Pacific Review Reading Series – You Are Invited!

Date: April 24 (Thursday)

Writer: Ron Arias

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 5005 (Library 5th floor)

Ron Arias, a Los Angeles staff correspondent for People magazine, is the author of the novel, The Road to Tamazunchale, nominated for a National Book Award. He has also published a book of creative nonfiction, Five Against the Sea as well as Healing from the Heart with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

In Moving Target Arias explores his children and his search for his father. Rudolfo Anaya, the author of Bless Me, Ultima, writes, “Moving Target reads like an intriguing detective story, with a string of revelations that kept me turning the pages.” Rolando Hinojosa, the author of Estampas del Valle and Dear Rafe, writes, “Moving, tough, tender, a mystery; a work that opens for the reader a world of pain and wonder…I couldn’t put it down.”


Date: May 8 (Thursday)

Writer: Natalie Diaz

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 4005 (Library 4th floor)

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program.


Date: May 15 (Thursday)

Writer: Charles Yu

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 4005 (Library 4th floor)

Charles Yu is an Asian American writer. He is the author of the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and the short story collections Third Class Superhero and Sorry Please Thank You. How to Live Safely was ranked the year’s second best science fiction novel by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas and was runner up for the Campbell Memorial Award. He is an award-winning author whose work has been published in The New York Times, Playboy, and Slate.


Date: May 29 (Thursday)

Writer: Marilyn Chin

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 4005 (library 4th floor)

Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and author of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen; Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty; and Dwarf Bamboo. Her writing has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin has read her poetry at the Library of Congress. She was interviewed by Bill Moyers and featured in his PBS series The Language of Life and in PBS Poetry Everywhere.

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Movie Reviews: (500) Days of Summer

Movie Reviews: North By North LesLes 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.



(500) Days of Summer

Five stars.



2009, 95 min. Directed by Marc Webb.

Aspiring architect Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer (Zooey Deschanel) who has just been hired as an administrative assistant at a greeting card company in Los Angeles. He falls for her, but he quickly discovers he and she have differing views on love and relationships. The film chronicles the 500 days of their relationship in nonlinear fashion, with amusing side comments by his younger sister (Chloë Grace Moretz) and friend (Matthew Gray Gubler). Energetic song and dance sequences set against iconic downtown LA landmarks. Great soundtrack includes Regina Spektor, Hall & Oates, and the Temper Trap. View the record for (500) Days of Summer on DVD. See the record for (500) Days of Summer on Blu-ray.

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Freshman Workshop Series Starts Again

If you missed the Freshman workshops in fall and winter quarters, you have more opportunities to attend in spring quarter.

Workshop #1 is being offered this week. Learn about the Deep Web and discover all the library’s great resources for research. There are still a few seats left in this week’s sessions.

Remember, if you’re planning to attend the whole series, you have to attend this workshop first.

Register now on our calendar.

All library workshops take place in PL-2005 (2nd floor Library Addition)

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Brokeback Mountain Movie Screening

Brokeback Mountain movie poster




Discussion facilitated by: Dr. Bradford Owen, Department of Communication Studies.


At 6 PM

Book Into Film:

Novels and Short Stories Adapted for the Screen, A program that delves into the relationship between text and film.

- Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay. Includes original short story by Annie Proulx (1997) & screenplay by OscarTM winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
- Brokeback Mountain (2005) directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal
- A limited number of copies will be available for check out at the Library Multimedia Center, PL5005, on the 5th floor of the Library.
- Discussion facilitated by: Dr. Bradford Owen, Department of Communication Studies.

Posted in Movie Screenings

Web server maintenance Thursday 4/17 midnight

After 12 midnight Thursday, April 17, I.T.S. will conduct server maintenance that will result in the library website being unavailable for a short time. The service window will be from 12 midnight to 1:00am Friday morning, although we expect the website to be unavailable for less than 10 minutes.

