Man Booker Prize 2014 Winner Announced

richard flanagan by anetzCongratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan (pictured) who last night won the prestigious £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his stirring wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The selection for this year’s prize caused some controversy when the competition was opened to all authors writing in English, provoking many to believe that the contest would be dominated by American authors, who were previously excluded; though ultimately this year’s shortlist included only two Americans, along with three British and one Australian.

We’ll be getting a copy of Flanagan’s novel in due course, but we do already have a growing selection of previous Booker winners and nominees among our Leisure Reading section on Level 4, including last year’s winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse?

Richard Flanagan image by Anetz, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Club 790 Flies Again!

Book Club Poster

Club 790 is a book club exclusively for students. If you fancy reading and chatting about great novels, enjoying home-baked refreshments and taking part in other social activities such as cinema and theatre trips, then why not come along to the official launch at 7pm on Monday 20th October in the Village Bar?

  • Special offers on food and refreshments (scampi and chips £2.95!)
  • Guest speaker: the Student Wordsmith (Sophie-Louise Hyde, Loughborough graduate)
  • Pick up a brand new copy of The Maze Runner, the first great novel we’ll be discussing
  • Exciting prize draw!
  • Leisure reading display

For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending by contacting Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk

Need a Bit of a Boost? Look No Further…

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As today is World Mental Health Day, and with the weather turning nasty and the nights drawing in, what better time to remind you about our range of Books on Prescription and Mood Boosting books up among the Leisure Reading section on Level 4 to help give you a bit of a boost for the start of term.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is a scheme providing self-help reading based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. These titles can now be accessed from the University Library. Reference copies of most of the books in the scheme are located in the Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough’s public library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town, right next to the park.

Alongside the Books on Prescription titles sit the aptly-named Reading Well Mood-Boosting books, an intriguing range of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry. The Mood-Boosting titles have all been recommended nationally by readers and reading groups.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, first celebrated in 1992. It’s an initiative run by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every year it highlights a particular mental health theme, with this year’s theme being “Living with Schizophrenia”.

To find out more, visit the World Mental Health Day site here:

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/world-mental-health-day/

Face to Little Face with Club 790

littlefacereallybig_indexClub 790, our own student book club, meets up for the last time time this academic year next Wednesday (11th June) in the Library at 5.30pm, when the book under discussion will be Sophie Hannah’s unsettling crime thriller, Little Face.

Club 790 meets up every six weeks during term time in the Library. It costs nothing to join and all books will be provided free-of-charge (although we do ask that you return the books to us after the meeting). All you have to do is read the book and turn up!

For more information email Sharon Reid: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, or why not join our Facebook page?

Join Us for a World Book Night Celebration on Thursday

world book nightTo mark the start of term we’re celebrating World Book Night (a little later than advertised, granted!) with a FREE book (and cake!) giveaway in the Library foyer this Thursday lunchtime between 12.30 – 2.30pm (or whenever we run out of books and cake!)

We’ll be giving away copies of five books & novels (we’ll leave their identities as a surprise until the day!) along with a selection of home-made cakes and snacks. Judging from the popularity of the displays we’ve run previously the books and cakes may go like… well, hot cakes (!), so you may want to pop along early to avoid missing out on a real treat. See you there!

Talk About Kevin with Club 790

kevinClub 790, our own student book club, meets up for the first time this summer, this Wednesday (30th April) in the Library at 5.30pm, when the book we’ll be talking about is all about… Kevin! Or to be more precise, it’s Lionel Shriver’s award-winning drama, We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Club 790 meets up every six weeks during term time in the Library. It costs nothing to join and all books will be provided free-of-charge (although we do ask that you return the books to us after the meeting). All you have to do is read the book and turn up!

For more information email Sharon Reid: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, or why not join our Facebook page?

Bag a Book at the Laundrette!

BC5If you’re stuck for something to do while your laundry is churning away at the Campus Laundrette near the EHB, why not help yourself to something from the BookCrossing basket we’ve recently set up there?

You may already have seen our baskets of books at the Village Bar, the Martin Hall Bistro, the Student Hub and the ‘S’ Building. This basket replaces the one we used to have in the Fuel Box in the EHB. Just look for the books with the friendly yellow sticker above!

BookCrossing is the leisure reading phenomenon with the aim of encouraging us all to read more for pleasure. Designed as a ‘read me then release’ me scheme, the way it works is that you take any book you fancy, then, once you’ve finished reading it, pass it on for someone else to enjoy. To add to the fun, every book has been given its own ID number, so you can track its journey via the website.

However, to keep the scheme rolling we do need a constant supply of books to keep the baskets topped up! So, if you have any leisure reading books you’re happy to donate to the scheme, we’d really like to have them. Ideally we’d like good quality novels and biographies, autobiographies or memoirs. Please bring them to one of the Library desks, mentioning that they’re for the BookCrossing scheme, and we’ll do the rest!

Treat Yourself to a Little Light Reading this Easter

easter eggs by marek52

The Easter vacation is almost upon us, and while many of you are likely to be stocking up on books for revision over the holiday period (aren’t you?), we’d just like to remind you of the old adage about all work and play making one a rather dull person. So why not beat this by helping yourself to something from our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4?

With an ever-expanding range to choose from – over 400 books at the last count - encompassing literary classics old and new, award-winning novels, celebrity autobiographies, art, historical sagas, cinema & TV adaptations, contemporary poetry and a wide selection of popular graphic novels, we’re certain there’s something to meet every taste, whether it’s something long and engrossing to tide you over the whole month, or something short and sweet to tempt your jaded reading palate. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse today?

Easter eggs by Marek52, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Self-help, and Mood-boosting books now available!

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Eleanor Trigg, Mental Health Support Team; Carol Neath, Loughborough Public Library, Sharon Reid, University Library.

The University Library, University Mental Health Support Team and Loughborough Public Library have been working together to make available a wealth of new material. Reading Well Books on Prescription is a scheme providing self-help reading based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. These titles can now be accessed from the University Library. Reference copies of most of the books in the scheme are located in the Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4. Take a look at this link for the range of titles available in the series. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough Public Library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town.

Alongside the Books on Prescription titles sit the aptly-named Reading Well Mood-boosting books, an intriguing range of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry. The Mood-boosting titles have all been recommended nationally by readers and reading groups. Why not come up and have a browse?

For further information about these schemes:

http://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-well/

If you enjoy reading and discussing books in a relaxed and cosy environment, come and join Club 790, the Student Book Club. Contact Sharon Reid at S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk or jump into the discussion via the Club’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Club790

Have a Slice of Pi…

pi by tj blackwell

As today is National Pi Day, what better time to remind you of some the magnificent mathematical resources we have at the Library?

Aside from all the books and journals we have on the topic down on Level 1 and online, we have access to a host of mathematical databases, including MathWorld – the web’s most extensive mathematics resource – and PlanetMath, a collaborative virtual community which aims to help make mathematical knowledge more accessible.

If numbers aren’t quite your thing and you’d like a quirkier interpretation of the theme, why not pop up to our Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4 and borrow a copy of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize winning The Life of Pi?

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th around the world.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

To find out more, visit the Pi Day website here.

Pi image by T.J. Blackwell, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.