Monday, December 17, 2012

Festive Foods

Craft, cook and bake your way through the holiday season with recipes, food gifts and decorating ideas. Here’s a short list to get you started.

The Christmas Table: Recipes and Crafts to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition by Diane Morgan TX739.2 .C45 M675 2008

Friends and family tested all the recipes presented here along with ones for creative dishes for leftovers. Morgan includes directions for holiday decorations, that are family projects and sample menus with timetables so the cook enjoys the party as well.

Christmas with Southern Living TT900 .C4 C487 2012

If you follow the magazine, Southern Living, this annual volume pulls together various holiday decorating ideas for the home, using seasonal greens, fruit and flowers. Many recipes for new dishes from appetizers to desserts compliment the color photos of food and home décor.

Sweet Christmas by Sharon Bowers. TX772 .B68 2012
There’s something for everyone in this volume: homemade gifts to give, projects for parents and children and recipes for cookies and jam. Try the peppermint fudge, chocolate-almond toffee, hot maple donuts or sugared pecans.

Very Merry Cookies TX772 .B5313 2011

This volume of 16 dozen recipes from the Better Homes & Gardens kitchen includes easy to follow directions and many colored photos of the finished bars and cookies. If you’re baking cookies as gifts, the book suggests clever ways to package them. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Review- Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

Ian McEwan (2012)

PR6063.C4 S94 2012 

Knowing that Sweet Tooth is a Jane Austen romance, post-modern, Russian doll, Künstlerroman nestled within a spy story doesn’t make it any less enjoyable or compelling. Ian McEwan has written a superb personal novel from the point of view of a complex female narrator which at times is a thriller, a glimpse into the writer's craft, and a psychological study within the framework of universal themes: love, betrayal, and redemption.

The first paragraph of the book introduces the structure of Sweet Tooth, “My name is Serena Frome (rhymes with plume) and almost 40 years ago I was sent on a secret mission for the British security service. I didn't return safely. Within eighteen months of joining I was sacked, having disgraced myself and ruined my lover, though he certainly had a hand in his own undoing." The unfolding of the story is how these events came to pass some forty years ago places the beginning of the narrative in the United Kingdom of the 1970’s. Serena is a beautiful and brilliant Cambridge student who is recruited to join the British M15 and whose mission is to counter Soviet supported writers by infiltrating and supporting British literary circles of up-and-coming writers in a psych-ops mission to, hopefully, promote anti-communist writings. Along the way we are treated to all manner and sorts of musings, contemplations, thoughts and discussions - all of which are integral to the story. Lingering on the novel’s side-streets (against the pull of the narrative) is one of the many pleasures of Sweet Tooth, such as the discussion of Philip Larkin’s “The Whitsun Weddings” or Joyce’s “The Dead.” One of many intrigues of Sweet Tooth as a nominal spy novel set in the UK of the 1970’s is that the presence of United States is more deeply felt than the peripheral Soviet Union which has the added benefit for American readers of seeing (and learning about) ourselves in the 1970’s as others saw us even as UK readers revisit their history as their country continues to pull itself out of the aftermath of the Second World War.

Sweet Tooth is also a novel about writing, the role of the author and the relationship of the author to the characters. References made to writers including: Kingsley Amis, Angus Wilson, Edward Thomas, W. H. Auden, Arthur Miller, Bertrand Russell, Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch, Robert Lowell, T. S. Eliot and Martin Amis, a friend of McEwan’s. Sweet Tooth is dedicated to Christopher Hitchens and the discussion of “The Whitsun Weddings” was an actual conversation between McEwan and Hitchens.  But, underlying the book is Serena’s knowledge of probability and chance which, like in the writings of John Fowles (acknowledged by McEwan), such as The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Magus, provides the jumping off point of the novel and very much informs Sweet Tooth in those eighteen recounted months of the events of the 1970’s.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

eBooks from EBSCOhost

A new database of digital books has been added to the EBSCO family of services. EBSCO bought Netlibrary and has created the eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). You can search the database separately for ebooks through the Databases page or by using Quick Search on the library's homepage. 

Noteworthy eBook features include:
  • Search and view eBooks on the EBSCOhost platform
  • Browse eBooks by subject area and by latest added to your library's collection
  • View eBook Table of Contents from search Result List
  • Navigate to eBook chapters or sections directly from Result List and Detail Record
  • Search within an eBook for specific terms, yielding a list of hyperlinked pages
  • Create notes that are associated to eBook pages
  • Download capabilities to a variety of portable devices

Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review- In Sunlight and in Shadow

Mark Helprin (2012)

PS3558.E4775 I5 2012

Of course, I’ll read it again – if only to luxuriate in his use of language and to feel the pull of the story. The feeling of re-reading was no different than after the first reading one of the great novels of the 20th century, his A Soldier of the Great War (PS3558.E4775 S65 1996).

