Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Congratulations to the Winners of the Book Collector's Contest!

Clockwise from top-left: Albert Mann, Abby Miller, Elise Stewart, Diana Hamlin

Congratulations go out to all of the winners of the recent Undergraduate Book Collector's Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Rosemont College Library. The winners, with comments from the selection committee, are as follows:
1st Prize:          ELISE STEWART for her presentation and collection of books by various authors that were affected by World War II. As she stated in her essay, “Nothing is so painful and life altering as the truth of someone’s circumstances. And yet the character that forms from everyday life circumstances is so precious. It is with a memorable past that one can learn the true essence of being.”

                        Her chosen books highlighted the struggle of many World Was II victims of the Holocaust – individuals, the youth in Hungary, Jewish cultures transferred to America. To quote Elise again, “...These books profoundly outline the differences between cultures and the importance of tolerance...[they] emphasize the importance of history and living as an individual.”

2nd Prize:        ABBY MILLER for her varied collection of books directed towards creating a visual reference library that will support her goal as a visual artist and art teacher of adults interested in folk art. Topics covered: a Book of Symbols, Ukrainian decorative eggs, African Sculptures, works by Haitian, Russian, Japanese, & Spanish artists. Abby’s students are in for a treat and she has, most certainly, a good start toward her goal of having a reading room in her home.

Honorable Mentions:
                        ALBERT MANN tells us that his book collection usually falls under the genres of fantasy, science fiction or both. Several years ago he became caught up in the book world of Japanese Manga, where art and words are merged to create a unique medium, similar to the English genre of graphic novels. From then on he methodically collected the entire twelve book series known as Death Note. As Albert describes it, he finds a “deep and compelling story by using powerful themes and strong images that relate to morality and the nature of good and evil, culminating into one of the best cat and mouse detective tales.”

                        DIANA HAMLIN's book collection revolves around the mystical and magical world of strong female characters. As put forth by Diana, she has three books that were "inspired by or reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland." There are twists and turns as characters go through a magical world of fun and games. Diana was also introduced to a book series by Tamora Pierce a few years ago when she found herself caught up by the mystical adventures of Ally, age 16, whose mother is a female knight and her father is a spymaster in the realm of Torall.
Thanks to all of the participants for sharing your collections with us!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Library Hours Extended During Finals

As the end of the year approaches, Kistler Memorial Library is expanding its hours to give you extra time to study or finish up your papers. During the Undergraduate College's final exam period, the Library will be open as follows:

Thursday, December 8: 8:30 AM - Midnight
Friday, December 9: 8:30 AM - Midnight
Saturday, December 10: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 11: 1:00 PM - Midnight
Monday, December 12: 8:30 AM - Midnight

Beginning on Tuesday, December 13, the Library will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. We will be open on Saturday, December 17, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and closed on Sunday, December 18.

So stop in for a quiet place to work, and don't forget to visit Eleanor's Cafe for that hot cup of coffee to keep you going!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Don't Throw Away Your Used Textbooks! We Want Them!

Kistler Memorial Library is sponsoring a textbook collection campaign that will run until the end of the semester to benefit the non-profit Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia. They are looking for used textbooks to to benefit financially under-served 7th-12th grade students in the Philadelphia area. Breakthrough's goal is to make high school graduation a reality for those students and help them to attend college, as well.

There is a donation box in the Information Commons in the Library for you to drop off used textbooks and class materials. Breakthrough will accept any textbooks that are less than ten years old. This opportunity is an easy way to help an organization that enriches the Philadelphia community. Your old textbooks could make a huge difference in the school career of a promising student. Please do what you can. Thanks!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Book Sale

Looking for something to read during your break?
Need to do some holiday shopping? 
Come to the Library for our Holiday Book Sale!

Art, history, romance, mystery, fantasy, adventure, and more!
Paperbacks: $.50 each or 3 for $1.00
 Hardbacks: $1.00 each or 3 for $2.00
Purchase 5 books to be entered in a drawing for a
$25 Amazon Gift Card!

Thursday, December 8 - Sunday, December 11, 2011