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10 New Year’s Resolutions that the Library can help you keep!

mouseby Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

Happy New Year from the Regent University Library! The New Year is a great time to reflect on the year that has past and think boldly about the year ahead. Many choose to set resolutions, and the folks at the Regent Library want you to know that we support you. Below are ten of the most widely selected resolutions with suggestions on how the Regent Library can help you keep them.

  1. Learn another language – It’s never too late to learn a new language, and we have an incredible program to help! Mango Languages is an interactive learning program that you can use on your computer or mobile device, free of charge through the Library! Choose from over 70 languages and learn as you go about your day.
  2. Get better grades – The Library exists to help students achieve their learning objectives, so we can help with this in so many ways! One of the newest ways is through our new discovery resource, Summon, which is a search tool that looks through thousands of books, ebooks, journal articles, streaming films and more! Summon can bring to your attention articles, books, and other resources that you might not have thought about. Click here for a quick overview of Summon as well as a link to this great new research tool.
  3. Cultivate new hobbies – If you would like to pick up a new hobby, allow us to suggest the strategic game of Go. We have a brief introduction to Go in our blog archives, so arm yourself with a little knowledge, and head over to the Library to play with friends and librarians on the beautiful game board.
  4. Connect with friends – We are online, and your friends probably are too! We would love to connect with you through our social media sites, including Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr. And don’t forget about our blog.
  5. Read more – This would seem like an obvious goal that a library can help you achieve. However, we can enrich your reading experience and help keep you on track through the Library Book Club! Stretch yourself to read and discuss high quality literature. You can even join the discussion remotely through Google Hangouts. Right now we are reading Silence – Don’t see the movie before you read the book!
  6. Exercise – Exercise your arms by checking out an arm load of books (we’ll even ship them to distance students)! Then exercise your mind by reading them. Or exercise both your body and mind by reading while walking or biking, preferably on a machine rather than on the road.
  7. Pray more – In addition to providing quality research materials, the Regent Library offers a variety of spiritual devotionals to help you through prayer and biblical studies. Next time you are exploring the Library collection, do not forget to look up books that will enhance your spiritual life.
  8. Travel – If your goal is to see the world, let us help you discover and learn about the places you wish to see. You can also learn how to take amazing photos, or learn about ways to prevent travel risks.
  9. Save money – Buy fewer books by borrowing them from the Library! The InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service expands your options beyond what the Regent Library owns by enabling you to access books and articles from other libraries. Learn more about ILL on our YouTube page.
  10. Make new friends – We love our students! Contact a librarian to talk about books, play Go, or just figure out how to do your next research paper.
    1. We are eager to help you succeed – as a student, as a professional, and as the unique person you are. Do not hesitate to contact our friendly librarians for help this semester.

Book Discussion: Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

efAt only 100 pages (Penguin edition), Ethan Frome may be the shortest masterpiece in American literature.

Edith Wharton’s tale of forbidden emotions is set on a New England farm in the first decade of the twentieth century. Ethan Frome works and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his suspicious and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a “hired girl,” Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and the dream of happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction’s most intense narratives, Wharton moves the ill-starred characters toward their tragic destinies.

On Friday, December 9, professor of literature and film Pete Fraser will moderate a discussion of Ethan Frome. The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. We will also view a clip from the 1993 film adaptation starring Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, and Joan Allen. The Library has multiple print and electronic copies of the book.

Distance students and faculty are invited to us via Google Hangouts.

For a complete schedule of 2016-2017 book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.

Book Discussion: The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks

SecretChordGeraldine Brooks is one of the great living writers of historical fiction. Having published acclaimed novels set during the 1666 plague in England, the American Civil War, and Puritan Massachusetts, Brooks’ latest work takes on the daunting challenge of bringing the United Monarchy of King David to life.

Expanding on the spare Biblical narrative, The Secret Chord traces the arc of David’s journey from shepherd to soldier, from hero to betrayer, from beloved king to murderous despot, and into his remorseful old age. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his old age.

The Library owns four copies of The Secret Chord. The book is also widely available from public libraries in print and audio form. Our discussion of will take place on Tuesday, September 27 at 12:00pm in the Library Conference Room. A Biblical snack will be served.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Google Hangouts. For a complete schedule of 2016-2017 book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.

New Discovery Tool: Summon

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Summon® gives you the power to search nearly all of the Library’s print and online resources at once, including items such as:

Library Book Club Reading Schedule 2016-2017

Read literature, and argue the great questions of life with the likes of Leo Tolstoy.

One of the most famous openings in literature is the beginning of Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Because Tolstoy is one the supreme writers of all time, readers have tended to accept his claim about families as a piece of incontrovertible wisdom. Reader and essayist David P. Goldman, however, argues that Tolstoy got it exactly backwards: “…unhappy families are all unhappy in the same way. It is happy families that are different, because every child is radically unique, such that raising children is the one human activity that is sure to surprise.”*

Goldman’s riposte to Tolstoy brings to mind three reasons on why it is essential that we read literature throughout our lives:

  1. To gain new perspectives, to see the world through other people’s eyes.
  2. To “converse” with the great authors through engagement with their works.
  3. To understand ourselves better.
    1. The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique pleasure of reading and discussing books. For our tenth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, one acclaimed historical novel about the life of King David, a selection of modern Hebrew poems (our first foray into poetry), a history monograph, and a contemporary memoir. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

      Library Book Club Schedule 2016 – 2017

      Month

      Author

      Title

      Date & Time

      September

      Geraldine Brooks

      The Secret Chord

      Sept 27 at 12:00

      October

      John Allembillah Azumah

      The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa (Dr. Joseph N. Kickasola, discussion moderator)

      Oct 28 at 12:00

      December

      Edith Wharton

      Ethan Frome

      Dec 9 at 12:00

      January

      Shusaku Endo

      Silence

      Jan 31 at 12:00

      February

      Ta-Nehisi Coates

      Between the World and Me

      Feb 27 at 12:00

      March

      John Bunyan

      The Pilgrim’s Progress

      Mar 31 at 12:00

      April

      Yehuda Amichai

      The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman, discussion moderator)

      Apr 21 at 1:00

      June

      Charlotte Brontë

      Jane Eyre

      June 30 at 12:00

      July

      Elizabeth George Speare

      The Bronze Bow

      July 28 at 12:00

      Time & Location

      Book Club meetings usually take place at noon during the final week of each month in the Library Conference Room. The day of the week depends on the availability and preference of readers. To request a day, send an e-mail message to Harold Henkel (harohen@regent.edu). Check the events tab on the Library Facebook Group for confirmed dates and times. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

      Distance students and faculty welcome

      Distance students and faculty are invited to join discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events: https:plus.google.comhangouts_eventc0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

      For more information about the Book Club, see our website or contact Harold Henkel.

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      *David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, http:www.atimes.comatimesFront_PageOA29Aa01.html.