As we fall into October, our librarians share their favorite media with autumn colored covers!

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
The Ascent to Godhood by J.Y. Yang
Abbott by Saladin Ahmed
Human Acts by Han Kang
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Carrie by Stephen King
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Alchemist Cookbook

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
In Darkness by Nick Lake
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Haunting of Hill House and Through the Woods capture fall motifs in a really interesting way.

Picture books: Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton and We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Children’s/YA fantasy: Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver (audiobook is narrated by Jim Dale)
Drama: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Adult fiction: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Essays: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Nonfiction: The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell, Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon (Also Far From the Tree by Robin Benway, which is YA fiction.)

Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi

Ready Player One / Ernest Cline:

Circe / Madeline Miller

The House of the Spirits / Isabel Allende

Dracul / Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker

The Knife of Never Letting Go / Patrick Ness

Carrie / Stephen King

What are some of your favorite autumn colored covers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Game Chat: Horror Edition

lily-castellanos-2560x1440-the-evil-within-2-hd-12092Join us for our SECOND meeting of Game Chat! It’s like a book club, but for video games!

Game Chat: Horror Edition
December 12, 2019 at 7pm

Robbins Library Conference Room
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Robbins Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

Robbins Library is observing Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15! We’ve gathered a list with our favorite books by Hispanic authors to celebrate the multiple cultures, traditions, and contributions from our global neighbors and fellow Americans.  You can also check out our collaborative blog post from a few years back for more recommendations!

Don’t forget to check out our Hispanic Heritage Month display by the elevator!

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Wayfarer Film Series Presents: I Am Not A Witch (Thursday, September 26)

p14603388_v_v8_aaTravel the world and experience international cinema with the Wayfarer Film Series at Robbins Library! Catch a glimpse from beyond the continent, snack on fresh popcorn from our brand new popcorn popping machine, and enjoy a variety of films you might have missed at your local theater. Continue reading

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“Banned” Books Week 2019

During Banned Books Week, we celebrate the freedom to read. As you can imagine, this is most librarians’ favorite theme week; after all, as our code of ethics states, “We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.” But you don’t have to be a librarian to enjoy Banned Books Week – all you have to do is read!

(The word “Banned” is in quotation marks in the title of this post because the name “Banned Books Week” is a bit of a misnomer.  First, we celebrate Banned Books Week not because we like or support books being banned – we celebrate to support intellectual freedom and the freedom to read whatever you want.  Second, it’s now much more common for books to be challenged than actually banned, thanks to the efforts of teachers, librarians, and other supporters of the freedom to read.  You can read a bit more about Banned Books Week here (or in our blog archives here) and check out a few lists of books that have been banned or challenged here & here.)

In 2018 the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2018.

Of the 483 books challenged or banned in 2018, the Top 11 Most Challenged Books are:

You can find these books in our catalog here:

  1. George by Alex Gino
  2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
  3. Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  5. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
  8. Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
  9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
  11. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Happy reading!

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Topical Tech Sessions: Libby

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Join our reference librarians for our very first Topical Tech Session. We’ll be going over Overdrive’s free downloadable app, Libby. If you would like to learn more on how to access it, navigate it, and read (or listen to) e-content on your tablet or smartphone, don’t miss this opportunity!

Tuesday, October 8
Robbins Library Community Room
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Wednesday, October 16
Fox Library Community Room
4:00pm-5:00 pm

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Not-So Young Adult Book Group Reads Boots on the Ground: America’s war in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge (October 28)

The next NSYA group meeting will take place on Monday, October 28 at 7pm in the 4th floor’s conference room. We’ll be discussing Boots on the Ground: America’s war in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge.
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In March 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson sent troops into Vietnam. 57,939 American soldiers would be killed and seventeen years would pass before this controversial chapter of American history concluded with the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982.

The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it’s the personal stories of eight people–six American soldiers, one American nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee–that form the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic medic rescues and evacuations, each individual’s story reveals a different facet of the war and moves readers forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding readers what was happening at home, including Kent State, Woodstock, and Watergate.

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

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NSYA Book Group Meeting – Reminder (September 16)

Children+of+Blood+and+BoneThe next NSYA book group meeting will take place Monday, September 16 at 7pm in Robbins Library’s conference room (4th floor). We’ll be discussing Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi.

Copies of the next book,  Boots on the Ground: America’s war in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge, are on their way and will be available to pick up after the meeting.

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2019 Summer Reading Challenge: Until Next Year!

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Got Your Number

We asked our librarians what some of their favorite titles that contain a number are, and here are their answers!

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King – This is a very compelling story. I wish it was a little more fleshed out and it’d be cool if there was more about the dogs but maybe I’m biased. Still, a fun pirate tale of reincarnation.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – This is a longer, scifi tale about what would happen if the moon blew up. It is very well thought out, hard scifi with science that was either well researched or researched enough to fool my engineer school drop-out brain!

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

25th Hour
28 Days Later
Fifth Element
10 Things I Hate About You

Persona 5
Resident Evil 7 (AKA Biohazard)

8 1/2
The Seventh Seal

Dementia 21 by Kago
One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin
Iraq +100 Edited by Hassan Blasim
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
Mao II by Don Delillo
2666 by Roberto Bolano

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
14 by Peter Clines
The One by Kiera Cass (but read The Selection and The Elite first!)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Station Eleven is an eerie, dystopian novel by Emily St. John Mandel about the collapse of civilization after a flu pandemic that delves into the past and future and describes how events unfold through the eyes of different witnesses, including nomadic survivors.

I listened to the entire book during my commutes to work and the following quote ran chills down my spine:

“No more diving into pools of chlorinated water lit green from below. No more ball games played out under floodlights. No more porch lights with moths fluttering on summer nights. No more trains running under the surface of cities on the dazzling power of the electric third rail. No more cities. No more films, except rarely, except with a generator drowning out half the dialogue, and only then for the first little while until the fuel for the generators ran out, because automobile gas goes stale after two or three years. Aviation gas lasts longer, but it was difficult to come by.
No more screens shining in the half-light as people raise their phones above the crowd to take pictures of concert states. No more concert stages lit by candy-colored halogens, no more electronica, punk, electric guitars.
No more pharmaceuticals. No more certainty of surviving a scratch on one’s hand, a cut on a finger while chopping vegetables for dinner, a dog bite.
No more flight. No more towns glimpsed from the sky through airplane windows, points of glimmering light; no more looking down from thirty thousand feet and imagining the lives lit up by those lights at that moment. No more airplanes, no more requests to put your tray table in its upright and locked position – but no, this wasn’t true, there were still airplanes here and there. They stood dormant on runways and in hangars. They collected snow on their wings. In the cold months, they were ideal for food storage. In summer the ones near orchards were filled with trays of fruit that dehydrated in the heat. Teenagers snuck into them to have sex. Rust blossomed and streaked.
No more countries, all borders unmanned.
No more fire departments, no more police. No more road maintenance or garbage pickup. No more spacecraft rising up from Cape Canaveral, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, from Vandenburg, Plesetsk, Tanegashima, burning paths through the atmosphere into space.
No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.” ― Emily St. John Mandel

Have a favorite that’s got a number in the title?  Let us know in the comments below!

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