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.

Rent Your Textbooks

August 10, 2015

We understand the cost of higher education is high. Students, rightly so, want to keep their costs as low as possible. At the beginning of every semester, we have students coming to the VC/UHV Library asking if they can borrow their textbook from us. We do not purchase textbooks for the courses at VC & UHV. We can’t keep up and our budget can’t either. textbooks

There are, however, different online companies available that offer students an alternative to purchasing their textbook at the bookstore. Many of these online companies give students the option to rent their textbook. Yes, rent! That means students can order their textbook at the beginning of the semester for a price much lower than purchasing it, use it for the semester, and then send it back when they are finished.

If you are interested in renting your textbook instead of buying it, check out some of these websites below. This list represents a small percent of the companies available – you can also search the internet for more options.

Or if you do want to purchase your textbook, many of the websites listed will allow you to purchase them at a discounted price.

The Victoria College Bookstore does have a limited selection of textbooks available for rent. You can contact them for more information at (361) 572-6430.

Links to the websites above do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content. We strongly recommend that you review the policies of any outside websites you visit from this site, since you will be subject to the privacy, security, and accessibility policies of those other sites.

Intro. to Finding Funders Workshops

July 21, 2015

The VC/UHV Library will host free workshops on grantseeking basics for nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, September webcolors_fin9, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM and on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

The Introduction to Finding Funders workshops will be led by Amanda Breu, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, and will provide an overview of the funding research process for nonprofits seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities. Ms. Breu will offer tips on how best to identify funding sources for your nonprofit organization, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for free at the VC/UHV Library. The workshops will include a demonstration of Foundation Directory Online, the Foundation Center’s premiere searchable database that provides information on more than 120,000 grantmakers and more than 3 million grant records.

The free workshops will be held at the VC/UHV Library, Library Lab – Room 106, 2602 N. Ben Jordan, Victoria, TX  77901.

Registration is limited to 24 participants.

For questions or further information, please contact Amanda Breu at 361-570-4169 or breua@uhv.edu.

The VC/UHV Library is a Funding Information Network affiliate of the national Foundation Center.

**Please give information about this workshop to anyone you think might be interested.**

Gone Girl

June 19, 2015

Media Item of the Month: Gone Girl [DVD]

gone-girl-dvd-cover-21In Carthage, MO, former New York-based writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his glamorous wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) present a portrait of a blissful marriage to the public. When Amy goes missing on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.The resulting police pressure and media frenzy cause the Dunnes’ image of a happy union to crumble, leading to tantalizing questions about who Nick and Amy truly are.

This movie exceeds brilliance that provides tightly styled entertainment that will not disappoint and keep you on your feet. If you are looking for a good movie for those Saturday nights, Gone Girl is the choice for you.

Gone Girl is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find it in the Feature Film DVD’s on the 2nd Floor.

June is Nat’l Audiobook Month

June 10, 2015

June is National Audiobook Month–and there are lots of reasons to celebrate audiobooks! Did you know:

  • Audiobooks build and enhance vital literacy skills such as fluency, vocabulary, language acquisition, pronunciation, Audiobook-Month-Vertical-Logo-01phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills that often boost reading scores
  • Audiobooks develop critical thinking and active listening skills
  • Listening allows allows children to enjoy a good book while multitasking – mowing the lawn, cleaning their room, or relaxing at the beach
  • Readers with learning disabilities and English Language Learners who listen to audiobooks demonstrate increased literacy skills and reading ability

We have some fantastic audiobooks here at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find them on the 2nd Floor in our Media Center. Come in and check out some of these titles:

  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Song of the Sea

May 19, 2015

When I first saw the promotional pictures for Song of the Sea, I worked myself into a tizzy thinking it was an animé. It isn’t, but that doesn’t diminish anything about this film. It felt as if I was watching a Studio Ghibli production, anyway. Song of the songoftheseaSea is a great children’s movie that is worth looking into even for an older audience, especially if you’re a fan of Irish mythology and lore.

Ben, the main character, is a bit of an obstinate, resentful older brother. He immediately lost his mother after the birth of his sister, Saorise. The movie takes place 6 years after that fateful day.

The story begins to escalate when Saoirse finds a magical flute and discovers that she is the key to saving the Faeries from the sinister Macha, a witch said to have taken away the despondent emotions of her son and turned him into stone. She didn’t stop there, though. Macha has been terrorizing mythical creatures everywhere by sending her flock of owls to attack them, encasing the Faeries in stone, intent on depriving them of their negative emotions.

Ben and Saoirse save from Macha reveal that Saoirse is a selkie, a mythical creature that is a seal in water, but transforms into a human on land. Saoirse must use her powers and play the Song of the Sea with the flute to save the Faeries from a stony imprisonment and guide them home.

For a children’s movie, I saw character development and great storytelling with vivid animation style. I’m not well versed in Irish mythology, but this film was still fascinating. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy, mythology, adventure, and cartoons.

Song of the Sea is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find it in the Feature Film DVD’s on the 2nd Floor.

Review written by Kristen K.


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