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December 2016 Displays

For the month of December, we've got loads of great books and movies on display.  

Click on a PDF links below for the entire list of resources featured in this month's displays!

Main Display

Short Things for the Shortest Day of the Year 

With only nine and half hours of daylight, December 21 is the shortest day of the year. Known as the Winter Solstice, it’s the day when the northern hemisphere is tilted the farthest away from the sun. Facing fourteen and a half hours of darkness might make you feel glum, but don’t despair! Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours to spare, we have a myriad of short things to help you get through the shortest day of the year. With everything short films to super quick recipes, you can still make the most of what little daylight you have.

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Mini Displays

- Why the '90s Were Great -

The 1990s brought the freeing of Nelson Mandela, the cloning of Dolly the sheep, and the first successful attempt of crossing the Atlantic in a hot-air balloon. It also brought the Beanie Babies craze, Tamagotchis, and Super Nintendo. This decade boasts athletes such as Michael Jordan, the era of boy bands, the publication of the first three Harry Potter books, and the release of Jurassic Park. Enjoy your break from classes by curling up with a good book of 1990s nostalgia or pop in a DVD of Fresh Prince of Bel Air or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you’re feeling extra nostalgic, enjoy a viewing of the The Bodyguard on VHS (you can even check out a VHS player!).

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- Dealing with Family over the Holiday -

Being part of a family can be tough sometimes.  The stress of the holidays (perhaps even amplified by this election cycle) can make for some tense moments—even among the most close-knit of families.  This list has a variety of resources on communication, stress management, and family interaction.  This list has tips on how to take care of yourself, become a better debater, or simply make it through tough times.  So whatever your family looks like, this list is here for you. 

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DVD Displays

Toshiro Mifune 

As one of the best known Japanese actors, Toshiro Mifune made his mark on cinema.  IMDB credits Mifune as an actor in over 180 films.  His work with acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa yielded many classic films—some of which are represented here.  Later in life, Mifune starred in Shogun, a popular American television show.  

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Lemonade Syllabus

Beyoncé’s hit album Lemonade (2016) and accompanying video explored a variety of issues: love, relationships, forgiveness, and sisterhood just to name a few.  Inspired by this album and the incredible outpouring of love for it, Candace Benbow compiled a syllabus of works celebrating black womanhood.  As Benbow explains: “After Lemonade aired, sisters began to seek resources that would help them unpack the rich Black feminist and womanist themes that permeate the visual album. To accomplish this, the ‘Lemonade Syllabus’ hashtag was created.  [. . .].  Black women, spanning generations and class dynamics, used social media to suggest books, films, songs and poetry – primarily by Black women – that they believe best accompanied Lemonade and spoke to the essence of Black womanhood in its historical and contemporary manifestations.”  

See the complete syllabus here: https://issuu.com/candicebenbow/docs/lemonade_syllabus_2016

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The Holidays 

The holidays are upon us! Get in the mood by reliving old classics, laughing with comedies, getting cozy while the snow piles up on the screen.  We've got a little something in here for everyone with topics ranging from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas.  

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