Wednesday, July 23, 2008
by Tony Dungy
by Elie Wiesel
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Jacobs
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction
by David Sheff
by Ian McEwan
by Beverly Lewis
by Sara Paretsky
Monday, July 21, 2008
Films based on books:
Title: The Name of the Rose
Author: Umberto Eco
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Actors: Sean Connery, Christian Slater
Synopsis: Investigating the deaths of two monks, a visiting brother discovers a secret library containing
rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith.
Title: A Clockwork
Author: Anthony Burgess
Actor: Malcolm McDowell
Synopsis: A harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and
nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime.
Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Director: Francois Truffaut
Actors: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie
Synopsis: Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a
revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Title: Gone With the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell
Director: Victor Fleming
Actors: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel
Synopsis: An epic story of the South's fight to maintain its way of life during the Civil War years.
Title: The Hours
Author: Michael Cunningham
Director: Stephen Daldry
Actors: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore
Synopsis: In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, “Mrs. Dalloway,” under the care of
doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarissa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.
Title: The Last of the Mohicans
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Director: Michael Mann
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe
Synopsis: The love of Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Cora Munro,
aristocratic daughter of a British colonel, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French and Native American allies in colonial
Author: Dennis Lehane
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins
convict Jimmy finds out his daughter Katie has been beaten and killed. Jimmy's friend Sean is the homicide detective assigned to the case. Jimmy and Sean soon suspect their old pal Dave, who now lives a quiet life, but harbors some disturbing secrets of his own.
Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Author: Ken Kesey
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito
Synopsis: The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a psychiatric ward
and the full spectrum of institutional repression.
I’m sure the answer most people would give is “read.” Well, that would be nice, but it’s not even close to the truth!
It’s been an extremely busy summer. The reference staff is working on Counseling 150 classes for the fall. They’ve reviewed all the assignments to see how well students performed in the fall and spring semesters last year and to see what topics need to be reinforced. With the help of Jim Benner and Kathy Kapcsos, they’ve reviewed the rubrics of the course to ensure that assignments match student outcomes -- no mean feat.
Another project came about at the request of Associate Professor Sharon Lee-Bond, who teaches biology on campus, as well as online. She wanted her online students to get the same library experience as her on-campus students. The library staff is currently creating some library video clips to help students with research anywhere, anytime. But first, they had to learn how to use Camtasia Studio Screen Recorder and Presentation Software™. Check out our videos this fall.
The technical services area is stacked with new books that have come in, all of which need to be processed and cataloged. Faculty requests are being ordered for the fall semester. It’s also the time of year periodical subscriptions and many of the database contracts are renewed. The library collection is being inventoried to see what is missing and what needs to be replaced. This means every book, DVD and CD is removed from the shelf and the barcode scanned.
We are keeping busy. So… what did you read this summer?? Click on "Comments" and leave us some information on your favorite summer book!