Friday, May 17, 2019

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. John Lukacs




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An admired educator, author of 35 books, historian and finally, Pulitzer Prize Nominee.  This man led a celebrated life and, sadly, at the age of 95 he passed away due to congestive heart failure. The gentleman that I am describing is Dr. John Lukacs, an educator whom the Chestnut Hill College's community will sorely miss.

Dr. Lukacs chaired the History Department for 27 of his 47 year tenure at Chestnut Hill.  During this time he was beloved by colleagues and students, writing insightful books that have been translated into numerous languages.


It was quite a journey for this Hungarian citizen who would finally reside in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He came to the United States after fleeing Budapest during the Soviet-Allied invasion during the end of World War II.  His experience in his homeland made him a expert on this war - especially on the history of Winston Churchill.  

This Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-45 and again in 1951-55 became a topic of many books by Dr. Lukacs, especially "Five days in London, May 1940," which was the basis for the 2017 highly acclaimed film, "Darkest Hour."  

The film won the actor, Gary Oldman who portrayed Churchill, numerous awards which included a Critics Choice, Screen Actors, Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

The Logue Library is celebrating Dr. Lukacs' long tenure at Chestnut Hill College with a display created by the Dean for Library and Info Resources, Sister Mary Jo Larkin,  who points out that Dr. Lukacs' insight into European history of the forties and fifties is reliable and well-documented.  Sister included a thought-provoking quote from "Confessions of an Original Sinner,"  in the library's tribute in which Dr. Lukacs observes, "because of goodness of God, I have had a happy unhappy life which is preferable to an unhappy, happy one."  May the happiness of his long and fruitful life carry him on to the blessings of eternity.

Here is a display in the Logue Library dedicated to Dr. Lukacs' Legacy



Now, let's talk about the Logue Library.....

If you search on the topic of Dr. John Lukacs you will receive over 1,200 results in our catalog which includes over 21 eBooks and 55 Print books on this popular author.

Some of our books include:

Confessions of an Original Sinner - This book is considered Dr. Lukacs "Autohistory"




Last Rites


Remembered past: John Lukacs on history, historians, and historical knowledge : a reader

June 1941 : Hitler & Stalin

You can also see some of the books mentioned in this blog on our Dr. John Lukacs Acquisitions page.

Feel free to comment on this blog.  
What book listed above would you most likely read?
Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian
Special Thanks to Sister Mary Jo Larkin for her comments.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

"Thankful for our Student Workers in the Logue Library”



The Logue Library's Student workers deserve so much recognition for their hard work - and we are "Thankful."

There is a place we're all connected
Each of us can find each others light
So for tonight, we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day, we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us, to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more
There's so much to be thankful for

These lyrics above are from a song called, “Thankful,” sung by Josh Groban.  

Alas, it’s that time of year when the term is winding down and the Commencement is fast approaching.  And the Logue Library's student workers are soon signing off for the summer.  

I have noticed something that makes me smile every day, our very nice, intelligent and sincere student workers. Ask any of our staff members here at the library and all of them would say that we would be lost without them.  

They sit at the front desk and greet you with a nice hello when you enter or leave the library. Furthermore, they are helpful to the patrons with circulation, printing concerns, shelving or helping us blow up balloons for a library event.  We are so thankful for these young individuals.

Two of our students will be graduating and we wish them so much success in their careers.




However, the remaining students will hopefully be returning to the library in the fall term: 






Feel free to comment on this blog.  

What book listed above would you most likely read?

Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian






Friday, May 03, 2019

Basketball, Books and "Man vs. Ball"


Basketball Display in the Logue Library




He passes...shoots,...and he scores!!!   Yeah!!!  These are the remarks sports announcers are making during the Philadelphia 76ers  games during their extended season in the NBA Playoffs.

I am not going to discuss what may or may not happen if they win or lose. However,  I would like to thank some of the players and their coach for an exciting season:

Joel EmbidBen SimmonsJimmy Butler, J. J. RedickTobias Harris and of course, Coach Brett Brown.

Now, let's talk about the Logue Library.....

If you search on the topic of Basketball you will receive over 5,700 results in our catalog which includes over 12 eBooks and 61 Print books on this popular sport.

Some of our books include:

"Man versus ball: one ordinary guy and hi extraordinary sports adventures," by Jon Hart
                                                  

"Mathletics: how gamblers, managers, and sports enthusiasts use mathematics in baseball, basketball, and football," by Wayne L. Wilson
     



                                             

"Sport, culture and the media: the unruly trinity."  by David Rowe

                                             

"The National Basketball Association: business, organization and strategy,"
by Frank P. Jozsa


Honorable mentions:

     by Phillip M. Hoose and Bobby Plump


       by James W. Miller
  
      by Douglass Stark

     by Bob Batchelor

     on the map," by Sue Macy and Matt Collins



This semester is about to end so maybe it's time to sit back an read a book about a fascinating and popular sport.  Click on the word Basketball to see some of the books in our collection.   You can also see some of the books mentioned in this blog on our Sports Acquisitions page.

Feel free to comment on this blog.  
What book listed above would you most likely read?
Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian

Thursday, May 02, 2019

“Long Night Against Procrastination”





The poster above was from an event held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the Logue Library.  Our new Technical Services & Information Literacy Librarian, Kelly Liberona developed an event that was a first at Chestnut Hill College was called, “Long Night Against Procrastination.” 



This party involved the following:  a therapy dog, along with faculty who were available to help students with their assignments, massages to relieve stress and plenty of food and tasty snacks. 
The event was separated in two parts.  From 11:30 am until 1:00 pm, free massages were available for staff and students.

