February 24, 2017

Dear Diary

After saying good-bye to her, one of the soldiers asked us why we would associate with trash like her. 24-Feb 1997


As part of our book display on diaries we are posting a brief extract from a random selection of diaries, journals and guides on diary writing  for all of February.

We hope that these snippets will inspire you to read somebody's diary!

February 23, 2017

Dear Diary

 Beautiful night. While the curtain of mystery offers a glimpse of an eternal smile, the moon kisses a treetop. 23-Feb 1940

 As part of our book display on diaries we are posting a brief extract from a random selection of diaries, journals and guides on diary writing  for all of February.

We hope that these snippets will inspire you to read somebody's diary!

Reading break at Alloway Library

Whether you take a break for reading or from reading, Alloway Library will be open throughout reading break except for Sunday February 26 and Sunday March 5, when the library will be closed.

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February 22, 2017

Dear Diary

I went up the trail to the Settlements on the Phreah River 45 miles. Exchanged some Navajo Blankets, handkerchiefs for 300 grape Roots & a few varieties of other choice shrubs. 22-Feb 1872

As part of our book display on diaries we are posting a brief extract from a random selection of diaries, journals and guides on diary writing  for all of February.


We hope that these snippets will inspire you to read somebody's diary!

Curio.ca adds Indigenous Voices collection of streaming media

Curio.ca  has expanded its collections of streaming media on the themes of Canada's 150th anniversary with a new collection called Contemporary Indigenous Voices. 

As part of the year-long celebration, it's important to take a clear-eyed look at our complex history and the collective work ahead of us as a nation. This selection of documentaries and news reports explores First Nations People in all their diversity, resilience and wisdom. The voices presented here – whether young people, women, elders, artists, advocates, entrepreneurs or educators – reflect the diverse perspectives within Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities.

From on-campus, access Curio.ca directly, from off campus, access via Alloway Library's catalogue  with your TWU login 

February 21, 2017

Dear Diary


He was a frothy talker, the kind that uses language to conceal thoughts as much as to express them. 21-Feb 1936
The Secret diary of Harold L Ickes.

As part of our book display on diaries we are posting a brief extract from a random selection of diaries, journals and guides on diary writing for all of February.
We hope that these snippets will inspire you to read somebody's diary!

New Titles Tuesday, Feb 21

Here is a sample of the 65 titles added to our collection in the past week.

ART + DESIGN
Draplin Design Co.: pretty much everything / Aaron James Draplin. PRINT
Aaron James Draplin. is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life.  Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work--posters, record covers, logos--and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the "Things We Love" State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page.


 A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

CHEESE
Cheese slices STREAMING VIDEO SERIES
Cheese Slices is the world’s only TV series to examine international artisan cheese making. Produced in Australia and aired in nine languages to more than 250 million viewers worldwide, this award-winning show is now in its seventh season and has visited more than two dozen countries to date. Will Studd travels through some of the world’s most beautiful countryside to look at an extraordinary variety of authentic regional cheeses, and meet the tradition-upholders and the innovators who passionately make them. Filmed on location, this series also includes a special look at artisanal cheeses. If you enjoy excellent cheese and want to know more about where it comes from, how it’s made, and what makes some cheeses taste so much better than others, this unique, award-winning series is essential viewing.

COMMUNICATIONS
Spreadable media: creating value and meaning in a networked culture / Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, & Joshua Green. PRINT
Spreadable Media maps fundamental changes taking place in our contemporary media environment, a space where corporations no longer tightly control media distribution and many of us are directly involved in the circulation of content. It contrasts "stickiness"--aggregating attention in centralized places--with "spreadability"--dispersing content widely through both formal and informal networks, some approved, many unauthorized. Stickiness has been the measure of success in the broadcast era (and has been carried over to the online world), but "spreadability" describes the ways content travels through social media.

COMPUTING SCIENCE
Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. 

Professional git / Brent Laster. PRINT
Professional Git takes a professional approach to learning this massively popular software development tool, and provides an up-to-date guide for new users. More than just a development manual, this book helps you get into the Git mindset-extensive discussion of corollaries to traditional systems as well as considerations unique to Git help you draw upon existing skills while looking out-and planning for-the differences.

EARTH SCIENCE
Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

EDUCATION
Award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. 


