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Nov 17
Popular Reading Titles for Native American Heritage Month

November. No not the song Andy Dwyer wrote for April Ludgate. If you haven’t noticed from my signature, I’m kind of a huge fan of the tv show Parks and Recreation. Speaking of Parks and Rec, I’ve been thinking about this show a lot in recent times. You might have seen the meme where Leslie Knope meets then-Vice-President Biden. But now that the election is over, we can focus on the other things that November is known for: Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Native American...

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By: Alexa Hight, Punk A** Book Jockey

Category: Today’s Special Books & More

Nov 13
Weight and Weightless: A Pop-up Exhibition

The COVID-19 Pandemic has made some changes to our gallery schedule and we’ve missed hosting a few of our traditional exhibits. We are excited to share some new discoveries as we explore opportunities to showcase the amazing creativity of our Islanders! Our most recent pop-up exhibition includes sculpture pieces from the foundations courses taught by Leticia Bajuyo and David Hill. Each assignment had unique requirements that lead to the pieces we saw in the show. Students in Professor...

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By: Jennifer Anderson

Category: Today’s Special Things to Do Books & More

Nov 10
Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

The month of November is designated as National Native American Heritage Month. We honor the rich and diverse traditions of Native groups and recognize their significant contributions to the history, culture, and growth of our country. While it is important to acknowledge their accomplishments, it is also equally important to raise awareness about the unique challenges they have faced and continue to face. One way that Native Americans have voiced their experiences and disparities is through...

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By: Vanessa Claros

Category: Today’s Special Things to Do Books & More

Oct 27
A Game is “the” Foot: Mystery Popular Reads for Halloween

Ok, so this year is a bit different than most…you know, just a bit…but the calendar days keep ticking by and for the most part we keep moving along with them. We’re now fast approaching what I consider to be the holiday season. While I know “holiday season” tends to be synonymous with winter-centric celebrations, to me it starts October 31st and continues until January 1st. We have our Halloween fun, before we know it it’s turkey time (aka Thanksgiving),...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Things to Do Books & More Today’s Special

Oct 23
A Night at the Dragon Grill

A night at the Dragon Grill was top entertainment for the people of Corpus Christi from the 1930s through the 1950s. The luxury, splendor, and glitz one expects to find in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or New York City could be found first on North Beach then later in the heart of the city. It was “Doc” Linn’s Dragon Grill. There were three Dragon Grills over the years as Doc continued to upgrade the establishment. It was known as the real doo dad, they put on the dog every night...

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By: Lori Atkins

Category: Books & More Library Randomness Today’s Special

Sep 29
Silencing LGBTQIA+ Voices: Banned Books Week 2020

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! It’s Banned Books Week!! For those not familiar, this is the time of year when we celebrate our freedom to read. We also use this time to recognize that this particular freedom hasn’t always been observed. While there’s plenty to discuss in terms of the historical practice of censorship, we don’t have to go that far into history to touch on this topic. As a matter of fact, censorship efforts are still taking place today. In last...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Today’s Special Things to Do Books & More

Sep 15
Leer para Expandir Tu Mundo/Read to Expand Your World

Today officially kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month (or Latinx/o/a Heritage Month)!! To start this annual celebration I invite you to check out the library’s guide or the announcements page to learn more about the amazing events TAMUCC has arranged as part of this month-long celebracion!! A part of the guide will lead you to a virtual book display, highlighting titles from the library’s collection. While these titles vary greatly (from cookbooks to a title that discusses white...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More Things to Do

Aug 28
The Longoria Affair

It has been a challenging year for the residents of Planet Earth. We’ve all had to make adjustments to nearly every facet of our lives. The United States has been at war with itself over its past and for its future. Undeniable fundamental and systemic racism is being laid bare, and it is an unfortunate part of our culture that we will continue to have to confront and correct. An example of it sits in our own Special Collections Archive in an unassuming gray box that tells the story of...

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By: Eric Christensen

Category: Books & More Today’s Special Behind the Scenes

Aug 18
Popular Reading: Pop Open a Book!

