Golden Arches – This Day in 1990

31 January
On this day in 1990, the golden arches appeared in the Soviet Union when its first McDonald’s opened in Moscow.

Learn more about fast food here.

Watch Big Mac: Inside the McDonald’s Empire on Films on Demand.

Find it through the Primo Library Catalog, or go to the BSC Library’s databases web page to choose Films on Demand from either the A to Z list or the Video & Film category.

Oscar! Oscar!

The 2018 nominees for the Oscars were announced yesterday and the 90th awards ceremony is on Sunday, March 4th. Can’t wait!

Want to know more about the history of the Oscars? We’ve got some books to get you started:

  • 85 Years of the Oscar : the Official History of the Academy Awards by Robert A. Osborne (2013)
  • Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards by Bronwyn Cosgrave (2007) (ebook)
  • The Complete Book of Oscar Fashion: Variety’s 75 Years of Glamour on the Red Carpet by Reeve Chase (2003)
  • Oscar Dearest : Six Decades of Scandal, Politics, and Greed Behind Hollywood’s Academy Awards, 1927-1986 by Peter H. Brown



Fools Rush In – Trivia


What poem provided the title for E. M. Forster’s novel Where Angels Fear to Tread and the phrase in the Elvis Presley song, “Fools rush in?”*

Find the answer on the Library’s Columbia Granger’s Poetry database! [Find database listed here: BSC Library databases]

*Hint: This is the trivia question for January 20.

Remembering Lord Byron

Today we celebrate the birth of George Gordon Noel Byron, more familiarly known as Lord Byron, on January 22, 1788, in London. Lord Byron was “one of the highest-ranking English poets in the history of English letters.” In addition to “She Walks in Beauty” Byron is remembered today for his two most ambitious poems, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. Byron died at the of 36 of fever on April 19, 1824, in Greece.


“George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788–1824).” Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry Online (BSC Library database) (accessed January 22, 2018).

Lord Byron (engraving). Illustration. Britannica ImageQuest (BSC Library database), Encyclopædia Britannica, 6 Dec 2017.  Accessed 22 Jan 2018.

BookTalk at BSC Continues on February 4

North Dakotans are rightfully proud of Louise Erdrich, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of 16 novels as well as several children’s books, volumes of poetry, and a memoir of early motherhood. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

At our next BookTalk discussion, we will be talking about Erdrich’s book, The Round House, which won the National Book Award in 2012.

Sunday, February 4, 2018 — 1 to 3 p.m.

Michael R. Tomanek, Discussion leader

LEA 204, the Library’s 2nd floor conference room

Explore the online guide for more information about the book, the author, and BookTalk 2018.


Join us … even if you haven’t read (or haven’t finished) the book. Bring a friend, too!




Africa’s Great Civilizations Series – Films on Demand


Africa’s Great Civilizations series (PBS) is available from the Library’s Films on Demand database. [Scroll down to Video & Film, or choose Films on Demand from the A to Z list.]

“Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.”

Titles in the series include:

  • Part 1 – Origins
  • Part 2 – The Crescent and the Cross
  • Part 3 – Empires of Gold
  • Part 4 – Cities
  • Part 5 – The Atlantic Age
  • Part 6 – Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Films on Demand is available 24/7 to current BSC students, faculty, and staff. Check it out and learn more about the rich civilizations of Africa.

Image source: Britannica ImageQuest (another BSC Library database). True-colour satellite image of Africa (May 25, 2016)