All locationswill be closed for Labor Day on Mon, Sep 5
The Peggy Helmerich Library will be closed temporarily for light renovation. We anticipate the closure to last several weeks. During the closure, any items you have placed on hold will be sent to Hardesty Library.
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As a librarian, I necessarily spend more time reading about books than I do reading books. I read thousands of book reviews each year, but only a few dozen books. This is a mixed blessing; I am well acquainted with many authors, titles and genres, but am only deeply intimate with a limited number of books.
A few years ago many people were convinced that print books were on their way out. As e-book sales rapidly grew, those of us who are emotionally attached to print feared we would someday be forced to give up the sensuous habit of holding a physical book in our hands in exchange for a digital device that is largely devoid of personality. That assumption has mercifully proven to be false. E-book sales have plateaued and print is alive and well.
I’ve never been a fan of graphic novels, but have recently discovered the power of the graphic memoir. If you’re new to this format, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and discover how the combination of illustration and text can result in a particularly moving form of self-revelation.