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Downtown Library Film Discussion: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Join Downtown Campus Library for a virtual film discussion, open to all UCF and Valencia students, faculty, and staff. We will be discussing A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, available for free streaming on Kanopy. This is not a group watching event, so watch the film beforehand and come ready to discuss. The discussion will take place on June 26th at 6:00pm on Zoom. Click here to sign up! On the day of the film discussion, we will email you a link to the Zoom meeting.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a 2014 Iranian horror film. This visually stunning, melancholic film concerns a skateboarding vampire and the quiet city she terrorizes. Directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour, this film is for anyone who is a fan of westerns, vampires, and things that go bump in the night.

Downtown Library Book Club: The Glass Castle

The second meeting of the Downtown Library virtual book club will be on July 29th at 6:00pm. We will be discussing The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, a memoir of love, resilience, and the curses and blessings of growing up with intensely nonconforming parents. 

Join us and share your thoughts, feelings, and discussion points. Your hosts will have some questions prepared to prompt discussion, but feel free to ask your own! If you would like to read The Glass Castle online, there is a free full-text version available on the Internet Archive. 


Please sign up here to receive a Zoom meeting invitation. We look forward to seeing you on July 29th!

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Downtown Library Book Club: Little Women

We are excited to announce that Downtown Campus Library staff will be hosting a virtual book club! Our first meeting will be on May 20th at 6pm on Zoom. We will be discussing Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, a beloved classic set during the civil war era about four sisters who wish to live their lives on their own terms.

You can find Little Women for free on Project Gutenberg. This version and some other versions include two parts, which were originally published as two separate books. We will be discussing Part 1 which ends with chapter 23, but feel free to read both parts. 

We encourage you to share your thoughts, discussion questions, favorite quotes from the book, or just come and listen. Your hosts will have discussion questions prepared to prompt fun conversation. Please sign up here to attend the first meeting. We hope to see you on May 20th!

Downtown Library Feature: What’s a Poet Laureate?

Happy National Poetry month! Did you know that the United States has an official poet?

What is the United States Poet Laureate?

The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry — the full title — is the nation’s official advocate for the worth and impact of poetry. The Poet Laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and may be elected for a second term. This position was established in 1937 under a different title with slightly different duties, funded through a private endowment from Archer M. Huntington. The current title was adopted in 1986.

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Downtown Library Feature: Women’s History Month

March marks Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day, and the Downtown Campus Library is celebrating. 

Our Women’s History Month exhibit features four women who have significantly contributed to four of the fields that Downtown Campus students study: Urban Planning, Culinary Sciences, Health Services, and Digital Media. Come see who we have featured and read about their inspiring careers. 

Included in the festivities is a paper doll craft. We have different body types to choose from, with clothing stencils that correspond to each body type. You can trace the stencils onto various patterned paper, or you can completely design your own style. Come make a mini-me or a replica of a woman who inspires you. 

If you stop by the Library during March, don’t forget to make a wish on a four-leaf clover. Our Library Leprechaun might just grant you one desire. 

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