Hamilton: An American Musical

May 19, 2016

Media Item of the Month
Hamilton: An American Musical [CD]

Next month marks Tony season on Broadway and leading the pack is Hamilton: An American Musical with 16 nominations. That’s more than any other Broadway show in history!

The hip-hop musical is based on the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton. It’s not only seeing accolades from the theatre community, but has also picked up a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

With music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, this show tells the amazing story of Hamilton’s rise from lowly roots in Barbados to adviser to George Washington to becoming the first United States Secretary of the Treasury to Hamilton’s fatal duel with Aaron Burr.

And in telling Hamilton’s story, Miranda also tell the story of the beginnings of our nation. From the American Revolution to the development of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to the way our Treasury Department continues to run today.

In casting the show, Miranda (also the brains behind the music and lyrics for In the Heights) chose to use a diverse cast which reflects more of what our country looks like now than what we read about in text books.

This Broadway recording is extremely entertaining and relatable. The tunes are catchy, and you’ll find yourself humming the tunes weeks after you’ve listened. We have the original Broadway cast recording available for checkout.

By Rebecca H.

Finals Week & Interim Hours

May 11, 2016

Wow! Can you believe the spring semester is almost over?! We can’t. Every semester seems to be going faster and faster. We want to congratulate all of the graduates at Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

During the upcoming days and weeks, the library hours will be different 1
from normal. Our hours of operation will be:

  • Thursday, May 12 — 7:45 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 13 — 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 14 — Closed
  • Sunday, May 15 — Closed
  • Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20 — 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 21– Closed
  • Sunday, May 22 — Closed
  • Monday, May 23 – Friday, May 27 — 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 28– Closed
  • Sunday, May 29 — Closed
  • Monday, May 30 — Closed

We will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:45 AM. Any questions regarding hours can be directed to the Reference Librarian at 361-570-4166.

Stay tuned for updates on our summer semester hours!

Elevator Repair Update

May 9, 2016

Repairs on the VC/UHV Library elevator will begin in the morning on Tuesday, May 10. We need to replace the elevator jack. All of the work will take place in the lower level and the noise should be minimal. repairs-and-maintenance

To help contain the noise, there will be plywood over the elevator doors on the first, second, and third floors.

We know this is finals week and there are a lot of students studying or working on final projects. The repair crew knows it is finals week and will do their best to keep the noise to a minimum.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Reference Librarian at 361-570-4166.

Quiet Places during Finals

May 3, 2016

The end of the semester is here and we know students will be looking for places to study and finish up final projects & papers. The VC/UHV Library has several options for quiet study at finals time.QuietStudy.300px

  • Room 106 – Our student-only computer lab on the first floor. We’ve designated this room as a quiet study room during finals.
  • 3rd Floor – The 3rd floor of the library is designated quiet all the time. The study carrels on the south side of the floor are especially quiet.
  • Study Rooms – Groups have a priority for these rooms, but when not in demand for a group, individuals are welcome. Book a room (2 hours at a time) online at: http://libcal.uhv.edu/booking/studyrooms using your VC or UHV student email address. Please note the study rooms are not sound proof.
  • Lower Level – The hallway in the lower level has carrels, tables and lounge chairs. It is usually very quiet.

Woman in Gold

April 25, 2016

Media Item of the Month:

Woman in Gold

The film tells the true story of an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), who is attempting911eeNX03ZL._SL1500_ to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family during the Nazi occupation.

The film opens in the late 1990s, when Austria was under pressure to examine its Nazi past, with Maria realizing she might have the opportunity to get back a painting commissioned by her uncle of her aunt and stolen from the family by the fascist regime. The painting, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” or “Woman in Gold”, by world-famous Gustav Klimt is an elaborate and elegant portrait considered “the Mona Lisa of Austria”, and one the country will not be quick to relinquish.

Maria enlists the help of a friend’s son, Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a young attorney, whose family also has Judeo-Austrian ancestry. Together the duo over the course of several years take on the Austrian government in a legal battle that takes them as high as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mirren is superb and Reynolds surprisingly impressive as the plucky couple. Their chemistry is magic to watch as the tale unfolds.

The film includes not only courtroom battles, but also flashbacks to Maria’s youth and her flight from Austria. There is never a dull moment, and if you’re a fan of Klimt or interested in World War II history, you’ll find it especially entertaining.

Review written by Rebecca H.

Maintenance on 2nd floor

April 12, 2016

On Wednesday, April 6 the air conditioning on the 2nd floor will be out of service in the mMaintenance-259x192orning to allow for repairs to the air handlers. We are hoping for a short repair time (approximately 2 hours) but it could take a little longer.

The building will remain open so you can still use the computers and get research help but there will be some noise. 

Chess at the library!

March 31, 2016

Now you can play chess at the library!  Library staff used our 3-D printer to print chess pieces and we painted a table for the board.  Come by and see.  The chess board and pieces are in the Media Center on the second floor.

Meanwhile, here are some fun chess books:

  • Award-winning chess problems by Burt Hochberg.  Sterling Pub. Co., 2005. 
    Call number GV1451.H615 2005
  • Chess world championships: all the games, all the diagrams, 1834-2004 by James H. Gelo.  McFarland, 2006. 
    Call number GV1455.G45 2006
  • Complete book of beginning chess by Raymond D. Keene.  Cardoza Pub., 2003. 
    Call number GV1446.K422 2003
  • Behind deep blue: building the computer that defeated the world chess champion by Feng-hsiung Hsu.  Princeton, 2002. 
    Call number QA76.8.D435H78 2002