Books on Shelves

Interestingly, the UK newspaper, The Guardian, has an article out discussing a poll that says the book someone is reading (and the books on their shelves) impress potential significant others. While the poll is not scientific by any means, the results are interesting.  Not only are bookshelves great places to find similarities and differences between people trying to learn more about each other, but also great places to start conversations. 

With the release of Amazon’s Kindle 2 and its Kindle app for the iPhone, the media has recently been praising electronic books, but as the guys from the popular (but not always work-appropriate) web-comic Penny Arcade point out, we shouldn’t necessarily forget ‘old technology’. 

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Penny Arcade - Progress
Penny Arcade - Progress
Though I highly doubt electronic books will wholly replace the tactile experience of a real book any time soon, as technology advances, will the print book survive? And if it does not, how will that impact the way we communicate and find common ground (especially on first dates)?

In celebration of American Indian Heritage Month

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of N.Y.  Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday. In 1990 President George Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”   For more information regarding the history and culture of the American Indian visit this website: http://www.martinsfoods.com/shareddev/sharedcontent/SP/AIHM08/index.cfm

Behind every movie is a great story

It is amazing how many popular movies start out as books.  The display at the downtown campus highlights the books and their cinematic versions that are owned by J. Sargeant Reynolds downtown library.  A list of movies based on books is the background for the display.  Please stop by any of the JSRCC libraries to rent either the book or the movie or maybe even both!  See if you can spot the differences between the original story and the movie.

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