Spooktacular Reading

Looking for a little of the paranormal, mysterious, or haunting to get you in the Halloween mood and give you a break from your end-of-term projects? Check out one of these spooktacular reads from the Leisure Reading section:

Doctor Sleep or Joyland by Stephen King

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloane

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters and Jane Austen

Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and Tree of Life, a trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

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ITS Tech Fair

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The ITS Dept. at Augustana College is excited to host a Technology Fair on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 10 AM-2 PM. It will be held in the Gävle room in the Center for Student Life (CSL)

Come check out the latest tech products and services in a fun, festive environment! You’ll even have a chance to set up an account to library resources like Lynda.com and the Rosetta Stone. See you there!

 

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Come to Special Collections’ Open (Haunted) House!

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600-year-old books made entirely from dead animals? A science book written by a spirit from beyond the grave? Ghosts, tricks, and treats that still haunt Augustana’s campus? MURDER?

All this and more can be found at Special Collections’ Halloween Open House! October is American Archives Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing some of our most terrifying and mysterious holdings with you. We’ll have lots of spooky items on display, and you may even meet some ghostly characters from Augustana’s past. Be sure to fill up on cookies and candy while you’re there!

If you can’t make the open house, stop by anytime during our open hours this month to check out our Halloween exhibit, on display in Special Collections until October 31st.

Details about the event are below. We hope to see you there… if you dare!

Special Collections Halloween Open House
Thursday, October 30th
4:30-6:00 p.m. (drop in when you can)
Special Collections Reading Room
Thomas Tredway Library, 1st Floor

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Read with us! Big Little Lies is the first book the Tredway’s student discussion group will read this year.

The meeting to discuss  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty will be held during week 1 of winter term, time and date to be announced soon. Read the book over fall break and then come to discuss with other students! If you don’t have a copy, ask a librarian to help you order it through Interlibrary Loan or I-Share. Contact Kelsey West or Katrina Friedrich for more information.

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Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.   New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
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Take off with a new language

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Do you want to learn a new language? Are you preparing to go on study abroad? Have you ever wanted to try the Rosetta Stone? This is your chance!

The library has a subscription to the Rosetta Stone, a highly regarded immersive language learning system. What makes the Rosetta Stone unique is that there’s no English translation. Instead, it is designed to mimic the way that we learn our first language. Using the Rosetta Stone is a fun, interactive experience that helps you learn quickly. And there are over 30 languages from which to choose!

You can choose a particular track that best suits your needs. For example, if reading signs is important to you, choose the “Reading” track. If you are more interested in verbal communication, choose the “Speaking and Listening” track.

To get started, simply visit the library’s “A-Z” database page and click on “R” to jump down to the Rosetta Stone. You’ll be prompted to set up an account for yourself so that you can track your progress.

If you have any questions, please contact AmandaMakula@augustana.edu

Have fun and happy learning!

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Banish those research blues

Research block?  We've got a cure for that!

Research block? We’ve got a cure for that!

We know that it can be stressful when you are faced with papers due by the end of term.  If you’ve got research block, the librarians are here to help!

If you have a research question, you may:

  • talk to us in person at the 2nd floor research desk (near the library elevator),
  • schedule an in depth research appointment (http://www.augustana.edu/x39394.xml),
  • text a librarian (309-517-0077),
  • reach us by phone (309-794-7206), or
  • email us (libraryinfo@augustana.edu).
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River Readings: Todd Davis

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Award-winning poet Todd Davis will present a reading from his work on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 PM in the Wilson Center. Hope to see you there!

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