Spooky Book Suggestions

Fall is officially here and Halloween is only 10 days away! Chillier weather makes for a perfect time to curl up with a book—whether you’re at home or in Langsdale’s leisure reading area. Here are some spooky book suggestions that you can find right in the stacks on the third floor.

The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse by Steven C. Schlozman
PS3619: A fresh approach to the zombie genre. A hand-written and illustrated account of one scientist’s research to save himself and the human race from zombie apocalypse.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
PR5397: Classic gothic, horror fiction. Refresh yourself of the tragic path of Dr. Frankenstein and the wake of disaster left by his Monster. (Check out the graphic novel by Jason Cobley if you can! not available at Langsdale)

Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
PS3619: Haunting magic, mirror dwelling ghosts, oppressive secrets, hidden graves, wicked mother-in-law’s: a fable of one woman’s struggle to keep her young family together while discovering truths about her own family and her husband’s.

Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
PR6052: The memoir of a medieval devil, both murderous and seductive, penned in 1438.

Edgar Allan Poe: stories & poems by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by David Plunkert

PS2602: Halloween, Baltimore, Poe. The only thing more classic Halloween than Frankenstein is Poe’s entire body of work. Add to that haunting illustrations and we have a dark, mystical journey.


End of an era - the Langsdale Auditorium is history

The first phase of the Langsdale renovation is well underway and the Auditorium is down!  Keep watching for more updates - the next phase is to start peeling away the stucco "skin" or facade, which should start in about a week!

How well does Facebook know you?

We've all had that moment when, looking at Facebook, we wonder, "Why am I seeing an ad for that?" Its not often that we get to peek behind the curtain of online advertising and get a glimpse of how companies decide what ads they show us, but this Chrome add-on lets you see what Facebook thinks it knows about you.  Here you'll find a list of preferences and interests that Facebook uses to target ads to you.  If one of the labels doesn't accurately describe you, you can easily delete it from the list.

ProPublica, an online journalism site, put together this Chrome extension as part of a larger series about how online algorithms and big data shape our lives.  Algorithms and big data increasingly affect all of our lives, often insidiously, such as profiling potential criminals or changing online prices based on the buyer's income level, geographic location, or perceived race.  Librarians believe that your privacy is critically important and that you deserve to know what information companies are gathering about you and how that information is being used. Take a moment to use this Chrome add-on and see what Facebook thinks it knows about you!


Happy Writing Wednesday!

For the first Writing Wednesday, help us welcome the Achievement and Learning Center to Langsdale Library! 

The move actually happened back in August, but this exciting merge makes offering services to the UB community even more accessible. The ALC supports challenging courses, writing, learning and success, and computer skills with tutoring, writing consultations, academic coaching, and workshops.

The Writing Center at the ALC offers support through one-to-one consultations, which can be face-to-face or online. You can also submit your work online through the Online Writing Link (OWL) and get written feedback within 48 business hours. If you have a quick question, writing consultants can be reached through Facebook chat and at the Writing Center Mac help desk on the fourth floor of Langsdale.

Writing consultants can assist you at any stage of the writing process—whether you are brainstorming topic ideas, formulating a thesis, need feedback on an in-progress draft, or want to polish that final draft. Every writer benefits from feedback!

Look forward to more general writing tips, advice, and resources every Wednesday! Visit the ALC website (www.ubalt.edu/alc) to register for an appointment or visit them in LC 420 (enter through the third floor of the library).


Celebrate Indigenous Cultures with Mango

Celebrate indigenous and international cultures by learning a new language through Mango Languages. Choose from over 10 languages (including English!). Log in through the Langsdale databases and help fight Monolingualism!

Some facts about bilingualism:
  • 21 percent of Americans speak more than one language at home
  • Bilingual children hit language milestones at the same age as monolingual children, so exposing children to a second language at an early age will enhance their language skills
  • Being bilingual enhances your ability to concentrate and focus on a task while tuning out irrelevant information
  •  Biligualism can postpone the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain