Listen Up! New Audiobooks On Display…

In the car or on the bus, on the treadmill or out for a jog, relaxing on the couch or stuck in front of your computer at work…consider how much faster the time will pass if you’re listening to an audiobook!  Our current display highlights some of our most recent audiobook arrivals – both on CD and in digital Playaway format.

Interested in contemporary fiction?  Check out  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Coral Thief.  Rediscovering literary classics? We just received Cranford and The Pilgrim’s Progress.  Want to tickle your funny bone? Kathy Griffin, Craig Ferguson and David Cross are here for you.  Keeping up with current events?  We’ve got the mortgage meltdown and the miracle on the Hudson covered.  You get the picture – we’ve got something for everyone!

New items are being added daily.  Please stop by and take a look.

Now Showing at the Art Gallery: Martin Cain

Martin Cain
an exploration of auditory and visual detritus
November 11 – December 10, 2009

Opening on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, this new exhibit at the Caturano and Company Art Gallery features the work of artist Martin Cain in an installation titled “FOUND”.

All are cordially invited to an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, November 15, 2009, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

Located on the main floor of the Bentley Library, the Caturano and Company Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Check the online calendar for information about the Library’s hours.

Help Yourself! Library Research Guides Are Available Whenever & Wherever You Need Help

library research guides

Although the reference librarians encourage you to ask us for help with your research, we realize that there are times when this isn’t an option (late night, for example).   So, we have created a great collection of library research guides that you can consult if a librarian is not available.

These guides are designed to help you locate the best resources for your research.  Library research guides are available for a number of popular research topics and common questions, such as “how do a get information about a company?”, “what is a NAICS code and how do I find them?”, and “which databases should I use to get articles for my History paper?”.  In each guide we recommend specific books, journals, library databases and web sites.  The entire collection of library research guides is available at

This is an evolving collection – guides will continue to be added and updated.  If you’d like to suggest a topic for a library research guide please comment on this post.

Have You Heard the Latest Buzz?

Book Buzz, that is!  The Book Buzz @ Bentley blog features book reviews written by members of the Bentley Library staff.  Highlighting fiction and nonfiction titles from our “Popular Reading” collection, BookBuzz can point you to a great new book (or perhaps even steer you away from something not-so-great).  Recently, we’ve added reviews of the bestselling novels Juliet, Naked, The Magicians, and That Old Cape Magic.  Next time you’re here take a few moments to browse the popular reading shelves (located near the cafe entrance) – we bet you find something interesting to to take home!

We’d love to know what you think about our popular reading collection…just click the “Comment” link to send us your thoughts and/or make recommendations for purchase.

Halloween Facts & Figures

How much money will we spend on Halloween candy this year?  Which state produces the most pumpkins? How many trick-or-treaters are there in the United States?

We can answer these questions using a few key industry research sources, including library databases IBISWorld and Mintel, as well as the U.S. Census.  Check these facts out:

According to industry research firm IBISWorld:1

  • Halloween sales are expected to reach a record-breaking $6 billion in 2009, up 4.2 percent from the $5.77 billion generated last year.
  • The average person is estimated to spend about $22.50 on Halloween treats in 2009.
  • 32 percent of people celebrating the holiday will either host or attend a party. For this reason, IBISWorld expects decorations to reach its highest level yet at $1.64 billion.

Furthermore, market research firm Mintel tells us that:

  • 65% of Americans celebrate Halloween.2
  • the Halloween holiday actually ranks 4th in sales of chocolate, behind Easter (1st), Christmas (2nd), and Valentine’s Day (3rd). 3

Lastly, the U.S. Census provides us with their annual list of Halloween fun facts.  How else would we know that:

  • 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins were produced by major pumpkin-producing states in 2008. (Illinois led the country by producing 496 million pounds).
  • the per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2008 was 23.8 pounds.
  • the estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2008 – children 5 to 13 – across the United States was 36 million. 4

The staff of the Bentley Library wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!

1 “Holiday Sales Un-Spooked By Recession According To IBISWorld Data”. IBISWorld Press Release. 13 October 2009.
2 Holiday Shopping – US – June 2009. Mintel Oxygen database.
3 Chocolate Confectionery – US – July 2008Mintel Oxygen database.
4 Facts for Features – Halloween: October 31, 2009.  U.S. Census Press Release. 31 August 2009.

Alumni Weekend 2009: Welcome to all Bentley Alumni, Families & Friends

What did the Bentley Library look like when you were a student?  Do you remember the bright red carpet, the card catalog and the brick archways?  Those days are long gone…  In March of 2006, following a $17 million renovation project, a brand new Bentley Library was unveiled.   Now we feature a cafe, high-tech group study rooms and electronic moving shelves.

Please join us for a tour of the Bentley Library on Saturday, October 24, at 11:00am and see for yourselves what a 21st century academic library looks like.

Unable to attend the tour?  Please feel free to stop by and take a walk through the library; we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you!