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Press release by Holly Vincent, CSCC Marketing Dept.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, and a literary phenomenon was born. Now is your chance to be a part of that phenomenon at the Cleveland State Community College Library on Thursday, January 22 from 2-5 p.m.! CSCC is hosting the Harry Pottery Opening Bash in celebration of the Exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. The exhibition will run from January 19-February 28.
Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th and 16th century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and the responsibility that comes with power.
“I am very excited that the library will be hosting this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine,” stated Librarian Andy Foskey. “This is a traveling exhibit that has been hosted at libraries and museums across the country, and I am very proud that our library is one of them! It combines academic areas on campus, such as Literature, Science, Nursing, and History. It will also be of interest to Harry Potter fans of all ages!”
Foskey said he wanted to find an exhibit the CSCC Library could host that would draw people in from around the community. “I searched around, and this one made sense. I applied for grant funds from the Cultural and Educational Enrichment Committee to get the exhibit here and simply wrote to the contact person at the National Library of Medicine to request a spot on their schedule.”
This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.
Foskey continued, “I am looking forward to our Opening Bash event, which will kick off the month-long exhibit at the CSCC Library. It should be a fun time for everyone. We will have Harry Potter–themed snacks, and everyone who attends will get sorted into one of the four houses of Hogwarts! We are encouraging everyone to have fun with the theme and dress up as their favorite character from the Harry Potter series. I can’t wait to see all of the costumes!”
This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information on the Harry Potter Opening Bash at Cleveland State, contact Foskey at (423) 478-6209

 Welcome to a strange new world by Ransom Riggs– Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This book is a first for Ransom Riggs and the story begins  in modern-day Florida with 16-year-old Jacob Portman who is going through the motions of life (and hating his job.)  The only bright spots in Jacob’s life are a friend and an odd, yet interesting and mysterious grandfather, Abraham Portman. Abraham has lived a secret life that no one would believe or understand. The secret life of Abraham finally catches up with him and one of the last things Jacob hears from his grandfather changes his life forever.

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The only way Jacob will unravel the secret  life of Abraham Portman is to find the person known as “the bird”. But who or what is the bird? Is the bird still alive? After Jacob witnesses something that no one should have to experience, he will go anywhere to find the answers to the strange, secret life of his grandfather. Maybe his grandfather was delirious and “the bird” turns out to be nothing more than the ravings of a scared, dying man. There is only one way to find out. Jacob travels to Wales in the U.K. but finds much more than he was prepared for. First, Jacob finds an old, deserted house and a  group of children who run from him. Later, he is taken prisoner by an intense but beautiful “girl” who knew Abraham during World War II!  This is the beginning of a new life for Jacob and the peculiar children he will soon call friends. Jacob will learn things about his grandfather and will discover a special and peculiar bond that ties them together in an unexpected way. Jacob discovers that the truth of his grandfather’s life and of his own life are  stranger than any fiction. Now Jacob must decide which world to live in…the safe but boring one he knows or the one he discovers and isn’t sure he will survive. Both choices will forever affect the new people in his life and the family he left behind…

I hope you’ll find this story as fun as i did because, thank goodness, it is only a story. It is a fun, easy read and difficult to put down. The peculiar children are strange, scary, marvelous and all too human. This story belongs in the dark fantasy/horror genre and has been written for younger readers but anyone can enjoy it, i sure did. So, follow Jacob and Emma (the intense but beautiful girl) as they fight creatures too horrible for nightmares and discover that the choices Jacob makes, determines the destinies of so many.  Boo and  happy Halloween! I hope you enjoy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children–Slade

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Set in present day New York, both the city and surrounding areas, this thrilling novel takes readers into the world of fictional film maker Stanislas Cordova.  We follow the story of Scott, a journalist who has fallen on hard times.  He becomes obsessed with the sudden death of Cordova’s daughter, Ashley.  She has apparently committed suicide in an abandoned building downtown, but Scott has a hunch that something more devious is going on.  This is a hunch that leads him through Chinatown and the Hamptons, down dirty city streets and into crowded antique shops.  On his way, he meets a rag-tag bunch of characters that help and hinder his efforts to uncover the truth about Ashley.

This book deals with some very dark themes, such as suicide and the Occult.  These are important plot elements that drive the pace of the story.  When a mysterious object is found in Ashley’s abandoned apartment, Scott ends up seeking the help of a voodoo practitioner to discern the item’s meaning.  In turn, this discovery leads the reader to deeper insights about Ashley’s state of mind in the days leading up to her death.

