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Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 9, 2015

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It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library.

To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

You may also view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles, all from the Short List of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize awards:

15 DogsFifteen Dogs – André Alexis

What does it mean to be alive? To think, to feel, to love and to envy? André Alexis explores all of this and more in the extraordinary Fifteen Dogs, an insightful and philosophical meditation on the nature of consciousness. It’s a novel filled with balancing acts: humour juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry. A wonderful and original piece of writing that challenges the reader to examine their own existence and recall the age old question, what’s the meaning of life?

 

ArvidaArvida – Samuel Archibald

Samuel Archibald’s stories come from over there: way, way over there. They live in the woods, hunting for creatures that may or may not exist, and they sometimes go surging down the highway at reckless speeds. At other times, they freeze, paralysed by the strange sounds that should not be coming from empty rooms in very old houses. This writing – so wise and funny and impeccably crafted – is the best kind of gossip: it tells us everything we need to know, the real dirt, about this place and about all the people, the true ‘characters,’ we meet wandering up and down the cryptic streets of a real but mythic Arvida. There is a lot of whispering going on in this town, a lot of information that strains credulity, a lot of laughter, a lot of suspense, a bit of fear. Arvida is just like life: a tender, sometimes terrifying, mystery unfolding before our eyes.

 

OutlineOutline – Rachel Kusk

Compulsively readable and dazzlingly intelligent, Rachel Cusk’s Outline follows a writer’s journey to Athens to teach a summer writing course. Along the way she encounters a cast of characters who share with her the outlines of their own life stories. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and originality. Perfectly paced, without a word out of place, Outline reminds us of the truly formidable power that good literature has to change our hearts and our minds.

 

Daydreams of AngelsDaydreams of Angels – Heath O’Neill

This is a work of acute charm and radically deft imagination. Whether probing the behaviour of clones for some sign of a relationship between genes and genius, eavesdropping on the anecdotes of abandoned dolls, or detailing the particulars of ‘A Portrait Of The Marquis de Sade As A Young Girl’, O’Neill’s stories continually spar with that which so often defines our lives or limits our daring – the problem of pain. Here are characters born of a distinctive sensibility and sent forth to chart the strange and volatile terrain where grace is found, lost, and found again. There’s no thrill quite like encountering tales this tall, and few tall tales offer up their gifts this freely.

 

Martin JohnMartin John – Anakana Schofield

Stylish and provocative, Martin John comes at you as soft and lyrical as a folk song. But like the tune that refuses to stop repeating itself, it is hauntingly about all those memories of suspect desires and guilty pleasures, of knowing right from wrong, of wanting to do what even your mamma would want you to do but maybe you just can’t. As readers, we find Martin John a tantalizing reflection on living the contradictions in every identity and of definitively knowing what is real. At its heart, this is a bittersweet story of personal confrontations such as asking do I always want what others — even my mother — want for me.

 

Reference: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/finalists/2015shortlist/

It’s Movember!

November 13, 2015

Movember_StyleGuide

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The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $677 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Movember Through the Years

Two mates (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) meet up for a quiet beer in Melbourne, Australia, and the idea that sparked Movember is born. The moustache had all but disappeared from fashion trends. Could they bring it back? They found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge.

Read Movember’s Origin Story

Prostate cancer statistics

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada.

To provide the most current cancer statistics, researchers use statistical methods to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

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Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

It is estimated that in 2015:

  • 24,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 24% of all new cancer cases in men in 2015.
  • 4,100 men will die from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2015.
  • On average, 66 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/statistics/

Window Display

Look for a “Movember” display in the showcase window just outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. As well you can check out some related items in our Library Collection. We have placed several of these items in our Notre Dame Campus window display.

View list of Items

 

Veterans Week

November 3, 2015

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Make remembrance more than something you feel. Make it something you do.

Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week – this year is no different. During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This Veterans’ Week, take the remembrance challenge. There are many ways to show that you remember and honour our Veterans. Visit the Veteran’s Week Web site for more information.

As well you can check out some related items in our Library Collection. We have placed several of these items in our Notre Dame Campus window display. Have a look when you come by, or check out the list of items here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

In Flanders Fields : the story of the poem by John McCrae

nlc007465-v6Included in our window display is “In Flanders Fields : the story of the poem by John McCrae”.  In May 2015 the poem “In Flanders Fields,” will mark 100 years since it was written. This special edition book serves to celebrate that anniversary.

Over the years, John McCrae’s poem has been recited by many generations who continue to cherish the underlying message of respect for the fallen and a longing for peace.

In this book, the lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War (1914-1918) and details of daily life in the trenches in Europe. Also included are accounts of McCrae’s experience in his field hospital and the circumstances that led to the writing of “In Flanders Fields.”   (Goodreads.com)

Lest we forget.

 

In Recognition of Ally Week

October 7, 2015

ally window

Check out the window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Ally Week is a national youth-led effort empowering students to be allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying, harassment and name-calling.

It is usually held in September or October, often coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11, and October also being LGBT History Month. The event started in October 2005 and has grown since. This year Ally Week takes place October 12-16, 2015.

