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Amazon Summer Reads

Hi Raiders!

Did you know that Amazon has recommendations for summer reading? You didn’t?! Well today is your lucky day! Check out the wide variety of titles available here. Then you can check out our catalog, and if we don’t have the book we can buy it or interlibrary loan a copy for you, free of charge. Aren’t libraries the best?

Happy summer reading!

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Book Showcase: The Bricks that Built the Houses, by Kate Tempest


This week we’re showcasing a book from the fiction collection! Currently on display, this is a book you can take anywhere and read. Want to know the gist? Here’s a summary, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing:

About The Bricks that Built the Houses


Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest’s electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging

It gets into your bones. You don’t even realise it, until you’re driving through it, watching all the things you’ve always known and leaving them behind.

Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving town in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of money. They are running from jealous boyfriends, dead-end jobs, violent maniacs and disgruntled drug dealers, in the hope of escaping the restless tedium of life in south-east London – the place they have always called home.

As the story moves back in time, to before they had to leave, we see them torn between confidence and self-loathing, between loneliness and desire, between desperate ambition and the terrifying prospect of getting nothing done.

In The Bricks that Built The Houses Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives, and showing us how the best intentions don’t always lead to the right decisions

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Not your cup of tea? Come browse our displays and find something that better suits your taste. The Regina Library is happy to serve a wide variety of readers–come cool off with a book!

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New Fiction and Nonfiction

Hello Raiders!

Summer is heating up, and what better way to enjoy those long days on the beach than with a sizzling new read? Stop in at the library and check out our fiction and nonfiction displays, which are full of hot off the press items on a wide range of topics!

Not sure what you’re in the mood for? No problem! You can browse through our collection digitally on the main library home page:


Paging through the books is a good way to find what you want in advance, and you can even place a hold on your items so they’ll be ready at the desk for when you arrive–time saved for more sunny reading!

So what are you waiting for? Stop in at Regina or the ERC and pick up something new, something edgy, or something different. The world is your literary oyster at the Regina Library.

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Library Hours 4th of July Weekend

Hello Raiders!

Can you believe Independence Day weekend is already upon us? We can’t either! Why not stop in at the library and check out some great movies? You can set them up on a projector and watch them outside (just don’t forget bug spray!) if you want to get really creative. 🙂

If you need to access the library between fireworks and barbecues, here are our hours for the upcoming weekend:

Regina Library: Regular hours Friday and Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday.

ERC: Closed Friday through Monday.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or help you might need! Have a safe and happy holiday!


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One Book, One Campus

Currently at the library there is a display showcasing the next campus wide read–The Other Wes Moore! Come by and check it out–and get a head start on your summer reading for next year. 🙂


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FREE Access to the New York Times

Do you read the New York Times? Are you paying for a subscription?

Well stop that! We’re paying for one for you, Rivier student/faculty/staff member! Not sure how to access the NYT from our database list? Worry not! There’s a tutorial on the library home page RIGHT NOW! You could go take a look, and be reading some exceptional articles right this very minute–how exciting is that?

For convenience, here is the post from our home page, with links to the NYT and the tutorial for setting up a free account through the library. Enjoy!

New York Times


What is it? A newspaper covering events both in the U.S. and abroad.


What neat stuff can it do? The NYT has records dating back to the late 1890s. If you select the appropriate dates, you can browse through them.


What classes is it useful for? History classes, Classes asking for information on current events.


Tutorial of the Week


New York Times

This tutorial will show you how to use the newspaper database to find articles.

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Have A Great Summer!

As I write this, students around campus are sitting for their LAST FINAL OF THE SEMESTER! Woo hoo! You did it Raiders! We at the library want to wish you a fabulous summer break. It has been such a pleasure working with you and helping you grow and develop those essential research skills as you get closer to the “real world” dun dun dun!

And for you graduate students, well, we’ll be seeing you soon. 🙂


Congratulations on another great semester!!

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Therapy Dogs!

Come pet a pooch, and feel your finals stress just melt away!


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So Long Shawna Egan!

The library would like to wish Shawna Egan, our Assistant Director, a fond farewell as she moves on to another career outside of the world of Riv. Shawna has been elemental in founding our information literacy program, integrating the library into the fabric of our students’ education. We are so grateful for the work and time she has put in to make the Regina Library a place so many students, faculty, and staff come to enjoy.

Good luck, Shawna!

bye felicia

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Presidents Day Trivia!

Hello Raiders!

In honor of Presidents Day, here is a fun article full of interesting presidential trivia! Did you know all of these?

Presidents Day 2016 Trivia: 20 Facts About Washington, Lincoln And Other US Leaders

**George Washington’s false teeth were not made of wood, as lore has it.**

The Presidents Day tradition first began in 1800, the year after Washington died. People mourning the late leader celebrated his birthday, and in 1879 the holiday became official. It became a federal event in 1885 and was the first observance for a single individual, according to the History Channel. But the day wasn’t just for Washington for too long — by the 1960s, Congress was requesting the government add Lincoln to the annual festivities. Today, people use it to remember all of the U.S. commander-in-chiefs.

Read on for more Presidents Day facts, collected from sources like Mashable,the Huffington Post and the Smithsonian:

Washington’s birthday was Feb. 22, 1732. He became president in 1789.

Lincoln’s birthday was Feb. 12, 1809. He became president in 1861.

Washington did have fake teeth, but they weren’t wooden. More likely, the teeth were made out of ivory.

The land where Washington was born is a national monument, while Lincoln’s cabin is a national historical park.

Lincoln’s national historical park has a building with 56 steps — one for each year he lived before being assassinated.

Warren G. Harding had size 14 feet.

Martin Van Buren is responsible for the popular use of the term “OK.”

Theodore Roosevelt had a ring with some of Lincoln’s hair inside it.

Washington didn’t want to be paid a salary for his work as president.

The first president to live part of his term in the White House was John Adams.

Washington had two spies.

Rutherford B. Hayes was wounded four times in battle.

President James Madison attended Princeton University before it was called that. He technically attended the College of New Jersey.

James Buchanan is the only president to not have a wife. Grover Cleveland started off at the White House single but got married in office.

Lincoln was the first president to have a beard.

Two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to ride in an airplane.

The infection that killed Zachary Taylor began after he ate a bunch of cherries.

Barack Obama has two dogs, Bo and Sunny. Bo has a brother named Rico.

Bill Clinton knows how to play the saxophone.

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