In First Russian Summer, a short story in the collection entitled, A Dove of the East: And Other Stories (PS3558.E4775 D68 1990), so acute are an old man’s memories of his grandfather and the vast forests of central Russia that a reader has the rare privilege of creating a vivid and intense memory that is somehow shared with the narrator. How old must author Mark Helprin be to have lived through those years in czarist Russia before the revolution? An author’s sleight of hand? Helprin has the rare gift of being able to evoke a time and place as if he lived in that era, so finely tuned is he to the nuance, rhythm, sights, sounds, smells and particulars of daily life in those years.

Helprin is on home turf In Sunlight and in Shadow as the story centers around New York City (as it was known then rather than the shorthand New York, New York) just after the end of the Second World War, though in the story we visit many times and places around the world from Tunisia, to the Ardennes (in an extraordinary chapter), London, California (both San Francisco and the Central Valley) as well as many other stops, times and places along the way – all of which, as described, feel as if we are experiencing them contemporaneously. To read Helprin is always a bit unsettling as his writings lead readers to self-examination as their thoughts and feelings are tested even as the novel unfolds.

In Citizen Kane, Mr. Bernstein (Kane’s factotum) shares a memory of crossing over to New Jersey on a ferry and seeing, on a departing ferry, a girl in a white dress carrying a white parasol…”I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.” In Sunlight and in Shadow Harry Copeland doesn’t let the woman he sees on the ferry become a memory, so moved by her that he rearranges his day to ensure that he’ll not only see her again but will also meet her. One of the many pleasures of In Sunlight are the coincidences of contact and close proximity because unbeknownst to Harry and Catherine (the woman on the ferry) they had seen each other earlier as children.  They do meet again and they fall in love.

Helprin’s latest novel owes much to both A Soldier of the Great War and a Winter’s Tale (PS3558.E4775 W5 1995) for the sweep and accuracy of history and the stories of great romantic love. But, the promise implicit in the short chapter in a Winter’s Tale entitled, Nothing is Random is the promise kept In Sunlight and in Shadow and, at the risk of a long quotation from that short chapter bears repeating:

“…time was invented because we cannot comprehend in one glance the enormous and detailed canvas that we have been given - so we track it, in linear fashion piece by piece. Time however can be easily overcome; not by chasing the light, but by standing back far enough to see it all at once. The universe is still and complete. Everything that ever was is; everything that ever will be is - and so on, in all possible combinations. Though in perceiving it we image that it is in motion, and unfinished, it is quite finished and quite astonishingly beautiful. In the end, or rather, as things really are, any event, no matter how small, is intimately and sensibly tied to all others. All rivers run full to the sea; those who are apart are brought together; the lost ones are redeemed; the dead come back to life; the perfectly blue days that have begun and ended in golden dimness continue, immobile and accessible; and, when all is perceived in such a way as to obviate time, justice becomes apparent not as something that will be, but something that is."

That Helprin believes this is so is what powers In Sunlight and in Shadow. Once we return from the New York City of 1947 and the lives of the people touched in the book we are changed as all great novelists change their readers…and we know that “…all rivers run full to the sea; those who are apart are brought together; the lost ones are redeemed; the dead come back to life; the perfectly blue days that have begun and ended in golden dimness continue, immobile and accessible…”  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Looking for something to watch this weekend?

The Library’s DVD collection has several TV series boxed sets. Here is a list of some of the sets available to check out:

  • Boardwalk Empire, Seasons 1 and 2
  • Breaking Bad, Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Deadwood, Season 1
  • Dexter, Seasons 1 and 2
  • Downton Abbey, Seasons 1 and 2
  • Freaks and Geeks, The Complete Series
  • Friday Night Lights, Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Inspector Morse, Sets 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • The IT Crowd, Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Justified, Seasons 1 and 2
  • Leverage, Seasons 1, 2, and 3
  • Monk, Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • Nurse Jackie, Season 1
  • Pushing Daisies, Seasons 1 and 2
  • Raising the Bar, Season 1 and 2
  • Revenge, Season 1
  • Rome, Seasons 1 and 2
  • Sons of Anarchy, Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Southland, Season 1
  • Torchwood, Seasons 1, 2, and 3
  • Ugly Betty, Seasons 1 and 2
  • Wallander, Seasons 1 and 2

Monday, October 22, 2012

Edible Poe Festival

Tuesday, October 16th in the Student Center Rotunda

The rules were simple-- all entries needed to be edible and related to Edgar Allan Poe. The competition was stiff with eighteen entries representing several well-known works by Poe including "The Black Cat," "The Raven," "The Oval Portrait," and the "The Purloined Letter." 

