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It’s Banned Books Week: September 21 – 27


Each year many organizations focus on Banned Books Week, and for good reason.  Banned and challenged books inhibit our freedom to read and promote censorship, both of which are intimately linked to our freedom of speech.  The American Library Association actively promotes recognition of Banned Books Week and encourages everyone to get involved.  Check out their site here.

Want to check out banned and challenged books from years past?  You can see those lists here.  Note that the Dave Pilkey series, Captain Underpants, has earned the top spot on the list for the past three years now.  Listen to Dave Pilkey’s public service message here and stick around to hear John Monforte read Maurice Sendak’s Into the Night Kitchen (another book on the banned/challenged list) while you are there.


The focus of Banned Books Week this year is on graphic novels and comics.  NPR also featured Banned Books Week on it’s broadcast todayBone, by Jeff Smith, made the number ten spot on this year’s list.


And your quiz of the day:  Which Banned Book are You?


Stop by the Library to check out our displays of banned comics and graphic novels, as well as the DVDs we have of movies made from banned and challenged books.  Fight for your right to read – pick up a banned book today – it could set you free!

~ Julie Morris ~

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Come Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with Us on September 19th!!!


Greetin’s and salutations me hearties!

Plan t’ join us in t’ Library on Friday, September 19, as we celebrate


Several activities have been planned, including:


Professor Tony Ketron will be speakin’ about modern day pirates in t’ Library at 10:30 in t’ East Readin’ Area on t’ 5th floor (just past t’ Administrative Offices, beyond 525).

He be currently writin’ a book about Somali pirates.

Coffee will be served and we’ll have some comfortable seatin’ available for you.


Want t’ know what your true pirate name is?

We’ll have name generators available t’ quench your curiosity about such thin’s. And you can try on several t’ find which one suits you best.


And if words be more t’ your likin’, Pirate Poetry will be available . . .


How about throwin’ in t’ win a study room durin’ mid-terms or finals and gain a little knowledge along t’ way? Follow our treasure map t’ t’ booty and be entered into a drawin’ t’ win.

Details will be available at t’ Circulation Desk.

And of course you can don your finest pirate apparel if you like!

See you Friday in the Library!

Fair winds and following seas!

~ Mad Jenny Flint ~

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Summer Reading – Library Staff Picks

There are still a few weeks of summer left and we wanted to share some our suggestions for good reads you might want to take in before returning to school . . .



Last month my book club read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It’s a really good book to read at the beach as it is 560 pages and keeps your attention. Rarely, is there a book that I would like to read again to pick up on the pieces I missed the first time through, but this is one.

In an interview, Kate Atkinson talked about wanting to write about the London Blitz but also wanting to experiment with a character who constantly dies and is reborn. That character, Ursula lives a a different path each time she dies and is born again.  The historical fiction account of World War II in combination with an interesting structure makes this a good read.

~ Betty Thomas ~


I recently read and loved The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.  Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free.

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

~ Jamie Sunnycalb ~


Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads.  In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. (Amazon)

~ Julie Morris ~


The Time Travelers’ Wife  – Audrey Niffenegger

Don’t let yourself be swayed by the soft focus movie trailer and think this is some sappy chick flick novel – this story, in book form, is literally one of the edgiest and rawest love stories I’ve ever picked up, featuring a punk rocker time traveling librarian.  It ended up on my lap as a screenplay many years ago when it was first being shopped around and I was so touched by the screenplay I immediately went on a hunt for the book, starved for more words, for the original story.  And the book itself was such a magnificent, moving piece that after I finished, I put it down and said something I’ve never said before ‘I can’t even read it again.  It’s too good.’  And it was a year before I cracked and opened the cover again.  I still haven’t gone back for my third helping…

~ Ashley Moye ~


~Katie Brown~


The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

The Paris Wife is a fictionalized, but well-researched account of Hemingway’s first marriage to Hadley Richardson, told from Richardson’s perspective. It captures the warmth between the two individuals and provides a peek into the artsy, ex-patriot society which included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. I had seen this book in various book stores over the last two years, but had always walked right by it.  I’d never been a fan of Ernest Hemingway. I just didn’t “get” him.  The only works of his I had read were some of the short “Nick Adams” stories and his memoir, A Moveable Feast.  I enjoyed the latter.

I had learned that a newly restored A Moveable Feast had been published and so, along with this title, I picked up The Paris Wife.  The novel permitted me to see Hemingway in a new and more vulnerable way and has the potential of motivating me to read The Sun Also Rises.

~ Susan Catterall ~

And if none of these suit your fancy, check out these recommended reading lists:



~Julie Morris~

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New Library Hours for Summer

sunclockThe Library would like to inform you of upcoming changes in service hours for the summer.  Beginning May 27th, the Library space will be available to you Monday – Friday from 7am to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 11pm, with extended hours to midnight during reading periods and exams.

Reference Desk hours will be:

Monday – Thursday from 9 am – 6 pm

Friday from 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday and Sunday – no reference service

Circulation Desk hours will be:

Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 9:30 pm

Friday from 8:30 am – 6 pm

Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday from 12 noon to 9:30 pm

The Library will be closed on May 26th for Memorial Day and on July 4th for Independence Day, as will the entire Charlotte Plaza Building.

These changes have been made in an effort to provide concentrated services to you during the times most needed.  The Summer Hours will be posted on the website and at the Circulation and Reference Desks as well.


 ~ Julie Morris ~

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Law Library to Re-Open to Attorney Members and the Public


After many months in transition, The Charlotte School of Law Library will be re-opening to our attorney members and to the public at 9:00am, Monday, March 31st.

