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Monday, December 2, 2019

Books and movies for the holidays

Looking for a book to cozy up with or a streaming video to set the holiday tone? Check out this list of resources available from the Sullivan Family Library to help with your winter reading and viewing enjoyment.


Crocker, T. (2015). The Christmas truce: myth, memory, and the First World War. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.

In late December 1914, German and British soldiers on the western front initiated a series of impromptu, unofficial ceasefires. Enlisted men across No Man's Land abandoned their trenches and crossed enemy lines to sing carols, share food and cigarettes, and even play soccer... Crocker's groundbreaking, meticulously researched work challenges conventional analysis and sheds new light on the history and popular mythology of the War to End All Wars.
-From Publisher

Grun, A. (2013). A time of  fulfillment: spiritual reflections for Advent and Christmas. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Allow the mystery of Advent and Christmas to touch and transform you... Grun brings fresh meaning to the traditional texts of the season and encourages you to experience the deep peace promised by this holy time of year. Starting with ancient images of the "O" antiphons, you will rediscover in Advent the profound joy of waiting for Christ's coming. -From Publisher

Landau, B. (2010). Revelation of the Magi: the lost tale of the Wise Men's journey to Bethlehem. New York, NY: HarperOne. 

The first English-language translation of an ancient manuscript recounts the Christmas story from the viewpoints of the three kings, describing the Magi's pre-Christian beliefs as well as key insights about their Shir homeland.
-From Publisher
Perry, A. (2003). A Christmas journey. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. 

It's Christmas and the Berkshire countryside lies wrapped in winter chill. The well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of innocent intrigue and passionate romance are warmed by roaring fires and candlelight... But soon one young woman lies dead, a suicide, and another is ostracized, held responsible for the shocking turn of events....
- From Publisher


Burton, T. (2008). Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas. Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Jack Skellington is the King of Halloween. He becomes bored with the same routine every year. He decides to take a walk in the woods. There, he discovers a door leading to Christmastown and decides to spread Christmas joy to the world... But things do not go as planned when Oogie Boogie, an evil gambling boogey man, plots to play a game with Santa Claus' life and creates a nightmare for all the good little boys and girls everywhere.
-From Publisher

Meyers, N. (2007). The holiday. Culver City, CA: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Amanda lives in Los Angeles and is a movie trailer editor. Iris lives in Surrey, England and is a journalist. The two live five thousand miles apart and have never met but both are dealing with the same problem: men.... Amanda comes upon a website that advocates home exchange and the two decide to swap houses for two weeks at Christmas... Love ends up finding them and both their lives change forever. -From Publisher

Streaming Videos

Infobase. (2009). Christmas and a Christmas Carol. Pottstown, PA: MVD.
This program traces the story of Christmas, from its origins in Nordic and Roman mid-winter celebrations, through the advance of Christianity, and up to the present. It pays particular attention to the small book that came out at the end of 1843 and to the moment in time that Dickens became involved in the progression of the mid-winter festivity. -Description from Streaming Video site.

Infobase. (2015). The First Silent Night. Arlington, VA: PBS.
Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of the song Silent Night that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances ends with the world's most popular carol. Simon journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well as the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world's favorite carol has its origins. -Description from Streaming Video site.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Fall 2019 Library Hours and Holidays

Fall 2019 Sullivan Family Library Hours and Holidays
(Note: Fall hours begin Monday, August 26)

Hours Open:
Monday – Thursday
8:15 am – 11:00 pm

8:15 am –  6:00 pm

11:00 am –  4:00 pm

4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Monday – Thursday
8:30 am – 6:00 pm

8:30 am – 5:45 pm

11:00 am – 3:45 pm

4:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Closed Holidays:         
Monday, September 2              
Labor Day

Monday, October 14   
Discoverers’ Day 

Monday, November 11       

Veterans Day 

Thursday/Friday, November 28-29     

Friday, November 22, 2019

Winter Interim Hours (December 16, 2019 - January 12, 2020)

Library hours for the winter interim:
Winter Interim
(December 16, 2019 - January 12, 2020)
Monday, December 16 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 17 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 19 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday, December 20 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 21-22 Closed
Monday, December 23 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 24 8:30 am – Noon
***Noon, Dec. 24 thru Wednesday, Jan. 1 Closed for the holidays***
Thursday, January 2 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday, January 3 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday / Sunday, January 4-5 Closed
Monday, January 6 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, January 7 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, January 8 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, January 9 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday, January 10 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday / Sunday, January 11-12 Closed
Monday, January 13 Return to regular semester schedule

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The 183rd birthday of King David Kalākaua

Born November 16, 1836, David Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinuilani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua was the second child of Caesar Kapaʻakea and Analea Keohokāole. Born in a grass hut compound at th ebase of Punchbowl Crater, Kalākaua was born into the aliʻi class of Hawaiian nobility and attended the Chiefs' Children's School where those marked eligible for the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi studied.

