From Print to Screen

You’ve made it through another school year, congrats! Take time this summer to unwind and enjoy some mindless entertainment. This display features books that made it to the big screens. Take a look at some of the shows and movies that were created from the book and are now available on popular streaming services! 

Saving Amazonia: Digital Book Display

As Earth Day approaches, we wanted to highlight a climate crisis that is impacting everyone, but not many are aware of. Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is expanding at a crippling rate, causing irreversible damage every day. Land is being taken over for agriculture and development that is destroying the natural ecosystems of Amazonia. Delve into our selection of books, TED Talks, and not-so-fun facts about the Amazon rainforest.
The following articles summarize the current crisis, if you’re looking for a brief but well informed read!
Why The Amazon Rainforest is Nearly Gone
Forests Burn, Soils Dwindle, and People Suffer

These are some of the main causes of deforestation. Graphic provided by WWF
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Library Insiders: Loanable Materials & Resources

By: Breannah Brooks

The library was always a place that I was used to. Growing up, my dad and I would go to the library every week to check out new books, so that we could read together and learn new things. However, as I got older, reading just became something that did not interest me as much. We always tend to correlate the library with reading, but this is not always the case. Walking onto FSU’s campus, the first thing that caught my eye was the Starbucks logo inside of Strozier. This made me come to the library more and learn new things about what it had to offer, other than just books. 

My freshman year in college, I found myself using the library more than intended. Not only trying a new Starbucks drink from Tik Tok everytime I went, but being glued to the computers to complete my assignments. It was for my economics class, where we had to play “Second Life” for a grade. I had come to the library before, but it wasn’t for long periods of time; probably to just print and go. However, doing my assignments helped me realize what the library really was, and how much of a benefit it could really be. 

One of the most important and useful things for me was the materials that you could check out. Being that I was already in the library to use the computer for my Second Life assignment- it should already give some insight as to how broken my computer already was. Soon it broke completely, which was an essential item for a college student. I soon learned that the library had macbooks for checkout, which I used until I was able to get a new computer. You could also check out things like cameras, chargers and ever headphone pieces. While being in the library, I also noticed that there were big areas of study rooms that also contained white boards for dry erase. You could also check out those materials too if you needed! 

Everything that I needed was at the library. If I didn’t have something, or left it in my residence hall and did not want to walk all the way across campus to get it, I could find it there. The library became like a second home to me, not only because of the materials that were available, but the atmosphere itself. It became a place I could depend on for my studies and success as a first generation student here at Florida State. 

New Beginnings : Book List

Our new book display focuses on the journey of New Beginnings- whether it’s moving onto bigger and better things or simply overcoming a tragedy . This display includes books and Ted Talks to help you kickstart a healthier mindset and lifestyle, promoting fresh starts, and how to get through things that force a big change. Some of the content is educational material while others are fictional stories that you might relate to. Whatever you are going through and are hoping to achieve, our “New Beginnings” book display can hopefully provide you the supplements you need. 

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Library Insiders: Late-Night Tutoring

By: Bella Jaramillo

When I was in high school, I took an introductory chemistry class. The subject matter seemed easy enough and I knew that if I ever had to take science classes in college, I’d be more than okay. I was totally wrong.

I never anticipated how difficult some of my core classes would be. Fall semester of my sophomore year at FSU, I had to take chemistry. Though this was an introductory class, I felt like I had missed a plethora of information and needed some serious help understanding the basics. I began to ask around if anyone knew any tutors. I was constantly practicing and studying on my own, but to no avail. The information was just too complex for me to understand on my own. 

It was through a friend that I learned about the tutoring services that Strozier and Dirac libraries offer. I showed up one day with my textbook in hand and notebook in the other and found that there were a few students from my class taking advantage of the tutoring sessions offered too. During my first session, I was able to understand information I once believed to be too difficult to understand. I began making a habit out of attending tutoring once or twice a week (depending on the subject that week) and managed to succeed in what I consider to be one of the most difficult courses of my collegiate career. 

The library currently offers tutoring in chemistry, math, and physics, and we’re open five nights a week – Sunday through Thursday from 8pm to midnight. Specific classes we offer tutoring for are listed on the subject pages I linked in the previous sentence. FSU students can visit this page for the link to join the Zoom room, and TCC/FAMU students can email lib-tutoring@fsu.edu for a direct link to join the active sessions. No appointment is needed for any of the subjects.

Celebrating Black Excellence: Book List

During the month of February, we celebrate important members of the Black community who are responsible for shaping the history of the United States. It is important that we celebrate their excellence in all aspects. This month we are celebrating Black authors and highlighting lesser-known authors who wrote incredible books in addition to those who made history. Be sure to check them out!
*Several of the books chosen for this list are sourced from The Culture article, 12 Lesser Known Must Reads from Our Favorite Black Women Writers, which features art and entertainment by and for Black women.

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Not Your Average Valentine: Book List

As we approach that lovely February holiday, our team got thinking about the real meaning of “love” and the many forms and types it takes. While normally we promote the romantic tales of Shakespeare and Nicholas Sparks, this year we’re doing things differently and highlighting realistic stories of romantic, platonic, and self-love! Check out our awesome reading list below that highlights some not-so-fairytale love stories!

Visit lib.fsu.edu and use the Catalog Search feature to look up keywords from the book title. Set your search filters to “ebooks” to narrow down your search results.

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Travel Through Pages

Travel through the magic of books this winter break! Enjoy these specially picked books about fun adventures around the world. Use your imagination to travel with the characters and experience what the world has to offer from the comfort and safety of your own home. Please be responsible during break and follow the necessary guidelines to protect yourself and others!

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