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Grandson of Inklings member Owen Barfield to visit Library

On Tuesday, August 26, Owen A. Barfield, the grandson of Owen Barfield (1898-1997) will visit the Library for a discussion about his grandfather’s work and thought. Owen Barfield was one of the twentieth century’s most original thinkers. A philosopher and poet, Barfield was a friend of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, both of whose works were influenced by his ideas. Owing to his friendship with Lewis from their student years and his long life, Barfield has been called “the first and last Inkling,” a reference to the informal literary circle of that name at Oxford.

Although Lewis credited Barfield with helping to turn him from atheism to belief in God, Barfield was not an orthodox believer and his writings were heavily influenced by anthroposophy, a spiritualistic school of philosophy founded by Rudolph Steiner. Barfield believed in evolution and saw reincarnation as an essential compensation for the inequalities created by the gradual development of humanity. Yet he considered himself a Christian and declared that taking communion constituted his “happiest hour.”*

“A Conversation with Owen A. Barfield” is being sponsored by the School of Divinity, School of Communication and the Arts, and the University Library. The event will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Library Gallery area. Mr. Barfield will be joined by Dr. Michael Elam, Dr. Micahel DiFuccia, and Dr. Bill Brown in a discussion about the role of imagination in life, the Inklings, and more. Following the program, please join us for fellowship, tea, and scones. A RSVP, while not required, is encouraged, and can be done on Facebook, Google+ or by an e-mail to Stephanie Lowell at steplow@regent.edu.

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*Paul R Waibel and M. Kari Daven, “Owen Barfield,” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013), Research Starters, EBSCOhost.

Post your favorite book for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

It’s not too late to enter the Library’s start-of-the-year drawing for a $30 Amazon gift card. Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Join our Facebook group or follow our Google+ page.
  2. Enter your favorite book in the comment section of the Amazon gift card post. (It’s at the top of the newsfeed.)

That’s all! Old members are also eligible to win. Just post your favorite book in the same location. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, August 26.

Library Book Club announces new schedule.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

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 kernel of aphoristic 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.

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 eighth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, four highly acclaimed contemporary works of literature, and one work of non-fiction. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

Library Book Club Schedule 2014 – 2015

Month Author Title Data & Time
September Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me, Ultima September 25 at 12:00
October Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger Jews and Words (with guest
moderator, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman)
October 30 at 1:00
November Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) November 20 at 12:00
December Alice Munro Runaway (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) December 11 at 12:00
January Patrick O’Brian Testimonies: A Novel (Dr. Eric
Patterson, discussion moderator)
January 29 at 12:00
February Leo Tolstoy Hadji Murat  February 26 at 12:00
March Marilynne Robinson Lila: A Novel (Dr. Michael
Palmer, discussion moderator)
March 26 at 12:00
April Haruki Murakami After the Quake: Stories  April 23 at 12:00
June Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (Dr. Peter
Fraser, discussion moderator)
June 25 at 12:00
July Louisa May Alcott Little Women (Dr. Susannah
Clements, discussion moderator)
July 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

Unless otherwise posted, Book Club meetings take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Check the events tab of our Facebook or Google+ page 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 may join our discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

For more information about the Book Club, see our website or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

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*David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, Accessed July 18, 2013, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/OA29Aa01.html (accessed July 18, 2014).

A reminder to new Regent alumni…

The Library faculty and staff offer our sincere congratulations to all new graduates of Regent University. We are honored to have played a role in your accomplishment, and would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Regent alumni have lifetime borrowing privileges at the Library. In addition, we are able to offer alumni access to sixteen online databases. So no matter where the future takes you, keep us in mind for your information needs.

To check out materials or use databases, please submit the online Alumni Registration Form. Processing may take up to five business days for verification and approval. For more information, please see the Services for Alumni page.

National Library Week events at Regent

by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library

“Freedom is found through the portals of our nation’s libraries.”
—David McCullough, American historian

Next week (April 13 – 19) is the 56th annual celebration of National Library Week, a yearly observance sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution libraries make in the cultural and civic life of our country.

To mark this special week, the Library has planned four events:

1. Monday: Student Appreciation Day
We love and appreciate our students! Join us for a fun day at the library—games, snacks, surprises, and a chance to win a bookstore or Ordinary gift certificate.

2. Monday – Thursday: NLW Essay & Video Contest Announcements
Regent students were invited to submit essays and videos on the 2014 National Library Week theme, “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Winning essays will be announced daily, followed by the winning video.

3. All Week: Share your Library Selfies and Shelfies
Library guests are invited to snap a library selfie telling their story about how libraries have changed their lives. Bubble signs are at the reference desk and we will snap your photo and send it to you. Alternatively, you may share your shelfies (selfies with book shelves) on our Facebook group page.

4. All Week: Faculty Recommends Posters
Six Regent faculty members share their favorite reading quotes, books, periodicals, music and movies, and Scripture verses. The posters are in the main Library Lobby and on bulletin boards throughout the campus.

To help us kick off our National Library Week festivities, Regent Student Services today released its latest question of the week video: “What book character would you be?”