Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Book Madness - Final Four - Voting 3/31 - 4/2

Congratulations to all the books that made it to the Final Four during Ort Library’s March Book Madness!!

The choices for who moves onto the next round is getting tougher.
 
Voting for the Final 4 runs from Tuesday March 31 through Thursday April 2.
 
Again there are three ways to vote:
Some of the books selected for March Book Madness will be available for your review on the main floor of the library (3rd floor). Just look for the March Book Madness display case. 
 
Good luck to all the books as voting for the Final 4 begins!

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4425.

Featured Online Resource: The American Film Institute


The American Film Institute (AFI) is dedicated to motion picture preservation and education.  

Their blog provides interviews with performers, directors, and others in the motion picture industry.  You can listen to podcasts from their podcast library to hear professionals discuss historic and more recent movies.

The AFI also runs the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD.  A list of events is available to see their schedule of films.

They might be best known, however, for their movie lists.  One of their most well known lists is AFI's 100 Greatest American Films of All Time. This list was published in 2007, on their 100th anniversary.  While the top 100 of all time may be their most famous list, there are many more to see.  The 10 Top 10 lists America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres.

Take a few moments to guess the number one picks in each of these lists, and then click the link to see if you were correct!


Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info.


Friday, March 27, 2015

March Book Madness - Elite 8 - Vote March 27 through March 30

Congratulations to all the books that made it to the Elite 8 
during Ort Library’s March Book Madness!!

The choices for who moves onto the next round is getting tougher and we had some really close “games” during the Sweet 16.
 
Voting for the Elite 8 runs from Friday March 27 through Monday March 30.
Again there are three ways to vote:
Some of the books selected for March Book Madness will be available for your review on the main floor of the library (3rd floor). Just look for the March Book Madness display case. 
Good luck to all the books as voting for the Elite 8 begins!

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4425.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What-I'm-Reading-Wednesday: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

At 834 pages, Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries may seem more like a cinder block than a novel, but inside this huge book is a lush and sweeping historical saga full of mystery and brilliant writing. Set in the 1866 gold rush in New Zealand, Catton tells a series of intricate stories interwoven through a cast of interesting and unusual characters all centered around several mysterious occurrences that take place on the same night. When the young Englishman, Walter Moody, arrives in town after a harrowing sea voyage, he finds himself in the midst of strange company at the local hotel. Twelve men have converged in the hotel's smoking room to discuss their involvement, or sworn lack thereof, in the death of the town hermit, the disappearance of a young man recently rich from the gold mines, and the near suicide of the town's most desirable prostitute, all of which occurred two weeks prior. As Moody is slowly welcomed into the group of men, he begins to attempt to unravel the complex mysteries of not just the events being discussed but of the men themselves.

Catton's work is reminiscient of Dickens in its plot twists and intricacies. As the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize, she is certainly someone to watch as well as read.

Place a request for The Luminaries by going to the Library catalog: http://catalog.umd.edu/docno=004347434. Click on "Availability", then click on the yellow "Request" button, and log in using your last name and 14-digit Library barcode number on your ID. If you need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

Already read The Luminaries? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you thought! (No spoilers, please!)

#whatimreadingwednesday

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Author Reading with Jeffrey Ford on March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 3rd Floor of the Library

The Creative Writing Center at FSU is hosting an author reading on Thursday March 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Lewis J. Ort Library, with author Jeffrey Ford. Ford is an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy. He has won the Nebula Award and six World Fantasy Awards.

The reading with Jeffrey Ford will take place on the 3rd floor of the Lewis J. Ort Library. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, please click here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

American FactFinder Workshop registration extended through Friday, March 27. Workshop date: Friday, April 3.

If you missed your chance to register for one or both of the American FactFinder workshops scheduled for Friday, April 3, we have extended the registration deadline until Friday, March 27.  Be sure to check the link below for more information.



The Lewis J Ort is providing free training on American FactFinder on Friday, April 3, 2015.


American FactFinder is the US Census Bureau's web site for locating a variety of information such as demographic, housing, and economic statistics.

The Library will be hosting two workshops.  The morning workshop provides an introduction the Census data and the use of the web site.  The afternoon session is for intermediate users of the service.  You are welcome to register for one or both workshops.  Registration deadline is Friday, March 20, 2015, March 27, 2015.

  • Presenter: Nesreen Khashan, Data Dissemination Specialist, US Census Bureau
  • Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
  • Workshop 1:  9:00 am - 12:00 noon - Census Bureau Housing and Demographics Statistics Introduction
  • Workshop 2: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Census Bureau Statistics—Demographics and Economic Programs for Intermediate Users

Additional information, including workshop descriptions, flyer, and registration form can be found here: http://libguides.frostburg.edu/affseminar





March Book Madness - Sweet 16

Congratulations to all the books that made it to the Sweet 16 during the Lewis J. Ort Library’s March Book Madness!!
Voting for the Sweet 16 runs from Monday March 23rd to Wednesday March 26.
Again there are three ways to vote:
Some of the books selected for March Book Madness will be available for your review on the main floor of the library (3rd floor). Just look for the March Book Madness display case. 
Good luck to all the books as voting for the Sweet 16 begins!

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4425.