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Dress Like A Time Traveler Day!

Dress Like A Time Traveler Day!

Did you know that there is a day devoted to dressing and acting like a time traveler? On Thursday, December 8th, dress like your favorite kind of time traveler, whether it’s literary, or from movies or TV. Sign up here, and then follow these three easy steps to join the chrononauts of the library!

  1. Pick your origin story.
    Ideas include:
    From a dystopian future
    Sent by magic
    From a utopian future (Star Trek)
    Doctor Who
    Victorian mad science

  2. Dress up.
    The costume bank will be open the afternoon of Wednesday, 12/7, from 3:30 to 4PM and Thursday morning at 7:30 AM to help you. It’s pretty easy to put together a costume from stuff you have at home though, so if you need any ideas, come see the librarians!

  3. Embrace the madness!
    Be amazed and confused by technology!
    Demand to be taken to the King.
    Ask people what the year is and yell “THERE’S STILL TIME!”

Make sure to stop by the library for a photo opportunity featuring everyone’s favorite blue police box!


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Bluefire 1000 Word Story Contest!

Bluefire 1000 Word Story Contest!

Bluefire, an annual literary journal published by the Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation, is now accepting entries into their $1000 for 1000 Words contest! Prizes are $1000 for first place and seven $100 prizes for runners up.

From their website:

“We’re looking for an outstanding piece of short fiction that consists of exactly 1000 words. While there are no specific guidelines beyond that, we encourage you to tell a story that matters. Write something you believe in. Tell a story that only you can tell.”

Check out the contest page and the rules to learn more!


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Ebooks on Break!

Ebooks on Break!

Don’t forget that we have ebooks over Thanksgiving break! With almost 2000 books to choose from, you’re sure to find something to read. The library also has Slate tablets to borrow to use as e-readers over the break.

If you’ve forgotten how to use Overdrive, here’s a handy dandy comic to get you started reading on your iPad or other device!

ebooks how to comic

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So head to Overdrive to get reading, or over to our ebooks page if you have more questions!

Happy break!

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Open Access Books at JSTOR

Open Access Books at JSTOR

JSTOR, one of the loves of our collective lives here at the library, is once again doing something neat.

From their announcement:

“We are pleased to announce a new program to make Open Access monographs available on the JSTOR platform. An initial set of titles is available from four outstanding publishers: University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, UCL Press, and Cornell University Press. We expect to add several hundred more Open Access titles over the next year […]

The ebooks, which reflect JSTOR’s high standards for quality content, are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Each ebook carries one of six Creative Commons licenses determined by the publisher. The titles are easy to use, with no DRM restrictions and no limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing. Users will not need to register or log in to JSTOR.”

The first set of books includes some amazing titles like:

“Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay”

“Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction”

“Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1600-1740”

“The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny”

and so many more. Check them out here!

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