Monday, February 24, 2014

Win passes to a screening of Divergent!

Calling all Divergent super-fans! The St. Louis County Library is giving away passes to attend an early screening of the movie Divergent on Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. at Ronnie’s Cine.

Even more exciting: a Red Carpet Event outside the theater at 6:30 p.m. will have two cast members from the movie, Christian Madsen (who plays Al) and Ben Lloyd Hughes (who plays Will) attending, and they will be signing autographs!

Here’s how to win screening passes:
1. Answer this trivia question correctly: Name Tris’ 7 fears.
2. Email your answer to with the subject DIVERGENT – SLCL Contest

Deadline to enter is Thursday, February 27, at 4:00 p.m. Five random winners will be chosen. Screening passes will be e-mailed to them on Friday, February 28. Screening passes are good for you and one guest.

Please note that anyone is welcome to attend the Red Carpet

Event at 6:30 p.m. at Ronnie’s, but make sure you arrive EARLY! Good luck!

See the original post from the St. Louis County Library here.   

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Party at the Library

Thank you to all that came and participated in the library's "I Love My Library" party last week! 



Congrats to those that won the library's trivia! Here are the questions and answers: 

1. How many books are in Trinity’s library?   Approximately 9,500
2. How long is the checkout period for Trinity’s books? 2 weeks
3. What collection are comic books in?  Graphic Novel    
4. Where would I find a book on American history that I can only read in the library?  Reference   
5. How many databases does the library have?    4  
EBSCO WilsonWeb, Opposing Viewpoints, Gale Virtual Ref. Library, and Teen Health and Wellness

6. Where would I find a book about Martin Luther King Jr.?  Biography 
7. What is considered one of the greatest libraries in ancient times? The Great Library of Alexandria
The Royal Library of Alexandria, or the Great Library of Alexandria was located in Alexandria, Egypt, from 3rd century BC to around 30 AD. It was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was actually part of a large research institution. Scholars from all across the world would travel to the 
library to study.  

8.  The oldest library in the United States is where:   Harvard University   
The oldest library in America began with a 400-book donation by a Massachusetts clergyman, John Harvard, to a new university that eventually honored him by adopting his name. It is the third largest library collection in the US, Harvard's library system grew from a bequest in 1638 by John Harvard of 400 books.

9. The oldest public library (free to everyone) in the United States was founded on April 9, 1833 and is named:  The Peterborough Town Library, New Hampshire

Peterborough Town Library in Peterborough, New Hampshire, was the first tax-supported free public library not only in the United States, but the world. The library was established in 1833 by a vote of the town. Originally housed in a storefront, the library moved to its final location in 1893, where it remains today.           

10. The Library of Congress used ___________’s book collection to rebuild their own collection when their building was destroyed: Thomas Jefferson

The initial collection of the Library of Congress was in ashes after the British burned it during the War of 1812. The library bought Thomas Jefferson's vast collection in 1815 and used that as a foundation to rebuild. 

11. Who donated $1,500,000 to build 33 libraries from 1899 to 1917? Andrew Carnegie

A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. The downtown St. Louis Central Library was built with a substantial gift made in 1901 by Andrew Carnegie, along with six neighborhood branches, four of which (Barr, Cabanne, Carpenter, and Carondelet) are still in use.
12. The Library of Congress adds approximately how many items to their collection each day: 12,000   

The Library of Congress receives some 15,000 items each working day and adds approximately 12,000 items to the collections daily.

13. How many libraries (of all kinds) are currently in the United States? 119,987   

Bonus Question:
What is Ms. Bava’s favorite book? 
The Lord of the Rings

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Research Tips: Primary vs. Secondary Sources

What kind of sources do you use in your research? There are two different kinds - primary and secondary sources. 

Primary sources are original records. Some examples are: 

  • firsthand accounts of events 
  • letters
  • personal journals and diaries 
  • interviews
  • memoirs
  • reports
  • maps
  • photographs
  • films, videos or sound recordings 

Here are some great (and credible!) websites to find primary sources.

Primary records are different than secondary records, which are created after an event occurred. Secondary sources analyze and interpret primary sources. Some examples are:
  • books
  • journals
  • magazines
  • newspapers 
  • reviews

Important note: Sometimes the same source can be both a primary and secondary source. What does this mean?? 

Newspapers are usually considered secondary sources because they report and comment on an event that already took place. However, newspapers can also be primary sources. If you are researching the American reaction to World War II, the New York Times newspaper could be a primary source because the editorials or comment section show public opinion at the time. If you aren't sure your source is primary or secondary, come talk to Ms. Bava! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I Love My Library Party

Do you love reading?! Or books? Or just hanging out at the library?

Come share the love at the "I love my library" party this Friday!

Be ready to recommend one book you love (or hate) in 3 minute speed booking rounds.

Yummy snacks will be provided! Please let Ms. bava know if you will be attending.

When: Friday, February 14th
Time: Academic Lab
Where: The Library

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cozy up at the Library

The library just got cozier! Check out these new floor pillows in the library. Study and read in comfort now!

After you are feeling cozy and warm, take a look at the new community puzzle. Once completed, it will be glued and displayed in the library. So stop by on your way to class to plug in a piece or two!