Category Archives: Staff Picks

Includes librarian recommended reading for fun and research

Sci Fi News – New Books and Movies

It’s so important to keep up on the science fiction news, especially when you’ve made it to Winter Break. William Gibson, the author of Pattern Recognition and The Difference Engine, has a new book out entitled The Peripheral. It involves … Continue reading

Library Tourism

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could … Continue reading

Fairy Tales for Christmas Holidays

As a young girl growing up in Indonesia, I remember that Christmas was one of my most favorite times of the year. My parents bought us a small Christmas tree that my siblings and I decorated. Every evening, during the … Continue reading

Season’s Readings, Guilty Pleasures (and Gift Ideas)

Why do I love these lists so much? Every December, I look forward to the various year-end lists of best books put out by newspapers and other periodicals. True, they are a great place to find something to read, and … Continue reading

Let there be Light!

As our daylight hours dwindle, I am always reminded of Dylan Thomas. Not because he wrote “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” but because of his poem “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Thomas of course was writing of … Continue reading

Snowflakes keep falling on my head…

While I know those are not quite the lyrics for that song, I can’t help but want to twist the words around slightly this time of year, particularly when the sky is gray and hats, gloves, and wooly socks are … Continue reading

The First Thanksgiving

Please note that MSEL and the BLC will be closed Thursday, November 27 for the holiday. We will close at midnight Wednesday and reopen Friday at 7:30am. When we think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey, parades, football, shopping and … Continue reading

Calling All Bibliophiles: The Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest is Open!

The Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest recognizes the love of books and the delight in shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection. All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at Johns Hopkins are eligible … Continue reading

Eerie en Español

In time for Halloween, let’s dig into some creepy films that make use of the world’s second most popular language. Until recently, when pouting and glittering in the sun became the familiar visual for vampirism, most were familiar with the … Continue reading

Beyond Frankenstein and Dracula: Literary Halloween Costumes

Still casting about for a Halloween costume? How about paying homage to something you read that sent shivers up your spine? A few suggestions: Shakespeare is always a great source. Banquo’s ghost, the weird sisters, Lady Macbeth after the murder, Hamlet’s … Continue reading