Monday, October 25, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct.25th-Sun. Oct. 31st

Curmudgeon: a surly, ill-mannered person; a grumpy person-usually an old man.

"Our study group was comprised of a bookworm, a slacker, a curmudgeon and myself, the optimist. This project was going to be fun."

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quote from Mark Twain

We recently added a biography of Mark Twain during his western years to the library collection.  He had strong opinions about many subjects.  Here are some of his quotes pertaining to books,

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."

""Classic": A book which people praise but don't read."

~ Mark Twain ~

New History & Biography Books @ the library

Wert, Jeffry D. Gettysburg: Day Three. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ Jeffry D. Wert re-creates the last day of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in astonishing detail, taking readers from Meade's council of war to the seven-hour struggle for Culp's Hill -- the most sustained combat of the entire engagement. Drawing on hundreds of sources, including more than 400 manuscript collections, he offers brief excerpts from the letters and diaries of soldiers. He also introduces heroes on both sides of the conflict -- among them General George Greene, the oldest general on the battlefield, who led the Union troops at Culp's Hill. A gripping narrative written in a fresh and lively style, Gettysburg, Day Three is an unforgettable rendering of an immortal day in our country's history.”

Barnes, Ben. Barn Burning Barn Building: Tales of a Political Life From LBJ to George W. Bush and Beyond. Albany, Texas: Bright Sky Press, 2006.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“How did the Democratic Party--of JFK, LBJ, and civil rights--fall from glory? How did Texas, home of its most promising players, become Bush territory? What do politicians on either side need to do today to get our country back on track? Ben Barnes has the answers. Barnes had a front-row seat through it all. His political savvy and bravado made him a standout in the rough-and-tumble world of Texas politics. He won a seat in the Texas Legislature in 1960, at the unheard-of age of 22, and four years later he became the youngest Speaker of the House since the Civil War. In 1968, he helped Congressman George Herbert Walker Bush get his son into the National Guard--a controversy that would rage during the 2004 presidential election. In 1970, Lyndon Johnson told the public that Ben was destined to be the next US president to hail from Texas. Barnes's rollicking memoir recalls the glory days of his Texas past and blazes a trail for our country's future.”

Friedman, Lawrence M. Crime and Punishment in American History. New York, New York: Basic Books, 1993.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ In a panoramic history of our criminal justice system from Colonial times to today, one of our foremost legal thinkers shows how America fashioned a system of crime and punishment in its own image.”

Palin, Sarah. Going Rogue: An American Life. New York, New York: Harper Collins, 2009.

This is the autobiography of Sarah Palin, the running mate for John McCain in 2008 presidential election. The book traces her life from an childhood through her political career.

Lennon, Nigey. The Sagebrush Bohemian: Mark Twain in California. New York, New York, Paragon House, 1990.

From the cover-“Skillfully blending excerpts from Twain’s notebooks, letters, and autobiography with a lively narrative. The Sagebrush Bohemian discloses fascinating new views of his personal life. Here is free-spirited Sam Clemens fleeing Nevada after an aborted duel with a rival paper’s editor; terrorizing San Francisco with his buddies in search of billiards and booze, and brothels; and stumbling through various bachelor love affairs. Lennon captures his coming of age with warm, anecdotal humor and literary insight, and illuminates these pivotal Western years as no other biographer.”

Remnick, David. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ No story has been more central to America's history this century than the rise of Barack Obama, ….. The Bridge offers the most complete account yet of Obama's tragic father, a brilliant economist who abandoned his family and ended his life as a beaten man; of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who had a child as a teenager and then built her career as an anthropologist living and studying in Indonesia; and of the succession of elite institutions that first exposed Obama to the social tensions and intellectual currents that would force him to imagine and fashion an identity for himself. Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, David Remnick allows us to see how a rootless, unaccomplished, and confused young man created himself first as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience that would not only shape his urge to work in politics but give him a home and a community, and that would propel him to Harvard Law School, where his sense of a greater mission emerged. …. The Bridge revisits the American drama of race, from slavery to civil rights, and makes clear how Obama's quest is not just his own but is emblematic of a nation where destiny is defined by individuals keen to imagine a future that is different from the reality of their current lives.”

New Books @ the library

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders. New York, New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1980.

Taken from cover-“This first all-photographic field guide to North American insects and spiders includes 702 full-color identification photographs of living insects and spiders in their natural habitats.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Taken from cover-“This is the first all-photographic field guide features 657 full-color images of the reptiles and amphibians of North America, including snakes, toads, frogs, lizards, salamanders, and crocodiles, as they appear in their natural habitat.”

Bowers, Nora, Rick Bowers, and Kenn Kaufman. Mammals of North America. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

Taken from the cover-“The guide covers every species of mammal known to occur in North America and its offshore waters, including naturalized exotics. The more than 1,100 photographs have been selected and digitally edited for clarity.”

Monday, October 18, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct. 18, 2010-Sun. Oct. 24th 2010

Subjugate: to bring under one's control.

"During her student teaching, Ella found it difficult to subjugate the class of 25 Kindergarten students."

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct. 11- Sun. Oct.18

Abeyance: Suspension of action

"The class was held in abeyance until the lecturer arrived."

