‘books’ Category

Books Reviewed by Students

Eleven students participated in the Spring Reading Workshop (NDL-201), a .25 credit course that met during the first half of the semester. Students read and discussed a book together (this semester it was Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl, which turned out to be a great discussion book!), read and shared their own reviews of a second […]

In praise of print

Debates about ebooks vs. print have been happening ever since…well, ever since ebooks hit the market. While we aren’t anti-ebooks at the library, we are also cautious about how ebooks might impact student research and reading behaviors. (We’ve even done research about it!) Several scientific studies have investigated these questions as well. Mic.com has summarized […]

Going Bovine Reviewed

Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Find it in our new Young Adult collection! Diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s disease (otherwise known as Mad Cow Disease), Cameron Smith embarks on a quest with a cast of bizarre and memorable characters – including a garden gnome and a pink-haired fairy – to find a cure. His journey parallels the same […]

Share Your Love of Reading – Looking for Volunteers

Dear Gusties, Do you happen to have a book to recommend to our fellow Gusties? Our library is looking for student volunteers to participate in a video interview as part of a library research project on leisure reading. The main focus of this interview is to get in touch with what our fellow Gusties are […]

Everything, Everything Reviewed

We’re rolling out a new feature in our blog – young adult book reviews! Last spring, we surveyed students about the library (read more about the changes we made based on your input). Many of you mentioned you’d like to see more book reviews. Many of you also said you’re looking for more young adult books. […]

Book Swap Extended Hours!

The Library’s book swap is such a hit that we are extending our hours. Rather than ending at 4pm today, the book swap table will be up all evening. (No guarantees the tea & cocoa will last that long – they are a hit, too.) Stop by to pick up fun reading materials for break. […]

Book Swap!

The library is hosting a book swap on Wednesday, December 16 from 10am – 4pm on the main floor of the library for the entire campus community. Look for the beautifully decorated table near the front doors. We will also be serving cocoa and tea starting at 10. What is a book swap, exactly? Good question! Book swaps […]

New Books – Young Adult Fiction!

New books arrive almost daily at the library. Here are some recent additions in Young Adult fiction. Stock up for your holiday travels! Everything, Everything by Nicola Soon. *Shelved on the Young Adult display shelves near the couches by the library’s main entrance. Heir of Fire: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas. […]

Secrets on the Edge

“Good books don’t give up their secrets at once,” Stephen King writes in Hearts in Atlantis. Take a peek at the secrets hiding on the fore-edges of a series of books housed in the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa. Now there’s something you won’t find in an ebook!

What have you been reading lately?

For most students, the question is met with a laugh and an eye roll, “Well, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my organic chemistry textbook lately.” In general, the demands of college work and life don’t leave much time for recreational reading.  In fact, we’ve even done research on this, with our own […]