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Happy Birthday, Jane!

Today is Jane Austen's birthday!  This year it has also been declared Jane Austen day.  You can find out about events taking place to celebrate the day on this Facebook page.

Want another suggestion for how to celebrate?  Since it's a rainy day today, may I suggest cuddling up with a good movie, either an adaptation or a film with some other kind of connection to Jane.  Here are a few titles we have in our collection:

Bridget Jones's Diary

Pride and Prejudice 

Bride and Prejudice

Mansfield Park


Also, we don't have episodes of the show yet, but you might enjoy reading Death Comes to Pemberley.


Honoring Mark Strand, a Pultizer Prize Winner and Poet Laureate

"I am not thinking of Death, but Death is thinking of me.
He leans back in his chair, rubs his hands, strokes
His beard and says, 'I’m thinking of Strand, I’m thinking
That one of these days I’ll be out back, swinging my scythe
Or holding my hourglass up to the moon, and Strand will appear
In a jacket and tie, and together under the boulevards’
Leafless trees we’ll stroll into the city of souls. And when
We get to the Great Piazza with its marble mansions, the crowd
That had been waiting there will welcome us with delirious cries,
And their tears, turned hard and cold as glass from having been
Held back so long, will fall, and clatter on the stones below.
O let it be soon. Let it be soon.”

----"2002" by Mark Strand

Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate, recently died.  You can read about him in this New Yorker article and in this Paris Review article.

We also have many of his books in our collection:

Blizzard of one: poems

Almost invisible

The continuous life : poems

The late hour

The weather of words : poetic invention


40th Anniversary of For Colored Girls


This year is the 40th anniversary of For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem.  The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City has an exhibit called i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls.  Here's an article about the exhibit.  You might also enjoy this video (warning: will play immediately).

We have several versions of the play in our collection, including a streaming video and multiple copies of the text.

We also have several other of Ntozake Shange's works:

A Daughter's Geography

From okra to greens : poems

The love space demands: a continuing saga

Nappy edges


Political Books in Leisure Reading Collection

Since the General Election is next week on November 4th, I thought you might enjoy reading up on politics.  We've got some great memoirs, biographies, political essays, and other non-fiction works for you to check out:

One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future by Ben Carson

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler

Enough: Our Fight to Keep American Safe from Gun Violence by Gabrielle Giffords

​Forgetting To Be Afraid: A Memoir by Wendy Davis


Freedom Riders Collection

As we are commemorating the Freedom Summer 50th anniversary, you might be interested in checking out our We were prepared for the possibility of death: Freedom Riders in the South collection.  This collection has 4285 images and documents related to the Freedom Riders of 1961.  The collection comes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Library.  Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the United States Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia. Boynton had outlawed racial segregation in the restaurants and waiting rooms in terminals serving buses that crossed state lines. 

This collection allows you to both browse and search the collection.  You can search by keywords, document titles, author, and place names.

You might also be interested in a documentary in our collection called American Experience: Freedom Riders.

Banned Books Week

This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 21st and September 27th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.  This year's theme is comics.  You can find out more about banned and challenged comics at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website.  You might also be interested in a recent New York Times article, this blog post, and this interesting storify collection of a twitter chat.

King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. We also have a lot of great resources to help you explore this issue.

We have several books and resources about the censorship of comics that took place in the 1950's:

The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .H33 2008

Seal of approval: the history of the comics code by Amy Kiste Nyberg. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .N953 1998

Pulp demons: international dimensions of the postwar anti-comics campaign edited by John A. Lent.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN6710 .P85 1999

Of comics and men : a cultural history of American comic books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .G3313 2010

The horror! the horror! : comic books the government didn't want you to read!  edited by Jim Trombetta, with an introduction by R. L. Stine.  Available by request through OhioLINK.

Seduction of the innocent by Frederic Wertham.  Access through Alexander Street Press.

Interim Report of the Committee on the Judiciary pursuant to S. Res. 89 (83d Cong. 1st sess.) and S. Res. 190 (83d Cong. 2d sess.) a part of the investigation of juvenile delinquency in the United States. Alternate title: Comic books and juvenile delinquency.  Original report from 1955 available as a pdf.

