March 29, 2007

Cover Art: Harry Potter

Scholastic released the cover art for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yesterday. As with the previous U.S. editions of the Harry Potter novels, cover art was created by illustrator Mary GrandPré. Details from the Schoolastic press release include the following:
“The front cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features adramatic sky of oranges and golds. It depicts 17-year-old Harry with arm outstretched, reaching upward. The structures around Harry show evident destruction and in the shadows behind him, we see outlines of other people,” said David Saylor, Scholastic’s Vice President and Creative Director who has designed all seven Harry Potter covers.

“For the first time the cover is a wrap-around. On the back cover spidery hands are outstretched towards Harry. Only when the book is opened does one see a powerful image of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, his glowing red eyes peering out from his hood” (Scholastic, 3/28/07).

Read more about the cover art:

Copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have been ordered for the library. As with the other titles in this series, one copy will be on general reserve and a second copy in the regular circulating collection.

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March 23, 2007

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

March 22, 2007

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following book has been added to the juvenile collection. It will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novels

The following book has been added to the juvenile collection. It will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile: Poetry & Riddles

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

AU Circulating: General

The following books have been added to the circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display in the reference area on the main floor of the library or in it's regular location.

March 20, 2007

Book Links: Picture books

Are you interested in using picture books in the classroom beyond the traditional read aloud? This month's edition of Book Links, March 2007, volume 16 number 4, features two articles with classroom connections for picture books.

Illustration as Art - Color by Mary M. Erbach (p. 33). In this article Erbach discusses seven different picture books and the illustrators use of color; included are Lois Ehlert, Marjorie Priceman, and Ed Young. The first in a new featured series of "Illustration as Art" articles, subsequent articles will "cover styles of children's book illustration and aspects of book design, and will help both children and adults gain a greater appreciation for art as they learn to look and look again, taking time to digest and explore this wonderfully varied subject" (Book Links, editor's note, p. 33)

Using Picture Books to Teach Literary Techniques by Shutta Crum (p. 57). Crum offers a "sampling of literary techniques" and corresponding picture book offerings that may be used to successfully illustrate the defined technique. Literary terms included are allusion, alliteration, imagery, personification, onomatopoeia, and suspense & foreshadowing. Many of the books Crum recommends are found in most libraries including Margie Palatini's Piggie Pie, Dav Pilkey's Dogzilla, and Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.

Online resources are available on the Book Links web site; monthly Web Connections are available with each journal. March's Web Connections detail Internet resources and classroom activites for both of the aforementioned articles.

Book Links is part of the AU library journal collection and is available via library database collections including Academic Search Premier and Education Research Complete.

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Booklist: Graphic Novels

Interested in learning more about graphic novels and reading reviews on new pulications? Booklist's March 15th issue, volume 103 number 14, highlights this genre. The Spotlight on Graphic Novels includes:

  • New Graphic Novels (p. 35-41):
    Book reviews
  • He Reads ... Graphic Novels
    (p. 38)
  • She Reads ... Graphic Novels
    (p. 39)
  • You Go, Graphic: A Carte Blanche article
    by Michael Cart (p. 43)
  • New Graphic Novels for Youth (p. 56)
  • Core Collection: Japanese Manga for Teens (p. 60)
  • Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth (p. 62)
  • Starred Review: UXL Graphic Novelists: Profiles of Cutting Edge Authors and Illustrators (p. 77)
  • RA Corner review of Graphic Novels: A genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More (p. 79)

Also reviewed in this issue is Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More, part of the IRC reference collection. Booklist is part of the AU library journal collection and is available via several database collections including Academic Search Premier and Literature Resource Center (embargo period).

Catalog quick link: graphic novels.


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AU Circulating: DVD

The following DVD has been added to the library circulating collection. DVD's are located in the listening lab, room 201, library second floor.

Activity Books

The following activity books have been added to the curriculum collection. Activity books are located in the textbook annex on the second floor, directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center.

March 19, 2007

New Printer

The new HP LaserJet 4250 printer is now working from all library second floor and IRC computers. Printing reminders have been updated with the following information:
  • Default printer - no charge
    Lib_IRC_LJ4250

  • Color printer - 10 cents per page
    Library2_AficioCL3000

  • Adobe PDF - no charge
    Adobe PDF

As noted on the color printer, all prints to the color printer regardless of their content (color verses no color) remain 10 cents per page; duplex color prints are 20 cents.

IRC Circulating: Software

The following software titles have been added to the IRC collection. Educational software is located in the Instructional Resource Center and is part of the circulating collection.

IRC Circulating: Kits

The following kits have been added to the Instructional Resource Center circulating collection. Kits are located inside of the Instructional Resource Center (east wall) and shelved numerically.

AU Circulating: General

The following books have been added to the circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display in the reference area on the main floor of the library or in it's regular location.

AU Circulating: Education

The following books have been added to the circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display in the reference area on the main floor of the library or in it's regular location.

March 5, 2007

IRC Hours: Spring Break

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed during spring break and on Sunday, March 18th. Library hours are posted below:
  • Friday, March 9th - Library closes at 4 pm
  • Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11 - Library closed
  • Week of spring break - Library open 8 am - 5 pm daily
  • Saturday, March 17 - Library closed
  • Sunday, March 18 - Library open regular hours

Reminder: Printing is not available on the second floor when the IRC is closed.

New Printer / Old Printer

A new HP LaserJet 4250 printer has arrived in the IRC. Features of interest include duplex printing, an additional memory card for faster print jobs, and an additional paper drawer (2 reams, less waiting). At this time it is unavailable for general use.

While we are waiting for full printer installment on the second floor and IRC computers, the old laser printer remains in use. Please note it has been moved next to the roll-top laminator, directly to the right inside the IRC doors.

March 2, 2007

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novels

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

IRC Reference

The following book has been added to the IRC reference collection. You will find it shelved directly inside the IRC, library second floor, in the reference section.