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    Interlibrary Loan

    The University of Cincinnati generously shares access to their collections with Country Day students and faculty.  How do you use their Interlibrary Loan services?

    To borrow a print book:

    • search their catalog
    • copy the book information and the URL of the catalog entry
    • email the information to
    • pick up the book from our library when Mrs. Owens emails you that it has arrived (delivery takes about a week so plan ahead).
    • return the book promptly so that it can be shipped back by the due date (noted on the white label on the front cover)

    We do not have access to their electronic books.

    To access academic journals that are not covered by our subscription databases:

    • search Google Scholar, Project Muse, etc.
    • carefully note the citation details - copy that info and  the URL where you found it and paste it into an email to Mrs. Owens
    • we will request the ILL from Univ Cincinnati
    • UC ILL will send  the article digitally, generally within 24 articles
    • Mrs. Owens will send you the link and password to download the article SO YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL
    • download the article pdf asap as access is limited

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    Classroom Video on Demand
    10,000+ streaming videos included performances, documentaries & newsreels from top educational producers.    Videos can be viewed in their entirety or segmented into easy-to-use clearly annotated clips.  Transcripts make quoting easy. 

    All subjects.  High school level.

    Streaming video and related interactive resources.  Organized by subject content area and age level. 

    All subjects / all divisions.

    Contact for off-campus database credentials.

    Non-fiction Showcase

    Richard Reeves'
    Politics & Prose talk
    Interview on Charley Rose
    Bryan Stevenson's
    Ted Talk
    Interrview on Charley Rose

    Daniel James Brown
    Politics & Prose talk 
    NPR Here& Now interview

    Want To Know More About The Big Short?

    Need to learn more about the financial crisis?  Consult resources on our


      CHECK OUT the new fiction

      Click covers for links to reviews. 


      Realists of a Larger Reality

      We will need writers who can remember freedom.
      Poets, visionaries — the realists of a larger reality. …

      An avid news junkie, I often find myself watching in amazement, reflecting that the prophetic events  in the SciFi/Fantasy classics of my youth seem to be playing out on the world stage.  Is truth becoming stranger than fiction?  Or is fictional reality a greater truth?

      Le Guin was honored by the National Book Foundation a year ago for her distinguished contribution to American letters that "transcended the boundaries between fantasy and realism, to forge new paths for literary fiction."  Accepting the award at the 2014 National Book Awards, Le Guin's comments went viral.  Her words still resonate with me a year later:

      "I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries — the realists of a larger reality. … "

      Beloved author Neil Gaiman says Le Guin “made me a better writer and much more importantly, she made me a better person who wrote."   I second that.  Thank you, Ursula Le Guin, for stoking my imagination and helping to shape my character.  Those of us who love literature, and who support student's who love science fiction and fantasy, know that recreational reading is not just for entertainment.  These stories shape hearts and minds, sharpening intellect by playing with possibilities.   So I stock the shelves with the greats like Le Guin, Bradbury and Butler, and also seek out emerging voices.  Like me, our students need - and deserve - realists of the larger reality.

      Please email owensa@countryday,net with title / author suggestions.

      Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2015 National Book Award for Non-fiction


      Writing to his teenage son, Coates explores the what it means to be a black man in America.:  “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

      Coates poses provocative questions about race and doesn't shrink from hard truths:  "Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men... What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?"  source

      Check out this book at our library!

      "I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory.”—Toni Morrison

      Listen to the opening chapter of the book(Scroll fown & click on link to launch audio file).

      Ta-Nehisi Coates Tells the Story of the Friend Who Inspired His Award-Winning Book   (Article is excellent.  Scroll down to view Moyers' previous interview with Coates.)

      Ta-Nehisi Coates on Fear and the Black Experience  (Charlie Rose November 2015 interview)

      What books does Mr. Coates recommend?  The NYPL posts his reading list:



        Neal Shusterman Wins 2015 Young People's Literature Award


        A tour-de-force descent into mental illness.

        "Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
        Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
        Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.
        Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
        Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
        Caden Bosch is torn..."

        About Neal Shusterman


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