On Display: The Great American Read

Looking for a summer reading project? Join The Great American Read!

Join PBS and The Great American Read

PBS wants to know America’s favorite novel. Kicking off on May 22nd at 8 pm ET, The Great American Read hosted by Meredith Vieira will explore some of America’s most-loved novels over the course of eight episodes. Viewers can begin voting for their favorite from a list of 100 titles after the first episode airs. The series will return in the fall as the votes are tallied and the number one book is chosen.

Our lobby display pulls items from the Bentley Library’s collections on the Great American Read book list to make them available in one convenient spot for browsing. The novels selected span a variety of genres and time periods. Titles on the list include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Catcher in the Rye  by J.D. Salinger, Charlotte’s Web by E B White, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Beloved by Toni Morrison, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and many more.

Reread one of your favorites or try something new! And, if you don’t have time to read the books we have a number of film adaptations available on DVD.

Can’t make it to the library? We’ve got you covered! See what we have available as an eBook or audiobook through OverDrive that you can access from anywhere.

Participate with The Great American Read discussions on social media using the hashtag #GreatReadPBS and check out their website for fun activities such as a quiz to see how many of the 100 books you have read.

On Display: May 15-June 25, 2018

Dedications in Appreciation to Our Class of '18 Student Assistants

It is a Bentley Library tradition to show appreciation to our graduating student assistants with a book or film dedication. Each student is invited to select an item that is meaningful to them, which is then affixed with a special bookplate in their name. A display of their selections will be available soon in the Popular Reading area. You can also view the photo album on Facebook and our Student Employee Dedications Pinterest board.

This year, dedications have been made on behalf of these Class of 2018 graduates:

Ana Belliard
Poet X

Amelia Cheung
Milk and Honey

Aaron Coss
Divergent

Isabelle Fang
Beauty & the Beast

Carlos Gonzalez
The Tao of Pooh

Peter Hersey
Ahead of the Curve

Nathan Louf
Faithful

Sarah Paulhus
The Bad Beginning

Jasmine Rosa
Incantation

Emely Santos
Higher Education and First-Generation Students

The library could not operate without our student assistants. We rely on them to be the face of the Library Services Desk, to keep our stacks organized, to help process every new book, DVD, and journal that arrives, to fulfill ILL requests, and to handle so many behind-the-scenes tasks that we can’t list them all here! Our doors would not be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (and around the clock during finals) without them! The library staff thanks all of our student assistants and sends best wishes to our graduates. Congratulations!

Special Library Hours: Thursday, May 10 - Sunday, May 20

Thursday, May 10 (last day of  final exams)
close at 6:00 p.m.
The Deloitte Café/Einstein’s closes for the summer at at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 11
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12  & Sunday, May 13:
CLOSED

Monday, May 14 – Thursday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19  & Sunday, May 20:
CLOSED

Library hours will change again on Monday, May 21. For more information about summer hours at the library and help desk please view the online hours calendar.

April’s Arrivals: New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks & eBooks

Check out the new books, DVDs, and audiobooks that hit the shelves in April. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in downloading or streaming ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

On View in the RSM Art Gallery: Arnie Casavant: “In A Different Light”

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is an exhibit of oil paintings by artist Arnie Casavant. Please visit the gallery to view the show before it closes on Friday, June 8.

Arnie Casavant
In A Different Light
April 27 – June 8, 2018

Arnie Casavant

 

Artist’s Statement

Arnie Casavant works in studio and en plein air, painting largely in oil on location at dawn or dusk, when the sun’s interaction with his subject matter is at its most dramatic.  Arnie adheres to the old adage that “light is the bringer of beauty” and his work reflects a strong emphasis on the interplay of light, shape and color and a devotion to impressionism.  “Chasing the Light” best describes Arnie’s paintings.  “The natural elements and my paints combine to reward me with lasting memories.”

Arnie attended the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, courtesy of the GI Bill, and until 2005 was an art instructor and Department Chair at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Massachusetts, a position which he held for 27 years.  He taught landscape and abstract painting at locations in Boston and on Cape Cod through Northeastern University’s Graduate Institute in Education until 2011.

