The Sochi Project

Library News - February 10, 2014 - 12:49pm
Learn about Sochi, Russia from The Sochi Project. Rob Hornstra (photos) and Arnold van Bruggen (text) have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
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Is Amazon Bad for Books?

Library News - February 10, 2014 - 10:06am
Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?
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How Big is Google?

Library News - February 10, 2014 - 9:51am
How big is Google? Watch this video to find out!
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The bro code [videorecording] : how contemporary culture creates sexist men / a presentation of the Media Education Foundation ; written and produced by Thomas Keith.

New Videos and DVDs - February 9, 2014 - 12:40am
Title: The bro code [videorecording] : how contemporary culture creates sexist men / a presentation of the Media Education Foundation ; written and produced by Thomas Keith.
Call Number: BF692.5 .B76 2011
Description: "Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, and a groundswell of men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in old-school myths of American manhood. Even as epidemic levels of men's violence against women persist in the real world, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Arguing that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this mentality, The Bro Code challenges young people, young men and women alike, to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means being sexist"--Publisher's website.
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Killing us softly 4 [videorecording] : advertising's image of women / a Media Education Foundation production ; directed by Sut Jhally.

New Videos and DVDs - February 9, 2014 - 12:40am
Title: Killing us softly 4 [videorecording] : advertising's image of women / a Media Education Foundation production ; directed by Sut Jhally.
Call Number: HF5822 .K4784 2010
Description: "In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing us softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes--images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing us softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence"--Container.
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A big fat crisis : the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it / Deborah A. Cohen.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 7, 2014 - 6:40pm
Title: A big fat crisis : the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it / Deborah A. Cohen.
Author: Cohen, Deborah (Deborah Ann),
Call Number: RA645.O23 C64 2014
Description: "Dr. Cohen has created a work of nonfiction that will transform the national conversation surrounding the weight crisis in this country and throughout the world. Based on her own research at the RAND corporation, as well as the latest insights from behavioral economics, psychology, cognitive science, and the social sciences, A Big Fat Crisis reveals the surprising forces behind the obesity epidemic and how we, as a nation, can overcome it. Her conclusions contradict conventional wisdom and widely held expert opinion, and go against our own intuitive beliefs about the way we eat. They represent, in short, a paradigm-shift in how we approach the problem of obesity--and the solution. A Big Fat Crisis offers concrete solutions, arguing that the most important and modifiable steps in the chain of events that leads to obesity are at the point of purchase and the point of consumption. Like cholera and typhoid in the 19th century, obesity is a public health crisis. Ending it requires solutions that transcend individual behavior. Change begins with a fresh perspective and a clearer vision of what we need to do."--

ALA Council approves new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Library News - February 5, 2014 - 9:35pm
Do you know any "Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity?" If so, please nominate them for the new "Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity," an award that recognizes a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity.
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Dude, you're a fag : masculinity and sexuality in high school / C.J. Pascoe.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 5, 2014 - 2:40am
Title: Dude, you're a fag : masculinity and sexuality in high school / C.J. Pascoe.
Author: Pascoe, C. J., 1974-
Call Number: HQ797 .P37 2007

Queen bees & wannabes : helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends, and the new realities of girl world / Rosalind Wiseman.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 4, 2014 - 3:40pm
Title: Queen bees & wannabes : helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends, and the new realities of girl world / Rosalind Wiseman.
Author: Wiseman, Rosalind, 1969-
Call Number: HQ798 .W544 2009
Description: When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees & Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls' friendships and conflicts--from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another. Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her book for a new generation of girls, and explores: the different roles girls play in and outside of cliques; girls' power plays; how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex; recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent. With new insights about technology's impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter.--From publisher description.

February Book Display

Library News - February 3, 2014 - 11:18am
President's Day, all month long. Read the full post by visiting our blog.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald in context / edited by Bryant Mangum, Virginia Commonwealth University.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 2, 2014 - 3:40pm
Title: F. Scott Fitzgerald in context / edited by Bryant Mangum, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Call Number: PS3511.I9 Z6153 2013
Description: "The fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald serves as a compelling and incisive chronicle of the Jazz Age and Depression Era. This collection explores the degree to which Fitzgerald was in tune with, and keenly observant of, the social, historical and cultural contexts of the 1920s and 1930s. Original essays from forty international scholars survey a wide range of critical and biographical scholarship published on Fitzgerald, examining how it has evolved in relation to critical and cultural trends. The essays also reveal the micro-contexts that have particular relevance for Fitzgerald's work - from the literary traditions of naturalism, realism and high modernism to the emergence of youth culture and prohibition, early twentieth-century fashion, architecture and design, and Hollywood - underscoring the full extent to which Fitzgerald internalized the world around him"--

Food Matters [videorecording] : diet and disease / a production of BBC Active ; Fims for the Humanities and Science .

