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World Book Night 2013

Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23rd?

We are!

On April 23, 2013, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books.

Some of the volunteers in our community will be picking up their books at Barnes & Noble and sharing them in locations as diverse as VA hospitals, roller skating rinks, mass transit, nursing homes, schools, food pantries, and more. We at the Robert R. Muntz Library are proud to be a partner in World Book Night U.S. for the first time. Our selection for this year is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and is available on the 2nd floor table by Circulation.

Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chair-people. James Patterson said: “In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

“I’m very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Ann Patchett added. “As both a writer and a bookseller, I’m all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.”

The books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies.

Although it is too late to be a giver this year, those interested in participating in the future can sign up for the WBN mailing list for news and updates on World Book Night 2014. The free WBN editions are not available at any time, except for the WBN volunteers to take into the community, but we will be displaying the books in their regular editions throughout the year.

The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013, alphabetical by author, are:

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Anchor Books/Random House)
City of Thieves, David Benioff (Plume/Penguin Group (USA))
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster Paperbacks)
My Antonia, Willa Cather (Dover)
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume/Penguin Group (USA))
The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (Vintage/Random House)
La casa en Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros; translated by Elena Poniatowska (Vintage Español/Random House)
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (HarperOne/HarperCollins)
El Alquimista, Paulo Coelho (Rayo/HarperCollins)
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine Books/Random House)
The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Bossypants, Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books)
Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins)
Still Alice, Lisa Genova (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster)
Looking for Alaska, John Green (Speak/Penguin Group (USA))
Playing for Pizza, John Grisham (Bantam/Random House)
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan (Algonquin Books/Workman Publishing)
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer (Yearling/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Moneyball, Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton)
The Tender Bar, J. R. Moehringer (Hyperion)
Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley (Simon & Schuster)
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Population: 485, Michael Perry (HarperPerennial/HarperCollins)
The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Montana Sky, Nora Roberts (Berkley/Penguin Group (USA))
Look Again, Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s)
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (Back Bay Books/Little Brown)
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor Books/Random House)
Glaciers, Alexis M. Smith (Tin House Books)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain (Dover)
Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)
Favorite American Poems (Large Print edition) various authors (Dover)

World Book Night will take place on April 23, 2013. World Book Night in the U.S. is a non-profit organization and has 501(c)3 nonprofit status. World Book Night U.S. is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, FedEx, printers, and paper companies; a full list of sponsors is at

For more information about World Book Night, please go to or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

23 April 2013 (All day)
Published by mtomlin2 on 24 Apr

National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, the library is hosting a display of poetry in the 3rd floor cases. This display features a variety of poetry from around the world as well as material popular throughout history. All books are available for checkout. For more information on National Poetry Month as well as additional resources, please see the National Poetry Month guide.

3 April 2013 - 12:00am to 30 April 2013 - 12:00pm
Published by mtomlin2 on 04 Apr

Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, the library is featuring a display on the 2nd floor. This display emphasizes information on the suffragist movement, as March 3rd, 2013 marks 100 years since suffragists marched on Washington. All books in the display are available for checkout. For additional online materials (such as ebooks and journal articles), please see the online guide.

Timeline, newspaper clippings, and relics are courtesy of Vicki Betts, History Librarian.

3 March 2013 - 12:00am to 31 March 2013 - 12:00pm
Published by mtomlin2 on 04 Mar

Introduction to Library Resources

The library will be hosting a workshop on library resources on February 20, 2013 at 9am in LIB422. This workshop will cover:

Walk-ins are welcome and no registration is required. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Reference Desk at 903-566-7343 or For information on other workshops the library is offering, please go to

19 February 2013 - 12:00am to 20 February 2013 - 10:00am
Published by mtomlin2 on 20 Feb

New Database Trials

The Library is featuring two new databases: Morgan & Claypool Publishers (Synthesis Digital Media Series) and SymptomMedia.

The Synthesis Digital Media Series is an information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science, which combines authoritative content with advanced digital delivery. Biology content is also included in this database.

This trial ends March 31, 2013. Let us know what you think about the Synthesis Digital Media Series by filling out this brief survey.

We are also trialing SymptomMedia, which is a great database of streaming online videos related to behavioral health, counseling, and psychology. Video content covers a large range of topics including DSM diagnoses, psychoanalytic and psychometric assessment, counseling techniques, and more.

Trial ends March 13, 2013. We welcome your feedback on this database. Click here to provide feedback on SymptomMedia.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with these resources, please contact the Reference Desk at or 903-566-7343.

13 February 2013 - 12:00am to 31 March 2013 - 12:30am

Black History Month Book Display

The Library is featuring a book display on the 2nd floor in honor of Black History Month. The display features materials on figures in the civil rights movement and African American history. All materials are available for checkout. If you can't visit the display in-person, check out the online display guide:

Original image courtesy of Flickr user DiscoverBlackHeritage and published under a Creative Commons license.

1 February 2013 - 12:00am to 28 February 2013 - 12:30pm

eBooks on Demand

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The Library is trialing a new eBook service! eBooks on Demand allows you to browse through several thousand titles available from publishers and borrow them for brief periods of time.

What does this mean for you?

  • Direct input: The books you view directly contribute to library purchases.
  • Continuous updates: We’ll load new records on a regular basis, ensuring that you constantly have access to updated, current information.
  • No waiting: Unlimited, simultaneous access means that you won’t have to wait or get locked out of books.

How to access & use:

This trial goes live January 28th. If you have any questions concerning this service, please feel free to contact the Reference Desk at or 903-566-7343.

27 January 2013 (All day)
Published by mtomlin2 on 28 Jan

Holiday Library Closing

The Library will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21st and reopen on Saturday, Nov. 24th at 9am. If you need access to a computer, the lab in the Business Building will be open through the afternoon on Wednesday. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you a safe and happy holiday!

19 November 2012 - 12:00am to 24 November 2012 - 9:00am
Published by mtomlin2 on 20 Nov

Life in Colonial Times Display

The members of the Richard Borden Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century have provided materials for a "Life in Colonial Times" display. A portion of the display is dedicated to Native American heritage in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The display is available on the 3rd floor of the library and will run through the month of November. Thanks go out to the Richard Borden Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century for the display!

4 November 2012 - 12:00am to 27 November 2012 - 12:00pm
Published by mtomlin2 on 05 Nov

Night of the Living Dead Film Screening

In honor of Humans vs. Zombies, the Muntz Library is hosting a film screening of "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) on Wednesday, October 31st at 5pm in LIB401. Join us at 4:30pm for a brief presentation by Dr. Paul Streufert, Director of the Honors Program, on the zombie genre. The library will provide free popcorn and drinks.

Be sure the follow the library on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information on Team #Zombrarian! Image from flickr user Flood and published under a Creative Commons license.

31 October 2012 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm


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