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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.

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.

 

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