Media Item of the Month:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
All the Light We Cannot See is available for checkout on audiobook in the Media Center on the 2nd Floor. We also have the book in print in our Leisure Reading section. It is the winter of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Get ready to eat a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie…Thanksgiving is almost here! Oh, and football, we can’t forget about watching football on Thanksgiving.
We will have limited hours the week of Thanksgiving. We will be open during the following times:
- Monday, November 23: 7:45 AM – 10:00 PM
- Tuesday, November 24: 7:45 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday, November 25: 7:45 AM – 1:00 PM
- Thursday, November 26: Closed
- Friday, November 27: Closed
- Saturday, November 28: Closed
We will open again on Sunday, November 29. We have extended Sunday hours through the end of the semester so we’ll be open 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Don’t forget…you can always access the library’s online resources from the library website.
Top 10 Reasons to Read CQ Weekly
- CQ Weekly is the PREMIER source for information related to the US Congress and Capitol Hill.
- Articles are written in plain English so complex legislation is easy for you to understand.
- There are multiple ways to find the information you need.
- You can select a topic from the current issue.
- You can view votes from the last 10 days by selecting the “Latest Votes” tab.
- You can search “Articles” or or “Floor Votes.”
- You can browse by date or by topic.
- The “Advanced Search” allows you to search by Topic, Bill Number, Date, Committee, and more!
- You can sort search results by relevancy, date, or alphabetically by title.
- You can set up Email Alerts to be notified about topics of interest to you.
- You can create a personal profile to save your Favorite Documents, Document History, Saved Searches, and Topic Alerts.
- Articles can be read online, printed, or emailed.
- There is a “Cite Now” option for each article so you get a citation in MLA, Chicago, or Blue Book style. (APA is coming soon.)
- Issues date back to 1983 so you have access to historical information.
The movie Wild featuring Reese Witherspoon tells the real-life story of Cheryl Strayed. In her early 20s, Cheryl (played by Witherspoon) is leading a life of self-destruction. She is doing drugs and having sex with random men to cope with the loss of her mother.
With nothing to lose, Cheryl makes a rash decision to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. She decides to do this on her own without any training or experience.
Wild is a story of self-healing, strength, and rediscovery. This movie will take you on an emotional roller coaster and leave a lasting impression.
Wild is available for checkout on DVD at the VC/UHV Library Media Center on the 2nd Floor.
Media Item of the Month – Fahrenheit 451
Guy 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.