Love, Lucy — It’s What We’re Reading

July 2015

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Love, Lucy

Love, Lucy
Linder, April

Exploration, choices, relationships, compromises: the stuff of a young adult’s life. We meet Lucy on her post high school backpacking trip to Italy, and continue along as she starts college in Philadelphia at a school very much like SJU. A riff on E.M. Forster’s classic A Room with a View, this makes for great summer reading: take a vicarious European trip and then get psyched for fall semester by looking at our campus experience from a student’s perspective.

This book is located on the 2nd floor Book shelves PS3162.I56 L68 2015

A Stillness at Appomattox – It's What We're Reading

June 2015

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Stillness at Appomattox

Stillness at Appomattox
Catton, Bruce

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, my book club chose A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton as one of our selections.

This well-written recounting of the final year of war for the Army of the Potomac was mesmerizing. The research was based on journals, letters, diaries, and other documents so that much of the story is from the perspective of the soldiers involved in the struggle. You were immediately drawn into the conflict and the conditions that the soldiers had to endure, the constant marching, hunger, and lack of sleep. I felt that I could taste the dust that was kicked up by thousands of marching feet, enjoyed the camaraderie of the troops, and shared in their longing for victory. Not being one who normally reads military history, I found that I couldn’t put it down and could not help but be moved by the raw courage of these men.

Stillness at Appomattox won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award for Nonfiction. It is the final volume of Catton’s The Army of the Potomac trilogy, but can be read on its own. It can be found on the third floor in the Drexel Library at E470.2.C36S.

The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World – It's What We're Reading

May 2015

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World

The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World
Levine, Steve

Steve Levine’s The Powerhouse unfolds the hectic history of modern battery technology, specifically the now common renditions of the lithium-ion core of modern electronics and electric vehicles. Levine weaves this story as he follows both the growth of the battery division of the Argonne National Laboratory and the network of researchers who share this facility. Levine delves into the personal backgrounds and driving ambitions, and the sometimes fiercely competitive nature, of the leading researchers responsible for the development of modern battery technologies.

Levine sets this research against the backdrop of late twentieth and early twenty-first century nationalist concerns and ambitions to not only develop, but to own and claim dominance, over the battery technology needed to manufacture and deploy fleets of electric vehicles. However, this is a struggle between not just nations, including the United States and China, nor simply well-known corporations, but the individual researchers and developers themselves.

The Powerhouse is an engaging work, full of detail but not overly technical or limited to a niche audience. It is highly recommended for anyone interested in modern technology, the race to build an electric vehicle that provides both performance and longevity, or the developments leading to modern developments in power storage and the recent surge of interest in Tesla vehicles and technologies.

The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World is available in the Popular Reading section on the First Floor of the Post Learning Commons.

Campus Coffee Hour — April 24th

WHAT:  Campus Coffee Hour sponsored by Academic Affairs, Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and the Learning Resource Center

"A small cup of coffee" by Julius Schorzman - own work. Licensed under Creative Commons
“A small cup of coffee” by Julius Schorzman – own work. Licensed under Creative Commons

The Coffee Hour is an opportunity to network and socialize in an informal setting. Refreshments are served.

WHEN:  April 24th 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

WHERE:  Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor Lounge

All are invited! Hope to see you there!


Robert Repino ’00 — Reading and Book Signing

morteWHAT:  Robert Repino ’00 will read from his book, Morte.  From the publisher: The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans.

WHEN:  April 21st 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE:  PLC, Wachterhauser Seminar Room

WHO:  All are invited. Hope to see you there!
Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.



Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge

Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge
Currently on Exhibit
Post Learning Commons 3rd Floor


Curated by the Civic Museums of Pavia and presented in partnership with the municipality of Pavia and the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia, this exhibit presents photographs of Pavia from the 19th to the 21st century by six Italian photographers, Fiorenzo Cantalupi, Guglielmo Chiolini, Antonio Manidi, Giuseppe Nazzari , Pierino Sacchi, and Ettore Valli.

Founded by the Romans on the left bank of the Ticino River, Pavia was a center of art and culture for centuries. Several times capital city during the Middle Ages (8th – 13th century), Pavia preserves many historical and material traces of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, including the massive walls that encircle it, splendid churches with richly sculpted façades (San Michele, San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro), and the lofty towers that overlook the palazzi and populate the city skyline. The Visconti family took control of the city in the mid-1300s and built an elegant and richly decorated castle, the characteristic Covered Bridge over the Ticino, the majestic cathedral (designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci) and the Certosa, a masterpiece of Renaissance art. The origins of the university—one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe– also date to that period (1361). World renowned literati and scientists taught here in the 18th and 19th centuries, from the physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery, to the poet Ugo Foscolo, the naturalist Lazzaro Splallanzani and the neurologist Camillo Golgi. For the beauty of its monuments and the wealth of its educational tradition, Pavia is known as the “City of Knowledge”.

Finals Week Events in the Library

stress-391659_1280The Library is offering some stress busters for students during finals week this spring. Here is the list of options:

  • Study Room Raffle
    April 13th – 24th
    **Winner announced April 27th**
    Students may enter the raffle by:
    Checking out or renewing a book, DVD, or piece of technology,
    asking about our databases, research guides, catalog, ILL, or other Library resources. Students may enter as often as they want between April 13th and April 24th. The one lucky student will win the use of one group study room for 24 hours during finals week.
  • PAWS for a Study Break!
    May 5th  —  11 AM – 3 PM
    Post Learning Commons
  • Feeling Stressed? Come for a Massage with a Registered Sports Massage Therapist
    May 6th, 8th, and 9th — 8 PM to 10 PM
    Post Learning Commons Atrium
  • LEGOS in the Learning Commons
    May 6th and 7th, 24 hours
    Cafe in PLC
  • Coloring and Delicious Healthy Snacks
    May 6th – 11th, 24 hours
    Cafe in PLC
  • FREE Earbuds & Earplugs
    May 6th – 12th
    Library Service Desk

Faculty Reading and Book Signing

WHO:  Concha Alborg, Professor Emerita from SJU Modern Languages Department, will read from her latest work, Divorce after Death. A Widow’s Memoir. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

concha            divorceafterdeath

WHEN:  April 15th, 12:30 PM

WHERE:  Post Learning Commons, Wachterhauser Seminar Room

WHO:  All are invited. Please plan to join us for this engaging talk!
Light refreshments will be served.


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