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What We’re Reading This Summer

 

If you ask us, it’s always a good time to get lost in a good book but now that summer has arrived and we’re spending more time at home, it feels like a particularly opportune moment to plow through a reading list.

Some of our most passionate readers who work in the Library have shared the books they have recently read and would definitely recommend. Some of the picks are currently available in our collection and can be requested through the Contactless Book Pick Up Service for MRU students and employees. The rest are currently on order and will soon be available.

Let us know what you’re reading this summer!


BRIAN
Associate Professor/Librarian
*The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward Wilson-Lee


ALANA
Copyright Advisor
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez


BEVERLY
Fulfillment Specialist
*So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo


ERIK
Assistant Professor/Librarian
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD

“This is an engaging scientific work that explains why sleep is critical to our health and what happens when we don’t get enough of it”


JANE
Serials Specialist
*City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
*The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
*My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite


GEOFF
Associate Professor/Librarian
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson

“An epic biography of the famous mystic, cousin of Crazy Horse, participant at the Battle of Little Bighorn and the Wounded Knee Massacre. Black Elk also toured Europe to enthralled fans and met Queen Victoria and, quite possibly, Jack the Ripper.”

*Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys: A Memoir by Viv Albertine

“Rock and roll plus fashion, sex and drugs”


EDITH
Information Assistant – Scholarship
*The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

“So much in this book, the historical story of a female botanist in the 19th century, includes world travel, passion, rich characters, research and much more. Beautifully written.”


SADE
Public Service Assistant
*Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen

“This book is filled with the gross, gruesome, and ghastly and more than a few face-palm worthy moments. Funny and well researched it is a real trip through the ages of human folly.” 

*The Eye of the World (First book of The Wheel of Time series) by Robert Jordan

“This book is pure escapism at its finest. The best part? The Eye of the World is the first book in a fifteen book series so it will keep you reading all summer!”


ISHA
Communications

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

“It’s one of those books where you try and stop reading at the end of a chapter but you can’t keep yourself from turning the page.”


*Currently on order and will soon be available

Get Free Access to The New York Times Digital

New online resources have been added to the Libary database collection that will give you access to the latest news and films from home.

 

The New York Times

Mount Royal University now has a subscription to the New York Times Digital platform.  The subscription includes new daily NYT content as well as the title-searchable archive back to 1851.  Some other features include newsletters, audio and video content, VR/AR features, access to the mobile app, and reading lists.

Login with your MyMRU username and password to set up an NYT account to access the platform from your personal devices.

 

Criterion-on-Demand

Criterion-on-Demand is a streaming video platform hosting over 2,600 feature film & documentary titles from a wide variety of major producers including, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Alliance Films, Entertainment One, Mongrel Media, and many more! These titles include english, french and subtitled/captioned versions.

 

Browse all databases available through the MRU Library website.

A Safe Way To Get Your Hands on Summer Reads

 

We now have a contactless book pick up service for MRU students and employees who want access to on-shelf main collection books. Request up to 10 books by following four easy steps:

1. Login to Library Search
2. Search for main collection book title(s)
3. Select “Place hold or book time” under “Get it”
4. Wait for an email to select pick up day/time

More details: https://library.mtroyal.ca/covid/contactless

We will continue with virtual offerings until regular on-campus activities are able to resume.

Mount Royal University Library’s Commitment: Black Lives Matter

 

The Mount Royal University Library stands in solidarity with the Black community and everyone who has stood up against anti-Black racism and police brutality in recent weeks. The killing of George Floyd and many others including Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour across the United States and Canada is a devastating reminder of the deadly impact of systemic white supremacy. 

Libraries are sometimes imagined as places of neutrality: this narrative is false. Libraries, like universities, are part of the power structure that centres whiteness in our society and reinforces its privileges.

We have an obligation to dismantle oppressive narratives and structures and engage in actions that create change. We believe change will not happen with hopeful thoughts and vague aspirations. Protests from around the world have shown us that action is required and is something we are all capable of implementing in our personal and professional lives. 

As a Library, we provide resources that inspire learners to seek answers and uplift voices determined to make a difference. A sincere quest to unravel long standing systemic oppression takes time but we have identified specific ways we can act today.

 

We Commit To:

  1. Intensifying efforts to acquire library materials that challenge anti-Black racism and systemic oppression, by immediately establishing a dedicated annual collections fund for this purpose, with a priority of purchasing materials written by Black authors.
  2. Improving findability of Library materials by updating existing descriptions, subject headings, and classifications referring to works by and about Black people. Outdated descriptive terms found in library metadata are a problematic inheritance from past generations, and must be changed.
  3. Reaching out to student advocacy groups on campus engaged in the Black Lives Matter movement and other anti-racist efforts to learn about their work and how the Library can support them.
  4. Ensuring training for Library employees in identifying and confronting racism and systemic oppression, and engaging in making meaningful change.
  5. Reviewing policies, procedures, and priorities across the Library to identify and change practices that may reinforce systemic racism or exclude marginalized members of the Library community.
  6. Advocating for and supporting institutional changes that have the power to actively contribute to the success, safety, and opportunities for current and future Black students, academics, and professionals at MRU.

 

Black Lives Matter.