Dozens of people attended the festival and voted for their favorite club, department, and individual entries. Listed below are their top picks. 

Edible Poe Festival Trophy

Best Club

The Black Cat by the Veterans Club
Other fabulous entries: 
  • The Purloined Letter by The Eye
  • The Bells! by The Social Science Club

Best Department

The Tell-Tale Heart by the Business Office
Also of note: 
  • The Cask of Amontillado by the NHTI Library
  • The Pit and the Pendulum by DCE
  • Quoth the Raven, “Dinty Moore, Dinty Moore” by Juniata County Library
  • Nevermore Cat by Financial Aid
  • Some Words with a Mummy by the Registrar’s Office

Best Individual

Nevermore S'more Trifle by Alison
Additional entries in this category: 
  • Black Cat Chocolate Shortbread by Carol
  • The Premature Burial Brownie by Stephanie 
  • Skull Cupcakes by Claudette 
  • Raven Cookies by Arany 
  • Poe Parts Punch by Linda 
  • The Tell-Tale Heart Eye Cookies by John
  • The Olive Loaf Portrait by Sarah 
  • The Amontillado Wine by Robert

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NHTI Campus Reads the Hunger Games

Perhaps you missed the campus discussion about the Hunger Games, here’s a reminder that the library owns Suzanne Collins trilogy as well as audio books of the titles.

  • The Hunger Games   PZ7 .C6837 H96 2008 and AUDIOB PZ7 .C6837 H964 2008
  • Catching Fire   PZ7 .C6837 C38 2009 and AUDIOB PZ7 .C6837 C38 2009
  • Mockingjay   PZ7 .C6837 M63 2010  and AUDIOB PZ7 .C6937 M63 2010

You may be interested in the Hunger Games Companion by Lois Gresh (PS3603 .O4558 Z683 2011) because it is a guide to the series’ main themes. Also consider The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson (PS3603 .O4558 Z68 2011). In this volume, young adult authors discuss Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games ideas, themes and perceptions related to our society. Approaching the Hunger Games Trilogy by Tom Henthorne (PS3603 .O4558 Z6845 2012) presents a literary perspective and interpretation with Collins’ biographical information.

The library owns the Hunger Games feature film (DVD PN1997.2 .H86 2012) as well.

If you haven’t registered for a library account, stop by the front desk in the lobby with your student/faculty/staff ID and we’ll set one up for you. To verify if these items are available, check the online catalog or call the desk at 271-7186.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review- What the Robin Knows

One of our new books, What the Robin Knows, by Jon Young, a tracker, birder and naturalist, considers robins, juncos and other songbirds the key to our natural world. He writes of his life-long interest, beginning as a teenager, in the songs, companion calls and alarms, that telegraph a bird’s awareness of its surroundings. His book refers to his research as “deep bird language” the behaviors and calls that may telegraph danger or keep birds in touch with their mates. This writer shares stories, such as the brave cardinal who saved his mate from a hawk and  observations of the corvids, crows, ravens, jays and magpies, who steal eggs and hatchlings for food.  If you love nature, this is a well-written book that will explain animal communication and it offers a web site of “bird” audio recordings.

The NHTI Library has added a new subscription to Birds & Blooms, a magazine devoted to birds and gardens, filled with columns, photos, how-to articles and facts. Stop in the library to explore an issue.

Young, Jon. What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World. Boston: Houghton, 2012. QL698.5 .Y68 2012

Here are other books in the NHTI Library collection about birds:
  • Atlas of Birds: Diversity, Behavior and Conservation QL678 .U58 2011
  • Best-Ever Backyard Birding Tips: Hundreds of Easy Ways to Attract the Birds You Love to Watch
  • QL677.5 .M37 2008
  • Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors QL696 .E3 L538 2011
  • How Fast Can a Falcon Dive? Fascinating Answers to Questions about Birds of Prey QL677.78 .C37 2010

Check the online catalog,, to learn if a book is available or call 271-7186 for assistance.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome Back!

