50 Minutes-One Book

The Archives & Rare Books Library announces a new monthly lunch-time series that will focus on one item from the collections to talk about its history and importance.  Relaxed and informal, these presentations are set for one Thursday each month through the academic year, and will be held in the Schott Seminar Room, 814 Blegen Library at 12:00 noon.

The first talk is on Thursday, January 27, and will feature ARB’s anthropodermic binding (that is, human skin!).  Find out how these bindings became curiosities of the book world, particularly in the 18th century; why most major research libraries have at least one example of the morbid things and how UC obtained its copy; and, the process involved in determining its authenticity. Continue reading 50 Minutes-One Book

Make learning a language your resolution for the New Year

According to Wikipedia, learning something new (such as a foreign language or music), is one of the popular New Year’s resolutions in the United States. But what if you don’t have the time to enroll in a class and cannot afford a learning kit from Rosetta Stone? The good news is that the University of Cincinnati Libraries have a wonderful collection of books, media, and other resources for you to learn a new language. Our collections primarily support the language courses offered through the School of World Languages and Cultures and offer resources for learning Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, and Swahili. We also have vast collections in the areas of German Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures. Find links to Internet and library resources and tips for finding videos and DVDs in foreign languages and/or about countries or cultures at our Language Resources page.

So if you are making a New Year’s resolution this year and you commit to learning a language and/or facts about a country or culture, the University of Cinciinati Libraries will help you to achieve your goal! Good luck!

Join us for Books by the Banks

bbtbJoin nationally known authors Jennifer Weiner, Garth Stein, and Jeannette Walls along with local favorites Greg Rhodes, Ellen Schreiber, and Thayne Maynard to celebrate the joy and reading of books at Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival, Saturday, October 17, 10am-4pm, Duke Energy Convention Center.

The day-long festival will feature over 80 regional and national authors, book signings, author panels, and activities for the entire family to enjoy. All events are free and open to the public.

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