The library catalog and subscription databases will not be affected by this maintenance. They are available at the following links:

Posted in Databases, Library Catalog, Library Services

Pacific Review presents: Dwight Yates 4/17, 6 pm PL4005

Please join us on Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 pm in PL 4005 to hear the wonderful stories of Dwight Yates, an accomplished writer and teacher. Author Richard Russo writes that Yates’ last collection, Bring Everybody, was “an electrifying collection of short fiction.” Mr. Yates will be reading from this collection, which won the Juniper Prize for Fiction, so please join us this coming Thursday at 6:00 pm. In a short bio, Mr. Yates tells us: “He grew up here and there in the Northwest. He never went hungry and was otherwise treated well—not a promising beginning for a writer. He had a paper route and mowed lawns and bagged groceries and worked on a farm and drove a mike truck and worked for the Forest Service, served in the Peace Corps and the Army and attended five universities. He taught writing for many years at UC Riverside. His stories have appeared in various journals and anthologies and so far have comprised two collections, Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones and Bring Everybody. His two daughters grew up in Redlands where he still resides with his wife.”

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Movie Reviews: The Way Back

Movie Reviews: North By North Les

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.



The Way Back

Five stars.



2010, 133 minutes, directed by Peter Weir.

Inspired by a true story, The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz. See the record for The Long Walk.  Prisoners who escape from a Soviet gulag in 1940, cross five countries, mountainous terrain, and deserts, in a 4,500-mile journey to India. Stars Jim Sturgess (21), Ed Harris, Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Colin Farrell, and Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones). Visually stunning cinematography by Russell Boyd. A very human tale of survival, freedom, and the indomitable spirit of man. Don’t miss this one! See the record for The Way Back.

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Check Laptop Availability

The library’s laptops are usually in high demand. Wondering if any are currently available? Check Laptop availability.

Please note the first 60 on the list are at Pfau Library, and the last 10 are at the Palm Desert Campus Hixon Info Center.

Rather try an iPad? We have 10 available from the Library Multimedia Center, PL-5005, and 10 at PDC. Check iPad availability.

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Lecture: Faces of the Middle East

Map of the Middle Eastern regionPresented by the John M. Pfau Library, Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

April 22, 2014

12-2 p.m.

Located in PL-4005

Complimentary Parking Available See Kiosk

Hermione Macura is the first female, Australian, English-speaking TV news anchor in the Middle East, and also one of the area’s most recognized faces. Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Hermione was one of the main anchors on Dubai One TV’s Emirates News. Her portfolio includes the delivery of live-to-air news bulletins, frequently while she was in the midst of breaking stories both locally and across the Middle East. Hermione has also hosted a variety of other shows including the three-hour live launch of the Burj Khalifa and Maak Ya Lehamon, which featured exclusive interviews with several key players in aid programs in Lebanon. The program was a part of series that raised 55 million dirhams to help people caught in the conflict. Born in Sydney, Australia, Hermione began her career in journalism more than ten years ago as a graduate of the University of Wollongong where she was also trained in photography. Originally a print journalist, her works have been published in a wide variety of publications internationally.

Faces of the Middle East is a book that introduces the various ethnic and social groups who reside throughout the Middle East, proof that this part of the world is not, as many in the West, mistakenly believe, a monolithic culture. The book is an intimate, personal journey told through a collection of images by Australian TV broadcaster and producer, Hermione Macura. Arriving in the Middle East soon after September 11th, when clips of the Taliban and Al Qaeda atrocities were flooding the news on a daily basis, Hermione began a journey which allowed her to explore unique locations, cities, and places unknown to many. Hermione’s work offers a fresh insight and another view of a region so often misunderstood and misrepresented in today’s globalizing culture. Neither a definitive story, nor a political statement, Faces Of The Middle East is the culmination of more than seven years of photojournalism that documents the existence of the rich diversity present in the region.

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Symposium on Race and Race Relations

Race-relations Hands TouchingCSUSB University Diversity Committee and Westside Action Group present:

Symposium on Race and Race Relations:

Painting A Social Rainbow For A Better IE

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11am


Registration Starts At 11 AM & Program Runs Noon – 4 PM in the SMSU Events Center at CSUSB

Break-out Sessions:

  • Education: Dropouts And Discipline
  • Perceptions And Culture: Health And Unemployment
  • Law Enforcement And Crime
  • Residential Segregation/Housing And Education


Continuing education credit is available for attending this event. For more information please contact Andrew German at (909) 537-3991 or If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Kamerin Bateman at CSUSB, (909) 537-3108 or at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

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