Whether you are a new or returning student, take a moment to become familiar with the NHTI Library home page. A the top of the page, locate and try our latest feature Quick Search the EBSCO Discovery Service that searches databases, e-journals and the library catalog all at one time.

Also featured on the home page are newly added databases. Contemporary Authors offers biographical information for 130,000 modern authors, titles or works published by the individual author. Search by name, title, awards or subject/genre to get a head start on English assignments.

If you are interested in your family’s history, consult, a 10 billion record database that investigates immigration records, birth, death and marriage registers along with census and military records.

Over the summer, we combined reference and circulation services now located at the front desk in the lobby. You’ll find more staff, all friendly, helpful people, who want you to have a successful first semester.

Stop by for assistance with research and use of library resources. Show us your shiny new student ID and sign up for a free library account. This will allow you to check out books and DVDs and gives you access to use the special “reserves” materials. 

If you can’t make it in to see us and need help with research, you may send your question to “Ask a Librarian” if online, or email: Remember to include your phone number.

Library Hours:
Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New DVDs

  • American Gypsy: a Stranger in Everybody’s Land  DVD DX201 .A43 1999
  • Another Earth  DVD PN1997.2 .A56 2011
  • Barking Water  DVD PN1997.2 .B3757 2010
  • The Best of Riverdance  DVD GV1646 .I8 B47 2005
  • Bird of Paradise  DVD PN1997 .B573 2012
  • Branded. The complete series  DVD PN1992.8 .W4 B736 2009
  • The Browning Version  DVD PN1995.9 .T4 B76 2005
  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame  DVD PN 1997.2 .D5746 2011
  • Fort Apache  DVD PN1997 .F6765 2012
  • Grand Canyon National Park  DVD G332 .G7 G73 1995
  • The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever  DVD HV4766 .N49 G74 2010
  • In the Presence of Mine Enemies  DVD PN1997 .I51612 2005
  • Irish Writers  DVD PR5823 .I74 2009
  • Jake’s Corner  DVD PN1997.2 .J354 2010
  • Jane Austen: a Concise Biography   DVD PR4036 .J3 J364 2005
  • Rainbow Tribe   DVD PN 1995.9 .C55 R356 2011
  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale     DVD PN1997.2 .R375 2011
  • Red Tails: the Real Story of the Tuskagee Airmen  DVD UG834 .A37 R44 2012
  • Secret at Arrow Lake  DVD PN 1997.2 .S43 2011
  • Secrets of the Titanic DVD G530 .T6 S437 2012
  • A Smile as Big as the Moon  DVD PN1997.2 .S6554 2012
  • War Horse  DVD PN1997.2 .W37 2012
  •  Who Do You Think You Are? Season 2 DVD CS69 .W46 2012
  • Woody Allen: a Documentary  DVD PN1998.3 .A45 W663 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Have a Question? We Have Answers!

Do you think the only reason to come to the NHTI Library is to find a book?  It’s not so!

Scan the list of questions NHTI students ask to get a sense of the ways we can help you.

In my art history class, I picked the Woolworth Building in New York.  Where do I find information about the architect, Gilbert Cass, and the other buildings he designed?

How can I evaluate this article from ERIC for my source list?

Do e-cigarettes work for smokers who want to quit?  What’s their effect on the body?

What is a personality disorder? Where can I find a list of the personality disorders recognized?

Do you have a question? Visit us, call us, email us or talk with the library folk via Zoho on the NHTI Library home page. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Faculty Books on Display

Stop by the Library during the month of August to see a collection of books published by NHTI faculty! The display features more than a dozen faculty authors.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Angel, Battle- Axe or Doctor’s Handmaiden? How Movies and the Media Portray Nurses

A search of the Ebsco Databases for nurses in movies uncovered an article by David Stanley, Celluloid Angels: A Research Study of Nurses in Feature Films 1900–2007. His study examines the media influence on nursing and nurses portrayed in feature films made between 1900 and 2007, with a nurse as the main or principal character and a story-line related to nursing. During this review, 280 relevant feature films were identified and evaluated because they offered insight into the image of nurses. Within this time period the nurse role evolved from self-sacrificial heroines to strong, confident professionals, as they are today.

Literature Review on the Images of the Nurse and Nursing in the Media by Jacqueline Bridges focuses on the image of nurses and nursing most commonly seen in the media. The study analyses the use of the label 'angel' to depict the selfless attitude exposed, the portrayal of the authoritarian senior nurse image in motion pictures, the image of nurses in 1950s and 1960s along with other stereotypes.

