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Short Stacks features videos and audio about the University of Minnesota Libraries and its programs, collections, events, exhibits, students, and faculty.

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African American Literature Adapted Into Film

Librarian Kimberly Clarke, University of Minnesota, discusses resources at the University Libraries that provide information on African American literature that has been adapted into film. Resources include: “Black Camera” An International Film Journal, “African American Review” Published by St. Louis University, ,“Cinema Journal” The Journal of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and “Callaloo” Published by Texas A&M University.
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Read This Book! – Science Fiction

Kaia Sievert discusses three science fiction books in this episode of Read This Book!, brought to you by the University of Minnesota Libraries. The books are: "The Three-Body Problem" by Cixin Liu, "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel, and "The Martian" by Andy Weir. These books are part of the Robert and Virginia McCollister Collection for Contemporary Literature at Wilson Library, University of Minnesota.
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Discover computing history at the U’s Babbage Institute

Minnesota was put on the map for its innovative technology by one-time giants like Control Data and Engineering Research Associates of Remington Rand. While those companies are now but a memory, their histories are preserved in the archives of the Charles Babbage Institute.
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Books to give this holiday season

University of Minnesota Librarians discuss the books they plan to give and the ones they'd love to get as gifts this holiday season in a very special episode of Read This Book! Genres covered include children's literature, mysteries, cookbooks, and cool science.
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Holiday cookie recipes discussed in ‘Read This Book!’

In this episode of "Read This Book!," Megan Kocher, curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection at the University of Minnesota, discusses books with holiday cookie recipes.
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Ralph Rapson exhibit opening reception is Dec. 8

A special reception to celebrate the University Libraries exhibit, "Ralph Rapson: A Legacy in Architecture and Design," will be held Monday, December 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rapson, former dean of the University’s School of Architecture (1954-1984), was the designer of iconic Twin Cities buildings such as the original Guthrie Theater, Cedar Square West, and the Rarig Center for the Performing Arts. "Not only did he design a number of buildings, he taught an entire generation of architects to design buildings — so his influence is deep and far reaching," said Jane King Hession, curator of the exhibit and author of "Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design."
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Scientific Milestones in October – Read This Book!

In this episode of "Read This Book!," Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff recommends three books that relate to scientific milestones to celebrate that occurred in October. The books are: "Much Ado About (Practically) Nothing," by David E. Fisher, "Live from the Moon," by Michael Allen, and "Nobel Prize Women in Science," by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.
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Hispanic Heritage Month: Periodicals at ‘U’ Libraries

Periodicals about the Hispanic Heritage of the United States are well represented in the periodicals collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries, including subscriptions to major academic journals and a historical collection of Hispanic newspapers dating back to the mid-1800s.
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‘Read This Book!’ – Back to School

In this special Back to School episode of "Read This Book!," Lisa Von Drasek discusses “The Pilot and the Little Prince," by Peter Cis, “Park Scientists,” by Mary Kay Carson, and “The Story of Buildings,” by Patrick Dillon (Author) and Stephen Biesty (Illustrator). Von Drasek is curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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U of M students love libraries!

University Libraries took part in Respect U Day, part of Welcome Week for incoming students, on August 29. Students who attended learned about programs, resources, and tools to help them succeed and also about resources to support equity and diversity on campus. Watch the video and see what incoming students think about libraries.
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The joys of reading aloud

Kate DiCamillo and Lisa Von Drasek discuss the value of reading aloud in this 25-minute video. DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, said that she believes reading aloud is an important communal activity for people of all ages, not just kids. She and Von Drasek, head of the University of Minnesota's Children's Literature Research Collections, take turns sharing excerpts from some of their favorite books, both classic and contemporary.
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‘Read This Book!’ – Books turned into movies

Kaia Sievert, University of Minnesota Libraries, discusses books that are being turned into movies, in this episode of "Read This Book!" The books recommended by Sievert include: “Gone Girl” By Gillian Flynn, “In the Heart of the Sea” By Nathaniel Philbrick, “The Hobbit” By J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Jungle Book” By Rudyard Kipling, and “Unbroken” By Laura Hillenbrand.
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‘Read This Book!’ – Space

In this installment of "Read This Book!" science librarian Carolyn Rauber recommends books about space. They are: "Rocket Girl" By George D. Morgan; "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" By Col. Chris Hadfield; "The Seven Secrets of How to Think Like a Rocket Scientist" By Jim Longuski; and "Space Odyssey: The First Forty Years of Space Exploration" By Serge Brunier.
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‘Read This Book!’ – Summer Grilling

It's summer grilling season in Minnesota and a perfect time for Megan Kocher, curator of the University Libraries Kirschner Cookbook Collection, to make recommendations on books about grilling, in this episode of "Read This Book!"
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‘Read This Book!’ – Award Winning Books

"Read This Book!:" Award Winning Books, featuring Danika Stegeman, University of Minnesota Libraries. In this episode, Danika highlights four books from the collections at the University of Minnesota.