Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fast Picks
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Looking for last-minute Halloween entertainment? The library has several displays of spooky stuff - please feel free to pick your favorite!

Today students were allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school. In the evening, small children of faculty and staff will meet in costume for the annual picture. They will be making their rounds of the campus, trick or treating.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Approaching

The Pescosolido library will be closed for the rest of today due to the approaching hurricane Sandy.

Apart from following the school announcements, here are a few links that you can check out to keep yourself informed:

Wind Map by
The Washington Post: Hurricane Sandy live updates
National Weather Service's Hurricane Sandy surface wind field map and Public Advisory

Stay safe!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Newest of the New: History Books

During the fall semester, we buy a lot of nonfiction to help students start off their semesters with interesting reads. In addition, we buy many, many books to specifically aid the juniors with their U.S. history research papers.

In this photo there are several books for junior research projects. Can you guess which ones?

Monday, October 22, 2012

How Do You Get Your Science News?

How do you get your science news? Do you use a major media outlet for all of your news? Or do you read a dedicated science portal or a blog? There are several places you can check, some of which are mentioned below.

  • NASA Science News space-related science stories
  • New York Times: Science science news edited and collected by the New York Times
  • a science, research and technology news service which covers a full range of topics, including physics, earth science, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and other sciences and technologies
  • Random Walks Mr. Chase, a math teacher at Richard Montgomery High School, in Rockville, MD, writes about math and math-related issues with real enjoyment
  • ScienceDaily breaking news about the latest scientific discoveries, updated several times a day

Do you have any favorite science sources, either for fun or for serious use? Please share!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ballot Topics on Daily Display

In addition to the 2012 Presidential Elections, we are trying to keep the Massachusetts elections in mind when designing our displays.

We already did a daily display on the Massachusetts ballot issues in general. Today's daily display is on assisted death. Included are just a fraction of material we have on this and other controversial ballot topics. Search our catalog or look in our databases for more information. We also have a research guide on the 2012 elections with a wealth of links. And please just ask for help if you cannot find what you are looking for - we are here to assist you.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October Displays

Halloween Dystopias 2012
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
A new set of colorful displays is out for October! We strive to make past as well as current events relevant to the school and the library collection. The Cuban Missile Crisis display does just that with a photograph from the school archives. It shows President Kennedy – a congressman at the time – visiting our campus. Our Halloween display tickles everyone’s intellectual curiosity with a wide range of dystopias.

On your way in, please also check out the daily display on the lobby table. Ms. Marnell always manages to find such interesting facts and accompanies them with something from our collection.

In addition, Ms. Struck has brought in the first round of Objects of the Week – everyday items that her art students transform. We encourage you to visit these and our other, smaller displays.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Latest Batch of Entertainment DVDs

We have added another batch of entertainment DVDs - movies and TV series - to the collection. You can see our latest additions at the new DVD shelves in the library or in our Flickr pages. We're also happy to fill requests (resources permitting).

P.S. Also a new selection of anime is now available!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

2012 Elections Resources

Our daily display is all about the presidential debates today! Please check it out in the library lobby on your way in or out.

More information on the U.S. presidency and the elections can be found in the U.S. 2012 Elections guide. It is just one of our brand new research guides on the LibGuides site. With only 5 weeks to go, time is running short!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Latest Reviews: October 2012

Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Below you will find reviews of just some of the books recently read by our staff. Take a look to see whether you might find a thing or two to read.

The latest reviews linked to our "virtual collection" include The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin, iBoy by Kevin Brooks, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, and Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich.

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