December 2010

nota bene: the newsletter of the Bryan College Library
December 2010 Volume 3, Issue 4

In This Edition:

National Gaming Day a Success


The library opened its doors after-hours on Saturday, November 13, for a night of pizza and games in celebration of National Gaming Day. The event was the 3rd annual nationwide (with more than 1800 libraries registered) but a first for the college's library.

Over 130 students, faculty, and staff gathered to play board games, rock out together with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and go head-to-head in Wii sports. SIFE students also held a Halo tournament to raise money for The Kenya Project.

The 10pm closing time came too soon for many participants, and library staff received quite a number of requests to host this type of event more often.

Moose in Library cartoon (c) 2010 Jonny Hawkins
cartoon by Jonny Hawkins


The library would like to thank the many faculty/ staff members who loaned their games and give particular thanks to the IT department members who helped set up and take down the video gaming equipment.

Mrs. Connie Sanders

Mrs. Connie SandersHow long have you been working at the college?
I started volunteering in November of 2006 and I was hired the next August. My husband Roger (Assistant Director of CORE) and I moved here in Sept of 2006; prior to that, I worked 8.5 years as a Reference Librarian at Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX.

What is your job title and role at the library?
My job title is Reference Librarian but I do a little bit of everything: I set up and run the library's semi-annual book sale, I work with Special Collections (for instance, I help Archivist Stephanie Wood conduct living history interviews), I create the new and featured books displays, and I gather the bibliographies for the Bryan Center Seminars. I'll also be spearheading some special events in the library to feature certain Chapel Speakers, like book signings and receptions.

What is the best thing about your job?
I like working with students best. I really enjoy getting to know them, finding out what they're interested in and where they're going with their research.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I like to read and cook, and my husband and I like to hike and camp. We have two children Nathan and Rachel (three if you count Rachel's husband Daniel.)

Anything else?
I enjoy Bryan College; I enjoy living in Tennessee. It suits our pace of life.



Please return or renew your library items by Friday, December 17.


Here's a sampling of what we added to the library recently. For more information on each title, please refer to our online catalog.

Main Collection

Briggs, Mark. JournalismNext. 070.4 B768j

Global journalism. 070.4 G510

Buckley, Christian. Humanitarian Jesus. 261.8 B856h

Collier, Paul. The bottom billion. 338 C690b

The Writer's Mentor. 808.02 W939

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. 813 H318ha

Clancy, Tom. Debt of honor. 813.54 C529d

Grisham, John. The chamber. 813.54 G887c

Percy, Walker. The last gentleman. 813.54 P412L

Esquivel, Laura. Like water for chocolate. 863 Es69L

Schlesinger, Arthur M. The birth of the Nation. 973.2 Sch38b

Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Living history. 973.929 C617L


Schema therapy. AV 152.4 Sy877

Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. AV 791.4372 Am12

The Shawshank redemption. AV 791.4372 Sh289

Sixth sense. AV 791.4372 Si978

Blade runner. AV 791.43 B569

Die hard collection. AV 791.43 D562

The exorcist. AV 791.43 Ex69

The French connection. AV 791.43 F887

The graduate. AV 791.43 G755

The No. 1 ladies' detective agency. AV 791.43 N917

One flew over the cuckoo's nest. AV 791.43 On21

Patton. AV 791.43 P278

The third man. AV 791.43 R251t

The shining. AV 791.43 Sh634

The silence of the lambs. AV 791.43 Si33

The lord of the rings. AV 791.43 T755L

Young Frankenstein. AV 791.43 Y841


Christmas Evening of Readings
Our second in a series of Evenings of Readings features Christmas stories and poems. This time it's your turn to choose and read aloud from a great selection of works.

Join us for hot cider, Christmas cookies, and an hour of great Christmas literature.

Monday, December 6
7-8pm, Spoede Lounge

Christmas Break Hours

closed Dec 18-19
open Dec 20-23, 8a-4:30p
closed Dec 24 - Jan 2

For detailed information on library hours during college breaks, see our Hours & Staff page.


Between Thanksgiving and Christmas comes that time of the fall semester known as “crunch time.” For some of us that means frantically buying and wrapping presents; for some it means school projects and papers either to finish or to finish grading. For me this particular year it means involvement with a Christmas dinner theatre production at church, a visit from my oldest daughter, and the usual wrap-up of the fall semester in anticipation of diving into the spring semester.

One thing the library has been and will continue to be about this year is hosting activities that encourage reflection over and above the business that so easily consumes us. Some of that reflection has occurred in our Evenings of Readings. The Christmas EofR coming up on Monday evening promises to be a time of engagement with the spirit of Christmas. I hope you will stop being busy long enough to spend an hour enjoying the writings of Christmases past being read by others in the Bryan community.

Next semester will be here all too soon. Let’s enjoy this Season while we have it. Thank you for the privilege of living and working with this community of believers!

--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons

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Please direct your comments or questions to
Dr. Gary Fitsimmons (Library Director) or Keri-Lynn Paulson (editor)

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