Library Schedule for Final Exams, Dec. 12th-21st

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You’re probably already aware that final exams begin on Tuesday, December 12th.  But whether you think you’re fully prepared or this news comes as a complete shock to you, the library is here to help you with an extended schedule to help meet your needs.

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Best of luck to you all~

Want nice, easy lists of what’s in our game and DVD collections? Use these links!

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We often get requests from people who just want to see a list of what we have in our board game and DVD collections, but the catalog doesn’t always make that easy.  We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of it for you, though, and figured out the searches necessary to display the titles in these collections, and in alphabetical order for easier perusal to boot.

Click here to see a listing of our board game collection, or else scan this QR code with your phone (even if you think your phone doesn’t have a QR reader, it probably does… even Snapchat can read QR codes):

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And you can click here to see what we have available for viewing on DVD, educational and fun stuff alike, or else scan this QR code:

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Happy searching!

 

Check This Out! – Tetris: The Games People Play

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If you’ve been alive at any point in the last 30 years, you’ve probably played Tetris at least once.  Maybe you’ve played long enough that you still see the shapes falling after you’ve stopped playing or even in your dreams (this is a documented psychological phenomenon called “the Tetris effect”).  What you may not know is that the story of arguably the most ubiquitous video game ever involves all manner of tech industry wheeling and dealing, political manipulation, questions of ownership, and one Russian computer scientist who wanted to make a simple puzzle game to amuse himself and his co-workers.  Writer/artist Box Brown covers it all in this graphic novel, along with a quick history of the video game industry and a rumination of what it is about gaming that drives us all, whether we know it or not.  It’s a fun, informative read… you’ll probably enjoy it, and you’ll definitely want to play Tetris for an hour or six when you’re done.

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End of the semester Interlibrary Loan… time may NOT be on your side.

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Photo by David Lofink, used under a Creative Commons license.

We’re always happy to help you find whatever it is you need, whether it comes from here in our own library or from somewhere out in the world via Interlibrary Loan.  But as we get closer to the end-of-the-semester crunch time, we do feel the need to remind everyone that Interlibrary Loan can take some time, particularly for physical items that may be sent through the mail.  As such, it might not be the best option for your last-minute, “Hail Mary” pass sorts of needs, even if we can find a library here in Rhode Island that a.) has the item you need; and b.) can actually supply it, because even in-state requests can take 3 to 5 business days.

Of course, if you still want to attempt the request, by all means go for it, we’re happy to help out in any way we can; that’s our whole deal here.  We just want to help manage your expectations a little and save you some frustration if the thing you’re hoping to find takes longer to arrive than you want or need.

Also, it’s a stone cold bummer to have to tell y’all that stuff won’t be here in time.

Library-Inspired Last Minute Halloween Costumes

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Need a last minute costume idea for Halloween?  Hey, the library can help you with that, too.  Here are a few suggestions that will be easy to pull off, even on a limited budget (or no budget at all):

h2g2Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – When the world ends, Arthur is still in his pajamas and bathrobe, so put on your pjs, throw a robe on, and be sure to grab your towel… no intergalactic hitchhiker goes anywhere without a towel, the most useful object in the known universe.  Not only is this one of the easiest costumes ever, it’s arguably the most comfortable.


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Day-Off Wolverine from Astonishing X-Men Books 1 and 2 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday – Wolverine is undeniably cool, but his various comic book costumes would look weird in the real world.  On his downtime, though, his look is really easy to pull off… just a dirty t-shirt (or no t-shirt), dirty flannel shirt, dirty jeans, some heavy duty hair gel, and you’re good to go.  See?

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He’s the best there is at what he does, and he doesn’t even need to dress up for it.


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Former CEO and business guru Jack Welch – He led General Electric, he’s renowned for his business acumen, and he name dropped Bryant in his book, Winning.  Chances are you’ve got business clothes in your closet already, so grab out a shirt and tie, and walk around with either some GE small appliance or a bottle of Welch’s Grape Juice (which he had nothing to do with but it did inspire a good joke about “mind grapes” on 30 Rock a few years back, so it counts).


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Looking for Alaska by John Green – Why be a single character when you can be the whole book? Just make up a poster with a picture of the state of Alaska, write “Have you seen this state?” over it, and grab a pair of binoculars.

Look, you waited until the last minute, okay?  They can’t all be winners.


A Course Reserve Book – This one is super easy… make a big green rectangle with a black, uppercase “R” on it.  Then make a big yellow circle with a professor’s name on it.  Stick those both on yourself somewhere, say you’ll be going out for two hours, and then actually return much later after everyone else has been looking for you forever.

(Yeah, we totally notice when you do that. 🙂 )


However you spend Halloween, have a good time, be safe, and because you’re never too old for Trick or Treating, remember to avoid the houses that hand out healthy snacks or toothbrushes.

Also, if for some reason you do use any of these bizarre suggestions, we’d love to see pictures!

Also also, we’re happy to take any and all Reese’s Peanut Butter cups you don’t want off your hands.  Just putting that out there.