The library has a festive pest problem — there’s a holiday mouse hiding in our building! Can you find CreepyMouse? She’ll be moving around every day during finals — if you catch CreepyMouse, bring her to either the Borrower Services or Research & Instruction desk on the first floor to claim your fabulous prize!
Some of your favorite web-based authors and artists have been working hard to get their work off the Internet and into your hands, through the timeless magic of book publishing! So if you feel like spending some time with a “real” book instead of endlessly scrolling on a screen, check out these picks.
Maybe you’re familiar with the long-running, delightfully geeky xkcd webcomic? Creator Randall Munroe recently released What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, a book that seeks to solve ridiculous questions submitted by his readers (“If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time, would it change color?”) using math, science, logic, and dozens of stick figure drawings. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll enjoy the footnotes.
Speaking of laughing and learning, Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters rewards you for having paid attention in class — the more you remember about literary classics such as Hamlet, Don Quixote, Pride & Prejudice, and The Great Gatsby, the harder you’ll laugh at the jokes. But don’t worry if you’ve forgotten everything from AP English! You’ll also find sections on The Baby-Sitters Club, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. These imagined text message conversations originated as a column on The Hairpin and continued on Ortberg’s website The Toast before being published as this charming, bright yellow book.
And speaking of bright yellow books! Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half has turned some of the best content from her website (as well as some brand new material) into Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. This color-saturated book features Brosh’s signature Microsoft Paint illustrations and her “I can’t believe that really happened!” storytelling style. Brosh tackles everything from birthday cake to clinical depression to goose attacks, always with an eye to the hilariously absurd. This book has become one of the most popular graphic novels in our collection, and when you check it out you’ll see why.
Each of these titles can be found in the Leisure Reading section, located across from the Borrower Services desk (it’s the first shelf you’ll see when you walk into the library). Do you have a favorite website-turned-book? Let us know, and we might add it to our collection!
Illustration of a basilisk Konrad Gesner, Historiae Animalium, 1551
Well… sort of.
This spring semester, the library will be hosting the Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine traveling exhibition. This awesome exhibit was created by the National Library of Medicine, and it uses materials from the NLM collection to highlight the link between Renaissance science and the magical world of the Harry Potter series.
For instance, did you know that alchemist wizard Nicholas Flamel was a real person? Or that unicorn horn was actually believed to have medicinal properties? Investigate the history of magical creatures, potions, herbology, and much more with Harry Potter’s World!
This exhibit will be displayed in the library from January 20th – February 28th, so be sure to stop by and experience the magic for yourself!
Learn more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld
Illustration of distillation equipment
Ambroise Paré, Les Oeuures d’Ambroise Paré, 1585
Some of the information in this post is out of date. If you are off-campus, you can log in to the databases with your Bryant username and password. Please speak to a librarian for more information. 8/21/17
If you’re trying to access library resources while you’re home for Thanksgiving break (after the pumpkin pie and football, of course!), you’ll be required to log into the databases with your library barcode. What’s a library barcode, you ask? Don’t worry, it’s been with you all along! Your library barcode is the long number on your Bryant ID card that starts with 21999. It’s your ticket to accessing the library’s vast array of databases from anywhere in the world!
But wait! Have you ever gotten a new ID card? If so, we’ll need to update the barcode in your library account. Please contact the library if you need your barcode updated, or if you’re having any trouble accessing library resources off campus. And remember, the library will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving break, so if you have any questions about your barcode or library account, ASK NOW!
Some of the information in this post may be out of date. For information on the new study room reservation system, click here. Please speak to a librarian for more up to date information.
Overwhelmed with projects? Need a place to meet with your group? Book a library study room! These convenient rooms are located on the second floor of the library, overlooking the Bello Grand Hall. If you’re already familiar with the library’s study room reservation process, we have some BIG NEWS: the process is totally different this year! We’re using a great new system, 25Live, and we think you’ll really like it. Follow this quick guide to booking a room, and you’ll be on your way to group studying success!
First of all, read through our study room reservation page, so you know the policies and rules. When you’re ready to book a room, click the “thumbs up” at the bottom of that page to open 25Live.
Ready? If the following images are too small, just click them to open larger versions!
On the 25Live homepage, select “Create an Event.”
Then log in with your Bryant email username and password.
Now you can book your group study room!
Now you’re all set! After we process your request you will receive an email confirming your study room reservation.
Questions? Contact the library! Call the Borrower Services desk at 401-232-6125 with any questions or concerns about booking a group study room.