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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….”

“We the people” is us.  Join us this month as we explore our past to help ensure “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” applies to us all.

Click on the link below to see the full list, descriptions, and catalog links for the featured titles on American History suggested by UCF Library employees. These 20 books plus many more are also on display on the 2nd (main) floor of the John C. Hitt Library next to the bank of two elevators.

 

Featured Bookshelf: American History

Featured Bookshelf: LGBTQIA Pride Month

Featured Bookshelf: LGBTQIA Pride Month

Pride Month has arrived! While every day is a time to be proud of your identity and orientation, June is that extra special time for boldly celebrating with and for 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” which is a week-long series of events to commemorate the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in 2016.

Click on the link below to see the full list, descriptions, and catalog links for the 20 titles by or about people in the LGBTQIA community suggested by UCF Library employees. These, and additional titles, are also on the Featured Bookshelf display on the second (main) floor next to the bank of two elevators.

Featured Bookshelf: LGBTQIA Pride Month

 

*LGBTQIA represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual. The acronym is continually evolving, and the term queer is frequently used to be all inclusive and welcoming.

Summer Knights Reading Challenge

Summer Knights Reading Challenge

The Summer Knights Reading Challenge starts June 1 and ends August 1, 2018

  • Open to all UCF students, faculty, and staff.
  • It’s easy! Just track the number of pages for each unique book read using our form linked below (available beginning Friday, June 1).
  • For e-books and audiobooks, simply verify the number of pages in the actual book using Amazon or another source.
  • Reach the goal of reading 500 pages and win a prize pack!
  • All participants will be entered into weekly drawings for gift cards to BurgerFi, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Metro Diner, and Smoothie King.
  • The top three people who read the most pages overall will win grand prizes.

Enter your books on this form.

New Books at John C. Hitt

May New Books at the John C. Hitt Library

New books to the left of you. New books to the right of you. New books on the shelves. New books all around.

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 on an almost weekly basis.

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:

May New Book Display features

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

Featured Bookshelf Staff Favorites Mystery

Featured Bookshelf: Staff Favorites – Mystery

For the month of December, the UCF Libraries Bookshelf celebrates the favorite books of employees of the UCF Libraries. These are the books we have (and will continue to) read many times over the course of our lives. The genre for our 2017 staff favorites is mystery novels.

Click on the link below to peruse our favorite mysteries and learn where to find them.

Featured Bookshelf: Staff Favorites – Mystery

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