Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Films on Demand - 236 new titles added!

Did you see that Films on Demand added 236 videos in July?

You can watch these videos from your computer, make playlists of specific film segments, and obtain citations for these videos in MLA and APA format. What's not to love? Contact us if you need help with these features!

In case you missed it, here is just a small sample of the new videos: 

Autism Now: How Close Are We to Solving the Puzzle? (15:00)
The rise in the number of reported autism cases has caused a surge in research to find the causes. For the latest thinking, Robert MacNeil speaks with four leading researchers about the issue. It's episode three of his 6-part "Autism Now" series of reports. Original broadcast date: April 20, 2011

The Birth of Art: Treasures of Ancient Egypt (60:00)
Taking in Egypt's greatest historical sites, Alastair Sooke tells the story of Ancient Egyptian art through 30 extraordinary masterpieces. Tracing the origins of Egypt's unique visual style, he treks across the Sahara and travels the Nile to find the rarely-seen art of its earliest peoples. Exploring how this civilization's art reflected its religion, he looks anew at the Great Pyramid, and the statuary and painting of the Old Kingdom.

Can Sleep Make You Smarter? (09:00)
Sleep deprivation can cause serious health and cognitive problems in humans. PBS NewsHour correspondent science correspondent Miles O'Brien talks to scientists on the cutting edge of sleep research and asks if there's any way humans might evolve to get by with less sleep. Original broadcast date: November 15, 2012

Connected: How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer (52:00)
We’ve all heard of “six degrees of separation”, the idea that everyone in the world can be connected in just few steps. But what if those steps don’t just relate to people but also to viruses, neurons, cancers, proteins and even to fashion trends? What if this “small world theory” allowed us an insight into something at the very core of Nature? We used to think the way in which web pages, power grids and people tie together was more or less random. But recently a number of scientists working across varied realms have independently discovered that simple yet fundamental laws govern networks. It's a discovery that some are saying may prove as important as Newton's observations of gravity or Darwin's theory of evolution. (54 minutes)

In 1957, nine black students entered Little Rock's Central High School, marking a critical moment in the efforts to desegregate the nation's schools. Seven of the "Little Rock Nine" recall their experiences in this 2007 interview with PBS NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill. Original broadcast date: September 25, 2007

The Royal Opera House has been staging La Bohème—one of the most frequently performed operas in the world—for more than 30 years. This production marks the return of veteran director John Copley to Covent Garden to oversee the 23rd revival of Puccini’s classic work, in which the carefree attitude of youth and the harsh realities of life are contrasted through the affair of Mimì and Rodolfo. Teodor Ilincai and Hibla Gerzmava star, with musical direction by Andris Nelsons and with historically accurate sets by Julia Trevelyan Oman that bring the Parisian bohemian subculture to life. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome (or Welcome Back!)

Photo Credit: disparkys

It's the start of a new school year! A fresh start means a new chance to try new things or conquer old challenges! 

If you need some help, please stop by the library. We have many resources that can assist you with your classes like articles, books, and much more! We also have plenty of things to entertain you like the newest fun-to-read books, movies, video games, a book club, and guitars if you need a break from your classes.

Let us know how we can help you! Chat with us, give us a call, or stop on by the library. We'll be glad to hear from you.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Check out some of the titles that we have on display at the circulation desk!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Copyright can sometimes be monkey business

Or, female crested macaque business, to be more precise.

Not the macaque photo in question!
Photo Credit: Angela N.

Copyright gives people the ability to control who may put their work on a website, news article, etc.

Consider this recent copyright issue. A photographer gave his camera to a female crested macaque. The macaque took photos, including a selfie with a full grin. The photographer claimed that he had copyright over this image since he set up the camera for the macaque. Wikimedia has claimed that this photo was in the public domain (meaning anyone can use it or post it online without paying for it) since the macaque took the image and animals do not have copyright protection of their work.

This photographer thinks websites and other media outlets should pay him to get the rights to post the photo. This issue is going to court to decide if the photographer has the copyright on this photo. Read this for more information and to see the photo in question.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If you LOVED The Fault in Our Stars....

Did you love the Fault in Our Stars? Well, if you did, here are a few books you might enjoy too!

Still looking for more?
Checkout this article entitled "17 Books to Read if you like the Fault in Our Stars" at BuzzFeed.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Do you like stories with an epic romance, adventure, history, and a bit of time-travel thrown in? If  you haven't already, you might want to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

You may have heard of Outlander through the buzz for the new TV series based on the book. If you didn't catch it, the entire first episode is available (legally!) online here.

All of our copies of Outlander are currently checked out, but contact us to get on the waiting list for them. If you've already read Outlander, but haven't read any of the sequels, we do currently have those available!

Friday, August 8, 2014

This Week in History

Ever wonder about things that happened on this very day in history? Or even this week? Well, we have an easy way for you to figure that out. On the library's homepage, under Databases, you will find a video database called NBC Learn. It has lots of great videos to watch on current events and even some historical topics.

For instance, this week in history the Signing of Voting Rights Act of 1965 took place. Watch the video by clicking on the link above.