New Videos and DVDs - February 1, 2014 - 5:40pm
Title: Food Matters [videorecording] : diet and disease / a production of BBC Active ; Fims for the Humanities and Science .
Call Number: RM216 .F66 2007
Description: The maxim "You are what you eat" could have originated with a few hungry self-experimenters who proved that nutrition is critical to good health. As this program illustrates, one of the most prominent of these scientists was Dr. Joseph Goldberger, an early-20th-century researcher who ate the feces and scabs from patients with pellagra in his quest to prove it was not infectious. Viewers will learn how, when the medical establishment ignored his findings, Goldberger went on to inject himself and his devoted wife with the blood of a woman dying with pellagra, in order to make his point and establish diet as a critical factor in health and medical care.
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Communicate with confidence! : how to say it right the first time and every time / Dianna Booher.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2014 - 3:40pm
Title: Communicate with confidence! : how to say it right the first time and every time / Dianna Booher.
Author: Booher, Dianna Daniels.
Call Number: HF5718 .B654 2012

Changing the way we die : compassionate end-of-life care and the hospice movement / Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel ; foreword by Joan Halifax, Ph.D.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2014 - 3:40pm
Title: Changing the way we die : compassionate end-of-life care and the hospice movement / Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel ; foreword by Joan Halifax, Ph.D.
Author: Smith, Fran (Journalist),
Call Number: R726.8 .S65 2013
Description: "There's a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care-nearly 44 percent of all deaths-and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Changing the Way We Die, by award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, is the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape, through gripping stories of real patients, families, and doctors, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own the market. Changing the Way We Die is a vital resource for anyone who wants to be prepared to face life's most challenging and universal event. You will learn: - Hospice use is soaring, yet most people come too late to get the full benefits. - With the age tsunami, it becomes even more critical for families and patients to choose end-of-life care wisely. - Hospice at its best is much more than a way to relieve the suffering of dying. It is a way to live"--

War play : video games and the future of armed conflict / Corey Mead.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 25, 2014 - 11:40am
Title: War play : video games and the future of armed conflict / Corey Mead.
Author: Mead, Corey.
Call Number: U310 .M45 2013
Description: A behind-the-scenes look at how the military uses cutting-edge video game technology to train soldiers for new forms of armed conflict, treat veterans, and entice new recruits. Researcher Corey Mead shows us training sessions where soldiers undertake multiplayer "missions" that test combat skills, develop unit cohesion, and teach cultural awareness. He immerses himself in 3-D battle simulations so convincing that they leave his heart racing. And he shows how the military fuels the adoption of games as learning tools--and recruitment come-ons. Mead also details how the military uses games to prepare soldiers for their return to the home front, and to treat PTSD. Military-funded researchers were closely involved with the invention of the Internet; now, as Mead proves, we are at the brink of a similar explosion in game technology. War Play reveals that many of tomorrow's teaching tools, therapies, and entertainments can be found in today's military.--From publisher description.

Average is over : powering America beyond the age of the great stagnation / Tyler Cowen.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 24, 2014 - 3:40pm
Title: Average is over : powering America beyond the age of the great stagnation / Tyler Cowen.
Author: Cowen, Tyler.
Call Number: HC106.84 .C69 2013
Description: There are more rich people and more poor people in our country than ever before. That widening gap means dealing with one big, uncomfortable truth: the middle is growing thinner and thinner. Globally renowned economist Tyler Cowen explains how this happened: high earners are taking ever more advantage of computers and achieving ever-better results. Meanwhile, low earners who haven't committed to learning the new technologies have poor prospects. Nearly every business sector relies less and less on manual labor for high-value jobs, and this fact is forever changing the world of work and wages. About 3/4 of the jobs created in the United States since the great recession pay $13.52 an hour or less--there is no longer a steady, secure life somewhere in the middle. Here, Cowen reveals what the new features of this economy mean for taxes, government spending, employee benefits, debt and education. Most importantly, Cowen identifies the best path forward for workers and entrepreneurs and provides readers with a road map to a new economic landscape.--From publisher description.

Status update : celebrity, publicity, and branding in the social media age / Alice E. Marwick.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 24, 2014 - 3:40pm
Title: Status update : celebrity, publicity, and branding in the social media age / Alice E. Marwick.
Author: Marwick, Alice Emily,
Call Number: TK5105.88817 .M36 2013
Description: Presents an analysis of social media, discussing how a technology which was once heralded as democratic, has evolved into one which promotes elitism and inequality and provides companies with the means of invading privacy in search of profits.

The Decline of the American Book Lover

Library News - January 24, 2014 - 2:06pm
The Pew Research Center reported last week that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year. The number of non-book-readers has nearly tripled since 1978.
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Believing in magic : the psychology of superstition / Stuart Vyse.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 23, 2014 - 7:40pm
Title: Believing in magic : the psychology of superstition / Stuart Vyse.
Author: Vyse, Stuart A.
Call Number: BF1775 .V97 2014
Description: "In this fully updated edition of Believing in Magic, renowned superstition expert Stuart Vyse investigates our tendency towards these irrational beliefs"--

Understanding child abuse and neglect / Cynthia Crosson-Tower.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 23, 2014 - 3:40pm
Title: Understanding child abuse and neglect / Cynthia Crosson-Tower.
Author: Crosson-Tower, Cynthia.
Call Number: HV6626.52 .T69 2014
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