Library Service Projects

During the past week, the librarians and staff completed two service projects to help those in need this season. On December 10, they filled twenty Christmas stockings with snacks and personal items that will be distributed by Blankets for the Homeless, a local ministry founded by College of Arts & Sciences student Mariah Smith. On December 12, the librarians and staff gathered at the Union Mission warehouse in Norfolk, where they filled 86 bags with toys for needy children.

The Library is grateful for this annual opportunity to help the less fortunate members our community. For photos from the Union Mission project, see our albums on Facebook, Google+, or Flickr.

To find out how you can help make this Christmas a little brighter for some of the least of Christ’s brethren in Hampton Roads, watch the following video from 700 Club Interactive:

New database: Digital Theatre Plus

by Leanne Strum, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Regent University Library now has a subscription to Digital Theatre Plus, an online streaming video collection that brings you a front-row seat to the best theatre productions from around the world. Digital Theatre Plus gives you access to an extensive repertoire of award-winning performances from ancient to modern drama, musicals to opera—the range of genres offers something for everyone.


Digital Theatre Plus contains twenty-one full length productions including Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Much Ado about Nothing, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century.


macbethIncluded in Digital Theatre Plus are exclusive interviews with the teams behind each production, offering insights on current professional practice. Interviews include actors such as David Suchet, one of Britain’s most acclaimed performers on both stage and screen. There are also discussions with producers, directors, and technical engineers.

Study Guides

Detailed study guides provide students and instructors with rich insight into playwrights and their work. All of the study guides are written by highly respected theatre practitioners and academics who understand the grammar of performance and are able to peel back layers of complex text and meaning. The study guides immerse the reader in the life and times of the writers and reveal the craft behind their work as well as the architecture of each play, including character, context, history, close text analysis, and language.

To explore Digital Theatre Plus, click here.

Join the Library Go-playing community in 2015


“There is chess in the western world, but Go is incomparably more subtle and more intellectual.” -Lee Sedol, World #1 ranked player

“There is chess in the western world, but Go is incomparably more subtle and more intellectual.” -Lee Sedol, World #1 ranked player

“The board is a mirror of the mind of the player as the moments pass. When a master studies the record of a game he can tell at what point greed overtook the pupil, when he became tired, when he fell into stupidity, and when the maid came by with the tea.”

-An anonymous Go player

To be successful in any important undertaking, you need a strategy, so why not include learning the world’s greatest strategic game in your resolutions for 2015?

Go, which originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, has been called a gift to the world from Chinese civilization. Go offers even novice players benefits in strategic thinking not available from other games, even chess. Principal among these are patience, judgment, and balance. As in life, moderation is essential for success, and greed is punished.

To encourage the Regent community to learn and play this great game, the Library has placed a new Go set on a table in the reference area. This set features large stones in traditional jujube wood bowls and a 9 x 9 board, the size used in China, Japan, and Korea to introduce the game to children and beginners.

For more information and recommendations for learning to play, contact Harold Henkel at

Book Discussion: Three stories by Alice Munro

Canadian author Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, has been called a twentieth century Jane Austen. Like Austen, Munro creates works to be read and re-read but which also generously reward first-time readers.

On Thursday, December 11, the Library Book Club will discuss three stories from Munro’s 2004 collection, Runaway: “Chance,” “Soon,” and “Silence.” The stories form a triptych and cover 40 years in the life of Juliet, a Classics scholar. Like an artist who communicates the essential qualities of a subject using only a pencil, Munro, in barely 100 pages, gives the reader a complete portrait of her character from age 21 through 60 using only a few critical episodes from her life.

Dr. Susannah Clements will lead the discussion, which will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. The Library has three copies of the book, and prices for used copies start at 1¢ on Amazon!

Distance students and faculty welcome!

Distance students and faculty can join the discussion live via Google Hangouts. Here is our permanent link for all Book Club events:

The first time you click on the link, Google will prompt you to install the Hangouts plug-in. Once that’s done, the same link will take you to the Book Club discussion each month.

For more information about the Library Book Club and future events, visit our webpage or contact Harold Henkel at

Festschrift Celebration for Dr. H. Vinson Synan

by Melody Diehl, Divinity Librarian

On Monday, December 1, the School of Divinity will host a Festschrift presentation to celebrate Dr. Vinson Synan’s 80th birthday and to honor his contributions to Pentecostal studies. Dr. Synan is one of the most significant scholars in the Pentecostal Renewal Movement. Over nearly fifty years of scholarship, he has authored more than fifteen books and taught at several colleges and universities. Dr. Synan has long been a part of Regent University, where he served as Dean of the School of Divinity and continues to teach courses as Dean Emeritus . Visit his Amazon author page for a complete listing of his books.

The event will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Library auditorium. We invite you to join us for this celebration as Drs. James Henderson and David Moore present a book written in Dr. Synan’s honor. To complement the event, Ellen Cox has created a display of books and photos from Dr. Synan’s distinguished career. It is located on the first floor to the right of the reference desk.

For more information, contact Kathy Schultz at 757-352-4419 or