The book Nursing the Image: Media, Image and Professional Identity by Julia Hallam can be found in eBrary, the database of electronic books found on the library’s database page. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ray Bradbury

American science-fiction author, Ray Bradbury, the writer of short stories and novels, died June 5, 2012, after publishing numerous short-story collections and novels. When you look up Ray Bradbury in Encyclopedia Britannica, you will learn he was known for his novels that “blend social criticism with an awareness of the hazards of runaway technology.” Check out the web site, Ray Bradbury, maintained by his publisher Harper Collins.

Follow this connection to his Sunday Times short story, The Link, published in 2009. A gifted and prolific writer, Ray produced more than 500 published works. He is noted for his book, Fahrenheit 451, the Martian Chronicles, a collection of short stories, the screenplay for John Huston’s adaptation of Moby Dick and scripts for 65 episodes of the TV show, Ray Bradbury Theater.

Here’s a snapshot of the Bradbury books/DVD in the NHTI Library:
  • Moby Dick Produced and directed by John Huston  DVD PS2384 .M629 M629 1984
  • Now and Forever.   PS3503 .R167 N69 2007
  • A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories.   PS3503 .R167 A6 2011
  • Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: the Authorized Adaptation.   PN6727 .H28 R39 2009
  • Zen in the Art of Writing. PS3503 .E478 Z478 1994

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New EBSCOhost App: Database Searching on the Go

EBSCOhost now offers a mobile app for your iPhone, iPad, iTouch or Android.  

The app offers a search box to find sources, a check box to designate full-text or peer-reviewed articles, a date range to select the time period and other options. You may save searches to repeat before your paper is due and/or save articles to use off-line. There’s a help button and a toll-free phone number for support if you get stuck.

Here’s how to find the app:
From the NHTI Library homepage,, click on the Quick Search button. On this page at the bottom, select NEW: EBSCOhost new iphone and Android applications.

Enter your preferred email address for instruction, key and a link to download the app. For more information, click Learn More.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review- Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel

Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel
William Boyd (2012)
PR6052.O9192 W35 2012
Vienna, 1913, under lemony summer skies at the corner of the Augustinerstraße where it intersects with the Augustinerbastei is where Waiting for Sunrise opens. The author, William Boyd, just a page earlier has provided the reader with a slightly unsettling epigraph, a quote from Hemingway, “A thing is true at first light and a lie by noon.” Tucked in the back of the reader’s mind, the impact of the epigraph only comes to have full meaning in Sunrise’s denouement. In between Boyd spins a beautifully observed masterful tale of pre-war Europe, especially Vienna and London, and the height of the First World War, moving from Vienna to Geneva to the trenches to England and London.
Lysander Reif, a young English actor, is in Vienna seeking psychotherapy for a troubling sexual problem and gets caught up in an affair with an enigmatic English woman. With the help of mysterious British diplomats, Reif has to make a desperate escape from Vienna and they, in turn, ensnare Reif into the world of spies, intrigue and murder – where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day - as countries pitch headlong into the cataclysm of the world at war. 
One of the most compelling aspects of Waiting for Sunrise are the echoes and pacing of writers like Paul Hofmann, Robert Musil, John Buchan and Graham Greene. But Boyd’s work is his own as we follow Reif’s story and wait for sunrise to hopefully make clear the truths found in shadows. As we discover, not all things are as they appear to be.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Writing for Teen Readers

Authors John Grisham, Kathy Reichs and Candace Bushnell Writing for Teen Readers

If you’re a successful adult writer with a child that dislikes reading, you join the recent trend of popular novelists writing books for teen readers.  John Grisham, Kathy Reichs and Candace Bushnell have moved into this new market.  These page turners expose teens to good writing and will appeal to adult fans as well.

The following titles are available in the NHTI Library:

Grisham, John. Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer. PZ7.G88788 T436 2010
Grisham brings high intensity drama for a new generation of readers by introducing Theodore Boone who dreams of being a great trial lawyer. The only child of two lawyers, Theo gets his chance when he is pulled into the middle of a sensational murder trial. Only Boone knows the truth as a cold-blooded killer is about to be set free.

Grisham, John. Theodore Boone: the Abduction. PZ7 .G8878 T43 2011
Theodore’s best friend, April, disappears in the middle of the night and the police are hitting dead ends in the investigation. Her parents have split up and April is the only child left at home.  It’s up to Theo and his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase the truth and save April.

