Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays! Hope all the Students Get a Restful Break from School.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Finals Resting Place Returns Tonight!

Jack is Back! And he was so excited to return, Jack appeared one day earlier than expected.

It's that time of the year again where students must endure a nightmare before leaving for Christmas break. A nightmare called "finals!"

The Finals Resting Place is an annual activity during finals week where the library provides free snacks, games and a contest to help students relax and take quality breaks while studying for finals in the library. This event runs from Tuesday, December 7th to Wednesday, December 15th.

The library will be open late for students on December 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. On these evenings, the library will remain open until midnight. Snacks will be offered on these evenings beginning at 8:00pm. Games will be available throughout the event.

The "Best Excuse" contest will begin on Tuesday evening, December 7th and a winner will be selected at noon on December 15th. The library wants the best and most creative excuse of why your library materials are late. "Excuse" forms are available in the library next to the submission box on the Circulation Desk. Be sure to include your name and number along with your excuse so the library can contact you. No limits on the number of submissions made. The winner will receive a mystery Christmas gift from the Library.

Although the Library is making the study environment fun and festive, the Library does observe absolute quiet throughout the building during this period.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Happy 90th Birthday Ray Bradbury

The display at the front of the library celebrates the long life of Ray Bradbury.

The American writer Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920. At age 13 his family moved to Los Angeles where he continues to reside. Bradbury began publishing horror and detective stories in pulp magazines during the early 1940s. His first book, Dark Carnival, was published in 1947.

During the 1950s Bradbury wrote the books for which he is most renowned: The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Dandelion Wine. Bradbury has also written movie and television scripts, most notably the script for John Huston’s 1956 production of Moby Dick. Among his many television scripts are those for three seasons of Ray Bradbury Presents during the 1980s.

Ray Bradbury’s writing provides memorable and sometimes poetic imagery that has made him a favorite of millions of readers. Though criticized throughout his career for violating the scientific standards of “hard science fiction” Bradbury continues to write in his own way because he is interested in using a fantastic approach to exploring the human condition on our planet and in outer space.

His latest book Now and Forever was published in 2007. It includes a retelling of Moby Dick in which a space captain is obsessed with capturing a great white comet. Ray Bradbury continues to write and publish, and he also makes public appearances at which he enjoys interacting with his fans.