Want to know something scary? Twenty-seven percent of Americans did not read a book in the past year. That means that 86.1 million Americans haven’t read a book since the Royals won the 2015 World Series and Adele released her 25 album. What were you all doing?! Rescuing kittens from trees? Curing the Zika virus? Watching videos on Vine? Well, Vine is dead now people, time to expand your brain by cracking open a book. Continue reading “6 books that changed my life”
This year’s common read book for the K-State Book Network is Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis. This true story centers around four undocumented, Latino teenagers living in Phoenix. Inspired by two dedicated teachers and equipped with their own ambition, these four outcasts enter into the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition. Their robot, dubbed Stinky by the team, cost under $1,000 to build, and beat the $10,000 ExxonMobil sponsored robot from MIT. Continue reading “Book Review: Spare Parts by Joshua Davis”
If you have ever spoken to me for more than 27 seconds, you probably know that I adore Mindy Kaling. I loved her on The Office (NBC), where she played Kelly Kapoor and also wrote, produced and directed. I love her show The Mindy Project (Hulu) even more and organize my Tuesdays around watching each new episode. I had a Mindy Project Party. I read her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And pre-ordered her second, Why Not Me. Continue reading “Book Review: Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling”
This week I found myself looking for ways to entertain myself for free. I walked over to Hale to use the computers and Internet. I figured I would look up some things to do around town, but I found myself quite entertained there in the library. Fun in the LIBRARY? Yes, FUN in the library. I also found some books to take home for added entertainment this week! Take a trip over to Hale (if you have the time) and try out one of these activities below:
1) Grab a “Leisure” book and sit in the comfy chairs and read. Who knew they had fun books too?
2) Use the catalog to find a good read that you can take home with you.
3)Surf the K-State website for events like those coming up during Week of Welcome.
4) Explore Hale. Have you ever been in the Great Room? Today is the perfect day to walk around and see all of the different kinds of spaces Hale has to offer.
5)Grab a snack. There are refreshments and food downstairs in case you didn’t bring your own on this adventure.
6)Ask the librarian something. They have tons of great information and I promise you will walk away learning something. Even if you don’t have a specific question or concern, introduce yourself and ask for more information about and area or service in the library or on campus. If you’re feeling too shy to walk up to the help desk you can even use the “chat” feature on the K-State Libraries website.
With the extra time I’ve had over the past two weeks, I’ve been able to catch up on a favorite pastime: reading. If you’re like me, you may be able to remember – WAY back in “the day” – when you first started to read chapter books. After spending much of your first couple years of school advancing your reading skills, being able to read a full-length, “big kid” book seemed pretty cool – I can remember reading a number book series in elementary school, like the Hardy Boys mystery series, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and eventually my all-time favorite series, the Harry Potter novels. While I really enjoyed these books I’ve mentioned, I didn’t always find reading to be enjoyable. Having to get through an assigned number of books each year by my teachers could make it more of a task on my to-do list than an enjoyable activity.
As I’ve entered college at K-State and gotten busier, I feel I’ve been able to rediscover the enjoyment of reading, and not only that, but the importance of reading everyday for enjoyment, to gain knowledge, to keep up on current events, and in order to be renewed. I think it’s especially important to become a passionate reader in college – reading for fun can give my brain a break in the midst of studying and reading an inspirational autobiography of someone I look up to can help me push through when I’m discouraged. Reading even helped me a lot last year as I worked through my academic major change – I found my love for public policy and legal issues through some of the books I’ve read.
If you’re looking for some books to try out, one genre of reading material in particular has consistently stood out to me: I’m a big fan of a leadership and self-development books. This spring, as a part of Blue Key Senior Honorary, I’ll be teaching a course for freshmen and sophomores called Catalyst. In the self-development training class, we’ll discuss three books, all of which I’ve enjoyed reading so far on Winter Break: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The Other 90% by Robert K. Cooper, and Habitudes by Tim Elmore. Elmore’s book in particular is intriguing – he believes that leadership is best taught using images, so as a visual learner, it’s fun to “re-live my childhood” by learning leadership through the images in his book. Elmore will be coming to campus in February to give a presentation to the student body, and I’m excited to hear more from an author I’ve really come to respect.
Reading – whether it be the news, an enjoyable book, or simply my Twitter feed (I find myself doing this last one A LOT) – can be a great break from the busyness of college. K-State has taught me the importance of being a lifelong learner, and reading is the single best way I know of to learn.