By Josh Beckelhimer, student assistant worker in Langsam Library
Booksellers began using book jackets, or “Dust Jackets,” during the 19th century to protect books, often made with expensive materials like silk. Initially, they were thrown away after their new owner brought them home. They gradually became decorative, and with the addition of the author picture and biography, eventually became integral to the advertising of books. After World War I it was common practice for top artists to design book jackets. Book jackets provide their own flair and personality to a book apart from what’s inside. They give the reader an idea of the book’s essence.
The Other Wes Moore book jacket
Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm, join us by the Triceracopter on the 4th floor of Langsam Library to design a book jacket of your own and enjoy autumnal snacks!
Choose a book that made a personal impact on you, design the jacket and put your personality into it. Bring your creativity to capture the essence of the book and the essence of its effect on your life.
You don’t have to be a top artist to make it personal to you! We will also be hearing the story behind the title selection for The Other Wes Moore.
On Saturday, October 17, the 9th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will take place downtown at Duke Energy Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once again, UC Libraries is an organizing partner of the literary event that allows readers to meet and greet favorite authors.
The day-long festival will feature over 100 regional and national authors, book signings, author panels and activities for the entire family to enjoy. The popular “Writing and Getting Published” series returns this year with panel discussions covering hot topics for writers and workshops to help hone the craft of writing. All events are free and open to the public. Continue reading
“Looking East” authors Hong Shen and Margo Taft Stever
Late last month, UC Libraries celebrated the publication of the new English-language edition of Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods. This book, co-authored by Margo Taft Stever, James Taft Stever and Hong Shen, spotlights a little known but important historical event in U.S.-Asian relations. The publication was commemorated with a book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, as well as a donor event hosted by the library, which took place on the 400 level of Langsam Library. These events provided UC Libraries with the opportunity to connect with the broader donor community, while celebrating an accomplishment three years in the making.
Join UC Libraries for a public book signing for Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia. The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods.
The event, scheduled for June 24, 7pm, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion, will include readings by authors Margo Taft Stever and Hong Shen.
On Saturday, October 12, the 7th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will take place at Duke Energy Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once again, UC Libraries is an organizing partner of the literary event that allows readers to meet and greet favorite authors.
Staff of the Gorno Memorial Music (CCM) Library have created an exhibit of the first place winners of the Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence. The exhibit will be available for viewing through the end of October on the 4th floor of Blegen Library. Continue reading
Join UC Libraries and celebrate the joy of reading and books at the 6th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival, Saturday, October 20, from 10am to 4pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown. Continue reading
The #3 Most Challenged Book in 2011: The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence. Continue reading
The #7 most challenged book in 2011: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit. Continue reading
Banned Books Week is Sept. 30 – Oct. 6
Banned Books Week is an annual observance from the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) that celebrates the First Amendment right of the freedom to read. Continue reading