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Changes in CUNY Library Fines and Fees

In compliance with a decision from the CUNY Board of Trustees, as of August 28, 2013, fines for overdue library materials will increase from $0.10 per day to $0.25 per day. Overdue course reserve fines for textbooks will increase from $1.20 per hour to $6.00 per hour. For more information please see the Revised University Tuition and Fee Manual



Library Summer Intersession Hours 2013

The Library will be open during intersession according to the following schedule:

Starting Thursday, August 15 until the start of the Fall I semester: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays (8/17-8/18, 8/24-8/25, 8/31-9/1)

Enjoy the break!



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Guatemala Reader

Cover of ''The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics''

The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics Edited by Greg Grandin, Deborah T. Levenson, and Elizabeth Oglesby.

"This reader brings together more than 200 texts and images in a broad introduction to Guatemala’s history, culture, and politics. In choosing the selections, the editors sought to avoid representing the country only in terms of its long experience of conflict, racism, and violence. And so, while offering many perspectives on that violence, this anthology portrays Guatemala as a real place where people experience joys and sorrows that cannot be reduced to the contretemps of resistance and repression. It includes not only the opinions of politicians, activists, and scholars, but also poems, songs, plays, jokes, novels, short stories, recipes, art, and photographs that capture the diversity of everyday life in Guatemala.

The editors introduce all of the selections, from the first piece, an excerpt from the Popol Vuh, a mid-sixteenth-century text believed to be the single most important source documenting pre-Hispanic Maya culture, through the final selections, which explore contemporary Guatemala in relation to neoliberalism, multiculturalism, and the dynamics of migration to the United States and of immigrant life. Many pieces were originally published in Spanish, and most of those appear in English for the first time."

From the publisher's website

This book will be shelved at F 1466 G877 2011 with other books on Guatemala once it is not a "New book."

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



Library Wars

The title of the manga series "Library Wars" is eye-catching. Library Wars situates its conventional shojo (a genre that targets a young female audience) romance and adventure storylines in a particularly timely politicized context (i.e. NSA surveillance): "In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!" [--http://www.vizmanga.com/library-wars]

Its plot centers on defense of the "Library Freedom Act" (based on the Japanese "Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries"), displayed at the start of each volume: "Libraries have freedom in collecting their materials. Libraries secure the freedom of offering their materials. Libraries guarantee the privacy of users. Libraries oppose any type of censorship categorically. When the freedom of libraries is imperiled, we librarians will work together and devote ourselves to secure the freedom." It's nice to see this message not in some dull educational tract, but in a popular context.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Fire and Forget

Cover of ''Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War''

Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War Edited by Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher

"Searing stories from the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the USA by warrior writers, Fire and Forget is about not forgetting. It is a necessary collection, necessary to write, necessary to read."

—E.L. Doctorow

"With wars come war stories and from those stories evolves literature. Leading this generation of war literature is this collection of short stories written by soldiers and a military spouse whose lives were directly affected by the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As is to be expected, some stories, including Brian Turner's "The Wave That Takes Them Under," discuss life in foreign battles; many others, such as Jacob Siegel's "Smile, There Are IEDs Everywhere," reveal the various issues involved in deployment and returning home to people who are fully aware of the war experience. "Roll Call" by David Abrams is especially warming and heart-shattering as soldiers reflect on the good times at a fellow soldier's funeral. Perry O'Brien's "Poughkeepsie" likewise captures the confusion and pain of separation due to war. The encompassing and humanistic tone is the heart of this work. The language may occasionally be challenging for civilians, but the honesty and authenticity of the stories are universal."

White, Ashanti. "Fire And Forget." Library Journal 138.5 (2013): 106. Academic Search Complete. Web. 2 July 2013.

This book will be shelved at PS 648 W34 F57 2013 once it is not a "New book." Other works of fiction related to war can be found by searching the catalog for war and fiction. The library also has many nonfiction books on war.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.