Scraps of Knowledge – Annual Used Book Sale

The BSC Library is hosting its annual used book sale, beginning Monday, November 30.  Stop by to see what we have! 

The prices are definitely right:

  •         Hardcover books  – 50 cents
  •         Paperbacks, magazines, & posters – 25 cents
  •         Other items (special sets, videos, CDs, etc.) – Priced as marked

For more information, click on the link:  Scraps of Knowledge.  The sale ends on Friday, December 18, 2009.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The BSC Library will observe these hours during Thanksgiving week:

  • Monday, November 23 — 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 24 — 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 25 — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Thursday, November 26 — Closed
  • Friday, November 27 — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 28 — Closed
  • Sunday, November 29 — 3 to 7 p.m.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Art Reception – NDSU Visual Art Faculty Exhibition

NDSU Visual Art Faculty Exhibition

WHAT:   Art Reception
WHERE:  Gannon Gallery/BSC Library
WHEN:   TODAY  (Thursday, November 19, 2009),  4:30-7 p.m.

Join us this evening!  You will have an opportunity to meet Kent Kapplinger and Michael Strand from NDSU’s Visual Art Department, take in the fantastic artwork, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Faculty works include paintings, ceramics, drawings, photography, mixed media, and literature, which will be on display through November 20, 2009.

This event is free and open to all.

No More Smoke Signals – Free Showing of Film

BSC is a co-sponsor of a free showing of the documentary, “No More Smoke Signals,” at the Russell Reid Auditorium, North Dakota Heritage Center, on Friday, November 20, beginning at 6 p.m.  The film is set on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. 

The film by Swiss filmmaker Fanny Brauning won the Schweizer Filmpreis, the Zurcher Filmpreis, the Basler Filmpreis, and the Prix de Soleure. 


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“Strange Times, My Dear” – BookTalk at BSC 2010

BookTalk at BSC 2010 will focus on Iran.  With Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi as the Campus Read selection, Roxana Saberi visiting campus on April 20, 2010, and Iran being so much in the news, it seems appropriate to learn more about this country.

“Strange Times, My Dear”

The theme, “Strange Times, My Dear,” is inspired by Ahmad Shamlu’s poem, “In This Blind Alley,” which was written in response to the Islamic revolution.  Each stanza ends with the line, “Strange times, my dear.”

The Books & the Discussions

BookTalk discussions will be held at the BSC Library from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free and open to all.  The books can be borrowed from libraries or purchased from local booksellers.

Caspian Rain: a Novel by Gina B. Nahai                                                  Caspian rain     

Sunday, January 10, 2010 — Discussion leader: Arlene Gray

Caspian Rain received rave reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers WeeklyPublishers Weekly said, “… Nahai explores the struggles of an Iranian family in the tenuous decade before the Islamic revolution … a poignant tale of a ‘damaged family.'”

The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri      The Bathhouse                                                         

Sunday, February 7, 2010 — Discussion leader: Suzanne Kramer-Brenna

The Bathhouse won the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction and is based on interviews with Iranian women who were imprisoned in the early days of the Islamic revolution.  The story’s central character is a 17-year-old girl, arrested and imprisoned because of her brother’s involvement with leftist politics.  In a starred review, Booklist said, “Written with the simple authority of an oral deposition, packing the punch of All Quiet on the Western Front, this is a gripping, harrowing story of personal courage and endurance.”

Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country by Shirin Ebadi        Iran Awakening

Sunday, March 7, 2010 — Discussion leader: Dr. Daphne Ghorbani

This book is a memoir by Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.  Ebadi was a judge in Iran until the Islamic Revolution forced her demotion.  Unlike many of her contemporaries, Ebadi chose to stay in Iran and work from within for human rights in fundamentalist Iran.   

BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.