 Background:  The Library closed to the public last August in preparation to move from our Suttle Avenue location to Charlotte Plaza in uptown Charlotte.  Upon arrival at Charlotte Plaza, the Library was temporarily located on the 12th floor until our new space on the 4th and 5th floors was completed.  After the holidays, we moved into our new space and began the setting up and settling in process.  The staff worked diligently to get their offices unpacked and their work spaces squared away.  The Circulation and Tech Services departments discovered that a great many books were shelved incorrectly so a major shifting project began, which was just completed earlier this month.

We are still awaiting the final touches for our grand staircase and adjacent seating area on the 4th floor, but the Library is definitely open for business.  With an increased number of study rooms, two designated research zones, and additional casual seating located throughout, our students have been utilizing the space in ever greater numbers.

From the number of inquiries, which have steadily grown over the last several months, we know that many people are looking forward to visiting the Library again.  For our public patrons, the process remains the same.  You may visit the Library once per week, Monday – Friday, between 9am and 5 pm.  You must have a valid legal reason to request access to the Library and you will need a government issued photo ID.  There will be times when the Library is closed to the public, such as assessments and exams.  Please check the calendar on our website to make sure we are open if you are planning to visit.

The process for our attorney members has changed slightly.  As in the past, attorneys may purchase a quarterly or annual membership for a very reasonable price which has not changed over the past five years.  For details, please see here.  In the past, membership cards were issued, however these will no longer be recognized.  Attorney members will be asked to present their NC or SC bar membership card as well as their driver license or a valid government issued photo ID.  If they choose not to become a Library member, attorneys may still utilize the Library as a public patron.

We are happy to be able to share our Library again and appreciate everyone’s patience!

~ Julie Morris ~

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The Happiness Advantage: Part II

Principle #1:  the Happiness Advantage

Positive brains have an advantage over negative or neutral brains.  Our outlook and mood are positive when we are happy and this makes us smarter, more motivated and ultimately, more successful because we are happy.  Competitive, successful people are those who capitalize on positivity.

How do scientists define happiness?  After years of testing, involving millions of people, it has been determined that happiness is “the experience of positive emotions – pleasure combined with deeper feelings of meaning and purpose”[1].  Martin Seligman, the pioneer in positive psychology, has determined there are three measurable components to happiness:  pleasure, engagement, and meaning.  Aristotle defined happiness as “human flourishing”.  The main components of happiness are positive emotions – awe, amusement, gratitude, hope, interest, inspiration, joy, love, pride, and serenity.  Aggregating over 200 scientific studies which involved about 275,000 people, it was determined that happiness translates into success in almost every aspect of our lives, both personally and professionally.

Positive psychology studies show us that happiness leads to greater success, higher performance and greater productivity – not the inverse.  “Happiness precedes important outcomes . . .happiness causes success and achievement”[2] and can also improve out physical health and well-being.

Negative emotions narrow our thoughts and resultant range of action.  Happiness has an important evolutionary purpose.  It helps to “broaden the amount of possibilities we process, making us more creative and open to new ideas”[3].  Broadened possibilities increase our creativity and help us build more physical, social, and intellectual resources which ultimately leads to greater success.

Biology plays a part in the effects of happiness.  When we are happy, our brains are flooded with serotonin and dopamine, making us feel good and also boosting the learning centers of our brains into higher gears.  This leads to increase neural connections resulting in the ability to think more quickly and with greater creativity.  We become “more skilled at complex analysis and problem solving, and see and invent new ways of doing things”[4].  Every time people experience happiness they are mentally primed for greater creativity and innovation, leading to greater success.  Happiness can also help decrease stress and anxiety so we can function on a higher level.

Our happiness fluctuates continually but with concentrated effort we can raise our baseline so that when we are happy we reap even greater rewards.  There are many activities that we can engage in to do just that.  These should be mindfully practiced over time to reap the greatest benefit:

      • Meditate
      • Find something to look forward to
      • Commit conscious acts of kindness
      • Infuse positivity into your surroundings
      • Exercise
      • Spend money (but not on stuff – spend it on experiences)
      • Exercise a signature strength

Lastly, be mindful of the effects on others of negative comments and encounters.  According to a study conducted by Marcial Losada, the ratio of positive to negative interactions is a key determinant in success.  It takes at least three positive experiences, interactions, or comments to negate the effects of one negative experience, interaction, or comment.  Increasing your positivity ratio leads to greater performance, trust, and ability to deal with the negative.

 “Happiness is the center around which success orbits.”[5]

If you would like to read the first article in this series, please see here.  Next time . . . “The Fulcrum and The Lever:  Changing Your Performance by Changing Your Mindset.

~ Julie Morris ~

[1] Achor, Shawn, The Happiness Advantage (New York: Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., 2010), 39.

[2] Achor, 42.

[3] Achor, 44.

[4] Achor, 44.

[5] Achor, 61.

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February is LOVE YOUR LIBRARY Month


How much do you love your library here at CSL?  Our new library provides a beautiful, quiet place to study, reflect, check your email and check-in on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among other things.

Why do you come to the library?  To study, meditate, center yourself for the day’s work ahead?  Could there actually be reference materials needed for your next class?  The assistance of a professional law librarian who can guide you in your research needs?  Technical assistance in accessing the many electronic databases we have to offer?

You should stop by your library today.  Pick up a bookmark and check out the hearts at Circulation and Reference – tell us what your library means to you.  They will be available all month for your comments.  What do you like?  What would you like to see more of?  Wishes?  Expectations?  Dreams?  Thoughts?

See you in the library!


~Julie Morris~

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