Hey, y’all! Punk a** book jockey here, writing today to talk to you about our Popular Reading Collection! Back at the end of 2017, a friend of mine and I decided that we would challenge ourselves in 2018 by reading books mostly by women, specifically women of color. We did not originate this idea. I cannot remember where we found this idea, and now, there are various of blogs and lists of books supporting this idea. One reason to read books by people who don’t look like me, people...

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By: Alexa Hight, Punk A** Book Jockey

Category: Today’s Special Books & More

Aug 04
What I’ve Been Reading During Quarantine

Like everyone else, I’ve found myself spending a lot more time at home and although I’ve partaken in zoom birthday parties, Netflix binging, etc., I’ve also tried to spend time away from screens, especially since all meetings now take place via a computer screen. I have by no means broke any records of books read, but I’ve read some good things from the Library’s Popular Reading Collection: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. This book is the second...

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By: Alexa Hight, punk-a** book jockey

Category: Things to Do Today’s Special Services for You Books & More

Jul 14
Rudolfo Anaya: “Godfather of Chicano Literature”

On June 30th, while mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, I was shocked to see something that cut deeper than I ever expected it to. Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima, had passed away the day before. While I’m fully aware that I didn’t know him personally and had never met anyone that would possibly know him, there was something about this news that completely crushed me. Rudolfo Anaya was a nationally renowned and noted writer, novelist, and instructor and was often...

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By: Joe Hernandez

Category: Books & More Today’s Special

Jun 30
LGBTQ+ Stories and Cinema in Kanopy

Ever since I learned that faculty and staff also have access to the library’s streaming service, Kanopy, from one of our blog posts back in March (thanks, Ed!), I’ve been exploring titles and adding lots of films to my watchlist. Many of these have included videos from their mental health and mindfulness section as well as their titles on Social and Systemic Injustice. This month I have been looking at selections from their LGBTQ categories to celebrate Pride Month and to learn...

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By: Emma Drumright

Category: Today’s Special Things to Do Books & More

May 19
Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You! The World of Book Trailers

In 1991, E! (Entertainment Television) launched a show called Coming Attractions. As described by the host, Todd Newton, this show brought viewers “the best part of going to the movies: the trailers.”1 You could tune in, learn a bit of background behind a film on its way to theaters, and of course watch the trailer. Now, people head to YouTube to catch the latest movie and T.V. trailers – like Space Force starring Steve Carell or The Great starring Elle Fanning.   Any...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Things to Do Books & More

Apr 10
In Honor of National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and you know what that means! I’m dredging up my elementary school memory of poetry to try and help us all stave off the quarantine madness! Please be advised, this is not a collection of poems for anyone with either taste or reason.       1. Thank God it’s April March lasted way too darn long Also, here’s some poems. 2. If you’re getting bored Binge watching The Tiger King* Try reading a poem *Disclaimer, I know The Tiger...

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By: Emily Metcalf

Category: Today’s Special Books & More

Apr 07
Why Access to Information Should Be Open: COVID-19

Unless you live like Jared Leto, you’ve probably heard about this thing called the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. You’ve most likely experienced a complete upheaval in your life, home life, work life, school life, social life, every aspect of your life. We’ve made some pretty huge changes at the Bell Library, which you can read about on our new Bell Library COVID-19 Updates Guide. But today I would like to write about one of the things our completely overturned reality...

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By: Alexa Hight, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Category: Today’s Special Services for You Books & More

Mar 31
International Transgender Day of Visibility 2020: Works in our Collection

Today is March 31st, the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)! Founded in 2009 as a response to the lack of positive commemorative days associated with the transgender community, TDOV is dedicated to celebrating the lives, accomplishments, and diversity of transgender people while also raising awareness of the work that is still needed to be done to save and protect trans lives. For friends, family, allies, and our communities, today is a devoted time for us to visibly...

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By: Emma Drumright

Category: Today’s Special Books & More

Mar 17
Popular Reading: Staff Picks!

