On the heels of a record setting wildfire season in California, forecasters are predicting a record setting season this year in Oregon.  The state is already facing drought conditions, and their wildfire season is expected to begin around June 1st.  Currently at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, there are 99 inches of snow.  While that may sound like a lot, they average around 43 FEET a year!

We have several newer materials in the library about wildfires.  Firestorm: How Wildfires Will Shape Our Future by Edward Struzik and Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame by Michael Kodas are two of them.  Megafire is also available as an eb00k if you rather read it on a device.

As always, if you have an questions, please Ask a Librarian for help.

Need Textbooks?

Did you know that you can check out many of the textbooks used on campus from the Library?  You can look textbooks up here by course number, course name, or you can try a keyword search.  Then take your student ID to the Library Circulation Desk and tell the person at the desk what you need.  Most textbooks check out for 3 hours at a time (some longer).  Be sure to get the book back on time so other students can use it too.

If you need help looking up your textbooks, or if you have any other questions, please be sure to Ask a Librarian.

De-stress Yourself

With finals in full swing, I’m sure many of you are feeling stressed out right now.  The library has many materials that can help you relax.

We have many books, ebooks, DVDs, and CDs on the topic of stress and stress management that are available for checkout.

Studies show that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve health.  Even though it’s cold outside, go take a walk in one of our many local forest preserves.  Here are some books on that topic.

We also have plenty of magazines, movies/TV shows, and fictional books available for checkout.   You can find our magazines in and near the coffee bar.  Our movies can be browsed virtually here or by going to the lower level of the library and looking for the call number PN1997.  One place to browse for fun books would be in our After Class Collection.  You can browse it virtually here, or you can find the collection in our library lounge (big open area of the library near the front doors).  Our graphic novels, comic books, and manga can be browsed here or by going to the call number PN67 in the lower level of the library.  I’m personally a fan of reading children’s books for fun.  You can search through them virtually here, or go to the lower level of the library and look for the call number PZ7.

Items checked out during finals week will be due back the first week of January.  You can always renew by calling or by logging into your library account and renewing them there.

As always, if you need help, you can always ask a librarian.


Board Game Fan?

Are you a fan of board games? If so, we have a new book in the library that’s perfect for you. It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan. It’s said to be a fun, absorbing read.  If you rather play a board game than read about them, we have a small collection of them available for check out.

Here is the publisher’s description of the book:

“Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification? In It’s All a Game, British journalist and renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.”

As always, if you ever have questions, please ask a librarian for help.

Leisure Time Reading and Viewing

Now that finals are over, you might have plenty of leisure time to fill.  The library has lots of fun materials available for checkout.  If you like comic books and graphic novels, the library has a plethora to choose from.  If you would prefer a more conventional book, check out our After Class Collection.  Would you rather watch a movie?  We’ve got you covered. Are you looking to binge a show?  We have those too.

As always, if you have questions, please Ask a Librarian.

A Graphic Guide to Student Research

If you enjoy reading graphic novels, and you need help understanding how to do proper student research, this is the perfect book for you. Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research was co-written by a librarian and a former college instructor.  Among others, there are chapters on how information is organized, searching library sources and the open web, and evaluating sources.  Here is an interview with both of the authors, and below is a short video about the making of the book.

As always, if you need assistance finding information, the librarians are available to help.