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  • Post date: September 8, 2009
    As part of its activities for the International September Project, the Robert R. Muntz Library has created a book display on "Learn About Islam and the Middle East." The September Project is “a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries in all countries during the month of September.” With that goal in mind, and as part of our educational mission, we have created the display. In addition, the display gives us a small opportunity to recognize the Muslim observance of Ramadan and provide complementary readings to go along with...
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  • Post date: August 31, 2009
    As part of its activities for the International September Project, the Robert R. Muntz Library will present a screening of the film Persepolis. The film is based on the popular autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. The author directs the film with Vincent Paronnaud. The film tells the story of a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The idealistic dreams her family and her hoped for with the defeat of the Shah are shattered when the Islamic fundamentalists take over and create another tyranny.The young girl refuses to remain silent at the injustices she sees. Her parents send her off to Vienna to protect her and give her a better...
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  • Post date: August 26, 2009
    The Robert R. Muntz Library is proud to present the exhibit "The Legacy of the Middle East." This exhibit was created to honor the centennial anniversary of the unification of Saudi Arabia. Produced by Humanities Texas, this exhibit tells how "as early as 12,000 years ago, people in the Middle East began to domesticate animals, plant and harvest crops, use metal, make glass, construct monumental buildings, and organize cities and states. Using photographs, drawings, maps, charts, and replicas of artifacts, the exhibit tells the story of the great cultural revolution that began when hunters and gatherers settled down and began farming." The exhibit features 20 panels with with 175 images and replicas...
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  • Post date: August 18, 2009
    … And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College. By Harlan Cohen Whether you’re returning for your senior year of college or just starting out at as a freshman, this ebook offers useful, straight-forward and often humorous expert and student advice on all facets of college life:
    • Roommates
    • Laundry
    • Classes
    • Dating/Relationships/Sex
    • Dorm Life
    • Alcohol & Parties
    • Managing money & Credit cards
    • And everything in between.
    Freshmen will likely find the sections on dealing with roommates, finding friends, and getting involved to be most helpful during these first few weeks on campus. And of course, since the main point of college is getting that...
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  • Post date: August 18, 2009
    The Summer 2009 edition of Muntz Library Musings, our library newsletter, is now available. Some highlights from this issue include:
    • The Muntz Library Gardens are now open.
    • The Library Director discusses new changes at the library.
    • Upcoming library events.
    You can come by the library and obtain a copy. You can also read the newsletter online or print a copy from our website. Here is the direct link.  In addition, if you visit the library's website at and click on "About" then "Newsletter" you can view previous issues of our newsletter as well. '
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  • Post date: July 29, 2009
    We wrap up our July theme of celebrating American Independence with a feature for researchers on United States History. This week we are featuring United States History: A Multicultural, Interdisciplinary Guide to Information Sources by Anna H. Perrault and Ron Blazek as our Reference Book of the Week. This is a tool that librarians often use; I am recommending it to our students and researchers as well. I think students will find it specially useful. This second edition has been expanded, and it now features sources on diverse topics such as the Asian experience, religion, science and technology, and popular culture. This is in addition to what readers already expect in a guide like this. It is a great guide to resources in...
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  • Post date: July 22, 2009
    Welcome to another edition of Reference Book of the Week here at The Patriot Spot. Following the July theme of  celebrating America's independence, we are featuring a great work on the topic: The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History. This five-volume set is a standard work for learning about the American Revolution. The work features over 1,000 signed entries arranged in alphabetical order. Each entry includes a small list of references for further reading as well as cross-references to other terms in the work. Entries are written by scholars from a...
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  • Post date: July 15, 2009
    I would like to start by reminding our local readers to visit our library display, "Celebrating American Independence," in the library's third floor. It will be available until the end of the month. To go with the theme, we have chosen an excellent collection of documents from American history. This week we are featuring Milestone Documents of American History. This four volume set contains a collection of significant documents in American history from the Revolutionary Era to the twenty-first century. For example, you can read items ranging from Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech to the Bybee Torture Memo....
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  • Post date: July 8, 2009
    This post could also be labeled as "books that did not make it into the display case" for the "Celebrate American Independence" display we are currently presenting. If you have an interest in the politics of the early days after the United States gained its independence or just the period in general, then some of these may be of interest. The books, unless otherwise noted, are located in the library's third floor General Stacks. I have listed them in call number order.
    • Kenneth C. Davis, America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation....
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  • Post date: July 2, 2009
    Signing of Declaration of Independence

    Signing of Declaration of Independence

    The Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a library display to "Celebrate American Independence." This coming Saturday is the 4th of July holiday commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We have chosen to create a month-long display of books about the Declaration of Independence, the...
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