Fahrenheit 451

October 8, 2015

Media Item of the Month – Fahrenheit 451

{3EB3B77B-F12F-45C8-88ED-2469D0050C99}Img100Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

The VC/UHV Library has Fahrenheit 451 available on audiobook. You’ll find in on the 2nd Floor in our Media Center.

And if you are looking for some great entertainment, check out the movie Fahrenheit 451. It is a film from 1966 (complete with 1966 special effects) staring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, and Cyril Cusack. The movie is also in our Media Center.

Oct. 21 – Game Night

October 8, 2015


Contact Amanda Breu at 361-570-4169 or breua@uhv.edu for more information.

2015 Banned Books Week

September 9, 2015


Naxos Music Library

September 8, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Stream Audio from Naxos Music Librarymusicnotes

  1. It’s a legitimate reason to spit, as a quick and dirty way to fake German pronunciation is to be spitty. You might want to get a rag: “Bach, Pachelbel, Reinecke, Stockhausen, Urspruch, and Albrectsberger.” Whew! Did you stay dry?
  2. There is a song called “Taken Tha Piss.” Enough said.
  3. Keep it “reel” by listening to an Irish reel.
  4. Learn the proper way to pronounce “Haydn” from Naxos’ Pronunciation Guide. Hint: It sounds like a greeting, not something horses eat.
  5. Listen and decide who is the real father of American music. Is it Charles Ives or Aaron Copland?
  6. Avoid running into the well-intentioned, yet still ear-splitting, homemade covers of songs that can be found on YouTube.
  7. Pick out the overtones in Tuvan throat-singing. Yes, humans can sing more than one note at a time!
  8. Woo your sweetie by learning a traditional troubadour’s love song.
  9. Watch the sunrise and listen to the “Circle of Life” from The Lion King
  10. Perk up your cat by playing different bird sounds!

Widen your horizons, waken your ears, and find something new in the more than 1.5 million tracks available on Naxos Music Library.

New Business Databases

September 2, 2015

With a new school year comes new databases. We have two new databases that students & faculty interested in business research will find interesting. Give them a try!


The Library is trying a new way for you to access five top business journals. Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, and Money are all available on an Ebsco platform called Flipster. Flipster lets you read these journals just like you would if flipsteryou subscribed to them directly and had online access through any number of apps. The big news is that they are also fully searchable and go back more than a year. So rather than keeping a stack of trade journals in a pile on the floor of your office, try Flipster.

You can reach these journals either by using the Search Journal Titles tab on the Library home page (and searching for one of the titles above) or going to the A to Z list of all databases under Quick Links on the Library home page and clicking on F for Flipster.


One of our newest databases is IBISWorld. They call themselves “The World’s largest provider of industry-based research.” IBISWorld provides industry overviews for over 700 industries in the U.S. Their comprehensive reports include analysis of ibisworldeconomic, demographic and government data to help students assess market conditions and forecasts, supply chains, and competitor activity in an industry.

Find IBISWorld by going to the Library home page and clicking on the A to Z list of all databases under Quick Links on the right side of the page, then on I for IBISWorld. Once in IBISWorld, search for an industry by keyword or NAICS code.

Fury (DVD)

August 25, 2015

Media Item of the Month: Fury (DVD)

fury In the spring of 1945, the Allied forces began their final drive towards Germany. Fury follows a crew of six men and their Sherman tank. The crew is commanded by an Army sergeant named Wardaddy played by Brad Pitt.

Wardaddy and his crew have been together since the North Africa Campaign. Together, they’ve been through thick and thin. One member of the tight-knit crew was killed in the last battle so the Army sends Wardaddy a replacement and Wardaddy is less than impressed.

The new tank crewman, Norman Ellison, has only been in the Army eight weeks and was trained as a typist. He doesn’t fit in so the tank crew harasses Norman as he adjusts to life on the battlefield.

Fury is full of triumphs and sadness. It will make you think about the roller coaster of emotions faced by soldiers during war.

Fury is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find it in the Feature Film collection on the 2nd Floor.

Library Web Site on a New Server

August 17, 2015

The VC/UHV Library web site is being transferred to a new server.

What does this mean for you? Hopefully not much, but there are some things you do need to know:

  • Unexpected problems may occur – If you experience anything strange happening with our web site, give us a call at 361-570-4166. We will do our best to figure out what is happening and work quickly to solve it.
  • Bookmarks may not work – You might have to bookmark your favorite pages again. We’re sorry there is nothing we can do about it.
  • Mediagraphies are going away – Due to low use, the mediagraphies available through the Media Center are being discontinued. To find videos, you can use OneSearch, the Library Catalog, or the search box on the Media Center page.
  • The Victoria Regional History Center web site and its content will not be affected.

If you have any questions, you can call us at 361-570-4166 during library hours.


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