Reichs, Kathy. Virals. PS3568 .E476345 V57 2011
The author of the Temperance Brennan series and the inspiration for TV’s series Bones, has created a new series featuring Tempe’s niece Tory Brennan.  Adventure is in Tory’s blood and after moving to Morris Island, South Carolina, she meets a group of kids know as the “Sci-Phile” science geeks who enjoy exploring the backwoods of the island.  They end up rescuing a wolf dog pup from a top-secret lab and they are exposed to a rare virus. With heightened senses and quick reflexes they have to solve a cold case murder that’s become very hot.

Bushnell, Candace. Summer and the City: a Carrie Diaries Novel. PS3552 .U8229 S86 2011
This story in the Carrie Diaries series reveals how Carrie Bradshaw met Samantha and Miranda and how a small-town girl turns into one of New York City’s most unforgettable icons.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New DVDs

  • American Pickers  Season 1   DVD NH1133.25 .A44 2010
  • American Teacher   DVD LB1775.2 .A44 2011
  • Art of the Western World (Box set)   DVD N5300 .A78 2011
  • Frozen Planet   DVD G590 .F76 2012
  • Great Expectations   DVD PN1992.77 .G74 2012
  • John Steinbeck    DVD PS3537 .T3234 G74 2006
  • Kinshasa Symphony   DVD ML1251 .C668 K56 2011
  • Macbeth   DVD PR2823 .A2 W45 1992
  • Meth Madness: Teenage Methamphetamine Abuse DVD HV5822 .A5 M48 2002
  • Million Dollar Leg$   DVD PN1997 .M555 M555 1998
  • Silence of the Bees   DVD QL568 .A6 S55 2007
  • Who Do You Think You Are? Season 1   DVD CS69 .W46 2011
  • The Wizard of Oz (Blu-ray)   DVD PN1997 .W59 2009
  • YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip   DVD GE195.7 .Y47 2011

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Getting Close to Graduation?

 It’s time to write resumes and practice interview skills.   Whatever your goal, Learning Express Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of the Learning Centers offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life.

Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.  Use the free registration to help keep track of your progress. Head over to the Library’s Databases page to find the Learning Express Library.  

Also helpful for seeking jobs is the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2012-2013 Edition  The OOH is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to people making decisions about their future work lives. For hundreds of different types of jobs, the OOH tells you:
  • Training and education needed
  • Earnings
  • Expected job prospects
  • What workers do on the job
  • Working conditions
In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips and links to information about the job market in each State.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Review- American Sniper

Chris Kyle, retired Navy SEAL sniper, offers the inside story of what it’s like to be in war, fighting on the front lines, as he supports American troops in Baghdad, Fallujah and Ramadi. In a quick and interesting read, Kyle gives an account of his childhood weekend hunting trips and his time as a champion saddle –bronc rider that ended in a serious accident. He writes about his Navy SEAL training and the missions he took with other troops. Because he had become a Naval Special Warfare sniper, he went ahead of combat troops to scout locations and gave cover as Army and Marine Corp units searched for insurgents during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He draws a picture of the enemy, people living in a dark, twisted rule-free society, who sacrifice their children and themselves in their fight against Americans. He characterized them as “cowards who routinely used drugs to stoke their courage.” U.S. troops fought terrorists and gangs, who attacked them in the streets and urban environments, while the religiously extremist al Qaeda fighters confronted convoys. He writes about the weapons he used and the training he brought to other troops in house-to-house search missions.  The enemy named him “Devil of Ramadi” and placed a $20,000 bounty on his head because he had over 150 confirmed kills.

Kyle’s wife, Taya, adds her recollections as a military wife and mother of two small children living in California. Chris relates stories of various assaults, his injuries, ties to his friends and his post traumatic stress to give the reader a front line account of Americans in combat.  Following his release from the military, he established a firm that provides military and law enforcement sniper training and volunteers to help wounded warriors. 