The second part of this event according to the Logue Library's Facebook page mentioned that, "from 6p-2a Tuesday, April 30th for FREE fun and study time.  We'll have food courtesy of out Alumni Association, The Bagel House, and Bruno's; therapy dog, P!nky, accompanied by her owner Polly, our Director of Security; study help by librarians, Writing Department faculty, and Writing Center/various subject peer tutors; activities; and prizes, including gift certificates generously donated by @chestnuthillbrewingcompany, @thecedarshouse, and @chcbkstore!! Don't miss out!"

This event was very successful with over 50 people attending this, “Anti-Procrastination Party.”
But now it’s time to discuss what the library catalog has to offer with Procrastination and Study Skills.
   


   






Now, let’s talk about the Logue Library

Our catalog contains some books to help students who are indeed true Procrastinators.

Hopefully the resources shown below will be helpful.

Procrastination: why you do it, what to do about it now  - by Jane B Burka and Lenora M Yuen  










Feel free to comment on this blog.  
What book listed above would you most likely read?
Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian





Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"Women Poets through the Years" - National Poetry Month


“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise…”

This powerful alignment of words shown above is part of one of my favorite poems called, “Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou.

The month of April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating this event by providing a display in the library, saluting “Women Poets through the Years.”

We are introducing the patrons to writers such as: Elizabeth Bishop, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, Gwendolyn Brooks and Anne Carson and Sappho.





The website, Ranker, helped to provide the list of poets for the display.

Now, let’s talk about the Logue Library

If you search on the topic of Women Poets you will receive over 3,300 results in our catalog which includes over 460 eBooks and 315 Print books on these writers.

Take the time to check out the catalog to find a poem that suits your purpose.

You can also see some of the books mentioned in this blog on our Famous Authors Acquisitions page.


Feel free to comment on this blog.  
What book listed above would you most likely read?
Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian

Monday, April 08, 2019

Baseball, Books and the History of the Game...

The manicured green grass...the players stretching and hitting the balls in the batting cages.. while a Phillies fan like myself will repeat this comment..."Maybe this is the Year!
And of course we get to see this Famous, Green Hall of Famer..The Philly Phanatic.


                                              
I could mention the names such as McCutchen, Nola, Hoskins, Franco and of course Harper. Of course the other players on the team are making a big difference as well..  And I am loving the handshakes of encouragement from the players.  But...this blog is not a sports commentary on a particular game...it is an appreciation of the sport in a literary sense.

There are so many books that are written on the topic of Baseball.  From the players biographies, scoring, famous match ups and now Analytics.

Now, let's talk about the Logue Library.....

If you search on the topic of Baseball you will receive over 10,000 results in our catalog which includes over 150 eBooks and 39 Print books on this popular sport.

In fact there is a temporary display before the entrance into the library. The colorful books, pictures and other baseball themed items are there to remind us all of the history of this sport.

                                     


Here are some titles in the Logue Library Catalog:

Baseball beyond our borders : an international pastime  by George Gmelch (Editor.), Daniel A Nathan (Editor.) eBook

Moneyball : the art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis  Printbook

The desperado who stole baseball  by John H Ritter  Printbook

Baseball : an illustrated history  by Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns   Printbook

Making my pitch : a woman's baseball odyssey  by Ila Jane Borders (Author.), Jean Hastings Ardell (Co-author.) eBook

Roberto & me : a baseball card adventure  by Dan Gutman     Printbook

Diamonds are forever : the business of baseball  by Paul M Sommers  Printbook

Cy Young : a baseball life  by Reed Browning  eBook

Black baseball entrepreneurs, 1902-1931 : the Negro national and Eastern Colored leagues  by Michael E Lomax (Author.) eBook

The American Indian integration of baseball by Jeffrey P Powers-Beck  eBook


Click on the word Baseball to see some of the books in our collection.   You can also see some of the books mentioned in this blog on our Sports Acquisitions page.

Maybe you will find a book worth checking out.





Feel free to comment on this blog.  
What book listed above would you most likely read?
Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian


“Avengers…Superheroes and Books”


Today I was listening on the radio that fans of the very popular Superhero movie franchise, of the "The Avengers," are excited regarding the upcoming movie called, "End Game." After the last movie, "Infinity War," everyone including myself are wondering what is going to happen with these Superheroes? Especially, my favorite…Ironman. 



This franchise is clearly a money maker in the film industry. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, “The Marvel film is expected to rake in $200 million to $250 million in its opening weekend.”  Also, there are tickets being sold ahead of time on eBay for the movie that starts on August 26, 2019. At this post the current price is a whopping - $15,000! 
Talk about fan loyalty! Whew! I will pay the normal price thank you very much!

Now, let’s discuss books in the Logue Library

If you want to read some books about Superheroes, then click here for  library catalog or the Acquisitions page.

Here are my suggestions for you to read to get your, “Superhero Fix,” on:
   
Sovereignty and superheroes by Neal Curtis [eBook]

The physics of superheroes  by James Kakalios [physical book on our shelf]

Ages of heroes, eras of men:superheroes and the American experience by Julian C Chambliss (Editor.), William L Svitavsky (Editor.), Thomas C Donaldson (Editor.) [eBook]            

Enter the superheroes:American values, culture, and the canon of superhero literature by Alex S Romagnoli (Author.), Gian S Pagnucci (Author.) [eBook]

       
The blacker the ink:constructions of black identity in comics and sequential art by Frances K Gateward (Editor.), John Jennings (Editor.) [eBook]

Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture   by Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, Bob Batchelor   [eBook]             

You can also see some of the books mentioned in this blog on our Science Fiction Acquisitions page.

Feel free to comment on this blog.  
What book listed above would you most likely read?
Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian