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If you come to the library in the next few weeks, check out a new display called Winter Thoughts.  There are photographs of the St. John’s campus in winter, with accompanying quotes from authors such as Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.  The exhibit is located in the 3rd floor lobby of St. Augustine Hall, across from the service desk.

Exhibit on ViewExhibit photo - Japanese lit classics

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

November 21, 2013 – February 1, 2014

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

This installation of Asian Collection Highlights illuminates the cornucopia of Japanese literary classics and scholarly works on literature in the Chin Ying Asian Library on the Queens campus. The exhibition explores multiple genres of Japanese literature and multiple visual art forms across a wide range of cultural epochs, drawing on significant literary classics from the seventh century through the modern era. It includes notable English translations, Japanese-language source texts, and significant works of scholarly criticism with reproduced paintings and prints. Previous installations of the Asian Collection Highlights have included: Buddhist Art in East Asia, The Soong Sisters, and The Wang Guanying Gift.

Items in the exhibit are available for perusal in the library.



We realize that you may be focusing on finals at the moment, but if you want a good book to read over Christmas break, check out the new additions to our McNaughton collection, located behind the Information Desk in the library’s 4th floor lobby — books by Michael Connelly, Ian McEwan, Clive Cussler, and Zadie Smith, among others.

1. Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
2. Bloodstone , by Gillian Philip
3. The heart of everything that is, by Bob Drury
4. Jony Ive, by Leander Kahney
5. My brief history, by Stephen Hawking
6. The testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin
7. All American, by Steve Eubanks
8. Mozart, by Paul Johnson
9. November 22, 1963, by Jodie Elliot Hansen
10. Hatching twitter, by Nick Bilton
11. Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie
12. Sweet tooth, by Ian McEwan
13. Robert Plant, by Paul Rees
14. This is how you lose, by Junot Diaz
15. Rustication, by Charles Palliser
16. The gods of guilt , by Michael Connelly
17. The hidden history of the JFK assassination, by Lamar Waldron
18. Mirage, by Clive Cussler
19. This is the story of a happy marriage, by Ann Patchett
20. Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield
21. American mirror , by Deborah Solomon
22. An Old Betrayal, by Charles Finch
23. Toby’s room, by Pat Barker
24. Through the Evil Days, by Jul Spencer-Fleming
25. The man he became, by James Tobin
26. The minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, by Alexander McCall-Smith
27. Johnny Cash, by Robert Hilburn
28. NM, by Zadie Smith

Alfred PolitzThis collection documents the career of Alfred Politz, founder of the market research company Alfred Politz Research Incorporated (ARPI). He was known especially for developing new techniques in polling and opinion analysis. The collection includes biographical and autobiographical information, correspondence, speeches, news clippings, articles, research studies and other published and unpublished material written by, or about, Alfred Politz and ARPI.

This collection is available for research (by appointment only) at the St. John’s University Archives and Special Collections. Please see our location, hours and contact info.

A finding aid for the Alfred Politz Papers is available on our Special Collections website.


If you need to scan a document, class notes, etc., the library now has a public scanner available in the printing alcove on the 3rd floor, south side, of St. Augustine Hall. You can email scanned documents or save them to a flash drive. The service is free.



Quiet study

It seems as if the semester started last week, but midterms are just around the corner. If you’re looking for a place to do some late night reading, the 1st floor quiet study section & café seating area in St. Augustine Hall will be open to St. John’s students 24/7 from Monday, September 30 through Friday night, October 18. We will resume regular hours and close at 6 PM on Saturday, October 19.


Ben Turner

Summer is a great time for catching up, relaxing, exploring, starting new projects, or perhaps completing work in progress. Reading, of course, is key to all of these. With this in mind, we asked the librarians at St. John’s about books they will be reading over the next few months. The library has put up a display featuring the responses we received — it’s on the 3rd floor of St. Augustine Hall. We’ll be posting the individual entries here throughout the summer.

 Ben Turner, an associate professor in the library’s Instructional Services section, writes:

 One book that I am looking forward to reading this summer is More Powerful than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy, by Thai Jones.  The author explores a time when New York was a hotbed of radical politics, when tens of thousands of its residents were members of labor unions, and anarchists regularly held well-attended rallies at Union Square and other public venue. The year referred to in the title is 1914, a year of notable conflict between capital and labor, when anarchists plotted (unsuccessfully) to bomb the apartment of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for his complicity in the massacre of striking coal miners and their family members in Ludlow, Colorado.

 I was initially drawn to this book because I teach about the Red Scare in my section of Discover New York. It is a highly entertaining read, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in NYC history.

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