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First Lines

What is it about a book that attracts your attention?  Maybe it’s the title or the author.  Perhaps it’s the cover art.  What if all you had to base your decision upon was the book’s first line?  A well written first line can draw you in and entice you to read the next line, the next paragraph, and beyond.

Our latest book display gives you the chance to judge a book by its first line.  Some will be very familiar…others might interest you enough to take a chance and continue reading.  Visit First Lines in its new location on the first floor of the Drexel Library.

-Susan Clayton

 

This display was curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager and Martha VanAuken, Library Technician.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Books On Display

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced on April 15th. Recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for writers and artists, the Pulitzer has been honoring excellence in the arts, letters, and journalism since its inception in 1917.

Pulitzer Prize Winners will be on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons throughout the month of April. Browse these outstanding novels, plays, poetry collections, biographies, and histories!

The Art of Voice with Dr. Kay Cosgrove and her students

Poetry reading | Refreshments | Fun Activity:

At this event, Dr. Cosgrove, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and her creative writing students will read selections from The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice. Written with wit and style, this craft guide approaches poetry through that vital and mysterious literary element: voice. Bring paper and pen to do a writing exercise from the book.

Tuesday, April 16th
Free Period
PLC, 2nd Floor Lounge

Mark your calendar and come join us!

 

 

This Month’s Book Display is “BLUE”

Azure.  Cerulean.  Cobalt.  Indigo.  Navy.  Royal.  Sapphire.  In a word, BLUE.

Our book display for the month of March is something to look at…both inside and out. Outside these books share one thing in common; covers in hues of blue.  Inside the reader can explore the architecture of Gaudi, the beauty of eight centuries of Islamic tile-making, or the fragility of life in the Arctic.

From Issa Rae and Louise Erdrich, to Jon Krakauer and David Baldacci, this display combines disparate subjects and stories that just happen to be bound in blue.

Browse “BLUE” to view all of the offerings in this display or visit us the library. The display is located on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

– Susan Clayton

 

This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager with inspiration from reference librarian Catherine Collins.

Love, Friendship, Romance — It Must Be February!

When you think of February, what usually comes to mind?  More often than not, it’s candy, flowers, and valentines. If that is what you think of, then this month’s book display titled, “Love, Friendship, Romance” will not be much of a surprise.

Featured will be books about the various types of attraction — from that of passionate romance, to various types of love, to deep friendships that stood the test of time. Some books take a historical perspective while others are devoted to particular individuals. From Love, Friendship, Romance” you can see the list of books in the display as they appear in our catalog. If anything strikes your fancy, stop by and take a look, or better
yet, check one out!


-Marian Courtney
(poster: Elizabeth Angelucci ’19)

This display curated by Marian Courtney, Library Operations Manager.

Historic Philadelphia is Featured in our January Book Display

Philadelphia has been called the birthplace of America’s Independence and a “city of firsts”. The first public park, permanent theater, hospital, school, and library were all established here.  Far more than just architecture and institutions, Philadelphia is a city of human ideas and expression. It was here that the first treatise on the abolition of slavery was written and where people gathered to form the first philosophical society in America.

From early scientific invention, to politics, commerce, and the arts – people from all walks of life shaped what is now historic Philadelphia. Browse Historic Philadelphia…better yet, you can find these books on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

– Susan Clayton

 

This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager.

More Reading Suggestions for Winter Break and Beyond

Among the thousands of books released this year, only a handful were chosen by The New York Times to appear on the “100 Notable Books of 2018.” These exciting and interesting selections include various genres and discuss different issues and time periods. The Saint Joseph’s University Library has many of these titles available for check-out. To find these books in our catalog, take a look at the list below!

– Elizabeth Angelucci ’19

One Book, One Philadelphia — SJU Library Can Help You Participate

Recently, the Free Library of Philadelphia announced it’s One Book, One Philadelphia” selection for 2019: Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward.

Besides  Sing, Unburied, Sing, the library has books from previous years. Some are featured below:

 

 

 

New Book Display — “Vive la Révolution!: The Movements and Revolutions that Changed History (for better or worse)

We may think that our politics has been intense over the last couple of years, but it’s still nothing compared to what has happened in the past. As the country prepares for this year’s Mid-Term elections, we present our newest book display: Vive la Révolution!: The Movements and Revolutions that Changed History (for better or worse).” This collection describes Revolutions of all kinds, from the paradigm-shifting French Revolution to the bloodless, symbolic “Revolution of 1800” to the deadly rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany and more.

The collection also focuses on some of the important social movements that have shaped modern society, from the Civil Rights Movement to the quest for equal rights for Women and the LGBTQ community.

You can browse these books from home or check them out in person at the display case on the 1st floor of the Post Learning Commons between the elevator and the lounge. The display will last through the rest of November. Vive la Révolution!
–  Brendan Johnson
This display curated by Brendan Johnson.