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Happiness is a Cup of Coffee and a Good Book!

The buzz about the new student-run Saxbys in Campion is hard to miss — between the article in The Hawk as well as the one in Philadelphia magazine, it is an exciting opportunity and we wish them success in their venture.

The Library has books (and e-books!) on all things coffee. Check them out!

Uncommon Grounds: the History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World

The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry

Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival

Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

– Cynthia Slater and Marian Courtney



“First Man” Opens This Weekend

You’ve seen the movie First Man and the idea of space exploration captures your imagination. SJU Library can help fill the void!

We have books (and e-books!) on the Apollo project and the race to the moon.

With Fall Break on the horizon, take a look at these offerings and “explore!”

Apollo in the Age of Aquarius

No Requiem for the Space Age: The Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture

Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon

Moon Landing: A Chronology of the Apollo Missions

Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo: A Rare Photographic History

The Race: The Uncensored Story of How America Beat Russia to the Moon

– Cynthia Slater and Marian Courtney

CLASSIFIED: Spies, Double Agents, and Informers



Our latest book display features the furtive world of espionage in, CLASSIFIED: Spies, Double Agents, and Informers. Ranging from intrigue in the Court of Henry VIII and the Vatican, to spies on both sides of the Civil War, from Allied intelligence during two World Wars to the Red Scare and beyond, this collection gives some insight into the minds of men and women who lived secret lives to serve, protect, and sometimes, betray their nations.

You can browse the list of “CLASSIFIED” books from home, although not all book jackets will be visible. Better yet, stop by, take a look, and check one out! Our display can be found on the 1st floor of the Post Learning Commons between the elevator and the lounge for at least the rest of October.

           – Susan Clayton



This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager.


“Tiny Tomes” — or — you can’t judge a book by its size!

Curating a book display is limited only by the imaginations of those creating the display. Sometimes a suggested topic corresponds with a season while other times it corresponds to a campus initiative. And then there are those special times that our own creative juices get flowing and we pull together a display of books that are unrelated except for one characteristic. Our latest display is ones of those times and in this case, we bring you “Tiny Tomes,” a sampling of our smallest books.

With size being the common denominator, book topics range from history, to poetry, to spirituality, to literature, as well as several others. While most books are from the main collection, the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) is also well represented in the new display.

You can browse the list of Tiny Tomes from your cozy armchair, although not all book jackets will be visible. Better yet, stop by, take a look, check one out! Display can be found on the 1st floor of the Post Learning Commons between the elevator and the lounge for at least the rest of September.

– Marian Courtney


This display curated by Marian Courtney, Library Operations Manager.

Library Speaker Series with Owen W. Gilman, Jr., Professor of English

The Hell of War Comes Home:  Imaginative Texts From the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq comes to a hard conclusion, with solace for none:

“There’s plenty of good literature and film from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the aggregate, these texts present war as Homer knew it–albeit without any interference from the gods.  War in the real is complex.  It is hell.  But most of the texts explored in the middle and late chapters of this study will be consigned to the fringes of American culture.  Sure enough, looking ahead, there will be situations (at least one per generation) that boil down to the “acquiesce in the necessity” moment of decision.  Shall we measure up to the standard established in the Declaration of Independence–or shall we fail to honor the past?  With repeated practice, nearly incessant experience, the pattern becomes habitual. Habits are hard to break, especially those reinforced by the mythology of America’s origins and all the righteousness that attends the sustenance of myth.  We are trapped.  There is no way out–except one.  There will be war.  The hell of war becomes the hell of home. We have seen the past.  We know the future.”

Tuesday, September 11
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Wachterhauser Seminar Room
2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

Please join us for what we expect to be an engaging presentation and discussion with Dr. Gilman.

Light refreshments will be served.


#bookface Books — A Mid-Summer Display


Our newest book display has a bit of a twist. All the books you’ll find there can be used for #bookface photos which can be posted to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
#BookfaceFriday is especially popular on Social Media. If not already familiar with #bookface, next time you have some down time, search for yourself to see the creative things done with book cover images.

If this looks like fun to you, feel free to use any of the books in our display to create your #bookface photo. Books were selected from various areas of the collection resulting in a variety of options to choose from.

All books in the display are available for checkout!

– Marian Courtney





This book display curated by Marian Courtney, Library Operations Manager.

You’ve Seen the Movie…Now Read the Book!


Recent films like The Revenant, Les Misérables, It, and The Fault in Our Stars all have one thing in common. Each film was first a popular book. May’s book display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons features several popular novels made into acclaimed films.

You’ve seen the movie…now read the book! will be up now through the end of June. Please stop by and browse if you need a little breather from studying. Or, better yet, check one out to read after finals!

– Catherine Collins





This display curated by Catherine Collins, Reference Librarian.

Home: Displaced People and the Dream of Home

In support of Mission Week (February 26th through March 2nd) at Saint Joseph’s University, a special display of books on refugees and immigrants will run through the month of February. “HOME: Displaced People & the Dream of Home” can be found on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

The books provide an opportunity for some supplemental reading on a topic that is forefront in the news today. Stop by and browse the books in HOME: Displaced People and the Dream of Home”. If you would like to delve deeper into any of them, please know that all of the books in the display are available for check out.

– Catherine Collins


This display curated by Catherine Collins, Reference Librarian.

Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love – It’s What We’re Reading

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering reviews from the Drexel Library staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

The Outsiders

Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

Busted is an insightful look at the world of investigative reporting written with a flair that belies a perception of how you might think a book on police corruption or any kind of investigative reporting might be like: boring. It is far from it. Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker have written a page-turning book where the players are treated with a humanistic approach peppered with objective reporting and subjective humor and compassion for both perpetrators and victims.

It’s easy to see why they won a Pulitzer Prize.

Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love can be found in the popular reading section on the first floor in the Post Learning Commons.

And For More Winter Break Reading Suggestions —

Below are NYT Notable Books in the SJU collection. Looking for a good read over Winter Break? Browse the Popular Reading collection (first floor Post Learning Commons). Suggest a title for the Popular Reading collection with this form.

American War by Omar El Akkad

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Draible

Fresh Complaint: stories by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sunders

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis

Jainesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic by Alice Kaplan

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

-Cynthia Slater, Business Reference Librarian