For July’s blog, the archivist discusses a mold and water salvage workshop she attended at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Read about it here!
Library will be closed Thursday 7/6 due to construction. We will be open Friday, 7/7. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Read about the archivist’s recent trip to the Fermi Laboratory archives in this month’s new blog post!
We’ve put together our Summer Reading Top 10 list for all you readers out there. Let’s get started!
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton, POP LIT Cri
The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.
A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, POP LIT Cro
A mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious–and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to her magical Lowcountry of South Carolina in this bewitching story of marriage, love, family, and friendship that is infused with her warm and engaging earthy humor and generous heart.
One enchanted summer, two couples begin a friendship that will last more than 20 years and transform their lives.
Bursting with the intoxicating richness of Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved Lowcountry — the sultry sunshine, cool ocean breezes, icy cocktails, and starry velvet skies — Same Beach, Next Year is a dazzling celebration of the infrangible power of friendship, the enduring promise of summer, and the indelible bonds of love.
Camino Island by John Grisham
A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for 25 million dollars.
Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends. But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.
The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred, POP LIT Got
A cool girl–with an X-rated internal life–and a socially-inept guy prove that opposites attract in this honest look at love, sexuality, and becoming your true self.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, POP LIT Haw
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Beware a calm surface — you never know what lies beneath.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, POP LIT 741.5973 Lep
A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character’s creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
Examines the life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with wife Elizabeth Holloway and mistress Olive Byrne, both of whom inspired and influenced the comic book character’s creation and development.
Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler, POP LIT 818.602 Poe
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…
Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician — until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past — always just out of sight — could drag them both under…
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, POP LIT Ste
Boston, present day. A young man from a shadowy government agency shows up at an Ivy League university and offers an eminent professor a lot of money to study a trove of recently discovered old documents. The only condition: the professor must sign an NDA that would preclude him from publishing his findings, should they be significant. The professor refuses and tells the young man to get lost.
On his way out, he bumps into a young woman–a low-on-the-totem-pole adjunct faculty member who’s more than happy to sign the NDA and earn a few bucks. The documents, if authentic, are earth-shaking: they prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for much of human history. And so the shadowy government agency–the Department of Diachronic Operations, or DODO–gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that is shielded from whatever it is that interferes with magic and thus send Diachronic Operatives back in time to meddle with history.
This is the April edition of our monthly radio show at the University of St. Francis. In this shorten show, hosts Gloria and Shannon play a game and discuss some library news!
Join the archivist as she recalls her time at the Midwest Archives Conference in Omaha. Learn about Chief Standing Bear and the landmark court case in 1879! Read it here.