If you’re coming to Falvey this summer, here’s all you need to know to get you through the week!
This week’s hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New resource for Bloomsday
Burned, banned, impounded, and smuggled in 1922…yet now commemorated with its own ‘day’. Tuesday, June 16 is Bloomsday, a day marked by celebrations that reach far beyond Dublin, the setting of James Joyce’s complex and then scandalous book, Ulysses. Published last year and looking like an intriguing read is Kevin Birmingham’s story of the famous book’s publishing trevails, The most dangerous book : the battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses, available now. Find it: Call Number: PR6019.O9 U6257 2014 Located: Falvey Main – 4th Floor.
Last week, Sci-fi fans got some nice ideas for additions to their to-be-read lists with the announcement of the winners of the 2014 Nebula Awards (presented 2015), honoring the year’s best science fiction and fantasy novel, novella, novelette and short story. Full lists of winners and nominees are listed here. And what better time than a firefly lit night in summer for checking out Falvey’s extensive collection of sci-fi? (Or let us beam down your next favorite futuristic post-apocalyptic tome through interlibrary loan.)
Though not as exciting as his appearance at Hoops Mania in 2011, Drake took the stage at Apple’s WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) last week – one of the company’s major product/service tweak and demo showcases of the year. The rapper was on hand to promote Connect – a platform that allows musicians to upload material directly to consumers as part of the show which was mostly dominated by Apple’s new music service. Though similar in many respects, it looks like Apple is now poised to compete directly with Spotify. Other iOS enhancements and things only developers could love were also revealed. The Verge was kind enough to compile all Apple’s latest announcements into a 12 minute video.
Take a spin through this Week’s Digital Library Roundup!
This update brings a number of newly digitized materials to your attention. The final 28 parts of the Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church finish off the digitization of that important resource. Two photograph albums – one covering the cross-country road trip of three Pennsylvania men during the summer of 1924 and another depicting the reunion trip of a group of World War I veterans back to the battlefields of Europe a year after the war concluded, were added this week. Of significance also is the creation of the Autocar collection of materials covering the Ardmore automotive company. In addition a few new story paper issues and two complete Philadelphia Ceili Group music workshops conclude this set of offerings! – See more, read more here! There’s always something new!
Friday, June 19 is the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the end of slavery. Watch our blog for a list of resources curated by History liaison Jutta Seibert. In this video from the Library of Congress, folk musician Mike Seeger performs “Stolen Souls From Africa” an abolitionist song.
Help for those in accelerated classes
Librarians are on hand all week to help you with summer session classes or getting a head start on your fall projects. Let us know how we can help! Check out this Curious Cat post for tips from Falvey’s librarians on how to handle the unique research challenges of accelerated summer classes!
A valuable reminder from Joyce Carol Oates…
…who celebrates her 77th birthday tomorrow.
“We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves,
unable to see that here, now,
this very moment is sacred;
but once it’s gone –
its value is incontestable.”
Also celebrating birthdays this week are country singer Blake Shelton (39), actor Neil Patrick Harris (42) and Beatle Paul McCartney, who once wrote, “o-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on.” Perhaps the first person to remind us to not the sweat the small stuff was French philosopher Blaine Pascal, born on June 19, 1623, who said, “little things console us because little things affect us.” Moral of the story? Enjoy your week, and don’t forget to stop and smell those roses in front of Mendel Hall.