James Joyce

James Joyce died on this date (January 13) in 1941. Joyce is known as a pioneer of modern literature and language, and his novel Ulysses is still regarded as one of the most influential works of the 20th century. Ulysses Joyce's most famous work is Ulysses, a retelling of Homer's Odyssey. Leopold Bloom spends one day--June 16--walking through Dublin, narrating his internal and external world in great detail. Readers hear everything, from what Leopold eats at Davy Byrne's Pub (gorgonzola sandwich with a glass of Burgundy) to his sexual thoughts about his wife…continue reading →

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

Though Michael Vick has returned to the NFL, his past continues to be in the news. Read more about Bad Newz Kennels, animal rescue and  and the canine-human connection in these library titles. The Vick Dogs and Animal Rescue The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant Investigation of Bad Newz Kennels, and the later rescue and rehabilitation of the Vick Dogs. The Lost Dogs appears on Library  Journal's Best of 2011 list and has received rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Dogtown: Tales of…continue reading →


SmartHistory is an open source, web-based textbook created by two art historians. Study art in a modern way with video, commentary and interactive content.  SmartHistory.org won a Webby for Best Education Website in 2009. Watch videos of two scholars analyzing work while viewing it in person. (The Starry Night video includes discussion about how difficult it is to see such a popular painting in a crowded museum!) View eras and commentary organized both stylistically and chronologically with both text and images. Explore artist singly or within larger context. Upload your own photos, content and…continue reading →

e-Textbooks: would YOU do it?

Kindle. Nook. iPad. Android Tablet...clearly the book is going digital. Can textbooks go digital too? Advantages: Lower cost Many books in one small, light package Allow bookmarking and highlighting One familiar tool to read them all Virginia State has recently provided their accounting students with free e-textbooks, citing the prohibitive cost of traditional textbooks. Wired Campus reports that other schools have given iPads to incoming students, but have had issues integrating the devices into classroom instruction. St. John’s College has discouraged the use of free e-book versions of the classics, stating differences in…continue reading →