Recently, we asked our amazing library student workers to recommend some books to our readers. Here’s what they had to say: Title: The Cruel Prince Author: Holly Black Comments: A strong female character, royal faeries, and a sinister plot! What more to love? Part 1 in a 3-part series., Recommended by: Nico Vela   Title: More than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) Author: Elaine Welteroth Comments: Incredibly inspiring! Recommended by: Laurina...

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By: Alexa Hight

Category: Books & More Today’s Special

Jan 21
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Selecting Your Next Leisure Read

Raise your hands, how many of you turn into a kid in a candy store when you walk into a bookstore? Now, how many of you believe the following statement to be true: “Despite the fact that I have a table, shelf, floor, etc., full of books I’ve purchased and have yet to read, I still need more?” My own hand is way up because I love books (so typical of a librarian, I know). As a matter of fact, I’ve reached the point where if I’m purchasing a book as a gift, I have...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Behind the Scenes Books & More Library Hacks

Jan 14
New Year, New...Craft?

It’s a new year, and that means it’s the perfect time for new year’s resolutions! One of my bigger resolutions is that I would really like to make time for myself and start a new hobby. As a mom of three small boys I have been craving that quiet, peaceful, me time (especially after 2 weeks of winter break at home with everyone!) The problem is, I’m not sure where to start in picking a new hobby, or how to really dive in when I find one. So many things like crocheting,...

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By: Rachel Bennett

Category: Things to Do Books & More Services for You

Dec 17
Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Break is here!! I know what you’re thinking. It’s time to sleep in, stay in your pajamas, and veg-out the entire live-long-day! Talk about living the life of Riley! I’m here to enable you and say, “Yes, you should do all of that.” You’ve spent an entire semester working on papers and projects, studying for tests, putting in hours at work; you deserve to just enjoy your break. It’s time to kick back and chill out. Pull out the comfy clothes, the...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More Things to Do Today’s Special

Dec 13
Another (Very Important) Library

Hopefully, if you’re reading this blog, you’re a fan of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Our library here at TAMU-CC is an important resource for your academic work. It’s also a great place to study, look at terrific art exhibits, hop on a computer and get those assignments done, or grab a print job on your way to class. But there’s another library that is also very important: our local public library. What’s public about a public library? It’s a library...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Books & More Library Hacks Things to Do

Nov 19
Stephen King Revisited: The Doctor is In

I don’t know if you’ve recognized the pattern yet, but once a month, we write a blog post connected to our Popular Reading Collection. Back in May, I wrote a post on our large collection of Stephen King novels. With the release of the movie Doctor Sleep, I figured you all deserve a part 2. As a fan of just about anything horror related (and of Ewan McGregor), I naturally went to see Doctor Sleep shortly after it came out. For fans of the book, know that the director, Mike Flanagan...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Today’s Special Books & More

Nov 01
Fun Facts About the Mary and Jeff Bell Library

Do you ever wonder how many items the library has available for use? Or would you like to know how many people come into the library a year? Here are some interesting statistics from 2018-2019! During a normal week in the Fall and Spring semesters the library is open 108 hours. Although our highest usage is during the middle of the day, we do have plenty of early birds and night owls who take advantage of our extended hours. The Library is just over 100,000 square feet which helps us offer...

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By: Rob Rios

Category: Things to Do Services for You Books & More

Oct 15
Science Fiction Genre Trends

It’s never been cooler to be a fan of science fiction. Fans of the genre are enjoying a renaissance of film, television, and books. But what exactly makes something science fiction? Science fiction tells stories built within science and technology of the future. These stories involve partially true/partially fictitious laws or theories of science. It’s important, however, that they be believable because otherwise they would veer more into the fantasy genre.  There is...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More

Oct 11
Do Islanders still read books?

The question In a recent librarians’ meeting, a question came up about the way the library buys books. The Bell Library, like many academic libraries, has traditionally purchased books through two main methods—title-by-title selection, and auto-shipments from a book vendor, based on a profile we set up with them. This second method, called an “approval plan,” would be sort of like setting up your Amazon account to automatically send you any new books that match your...

