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:

https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en

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 harohen@regent.edu.

Library launches Pinterest page

by Melody Diehl, Divinity Librarian

The Library is Pinning!

The Regent University Library is now showcasing the fun and beauty of the literary world through our photo-driven Pinterest page. Pinterest is a social media site that connects you with ideas, events, recipes, and more through visually stimulating images. The site has a simple layout, but is rich with content and connected to websites on every subject. Visit our Pinterest page and see our favorite places, cool book art, reading suggestions, and Library events.

As winter fast approaches, warm up with Louisa May Alcot’s Apple Slump from our literary foodie recipe board, get cozy by the fire with our Book Club titles, and satisfy all your Christmas shopping needs with our literary gift idea board. You can also learn about Virginia history or step into magnificent spaces from around the world.

When you click on the images, you will be whisked away to websites that provide full recipes, articles, and forums. We add pictures nearly every day, so “follow” us to see our latest posts immediately, and be sure to share your favorite posts on your own boards.

New Database: ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

Described as “a snapshot of America and its people,” The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the most comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Since its inception in 1878, it has been the most used statistical reference in U.S. libraries.

In 2013, ProQuest took over The Statistical Abstract when the U.S. Census Bureau ceased publication after 133 years. In the new online version, users can find the information they are looking for quickly in ProQuest’s familiar interface. Here is a quick overview of the database:

Researchers who used The Statistical Abstract online when it was hosted by the Census Bureau will find that ProQuest has improved the user-friendliness of the database and added a number of great features such as APA and MLA citations for each table. The Statistical Abstract is a core reference tool for business, government, and the social sciences and should be the go-to choice for any statistical inquiry about the United States.

To try out the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States, click here.

Last Day! Take the Library Survey and enter our Amazon gift card drawing.

Today (November 18) is the last day to take the 2014 Library Customer Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which takes only ten minutes to complete online, is the primary instrument we use to hear from our users and improve our services. By taking the survey, you can tell us what you like and what you would like to see changed at the Library.

This year, we have separate surveys for students, staff, and faculty. After completing the survey, all participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win an Amazon gift card. One $50 Amazon gift card will be awarded in both the staff and faculty categories, and in the student category, we will award one $100, $50, and $25 gift card for three lucky students. Your chances of winning are quite good with this drawing! More importantly, it is a chance for your voice to be heard. We read every response, and we act on them. Click here to begin the survey.

Read Pride and Prejudice with the Library Book Club

On Thursday, November 20 at 12:00, the Library Book Club will discuss Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s sunniest novel and the perfect introduction to the author considered by generations of devoted readers to be the greatest English novelist. Among other things, the work is a manual for successful courtship and is an indispensable guide for anyone wishing to know what to say and what not to say to one’s beloved, as this exchange demonstrates:

The discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Dr. Susannah Clements will lead our conversation of Austen’s comedy of manners, class, snobbery, courtship, and marriage. Whether you’re a confirmed Janeite or just wondering what novels about upper-class English society in the early nineteenth century could possibly teach you about life, this event is for you. Austen-appropriate refreshments will be served.

Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s free, easy-to-use videoconferencing software. Simply click here, and Google will take you directly to our discussion or prompt you first to add the Hangouts plug-in to your computer.

For more information about the Library Book Club, including the 2014-2015 schedule, see our webpage or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.