Joyeux Quatorze Juillet

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! or for non-French speakers, Happy Bastille Day!
In honor of the beginning of the French Revolution the library is highlighting several works that focus on French history and culture. Be sure to check out these titles and more at the library!
The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4, 1789, and the French Revolution
By Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons
This book is located on the 3rd floor
DC168.0804 .F57 2003
Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
By Antonia Fraser
This book is located on the 3rd floor
DC129 .F73 2006
Is Paris Burning?
Directed by René Clément
This DVD is located on the 2nd floor in the Media Collection
PN1997 .I79 2003
Moulin Rouge
Directed by John Huston
This DVD is located on the 2nd floor in the Media Collection
PN1997 .M92 H96 2004

Mark Twain: Travel Writer?

Everyone is familiar with Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; but not everyone is aware of the fact that Twain was also a prolific travel writer! Dr. Jim Stovall from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee says of Twain, “One of American history’s major men of letters, Mark Twain, developed the genre of travel writing with best-selling books such as Innocents Abroad and A Tramp Abroad. Twain went beyond descriptions of the places that he saw and applied his unique brand of humor to the people and cultures that he visited.”
This week at the AUM Library, be sure to check out our “Summer Travels” selections that feature some of Mark Twain’s travel books.

AUM’s Bookshelf

A Tramp Abroad
Roughing It
The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims' Progress
Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

Aum Library’s favorite books »

Hurricane Season!

The 2010 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean began on June 1, 2010, and will end on November 30, 2010. Atlantic hurricanes affect the eastern and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and the Caribbean nations. Those with interests in hurricane-prone areas must heed federal and state advice on preparedness, the season in general, and each specific storm in the season.
The experts are predicting a busier-than-usual hurricane season for 2010. These early forecasts, however, will likely be modified depending on the evolving climactic conditions. If the early forecasts prove to be accurate, the 2010 hurricane season will stand in sharp contrast to the relatively mild 2009 season. Special concerns in 2010 are whether a hurricane will hit the already-devastated island of Haiti and how a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico would affect the giant oil slick created by the explosion on the BP offshore driling platform. Another question is whether a hurricane will come ashore in the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coastal areas, some of which have not yet recovered from 2005′s Hurricane Katrina.

Stay informed and be prepared!
You can also check out these titles and more from the AUM Library.
Category 5: The Story of Camille
By Ernest Zebrowski & Judith Howard
This book can be found on the 6th floor
QC945 .Z43 2005
Dark Wind: A Survivor’s Tale of Love and Loss
By Gordon Chaplin
This book can be found on the 4th floor
F1433.2 .C45 1999
Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones
By David Longshore
This book can be found on the 2nd Floor in the Reference Collection
QC944 .L66 2008

Library to offer presentation on Foundation Center resources

Joanne Kepics from the Foundation Center will demonstrate the Foundation Directory Online database of over 99,000 grantmakers and grants and other resources from the comprehensive Foundation Center website. The database is available to the public in the AUM Library, a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. The free demonstration is open to the public and will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, in the second floor classroom of the Library.
Anyone interested must register by contacting Barbara Hightower at 334-244-3994

Honoring our Military Service members, past and present

This week marks the 66th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by Allied troops in WWII. So in honor of all of our veterans, check out these titles and more from the library this week.

quality="high" wmode="transparent"
FlashVars="id=3729997&shelf=to-read&title=AUM's Bookshelf&,,dest_site,amazon">
AUM’s Bookshelf

The Sheen on the Silk: A NovelThe Last Time I Saw You: A NovelA River in the SkyAbraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterWrecked (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #16)Holly Blues

More of Aum’s books »
Aum Library's to-read book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

Browsing Collection Highlights

Check out some of the newest titles added to the Browsing Collection.

Browsing Collection Highlights

Wrecked (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #16)
A River in the Sky
The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Samantha’s favorite books »

LibQual+ Survey on Library Quality

Your opinions matter!
Please participate in the LibQual+ survey on library quality.
We are committed to improving your library services. Better understanding your expectations will help us tailor those services to your needs.
We are conducting this survey to measure library service quality and identify best practices through the Association of Research Libraries’ LibQUAL+® program.
The survey , which can be found on the library’s website, will take between 9 and 15 minutes to complete, and you will have the option to provide us with written comments. You will also have the option to submit your name and e-mail address to be included in a drawing for one of three prizes:
a Blu-Ray player, a $50 iTunes gift card, or a $25 iTunes gift card.