He ascended to the throne during the election of 1874 against Queen Emma and ruled the islands int he same convivial manner he was known to have during his youth. During his reign he brought back the hula which had been banned in 1820, set out for an international trip of goodwill in 1881, and oversaw the construction of ʻIolani Palace which stands to this day. Despite the highlights, his reign was also filled with dark times including his forced signing of the Bayonet Constitution in 1887 which was written by anti-monarchists aiming to strip the Hawaiian monarchy of much of its authority and change the requirements of voting in the islands.

Kalākaua ruled the islands until his death on January 20, 1891 during a trip to California. It took 9 days for news of his death to reach the islands and on January 29, 1891, his sister, Princess Lydia Kanakaʻeha ascended to throne and become Queen Liliʻuokalani.

Below are additional resources on King Kalākaua and life in the islands during his time.

Amstrong, W. (1995). Around the world with a king. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing.

This book captures the entirely of Kalākaua's trip around the world beginning with his plans -- the valet he would bring, the scope of his tour, the ceremonies he would attend, etc. -- and details his journey by location visited. From the Shrines of Shiba to the Harbors of Hong Kong, Kalākaua and his delegation traveled far and wide to learn about the world and also share Hawaiʻi on an international level.

Kameshiro, S. (2009). The arts of kingship: Hawaiian art and national culture of the Kalākaua era. Honolulu, HI: UH Press.

"Offers a sustained and detailed account of Hawaiian public art and architecture during the reign of David Kalākaua... provides visual and historical analysis of Kalākaua's coronation and relagia, the King Kamehameha Statute, ʻIolani Palace, and the Hawaiian National Museum... This interdisciplinary work will appeal to art and architecture historians as well as those studying Pacific history, cultural and museum studies, and anthropology." -from publisher (also available as e-book)

Siler, J. (2012). Lost kingdom: Hawaii's last queen, the sugar kings, and America's first imperial adventure. 

"Deftly weaving together a memorable cast of characters, "Lost Hawaii" brings to life the ensuing clash between a vulnerable Polynesian people and relentlessly expanding capitalist powers. Portraits of royalty and rogues, sugar barons, and missionaries combine into a sweeping tale of the Hawaiian Kingdom's ride and fall." -from publisher

Zambucka, K. (1983). Kalakaua: Hawaii's last king. Honolulu, HI: Mana Pub. Co.

Anecdotes, personal letters, historical newspaper excerpts are woven together to present the colorful reign of King David Kalākaua, the last king of Hawaʻi. Written by the award-winning author of countless books on Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, Zambucka began writing at the age of seventeen and has traveled the world gathering research on her writings.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November is National Gratitude Month

Every November gratitude is a theme many reflect upon as they think of all the lessons and blessings they have experienced throughout the year. While some feel gratitude is merely a feeling of thanks, researchers at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, have found the following trends in individuals who practice gratitude:
    • stronger immune systems
    • lower blood pressure
    • more optimism, joy, and happiness
    • more compassion
    • less feelings of loneliness or isolation
Below are some resources for you to enjoy this November to learn more about gratitude or even how you can practice gratitude in your daily life. 

"A collection of 101 true stories from real people about realizing the blessings in their lives after they have lived through adversity, whether financial, job-related, health-related, natural disasters, or the death of loved ones. The stories are about their fortitude, their gratitude for the lives they still have, and the silver linings they have found amidst their troubles and challenges." (from publisher)

"A member of the Calmaldolese order of monks... Steindl-Rost does a wonderful job of exploring the relationship between prayer and that sense of gratefulness that comes with love, which is at the very center of what it means to be human." --Doug Thrope, via publisher

"Gratitude is often understood as etiquette rather than ethics, an emotion rather than politics... Gratitude: An intellectual history examines changing conceptions of gratitude from Homer to the present." (from publisher)

"Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired little vigorous, empirical research... this volume brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most neglected emotion." (from publisher)

For those wanting to challenge and grow their sense of gratitude, there is also the 30-Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge:

Monday, October 28, 2019

Prehistoric Pumpkin Contest

Some Halloween fun..."Prehistoric Pumpkin Contest" going on in the Sullivan Family Library. Come see these amazing creations and vote for your favorite! Who will win...Eggy or Jurassic Pumpkin?? Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. 🎃