Short story discussion: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami, one of Japan’s most acclaimed living writers, was born in 1949 in Kyoto, the son of a Buddhist priest. In 1978 Murakami was watching a baseball game between the Yakult Swallows and the Hiroshima Carp when Dave Hilton, an American, came to bat. The instant Hilton hit a double, Murakami suddenly realized his life’s vocation. He went home and began writing that night.

“The six stories in After the Quake are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.”*

Haruki Murakami

The Library Book Club will meet on April 23 to discuss After the Quake. The Library has several copies available for check out, and an excerpt of the first one, “ufo in Kushiro” is available on the author’s website.

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts:
For more information about this or other literature events at the Library, see the Library Book Club webpage, or contact Harold Henkel at

*Biographical and book information are taken from Haruki Murakami’s official website:

Student Appreciation for the Library

“If we were going to become a great university…the Library [would be] the absolute core and heart of this institution.” -Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, 2006

“If we were going to become a great university…the Library [would be] the absolute core and heart of this institution.” -Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, 2006

Since 1958, the American Library Association has designated one week in April to recognize the contributions libraries make to our country. From the point of view of the Library faculty and staff, one of the blessings of working at Regent is the appreciation and thanks we so often receive from our students.

While we normally use this space to address our patrons’ concerns and requests, since National Library Week ends on Saturday, we would like to post a few of the kind words received from students on the Customer Satisfaction Survey last fall:


A Place to Study

  • “The environment provided in the Library is very conducive to productivity, and all of its resources are stellar.”
  • “I have a busy lifestyle and enjoy the fact that I am able to get my school work done at the Library in a quiet and calm environment.”
  • “Whenever I had some time to kill and I was in the area, I always came to the Library because it was a great place to get work done.”

A Place to Research

  • “I think the resources that the Library offers are relevant to my areas of study. The interlibrary resources have been extremely valuable. Even if the article of interest is not available immediately in the database, the Library staff has been able to respond to my needs”
  • “The whole database thing was super confusing until one of my professors had a librarian come into class and explain how to navigate the Library website.”
  • “I most often use the databases online, and I really appreciate the access that it gives me to some really wonderful resources.”
  • “The Library is by far one of my favorite spots on campus. The librarians are easy to work with and extremely helpful. The selection of books is beyond satisfactory.”
  • “I’m completely satisfied with Library resources, which appear to expand all the time!”
The Library provides resources and services that support Regent's mission.

The Library provides resources and services that support Regent’s mission.

A Place to Feel Welcome

  • “Overall, the Library building and people in there have been amazing to me. There was great quality, connection, service, and guidance during my time at Regent.”
  • “I was a commuter my first two years at Regent so the Library was my home away from home! I spent so much of my downtime there. So many memories were made on the first floor of the Library studying and hanging out with my friends. It is honestly my favorite building at Regent!”
  • “I appreciate that the Library staff share God’s love and kindness as they serve the students and staff. I believe they are a huge asset to Regent University, and I am thankful for the assistance I have received from them.”

Would it be possible to…?

The Library’s goal is always to maintain a caring atmosphere with spaces that support intensive study and research, literary and cultural events, leisure reading, and even quiet socializing. In order to accomplish this, we are dependent on feedback from our users, some of whom are quite creative in their suggestions:

  • “I generally use the Library as a quiet place to study, so I am for anything that preserves or enhances that atmosphere. This might sound weird, but an indoor fountain would be really nice, to get that soothing sound of running water. Just a thought!”
  • “Anything to make the 3rd floor more like an 18th century Oxford common room would be cool.”

All we have to say to great suggestions such as these is “Amen, and keep them coming!”

National Library Week Events at Regent

This week (April 12 – 18) marks the 57th 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 to the cultural and civic life of our country. The official theme this year is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

Kickoff & Book Art Awards

On April 13, the Library kicked off National Library Week celebrations at Regent by announcing the winners of the Book Art Contest. Forty-seven (47) students submitted artworks made out of obsolete books that would otherwise have been recycled. The three winners of this year’s contest are:

The contest is not over!
Stop by the Library Gallery by Friday, and cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be announced next week. The artist whose work receives the most votes will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Faculty Book Talks on Thursday

On Thursday at 2:00 in the Library auditorium, five members of the Regent faculty will discuss their new books:

Regent faculty authors will personally inscribe your copy of their book.

