Monday, April 30, 2012

Author Dennis Lehane on Campus!

Dennis Lehane Display
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Nationally acclaimed author Dennis Lehane will be here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Mr. Lehane is the author of noted novels such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island. He is also an award winning short story writer. He will be here for dinner in the in the Duncan Library in the Phillips building. After the dinner, Mr. Lehane will talk about his work and give a reading in the P.A.C. There will also be refreshments, books for sale, and a book signing in the Remis Lobby.

We hope you will also find time to visit our little Lehane display in the reference area. We have pulled together nine of his novels and a few movies. Some have already been borrowed from the display. Make haste if you want one, too!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anime Galore!

Anime Display
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Did you know the school has an anime club? To support them, we just ordered several classic anime movies on DVD. Titles include Kiki's Delivery Service, Metropolis, Nausicaa, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and many others. If you want to check one out, make haste - they are in high demand!

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Paperclips - Fashion!

New Paperclips - Fashion!
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Although the Carl A. Pescosolido library is an academic building, with rules that emphasize the educational use of the building and the resources, we PeskyLibrarians do try to keep things light and fun. Here is a selection of novelty paper clips we recently added onto our supplies at the front desk. You might also remember a certain high-heeled tape dispenser!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Haiku for Poetry Month

Haiku for Poetry Month
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
The bowl needs constant replenishing. Students are invited to take a haiku to celebrate April is Poetry Month. The latest scrolls added feature zombie haikus written in the style of known poets.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Have you heard of Googlefight? It runs a search on two concurrent search terms or phrases in Google, and returns the number of results. The search is accompanied by a short stick-figure animation. (The site is not affiliated with or sponsored by Google.)

Googlefight promotes itself as a game-type site, but it is very useful to get comparative statistics on web content and word usage. For instance, writers could use it to check on the relative popularity of variant versions of idiomatic phrases. For instance, according to Googlefight, "pesky library" is much more common than "pescosolido library", and the misspelling "definately", compared to "definitely", comes up about 7 % of the time on the web.

P.S. Don't forget - the common book author Brittany Perham visits the library tomorrow, April 19th, at lunchtime!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Common Book Display

Common Book Perham Display
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Next Thursday, April 19th, the 2012 common book author Brittany Perham will be on campus. She will read her poems, talk about writing, and share her life as a poet and teacher.

We prepared this small display to highlight her poetry written while at Governor's.

Ms. Perham is not only a Governor's alum - she graduated in 1999 - but she holds degrees from Tufts University and from the University of Virginia. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, and she has twice been a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship given by POETRY. Currently Ms. Perham is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University, California.

From noon to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, lunch will be provided in the Bragdon Reading Room in the library. Ms. Perham will be available for questions, conversation, and book signing. Everyone is invited!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Titanic 100th Anniversary

Titanic 100th Anniversary
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
We've just added some new books to our Titanic display which feature photographs and primary accounts. Also check out the BBC's Titanic at 100 for fascinating pictures, accounts, and a look at the Balmoral's recreation of the fateful trip.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TOMS Day in the Library

Tom's Day in the Library
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Two Governor's students organized a TOMS One Day Without Shoes event and shoe drive yesterday! Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to walk barefoot for the academic day, fliers and posters shared pertinent information, and a shoe drive spot steadily filled up with donations during the day.

We in the library were happy to highlight the efforts and document the shoeless action in the building. Please visit our Flickr account for more photos!

Monday, April 09, 2012

April: National Frog Month

Who doesn't love frogs? From their distinctive calls to wiggly tadpoles, from rainbow-bright skins of tropical frogs to the wide range of chemicals found in their systems that might one day benefit our pharmacological industry, frogs have surprisingly much to offer. It is no wonder this diverse group of amphibians has a month dedicated to them.

The library has a number of resources for reading more. Online, you could, for example, look at University of California at Berkeley's resources. AmphibiaWeb is an online system that provides access to information on amphibian declines, conservation, natural history, and taxonomy. Or you could browse amphibian photos by scientific name, for instance. If you still want more, try dissecting a frog online (provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Maya Angelou's Birthday Remembered

Maya Angelou Mini Display
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Today we wish a Happy Birthday to the beloved author, actor, and activist Maya Angelou. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, and her influence on contemporary American literature and on human rights is tremendous.

Please visit our lobby for this little display, or browse through our collection for her works.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Latest Reviews: April 2012

As we settle down to the remainder of the spring semester, a book or two might well be just what the doctor ordered as a refreshing break from the work. Why not pick up one reviewed by the library staff?

Some of the latest reviews linked to our "virtual collection" include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and Knitting around the World by Lela Nargi.

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