HISTORY
The letters of Edward Petter [electronic resource]
The Letters of Edward Petter are a unique record of the travels of a Victorian biscuit salesman. They make a fascinating travelogue of cultural and historical interest for anyone wishing to learn more about travel in the Victorian era. Petter was not only a salesman, he was also an evangelist, and the letters contain numerous accounts of his missionary endeavours in countries across the world. The letters also touch on many Brethren issues, notably the schism of 1890.


Things seen in northern India [electronic resource] / T.L. Pennell.
Things Seen in… seems to have been a series of guidebooks aimed at European visitors to foreign parts in the early 20th Century – roughly the equivalent of today’s Lonely Planet Guides. Who better to write the entry for Northern Indian than the veteran medical missionary to the region Theodore Leighton Pennell [1867-1912]. It would provides excellent background information for anyone studying India in that period.

LEADERSHIP
 award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D., uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioural economics, neuroscience and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting-edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can promote smarter thinking, greater innovation and stronger performance.

Closing the Execution Gap has excellent information and insights that are well connected to meaningful bodies of research. Lepsinger hones in on tangible, real-world problems that many leaders will recognize and then offers practical solutions.'Line managers and Learning and Development professionals will find this book of interest because it captures the critical concepts that make an organization and its people successful.

In this revised and updated edition, Block explores what has and has not changed in organizations and in the world in the twenty years since the first edition was published. He argues that the concept of stewardship is more relevant and necessary than ever, and shows how the idea of stewardship can and must be expanded out from organizations into our communities, societies and nations. Peter Block is one of our most provocative, original, and iconoclastic thinkers. Here he extends the scope of his insights to help put us create not just productive and humane workplaces but vibrant communities, an engaged democracy, and a healthy planet.

LITERATURE

C.S. Lewis: life, works, and legacy / edited by Bruce L. Edwards. PRINT

PHILOSOPHY

PSYCHOLOGY

Forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr Julia Shaw uses the latest research to show the astonishing variety of ways in which our brains can indeed be led astray. She shows why we can sometimes misappropriate other people's memories, subsequently believing them to be our own. She explains how police officers can imprison an innocent man for life on the basis of many denials and just one confession. She demonstrates the way radically false memories can be deliberately implanted, leading people to believe they had tea with Prince Charles, or committed crimes that never happened. And she reveals how, in spite of all this, we can improve our memory through simple awareness of its fallibility.

From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives. Backed by the latest research, Play  explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.

This wise, stirring book argues that the search for meaning can immeasurably deepen our lives and is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.  Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology; on insights from George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, the Buddha, and other great minds; and on interviews with seekers of meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith lays out the four pillars upon which meaning rests. To bring those concepts to life, Smith visits a tight-knit fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay, stargazes in West Texas, attends a dinner where young people gather to share their experiences of untimely loss, and more. And she explores how we might begin to build a culture of meaning in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities.  Inspiring and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a richer, more satisfying life.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Dr. Heath Lambert, a leader in the biblical counseling movement, lays out eight gospel-centered strategies for overcoming the deceitful lure of pornography. Each chapter clearly demonstrates how the gospel applies to this particular battle and how Jesus can move readers from a life of struggle to a life of purity.
The Oxford handbook of the prophets / edited by Carolyn J. Sharp.

In Playing for God, Annie Blazer offers an exploration of the history and religious lives of Christian athletes, showing that evangelical engagement with popular culture can carry unintended consequences. When sport became an avenue for embodied worship, it forced a reckoning with evangelical teachings about the body. Female Christian athletes increasingly turned to their own bodies to understand their religious identity, and in so doing, came to question evangelical mainstays on gender and sexuality. What was once a male-dominated masculinist project of sports engagement became a female-dominated movement that challenged evangelical ideas on femininity, marriage hierarchy, and the sinfulness of homosexuality. 


Backed by scripture, Cusick uses examples from his own life and from his twenty years of counseling experience to show us how the pursuit of empty pleasure is really a search for our heart's deepest desire-and the real key to to resistance is discovering and embracing the joy we truly want. Cusick's insights help readers understand how porn struggles begin, what to do to prevent them, and most importantly, how to overcome the compulsion once it begins.

Guido Herman Fridolin Verbeck was a 19th Century Dutch Reformed Church missionary to Japan.


SOCIAL SCIENCES


WRITING
From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything important to say--you simply need to say it well. In an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance, this is a book that highlights the importance of style.
phrase--such as "O Captain! My Captain!" or "To be or not to be"--memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner,