Book Discussion: The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare

The_Bronze_Bow_coverThe Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin, a young Jewish Zealot bent on revenging his father’s death by driving the Romans out of the land of Israel. Daniel’s hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the teaching of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. The Bronze Bow, which won the Newberry Medal in 1962, is a moving work for young and adult readers alike.

On Friday, July 28 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room, The Library Book Club will discuss this widely-admired Christian novel. Younger readers are especially welcome to join our discussion! The Library has several copies of the book available for checkout.

For more information, contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

New Librarian for Undergraduate Research Instruction

Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.)

Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.)

The Library is happy to announce the appointment of our new librarian for undergraduate research instruction. Vivian Washington holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and has more than ten years of experience teaching information literacy in both public and academic libraries. In addition to her MLIS, Vivian holds a BA in History from James Madison University and a MA in Elementary Education from Hampton University.

Besides her responsibilities at Regent, Vivian also continues to serve as the branch manager of the South Norfolk Memorial Library in the Chesapeake Public Library System. Her principal research interests include libraries, information literacy and learning, and college and career success. Vivian writes that her interest in the new librarian position at Regent was a desire to work again in an academic community and to teach information literacy to the next generation of Christian leaders. “My passion is learning and helping others understand how to learn. I feel this is the most significant 21st century skill set to acquire.”

In her testament of faith Vivian writes, “I was reared to reverence and heed the Word of God. Romans 1:16 best describes my position of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My home church of Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk is where I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Under the stewardship of the late Dr. John H. Foster, I grew in faith and later served and fellowshipped at churches, both here in Virginia and in California. I am currently a member of First Baptist Church South Hill, where Rev. Michael R. Toliver is the Senior Pastor.”

The librarians are happy to welcome Vivian as a new colleague and are excited about the experience and enthusiasm she brings to her new post.

Summer Reading at the Library

JaneEyreOne of the ironies of academic life is how challenging it can be to find time to read for pleasure. If you have been meaning to set aside those peer-reviewed journal articles for a few minutes per day to read something just for enjoyment, the Library Book Club invites you to join us this summer for two beloved classics for adults and younger readers.

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, has been “teaching true strength of character for generations” (The Guardian). One of the greatest of all bildungsromane, Jane Eyre has taught life lessons to generations of readers through its story of a young woman’s quest for freedom.

The_Bronze_Bow_coverThe Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin, a young man bent on revenging his father’s death by driving the Romans out of the land of Israel. Daniel’s hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the teaching of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.

Our Jane Eyre discussion will take place on June 30 and The Bronze Bow discussion on July 28. Both meetings will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. We are especially eager to have younger readers participate, so please pass the word to middle and high school students in your acquaintance. As always, distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For more information about these events, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Congratulations Class of 2017!

by Melody Diehl Detar, Divinity Librarian

At the Regent University Library, we consider it a blessing to play a part in our students’ academic experience. Graduation is an exciting time to witness Regent’s students receive recognition for years of effort and set goals beyond the physical and digital campuses. We hope that our graduates feel prepared to meet every challenge on the path that God has planned for them. As they shift into a new relationship as alumni, we want to remain partners in the path of lifelong learning.

We invite alumni to visit the Alumni Resources and Services page to learn about their options for borrowing books, accessing databases, and finding resources outside of the Regent Library. We will always remain at your service for questions and research assistance, including through our new 24/7 chat service. We also welcome everyone, near and far, to the Library Book Club. So keep reading, keep learning, and stay in touch!

Much love,

The Regent University Librarians and Library Staff

Book Discussion with Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman

Yehuda_Amichai_2.inddYehuda Amichai (1924-2000) wrote in colloquial Hebrew and is widely regarded as the finest poet of modern Israel. Many of Amichai’s poems are remarkably accessible, vivid in their evocation of landscape and historical predicament. He also created some of the most moving love poems written in any language in the past two generations: some exuberant, some erotic, and some suffused with sadness over separation.

Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman has selected eight poems for our conversation from the 2015 collection edited by Robert Alter. For your own free copy of the poems, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

The discussion will be held on Friday, April 21 at 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

Over the years, Rabbi Zoberman’s annual spring visit has become an anticipated event at the Library. He is a scholar, teacher, and raconteur about Israel, history, and literature. This year, you need read only eight poems to qualify as prepared, so don’t miss this cultural opportunity!