The Throwaways Movie Screening and Discussion

the throwawaysThe 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

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Library Closed Memorial Day Weekend!

Pfau Library will be closed from May 23-25 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. As always, our online resources remain available 24/7 from any location.

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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

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over French invaders at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is celebrated as a holiday in parts of Mexico and in many Mexican-American communities.

Celebrate by reading a book from Pfau Library about Cinco de Mayo, including history books, plays, novels, poetry, and books for children.

Posted in Library Catalog

May the Fourth Be With You

Yes, it’s Star Wars Day, May the 4th, and you can celebrate with a selection of Stars Wars movies, novelizations, and books available from Pfau Library.

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Movie Reviews: Cloud Atlas

Movie Reviews: North By North LesCloud Atlas

Four-and-a-half stars.

2012, 172 mins., co-directed and co-written by Andy & Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer.

Having avoided this film for so long, after hearing secondhand reports of a disjointed, ponderous effort, this reviewer reports that this adaption of David Mitchell’s groundbreaking novel, Cloud Atlas, is a visual feast, film noir, comedy, sci-fi fantasy, and thriller, all rolled into one. Taking place across several centuries in time, across several countries, six seemingly disparate stories unfold, with a cast of actors playing multiple roles, often switching gender and race (with the skillful use of prosthetics). The story of six individuals is related moving back and forth through the centuries, and how their individual actions have consequences for all in the course of events. Starring in multiple roles (among others) are: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, and Susan Sarandon.  See the record for Cloud Atlas.

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

New Workshop! Publishing a Scholarly Article

Curious about what it takes to turn that paper into a journal article? This workshop takes a look at how publishing works, including choosing the right journal, the process of peer review, and what to expect if and when your paper is accepted for publication.

Monday, April 27

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Room PL-2005

Registration is required. Register now on our workshop calendar.

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Our Library Guides Have a New Look!

We are happy to share that our Library Guides have a fresh new look! Check out our guides to review key library resources, learn new research skills, explore critical information literacy concepts, and more. These can be incorporated into class websites, Blackboard, and syllabi.

Think a guide might be helpful for your specific class or assignment? Request a library guide now.

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Latino Book and Family Festival

The Latino Book & Family Festival logoPresented By: Edward James Olmos, Latino Literacy Now, CSUSB, the John M. Pfau Library, and the Santos Manuel Student Union

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 | 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

At the SANTOS MANUEL STUDENT UNION California State University, San Bernardino 5500 University Pkwy. San Bernardino, CA 92407

Featured Authors: Judith Valles, former mayor of San Bernardino and educator. Her new release, “Como Decia Mi Mama: As My Mother Would Say,” is a collection of her mother’s favorite aphorisms or sayings containing fresh perspectives on life.

Visit us on Facebook at Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival

If you have any questions about this event please contact Iwona Contreras at (909)537-3447 or

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Chalk Walk Event

rainbow chalkIn conjunction with The Arts & Music Festival, John M. Pfau Library presents:

Friday, May 15, 2015
4-9 p.m.
Located at the North Entrance



  • LIVE Patio Entertainment
  • Exhibit inside library
  • Patio seating and music will be available
  • Demonstrate your creative side and chalk it up at the library!
  • We provide the chalk!

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

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