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Immigrants in New England: An Old American Tradition – Photo Exhibit by Mario Quiroz
Entrepreneurship. Diversity. Talent. Hard Work. Civil Rights. Education. Family Values. World History. Creativity. Courage. Empowerment…Now that you know the words, come and discover the faces of the Commonwealth’s new members at a photo exhibition by Mario Quiroz entitled “Immigrants in New England: An Old American Tradition” about Immigrants’ Contribution to Massachusetts Passion.
Together, they are helping to maintain the Massachusetts tradition of ingenuity and progress for the benefit of all of us.
Artist Talk & Opening Reception:
September 25th, 2012
Science Café, Whittemore Library
Exhibit will be displayed in library lobby 9/25/12-10/12/12 Sponsored by FSU Committee on Diversity and Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs.
The Department of Physics and Earth Sciences and the Henry Whittemore Library presented the first installment of Science Café: The World is Ending, But Not in 2012! A talk by Professor Kristin Chon, Physics and Earth Sciences on September 21, Friday, 12:30 pm, at the Library Cafe.
What have people believed about the end of the world, from ancient times to the present? What about the recent, widespread fear that the world will end in December, 2012? Professor Chon spoke to this issue and initiated a discussion on what we know and how we know it.
Spencer is a Senior English major at Framingham State with a concentration in journalism. He has worked at The Gatepost, FSU’s weekly independent student newspaper, since his Freshman year, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief. Spencer worked as an editorial intern at both the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham and the Metro Halifax newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He’s interested in great books, new media, international politics and civic engagement, and wants to help you get the most out of FSU and your library! Follow him on Twitter @spencerbuell.
I’m a big fan of Eoin Colfer. When asked what my favorite book series is, I always answer, without hesitation, Colfer’s young adult book Artemis Fowl. That particular book has spawned a seven (soon to be eight) part series, detailing the adventures of a boy genius and the fantastical creatures he encounters along the way. The fun characters, brisk pace, and sharp humor are what first attracted me to the series, and are what keep me coming back for more. However, just last week, I was browsing the McNaughton section at our library, and I found a new book by Colfer, called Plugged. Its cover read “If you liked Artemis Fowl, it’s time to grow up.”
Needless to say, I dropped everything and dove right in.
As the title implies, this is not the kid-friendly world of Artemis Fowl. Readers are thrust almost immediately in the dark, hard and grimy world of Slotz, a seedy and run-down casino in New Jersey. Readers experience this world through the eyes of Daniel McEvoy, a doorman for this particular establishment. Things are business as usual for McEvoy, he begins the book beating up a particularly rowdy customer (who licked one of the bartenders). When one of McEvoy’s friends is found murdered, however, McEvoy can’t help but get involved. Along the way he meets a group of incredibly colorful characters, and attempts to piece together the puzzle before he finds himself dead as well.
Colfer injects his work with his trademark humor. Things are raunchier now than Artemis Fowl, but the humor is still there. The situations the characters find themselves in (you’ll never look at a plate of lasagna the same way) are so bizarre, yet you can’t help but keep reading to see how Colfer tops his last sequence. Looking back, the scenes are almost cartoonish in quality, which does clash with the (somewhat) realistic and dirty world the characters inhabit. But Colfer’s text is so sharp, and so quick, that when you’re reading it, you don’t notice. You just get swept up for the ride.
Characters are very strong all around. McEvoy is good company for the whole text, and his narration reminds of other iconic characters such as James Patterson’s Alex Cross. The people McEvoy range from realistic and sympathetic (Connie, who manages to make an impression in only a few pages) to the cartoonish lawyer Faber, who jabs his finger around his scenes and puts on a big show.
The plot is tight and never slows down, with plenty of action and laughs to keep you going. I don’t think the book will be exploding off the charts, because at its core, it’s a fairly typical detective story. However, it’s in Colfer’s voice that the text comes alive, and becomes something above the norm. If you like Artemis Fowl, or are just looking for a fun and creative take on a well-worn genre, give Plugged a look. It’s quick, funny, and a good ride. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel.
REFWORKS will be transitioning to another look and feel – refreshing interface, more drag and drop features. REFWORKS 2.0 will become the format by the end of the year. You can choose to use either the classic REFWORKS or the new REFWORKS 2.0 by selecting a link on the top right hand side after you have signed onto the database.
Because REFWORKS 2.0 is still in the transition phase, the company is developing its training materials. Sometimes the new features do not run as smooth as the classic interface. By the end of the year, the transition wil be complete and the kinks will have been worked out. To learn how to use REFWORKS 2.0, check out these sources:
The REFWORKS Libguide: http://refworks.libguides.com/content.php?pid=189730&sid=1591931
The REFWORKS Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ProQuestRefWorks#p/c/C1C8A11EB1895C3B
To get you started, view these short videos:
- 1.2 Adding References to REFWORKS using direct export
- 1.4 Organizing imported references
- 1.6 Creating a bibliography instantly
Another video to watch: http://www.youtube.com/user/ProQuestRefWorks#p/c/71114E7B2527DEE7
- 2.3 Adding references by manual entry