Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Book Fair is Coming!

The renowned Miami Book Fair International is back again! Now in its 24th year, the event, which is hosted by Miami Dade College, will be held from November 4 through November 11, 2007, with the popular street fair running from November 9 through 11.

Fair goers can expect to:

* Attend discussions by hundreds of recently published authors from around the world and from home, including Edna Buchanan, Edwidge Danticat, Dave Barry, Chris Matthews, Ha Jin, Michael Ondaatje, and many more
* Meet authors such as Rosie O'Donnell, Jenna Bush, Nikki Giovanni, Caroline Kennedy, and more at the "Evening With" presentations
* Have family fun activities and storytelling at Children's Alley
* Browse through rare and historic books at the Antiquarian Annex
* Check out South Florida's best and brightest literary talent at the Write Out Loud Cafe, hosted by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts
* ...and much more!

There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to become more involved in this landmark annual event!

Whether you are a volunteer or an attendee, be sure not to miss out on this spectacular Miami literary tradition.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

LOL @ your library

Read for the fun of it at the North Campus Library during the tenth annual Teen Read Week(TM), October 14 – 20, 2007. Join thousands of other teens across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, "LOL @ your library®." Teen Read Week(TM) is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association. This year’s theme encourages teens to read humorous books and graphic novels just 'for the fun of it'.

Here are some titles from the North Campus Library to get you LOLing @ your library:

  • Romeo and Juliet by Richard Appignanesi [graphic novel] PN6737.A66 R66 2007
  • Simpsons Comics: Beach Blanket Bongo by Matt Groening [graphic novel] PN6728.S56 G76 2007
  • Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi [graphic novel] ESL PN6747.S245 P4913 2004
  • The Dirt on Pigpen by Charles M. Schulz PN6728.P43 S38 2007
  • Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies : A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite by June Casagrande PE1460 .C325 2006
  • The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry by Larry Gonick QD37 .G625 2005
  • Talk to the Hand : The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door by Lynn Truss BJ1533.C9 T78 2005
  • Dave Barry is from Mars and Venus by Dave Barry PN6162 .B2954 1997

Recommended Web Site: Gateway to Science Resources

North campus librarian Dr. Tim Deline says:

Check out our Gateway to Science Resources website! This website includes links to many recommended science resources as well as information about our Library Gateway Project (funded through the USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program).

The Gateway to Science Resources website has many useful links to reliable science-related government sites, databases, directories, biographies, images, and much more. Discover the sciences with this concise but complete compilation of resources.

Spotlight Database: Informe

Keep up with the latest Spanish language news and trends with Informe, the Gale database with "Revistas en Espanol" ("Magazines in Spanish"). From Gale:

Created exclusively for Spanish-speaking users, this full-text electronic reference tool is the first system to provide indexing, images and full text of popular Hispanic magazines -- not just translations. Also included is a thesaurus and interface that are uniquely designed for Spanish-speaking users. ¡Informe! thinks through every query in Spanish. Terms and thesaurus are based on the expressions Spanish-speakers commonly use, allowing users to easily navigate through the database without experiencing inaccurate search terms.

October's Featured Reference Work

Brush up on your Hispanic Heritage knowledge with this month's featured reference work, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States, edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. Gonzalez. From Library Journal:

Starred Review. Many current reference works depict important historical, intellectual, social, artistic, and political developments of Latinos, the largest minority in the United States. This four-volume set, developed by scholars Oboler (Latin American & Latino studies, Univ. of Illinois) and Gonz├ílez (Chicano studies, Loyola Marymount Univ.), aims to provide a general yet intensive overview while dispelling the myths and stereotypes of Latino peoples and cultures. The Grolier set features social commentaries on everyday issues of particular importance to Latino culture. In comparison, the Oxford set offers lengthier entries and more of them—over 750 articles and 280 biographies. It contains over 400 illustrations, charts, and maps. Bibliographies at the end of each article facilitate additional research, as does a useful Topical Outline of Entries divided into 14 subject areas. A list of contributors and institutions precedes a lengthy index of almost 200 pages. Bottom Line This is one of the most thorough sets on the topic to date. — Nedra Crowe-Evers, Sonoma Cty. Lib. Syst., CA.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States can be found in the North Campus Library at REF E184.S75 O97 2005.