Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice 200 Years

Pride & Prejudice Display
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Almost exactly 200 years ago, on January 28, 1813, Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice was published for the first time. Pride and Prejudice is Austen's most popular novel through the ages, and is often considered one of the great novels in the English language as well.

Besides numerous reprints, Pride and Prejudice has been adapted as plays, films, and TV series. Additionally, it has been used as inspiration for non-direct adaptations, like the Bollywood style movie Bride and Prejudice, the horror novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Helen Fielding's book plus subsequent movie Bridget Jones's Diary.

Please drop is to have a look at our display, or check out a book or movie. Or if you prefer other methods of access, Pride and Prejudice is available also as ebook, hypertext, and free audiobook. To read more on Jane Austen, go to the Jane Austen's World blog, or visit the web site of JASNA, the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy National Handwriting Day!

Today is National Handwriting Day. Pick up tips on how to celebrate today from this display in the reference section on the first floor. See samples of various handwriting and cursive styles - including President John Quincy Adams' handwritten notes from the Academy archives! - or peruse books on handwriting analysis. Happy Handwriting Day!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013

Every year, the Academy celebrates Martin Luther King Day in special ways. It is always a day full of talking about how to make Dr. King's dreams a reality, but above all it is a day of listening.

In the Wilkie Center, faculty, staff and students read poems and told their stories. Students participated in Acts of Creative Service in the afternoon. We still have a performance to look forward to before the full day is finished. It is called At the Table with Dr. King by the wonderfully talented group Dave LeMieux and House of Soul from Denver, Colorado, online at Listen. Live. Repeat.

Keep listening!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Latest Batch of New Books!

A brand new batch of fiction and nonfiction books has been added into the collection - just in time for Dr. Alex's class assignment on the brain! In addition to this book (pictured at right) by John K. Young, we have other brain books available.

Stop by the new books nook to pick fresh reading for yourself!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Daily Document: MLK Day of Mourning

Today's daily display highlights a Presidential Proclamation from 1968. It was selected as Today's Document from the National Archives.

The Presidential Proclamation 3839 designated April 07, 1968, as a national day of mourning for Martin Luther King, Jr. - whose birthday anniversary is tomorrow! - following King's assassination on April 04, 1968. Read more about Dr. King and documents relating to his life and work at the National Archives' web site.

Friday, January 11, 2013

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Daily Desk Calendar for 2013

Daily Desk Calendar
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Alas! Although we searched mightily, we could not find a new tangram calendar for the circulation desk. We are trying this word puzzle one with mixed responses. Difficulty is determined by the banana count on the upper left of the puzzle and some have been truly difficult. Consensus is that having the tiles to manipulate makes it 'easier' to do. Some prefer to grab pencil and paper. Stop by and try it.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Latest Reviews: January 2013

Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Looking for a read? Why not search our LibraryThing collection! Below you can find links to reviews of just some of the books recently read by our staff.

The latest reviews in our "virtual collection" include Inventing the Christmas Tree by Bernd Brunner and Purge by Sofi Oksanen.

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