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May Displays

The library has a variety of displays this month. They include the conventional and unconventional.

On the second floor of the library the following displays are being featured:

"Children Overcoming Difficulties". This presentation includes encouraging and thought provoking books of children all over the world rising to the challenge during adverse times.

"Star Wars". This display includes many very cool artifacts and lots of information dealing with the subject matter.

"Pop Culture in Politics". This display comes from the Archives department. It continues to draw the interest of library patrons.

"World War II: Snapshots of Tyler, Texas". This collective also hails from our Archives department. Most materials are from the Judge William Steger Papers.

On the third floor of the library:

"The Top Ten Careers for 2014": This display includes not only the top ten, but the top 100 careers for 2014.

Be sure to come view these displays at your leisure!

13 May 2014 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 14 May

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

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

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

Career Resources

Books on display in the second floor of the library about resumes, cover letters, and job hunting.

Career Services is hosting a Resume Lab in Library Room 115 on Tuesday, September 18th. Seating is limited so remember to pre-register at UC 2150 or by calling Career Services at 903-565-5862.

You should also check out the "Marketing My Skills" Lunch 'n Learn hosted by Betsy Freeman, Hiring Recruiter for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services. The Lunch 'n Learn is also on Tuesday at 11:30am in the UC Ballroom. Free pizza and soda will be provided.

The library has plenty of resources to help with your job search, including two new databases. Job & Career Accelerator is designed to guide any job seeker through the most effective career selection and job search possible. LearningExpress Library is an interactive online platform with tutorials and practice tests to help individuals prepare for dozens of entrance exames like the GMAT, LSAT, GRE and more. It also contains training materials and practice tests for professional certifications and licenses including teacher certifications, real estate licenses, and more.

This week we also have a career resources book display on the second floor next to the circulation desk. You should also check out our Career Research Guide for web resources, books, and articles for individuals on the job market or employees new to a field.

If you can't make the resume lab on Tuesday, there will be another held on November 28th. Contact Career Services for more information. As always, feel free to Ask-a-Librarian. We're here to help.

18 September 2012 - 4:00pm
Published by tlemaistre2 on 17 Sep

September Project Display

The Library is featuring a display on the 3rd floor in honor of Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week. This display is done as part of the September Project, which is a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries worldwide during the month.

For more information and resources, see the September Project Guide. All books in the display are available for checkout.

Photo courtesy of flickr user Chapendra and published under a Creative Commons license.

9 September 2012 (All day) to 1 October 2012 (All day)

Study Abroad

On Wednesday September 12th at 5pm the Center for Global Education (CGE) is hosting a study abroad seminar in the UC Ballroom. Go and learn about all the study abroad opportunities available to UT Tyler students, or view this video for more information.

Also, come check out our display of study abroad materials and library books available for checkout on the second floor.

12 September 2012 - 5:00pm
Published by tlemaistre2 on 10 Sep

Dreaming in Chinese

Photo of the Great Wall of China

Deborah Fallows came to discuss her book Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language in the UC Theatre yesterday afternoon. Fallow's book was selected for the 2012 Freshman Summer Reading Program. During the presentation she spoke about how her love of language allowed her to engage with and understand the Chinese people. She encouraged the audience to find understanding of another culture through their own passions.

The library has Fallows' book, as well as several other works about Chinese or China available to checkout or read online. To find out more checkout our Research Guide on Dreaming in Chinese or come by the third floor display cases between now and September 2nd.

If you want to check out a book from the display case ask someone at the circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

Original photograph courtesy of flickr user fritzmb and published under a Creative Commons license.

21 August 2012 (All day)
Published by tlemaistre2 on 22 Aug

Featured Staff Picks Book: The Once and Future King

Below is a review of "The Once and Future King", courtesy of Samantha Winn, Archives Assistant.

If you read only one traditional fantasy novel in your life, make it this one.

"The Once and Future King" is a sweeping Arthurian epic, inspired by the classic 15th century compilation "Le Morte d'Arthur". The novel follows the life of Arthur from cradle to grave, divided into four sections: The Sword in the Stone, which focuses on his childhood and education under the wizard Merlin; The Queen of Air and Darkness, which introduces Arthur as king and foreshadows his destruction; The Ill-Made Knight, which develops the character of Lancelot and sets in motion his affair with Queen Guinevere; and The Candle in the Wind, which chronicles Arthur's betrayal, downfall, and death.

White was a fervent student of Freudian psychoanalysis, natural studies, and history. "The Once and Future King" presents a poignant study of human nature as the juxtaposition of infinite cruelty and nobility. Familiar characters are reinterpreted as deeply flawed individuals who are motivated by the full spectrum of human desires. White also explores the moral philosophies behind historical systems of government through the eyes of the young King Arthur, from the "might makes right" mentality of feudal Europe to the day to day futility of 20th century communism.

Profoundly shaped by colonial disputes he witnessed as a young boy in Bombay (British India) and his experiences in England and Ireland during the World Wars, his interpretation of the Arthurian tradition is a dark allegory for the modern age. This allegory manifests in statements such as “We cannot build the future by avenging the past”, “In war, our elders may give the orders…but it is they young who have to fight”, and “War is like a fire. One man may start it, but it will spread all over. It is not about one thing in particular.”

Perhaps the most compelling device White employs is the character Merlyn who lives "backwards in time", starting the novel as an old man and growing younger as Arthur's life progresses. This serves as the basis for Merlyn's initial wisdom and prophetic skills, and his subsequent descent into apparent senility. It also allows White to incorporate many humorous anachronisms.

"The Once and Future King" will primarily appeal to fans of the fantasy genre, connoisseurs of Arthurian legend, and students of political history. White's work helped to definitively shape the modern fantasy novel and directly inspired some of today's most beloved fantasy authors, including J. K. Rowling (who credited Merlyn as the inspiration for Dumbledore), Neil Gaiman, and Gregory Maguire.

If you are interested in checking out "The Once and Future King", please see the Staff Picks Display on the 2nd floor of the Robert R. Muntz Library.

17 July 2012 (All day)


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