eBook of the Week

We’re starting to look for the next Campus Read book …  something with a 1960s-related theme.  This has been suggested.

American Boy

Author Larry Watson was born in Rugby, North Dakota, grew up in Bismarck, and is a BSC alum.

Note: Available in both ebook and print formats at the BSC Library.  

Hunger Games LibGuide

To help you in your reading and research for this year’s Campus Read of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, we have created a LibGuide.

The Hunger Games LibGuide includes a variety of information about the book and the author, including the inspiration for the story, its principal characters, information about the world of Panem (including maps), lists of other works by and about Suzanne Collins, information about the movies, web links, selected BSC Library resources, and readalikes.  There is also an overview of BSC’s Campus Read and a place where you can tell us if you found the guide to be useful.

BSC librarians have created a variety of LibGuides on a variety of subjects to help you find and use information.

Another source of information as well as a discussion forum is the BSC Campus Read blog.  Post your comments and join the conversation!

Check them all out!

World War Z by Max Brooks

Despite loving the movie Shaun of the Dead and tuning into every episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I haven’t thought of myself as being part of the wave of “zombie mania” that seems to have taken hold of so many.  Well … time to rethink.

I recently read World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. I confess that I read it out of a sense of obligation (it was one of the top three picks for the 2013 Campus Read and as a committee member, I wanted to do my duty) vs. a real interest in the book. Oh my goodness! What a great read! There’s a reason it’s been a bestseller and a reason you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or its title or its subject).

World War Z grabbed my attention from the first page. Written in the style of an investigative report through a series of  first-person interviews with survivors of the Zombie War, it chronicles an epic battle that came close to wiping out the world as we know it.

Read this book! Even if you don’t care about zombies.

— Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services

P.S.  Author Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft) will be at the Belle Mehus on April 25 as part of BSC’s ArtsQuest celebration and the BSC Visiting Writers Series.  He will also be doing a “Dead Man Writing Class” (a bring-your-own-lunch writing discussion) at noon that day in BSC’s Student Union Building, Prairie Room.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Don’t miss out!

Campus Read: Maltese Falcon

  Need info about The Maltese Falcon and author Dashiell Hammett?  The BSC Library has lots of good stuff — books, ebooks, eaudiobooks, videos, critical essays and reviews, and more.  Do some searching in the ODIN catalog, the Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection, and our databasesLiterary Reference Center and Contemporary Authors are particularly rich sources.

Ask a Librarian if you need help!   Questions are our thing.

And, while you’re in the Library, check out the displays put together by Carolyn Twingley and Johanna Bjork for a glimpse of what life was like during the time period of the book (1928) and a look at the 1941 film adaptation. 

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It’s Going to Be a Great Year!

The BSC Library is a happening place!  Stay tuned for more details about:

  • Upcoming changes to the look of the ODIN catalog and our databases page
  • Serving as the campus open lab on Sundays
  • 2009 Campus Read of Persepolis and BookTalk at BSC 2010
  • Enhancements to the Gannon Gallery
  • Official unveiling of our TR Kiosk on October 11