We also have access to a database called Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, which features the comics that went "underground" after the Comics Code Authority was put in place.

Though the Comics Code Authority and the censorship that happened as a result is a thing of the past, many comics are still being challenged, including recent challenges to Persepolis in Chicago and Seattle.  Cases have included: 

Blankets by Craig Thompson. ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6727.T48 B58 2003

Bone by Jeff Smith. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.S546 B66 2004

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore.  ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6728.B36 M66 2008

Fun home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C565 I33 2005

In the night kitchen by Maurice Sendak. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Maus: a survivor's tale by Art Spiegelman. King Library (2nd floor) | D804.3 .S66 1986

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6747.S245 P4713 2003.  

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.V38 P75 2006

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C74 S86 1995

The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.K63 K5513 2009

Watchmen by Alan Moore. King Folio | PN6737.M6 W38 2005

Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.J33 N3313 2003

You can learn about the background of these cases here.

You can also find out more about comics and graphic novels on our subject guide on the topic.

Stop by our new leisure reading collection!

Stop into King Café and browse our NEW Leisure Reading collection! Updated monthly, we keep the titles in this collection fresh and up to date. These are the hot, new releases and bestsellers you've been dying to get your hands on! From thrillers to cookbooks, on-trend nonfiction to the latest big screen adaptation, we have something for everyone.

Books in the Leisure Reading collection check out for 3 weeks. When you find a title you want, you can check the books out at the Instruction Materials Center (IMC) desk, on the ground floor of King. 

You will find a variety of titles for a variety of moods:

Curl up with a light mystery on a rainy afternoon, like Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell  

Dish the dirt with a celebrity book, such as Aviva Drescher's Leggy Blonde

Impress your friends by reading an important current events book, like Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Picketty

​Get ready for the first lecture in Miami University Lecture Series by reading Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.

You can find a list in our catalog here, or you can check out our pinterest board.

If that's not enough for you, there are also popular magazines you can browse while drinking your coffee in the cafe.  Happy reading!

Honoring Maya Angelou

Angelou Poet and political activist Maya Angelou died today (May 28th).  You can read obituaries and commemorations here, here, and here.  You might also enjoy this collection of some of her best quotes (warning: video will play automatically).  I also think this NPR profile from 2008 will be useful in understanding her impact on society.

You may also want to read some of her works for yourself:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3551.N464 Z466 1970 

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya AngelouKing Library (2nd floor) | PS3551.N464 A17 1994

And Still I RiseKing Library (2nd floor) | PS3551.N464 A8

Mom & Me & MomKing Library (2nd floor) | PS3551.N464 Z46 2013

On the Pulse of MorningKing Library (2nd floor) | PS3551.N464 O53 1993

Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating WomenKing Library (2nd floor) | PS3551.N464 P48 1994

Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and PrayerKing Library (2nd floor) | PS3551.N464 C45 2006

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

Bridging Cultures: Art, Architecture, and Film


As we wrap up the school year, we are wrapping our Muslim Journeys programs.  The final collection I want to highlight is the Art, Architecture, and Film collection.  In this collection we have:

Koran by Heart (2011), directed by Greg Barker

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011), directed by Robert Gardner

Prince Among Slaves (2007), directed by Andrea Kalin

Islamic Art Spots (short films designed, written, and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, developed especially for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair. ArtArch | N6260 .B576 1997

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter. ArtArch | N6260 .P67 2012

If you are looking for books to read, check out this post, this post, this post, and this post.

Bridging Cultures: Pathways of Faith

Since we just finished our Muslim Journeys book discussions, I wanted to highlight the Pathways of Faith theme from our Bridging Cultures collection, in case you want even more books to read! Here are the books we have from that collection:

The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters. King Library (2nd floor) | BM157 .P47 2004 

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown. King Library (2nd floor) | BP75 .B66 2011

The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson.  King Library (2nd floor) | BP132 .M39 2008

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter.  ArtArch | N6260 .P67 2012

Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson.  King Library (2nd floor) | PK6480.E4 N53 2012

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post, this post, and this post.