As the new school year approaches, we can’t help but reminisce about freshly sharpened pencils, crisp folders, and brand new clothes! When I’m looking for fresh fashion tips for my “back-to-school” shopping trips, I seek inspiration! Luckily, the Austin Public Library has tons of amazing resources to fuel our imaginations. From biographies of world-renowned designers to books profiling pioneering fashion bloggers, we’ve got what you need to put the pep in your stylish step.
Sports don’t do well in fiction. The drama within the game and the drama outside the game address many of the benchmarks of good fiction: conflict, suffering, and achievement to name a few. Yet, sport occupies its world and fiction its world. Don DeLillo’s Underworld begins with an exceptional fictionalized account of Bobby Thomson’s 1951 Shot Heard’ Round the World, but the remaining 750 pages veer away from baseball.
The game might be changing. David Peace’s latest novel Red or Dead is decidedly about sport, soccer, and might win some literary prizes
Managing your checkouts and holds from the Library just got easier! We've integrated many of the functions from our regular Catalog with our OverDrive catalog so you can see your checkouts and holds in one place, regardless of format. You can also checkout, download, and place holds on OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from the Catalog.
When the thermometer hits 103 degrees and you’re wrinkled as a prune from hanging out in the pool—you’re going need something new to do, right? It’s too hot go outside. You’re “vehically-challenged” and can’t really go anywhere. The buttons on your game console have lost their spring from countless rounds of Donkey Kong. Now is a great time to flex your drawing skills!
Are you using the For Later shelf? Do you know how it works? Need some instruction? Here’s a link to a page we call How to Use the Catalog; you’ll find the following link there: Learn more about shelves. (Some library lingo is ambiguous, but these are a couple of aptly named pages.)
Let me tell you about the For Later shelf because it’s my favorite feature of bibliocommons, in fact, since I usually end up there anyway, I’m getting in the habit of starting at the For Later page.
Today we celebrate the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited discrimination in employment, schools and public places. During the 1960s both African Americans and Mexican Americans took part in national movements intended to bring down racial barriers.This was a time when African Americans faced death threats for trying to vote and restaurants had signs that read “No Mexicans”. Women were not allowed to be police officers.
Eli Wallach died last Tuesday. If you've watched The Good the Bad and the Ugly 20 times, as every human should, He's the reason. If you've had to splash your face with cool water (or sip iced lemonade) after the swing-set scene in Baby Doll, thank Eli.
You may have read the article “Girls Gone Geek” in a recent issue of the Austin Chronicle. It mentions Gail Simone’s famous (in some circles) list Women in Refrigerators. The list – a reaction to Green Lantern's girlfriend being murdered and stuffed into a refrigerator – draws attention to the way (mostly male) comics creators brutalize women in their storylines. She makes a startlingly long list of the characters and then gathers some reactions from people in the industry. I started to think about this and feel pretty happy about how far we’ve come!
Fernández-Armesto's Our America is a reminder of the role of Spain and its colonial empire in the creation of the United States. This is not a revisionist history, but rather one that pivots from our traditional Anglo-centric perspective to a neglected Hispanic-centric one.
I've been in a comics rut lately, just sticking to authors I already know well, and only reading series that I'm acquainted with. To get some ideas for new titles, I went to Comics Plus and browsed around.