Monthly Archives: June 2012
Novelist, humorist, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron passed away this week at age 71 from complications of leukemia.
Ephron’s works make for great summer reading or viewing and have taught generations of women– and men– how to be strong, smart, modern, and romantic.
Or you can taste-test something a little more serious like Julie & Julia (DVD 2513), Ephron’s Julia Childs bio-pic starring Meryl Streep or Heartburn (Call Number:PS3555.P5 H4 1996), her acclaimed novel about a cook-book writer whose marriage falls apart.
Last but not least, for a look at Ephron the humorous essayist, try I feel bad about my neck : and other thoughts on being a woman from our Popular Reading collection or the older but still relevant: Crazy salad : some things about women (Call Number: HQ1154 .E6 1975). Ephron’s work used humor to convey a feminist message that resonated with mainstream American culture and resuscitated a bit of the glamor of Hollywood romantic comedies from the 1940s with a quirky, modern twist.
The Library is pleased to announce that we now provide access to 7 new databases through SUNYConnect.
If you are accessing our databases from off campus, make sure you go through the Library’s homepage and log in with your Purchase email username & password when prompted.
Test drive our new databases:
Purchase College graduate Malcolm D. MacDougall III’s sculpture Microscopic Landscape 2010 is now on display in New York City’s Union Square Park Triangle. Many will remember the sculpture from the College’s main entrance where it stood for the past year.
The 24-foot-long by 11-foot-tall sculpture will be on view for six months, from June 14, 2012 through January, 2013.
Before making it big in NYC, MacDougall was one of the first student artists to exhibit art in the Library. In 2008 and 2009, MacDougall installed a series of 4 bronze sculptures in the Library’s mezzanine. Now the Library regularly displays student art on its walls. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s crop of artists!
June 12th is the 70th Anniversary of Anne Frank’s 13th birthday, the day she started the diary that detailed her family’s life in hiding from the Nazis during World War II.
In honor of this anniversary, ProQuest is providing a free trial of various records related to the writing and publication of Frank’s diary. You can read here about the diary’s publication and surrounding controversies.
ProQuest is also making available a database called American Jewish Newspapers, part of the Historical Newspapers collection of databases. This database provides full text access to Jewish newspapers dating back to the 1850s, including: The Jewish Advocate, American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger, The American Israelite, and Jewish Exponent. A great primary source resource for anyone interested in the life of Anne Frank, the Holocaust, Jewish immigration to America, and Jewish history! American Jewish Newspapers will be available until June 30.
You can also check out a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank from the Library’s main collection, call number DS 135.N6 F73313 1989.