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  Growing up in the Central Valley of California with family farmers, there was never a shortage of fresh summer fruits and vegetables. My memories of golden, dusty summer days at my grandmother’s farmhouse are filled with plump grapes and juicy ripe peaches. All of our favorite summer eats have a story—from the domestication of your corn on the cob, to the agave that made the tequila in yo...
A place for books and a haven for quiet study. A bustling makerspace where creative minds soar. A basecamp for Internet travelers, article seekers, gamers, crafters, fledgling and expert readers alike. A home for rigorous learning and critical thought. A pillar of support for young learners and the adults who guide them on their education journeys. All of this and more are what school libraries provide to their...
  The architecture of our global financial system is an important area of study for anyone concerned with the welfare and prosperity of the world's population. These books discuss the history of the creation of our current system -- one in which global trade and finance is centered around and dependent on the dollar -- as well as problems faced in the developing world in acquiring these doll...
  What is the role of myth in culture? For starters, we must understand the definition of these two terms. Webster defines myth as a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon. Culture is defined as the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, be...
At the start of the Spring 2020 semester, we launched our most collaborative Staff Picks collection of all time: the Book Potluck. The curation was carried out by fifteen library staff members across areas of expertise with the goal of increasing the visi...
Only in recent years has the focus of teaching bilingual students shifted from a reductive emphasis on making them proficient in English to a more comprehensive approach designed to help them flourish in both their languages. The term ‘emergent bilinguals’ brings the two languages into balance and assigns them eq...
From the summer of 2017 to spring, 2018, the Gottesman Libraries Education Program staged Mars Mission , an out-of-this-world immersive experience in the Smith Learning Theater. The 70 minute production simulated a mission to the Red Planet during which participants...
In what might only be described as year from another dimension, people everywhere are struggling to adjust to ...
Curating the children's award and honor book displays is one of my favorite activities during the academic year at our library. I'm always learning something new about building and promoting library collections, trends in youth publishing, and how combining this knowledge best helps us within ...