National Library Symbols

The original National Library Symbol was adopted by ALA (American Library Association) in 1982.  

Now, a second symbol has been added to go along with (but not replace) the traditional symbol.  The new symbol is a modernized version that reflects the use of technology in libraries. 

Whether you get your information in a printed format or via your computer, libraries are the place to go!

Do you know about Delicious?

“Delicious is a Social Bookmarking service, which means you can save all your bookmarks online, share them with other people, and see what other people are bookmarking.”

The BSC Library uses Delicious to bookmark great sites.  The bookmarks are organized into subject bundles and tagged to help you zero in on topics of interest. 

To see and use BSC Library’s bookmarks , click on the link on the right-hand side of this screen.  Enjoy!

To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50; Dracula Turns 113

You probably know that To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee turned 50 this year.  Did you also know that Dracula turned 113? 

Written by Irish author Bram Stoker, Dracula was first published in hardcover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co.  It was not an immediate bestseller even though reviewers gave it high praise.  Now it is a classic.

Most of us know the basic Dracula story from all the vampire literature and movie adaptations it spawned, but how many have read the original book?  I didn’t read it until last year and am glad I finally did.  I loved it!  

Even though we have a couple of copies of Dracula in the library as well as a downloadable eAudiobook, I chose to read it in daily installments delivered to my email account via  If you haven’t tried DailyLit, check it out!  I also read The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes that way.    

If you are into all things vampire, the BSC Library has related titles such as The Annotated Dracula, Dracula: the Vampire Play, Dracula’s Brood, In Search of Dracula, The Man Who Wrote Dracula, Nosferatu (VHS format), the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, and more.  Check them out!

Finally, Bram Stoker’s grandson is following in his grandfather’s footsteps.  Dacre Stoker wrote Dracula: the Undead as a sequel to the classic tale.  It got great reviews and we have it at the BSC Library (PS 3619 .T645 D73 2009).   I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list!

— Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services 

Bookless Libraries?

Bookless libraries?  Can you imagine? 

Yes!  In the digital age, more and more bookless libraries will appear.  At  the BSC Library, we still purchase traditional printed books, but we are also investing in eBooks and other eResources more than ever before. 

Want to know more?  Listen to (or read!) this story about Stanford’s Bookless Engineering Library from NPR.

Fargo Native Pens Promising Debut Novel

Vestments ($25, 304 p., hardcover) by Fargo native John Reimringer was highlighted in the June 28, 2010, issue of Publishers Weekly as one of “10 promising debut novels.” 

Reimringer now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lists Hemingway, Cheever, Flannery O’Connor, John McGahern, and Andre Dubus as his favorite authors. 

Publisher Daniel Slager says, “Unpretentious and yet profoundly eloquent, Vestments is the kind of novel that doesn’t come around very often.  The characters are wonderfully lively and memorable, the central question eminently topical, and the prose subtly lyrical.  I couldn’t be more happy for John; he is one of the hardest-working novelists I’ve encountered.”   

Vestments will be released in September by Milkweed Editions.  The BSC Library is ordering a copy.  Check it out!

The other nine promising debut novels include:

  • The Art of Losing by Rebecca Connell
  • Dogfight, a Love Story by Matt Burgess
  • Dust by Joan Frances Turner
  • Hate by Tristan Garcia
  • The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu
  • Open City by Teju Cole
  • Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
  • The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart