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.

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


2016 Spring Break Hours

March 7, 2016


Spring break is almost here. Can you believe it?! We hope you take this time to get caught up on homework, chores, and whatever else needs to get done. Of course, we want you to take a little time for reading too – we have a great leisure reading and graphic novel collection.

The library hours will be modified a little bit during spring break week. Our hours will be the following:

  • Saturday, March 12: Closed
  • Sunday, March 13: Closed
  • Monday, March 14 – Thursday, March 17: Open 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday, March 18: Closed
  • Saturday, March 19: Closed
  • Sunday, March 20: Open 1 PM – 6 PM

During spring break week, you can always Ask a Librarian for help if you need it.

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.