Kyle, Chris. American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. NY: Harper Collins, 2012.  DS 79.76 .K95 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New DVDs

  • The Amish   DVD BX8129 .A5 A44 2012
  • Black Beauty   DVD PN1997.2 .B533 B533 2010
  • Bringing Out the Dead   DVD PN1997 .B755 B755 2000
  • Crossed Over   DVD PN1992.77 .C76 2008
  • The Descendants   DVD PN1997.2 .D47 2012
  • The English Novel  OVS DVD PR821 .E64 2006
  • The Help   DVD PN1997.2 .H456 H456 2011
  • Horror Classics   DVD PN1997.5 H677 H677 2005
  • House of Usher  DVD PN1997.2 .H687464 2010
  • How to Train Your Dragon  DVD PN1997.2 .H688 2010
  • Hugo   DVD PN1997.2 .H84 2012
  • Iron Man   DVD PN1997.2 .I766 2008
  • Iron Man 2   DVD PN1997.2 .I76 2010
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bridge   DVD PN1997 .M7 2011
  • Mr. Bean   DVD PN1992.77 .M834 2008
  • Midnight in Paris    DVD PN 1995.9 .C55 M536 2011
  • Pushing Daisies (Season 1)  DVD  PN1992.77 .P87 2008
  • Pushing Daisies (Season 2)   DVD PN1992.77 .P87 2009
  • Puss in Boots   DVD PN1997.2 .P877 2012
  • Visual Acoustics  DVD TR140 .S58 V57 2010  
  • The West   DVD E591 .W44 2004

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


As the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s collision with an iceberg approaches, the loss of more than 1500 lives in the ocean near Halifax still stands as one of the most horrifying maritime disasters of this century.

The White Star Line built the Titanic, Olympic and Britannic to compete with the Cunard luxury liners crossing the Atlantic. The Titanic was built for show, mimicking the space and amenities of the best hotels; the ship included multiple dining areas, a squash court, gym and a swimming bath . It left on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on April 10, 1912 and was lost at sea April 15. A nearby ship, the Carpathia, rescued survivors and arrived at New York April 18. 

Here’s an article from the Ebsco database,” Shadow of the Titanic”, that offers a new explanation of the disaster.  

The NHTI Library has new books about the Titanic disaster:
  • Lost Voices from the Titanic: the Definitive Oral History.  G530 .T6 B4975 2010
  • Shadow of the Titanic: the Extraordinary Stories of those who Survived.  G530 .T6 W56 2012
  • Titanic: the Tragedy that Shook the World: One Century Later.   G530 .T6 T587 2012
  • Titanic Tragedy: a New Look at the Lost Liner.  G530. T6 M366 2012
  • Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats and the Worlds They Came From.G530 .T6 D35 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Review- A Ball for Daisy

2012 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Ball for Daisy

Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

It’s a wordless story of a little dog, who takes her favorite red ball to the park, only to see another dog destroy it.  Raschka’s paintings in watercolor, gouache and ink are deceptively simple, but very moving, and these illustrations capture Daisy’s tale of loss, recovery and friendship.  Wordless books build a foundation for literacy because they give a very young child a sense of reading plus the sequence of illustrations tells the story as the child turns the pages.  While developing a child’s vocabulary and comprehension skills, the wordless book allows the child to narrate a new story at each reading and learn that stories have a beginning, middle and end.                            

A panel of U.S. librarians and book experts read thousands of picture books published each year in the United States and award the Caldecott Medal to the artist or illustrator of the most distinguished book.  For more detailed information and criteria used to make the selection for the Caldecott Medal see Credo reference article:

For more information about Randolph Caldecott, the man for whom the medal was created, see:

Marcus, Leonard S. "Medal Man: Randolph Caldecott and the Art of the Picture Book." Horn Book Magazine 77.2 (2001): 155-170. MasterFILE Elite. Web. 24 Jan. 2012.

The article provides information on the children's book illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Caldecott's name is well-known from the award created in his honor, but his books are largely forgotten. Caldecott earned instant praise for "The House That Jack Built" and "The Diverting History of John Gilpin," both published in 1878.

A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka. JUV PZ7 .R1814 B355 2011

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2011 Bestsellers

The Bestseller List, in the New York Times or in USA Today, gives the reader a list of titles with the highest sales during the week.  So if you or your friends like to read, a best seller list helps you to find new titles.  The NHTI Library owns a number of recent bestsellers.  Won’t you borrow one for the weekend?  