The novel makes heavy use of fabricated news stories and blog posts.  There is even an app for mobile devices that gives the reader access to extra content.  While at first I found this to be distracting, by the end it gave me a deeper appreciation for the world that the author has created.  Without these added elements, the book would have almost seemed too unbelievable.

For readers searching for a quick, uplifting read, this is not the book for them.  However, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a complex plot.  Fans of horror and suspense will also enjoy this book.  Download the app for a richer experience.

This book is available for check out at the Cleveland State Library, as part of the Browsing Collection.

–reviewed by Andy Foskey

Meet Audrey

Our next blog post is about Audrey!

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Are you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?

Audrey is returning for another year.

If you are returning to Cleveland State, have you worked in any other offices on campus?

She has only worked in the library.

Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?

It was close to home and offered scholarships.

What is your major?

General transfer

What are your career goals?

Elementary school teacher

What is your favorite book or movie?

The Glass Castle

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?

She would choose a squirrel so she could live in trees.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

Audrey would like to travel to every continent.

What do you enjoying doing with your free time?

She enjoys reading and hanging with friends

What is a food you could never get tired of eating?

Cookies.

Our next interview is with Lindsey.

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Are you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?

Lindsey is new to Cleveland State this year.

Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?

She decided to attend CSCC because she received a scholarship to go here.

What is your major?

Lindsey is majoring in Biology.

What are your career goals?

She wants to go to medical school to become a Psychologist.

What is your favorite book or movie?

Her favorite book is the Great Gatsby.

When you were little, who was your favorite super hero?

Wonder Woman.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

She loves to go swimming!

What’s the ideal dream job for you?

To be a psychiatrist.

What do you enjoying doing with your free time?

She loves to read.

What is a food you could never get tired of eating?

Sushi!


Ciara is our next student worker!

CiaraAre you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?

Returning for another year

If you are returning to Cleveland State, have you worked in any other offices on campus?

No, only the library.

Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?

Because I received a scholar ship and I only want an associate’s degree

What is your major?

Business / accounting

What are your career goals?

To become a licensed cosmetologist and start own business.

What is your favorite book or movie?

Thumbelina

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

Go on annual beach vacation

If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why?

Extreme Moose Tracks, because it’s amazing.

What is one food you could never get tired of eating?

Croutons

What do you enjoying doing with your free time?

Walking with my dog sissy.

Who is your hero?

My mom

Meet Madison!

Photo on 9-10-14 at 10.40 AMDuring the Fall semester, we will be featuring profiles of library staff members, including our wonderful student workers.  The first post in this series is about Madison.

Are you new to Cleveland State or returning for another year?
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Why did you decide to come to Cleveland State?
She found out that she would actually be getting paid to go here, so it seemed like an obvious choice. Also she head that the classes weren’t too hard.

What is your major?
Pre-Pharmacy.

What are your career goals?
To become a pharmacist.

What is your favorite book or movie?
Her favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
She would like to be able to financially support herself.

Who is your hero?
He hero is her mom because she is raising four kids on her own, she is awesome, and she loves her.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
She loves going to the beach, river, lake, and pool. Just being near water is great for her.

What’s your favorite cartoon character, and why?
Ariel, the Little Mermaid, because she can swim around all day.

What is a food you could never get tired of eating?
Japanese/Hibachi food.

Last week we announced the ultimate CSCC Library March Madness book champion…The Hunger Games. Now, we can answer the question that you are dying to know – which voting participant’s name was selected in the prize drawing?

Congratulations goes to:

Joyce Chapman!

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Joyce is the Business and Technology Secretary at Cleveland State, and was an avid voter in the March Madness competition. She wanted to participate in March Madness because she loves reading and the library and thought that the promotion tied in well to other events throughout March. Although she said that she had no idea who would win, Joyce voted for The Hunger Games throughout the entire competition. She is a huge fan of the book, especially the part when Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place as a tribute. When asked about her favorite character in the book, her answer was clear:

“Katniss! I fell in love with her character in the first few pages. She loved her family and friends in every way possible. She stood up for what she believed in. Goodness always wins over bad.”

So what was Joyce’s prize? She was able to select a book to take home from a list of previous Pages titles. Which book did she choose? The Hunger Games, of course!

Congratulations Joyce, and thanks to everyone for participating in the competition! If you enjoyed playing along, keep an eye out for a similar promotion next year. May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

*Do you want to know more about Pages or give us feedback on the program? Share your thoughts with us here, or go to the survey.

 

 

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