Category Archives: e-Readers

Vagabond Librarians Day 3: You Know What Else We Miss? Super Powers.

^^(alteration of statement made by Joss Whedon, creator of awesomeness)^^

Batman: The Long Halloween. Scott Pilgrim. Watchmen. Fun Home. Owly. Sandman: Season of Mist.

Yes. You heard me. I listed a bunch of graphic novels and italicized them. I promise, it was harder than it appears.

Why was it harder, might you ask? Well, because the Vagabond Librarians have officially started adding graphic novels to the 6 Vagabond Library Kindle Fires. This is a difficult task for the following reasons: 1. We have to sort through dozens of lists claiming to be  “The Most Accurate List Ever of Awesome Graphic Novels,” 2. We have to resist reading the beautifully displayed graphic novels all day, and 3. We really have to stop patting ourselves on the backs (shout out to Mr. Kit Gette for being the driving force behind this initiative).

So, here’s a fun scenario:

  • Awesome Student: Hi, Vagabond Librarian. I am really interested in reading graphic novels on Kindle Fires for two reasons: 1. I hear the display is excellent and 2. Since you and your cohorts are extremely talented selectors of books, I am confident that the graphic novels on the Kindle Fires are great reads.
  • Vagabond Librarian:  That is great to hear, Awesome Student. I will absolutely assist you in checking out a Kindle Fire and learning the panel view feature.
  • Awesome Student: Thank you, Vagabond Librarian. By the way, you and your cohorts should really pat yourselves on the backs for this great initiative.

Don’t you want to be that awesome student?! Visit the Vagabond Library and fulfill your dreams.

In other Vagabond Library news: 2 students seeking quiet hid in the Dining Hall to study, and Dr. Kellie Cox is “The Law”.

I will leave you with this inspirational quote:


This is the back of the book.
What do you think you’re doing?
Who do you think you are?
Go to the other end of the book and start at page 1.
Your mother and I are very disappointed in you.

Reading your new graphic novel: some options

OPTION 1: Follow the balloons from left to right and top to bottom, then move on to the next panel, the way you learned it at that sissy school of yours.

OPTION 2: Read each balloon in whatever order appeals to you most. Freestyle! It’s your book now! Don’t let the man tell you which direction to read!

WARNING: for entertainment use only. Do not attempt to learn anything from this page. (O’Malley, v. 4)

Signing off: Jenny Barrows (who had to fight 7 evil ex-librarians to get this gig)

Vagabond Librarians Day 2: ebook Boogaloo

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a mold spore.
-T.S. Eliot (paraphrased)

Oh, you expected Ms. Barrow’s jolly platitudes? Ah. Right.

(clears throat)

Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the Vagabond Librarians! Strangely, it is almost business as usual here, with textbooks and laptops flying out the lack of doors. There is no Quiet Floor (and very little quiet), but there’s still a lot of studying going on.

Yesterday Ms. Barrows talked about how a library is more than its space or its books. I certainly agree, and I also wanted to talk about how we still have plenty of good old-fashioned library books available to borrow and read – just maybe not in the format you’re most familiar with.

As you may know, the library has 18 Kindles available, with an archive of over 200 books. What you probably don’t know is we have 12 brand new Kindles, especially intended for Junior School borrowers. We’ve also purchased over 50 new Kindle books, now available on said Kindles. And while they may be tagged JSchool, I think the books will be appealing to a wide range of readers.

Titles include: The Maze Runner, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Hobbit, DivergentGraceling, EnclaveThe Wee Free Men, Black Hole SunLeviathan, and Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. 

And – as always – if there’s anything you’d like to read on the Kindles, let us know and we’ll see what we can do! So come on in and read something.

Non-Library Moments In Heath Today You May Have Missed: Triple Trio singing “And So It Goes”  to Ms. Calderone in the Bookstore,  someone playing “Call Me Maybe” and “Payphone” on the piano in the Weismann Room. There are definite benefits to being more centrally located.

 -Signing off, Kit Gette (who dares disturb the universe)

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And the Winners are…

The Calarco Library is proud to announce the eight winners of our “Take a Book on Vacation” photo contest! Below are the photos and credits. Congratulations to EVERYONE who read a Calarco Library book during the March break.

Cecilia Giaimo with Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Chloe Glass with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Amalia Correia with Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan

Isabel Balcezak with a Hopkins Library Kindle

Malcolm Drenttel with Middlemarch by George Eliot

Sanaea Bhagwagar with Unknown

Shira Bedford with Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Valerie Daifotis with Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

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Kindles at the Calarco Library

A classy example of Kindle reading

Lounging with a Kindle - this could be you!

This year the Calarco Library introduced 18 Kindles to the collection. We are excited and proud of this addition to the library and to the Hopkins community. Light-weight and easy to use, each device can hold up to 3,500 Kindle books. We have created a hybrid program, preloading Kindles with a myriad of best-selling titles while frequently adding requests from students, faculty and staff throughout the year.

Please visit our Kindle LibGuide to learn more and to view the full list of the books currently available on the Calarco Library Kindles.

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Photo Credits

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