He has exhibited his work at the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, Maryland, the Gallery at Spencer Lofts and the True Grit Gallery in Middleboro. He displayed his paintings at the Weston Town Library in 2012 and the Natick Arts Center in 2016.  His work is available for viewing at Studio 218 at SOWA at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston during First Friday’s. He is represented by the Pearl Street Gallery in Chelsea and was a guest artist at Gallery 31 in Orleans in July 2017.  Arnie recently taught and had a show at the Bristol Rhode Island Art Center and returned in August of 2017 to show once again.  He resides in Medford, MA with his wife Kathleen and his Cairn Terrier Tobin.

Arnie can be contacted at arnieart47@gmail.com or at 617-884-4129 for information regarding your interest in his work.

Reading Day Relief! Coffee Break, DIY Buttons & Therapy Dogs

reading day relief The library is hosting three events on Reading Day (Wednesday, May 2) to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day!

Wednesday, May 2

Study Break: Coffee, Tea & Snacks
refuel & recharge
11:00 a.m. – until supplies last |  library lobby
Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

DIY Buttons
stress buster
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery
Take a break from studying to make-your-own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll provide pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Therapy Dogs
relax with Kodiak and Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery
Our furry friends Kodiak and Echo are returning to the library to spend some quality time with you! Studies show that interacting with animals can improve our interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol, lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and improve learning. Come and see for yourself. Drop in to the art gallery to unwind with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

24-Hour Access for Final Exams Starts Tues. May 1

The library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1 (the day before Reading Day) and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 (the last day of exams), with one small Saturday-night exception.*

Tuesday, May 1 – Saturday, May 5:
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday 5/1 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday 5/5

Sunday, May 6 – Thursday, May 10:
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday 5/6 and remain open until
6:00 p.m. on Thursday 5/10

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The library is implementing Bentley ID card-swipe access during the overnight hours. Only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the library between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Please use the card-swipe box at the building’s front entrance.
  • The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, because everyone should take a little break from studying and get a good night’s sleep!
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

For more information about the library, café, and help desk hours please view the full hours calendar online.

Good luck with your final exams, papers, and presentations. Have a wonderful summer break!

Databases of the Month: Online Newspapers and News Databases

What should you do when you want to read a news article online and you’ve run into a paywall? Don’t grab your credit card or spend valuable time searching Google for a “free” version of the article. We have or can get what you need! The library provides access to hundreds of thousands of newspaper articles and other news sources (e.g. newswires, TV and radio show transcripts, blogs, etc.) online via our subscriptions and databases. 

Below is a roundup of our top news databases, but we have much more to offer. Visit our Current News Resources research guide for additional news resources provided by the library as well as free online news sources we recommend.

Today’s News

For when you want to read today’s newspaper.

  • The New York Times online, NYTimes.com [registration required, create an account]. Includes online access to the Spanish and Chinese editions of the newspaper.
  • The Wall Street Journal online, WSJ.com [registration required, create an account]
  • Factiva Newsstand

Current News 

These databases provide access to full-text from newspapers, newswires, TV and radio transcripts, and some news websites (e.g. CNN.com). Coverage generally runs 1980-present, but varies by database and publication.

Historical Newspapers

Use these databases to retrieve articles from the 17th to the 20th century. All of these sources provide full HTML text and/or PDF reproductions and include digital images.

Locate a Specific Newspaper

Just want to know where to get the Chicago Tribune or Telegram & Gazette?  Use the Journal Finder. Enter the name of the newspaper in the journal finder box and click [search]. The journal finder will tell you if the full-text is available, the database it can be found in, and the dates for which it is available.

Print Editions

Miss the smell of newsprint and ink smudges on your fingertips? The library subscribes to the print editions of The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The New York Times International Edition, People’s DailyThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. You can find them in the Current Periodicals area on the main level.

Get Help

Don’t have time to comb through a bunch of different sources? Contact the Reference Desk! Reference librarians can quickly assess your options and help you obtain the publication or article you need.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction useful library databases, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about these resources (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.