Matterhorn – BookTalk at BSC

MatterhornVietnam: War Stories – BookTalk at BSC 2016

BookTalk at BSC, the Library’s annual book discussion series, continues with a discussion of Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes on Sunday, February 7.  Dr. Perry Hornbacher, Professor of History, will lead the discussion in LEA Hall, Room 204, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Matterhorn is an epic war novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. Set during the winter monsoon of 1968-69, it recounts the experiences of a Marine lieutenant and his company, who are dropped as boys into the mountain jungle and forced to fight their way to manhood.  It is a story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice.  

Whether you’ve read the book or not, finished it or not, join us.  BookTalk discussions are interesting, fun, free, and open to all.  Bring a friend … or two!

You will be home in plenty of time for the Super Bowl.

For more information, check out this guide.  BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.

The Joy of Books

You can’t do this with an ebook …

eBook of the Week


“… people are spectacularly bad at doing things quickly and efficiently. Best laid plans go up in smoke. Teams often work at cross purposes to each other.  And when the pressure rises, unhappiness soars.” 

Author Jeff Sutherland, inventor and co-creater of Scrum, challenges these “dysfunctional realities” with a “system of deep accountability, team interaction, and constant iterative improvement …” 

This book “may just help you achieve what others consider unachievable – whether it be inventing a trailblazing technology, devising a new system of education, pioneering a way to feed the hungry, or … building a foundation for your family to thrive and prosper.” — From publisher’s description

Doing twice the work in half the time? Sign me up!

Check it out! eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

2016 Newbery & Caldecott Medal Award Winners Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced the Caldecott and Newbery Award winners at its Midwinter meeting in Boston.

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature was awarded to:

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. The book is illustrated by Christian Robinson Last Stopand published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

Three Newbery Honor Books were also named:

  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Finding WinnieThe Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to:

Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick, and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Four Caldecott Honor Books were also named:

  • Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews
  • Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña

The BSC Library will soon have copies of all of these books in the Children’s Collection.

BSC Library Open for Business

Dr. Martin Luther King, JrAfter yesterday’s lockdown, we are grateful that things turned out the way they did in the Library and on our campus.  The tables and chairs are back in place and we are open for business! Stop by & get the reading material you need for the upcoming holiday weekend.

The Library will observe these hours for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday weekend:

  • Saturday, January 16 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, January 17 — CLOSED
  • Monday, January 18 — CLOSED

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19, when the Library opens at 7:30 a.m.

Enjoy the holiday!

BookTalk at BSC 2016


eBook of the Week

At BSC, we’re in the business of education.  Teaching and learning are our bread & butter.  But how does learning happen?  How do we remember what we learn?  Is there a best place or way to study?  If you’re interested in learning about learning, this book is for you.

How we learnHow We Learn: the Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey

“In How We Learn, award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming … The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense. It is something else altogether, sensitive to mood, to timing, to circadian rhythms, as well as to location and environment. It doesn’t take orders well, to put it mildly. If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one. In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage.” — Publisher description

Check it out!  eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)




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