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yesterday UNT Dallas celebrated our first Founders Day as a new university.  Among the dignitaries was Texas Governor, Rick Perry.  He was a very gracious guest in the library. We took advantage of the opportunity for a photo op. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Oct. 4-Sun. Oct 10

Recherche: rare and exquisite: marked by such rare and exquisite quality that is known only to connoisseurs.

"The painting is recherche and valued $1,000,000 as it was one of the three completed the year before the artist mysteriously vanished."

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New Counseling books @ the library

Gladding, Samuel T. Counseling - A Comprehensive Profession. 4th ed. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill, 2000.

This textbook provides an overview of counseling starting with a history of the profession then discusses ethical and legal considerations within counseling. It then provides an overview of popular counseling methods and theories related to dealing with clients. The third section gives overviews of specific specializations in the profession.

Baruth, Leroy G. and M. Lee Manning. Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy. 2nd ed. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill, 1999.

This book provides an overview of counseling with an eye to understanding issues unique to a client’s development period. Mental health issues which effect one cultural and age group may different from those which effect another cultural and age group.

Bagin, Don, Donald R. Gallagher, and Edward H. Moore. The School and Community Relations. 9th ed. New York, New York: Pearson, 2008.

From Bowker’s Books In Print-“Well-researched and applied, this best-selling text provides school officials the how and the why for effective communication with their staff and the community to improve school quality and student learning. Chapters are sequenced so that the student can learn how to establish a public/community relations program that will be effective with every audience a school administrator will encounter. The authors continue to teach, research, and work extensively with school administrators, and this experience allows them to provide sound advice that is field tested and successful.”

Lee, C. Courtland and Garry R. Walz. Social Action: A Mandate for Counselors. Alexandria, Virginia: American Counseling Association, 1998.

From the cover-“This unique counseling resource provides counselors with the skills necessary for becoming agents of social change. The authors examine the social systems that perpetuate discrimination and dysfunction, and illustrate why counselors must accept their social and professional responsibility to help transform these systems.”

New @ the library

National Conference of State Legislatures. The Path to a Degree; A Legislator’s Guide to College Access and Success. Washington: 2009.

A guide to the steps that are needed for a student to be successful in the college environment, this book covers areas from middle and high school preparation to finances. Sections include college planning strategies, increasing college and workforce readiness, improving college affordability for underrepresented students, Engaging students academically and socially, and what you need to know about minority-serving institutions. This guide gives examples of programs from various universities that address goals in student access and success, including programs pertaining to the First Year Experience.

2011 Scholarship Handbook: 2,100 Programs Offering Private, Federal, and State Money. New York, New York: College Board, 2010.

This book contains a description of various scholarship offering complete with application requirements and contact information for the institutions offering the scholarships.

 GRE Exam: Strategies, Practice, and Review. New York: Kaplan Publishing, 2010.  

Provides an in-depth verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing practice and review for Graduate Record Exam. (Call# LB 2367.4 .G7264 2011) 09/16/10

Blue, Carroll Parrott. The Dawn at my back; Memoir of a black Texas upbringing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

According to the author, this is a story about her mother, Mollie Carroll Parrott, and herself, Carroll Parrott Blue. It weaves the memories of her growing up in the south with her memories of well known Black activists and how she was affected as a Southern Black Woman.

Eldredge, Niles. Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life. New York, New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ With his theory of evolution by natural selection, Darwin outlined a natural process for the ascent of humankind and linked all creation. After returning from his voyage on the ¿Beagle,¿ Darwin was not interested in upsetting his upper-crust British social milieu of creationists; he kept his theory a secret for over 20 years. During that time, he filled several notebooks, sketching out natural selection with the help of his finds in South America and on the Galapagos Islands. Here, Niles Eldredge scours these notes for clues to that pivotal moment when Darwin stopped being an inquisitive creationist and became an evolutionist. Eldredge reveals the intellectual and intuitive leaps taken by the man who spawned the theory of evolution. Full-color illustrations.”

Simpson, William. The Prince: The Secret Story of the World’s Most Intriguing Royal Prince Bandar Bin Sultan. New York, New York: Regan, 2006.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ At a time when understanding our friends is as important as understanding our enemies, Prince Bandar bin Sultan remains one America's most enigmatic powerbrokers. As the illegitimate son of a Saudi prince and a servant girl, Prince Bandar overcame his unrecognized beginnings to rise as one of Saudi Arabia's brightest diplomatic stars, ultimately becoming the Ambassador to the United States-and one of the most influential men in Washington. As Ambassador, Prince Bandar worked with CIA Director Bill Casey to fund covert CIA operations with Saudi petrodollars. He played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair; consulted with President Gorbachev to secure Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan; negotiated an end to the Iran-Iraq war; and, with Nelson Mandela, resolved the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Affair. He served under four different American presidencies and was called "Washington's indispensable operator" by the New Yorker. Yet Prince Bandar was more than this. His entry into Washington society and the Oval Office was unmatched. George H.W. Bush took the Prince and his family on fishing vacations; First Lady Reagan used him to convey messages to her husband's Cabinet; Colin Powell would drop by his house to play racquetball. During the first Gulf War, Prince Bandar even became a de facto member of the National Security Council. In this biography, RAF college classmate William Simpson pulls back the curtain for the first time on the fascinating and startling life of the man who emerged throughout the 1980s and '90s as the most powerful and influential ambassador to the United States since World War II.”