Californian named U.S. Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress recently named California poet and activist Juan Felipe Herrera as the new Poet Laureate of the United States. He is the first Mexican American to receive this honor and a former Poet Laureate of the State of California. He has ties to the Inland Empire as well, having served as the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the creative writing department at UC Riverside until retiring this year. The Academy of American Poets calls him “a leading voice on the Mexican American and indigenous experience.”

Read a profile of Juan Felipe Herrera at his literary agency.

The Library of Congress has produced a Resource Guide on Mr. Herrera.

Browse Pfau Library’s selection of Mr. Herrera’s books.

Posted in Miscellaneous


Summer Movie Series Flyer-01ASI and the John M Pfau Library present:

July 9- Cinderella (Dress as your favorite princess)

July 16- Insurgent

July 23- Big Hero 6

August 13- Pitch Perfect 2

August 20- Avengers: Age of Ultron (Dress as your favorite superhero)

August 27- Furious 7

September 10- Ted 2

*Movies and times can change without notice


Library Book Sale Before Movie Starts



If you have questions or would like to know more about the upcoming event, please contact Iwona Contreras at (909) 537-3447 or

Posted in Community Events, Events, Movie Screenings

Summer Quarter Hours 2015

Beginning Wednesday June 24, the library’s hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8 AM – 10 PM

Friday-Sunday CLOSED

We will also be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

Posted in Hours & Closures

Kids Summer Program 2015

children in "summer" t-shirtsLibrary Summer Program for Kids is back!! We hope you can join us this year for “Celebration of Nations” on July 6-9, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-3 p.m. (drop off starts at 8:30 a.m.) in PL-4005.  Students will experience various cultures of the world this summer.  Summer Camp has been extended to four days of fun.

Thank you to all of you for the support!  Don’t miss out on the fun.

Date: July 6-9, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Drop-off can start at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Cal State San Bernardino John M. Pfau Library * Drop- Off Location: PL-4005 * Sign-In/Out Required
Ages: Children 6-9 and 10-12
Pricing: $40 per day 4-day Super Saver Package $90 Cash or Check Accepted Checks Payable to: CSUSB

Monday, July 6
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Check-In
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. -Ice Breaker Games
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – DIY Passports
10:40 – Noon – Count your way through Japan -Japanese Flying Carp
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Mama and Papa have a store -Worry Doll
3 p.m. – Check-Out

Tuesday, July 7
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Check-In
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Ice Breaker Games
9:30 – Noon – Pablo Neruda -Chilean Rain Sticks
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Max celebrates Chinese New Year -Chinese Drums
3 p.m – Check-Out

Wednesday, July 8
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Check-In
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Ice Breaker Games
9:30 – Noon – Treasury of Egyptian Mythology -Hieroglyphic Stone
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Olympic Torch Craft Play Time
3 p.m. – Check-Out

Thursday, July 9
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Check-In
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Ice Breaker Games
9:30 – Noon – Foil Sun Craft
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Summer Journals
3 p.m. – Check-Out

If you have questions or would like to know more about the upcoming event, please contact Iwona Contreras at (909) 537-3447 or

Posted in Community Events, Events

Media Reviews: My Week with Marilyn

Movie Reviews: North By North LesMy Week With Marilyn

Five stars.2011, 99 mins., directed by Simon Curtis

Based on Colin Clark’s book, The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me, this film tells the story of young Clark (played by an excellent Eddie Redmayne) and the months he served as third assistant director in 1956 on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl. Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) is both the lead actor and director, and is having a difficult time dealing with his co-star, a very insecure Marilyn Monroe (played by Michele Williams). Monroe soon relies on Clark for emotional support, and they become involved in a short-lived affair of sorts. Handsomely produced, the film also stars Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Emma Watson, Dominic Cooper, and Dougray Scott. Highly recommended! See the record for My Week with Marilyn.

Posted in Media Reviews

Wiley articles and “Get It Now” UPDATE

In response to some questions from faculty, I’d like to clarify how to get recent Wiley articles:

As you know, in the absence of a systemwide contract for Wiley journals this year, we started local subscriptions to a selected group of high-use Wiley titles. We are making the remaining 2015 Wiley articles available for quick online delivery through the “Get It Now” (GIN) service. GIN appears as an option on our “Search for Full Text” menu, which will be familiar to most users of the library’s databases.

