Libraries transform lives. Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15! 'In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life."' [via]
Library Hours: The library will be open next Saturday, the 22nd!
eBook Central: You can view some of the library's eBooks in eBook Central. Though the eBooks you find there are also discoverable and accessible through the library catalog along with our other eBooks, our EBL and ebrary eBooks are curated differently in eBook Central. As well, there are some features that might help when researching, such as saving results and searching through the entire eBook collection by chapter. Check out for more info!
Journal of the Week from Katherine Casey: The featured journal this week is The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, published by the Catholic Biblical Association. Full text access to this journal is available from the beginning of publication in 1939. The Phillips Library also has hard copy holdings beginning in 1939 to the present.
The current issue (April) contains articles examining both Old and New Testament passages, by authors from universities in the United States, as well as Israel and Ireland.
A few of the article titles in this issue:
“Psalm 78: A case Study in Redaction as Propaganda,” by Oded Tammuz.
“Mad Rhoda in Acts 12:12-17: Disciple Exemplar,” by Patrick E. Spencer.
“Banquet Ceremonies Involving Wine in the Greco-Roman World and Early Christianity,” by Charles H. Cosgrove.
Find library holdings here.
Ebook of the Week from Amanda Ross: The Gospel of Kindness : Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America by Janet M. Davis. “…Contemporary critics readily dismiss animal protectionism as a modern secular movement that privileges animals over people. Yet the movement's roots are deeply tied to the nation's history of religious revivalism and social reform. In The Gospel of Kindness, Janet M. Davis explores the broad cultural and social influence of the American animal welfare movement at home and overseas from the Second Great Awakening to the Second World War. Dedicated primarily to laboring animals at its inception in an animal-powered world, the movement eventually included virtually all areas of human and animal interaction. Embracing animals as brethren through biblical concepts of stewardship, a diverse coalition of temperance groups, teachers, Protestant missionaries, religious leaders, civil rights activists, policy makers, and anti-imperialists forged an expansive transnational'gospel of kindness,'which defined animal mercy as a signature American value. … Yet given the cultural, economic, racial, and ethnic diversity of the United States, its empire, and other countries of contact, standards of kindness and cruelty were culturally contingent and potentially controversial. Diverse constituents defended specific animal practices, such as cockfighting, bullfighting, songbird consumption, and kosher slaughter, as inviolate cultural traditions that reinforced their right to self-determination. Ultimately, American animal advocacy became a powerful humanitarian ideal, a touchstone of inclusion and national belonging at home and abroad that endures to this day.” Synopsis from the publisher.Access the ebook from the library catalog here.