Hungry for something fun to read over Spring Break (or once you come back to campus)?
Once again this year, we've pulled together recommendations from our favorite "Best of" lists and literary awards to build a "Best of 2012" display. These books are available for checkout in the lobby area, between the interlibrary loan office and the east windows; you can also browse the list online before you come in. If you are reading this over Spring Break, you might like to know that the library's hours are quite a bit shorter for the next week or so: we're open until 5 pm daily, except for the 16th, 17th, and 23rd, when we are closed all day. We'll be open noon-8 pm on the Sunday before Block 7 (March 24th), and then back to regular late-night hours on the 25th.
This post is a bit of a mish-mash: we just wanted to share some images with you that reflect our end-of-the-year joys.
First, congratulations again to the winners of our Fifth Annual Tutt Library Haiku Contest. Their haiku, along with some of our other favorites, can be perused at your leisure in the free limited-edition Tutt Library Haiku Zine - stop by the library and pick one up. You should be able to find some at the ID, reference, and circulation desks - if we're out when you come by, there will be more next week!
Second, the student/staff Cinco de Mayo party was a sunny outdoor success again this year! Emma Mitchell handily decapitated our piñata.
Finally, and most importantly, we congratulate ALL of CC's graduating seniors, but especially those of you that we've been lucky enough to work with over the last few years: Rashidah, James, Abdoulaye, Kate, Mandy, Banele, Hannah, Tori, Lahya, Emma, Tashnika, Eleanor, and Hanna. Best wishes to everyone at CC who's graduating; please come back and visit us!
Tutt Library is celebrating Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5. The library opens at 10AM, so come early for the best selection. We're still eagerly awaiting our box o' free comics, so they will be a surprise to us too; but you can expect a wide variety of vintage, kid-friendly, superhero, and alternative titles. Thanks to Escape Velocity, our local comic book shop, for hooking us into the free comic book pipeline!
We will also be highlighting the library's growing collection of comics and graphic novels, with works by authors and artists like Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, and Lynda Barry (just to name a few). So come by the library on Saturday for a free comic book of your own or a free 30-day loan of a graphic novel / memoir / collection / what-have-you.
Tutt displaymakers have selected the cream of the crop from annual recommendation lists and awards (including NPR, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the National Book Awards, the Costa Book Awards, and many more...). These books are now on display in the lobby, between our New Arrivals and Leisure Reading sections. Please stop by and browse, any time! All our lobby display books check out, so don't hesitate to bring them home.
You can also peruse the full list of our selections online.
Colorado College welcomed Ralph Nader on Monday, as he gave the inaugural talk in the college's new First Mondays lecture series. Mr. Nader generously donated some of the books he'd discussed to Tutt Library, and took the time to inscribe them as well. These books are currently available at the circulation desk, and you can also view a few of his thoughtful inscriptions (PDF) . For the next short while, the books will be restricted to in-library use, a few hours at a time, to make sure everyone who is interested can see them.
For as long as most of us could remember, the oversized art books were on the third floor, while the regular-sized art books were in the basement in the movable shelving. Art history faculty and students may have seen some exercise benefits from going up and down three flights of stairs carrying stacks of books, but librarians and researchers agreed that this wasn't an optimal situation.
This summer, we moved all the art books--books with call numbers that begin with "N"--together in one room on the south side of the second floor. Oversize books now sit side-by-side with smaller books, making browsing easy.
The Art History Department was so happy with the new Art Book Reading Room that they asked to throw a little opening ceremony. Professors Ruth Kolarik and Tamara Bentley were generous with their praise of Tutt Library staff and students for all the planning and work that went into the move, and after presenting gifts, Ruth and Carol Dickerson, library director, cut the ribbon to officially open the Art Book Reading Room. (If you'd like to see more pictures from the ceremony, including the ribbon-cutting itself, you can check out our Flickr photostream.)
Please come and enjoy browsing the Art Book Reading Room. It's on the second floor of the south side of Tutt Library, near Special Collections.
Tutt librarians and staff have recently started using LibGuides to help our patrons (you!) learn about all kinds of topics.
This month's featured LibGuide focuses on the 2011 First Year Experience book: David Mason's verse novel Ludlow. If you're a new Colorado College student or parent, a returning student with fond memories of your own FYE, or someone who's just plain interested in Colorado history, the Ludlow LibGuide is worth checking out! If you'd rather explore this subject in person, we also have a mini-exhibition of historical materials connected to the Ludlow Massacre in the glass cases by the stairs on the second floor of Tutt North, and a lobby display of related books. And, as always, we invite you to Ask a Librarian to help you find out even more about this fascinating subject.
Want to find a great book (or two or five) to read over the Christmas holidays? Overwhelmed by the annual plethora of best-of-the-year book lists? Check out our new Best Of 2010 display in the library lobby. As displayed books check out, new books will be added, so browse early and browse often.
Tutt Library just joined BookBrowse, a nifty reader-oriented database that offers in-depth reviews, "if you liked this book, try these ones next" suggestions, themed lists (eg Coming of Age, On the High Seas, 18th Century,...), lengthy excerpts, a bookfinder genre-mash-up tool, author interviews, and more. You can also subscribe to ezines which highlight the site's newest additions. Offcampus or on, just go to http://www.bookbrowse.com/tutt!
It's definitely worth a visit, especially for fans of historical fiction, literary novels, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction. If you're exclusively a science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, poetry, or graphic novel fan, well, this may not be your favorite book community ever. Might we suggest, respectively, io9, tordotcom, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Stop! You're Killing Me, poets.org, or Grovel, instead?
Still searching for that perfect book? Don't forget to check out our Readers' Advisory page for further pleasure reading suggestions.