UPDATE: As of 6/4/2015, our “Search for Full Text” link now appears below each article in Wiley Online Library. This should make it much simpler to order any 2015 articles through GIN if you are denied the full text.

You can also use these other methods:

  • Copy the article’s DOI number, then paste it into Pfau Library’s Citation Finder form. This will bring up the “Search for Full Text” menu with its GIN option. If you don’t have a DOI and enter the citation information manually, make sure you have a complete citation! Omitting any data, such as volume or issue number, will cause the GIN option to vanish. 
  • Copy the article’s title, then paste it into the library’s Multi-Search. Go to the “Articles” section, and use the “Full Text” links or “Search for Full Text” buttons to lead you to the GIN option.

For instructions with screenshots, see our Library Guide, Get It Now: Document Delivery.

If you have questions, please contact me directly and I’ll be happy to demonstrate. ( or x75103)

Posted in Databases, Did You Know?

Cell Phone Charging Station

The charging station is by a column near the Reference computers.ATTENTION! GREAT NEWS!

The Library now has a cell phone charging station, which is located on the 1st floor near the south entrance!

Check it out!

Posted in Library Services

Recent Grads Publish Award Winning Books – Come to the Celebration!

Home Coming for recent alumni, Novelist ISABEL QUINTERO and Poet LARRY EBY!  We’re thrilled to welcome our recent grads to read from new books, having garnered national acclaim! Please, help us spread the word and come all ye!

Thursday, May 28, 7PM, Pfau Library Room 4005, CSUSB

Recent interview with Isabel at our CSUSB free on-line journal Ghost Town.

ISABEL QUINTERO’s first novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces (Cinco Puntos Press) won the 2015 California Book Award, the Morris Award from the American Library Association for the best debut Young Adult Novel in American and the Tomas Rivera Award for the best Young Adult novel by a Mexican American. She holds an MA in English Literature from California State University, San Bernardino and is the treasurer of PoetrIE, a non-profit community arts organization in Southern California.

LARRY EBY is the founding editor of Orange Monkey Publications. His first book of poems, Flight of August, won the Louise Bogan Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2014. His second book, Machinist in the Snow, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications this summer, and was his graduate thesis in the MFA program at CSUSB. He served as poetry editor for Ghost Town Literary Journal and is an active among the leadership of PoetrIE and on Inlandia’s literary board.

Direct questions to Chad Sweeney at

Posted in Events, Poetry Readings, Special Collections, Voices of the Desert Crossroads

The Throwaways Movie Screening and Discussion

The Throwaways movie posterThe Throwaways Movie Screening and Discussion

Discussion led by: Dr. Wil Greer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Located in PL-5005
Complimentary parking available, see kiosk

About the Movie: The Throwaways is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated activist filmmaker Ira McKinley. With rawness, urgency and power, this award-winning documentary film speaks directly to the national movement rising up to fight back against a wave of police killings of black people in America. Timely and provocative, The Throwaways is more than just an illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; it is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice.

If you have questions or would like to know more about the upcoming event, please contact Iwona Contreras at or call (909)537-3447

Posted in Events, Lectures & Presentations, Movie Screenings

Media Reviews: The Wire

Movie Reviews: North By North LesThe Wire

HBO, 2004-2008

Five stars.



With the city of Baltimore featured prominently in the news, this reviewer thought it timely to feature this series which focuses on a different institution in Baltimore and its relationship to law enforcement. Over the course of five seasons, the following are covered: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the public school system, and the print news media. Former Baltimore Sun police reporter and creator, David Simon, has said that the series is more than a crime drama, and is really about the American city, its institutions, and its effect on individuals. An ensemble of excellent character actors, led by Dominic West, playing Officer Jimmy McNulty. Other notable breakout actors are: Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela), Lance Reddick (Fringe), Amy Ryan (Birdman), and others are featured in the series. The series title is said to serve as a metaphor for the viewer’s experience, as wiretaps give police access to the secret world of criminals, just as the series does for the viewer. Acclaimed by numerous television critics as one of the best drama series of all time, The Wire, has also been cited by then Senator Barack Obama as his favorite TV series. Highly recommended, you won’t be disappointed!  See the record for The Wire.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.

Posted in Media Reviews