Thank You, Radius Books!

We were delighted to receive a donation of eleven hardcover art and photography books from Radius Books.

Radius Books, a 501(c)3 non-profit art book publishing company, believes that “the arts — all arts — are vital to our nation and our culture’s future.” The donation program is one way Radius Books hopes “to create and promote an ongoing dialogue among writers, thinkers, artists, students, teachers, and librarians.”

Stop by & check them out!

Read a Book, Add Years to Your Life

It’s true. Reading books can add years to your life. 

In 2016, researchers from Yale University’s School of Public Health dug into 12 years of HRS (Health and Retirement Study) data about the reading habits and health of 3,600+ men and women over age 50.

A hopeful pattern emerged:

  • People who read books — fiction or nonfiction, ­poetry or prose — for as little as 30 minutes a day over several years were living an average of two years longer than people who didn’t read anything at all
  • Book readers who reported more than three hours of reading each week were 23 percent less likely to die than their peers who read only newspapers or magazines

Check out a BOOK today and READ! 


Bavishi, Avni, Martin D. Slade, and Becca R. Levy. “A chapter a day: association of book reading with longevity.” Social Science & Medicine 164, (September 2016): 44-48. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed June 21, 2018).

Specktor, Brandon. “Here’s why your brain needs you to read every single day.” (accessed June 21, 2018).

We Remember Anne Frank on Her Birthday, June 12

Anne Frank’s diary charts two years of her life from 1942 to 1944, while she and her family were in hiding in Amsterdam from German Nazis. The diary begins just before the family retreated to their ‘Secret Annexe’.

Anne Frank, born on June 12, 1929, was one of the millions of victims of the Holocaust.  Anne died of typhus at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.  Her diary, published as The Diary of Anne Frank, tells the story of her experiences while in hiding with her family in Amsterdam during World War II.

Want to know more about Anne Frank and this time in history?  The BSC Library has the information you need.

Great American Read – Searching for the Country’s Best Loved Novel

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).”

Click here to see the list of America’s 100 most-loved books.*

What’s your favorite?

Are there some that you’ve always wanted to read?

Are there some you wish were on the list?

Make this an opportunity to challenge yourself, your family, and your friends to do some reading and talking about books!


Visit the Great American Read website for all the details.

*Most of the 100 books are available at the BSC Library. If not, we can get them for you via ILL (Interlibrary Loan). [Note: ILL services available to current BSC students, faculty, and staff only.]