Category Archives: General

Jhumpa Lahiri

Have you ever heard of Jhumpa Lahiri? She is an Indian-American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies in 2000. You may recognize the title of her book The Namesake that was the basis for the current movie of the same name. Try reading her book, before you see the movie. It’s a story of a Bangledeshi immigrant family, but in many ways speaks of us all–of our hopes and dreams, love, family, and wanting to fit in. It is a book you won’t want to miss, from an author that you need to know.

Website of the Week

MEDLINEplus [] has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. There are also diagrams, a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. It’s nice place to get some basic information about medical conditions and diseases. I also like it because I find it very easy to use.

New Librarian


My name is Stacia and I’m a new librarian at Todd Library. I’ll be working at the library Monday – Thursday. Please stop by if you need help with researching a topic or finding resources at the library. You can also contact me at 466-7900 ext. 2396 or e-mail me at

Stacia Happ

A Selection of New Books, January 31, 2007

Here is a small portion of new books that we have on display in the library. Come on it and check them out. Literally.

I have added my (Adam Burke’s) comments so you know a little about what you are looking at.

GN751 .K56 2005
Atlantis : a true story of genius, madness and an extraordinary quest
for a lost world
/ David King.

Adam’s two cents: I
am a sucker for any book that has ‘genius’ in the title; this book has
the added bonus of being about swede named Olof Rudbeck.  So
how can you pass it up?!

QB54 .B37 2006
life in the universe : scientists on intelligent extraterrestrials

/ George Basalla

Adam’s two cents:
This book presents the view of scientists aplenty as they try
to understand extraterrestrial civilization. Enough said.

BX2615 .C63 M85 2006
: in search of God’s lost empire
/ Edwin Mullins.

Adam’s two
cents: “The
Benedictine monastery of Cluny in Burgundy, France, was born of the
darkness and desperation of life in the early Middle Ages, when few
could read and most feared the coming millennium would bring hellfire
and damnation upon humble and not-so-humble sinners alike…” (Donna
Chavez, in Booklist) – if that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing

LB1048 .K64 2006
homework myth : why our kids get too much of a bad thing
Alfie Kohn.

Adam’s two cents:
Who doesn’t like a book that questions one of our societal bedrocks
(the overstuffed backpack, that is)?

HQ1410 .B76 2006
best shot : women and guns in America
/ Laura Browder.

Adam’s two cents: A
well-written book on a topic worth knowing something about…