Hours for Winter Break 2014

Finals are almost over! The library will be closed this weekend, but open during the winter break.

From Dec. 15-Dec. 23, our hours will be 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

Updated to add: On Dec. 24, we will be CLOSED.

We’ll then be closed until the new year, reopening Monday, Jan. 5.

Posted in Hours & Closures

Library Video Contest Winners!

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Library Video Contest:

First Place:  Library Love

By Carlos Lemus, DJ Balane and Maelani Balane

Second Place: Girl A CSUSB Short

By Eli Fabro, Desirae Reynoso and Paula Rojo

Third Place: CSUSB Library

By Bolin Jue and Allyson Jeffredo

Congratulations to the winning teams! And thank you to everyone who participated in our first Library Video Contest!

Posted in Miscellaneous

Movie Reviews: The East

Movie Reviews: North By North LesThe East

Four stars.

2013, 116 mins., co-written and directed by Zal Batmanglij.


Co-written by the lead actress, Brit Marling, and based on the personal experience she and the director shared one summer as freegans (dumpster divers) and their aversion to the effect of drugs on the human body.  Marling plays Sarah, an ex-FBI agent and ambitious operative for an elite private intelligence firm, Hiller Brood.  She is tasked by the head of the firm, Sharon (played by the always excellent Patricia Clarkson) to infiltrate “The East,” an anarchist group that attacks corporations for its criminal activities. Sarah eventually wins the group’s trust, and joins them on one of their actions, or “jams.”  In deep cover mode, she begins to question her own values and assumptions.  An effective thriller, starring Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Ellen Page (Inception, Juno).  See the record for The East.

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 Movie Reviews

Extended hours for finals

In preparation for finals, Pfau Library will be open until midnight, Mondays through Thursdays, from Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 8-11, 2014. Our Friday and weekend hours for that period remain the same.

Posted in Hours & Closures

Movie Reviews: Spring Breakers

Movie Reviews: North By North LesSpring Breakers

Three stars.

2012,  94 mins.,  written and directed by Harmony Korine.

Four college girls, bored out of their minds, go on a crime spree to raise money for their spring break in Florida. They eventually get arrested, and are bailed out of jail by Alien, drug and arms dealer (played by a creepy James Franco with a shiny grill full of braces). Stars former Disney actress, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson. Depending on your point of view, with all the bare female flesh on display and gun-toting, this is either a female empowerment film, or an exploitation film in the guise of an art film. In any case, Franco’s portrayal is clearly the best part of the whole picture.  See the record for Spring Breakers.

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.

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Vote in the Library Video Contest

Help choose the best video filmed and produced by your fellow students! Voting begins immediately, and ends Tuesday, November 25. Vote for your favorite video, and help us decide which video will be featured on the Library’s web site to promote its offerings.

  1. Library Love
  2. By Carlos Lemus, DJ Balane and Maelani Balane

  3. CSUSB Library
  4. By Bolin Jue and Allyson Jeffredo

  5. Girl A CSUSB Short
  6. By Eli Fabro, Desirae Reynoso and Paula Rojo

  7. Two Minutes in the Library
  8. By Mario B. Moreno, Cecilia Graciano Becerra and Daniel Ridder

  9. 3 Students, 3 Minutes, 1 Video
  10. By Carlos de la Torre, Alec Zavala and Mayra Gonzalez

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Movie Reviews: Mud

Movie Reviews: North By North LesMud

Five stars.

2012, 130 mins., written and directed by Jeff Nichols.

Inspired by Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, director Nichols effectively uses the Mississippi River and Arkansas milieu to tell the story of 14-year old-Ellis (played by Tye Sheridan) and his sidekick Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) who encounter a mysterious stranger named Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey) on an island. Mud is hoping to reunite with his love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Bounty hunters are on his trail, as Mud was involved in the murder of Juniper’s ex-lover. The two boys help Mud with food, provisions, and parts to restore a boat, and also act as go-betweens carrying messages to and from Juniper. Director Nichols has a deft ear for Southern dialog in this story about a teenager’s understanding of love and his growing pains. Extremely well casted film, also starring Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, and Michael Shannon in supporting roles.  See the record for Mud.

