New Leisure Books

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If you’re feeling a little exhausted from final exams, check out our new books for leisure reading.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel by Anna Quindlen

Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph

Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon by Yvonne M. Ward

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell

Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore    

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd     

Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie Moore            

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

The Night Guest: A Novel by Fiona McFarlane                      

The Bear: A Novel by Claire Cameron

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman


Student-Employee Spotlight: Hannah Scheel

Our student-employees are an integral part of our library staff. You may see their smiling faces at the front desk handling customer service, but our student-employees also help with major projects, process our materials, create displays, and work to make the library a welcoming and useful place. We’d be lost without them!

In our Student-Employee Spotlight series we aim to introduce you to the student-employees of the Brenau Trustee Library. They’re a bright and talented bunch and are eager to help our library users!

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Your Name: _Hannah Scheel______________________________________________

Class: _Senior (2014)_______________

Major/Minor: _Early Childhood Education____________________________________

Hometown: _Jefferson, GA________________________________________________

How long have you worked at the library?

–This is my 3rd year working at the library.

Can you tell me a little about what you do at the Brenau Trustee Library?

–I am a level 3 employee and I work with Amanda Roper on ILL (InterLibrary Loan). I also do various projects around the library. I have done displays and other random things around the library.

What are your plans after graduation?

–I plan to get a job teaching 3-5 grade.

What are you reading right now or what is your favorite book?

–I have a lot of favorite books and series but my favorite book right now has to be Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. Also anything by John Green

What is your most memorable library experience?

–My most memorable experience at the library would have to be working with Heather (former level 3) and her training me for ILL stuff. She was so sporadic and it made training fun.

What is your secret to college success?

–Do not try too hard to be anyone but yourself.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

–Someone from Downton Abbey or some Jane Austen book.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

–So This is How I Got Here or How The Past 21 Years of My Life Flew by.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

–The ability to remember anything I have ever read.

What would you like us to know about you? (Interests, family/pets, goals, etc)

–I love to teach and cannot wait to graduate and have my own classroom.

Hannah will graduate this May and is currently applying for teaching jobs. Her cheerful disposition, willingness to work, and superb organizational skills will be a boon to her future employer. We’ll miss you, Hannah!

Videos on Demand

Did you know that Brenau University students and faculty have access to streaming video? The Brenau Trustee Library has acquired access to several streaming videos offered by Films on Demand, (Films Media Group). Students and faculty can view these videos online by clicking on any of the links below or by visiting:

The Brenau University Films on Demand collection page.

Additional videos will be added in the coming months.

Videos in the collection include:

A Fatal Impact: Eugenic, Social Darwinism, and Genocide

World War II: The Propaganda Battle

Zimbardo Speaks: The Lucifer Effect and the Psychology of Evil

Fighting the Microbes: The History of Antibiotics

H1N1: A Resilient Enemy

Malaria, the Serial Killer

Library Staff Spotlight: Linda Kern, Head of Research and Instructional Services

Severe? Shushing? Intimidating? Not at the Trustee Library!

Stereotypes of librarians are rampant in movies, TV, and general popular culture. In our Library Staff Spotlight series we aim to introduce you to the Real Library Staff of the Brenau Trustee Library. We’re a unique bunch but we have one unifying drive: we love helping the faculty, staff, and students of Brenau.

How Linda spent Snowpocalypse 2014 (when she wasn't helping students online)

How Linda spent Snowpocalypse 2014 (when she wasn’t helping students online)

Your name: Linda Kern
Position: Head of Research and Instructional Services
Education/Library Experience:
Attended Newcomb College, the women’s college of Tulane University in New Orleans; received a BA in Anthropology. Received my Masters in Library Science from southern Connecticut State University.

How long have you worked for the Library?
8 years

What do you do at the Brenau Trustee Library?
I oversee the front desk, to help students and faculty receive top-notch service from the library. I also teach students – mostly grad students – how to research the literature of their disciplines and write powerful literature reviews.
How and when did you first become interested in your field of study?
My first memory of a library dates back to age 5 or 6, sitting on the wooden floor of my school library reading a book about dachshunds. I’ve loved libraries ever since, because libraries can also transport you to any time or relative dimension in space. You can find out anything at the library!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Sharing new ideas and information with students. It’s the most satisfying aspect because the sharing goes both ways. I learn from students; students learn from me.
What are you reading right now or what is your favorite book?

Picture books! I love picture books like the Pete the Cat series and The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and The Library Dragon and The Three Pigs and…
What is your favorite reference question, or most memorable library experience?
My first day on the job at Brenau is one of my most memorable days. I walked in and thought “This is awesome! This is my library. And it’s got art!” I want everyone who walks in to have that feeling.

Ace Your Discussion Board Posts

You know the drill; log on to your online classroom and wow your professor and fellow students with an awesome discussion board post. Easier said than done, right? It is easy to know your ideas and position, but communicating that effectively online can be a challenge.

Don’t worry, because the Trustee Library has your back.

Watch the following video for some helpful tips from your Brenau Trustee librarians on how to ace those discussion posts next time. You can do this!

More Help:

Need help finding outside resources? Ask a Librarian at!
Need help starting your research? Check out our research guides at!
Just want to look something up in the catalog? You can do that at!