Monthly Archives: December 2012

Plant Museum’s Victorian Christmas Stroll

Tomorrow I plan on experiencing my first Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Plant Museum. I am very excited about it. I plan on taking my six year old daughter. I hope we both find it enchanting and that it becomes one of our Tampa holiday traditions.

Here is the link for more information: Plant Museum Victorian Christmas Stroll.

As a Navy family stationed far from home we were forced to do the holidays on our own and to figure out the traditions we wanted. Now that we are hopefully in our forever home, we are experts at trying new things and deciding if a new tradition is ready to be “born” for us here in Tampa. So, I am definitely looking forward to tomorrow night and the potential it offers us.

What are some of your holiday traditions here in Tampa and beyond?


Intersession Hours

Here are our hours over the winter break —

Monday, Dec. 17 – Friday, Dec. 21
8:30am to 5pm

Saturday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, January 1

Wednesday, Jan. 2 – Friday, Jan. 4
8:30am to 5pm

Saturday, Jan. 5 & Sunday, Jan. 6
Noon – 6pm

Monday, Jan. 7 – Friday, Jan. 11
8:30am to 6pm (except Friday when we close at 5pm)

Saturday, Jan. 12 & Sunday, Jan. 13

Monday, Jan. 14 – Friday, Jan. 18
8:30am to 6pm (except Friday when we close at 5pm)

Saturday, Jan. 19, Sunday, Jan. 21 & Monday, Jan. 22 (MLK Day)

We begin our spring semester hours on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
You can check hours at our online calendar.

Book trees, a growing trend?

Maybe it is because I am a librarian but it seems like book trees are taking root every where this holiday season. Almost all my friends and organizations on Facebook have posted a picture of their favorite book tree.

I thought about posting my favorites here but then my unscientific search proved to me that others have already done that! So, instead, in the spirit of giving I am gifting you a short list of sites and blogs for you to review and maybe pick out your favorite book tree. Let me know which one you like best and Happy Holidays from sunny Tampa.

The Mary Sue : A Guide to Girl Geek Culture


Booklicious: all things book in one little blog


Win A Trip Contest 2013

I was reading an article by New York Times contributor Nicholas Kristof about charitable donations in lieu of traditional Christmas gift giving when I stumbled upon a contest I thought might interest some UT students.

Nicholas Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who covers, among other topics, issues related to poverty in the developing world.  In a recent article Kristof writes —

“One lucky undergraduate or graduate student will win my next win-a-trip contest, an annual event in which I take a university student with me on a reporting trip to Africa. The aim is to generate some interest in global poverty issues both with the contest and with the blogging and videos that the winner will contribute to the New York Times website.”

Watch a video about the experiences of past student winners here.

To find out more or to apply check out these links for the Official Rules and Contest Form

I also recommend reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Kristof and his wife and fellow Times contributor Sheryl WuDunn.


Movies Worth Watching: The Dreamers

One of my favorite films is The Dreamers directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Set in 1968 Paris, the film touches on a kind of youthful questioning, experimentation and transgression which somehow seems belonging to that time and place. It tells the story of naïve American student the-dreamers-movie-poster-2004-1020216304Matthew and incestuous Parisian twins Isabelle and Theo, who bond over a shared obsession with film. Against the backdrop of a Paris engulfed in riots, the three begin a brief relationship charged by sexual games. It is a poignant tribute to youth, cinema, the sixties and Paris.

The film references the seminal French New Wave Cinema movement of the 1950s and 60s. Director Jean-Luc Godard was central to the New Wave and scenes from his films are re-enacted as part of Matthew, Isabelle and Theo’s cinematic charades in The Dreamers. You can check out Godard’s influential films À bout de soufflé or Breathless and Bande à part or Band of Outsiders from the library.

To find these and other movies search the library’s online catalog by keyword or title and use the Quick Limit to restrict your search to just DVDs. You may also want to check out these books in the library’s collection about the French New Wave, A history of the French new wave cinema and Reading the French new wave : critics, writers and art cinema in France

Food Policy Reminder

In the process of cramming for finals and completing end-of-the-semester papers and projects students sometimes find themselves spending A LOT of hours in the library. They also find themselves getting hungry. The solution is simple, right? Bring some food into the library and eat while you’re studying.

Which means that it’s time for our end of the semester reminder that the library policy is — NO FOOD IS ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY.

Yes. You have seen people eat in the library. You may even be enjoying your dinner in the library while reading this. Regardless, no food is allowed in the library.

Here’s why — food, even the residue you leave behind in the trash can, attracts pests (mice, roaches, bugs, etc.). Pests, once they’ve run out of food to eat out of trash can, start looking for more nourishment. It turns out that many bugs love the glue that is used in book binding. (Remember, glue is an organic product made from animal collagen.) Once libraries get infected with pests it is a royal pain to remove them. Plus, the pests damage the collection.

No one working in the library likes to play food cop. This is why you, or someone you know, might eat with no one seeming to mind. However, we do have librarians who will TAKE YOUR FOOD AND THROW IT AWAY without comment. The best way to avoid randomly losing your lunch is to keep it out of the library.

Thank you.