Archive for December, 2010

Food for thought …

Food for thought  from broadcaster Walter Cronkite (1916-2009) …

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”  

To find out more about Walter Cronkite and his views, check out this new book available at the BSC Library:

Conversations with Cronkite / Walter Cronkite with Don Carleton ; foreword by Morley Safer (PN4874 .C84 A5 2010)

Used Book Sale – Prize Winners

Those who purchased items from our annual used book sale were invited to sign up for a prize drawing — more books, of course!  

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Mollie Henke –  Christmas in America: Images of the Holiday Season by 100 of America’s Leading Photographers
  • Megan Clooten – Chased by the Light by Jim Brandburg

 Interestingly enough, when we drew names, we also discovered these slips.   The runners-up are:

  • Johnny Depp
  • James Franco
  • Roy Rogers
  • Kermit the Frog
  • Mickey Mouse

You never know who might show up at the BSC Library!

308,745,538 and counting …

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538. 

How did North Dakota change from the 2000 census?  We are now 872,591 strong  — a 4.7% increase.  

To find out more, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website.  It’s a great site with lots of resources that help paint a picture of our country and how it has changed over the years.

Holiday Hours

The BSC Library will observe these hours during the holiday break:

  • Monday, December 20 – Thursday, December 23 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 24 – Sunday, December 26 — CLOSED
  • Monday, December 27 – Thursday, December 30 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 31 – Sunday, January 2 — CLOSED
  • Monday, January 3 – Thursday, January 6 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, January 7 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 8 – Sunday, January 9 — CLOSED  [Note: We will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. for the BookTalk at BSC discussion of Mudbound  by Hillary Jordan]
  • Monday, January 10 — Regular Hours Resume (Open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

The ODIN library catalog and databases are available 24/7.

Happy Holidays!

Best Books of 2010

It’s that time of year … the time for making lists.  

 Here, from the folks at the New York Times Book Review, are the 10 Best Books of 2010:


  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (PS 3556 .R352 F74 2010)
  • The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Selected Stories by William Trevor
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


  • Apollo’s Angels: a History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans (on order)
  • Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff (DT 92.7 .S35 2010)
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (RC 275 .M85 2010)
  • Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim (on order)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (E 185.6 .W685 2010)

What do you think of these choices?  Any others you would add to the list?  Remove from the list?

We have several of these “10 Best Books of 2010” in the BSC Library collection.  Check them out!

Last Week – Used Book Sale- $1 for a Bag or Box of Stuff!

BSC Library Annual Used Book Sale

$1 for a Bag of Box of Stuff

Books, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Magazines, and More

Check It Out!

Sale Ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 17


Need a place to study?

Need a place to study for finals?  Make the Library your destination for a date with the books.

Finals Week Hours

  • Sunday, December 12 — 3 – 7 p.m.
  • Monday, December 13 — 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 14 — 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 15 — 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 16 — 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, December 17 — 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.