We are gearing up for new carpet on the second floor!
Please pardon our appearance and excuse some minor disruptions as we quickly work to install carpeting on the second floor of our facility. Work will commence Monday, June 17 and continue for approximately two weeks.
We’ve been busy improving your study spaces. Here are the highlights:
new carpet, new paint, custom furniture - tables (with power modules) and chairs, a 32” wall mounted monitor with laptop connections, mounted whiteboards
From University Archives: New Wilmington College opened in time for summer school.
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
One of the first questions people ask about The Things They Carried is this: Is it a novel, or a collection of short stories? The title page refers to the book simply as “a work of fiction,” defying the conscientious reader’s need to categorize this masterpiece. It is both: a collection of interrelated short pieces which ultimately reads with the dramatic force and tension of a novel. Yet each one of the twenty-two short pieces is written with such care, emotional content, and prosaic precision that it could stand on its own. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O’Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have. We hear the voices of the men and build images upon their dialogue. The way they tell stories about others, we hear them telling stories about themselves. With the creative verve of the greatest fiction and the intimacy of a searing autobiography,The Things They Carried is a testament to the men who risked their lives in America’s most controversial war. It is also a mirror held up to the frailty of humanity. Ultimately The Things They Carried and its myriad protagonists call to order the courage, determination, and luck we all need to survive. Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics
Today is What are We Reading Wednesday!
Featuring books the Randall Library staff and faculty are reading.
Check the book out here.
Do you know this librarian? Did you know that she, and other librarians, can help you with your research? Librarians in 2013 don’t shush you when you talk in the library or scold you for not putting a book in the right spot! Librarians in 2013 are information specialists who have extensive training in locating information and they are here to help you! Contact a librarian for help: http://library.uncw.edu/ask!