Get the Most out of Summer with UO Libraries
Top 5 library resources you’d be cool to check out now
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5. Get a head start on Common Reading
The University of Oregon’s Common Reading book for 2017 is The Round House by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction. “Told from the perspective of a young adult narrator, with a great deal of humor and warmth, the book deals directly with questions of tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, sexual violence, social justice and individual accountability.”
Everyone will be talking about this book come fall:
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Knight Library Popular Reading Collection, PS3555.R42 R68 2013)
4. Chill out with some snowy DVDs
Crank up the A.C. and enjoy a cool movie. Widescreen views of winter wonderlands abound in our DVD collections: genres include everything from ethnography to environmental documentaries to famous feature films. Got access to a projector, an extension cord, and a bedsheet? Turn that laundry into a “screen” in your yard and host an outdoor movie party!
Suggested, brrr-inducing titles:
- Fargo (Knight Library, DVD 00077 and John E. Jaqua Law Library, PN1997.2 .F374 1996)
- Nanook of the North (Knight Library, DVD 05459)
- Encounters at the End of the World (Portland Library and Learning Commons, PDX DVD 00290)
- March of the Penguins (John E. Jaqua Law Library, QL696.S473 M37 2005 )
- The Shining (Knight Library, DVD 04920)
3. Hone your sporting skills – or learn a new one
For sports and recreation in Oregon, there’s no better time than summer (close runners-up: winter, spring, and fall). UO Libraries is your go-to source for “How-to” guidebooks that will help you master the skills needed to conquer the courts, brave the waves, outsmart the fish, and beat the heat.
Advice for the sporting life:
- Tennis Fundamentals by Carol Matsuzaki (Knight Library, GV995 .M3724 2004)
- Soccer Fundamentals by Danny Mielke (Knight Library, GV943 .M49 2003)
- Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail: 40 consecutive day hikes from the Columbia River to the California border (John E. Jaqua Law Library Popular Reading Collection, GV191.42.O7 S67 2015)
- Beginner’s Guide to Flytying by Chris Mann and Terry Griffiths (Knight Library, SH451 .M36 1999)
- Sea Kayaking Illustrated: a visual guide to better paddling by John Robison (Knight Library, GV788.5 .R63 2003)
- Climbing, from Gym to Crag: building skills for real rock by S. Peter Lewis (Knight Library, GV200.2 .L45 2000)
- Tackle Croquet this Way by E.P.C. Cotter (Knight Library, GV931.C6)
2. Fire up the grill (and stereo)
Getting ready to grill out? Find delicious recipes and learn about the history and culture of cooking over coals at UO Libraries! Also, you can check out some great summer music to soundtrack your next backyard barbecue party.
BBQ reading material:
- Sunset Barbeque Cookbook (Knight Library, TX840.B3 S8 1962)
- Why Do Men Barbecue? : recipes for cultural psychology (Knight Library, GN502 .S59 2003)
- Savage Barbecue : race, culture, and the invention of America's first food (Knight Library, TX840.B3 W3683 2008)
- Access more than 5,000 grilling articles online in the Culinary Arts Collection
- CDs collecting hit music from the Eighties
- 4-CD set of classic Chess Blues
- CDs featuring laidback bossa nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim
- CD box set of Louis Armstrong’s Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings – includes “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue” (1928)
- Jaws original motion picture score, streaming
1. Get ready for the eclipse
Want to take pictures of this once-in-a-lifetime event? Sign up for the UO Libraries' DSLR Solar Filter Workshop in the DeArmond MakerSpace, Wednesday, August 9, 3 - 5 p.m.
Also arriving (hopefully) at Price Science Commons & Research Library in time for the main event: a Total Solar Eclipse Kit from NASA! Stay tuned. (It’s supposed to ship out shortly after August 11.)
In the meantime, NASA has a website chock full of great eclipse information, including an app you can download!
Happy Summer from UO Libraries!