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By: Derrik Hiatt

Category: Services for You Behind the Scenes Books & More

Oct 08
Opening the Classroom: Using Open Educational Practices to Reimagine Teaching and Learning

Have you heard of "open educational resources" or "OER"? These are educational materials that are available for free via the Internet which can be used, reused, remixed, and redistributed by anyone who wants to learn or teach.1 We often hear about OER in the context of textbook affordability. Students these days pay a lot of money for the textbooks which are produced by for-profit publishers. Studies have shown that many students are forced to choose between paying for textbooks and paying...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Services for You Books & More Library Hacks

Sep 17
Bring on the Brown Lit!: The Importance of Latinx Literature

Have you ever had the pleasure of reading a novel and instantly relating to the main character? As you progress through the story, questions like, “How would I handle that situation” feel natural to navigate, and moments intended to elicit an empathetic response are that much more impactful. There is much to be said about the connection a reader can make when they identify themselves in a novel. While this can be achieved based on common human behaviors – if a dog or a child...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More

Sep 06
The Most Requested Interlibrary Loans: The 2018-2019 Academic Year

In the 2018-2019 Academic Year, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) filled just shy of 10,000 requests! To put this in perspective, this is almost double the number of requests filled just 5 years ago in 2013-2014. And we did it all with less staff! That said, we thought it would be fun to share with you the year's most borrowed journals and books, as requested by TAMU-CC students, faculty, and staff, then follow up with a few observations. Top 11 most borrowed journals through...

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By: Brent Day

Category: Books & More Services for You Behind the Scenes

Aug 20
Living Our Best Lives One Book at a Time

Maybe you have heard this one before…books are the gateway to learning and knowledge. Ultra-successful people are the perfect example of this. Warren Buffett believes the key to success is reading. Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year. Elon Musk says he learned to build rockets by reading books. Books can not only help us gain knowledge about our field of study, but, and maybe equally important, they can also be a gateway to improving ourselves. Many different types of books have the...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More

Aug 13
What do you do with those extra books?

Have you ever started doing a spring or summer or fall or winter or some other time cleaning and come across books you haven’t seen or used in years? Have you ever wondered what to do with books you no longer want or need?   Believe it or not, there are several wonderful options available for these books if they are in good condition, i.e. all the pages are there and readable, no mold or mildew, and the binding is in good shape. One option involves gifting them to your friends or...

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By: Michele Hall

Category: Books & More Library Hacks

Jul 16
“A Nightmare of Biblical Proportions”: Review of Christopher Golden’s Ararat

A Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, and an atheist walk into a cave…no this is not a poorly devised joke, but part of the plot line to Christopher Golden’s Bram Stoker Award winning novel, Ararat. What begins as an exploration of a newly revealed opening in the great Mount Ararat, ends in loss of sanity, the external and internal battle between good and evil, paranoia, death, and so much more. Let’s take a step back and talk a bit about the primary location of this novel. Mount...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More Services for You

Jun 18
Fantasy Fiction: A World of Possibilities

As you may have read on our blog last month, we have more Stephen King books than any other single author in the Popular Reading Collection, but did you know that the most popular genre is fantasy? We offer more fantasy books than any other genre. And you will find a variety of both Young Adult and adult fantasy titles including, ironically, a Stephen King fantasy series, The Dark Tower. What makes the fantasy genre so popular among readers? A quick search online will reveal many varying...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More

Jun 11
Looking for Game of Thrones? We GoT It!

This blog is spoiler free! Winter is coming…. Well, Winter has ended but, that doesn’t mean you can’t binge watch over 72 hours of Game of Thrones! If you love dragons, epic battle scenes, medieval politics, and beautiful musical scores, you are sure to become an instant fan of the show. Set in the mythical land of Westeros, nine noble families contend for rule of the land and to lay claim to the Iron Throne. You will adore, or hate, the variety of characters the show has to...

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By: Sean Walker

Category: Books & More Today’s Special

May 21
Does the Library Have Any Stephen King Books?

