‘reading’ Category

Student Book Reviews

In the Library’s Spring Reading Workshop, students read and discussed a common book (Gustavus alum Kaethe Schwehn’s post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, The Rending & the Nest), wrote reviews of a second book of their choice, and reflected on their own reading tastes and the place of reading in contemporary culture. Excerpts from student book reviews: […]

Student Book Reviews

Thirteen students participated in the Library’s Spring Reading Workshop during the first half of the semester. We read and discussed a book together (Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, a family drama, social critique, and mystery all in one) and students read and reviewed of a second book of their choice. Excerpts from some student book […]

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 […]

Books Reviewed by Students

Seven 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 Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, which turned out to be a great discussion book!), read and shared their own reviews […]

Ebooks through EBooks Minnesota

  We are proud to announce that Ebooks Minnesota, a new ebook collection is available for Minnesota residents. Ebooks Minnesota is a joint collaboration between the University of Minnesota, The Office of Higher Education, and the Minnesota Department of Education. The collection is accessible through this link and information about access through apps (iTunes, Kindle, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

January recommendation

Gray, cold January got you down? Read a story with a setting that mirrors our own, yet ends on a note of hope, like the first sunny, 40 degree day after a long winter. From The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo: The city of Baltese felt as if it were under siege – not by […]