Friday, February 5, 2016

Meet our student workers: Acacia

Where are you from?
Scottsville, VA

What are you studying?
Art History and Arts Management

Favorite song?
"Carry On" by Fun

Best thing about working at Grafton Library?
It is a relaxed enviroment, you get paid, and get to see friends.

Favorite thing about Mary Baldwin College?
The small campus community.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blind Date with a Book

Stop by the Bestseller collection in Grafton Library before Valentines Day to peruse a temporary display and pick up your blind book date! Library staff have chosen books we love, covered them and decorated the covers with brief, vague descriptions. Read just enough to decide if you might like a book, then check it out without reading the title or summary. You might fall in love with a book you never expected to like!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Oscars 2016: some of the best movies of the year (but not all)

Oscar season is almost upon us.  It's that time of year when people who love movies wonder what is wrong with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, discuss the people nominated and those who should have been nominated, and think back on previous award winners - both warranted and questionable (1998 Best Picture: Shakespeare in Love instead of Saving Private Ryan, 1994 Best Picture: Forest Gump rather than The Shawshank Redemption or Pulp Ficture, 1986 Best Actress: Geraldine Page instead of Whoopi Goldberg, to name just a few of the questionable choices over the years).  It should be clear to everyone who has seen the nominees at any given year that the Oscars are highly political and don't always represent the best of the best of films for that year.  This year there is a new initiative to try and fix some of the problems within the Academy (see #OscarsSoWhite) so I remain hesitantly hopeful for the future.

However, the films that are represented by the Oscar nominees can provide a short list of suggested movies to watch for any given year.  The list of nominees also starts a discussion of snubbed movies that can provide you with more suggestions (such as Beast of No Nation - I'm still appalled that it received NO nominations).  I find the list Best Foreign Films particularly helpful since they aren't always shown in theaters in the U.S. until after their nomination or they are not marketed heavily in the U.S. so they can be easy to overlook.

Check out the library's DVD collection to catch up on the current Oscar nominees, those from previous years, and movies that should have been nominated.  We might not have all the films from the current year since they are not all out on DVD yet (many of the films are either still playing in movie theaters or only recently stopped since Thanksgiving to the end of the year is a big time for the Oscar hopefuls) but we will get them soon.  Check GLDYS, the library's catalog, to see what movies we currently have.  Limit your search to only DVDs to narrow your results.  And if we don't have the film you're looking for, you can always request it through ILL or ask a librarian to consider purchasing it for the collection.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Meet our student workers: Emma

Where are you from?
Broadway, Virginia

What are you studying?
English and Creative Writing

Favorite book?
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (hopefully I'll be writing my thesis on it!)

Best thing about working at Grafton Library?
Getting to work with some awesome people! And of course the books.

Favorite thing about Mary Baldwin College?
The campus is really lovely.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Films on Demand has a new look!

Films on Demand, Grafton's film database with access to thousands of streaming titles, got a makeover recently! Check out Films on Demand's new look, or explore some of our other film databases.

Films on Demand still offers the same functionality with the revamped style, but the options you're used to may not be in the same place. If it's been a while since you've visited Films on Demand or our other film databases, check them out. You may find something relevant to your current coursework, or something that interests you personally. Both Films on Demand and the MEF streaming collection are updated regularly!

Films on Demand has videos on History, Counseling, Medicine, Philosophy, Music and more. There are even included titles on Math!