Take a moment to stroll pass the Popular Reading Collection. As you scan the spines of the numerous books, which are currently shelved by author’s last name, you get to the “K” authors. That’s when you see it, ”King…King…King…King.” Of the over 600 titles in this collection, 27 are by Stephen King. While this is a mere 4% in the grand scheme of things, King dominates all other authors regarding number of titles available. Ever wonder...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Services for You Books & More

Apr 16
A Review of The Library Book

I admit it. When I think about sitting down with a good book to read purely for enjoyment, I think of fiction…specifically science fiction or fantasy. So when I checked out The Library Book by Susan Orlean from the Library’s Popular Reading Collection, I was thrilled to discover how enjoyable and engrossing it was. On the surface this book tells the story of the 1986 fire of the Los Angeles Public Library main branch, one of the worst building fires in the history of L.A., which...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Books & More Today’s Special

Mar 19
It’s All in Your Head: Psychological Thrillers and the Unreliable Narrator

You’re a liar…delusional...confused…insane! No one is EVER going to believe you! Ok, well not you per say (theoretically at least, I don’t really know you, so…), but this is a common accusation made in many of the best psychological thrillers available today. Take the box office success, The Girl on the Train, staring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, and a bunch of other names that Wikipedia lists. The movie, based on the New York Times...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Library Randomness Books & More Today’s Special Services for You

Mar 12
What do you spend on textbooks?

March 4-8 was Open Education Week, a week when we celebrate the power of the Internet to democratize education by providing a platform on which tools for learning—everything from videos and class modules to lecture notes and entire textbooks or courses—can be made freely available to anyone wanting to learn. In spite of the fact that we have the digital technology to provide learning materials at low to no cost and that many brilliant minds all over the world are engaged every day...

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By: Lisa Louis

Category: Books & More

Mar 05
Microform: Nothing Micro About It

You're on your way to get your favorite focus food or drink from the vending machines in the Daily Read Café to keep your energy up for that research assignment that you're realizing you should have started a few days earlier. On the way, you weave through other students who you know are in the same boat as you, focused but stressed. When you turn the corner around the staircase, right before you see those doors that keep all the brain food inside, you look around and realize that you're...

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By: Joe Hernandez

Category: Services for You Books & More

Feb 26
February 26 is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Did you know that today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day? From classic Grimm tales to modern day retellings, today is about appreciating the art of the story and how it captivates our imagination. Storytelling has been around since the dawn of man. We all love stories. They ignite feelings and emotions without having to go anywhere or do anything. They appeal to the power of our imaginations, to our curiosity, and to our desire to know more. There are countless fairy tales and infinite...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Library Randomness Books & More Today’s Special

Feb 19
The Power of Pleasure Reading

What if I told you there was this one little trick that could reduce feelings of stress and depression, increase feelings of relaxation, and expand your ability to cope with difficult situations? It's the simple act of reading for pleasure! When it comes to enjoyment of life and our ability to cope with the challenges we face, people who read report lower levels of stress, higher self-esteem, and greater self-acceptance and life satisfaction. Emotional and Psychological Benefits While people...

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By: Anjanette Jones

Category: Services for You Books & More

Feb 08
New Browsable Media Collection and Displays

Things are changing with the media collection! To make room for the I-Create makerspace lab, we temporarily relocated all the DVDs and other media to the Circulation Desk. Once they were downstairs, we undertook a huge project to separate all the DVD’s from their cases, so the cases could be displayed as part of the new browsable media collection.  As of February 1, a little over half of the collection has been displayed upstairs in their new home located just past the group study...

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By: Amanda Horne

Category: Services for You Things to Do Books & More

Jan 29
Your Popular Reading Collection

Do you hear it; the whispers calling out to you from our shelves? Tendrils of word clouds with themes like dragons, mystery murders, battles, and more wrap around and embrace you, enticing you to read. THIS is Popular Reading! Nestled beside the Circulation desk, the library has three blue shelves full of your popular reading desires. Before we talk more about the collection, however, how about a bit of history…. For years, despite all the amazing services the Bell Library has offered,...

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By: Trisha Hernandez

Category: Books & More Things to Do Hello, from the Staff Behind the Scenes Services for You