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.


Interim Library Hours

May 11, 2015

The spring semester is coming to an end – yay! 71HfM4WD0cL._SL1500_So while you enjoy your break between semesters (or graduation), we will be adjusting our hours at the VC/UHV Library.

We’ll be open during the following times:

  • Monday, May 11 – Wednesday, May 13: 7:45 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 14: 7:45 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 15: 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17: Closed
  • Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25: Closed
  • Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, May 31: Closed

Summer hours will begin on Monday, June 1.

Don’t forget, you can always Ask A Librarian for help!


Preservation Week

April 27, 2015

Victoria Regional History Center Celebrates Preservation Week

April 26-May 2, 2015 is Preservation Week and libraries across the country will celebrate by offering information on preserving collectibles, family records, photos, and much more.

The theme of Preservation week is “Pass it on” and the Victoria Regional History Center at the Victoria College/UH-Victoria Library will distribute a free brochure with tips on caring for family papers, photos, and scrapbooks. Copies of “Preserving Family Papers and Photos:  A Brief Guide to Storage and Care” will be available to pick up at areas on the first floor of the library and in the Victoria Regional History Center on the 2nd floor of the library.

You can learn more about Preservation Week at http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek.

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VRHC – Who Am I?

April 20, 2015

Who Am I?

The Victoria Regional History Center has a new “interactive” display that highlights Victoria College alumni and what they’ve DSC_0360been up to since their college days.

The display, titled “Who Am I,” features photos of former students who attended Victoria College between 1948 and 1993.  The photos are captioned with hints to help viewers guess who they are. (Answers are provided if needed.)  Here’s a sampling:

I attended Victoria College in 1949-1950.  I became the mayor of Victoria 1965-1972.

I attended Victoria College in 1970.   I became the author of The Saga of a Revolutionary Family: The Martin De Leon Family of Texas.

I attended Victoria College in 1993.  I became a surgical nurse. In 2002 my daughter became a second generation of VC nurses.

The Victoria Regional History Center is located on the second floor of the VC/UHV Library.


Game Night: Game of Pwns

April 10, 2015

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The VC/UHV Library will be hosting “Beat the Librarian” challenges along with a Halo:Reach and Quake Live tournament. If you are interested in either, please fill out the forms using the links below.

BEAT THE LIBRARIAN

Grant Shaw – Quake Live
Greg Garcia – Checkers 
Karen Locher – Trivial Pursuit
Kristen Kelly – Soul Calibur IV
Laurie Neuerburg – Cribbage 

Winners of the “Beat the Librarian” challenges will receive a $1.00 print card valid in the library.

TOURNAMENTS

Halo:Reach
Quake Live

Winners of the Tournaments will receive a $5.00 print card valid in the library.

This event is free and open to all VC & UHV students, faculty, and staff.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to Grant Shaw via email at ShawG@uhv.edu or via telephone at 361-570-4143.


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