  • 11/22/63: a Novel  by Stephen King   PS3561 .I483 A615 2011
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey   PN2287 .F4255 A3 2011
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese  PS3622 .E744 C87 2010
  • Decision Points by George Bush   E903 .A3 2010
  • A Feast for Crows :a Song of Ice & Fire, Book 4 by George R.R.Martin   PS3563 .A7239 F39 2011
  • Game of Thrones : a Song of Ice & Fire, Book One by George R.R. Martin  PS3563 .A7239 G36 2011
  • Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel   NEAR PS3551 .U36 L36 2011
  • The Litigators by Graham Grisham   PS3557 .R5355 L58 2011
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs  PZ7 .R4423 M577 2011
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain   PS3563 .C383495 P37 2011
  • Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell   PS3553 .O692 P575 2010
  • Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult  PS3566 .A822 T53 2011
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson   QA76.2 .J63I83 2011
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice & Fire, Book 3 by George R.R. Martin   PS3563 .A7239 S7 2011
  • Tick Tock by James Patterson   PS3566 .A822 T53 2011
  • What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz   PS3561 .O55 W48 2011

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Women in History

Women’s History Month
March 2012

“During Women’s History Month, we recall that the pioneering legacy of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers is revealed not only in our museums and history books, but also in the fierce determination and limitless potentials of our daughters and grandmothers.  As we make headway on the crucial issues of our time, let the courageous vision championed by women of past generations inspire us to defend the dreams and opportunities of those to come.”

Presidential Proclamation -- Womens History Month, 2012. Lanham: Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc, 2012. OxResearch; ProQuest Central. Web. 19 Mar. 2012.

Head over to the Proquest Database for the  complete text: Women's History Month 2012 

Visit the library to scan a display of current titles that document the history of women in America.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hunting for Digital Books, the 24/7 Library Collection

In addition to direct eBrary access, many of the digital ebooks in the eBrary database can also be found through the library catalog. Once a title is located in the catalog as an electronic resource, click on the blue title bar and on the next screen locate the link for NHTI. Select the link and you will be taken directly to eBrary and the full text book.  

The following link to the eBrary Quick Start Guide will explain the many features available.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Book Review - Great Works: 50 Paintings Explored

Great Works: 50 Paintings Explored

Tom Lubbock (2011)

ND1143.L933 2011

How does the flatness of Mickey Mouse's ears illuminate the 'non-specific bodies' of Klimt's Water Nymphs? Why was Vuillard's genius confined to the decade when he worked at home? What was it that made Ingres such an exciting weirdo? …Here are 50 great essays on paintings by Tom Lubbock, first published in the passionately argued and much-loved 'Great Works' series he wrote weekly for the UK’s Independent. Always inventive and authoritative, each piece is devoted to a single painting. This is a book of surprises: Giotto's Vices as 'studies in self-destruction'; Hitchcock's lighting tricks on Suspicion compared to the luminosity of a Zurbaran still life; how the figure in Gwen John's Girl in a Blue Dress 'withdraws from life, fading into its surface, pressed like a flower'; Gericault's Study of Truncated Limbs, as 'a good painting, simply, of sex'.

Collecting his best writing together for the first time Tom Lubbock explores his thinking about art with great intelligence and humour. Spanning 800 years of western art, this book is simply the cleverest, funniest, most moving and most original art book you are likely to see.” From the Inside Flap Great Works: 50 Paintings Explored

If Art (with a capital “A”) challenges us, among other things, to see our world and ourselves differently, then the late Tom Lubbock, critic, reviewer, essayist and winner of the Hawthornden Prize for Art Criticism, challenges – no, shakes – us to look at the art and the standard criticism (and our relationship to accepted criticism) again in ways that perhaps might just bring a smile to a semiologist.

In his obituary, which appeared in the UK’s The Guardian of January 10, 2011, it was said of him that “…apart from his keen eye and his wide range of reference, Tom's virtues included bracing clarity (he never used art-speak or any other kind of higher waffle), utter honesty (he was never intimidated by reputations), and originality (even if you thought you knew his tastes, he could surprise you). He could also be howlingly funny. His essay about conceptual art, based on various things you might do with a toaster, should be mounted in every modern art gallery as a contribution to public sanity.” What survives Tom are the "…exquisitely crafted ‘pieces’ addressing the world in many different registers – sardonic, caustic, erudite and celebratory, with instinct, intelligence and wit".

Lubbock’s challenge, as it were, is both simultaneously all the more pronounced and retreating as we see old art as new and are, consequently, more directly part of the art. His insights lead us to acknowledge the art differently putting us in touch, perhaps not comfortably, with our humanity. Lubbock’s thoughts on Vermeer’s View of Delft or Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Lark are but two examples in the collection that cause us to see these works with fresh insight and, in his own way, gives us permission to ask and face the most basic questions of living and dying.  How to properly read a painting – abstract to representational – is the legacy and gift of a man too soon gone.