Women’s History Month

This week the AUM Library is continuing it’s focus on Women’s History Month by featuring several books that deal with women’s role throughout history. Check these titles and more at the library! You can also check out this week’s elevator flyers by clicking here.
Shattering the Glass : the Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball
By Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford
Located on the 4th floor GV886 .G78 2005
Over the past decade, women’s basketball has exploded onto the national sports scene. WNBA and NCAA television ratings have skyrocketed; movies, magazines, and clothing lines showcase female players. But as the authors of Shattering the Glass show, women’s basketball has a much longer history, reaching back over a century of struggle, liberation, and gutsy play.
Shattering the Glass offers a sweeping chronicle of women’s basketball in the United States, from its invention in the late nineteenth century to its dominant position in sports today. Offering vivid portraits of forgotten heroes and contemporary stars, it also provides a broader perspective on the history of the sport, exploring its relationship to changing ideas of womanhood, efforts to expand women’s economic and political rights, and definitions of sexual equality.
Based on original interviews with players, coaches, administrators, broadcasters, and extensively illustrated, Shattering the Glass provides a moving, gritty view of the game on and off the court, and an empowering story of the generations of women who have shaped women’s basketball
Who cooked the Last Supper? : the Women’s History of the World
By Rosalind Miles
Located on the 4th floor HQ1121 .M55 2001
Men dominate history because men write history. There have been many heroes, but no heroines. This is the book that overturns that “phallusy of history,” giving voice to the true history of the world — which, always and forever, must include the contributions of millions of unsung women. Here is the history you never learned — but should have!
Without politics or polemics, this brilliant and witty book overturns centuries of preconceptions to restore women to their rightful place at the center of culture, revolution, empire, war, and peace. Spiced with tales of individual women who have shaped civilization, celebrating the work and lives of women around the world, distinguished by a wealth of research, Who Cooked the Last Supper? redefines our concept of historical reality
A Woman’s Place There may have been only men sitting at the table, but Who Cooked the Last Supper? asks writer Rosalind Miles. Bent on setting the record straight, Miles offers a keen and passionate look at women’s contributions to civilizations from hunter-gatherer societies to the present, shining a spotlight into neglected corners as well as on familiar figures: who knew, for example, that Florence Nightingale defied a military commander and, wielding a hammer, broke into a locked storeroom after he refused to give her medical supplies? Readers will delight in this rebel-rousing read, previously published in 1990 by Harper Perennial as The Women’s History of the World.
Beyond Image and Convention : Explorations in Southern Women’s History
Edited by Janet Lee Coryell
Located on the 4th floor HQ1438 .S63 B48 1998
Despite their prevailing image and stereotype, southern women have often gone “beyond convention,” living on their own terms within a society that revered tradition and compliance. Spanning the colonial era to the mid-twentieth century, Beyond Image and Convention documents women from widely varied social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds who acted outside the accepted gender boundaries of their day.
Reflecting the quality and breadth of current scholarship in the field of southern women’s history, this collection of essays relies upon previously untapped documentary evidence and, in the process, crafts provocative new interpretations of our collective past. The essays explore the historical experience of black and white southern women across nearly three centuries, including a white woman’s sexual misconduct in colonial North Carolina, one slave woman’s successful attempt to carve out an autonomous existence in southwestern Virginia, an ex-slave’s fight for freedom in postbellum Missouri, and the civil rights activism of two white southern women—Sarah Patton Boyle of Virginia and Alice Norwood Spearman of South Carolina.
Breaking new ground in the study of women’s history, Beyond Image and Convention provides valuable insights for both specialists and general readers.
Reclaiming the Past : Landmarks of Women’s History
Edited by Page Putnam Miller
Located on the 3rd floor E159 .R42 1992
Miller gives readers a better understanding of women’s history by introducing important locations and examining women’s lives in the context of these historical settings. Each chapter describes a site that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beginning with Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, built in 1325, the author describes the Native American women who lived there, highlighting their roles as builders and heads of households. Continuing chronologically, she includes lesser-known places such as St. John’s Freehold in St. Mary’s City, MD, where Margaret Brent went before the provincial assembly in 1648 requesting the right to vote. The Boardinghouse at Boott Cotton Mill in Lowell, MA, provides information about the young women who worked in the textile industry. Other landmarks include the Wesleyan Chapel at Seneca Falls, NY (the site of the first women’s rights convention); the M. Carey Thomas Library at Bryn Mawr College; and the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA, designed by Julia Morgan. Fact boxes for each locale contain a photograph, contact information (including Web sites), and a summary of its significance. Period black-and-white photographs and maps appear throughout, as do quotes from primary sources. Information on related sites is also included. This clearly written book is a gem for research.