home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits On Display at Ellis Library: Opening Lines to Keep You Reading

On Display at Ellis Library: Opening Lines to Keep You Reading

Everyone knows you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and everyone knows we all do it anyway. But it’s a lot easier not to do in academic libraries because many of our books don’t have illustrated book jackets.

One alternative is to judge a book by its opening line. Does that line make us feel curious, perplexed, sad, anxious? If it engages us, we keep reading.

Maybe one of these will encourage you to take the book home and find out what happens next.

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones.

Beatrice Quimby‘s biggest problem was her little sister Ramona.

124 was spiteful.

Why is the measure of love loss?

Check out even more intriguing opening lines on our book display near the Research Help and Information Desk at Ellis Library.

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Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Photos by Notley Hawkins on Display in the Bookmark Cafe

Photos by Notley Hawkins on Display in the Bookmark Cafe

Photos by Notley Hawkins are now in display in the Bookmark Cafe. Subjects include our very own Columbia, Missouri, as well as rural scenes and natural vistas.

Notley Hawkins has lived in Missouri his whole life. Born and raised in Columbia, he studied painting and drawing at Columbia College with Sid Larson, a student of Thomas Hart Benton. He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for his Master’s degree where he worked with noted artist and cartoonist Frank Stack (Foolbert Sturgeon). Notley did additional studies at the prestigious Skowhegan School in Maine.

Chainsaw Shrine Redux
Chainsaw Shrine Redux

He has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Ucross Foundation, and his work is in the collections of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, as well as many private collections. Notley he took up photography in 2005 after growing disinterested in painting and is now a full-time fine art photographer specializing in rural and bucolic images.

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Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Book Display: Noms de Plume

Book Display: Noms de Plume

February 13th is “Get a Different Name Day.” Celebrate by checking out our book display near the Research Help and Information Desk at Ellis Library.

Take home a book penned by an author who used a pen name or a book about a musician or actor who used a stage name.

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Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Good Reads Reviewed by Roxane Gay

Good Reads Reviewed by Roxane Gay

Looking for a book recommendation? Look no further than this display near the Research Help and Information Desk at Ellis Library.

Check out fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that merited four or five stars on Roxane Gay’s Goodreads account.

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Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

Books to Movies Display

Which is better, the book or the movie? Stop by our display near the Reference Desk at Ellis Library for some pairs to compare.

Several titles on display will be released as movies in 2018–now’s your chance to read them first! All books and movies on display are available for check out.

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Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.