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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?”

Essay & Video Contests deadline extended!

Libraries are where it all begins.
-Rita Dove, United States Poet Laureate, 1993-1995

National Library Week will be celebrated from April 13 to April 19, and the nationwide theme for 2014 is “Lives change @ your library.” This year, our most important observance will be essay and video contests open to all current Regent students. Simply tell us, in words or video, how libraries change lives, and you may win a cash prize*:

  • 1st place video and essay: $150 each
  • 2nd place video and essay: $75 each
  • 3rd place video and essay: $50 each

Entries may take the form of history, biography, stream-of-consciousness, rhythmic montage, etc.—unleash your creativity—as long as they conform to our judging criteria:

Essays: Must be no longer than 500 words and submitted via our contest webform by midnight on April 6, 2014. Essays will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the theme “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
  • Creativity
  • Writing quality

Videos: Must be no longer than 3 minutes, posted on YouTube and the link submitted via our contest webform by midnight on April 6, 2014. Videos will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the theme “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
  • Creativity
  • Production quality

All winners will be announced during National Library Week and posted on the Library website. The 1st place entries will be posted on the Library blog and YouTube channel.

Please direct questions about the contests to Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu or 757-352-4198.

*If participants are Regent employees (such as GAs), prize money will be in their paycheck and subject to tax withholding.

Library now on Twitter

TweetThe Library’s Facebook and Google+ editors enjoy sharing enriching or humorous anecdotes about libraries and books, but we also realize that some of our subscribers would appreciate a place to get “just the facts.” By following us on Twitter, you will receive tweets on important information regarding the Library—e.g. exam hours, weather-related closings, special events times—with none of the fun stuff that we post on our other social media sites.

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