Do you ever feel creatively blocked, a feeling like all the color and life is lost from your artwork or craft? The Artists Way, by Julia Cameron, is a guidebook designed as a course in creative artistic recovery. Each section of the book describes practices, mindsets, and techniques for creative people, all of which build upon each other, to guide the reader into a more authentic artistic expression. The course is 12 weeks long. The aims include overcoming creative blocks and self-destructive beliefs, while building creative relationships, gaining confidence, and re-connecting to what she believes are the spiritual underpinnings of the creative drive.
In my opinion, this book is a valuable read, even if one does not pursue the entire 12 week course. The various practices described within it encourage one to be more mindful and creative on a consistent basis. For example, the practice of writing a full page of thoughts every morning, described in one chapter early on, can have the effect of bringing one face to face with what is going on the their life, paving the way for action. I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who feels the need to re-connect to their creative self, whether you want to dive into a full-on course, or could use a few well placed pointers.
The Artists Way is available in the Greenfield Library open stacks at BF408 .C175 1992.
— Mike Romano, Music Library Circulation Assistant
As a librarian and an avid fan of reading in general, I’ve read a lot of books. Well, I’ve read a lot, but there certainly are many books that I still haven’t read yet. Fahrenheit 451, a classic (and often banned) modern novel is one of those books that had me saying to myself, “Why have I never read this?!” Especially since this is a true book lover’s book.
But it’s also more than just that. As Neil Gaiman says in the wonderful introduction to this 60th anniversary edition, “This is a book about caring for things. It’s a love letter to books, but I think, just as much, it’s a love letter to people….” Since I think this book is so magical, I won’t spoil the plot. What I want to focus on is this book’s important message, gloriously amplified by Ray Bradbury’s lyrical descriptions (trust me, he makes describing moonlight sound heavenly).
What I loved so much about Fahrenheit 451 is its striking relevance to our world today, which can often be said for these types of dystopian sci-fi novels. Even though I found myself nodding along to Bradbury’s finger-pointing at the horrible aspects of modern society (which are eerily similar to the world of 2018), I also felt reassured to hear a voice who feels the same way I do. Books matter. Stories matter. People matter. Quiet thought and compassion matters. In a world that seems too loud and insane and imploding in on itself at times, it was refreshing to read the words of an author calling out into the void, saying, “Slow down. Look around you. Care more. Read a book.”
You can check out Fahrenheit 451 from the Greenfield Library at call#PS3503 .R167 F3 2013. This special edition of the book also includes historical context essays and reviews for some in-depth reading.
There is also an audio guide available from Greenfield CDs (GCD409), featuring a radio program and Bradbury discussing his work. We also have the 1966 film available behind the Greenfield circulation desk, just ask for call#GD23. Coincidentally, HBO will be premiering a new movie version of Fahrenheit 451, to be released Spring of this year. You can watch the teaser trailerhere.
~ Recommended by Lillian Kinney, Cataloger/Archivist at the Greenfield Library
We are happy to announce a new student borrowing policy for the UArts Libraries collection of videos and DVDs. Students will now have a 3-day borrowing period and will be allowed to renew such items twice. The first renewal will be for another 3 days, and the second renewal will be for one more day. Remember: all library users may renew materials themselves via the Web at “My Library Record” on the UArts Libraries home page.
A 3-day borrowing period means that students can check out (up to 2) videos/DVDs on a Friday, and the items will be due that Monday.
Why the change? Students have asked about taking videos out on a Friday and returning them on Monday; the former 1-day borrowing policy didn’t allow this. We take questions and suggestions from all our patrons very seriously and accommodate them when possible.
Want to search the catalog and see what we have? Review this document on searching for videos and DVDs:
Just a few more days of the spring semester and it’s all over. Here are some bits of info about the UArts Libraries during the summer.
SUMMER HOURS MAY 18 – AUGUST 7, 2009
Monday-Thursday: 8:15am – 8:00pm
Friday: 8:15am – 4:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Visual Resources Library
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
BORROWING DURING THE SUMMER
Not taking summer classes but still like to read/watch movies/look at beautiful books? You may borrow materials DURING the summer (not for the entire summer; regular policies apply) if you meet the following criteria: