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Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie in 2021

-blog post by Sheri Teleha, Serials & Cataloging Librarian Among its many other shortcomings, 2020 saw a lapse in movie releases, with theaters across the country closed for months due to the COVID-19 crisis. Movies in production were put on hold to protect the cast. One thing people had plenty of time to do in […]

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Pandemics Past: History’s Most Notorious Plagues

-blog post by Melinda Pennington, Evening Reference Librarian Pandemics have plagued humans from the beginning of time.  The very existence of humans living in communities among other humans and animals nearly guarantees that people will get sick from communicable and pervasive diseases. America and North Carolina have not been immune to many of those disease […]

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The Magic Within – The Genre of Magic Realism

Medieval castles, swordfights, wizards in long robes and pointed hats – sometimes, a fantasy world very unlike our own is the escape a reader is looking for. Who wouldn’t want to disappear into a verdant Middle Earth? An alternate history where we traded technology and modern comforts for magic and adventure. Our own Earth pales […]

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“Supporting Conversations on Race” Library Resource Guide

-by Jenny Erdmann, Head of Reference In support of the HPU Diversity Committee, and to facilitate discussion about race inside and outside the classroom, HPU Libraries is growing its collection of resources on racial identity, representation, prejudice, and related issues. Our ‘Supporting Conversations on Race’ resource guide highlights a mixture of both recent and classic […]

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Love Is In the Air! Love Stories in the Library

February is the perfect month to celebrate all things romance in the library. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, why not check out a few love stories to get in the mood? Finding romance novels in the library is easy. In Smith Library, turn to your right as soon as you come in the door, and […]

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Scary, Hairy, and Just Plain Thrilling: 10 Books about Monsters and Magic to put you in that Halloween Spirit

-Guest blog post by Celia Adams, Senior, and President of HPU’s Book Club Halloween is days away from being upon us, and that means candy, haunted houses, and the chance to scare ourselves silly with that mayhem and mischief this holiday brings. For some of us, the best part is stuffing ourselves with chocolate, and […]

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Shocking Supernatural Shape Shifters at HPU Libraries!

Shape shifters are beings with the ability to reshape their form. Be they monsters, ghouls, or aliens, shape shifters have unlimited potential to wreak havoc. They can be anywhere, anything….and ANYONE! Celebrate this Halloween with some of my favorite horror-themed books and movies that feature these transforming creatures. They are guaranteed to play on your […]

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