Celebrate World Book Night! April 23

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Come to the library on April 23 from 5-7 PM to receive a free copy of “The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference” by Malcolm Gladwell.*
*While supplies last. Limited copies available.

WHAT IS WORLD BOOK NIGHT?

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.

World Book Night is a nonprofit organization. We exist because of the support of thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians, and financial supporters who believe in our mission. Set for April 23 each year to honor Shakespeare’s birthday, World Book Night was successfully launched in the U.K in 2011, and World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.

Read more at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

About “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

Malcolm Gladwell is also the author of the #1 bestselling Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. He was a reporter for The Washington Post from 1987 to 1996, working first as a science writer and then as New York City bureau chief. Since 1996, he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Visit our Shakespeare Display

To commemorate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, we have created a display along the back side wall of the East Wing on the 1st FL (to the left side as you come into the front doors). Some images from the display are below. Haven’t read Shakespeare in a while? We have quite the collection, so click here to browse our catalog of Shakespeare literature and video.

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Mathematics Awareness Month – April 2014

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Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery: From magic squares and Möbius bands to magical card tricks and illusions, mysterious phenomena with elegant “Aha!” explanations have permeated mathematics for centuries. Such brain-teasing challenges promote creative and rational thinking, attract a wide range of people to the subject, and often inspire serious mathematical research.

The theme of Mathematics Awareness Month 2014 echoes the title of a 1956 book by renowned math popularizer Martin Gardner, whose extensive writings introduced the public to hexaflexagons, polyominoes, John Conway’s “Game of Life,” Penrose tiles, the Mandelbrot set, and much more. For more than half a century Gardner inspired enthusiasts of all ages to engage deeply with mathematics, and many of his readers chose to pursue it as a career. The year 2014 marks the centennial of Gardner’s birth. Each day an new square becomes active in the poster: http://www.mathaware.org/mam/2014/

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National Library Week: April 13-19

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First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate. (from http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek)

Tell us something about how you use the library or how the library assists you in your studies by posting a Tweet @mckilloplibrary (use #NLW14) or posting a library selfie on our Facebook page.

Never been to the library before? This would be a great week to stop by and check us out! In addition to many academic resources we also have a vast collection of popular movies on DVD (1st FL), pleasure reading collection (1st FL), and a fun juvenile/young adult collection (2nd FL). We also have gadgets for checkout at the front desk, including iPads, sewing machines and a portable record player. You can also purchase highlighters, pens and bags with the library logo for only $1 each.

So come on in, grab a snack in the Bookends Cafe, meet some friends, snap a library selfie and stop at the information desk to say hi to a librarian @ your library!

And, for no reason other than it’s cute and related to libraries, here’s a random funny library-related video montage (credit to bryangreenland via YouTube):

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