So Many E-books and So Little Time

We’ve been lavished with rich lists of e-books and suggestions for online reading from every corner in recent weeks–it’s heavenly, and our virtual bookshelves are bursting. Who knew so many libraries had so much to offer? Where to begin?

But, we are human. Like the sayings go, “So many books, so little time” and the “eyes are bigger than the stomach.”

Nancy Pearl rule of 50

This makes now the perfect time to invoke the Nancy Pearl rule of 50. Nancy Pearl has given readers wonderful options with her Rule:

  • If a reader is under 50 years old, then consume 50 pages before dropping a book.
  • If a reader is over 50 years old, take the number 100, subtract your age, and this is the number of pages to read before switching to the next book. 

For example, a grandmother who is 86 years old has only to read 14 pages because 100 – 86 = 14. This means if grandma does not like a book and she has read 15 pages, she can nuke the book without guilt. 

With this there is very limited math involved.

One caveat… Sorry but the Rule of 50 applies to books for leisure and not assigned readings.

Nancy Pearl is a renowned librarian from Seattle who believes a person’s obligation to finish a book is not cast in stone, and she came up with the Rule of 50 for dropping a bad book after she had been asked many times for some kind of formula. Thank you, Nancy.

Nancy Pearl action figure, taking appropriate precautions with a DIY mask.

Just Posted: New Books & Audiobooks to Borrow or Download for Spring Break!

The new acquisitions lists for February are now available, just in time for Spring Break! Find something fun to read, listen to, or watch while you enjoy some time off from classes and group projects. Visit 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.

Downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks are available via our OverDrive collection, and you now have a choice of OverDrive apps to use – the original OverDrive app and/or the new Libby app.

You can find new films and documentaries to stream online for free from our four streaming films databases.

For help finding items in the library, downloading OverDrive books or using the streaming films collections, please contact the Reference Desk.

New Arrivals: Oscar Nominated Films, Bestsellers and More!

Take a look at the award-winning films, bestsellers, and notable nonfiction we acquired last month! 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.

Downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks are available via our OverDrive collection, and you now have a choice of OverDrive apps to use – the original OverDrive app and/or the new Libby app. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

New Books, DVDs & Audiobooks for the New Year!

Kick off the new year with a new book, audiobook, movie or TV series! We’ve just posted our new acquisitions lists for December. 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.

Downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks are available via our OverDrive collection, and you now have a choice of OverDrive apps to use – the original OverDrive app and/or the new Libby app. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

November's New Acquisitions: Books, Movies & More.

Take a look at the new books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and ebooks that we added to our collection last month! 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.

Downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks are available via our OverDrive collection, and you now have a choice of OverDrive apps to use – the original OverDrive app and/or the new Libby app. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

October's Arrivals: New Books, DVDs and Audiobooks

Looking for something new to read, watch, or listen to? Our new acquisitions lists are a great place to start browsing! 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.

Downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks are available via our OverDrive collection, and you now have a choice of OverDrive apps to use – the original OverDrive app and/or the new Libby app. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Try Libby! New OverDrive App Now Available.

You can now access Bentley’s OverDrive collection in Libby, an alternative app for ebooks and audiobooks.

Libby offers many enhancements, including:

  • An updated, streamlined interface,
  • A unified shelf for all loans and holds across multiple libraries,
  • Improved multi-library support for users who also enjoy digital books from their public library.

Of Note: the OverDrive app and website are still available—Libby simply offers an alternative for those who would like to give it a try.

Please speak with a Reference Librarian if you need assistance with this new interface.

New Books, Films & Audiobooks Acquired in September

Check out the books, DVDs, audiobooks, and OverDrive downloadable books we added to our collections in September! Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. If you want to put something on on hold simply click the “Request” button and log-in to your library account with your Bentley email address and password.

If you have questions about OverDrive, please view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.