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Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S Investigator and the McClure Expedition by Glenn M. Stein

Artist Talk: Glenn M. Stein, 3.28.2018

Author, historian, and political cartoonist Glenn M. Stein will be speaking Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the John C. Hitt Library, Room 223. Stein will talk about researching, writing, and publishing his book, Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S Investigator and the McClure Expedition. A maritime and polar historian, Stein is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, life member of the American Polar Society, and a member of the Orders of Medals Research Society. Stein’s work has been recognized by numerous national and international organizations and his writings are included in the collections of the Library of Congress and the UCF Libraries.

Sponsored by Special Collections & University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries.

Announcing WomanFest 2018!

Join UCF Libraries and the Department of Women and Gender Studies for the second annual WomanFest on Thursday, March 22, in library room 223.


Film Screening and Discussion of Miss Representation, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Miss Representation explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Anne Bubriski-McKinzie, Women and Gender Studies.

Popcorn will be provided by UCF Libraries.


Open Heart Open Mic, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

You are welcome to bring a story, poem, song, or any other vocal presentation to share – on any topic. Any original work presented at an Open Heart Open Mic event will be eligible to be listed in STARS KnightVerse. After presenting, see the Open Heart Open Mic host for information about submitting your original work.


Zine Workshop, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

zine (noun): a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.

Learn to inspire and transform at our zine workshop by creating your own page as part of the group zine created by the participants of the workshop, and view our special collection made by UCF students.


New Books at John C. Hitt

New Books at John C. Hitt Library

New books enter the UCF Libraries system on a regular basis. At the John C. Hitt Library, we select those with interesting titles, eye-catching dust jackets, or timely topics to feature on a display. The books range in subject from photography, science, and history to poetry, novels, and biographies. The display, which is next to the seating area at the Research & Information Desk, changes around every two weeks.

Stop by. Maybe there will be one you want to take home with you.

Here is a small selection of the 50 books that are currently on the display:


Selection of 7 book covers from the March 2018 New Book display


To keep up with all the new additions to the New Book Display, follow our guide.

Ready Player One Movie Poster Banner

Ready for Ready Player One

Ready for Ready Player One?

There’s still time to read the best selling book, Ready Player One, before it comes out in theatres on March 30th. It takes place in a bleak future where people escape their

Ready Player One movie poster

poverty laden lives by plugging into OASIS, an online utopia. The creator has left three keys in this online world and the finder will inherit his fortune.

Read it before you watch it here!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Or read Ernest Cline’s second novel

Armada If you enjoy your alien taking over the world stories with an abundance of pop culture and nerd references thrown in, then this might be your book.

And finally check out one of these if you’ve already availed yourself of Ernest Cline’s books and find yourself wanting more.

In Real Life Graphic  novel by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang featuring Anda, a gamer who enjoys spending time on Coarsegold Online, a multiplayer role playing game. After spending most of her time in Coarsegold, Anda’s ideas of right and wrong develop complexity as she meets a user who is doing something illegal but necessary for survival.

Death Dream Ben Bova’s “novel of “technology gone too far” could easily take place today. Dan Santorini has been hired to develop the ultimate virtual-reality simulation game. He moves to Florida only to find that something is very wrong. First his daughter has some disturbing encounters in the games that the company provides for her school, and then a colleague is killed while practicing one of his VR programs. As Dan races against time to find the answers and to save his family, he is hampered at every turn by greedy investors, a desperate boss, and government investigators. A well-researched and timely book.-Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Eye of Minds “Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out”– Provided by publisher.

Reamde When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

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