Regent faculty authors will personally inscribe your copy of their book.


Refreshments and a book signing will conclude this event.




Faculty Recommends Posters

The Library continued its National Library Week tradition of offering reading and research recommendations from Regent Faculty. This year six faculty members offer their selections:

  • L. O. Natt Gantt (School of Law)
  • Dr. Patricia Lutz (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Dr. Ionut Popescu (Robertson School of Government)
  • Dr. Timothy Redmer (School of Business & Leadership)
  • Dr. Marjorie Peters (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Dr. Marcus Pfeiffer (School of Communications)

The poster series is located in the Library Lobby.

Books for Needy Children

All this week, the Library is collecting children’s books for Hope Haven Children’s Home & Union Mission. Please consider donating new or gently used children’s books to children from troubled families. Collection boxes are located in the Library and Student Center.

What is Special Collections?

What is Special Collections? (And why is it locked up?)

by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian

In 2013, Special Collections hosted the Living Word exhibition of ancient Biblical manuscripts.

In 2013, Special Collections hosted the Living Word exhibition of ancient Biblical manuscripts.

The University Library’s Special Collections & Archives are a treasure trove of unique primary source materials and artifacts. Researchers have travelled from all over the United States and Great Britain to unlock the secrets of our vault.

Although the Library’s Special Collections is becoming an important destination for 20th Century Christian history research, the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey suggests that most students are unaware of Special Collections. Here are two of the comments we received:

  • “I have not used this service.”
  • “What is Special Collections? Isn’t that the area that’s always closed off and unavailable?”
The Greek amphora in Special Collections has been dated approximately to the time of Christ.

The Greek amphora in Special Collections has been dated approximately to the time of Christ.

So what exactly is in there? Just a few of the highlights include the John Wimber Collection, the Rev. Dennis J. Bennett Papers, and the William Standish Reed, M.D., Collection. All three of these men were important leaders in the Charismatic / Renewal Movements of the mid-to-late 20th Century. The archives contain memorabilia and documents chronicling the history of CBN and Regent University. Some of the other notable artifacts include a collection of early English printed Bibles and a 2,000-year-old Greek amphora.

Items from Special Collections & Archives show up in search results from the Library’s catalog and One Search. Since these materials are rare, unique, and often priceless, they are locked away to protect them from thieves (sticky-fingered scholars included), as well as the damaging effects of light, humidity, and other environmental hazards.

If you would like to conduct research in Special Collections or simply want to view some of the treasures housed there, contact a member of the Special Collections staff. For more information about this service, including an introductory video, policies, and contact information, see our Special Collections webpages.

Book Art Contest at the Library

ALA_NLW2015_375x474National Library Week is April 12-18, and this year the theme is Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library ®. As part of our celebration of this joyous observance, the Library is coordinating a Book Art Contest for the most creative use of discarded books from the Library collection.

A Contest for Destroying Books?!
Libraries regularly weed books because they have been replaced by newer editions, have been damaged beyond repair, or because they no longer support the research or enrichment needs of the community. We are currently discarding a large number of bound periodicals that our experience indicates we will be unable to sell or donate to another organization. Rather than recycle them, we are inviting the Regent and CBN communities to give them new life as works of art.

Rules & Eligibility
Basically, the only rules are that your creation must include old Library books be received by 3:00 pm on April 8, 2015. Members of the Regent and CBN communities may participate individually or as a group. For a complete list of rules, fine print, as well as an entry form, see our official contest rules page.

The possibilities are endless, and it’s not as hard as you think. There are a number of excellent tutorials on YouTube, such as this one:

Winner info!
All entries will be judged by a blind jury, and the winners will be announced on April 13th at 3:00 pm in the Library Gallery at our National Library Week kickoff.
Prizes for the winners will be: 1st place: $150, 2nd place: $100, and 3rd place: $50. During National Library Week, visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for a “People’s Choice Award,” the winner of which will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

For more information, please see our book art contest webpages or contact Stephanie Lowell at