Art Reception Today!

Art Reception TODAY at the Gannon Gallery/BSC Library!

Century High School Art Show
NOW through February 13, 2013
Gannon Gallery/BSC Library

RECEPTION: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4-7 p.m.

Gannon Gallery is bursting with artwork from 100+ Century High students

Join us for art, comraderie, cookies, coffee and lemonade 

Free and open to the public

Caldecott & Newbery Winners — the Best Books for Children

This is not my hatThe 2013 Caldecott Medal winner is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2013 Caldecott Honor Books include:

  • Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds 
  • Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett
  • Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small and written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue

The 2013 Newbery Medal winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.    One and only Ivan

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2013 Newbery Honor Books include:

  • Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

The BSC Library owns both winning books.  The honor books are on order.  Check them out!

BookTalk at BSC Continues on February 10

Ordinary manBookTalk at BSC continues on Sunday, February 10, with a discussion of An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner.

Tayo Basquiat, assistant professor of philosophy, will lead the discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Library.

An Ordinary Man, the second of three books being discussed, is the autobiography of Paul Rusesabagina.  It tells the story of his experience during the Rwandan genocide that began in April 1994 – an experience made famous in the film Hotel Rwanda. During the 1994 genocide, more than 800,000 people were killed in less than 100 days … mostly with clubs and machetes and agricultural tools.  Rusesabagina, who was the manager of the Hotel Milles Collines, a European-owned luxury hotel, sheltered and saved more than one thousand people during the genocide.

The theme of the 2013 BookTalk discussion series is “Proving the Power of One.”  The non-fiction books being discussed are about ordinary people whose actions have changed the world for the better.

BookTalk discussions are held at the BSC Library and are free and open to all. Books can be borrowed from local libraries or purchased from booksellers.  BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.

Check out the BookTalk at BSC 2013 LibGuide.

If you need more information, call 224-5450 or visit the Library’s website.

eBook of the Week

80 years ago …

“The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.”

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

by Erik Larson

In the garden of beasts“Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming–yet wholly sinister–Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.”

Check it out!

Available via the Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection as well as in traditional print format

25 Best Books about Lincoln

Abraham LincolnWith Presidents Day coming up on February 18 and the buzz about the Oscar-nominated movie Lincoln, you may want to learn more about our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

Check out this list of 25 best books about Lincoln from

A search of the ODIN library catalog shows that the BSC Library owns several on the list.  If you want one that we don’t have, we can get it for you through interlibrary loan.

Check them out!

Note: Image from the Library’s Britannica Image Quest database. 

Martin Luther King Day – Holiday Hours

The BSC Library will observe these hours for the holiday weekend:MLK

  • Saturday, January 19 — Closed
  • Sunday, January 20 — Closed
  • Monday, January 21 — Closed

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 22.

Even when we are closed, the ODIN library catalog and BSC Library databases are available 24/7.

About the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday

In 1983, legislation was signed to create a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national Day of Service.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’  You can honor his memory by participating in a project in your community.

eBook of the Week

I saw The Social Network when it first came out and watched it again on TV this past week.  It’s a great film based on this national bestselling book:

The Accidental Billionaires: the Founding of Facebook: a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal

by Ben Mezrich

Accidental billionaires
“Best friends Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg had spent many lonely nights looking for a way to stand out among Harvard University’s elite, competitive, and accomplished student body. Then, in 2003, Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard’s computers, crashed the campus network, almost got himself expelled, and was inspired to create Facebook, the social networking site that has since revolutionized communication around the world.

With Saverin’s funding, their tiny start-up went from dorm room to Silicon Valley. But conflicting ideas about Facebook’s future transformed the friends into enemies. Soon, the undergraduate exuberance that marked their collaboration turned into out-and-out warfare as it fell prey to the adult world of venture capitalists, big money, lawyers.”

We also have a print copy of The Accidental Billionaires.   Check them out!