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The Library Has What You Need for Finals!

Final Exams Keep Calm

We know you’re getting geared up for the toughest time of the term- FINALS! Don’t panic. We have you covered.

The McNichols Campus Library is open extended hours through finals week. Remember to have your Student ID with you.

April 17 – 29

Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 20  8:00am – midnight

Friday, April 21  8:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday, April 22 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, April 23 12:30pm – midnight

Monday, April 24 – Thursday, April 27  8:00am – midnight

Friday, April 28 8:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday, April 29 9:00am – 3:00pm

 

ScantronThe Library Also Offers:

Group study rooms

Red and Green Scantrons – 50 cents

Blue Books – $1.00

Color Printing – 25 cents per page

Spiral Binding – (cost varies)

Ear buds – $1.00

Photocopying – 10 cents per page

Scanning (free)

Assistance from a librarian – priceless

 

When you’re ready to relax, we have plenty of DVD’s available

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don’t forget to grab a cup of Joe at

Starbucks.

 

 

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GOOD LUCK!

Sandra Wilson & Julia Eisenstein, Librarians

October is Scary Movie Month

 

Haunted House

Are you scared of the dark? You never know what could be lurking in the shadows as the days start  getting shorter and the nights start getting longer.  Grab a blanket and turn off the lights and watch one of the many bone chilling movies the library has to offer.  You might have to sleep with one eye open after this!

 

 

 

DVD - freak showAmerican Horror Story: Freak Show

“Step inside American Horror Story: Freak Show, the terrifyingly twisted reincarnation of TV’s most shockingly original series. Jessica Lange leads an extraordinary, award-winning cast that includes Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson and Michael Chiklis. Lange plays Elsa Mars, the proprietor of a troupe of human “curiosities” on a desperate journey of survival in the sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida, in 1952. Her menagerie of performers includes a two-headed, telepathic twin (Paulson), a take-charge bearded lady (Bates), a vulnerable strongman (Chiklis) and his sultry, three-breasted wife (Bassett). But the strange emergence of a dark entity will savagely threaten the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.” (Amazon.com)

Watch the Trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPTwNuc5b3c

 

DVD - As aboveAs Above, So Below

“Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, it reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt everyone.”

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83PpryYHHeY

 

DVD - Battle RoyaleBattle Royale (Batoru Rowaiaru)

“In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.”

 

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCoPbkvyWEI

 

DVD - Fourth KindThe Fourth Kind

In remote Alaska, citizens have been mysteriously vanishing since the 1960s. Despite multiple FBI investigations, the truth behind the phenomena had never been discovered—until now. While videotaping therapy sessions with traumatized patients, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) unwittingly exposes terrifying revelations of multiple victims whose claims of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details. Based on actual case studies, The Fourth Kind uses Dr. Tyler’s never-before-seen archival footage alongside dramatic reenactments to present the most disturbing evidence ever documented in this provocative thriller critics are calling “terrifyingly real…The most shocking alien abduction movie to date.” –Tim Anderson, BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM

Watch the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r25ZUxTURis

 

DVD - HousesThe Houses October Built

“Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening, and it becomes clear that the haunt has come to them.”

 

Watch the trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yedl4lY9VgM

 

DVD - It followsIt Follows

“For nineteen-year-old Jay, the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”  (Filmed at UDM)

 

Watch the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX38jXwnRAM

 

DVD - Let me inLet Me In

“Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl, emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Owen, an alienated 12-year-old boy, recognizes a fellow outcast and opens up to her, forming a unique bond. But as a string of grisly murders occupy his town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl might be hiding an unthinkable secret.”

Watch trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reRRAEVHq8E

 

 

DVD - MamaMama

“A supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.” (catalog)

Watch trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZlY47eCdas

 

 

DVD - orphanageThe Orphanage

“Centers on Laura (Belén Rueda) who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son’s imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.” (Amazon.com) (in Spanish with English subtitles)

Watch the trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02mbaN7ozJ4

 

DVD  - UnfriendedUnfriended

“Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.” (Amazon.com)

Watch the trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRhUId3gtoE

 

 

 

DVD - VanishingThe Vanishing on 7th Street

When an unexplained blackout leaves Detroit in darkness, most of the population vanishes. As the sun rises, a handful of survivors realizes the few light sources are all that protects them from impending terror.

Watch the trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2ifOpS-v_c

 

 

DVD - horrorSee what other scary movies the library has to offer…if you dare.  Just visit the  library catalog and do a keyword search for -  horror dvd

 

DVD - scary

Sweet dreams and Happy Haunting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading

Need a good book to read on the beach or for your summer get-away?  Try one of these from the library’s collection:

big little life A Big Little Life: a Memoir of a Joyful Dog, by Dean Koontz 

She arrived with her name, Trixie. I joked sometimes that it sounded more like a stripper than a dog. But if it sounded more like a stripper than a dog, it sounded more like an elf or a fairy than a stripper. Elves and fairies are magical beings, and so was she. A heartwarming memoir of a very special dog

 

 

The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller

dog starsHig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor, a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life, something like his old life, exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies without enough fuel to get him home, to a point of no return, as he follows the voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face, in the people he meets, and in himself, is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

 

emmaEmma: a Modern Retelling, by Alexander McCall Smith

Emma Woodhouse arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorcycle up to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end, abandoned in the giant family pile, Hartfield, alongside Emma’s anxiety-ridden father. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige. But there is only one person who can play with Emma’s indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbor George Knightly — this time has Emma finally met her match?

