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UCF Libraries Featured Bookshelf: American History

Featured Bookshelf: American History

American history is a broad and varied topic. It ranges from the native inhabitants who formed communities here thousands of years ago to the creation of a new nation of states to the dreamers who immigrate to these shores today. It is a vast tract of information to cover, but it is important that we all learn about our past. As Edmund Burke said in Reflections on the Revolution in France, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

The founders of the United States, beyond their faults and foibles, began this nation with a grand and noble sentiment of “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity….”

Never forget “We the people” is us.

Click on the  link below to see the full list, descriptions, and catalog links for the 20 titles on American History suggested by UCF Library employees.

Featured Bookshelf: American History

Featured Bookshelf: LGBTQIA Pride Month

Featured Bookshelf: LGBTQIA Pride Month

It’s Pride Month! Time for shouting out the celebration of the LGBTQIA community (yes, there are more than lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in the queer community). June was chosen to honor the Stonewall Riots which happened in 1969. Like other celebratory months, LGBT Pride Month started as a weeklong series of events and expanded into a full month of festivities.

In honor of Pride Month, UCF Library faculty and staff suggested books, movies and music from the UCF collection that represent a wide array of queer authors and characters. Additional events at UCF in June include “UCF Remembers…6.12.16” which commemorate the shooting at the Pulse nightclub last year. These four events scheduled for June 8 (to avoid a conflict with other Pulse memorial events) include a blood drive at Memory Mall, an art gallery exhibit, “Reflections on Pulse” tribute event, and a “UCF Remembers” ceremony.

Click the link below to see the full list, descriptions, and catalog links for the 20 titles by or about LGBTQIA people suggested by UCF Library employees.

Featured Bookshelf: LGBTQIA Pride Month

Featured Bookshelf: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Featured Bookshelf: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May was officially designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Congress in 1992 (Public Law 102-450 if you want to read the specifics).

As you can imagine, Asian Pacific American covers a fair amount of area. An Asian Pacific American is an American (whether born, naturalized, or other) who was born on or has heritage from anywhere on the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). These areas cover a wide array of languages, cultures, religions, and ethnicities that have brought countless skills, hopes and dreams to the United States. The more voices that are heard the better we all are so (if you’ll pardon the *dun dun*) these are some of their stories.

Click the link below to see the full list, descriptions, and catalog links for the 20 titles by or about Asian Pacific Americans suggested by UCF Library employees.

Featured Bookshelf: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Featured poetry books for National Poetry Month

Featured Bookshelf: National Poetry Month

“I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely…”

Yes, I’m going Joyce Kilmer on you. It’s National Poetry Month. How could I not start with the opening of a poem we all learn in primary school?

The Academy of American Poets, inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, created National Poetry Month in 1996. It is the largest literary celebration in the world and UCF Library is proud to do our part.

We gathered suggestions for 20 books of poetry that are currently in the UCF collection. These works represent a wide range of favorite poetry books of our faculty and staff. Click on the link below to see the full descriptions and catalog links.

Featured Bookshelf: National Poetry Month

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Our Favorite Female Authors

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we asked our librarians who their favorite female authors are. Here is what they shared!

Missy Murphey – Research & Information
S.E. Hinton
Barbara Alderman – Regional Campuses
Agatha Christie
Annie Jacobsen
Tim Bottorff – Rosen Library
Emily Dickinson
Mary Shelley
Sai Deng – Cataloging
Eileen Chang
Jane Austen
Sarah Norris – Scholarly Communication
Diana Gabaldon
Margaret George
Peggy Nuhn – Regional Campuses
Colleen McCullough
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Shane Roopnarine – Rosen Library
Ursula K. Le Guin
Madeleine L’Engle
Tina Buck – Electronic Resources
Helene Hanff
Dorothy Gilman
Candice Millard
Michael Furlong – Regional Campuses
Patricia Highsmith
Shirley Jackson
Paula Poundstone
Rich Gause – Research & Information
Octavia Butler
Ursula K. Le Guin
Nnedi Okorafor
Selma Jaskowski – Information Technology & Digital Initiatives
Louise Penny
Laurie R. King
Josephine Tey
Jane Austen
Meredith Semones – Research & Information
Elizabeth Berg
Barbara Kingsolver
Anna Quindlen
Jodi Picoult
Min Tong – Regional Campuses
Jane Austen
Maya Angelou
Emily Bronte
Amy Tan
Kim Montgomery – Cataloging
Jane Austen
Dorothy L. Sayers
Andre Norton (Alice Mary Norton)
James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)
Ursula K. LeGuin
Carrie Moran – Teaching & Engagement
Francesca Lia Block
Tana French
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Mary Oliver
Ann Patchett
Elizabeth Gilbert
Mary Page – Collections & Technical Services
Anne Tyler
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Marge Piercy
Emily Dickinson
Barbara Ehrenreich
Caroline Knapp

Rachel Mulvihill – Teaching & Engagement

Emily St. John Mandel
Ann Patchett
Curtis Sittenfeld (yes! A woman)
Alice Hoffman
Kate Atkinson
Lauren Groff
Ann Packer
J. Courtney Sullivan

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