Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Popular Books Collection

Need a break from your textbooks? Want to read something for fun? Have you noticed the Popular Books section in the Armacost Library? This small collection, located under the stairwell between the circulation desk and the reference computers, contains books for leisure reading. The Popular Books collection includes current best sellers, fiction and nonfiction, mysteries to historical drama, vampire tales to baseball exposés, and commentary on the war in Iraq to a photographic history of the Disco Era. Sound interesting? Come by the Armacost Library, take a look, choose a book and relax.

Here are just a few of the books you might find.

Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
A graphic novel/memoir, humorous but affecting, that relates Bechdel’s story of growing up with a father who is a high school English teacher, undertaker and closeted homosexual, and the effect his Proustian double life has on the formulation of her self and her own sexuality.

Blush, Steven. American Hair Metal. Los Angeles: Feral House, 2006.
A highly entertaining pictorial history of the major hair bands of the eighties and early nineties, complete with quotes from band members and essential track titles.

Buckley, Christopher. Thank You for Smoking. New York: Random House, 1994.
This book birthed the movie, a stinging satire of celebrity, government, and the results of voracious consumerism.

Covey, Jacob, Curator. Beasts: A Pictorial Schedule of Traditional Hidden Creatures from the Interest of 90 Modern Artisans. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2006.
Ninety acclaimed artists and cartoonists (Jeff Soto, Seonna Hong, Souther Salazar, etc.) contribute illustrations of mythical beasts once thought to exist, ranging from the grotesque to the comical. Included are brief descriptions of the looks, habitats and behaviors of the beasts.

Eggers, Dave, Ed. The Best American Non-Required Reading of 2006. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
A compilation of short stories, news transcripts, lists, any form the written word can take, ranging in tone from riotously funny to tragically serious and somewhere in between.

Riello, Giorgio and Peter McNeil. Shoes: A History From Sandals to Sneakers. New York: Berg, 2006.
This lavishly illustrated work recounts the history of shoes with entertaining essays that cover everything from the eroticism of ancient shoe lacing, medieval fears about long-toed shoes, and the role of shoes in religious ritual to the infamous Chopine with a 23-inch heel and the modern cult of shoe designers.

Monday, April 16, 2007

IEALC Card Holding Benefits

Have you ever found the perfect book only to discover it has been checked out by someone else? Did you know that with your student ID and an Inland Empire Academic Libraries Cooperative (IEALC) card, you can check out books at other IEALC member libraries? Our library has signed an agreement with several area libraries which allows you to check out books from libraries such as Loma Linda University or California State University, San Bernardino. You need only present your student ID and an IEALC card when checking books out from these libraries. You may obtain an IEALC card at the circulation desk of the University of Redlands Library. Each IEALC card can be used until the end of the academic year. For a full listing of IEALC member libraries, please check our website under "Other Libraries" and then "Borrowing Privileges at Other Libraries" or simply follow this link http://www.redlands.edu/x7048.xml.