Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Constitution Day

Celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution with a good book:

The genius of America : how the Constitution saved our country--and why it can again. KF4541 .L334x 2007

A more perfect constitution : 23 proposals to revitalize our Constitution and make America a fairer country . KF4550 .S185x 2007

The summer of 1787 : the men who invented the Constitution. KF4510 .S74 2007

Unruly Americans and the origins of the Constitution. KF4541 .H58 2007

America’s constitution : a biography. KF4541 .A87 2005

(above - the Library's 2008 Constitution Day display).

Or read about the restoration of Montpelier, the Virginia home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Stock Market Woes

Lehman Brothers fails. Stocks tumble. Wall Street turmoil.


Read up:

Financial institutions, markets, and money. HG181 .K48 2008

The man who made Wall Street : Anthony J. Drexel and the rise of modern finance. HG2463.D66 R67 2001

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Hurricane Ike made landfall this morning, bringing with it a 15 - 20 foot storm surge, widespread flooding and wind damage.

Ride out the storm season reading up on hurricanes & weather:

Storm world : hurricanes, politics, and the battle over global warming. QC944 .M66 2007

Hurricanes : a reference handbook. QC944 .F58 2006

Divine wind : the history and science of hurricanes. QC944 .E43 2005

Restless skies : the ultimate weather book. QC981 .D68x 2005

Extreme weather : a guide & record book. QC983 .B78 2004

Hurricanes and typhoons : past, present, and future. QC944 .H92 2004

Or check on the latest from the National Hurricane Center.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pentagon Memorial

"President Bush today dedicated the Pentagon Memorial as "an everlasting tribute to the 184 souls who perished" when a hijacked jetliner exploded into the western side of the nation's military headquarters, part of the largest terror attack on U.S. soil. " -- Washington Post, 9/11/08

Read more about the 9/11 attacks, the Pentagon, or life in America since 2001, check out some of these titles:

Debunking 9/11 debunking : an answer to Popular mechanics and other defenders of the official conspiracy theory. HV6432.7 .G747 2007

The terror dream : fear and fantasy in post-9/11 America. E169.Z83 F35 2007

The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11. HV6432.7 .W75 2006

Mecca and Main Street : Muslim life in America after 9/11. E184.M88 A22 2006

102 minutes : the untold story of the fight to survive inside the Twin Towers. HV6432.7 .D89 2005

In the shadow of no towers. PN6727.S6 I5 2004

The Pentagon : a history : the untold story of the wartime race to build the Pentagon--and to restore it sixty years later. UA26.A745 V64 2007

Up from zero : politics, architecture, and the rebuilding of New York . NA6233.N5 W6745 2004

Monday, September 08, 2008


Here in the Library, we aim to please. We take student suggestions seriously. Students asked for group study rooms -- and we gave them group study rooms. Students asked for comfy chairs, and we found some club chairs for the reading room. Students asked for later hours in exams, and the Library now stays open an extra hour in reading week and exam week. But there are some requests we have to politely decline.

One student recommended the Library invest in "stripper poles" (the student did not recommend we invest in strippers!). As fun as that would be, we don't think stripper poles would promote an atmosphere of study or would encourage learning success.

However, in lieu of stripper poles (or strippers for that matter), you might want to check out:

Stripped : inside the lives of exotic dancers by Bernadette Barton. It is shelved in the circulating collection at PN1949.S7 B37 2006.