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 Movie Reviews

Graphing Calculators for Students

Texas Instruments 89 Platinum Graphinc CalculatorNeed a scientific calculator? Check one out from the library! We have six TI-89 Titanium graphing calculators for student use.

To check out a calculator, ask at the library’s Check Out Desk on the first floor; you will need your Coyote OneCard (CSUSB student ID card). Check-out period is 4 hours with one renewal. They can leave the library, but cannot be kept overnight. The calculators have USB ports for data transfer and come preloaded with several apps. Manuals for the calculators are available online or for check out.

Read more about the Calculator Lending Policy. You can also Check calculator availability.

Posted in Library Services

Publish your book in THREE days!

Graphic: pile of open books with eyeglasses on topPublish Your Book by yourself and for free in THREE days!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Noon – 1 pm in PL-4005

Open to the public

This workshop does not require any knowledge of publishing, or any other skills other than those necessary for using a computer.

About the Workshop: In this workshop I will share with you how I used a free Web service to publish my books from my computer. This workshop will show you how to publish your own book (paper book or e-book) for free and with good quality results in just three days.

About the Author: Nabeel Alzahrani is working toward his Ph.D. degree in computer science. He has recently published three books using the free service covered in the workshop:

  • “Create Your Own Android App in 30 Minutes Without Programming”
  • “Fix, Speed Up, and Protect Your Computer in One Hour, for Windows 7/Vista”
  • “Fix, Speed Up, and Protect Your Computer in One Hour, for Windows XP”

Nabeel can be reached at: NabeelAlzahrani.com

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

Posted in Workshops

Legendary writers Jerome Rothenberg and Merrill Feitell Reading at CSUSB!

NOVEMBER 6, 6pm, Pfau Library 4005 for the Pacific Review Reading Series

Legendary poet, translator and editor, JEROME ROTHENBERG, has published over 80 books, including several books by New Directions Press with poems ranging from deep image to dada, from surrealism and what he terms “an ancestral poetry of my own, in a world of Jewish mysticism, thieves, & madmen.” He is a dynamic poet, performer and storyteller and one of America’s most influential writers! The publication of his book Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poems from Africa, America, Asia, & Oceania  (1968), signaled the beginning of an approach to poetry that Rothenberg named “ethnopoetics” which become a rallying cry for restoring previously excluded literatures (from places other than Europe) into their rightful place in public discourse. His other breakthrough anthologies include Symposium of the Whole and Poems for the New Millennium (University of California Press). He was the first English-language translator of Paul Celan and Gunter Grass and went on to translate Lorca, Picasso, Nezval and a collection of Navajo songs by a method he calls “total translation.” Rothenberg has won the American Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship and has taught widely including at the renowned poetics programs at UC San Diego and SUNY Buffalo.

MERRILL FEITELL’s spectacular book of short stories, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the prestigious Iowa Award for Short Fiction. Feitell is a fascinating writer and thinker, blending wisdom with humor and the unpredictable and the innovative. Her stories have appeared widely in noted journals such as Virginia Quarterly and Glimmer Train and have been short-listed in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Awards. She is the flash fiction editor of the radical magazine Forklift Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking and Light Industrial Safety and is currently a visiting professor of fiction in the MFA program at our own CSUSB!!—after having taught at the University of Maryland, Pratt Institute, SUNY Purchase, and Colorado College. She earned her MFA from Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference,  Taos Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Bethesda Writers’ Center, which named her as a 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow.

For more information, contact series director Chad Sweeney at Chadsw@csusb.edu

Posted in Lectures & Presentations, Special Collections, Voices of the Desert Crossroads