The goal of Ally Week is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while highlighting that peer support for LGBT students is stronger than the students themselves may have thought existed. People across the country can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth.

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase LGBTT* awareness Library Services set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find additional information about the LGBTT* initiative at RRC. As well, the RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

List of Items: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

RRC Library Welcomes You!

August 28, 2015

Red River College Library is so much more than books – and that refers to our collection as well as the helpful and caring staff who are here to assist you. Below is a brief tour of what the Library offers you.

The Library Space

RRC Library spaces at both our Exchange District and Notre Dame campuses have reading areas, study spaces (individual and small group), media viewing areas, computers, printers, copiers, and a scanning station.

All students and staff also have access to the Library’s collections, which include books, e-books, journals, e-journals, databases, DVDs, streaming video, and audiovisual equipment.

Your Username and Password are Key

Your username and password are your log in for all RRC accounts, including College computers, LEARN, WebAdvisor, and online Library resources. If you have questions about your username and password, you may visit the Library Computer Lab (Notre Dame Campus) or the Help Desk (Exchange District Campus) for assistance.

Main Services

Frequent services we offer include:

  • finding and using resources of all types
  • guidance using media equipment
  • assistance with computer applications
  • resolving technical issues
  • offering directions and referral within the College

Most importantly, we want you to know that you can ask us anything!!! We are here to help!

Visit the Library’s Website

RRC Library

Visit RRC Library on the web! This is your gateway to accessing the Library’s resources. You will also find helpful guides, policy information, and more.

Welcome Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library “Welcome” window display, which highlights books to help you succeed in your studies and in life. Click on the link to see the list of books on display: Welcome Window Display.

Welcome Window Display September 2015

RRC Library Welcome Window Display – September 2015

College-Wide Learning Outcomes

January 9, 2015

Check out the College-Wide Learning Outcomes display outside the NDC Camus Library.

Check out the College-Wide Learning Outcomes display outside the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs.

We’re proud to announce that last fall we completed a six-part blog series which highlighted hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.  Check out each of the rectangles below for a link to each of our previous blog entries.

Career Readiness Communicate Think Critically
Innovate Contribute to the Community Lead

In addition we have now placed many of our College-Wide Learning Outcomes resources in the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.  You may also view a complete list of all books in our display online.  If you see something you like, just come to the Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Check it out!

 

Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 4, 2014

IMG_0458It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library.

To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

You may also view a complete list of all books in our display online.  If you see something you like, just come to the Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles you will find:

 

BackOfTheTurtleThe back of the turtle : a novel / Thomas King

In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

Governor General’s Literary Award, 2014

 

SmithHow to be both / Ali Smith

This is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There’s a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real – and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

Man Booker Prize shortlist, 2014

 

129.Howard Jacobson-J coverJ / Howard Jacobson

Kevern doesn’t know why his father made him put two finger across his lips whenever he began a word with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place for asking questions. Ailinn, too, has grown up in the dark about who she is and where she comes from. The past is a dangerous country, not to be visited or talked about. She is new to the village; Kevern has lived here, in half-hiding, all his life. They feel a surge of protectiveness for each other the moment they meet. On their first date, Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn’t ask who did it. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren’t sure whether they have fallen in love of their own accord or whether they’ve been pushed into each other’s arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?

Man Booker Prize shortlist, 2014

 

sweetlandSweetland / Michael Crummey

For twelve generations, when the fish were plentiful and when they all-but disappeared, the inhabitants of this remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement, and each has been offered a generous compensation package to leave. But the money is offered with a proviso: everyone has to go; the government won’t be responsible for one crazy coot who chooses to stay alone on an island. That coot is Moses Sweetland. Motivated in part by a sense of history and belonging, haunted by memories of the short and lonely time he spent away from his home as a younger man, and concerned that his somewhat eccentric great-nephew will wilt on the mainland, Moses refuses to leave. But in the face of determined, sometimes violent, opposition from his family and his friends, Sweetland is eventually swayed to sign on to the government’s plan. Then a tragic accident prompts him to fake his own death and stay on the deserted island. As he manages a desperately diminishing food supply, and battles against the ravages of weather, Sweetland finds himself in the company of the vibrant ghosts of the former islanders, whose porch lights still seem to turn on at night.

Governor General’s Award, Fiction, 2014

 

WeAreAllCompletely_paperbackWe are all completely beside ourselves / Karen Joy Fowler.

In this novel we meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. It changed Rosemary and it destroyed her family. Now her older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self; her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And Fern her sister, an endearing chimpanzee, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief, has come to a far more terrible fate than their family could ever have imagined.