 

expatriatesThe Expatriates, by Janice Y. K. Lee

Three very different American women live in the same small expat community in Hong Kong. Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. Their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all.

 

first phone callThe First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom

The story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.

 

 

 

girlThe Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, flashing past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect … until she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything is changed. Rachel goes to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

martianThe Martian, by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

station 11Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

“An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the cross hairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it”–

swansThe Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends — the alluring socialites Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman — a woman desperately longing for true love and connection. Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller — even when the stories aren’t his to tell.

turnerThe Turner House, by Angela Flournoy

A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone–and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts–and shapes–their family’s future. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as “utterly moving” and “un-putdownable,” The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home”

Resume Writing with Learning Express Library

Learning ExpressEven though the end of the semester is a few months away, now is the time to start thinking about getting a resume together for that summer internship, or for that first “real job.”

Writing a resume can be a daunting task from what to add, how to word it, to how to format it. Don’t fret.  If you have never written a resume before or it’s been awhile, Learning Express Library can be a good place to start.

Learning Express Library provides tutorials on creating an effective cover letter and explores the resume writing process. Learn how to format a resume, use action words and keywords , and view sample resumes.

It even goes one step further and provides job search strategies using social media, networking tips, and  how to interview with confidence.

To access Learning Express Library, just follow these steps:

Learning - databaseSelect Learning Express Library from the library’s database list.

 

 

Register LExL

Register for an account

 

 

 

 

 

Career CenterSelect the Career Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job searchSelect Job Search and Workplace Skills

 

 

 

 

 

Job search 1Then on the left side, select the area where you would like to start.

 

Good Luck!

 

And don’t forget to visit UDM’s Career Education Center for even more great resources!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeking Michigan!

Seeking Michigan

 

The Michigan Historical Center provides a unique online collection of Michigan archival material called Seeking Michigan.  Get lost browsing through state census records, death records, civil war documents, photographs, oral histories, sheet music, old maps, and old postcards.   Curious about  how great grandpa Joe died? Was he kicked in the head by his horse? Did he fall into the outhouse? Or was he shot in a shoot out? Put those family rumors to rest and find out in the Michigan Death Records from 1897 -1920.

Civil WarIs the Civil War more your thing? Browse the Civil War battle flag collection.  Check out portraits of Civil War soldiers and even look up volunteer registries and service records of Michigan Infantries.  Maybe your southern relative really fought for the north!

Peruse photographs of Michigan lighthouses and governors and discover idyllic scenes of days gone by in the   Main Streets postcard collection  depicting towns from Ada to Zeeland.

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Step back into Michigan history and have fun exploring its illustrious past!

 

 

Sandra Wilson and Julia Eisenstein, Librarian Consultants

Summer Listening

If you love to read, but don’t have time try an audio book!  Here are some from the library’s collection:

Book1Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo.  Annawadi is a settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are filled with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal.

 

Book2

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson.  On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and lets out a lusty wail. As she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?

 

Book3Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris.  From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

 

Book4Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King.  Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless– mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Book5The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom.  After being punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

 

 

 

Book6

The Racketeer, by John Grisham.  Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fogletree just became number five. His body was found in the basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies, Judge Fogletree and his young secretary. I did not know Judge Fogletree, but I know who killed him, and why. I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It’s a long story.

Book8Where’d you go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple.  Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.

Avoid Overdue Fines: Renew Online!

Do you have a library book coming due, but need it a little bit longer?  Don’t rack up late fees, renew online! Just follow these easy steps:

1.  From the library website, click the Renew Books button

Renew Books

 

 

2. Enter your 14-digit bar code number found on your UDM ID card

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3. Check the box on the left of the book you want to renew

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4. Click the Renew button

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…and now you don’t have to worry for another 28 days!

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Sandra Wilson, Librarian

 

The New York Times – Historical Edition

NYT - titanicExtra! Extra! Read All About It!  The New York Times is now available online!  Don’t miss out!

Need to write a speech on an event that happened on your birth date? Explore over 150 years of breaking news stories from the renowned New York Times.  Read about the sinking of the Titanic, where more than 1,500 people perished in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912.

Or if sports is more your thing, read about the New York Yankees 5-3 win oNYT - World Seriesver the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first World Series game ever broadcast on television on September 30, 1947. This event was so ground breaking a judge stopped a trial for jurors to watch it on TV.

Whether you’re looking for a specific event or just want to browse, The New York Times: Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) has it all, from the very first issue printed in 1851 all the way to 2010.  Articles are in PDF so you can view them as they originally appeared.  Just select the link from the library’s database page and have fun exploring!

For more current articles, be sure to search The New York Times (Gale) from 1985-present.

 

Sandra Wilson – Librarian Consultant

It’s Final Exam Time!

McNichols Library Hours
April 21 – 28
Monday – Thursday  8:00am – Midnight
Friday  8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday  12:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday  8:00am – 7:30pm

If you need assistance, call the Research Desk at 313-993-1071 or chat live.
A librarian is available from open to close.
Need a Scantron? We have red & green for 50¢ at the Research Desk.

This just in…the library now carries Blue Books for 75¢ at the Research Desk!

Good luck on your exams!