Digital Public Library

“The Digital Public Library of Americalaunched on April 18, offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, and moving images—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.” –American Libraries Online, April 24, 2013

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eBook of the Week

The Paper Birds Theatre Company of England did several workshops and performed their award-winning show, In a Thousand Pieces, as part of ArtsQuest this past week.  In a Thousand Pieces tells the tale of a young Eastern European girl and her journey to England where she is forced into the British sex trade. It is a beautiful, moving portrayal of a disturbing subject.

To learn more about this global problem, read:

Sex Trafficking: a Global Perspective edited by Kimberly A. McCabe and Sabita Manian

Sex trafficking

“Global estimates of human trafficking range from 600,000 to four million victims each year with the majority being victims of sex trafficking … The United Nations has defined “human trafficking” as “the recruitment, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by threat or use of force.”

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2013 Finalists – Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. They include:

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

MansionThe Mansion of Happiness: a History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore. “From board games, including one called The Mansion of Happiness, to public library children’s rooms to cryogenics, historian Lepore’s episodic inquiry into our evolving perceptions of life and death is full of surprises, irreverent wit and arresting perceptions.”

Short nightsShort Nights of the Shadow Catcher: the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan. “Popular historian Egan turns the life and work of master photographer Edward Curtis into a gripping and heroic story of one man’s commitment to the three-decade project that ultimately resulted in The North American Indian, a 20-volume collection of words and pictures documenting the Native American peoples of the American West.”

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen. “Science writer Quammen schools readers in the fascinating if alarming facts about zoonotic diseases—animal infections that sicken humans, such as rabies and Ebola. Drawing on the dramatic history of virology, he profiles brave viral sleuths and recounts his own hair-raising field adventures. A vital, in-depth account offered in the hope that knowledge will engender preparedness.”Spillover

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

CanadaCanada by Richard Ford. “’First, I’ll tell you about the robbery our parents committed.’ So begins Ford’s riveting novel, an atmospheric and haunting tale of family, folly, exile and endurance told in the precise and searching voice of Dell Parsons, a young man forced to navigate a harsh world.”

The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  “In her 14th novel, Erdrich writes in the voice of a man reliving the fateful summer of his 13th year. Erdrich’s intimacy with her characters energizes this tale of hate crimes and vengeance, her latest immersion in the Ojibwe and white community she has been writing about for more than two decades.” Erdrich hails from North Dakota and was honored with the state’s Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award on April 19, 2013.  Round House

This is howThis Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz.  “Fast paced and street-talking tough, Díaz’s stories unveil lives shadowed by prejudice and poverty and bereft of reliable love and trust. These are precarious, unappreciated lives in which intimacy is a lost art, masculinity a parody, and kindness, reason and hope struggle to survive like seedlings in a war zone.”

The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world.

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The Paper Birds Are Here!

Straight from London …. The Paper Birds Theatre Company will be doing workshops and performing as part of BSC’s ArtsQuest celebration.

Performances of In a Thousand Pieces, an original piece about sex trafficking in the UK, will be held at the Belle Mehus Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 24.  Admission is free.

I had the privilege of seeing the Paper Birds perform this piece in Prague in 2009 at the Prague Fringe Festival.  It was memorable, moving, and powerful.  Don’t miss it!

–Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services

Paper Birds

Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh, Dan Rogers (BSC Theatre), and Shane Durrant. Not pictured is Leonie Lumb, who arrived on a later flight.

Bismarck Airport, April 21, 2013

eBook of the Week

Celebrate!  April is National Poetry Month and the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award will be given to North Dakota author Louise Erdrich today in Wahpeton.

Original Fire: Selected and New Poems by Louise Erdrich

Original fire

Includes selected poems from Erdrich’s two previous books of poetry, Jacklight and Baptism of Desire, and nineteen new poems.

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National Library Week – Open House Rescheduled

Because Mother Nature had other plans for us on Monday, we rescheduled our open house celebration.

National Library Week

Open House Celebration

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BSC Library

Enjoy some refreshments and check out our BJC (Bismarck Junior College) bagpipe band memorabilia

We’re excited to show you these treasures from our Archives collection!

eBooks of the Week – Celebrating Libraries

How should you celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20?

R E A D!

Dewey Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter

“How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can’t even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.”

Reading with the Stars: a Celebration of Books and Libraries by Leonard Kniffel

“Fourteen of the biggest names in America offer their thoughts on why literature is important and how books have touched their lives.”


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What Do the BJC Bagpipe Band and National Library Week Have in Common?

NLW 2013

Question: What do the BJC Bagpipe Band and National Library Week have in common? 

Answer: They are something to celebrate! 


Join us for our

National Library Week Open House

Monday, April 15

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BSC Library 

Have some refreshments and check out our BJC (Bismarck Junior College) bagpipe band memorabilia 

We’re excited to show you these treasures from our Archives collection!