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, 2014
Man Booker Prize shortlist, 2014

 

sanaaqSanaaq : an Inuit novel / by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk

Sanaaq is an intimate story of an Inuit family negotiating the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people. Composed in 48 episodes, it recounts the daily life of Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, her daughter Qumaq, and their small semi-nomadic community in northern Quebec. Here they live their lives hunting seal, repairing their kayak, and gathering mussels under blue sea ice before the tide comes in. These are ordinary extraordinary lives: marriages are made and unmade, children are born and named, violence appears in the form of a fearful husband or a hungry polar bear. Here the spirit world is alive and relations with non-humans are never taken lightly. And under it all, the growing intrusion of the qallunaat and the battle for souls between the Catholic and Anglican missionaries threatens to forever change the way of life of Sanaaq and her young family.

 

Movember: Changing the Face of Men’s Health

November 14, 2014

Image Credit: Movember Canada

Image Credit: Movember Canada

The Canadian Cancer Society website reports some startling estimates for the third leading cancer among men:

  • 23,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 24% of all new cancer cases in men in 2014.
  • 4,000 men will die from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2014.
  • On average, 65 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.

From its modest beginnings in Australia, Movember continues to grow as an event across the word. As more and more countries join the cause, Canada continues to add to the 574 million dollars raised since 2003. From milk moustaches to wispy bristles to a full handle bar, Movember continues to raise money and awareness about Prostate cancer.

The library carries a number of resources related to Prostrate cancer. Ask us how to search for this, or any other, topic.

Books

American Cancer Society’s complete guide to prostate cancer
Call Number: RC 280 .P7 A47 2005 (Notre Dame Campus)

Dr. Peter Scardino’s prostate book : the complete guide to overcoming prostate cancer, prostatitis, and BPH
Call Number: RC 899 .S28 2005  (Notre Dame Campus)

DVD

Prostate cancer [DVD] : your treatment options
Call Number: RC 280 .P7 P76 2007

Articles From EBSCOHost

Nicks, D. (2014). The 17 Most Influential Mustaches of All Time. Time.Com, N.PAG.

Waxman, O. B. (2014). Ask a ‘Stache: The 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Growing a Mustache for Movember. Time.Com, N.PAG.

CHARNOW, J. A. (2014). Prostate Cancer AS Safe Long Term. Renal & Urology News, 13(5), 1-5.

Window Display

Look for a “Movember” window display just outside the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Library Window Display in Recognition of Ally Week

October 27, 2014

lbgt-window-display

Ally Week is a national youth-led effort empowering students to be allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying, harassment and name-calling.

It is usually held in September or October, often coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11, and October also being LGBT History Month. The event started in October 2005 and has grown since. This year Ally Week took place October 13-17, 2014.

The goal of Ally Week is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while highlighting that peer support for LGBT students is stronger than the students themselves may have thought existed. People across the country can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth.

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase LGBTT* awareness Library Services set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find additional information about the LGBTT* initiative at RRC.  As well, the RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

List of Items: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Pride Week at RRC

May 13, 2014

Check out the displays at the Notre Dame Campus and the Exchange District Campus Libraries

Check out the displays at the Notre Dame Campus and the Exchange District Campus Libraries

In preparation for Pride Week (May 23-June1) and to increase awareness about LGBTT* matters, the Red River College Library and the LGBTT* Initiative have prepared LGBTT* displays in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display and at the Exchange District Campus Library display area (in front of the Circulation Desk).

The displays include information about LGBTT* terminology and affirmative language, the LGBTT* Initiative at Red River College, LGBTT* services and programs in the local community, and many other educational resources. Check them out!

Pride Week Events

In the coming weeks there are several RRC related Pride Week events that you should be aware of:

GEN-SILENTThursday, May 29: As part of Pride Week, University of Winnipeg Students’ Association LGBT* Centre and Red River College’s LGBTT* Initiative are delighted to host a free joint educational event and will present the documentary Gen Silent. This film asks six LGBT* seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses- their entire lives in order to survive in the care system. The film discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation. The program begins at 7:00 pm at University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue (The Hive). Venue is fully accessible. For more information, contact Nora Sobel, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator at nsobel@rrc.ca.

Sunday, June 1: Pride Winnipeg will hit the streets for the 27th annual Pride Parade. Red River College will again be participating with a large group of energetic volunteers that walk along the parade route carrying Rainbow flags and a large College banner. For more information, please contact Janice Manson, Events Coordinator at jmanson@rrc.ca. For more information on the Pride Parade and Festival, visit www.pridewinnipeg.com/festival/parade/

Tuesday, June 10: As part of College Days, the LGBTT* Initiative presents an Ally Practice Session (Only for Allies). This is a half-day educational session for College Allies who have already attended a 1-day Ally Training and now are interested to further advance their Ally Skills. Participants will analyze different scenarios in the College environment, practice role-play activities, and develop Ally strategies.

To attend this Ally Practice Session, please register online at https://blogs.rrc.ca/diversity/lgbtt-initiative-ally-practice-session-only-for-allies/ before May 23, 2014. The session has space for 20 participants. For more information, please contact Nora Sobel, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator at nsobel@rrc.ca or 204-632-2404.

For more information

For more information about the LGBTT* Initiative at Red River College, please contact Nora Sobel, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator at nsobel@rrc.ca, 204.632.2404, or visit www.rrc.ca/LGBTT