yesterday was the anniversary of the birth of a tragic but admired American author, Edgar Allan Poe. Born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, he is famous for stories of mystery and the macabre, and excelled in writing poems and short stories. He is also considered the inventor of the detective story as a genre.

If you're interested in reading more about Poe, please check out our poetry section (specifically 811, 813, 818) and biographies (921) upstairs, the story collection section (SC) downstairs by the front desk, or this display.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New in the Library: Stack-End Displays

Stack-End Displays Closeup
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
One of the improvements we instituted after the holiday break is these new display shelves. They live at the end of our fiction stacks downstairs, and highlight a rotating selection of interesting reads - and eye candy!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A. A. Milne's Birthday

Today in History Milne
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Today is the anniversary of Alan Alexander Milne's birthday. Milne is, of course, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, one of the most beloved story characters of our time. The book Winnie-the-Pooh has been translated into over 25 languages, including a Latin translation (Winnie Ille Pu).

Our Milne collection includes these books and videos, among others. Please feel free to browse these and more at JFic MIL, for example.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Take a moment and remember why you had Monday off

"Hello Birmingham"
By: Ani DiFranco

hold me down
i am floating away
into the overcast skies
over my home town
on election day

what is it about birmingham?
what is it about buffalo?
did the hate filled wanna build bunkers
in your beautiful red earth
they want to build them
in our shiny white snow

now i've drawn closed the curtain
in this little booth where the truth has no place
to stand
and i am feeling oh so powerless
in this stupid booth with this useless
little lever in my hand
and outside my city is bracing
for the next killing thing
standing by the bridge and praying
for the next doctor

it was just one shot
through the kitchen window
it was just two miles from here
if you fly like a crow
a bullet came to visit a doctor
in his one safe place
a bullet ensuring the right to life
whizzed past his kid and his wife
and knocked his glasses
right off of his face

and the blood poured off the pulpit
yeah the blood poured down the picket lines
yeah, the hatred was immediate
and the vengence was divine
so they went and stuffed god
down the barrel of a gun
and after him
they stuffed his only son

hello birmingham
it's buffalo
i heard you had some trouble
down there again
and i'm just calling to let to know
that someone understands

i was once escorted
through the doors of a clinic
by a man in a bulletproof vest
and no bombs went off that day
so i am still here to say
i'm wishing you all of my best
oh birmingham
i'm wishing you all of my best
oh birmingham
i'm wishing you all of my best
on this election day

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Soulless 2010

If you enjoyed Twilight and you also enjoy Jane Austen, then Soulless is the perfect read for you. Gail Carriger blends the supernatural world and Victorian England’s high society in such a way that vampires are simply considered rude when they try and drink your blood. This novel hits many interesting notes; it has mystery, humor, murder and an amazing sense of fashion. Carriger goes in to great detail when describing the Victorian fashion in the slightly off-kilter world she creates. It is the subtle attention to detail and sense of humor which makes Soulless one of the best reads of 2010.

You can check out Soulless and a litany of the Best Reads of 2010 now on display at the library.

Friday, January 14, 2011

DVD from television - January 2011

New DVDs have been added to the collection to augment our very popular TV series, Mad Men and House. Day students, dorm residents, and faculty alike enjoy checking out a DVD or two to watch over the weekend.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year, New Displays - New You?

New Year Resolutions2
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library

One of our latest displays showcases popular topics for new year's resolutions. Did you resolve to pick up a new hobby, or vow to adjust your spending? Or are you perhaps one of the many who want to live healthier in 2011?

Have a look! You can find these books on the "tree" display in our lobby. If you'd rather surf your way to a new you, check out the popular new year's resolutions at

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Latest Reviews: January 2011

Packing for Mars
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library

Looking for something to read to give your brain a break, and break up your routine?

The latest batch of reviews linked to our "virtual collection" include The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert et al., What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool, and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

You can always find even more reviews through our LibraryThing profile.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mice in the Library

Mice in the Library
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library

Students who have trouble navigating laptop touchpads can now borrow computer mice to use with library or personal laptops. Since upgrading our wireless network this summer, we've found that even more students are bringing laptops, notebooks and even iPads to the library. Not everyone is adept at using keyboard mouse buttons and touchpads can be over-reactive, so students have begun asking for the mice. We thank them all for keeping food (and the live variety of mouse) out of the library!

I've recently been advised that "mouses" is the correct plural for mouse, as it is an acronym for manually-operated user-select equipment. The Oxford English Dictionary quotes someone who calls himself "Deadmeat" as using the term "mouses" in 1997, and lists many different forms of the plural of mouse throughout history (meese, myse, etc.).

Monday, January 10, 2011

The World War II Years

The World War II Years
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
This month’s 20th century display highlights the World War II years. While a search of our catalog for World War 1939-1945 informs the user that we have 592 books on the subject, we’ve chosen to display part of the collection that highlights how the war affected and was affected by ordinary citizens. Books are displayed on life in the U.S. during the war including prisoner of war camps on American soil, the Hollywood propaganda efforts, poets of World War II and Japanese internment. Life on the war-front is depicted through books on baseball in the military, Japanese American soldiers, Navajo code talkers, and the Tuskegee Airmen. Part of our extensive collection of primary source documents includes the records of the American concentration camps, letters from the battlefront, and books like The D-Day experience which give background information to help students understand the newspaper articles, maps, letters, signal logs and war handbooks contained in the books.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Elementary, Doctor O

Elementary, Doctor O
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Dr. Oleszko’s chemistry students were in the library today, beginning work on brochures and presentations about the elements. They discovered that reference books can provide faster and more reliable access to basic facts than many Web searches.
They also had a chance to use our two new online science resources: Science in Context and Science Reference Center.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Celebrating Academy History

In 2013, the Academy has its sestercentennial celebration. In honor of this auspicious event, we are producing posters on aspects of the school's history with recommended readings from the library. The first poster was The Little Red Schoolhouse : All the Firsts (name - Dumm'r Charity School, location - north side of Mansion House lawn, subjects - Greek, Latin, scripture, natural science, mathematics). The second was Famous Early Dum'r Academy Graduates (Theophilus Parsons -author of the Essex Result and Massachusetts Chief Justice, Rufus King - signer of Constitution, Samuel Phillips - founder of Phillips Academy, Edward Preble - Commodore of the USS Constitution and hero of the Tripolitan campaign). The current one highlights clubs and focuses on Nordic Skiing with pictures from the '30's, '40's, '70's, and '80's.

Look for the posters on bulletin boards and doors around campus. And, if you want to read more about the academy's history, check out Mrs. DiModica's Archives Blog.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Common Book for Spring of 2011

Walking to Gatlinburg
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
This year’s Common Book is Walking to Gatlinburg by Howard Frank Mosher. The author will visit our school in late April. The story is about a young man from Vermont who sets off to find his older brother, missing after the Battle of Gettysburg. According to Mr. Searles, it is "a fascinating tale full of strange and wonderful events."

We have a copy at the library, but as it is sure to be in high demand, bear in mind that the book store can also provide you with a copy of your own.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Researching Indigenous Cultures

Mr. Falconer's Advanced Placement Spanish class has begun research on indigenous American cultures. They were in the library today learning to use the various databases we subscribe to, including Latino American Experience, Informe, and World History in Context. Other websites they may find helpful include and the Center for World Indigenous Studies.