Thanks giving

November 27th, 2019 by Debbie Benrubi No comments »

Many of us celebrate Thanksgiving as a time to gather with family and friends, have a feast, and practice gratitude or a little football. For some, though, Thanksgiving is a painful reminder of how Native Americans’ land and their very lives have been under assault for hundreds of years. The indigenous history of “the first Thanksgiving” might surprise you. To help bring Native voices to your Thanksgiving celebrations, here are some films produced by Native people from Vision Maker Media, viewable free via the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.*

We in San Francisco are on the traditional territory of the Ramaytush Ohlone. (If you want to know who the people are who lived in your area before you, so you can thank them, naturally there’s an app for that.)

*Find links to lots more free, open access films and media on the library’s website.

Yoga and DIY Holiday Ornaments

November 27th, 2019 by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto No comments »

Join us on Tuesday, December 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Atrium of Gleeson Library.

Get your holiday spirit on with Gleeson Library and GoUSF!

Go Relax with library yoga led by Ava, then create your own personalized holiday air-dry clay ornaments. Give it as a gift for that special someone or a gift for yourself, because you are special too! Drop in when you can.

Supplies will be provided, just bring yourself and your craftiness.

Gold leafed pine cone next to gold glitter star and rock on top of block of wood

Accessibility Information:

First floor is wheelchair accessible with gender binary restrooms. Gender neutral single-stall restrooms on second floor with wheelchair accessible single-stall on lower level by elevator. For additional information please contact Fabiola Hernandez at fhernandez1@usfca.edu x5673

Gourd-geous Literary Pumpkins Grace Gleeson

November 20th, 2019 by Justine Withers No comments »

Gleeson’s Halloween Carnival, October 31, 2019, displayed entries to our Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Given a small pumpkin, a piece of cardboard, and some bits and baubles, Gleeson staff members created imaginative homages to literature. Carnival attendees voted and… the sash goes to…

The Exorcist by Eric Shappy

Runner Up “Everyone in this category is an inspiration” You’ll Float Too by Angelina Miramontes

From His Heart’s Deep Care, a lovely tribute to Paul Dunbar and Maya Angelou by Colette Hayes

Clockwork Orange by Matt Collins

The Great Gourdsby by Claire Sharifi and a deceptively friendly Pennywise by Courtney Crother

Two tributes to Edgar Allen Poe: Poe by Ashy Arumugam and Khushbu Sharma and Quoth the Raven…Nevermore by Anonymous

Musings on Book and Film Reviews

November 14th, 2019 by varelaariana No comments »

This blog post was written by Reference Student Assistant Danni McCorkle.

As new movies hit the screen and upcoming novels are printing for the masses, the need for in-depth details about these modes of entertainment is demanded by the public. From which the job of the critic is born. However, not all critics are written equally.

For example, when comparing the reviews of books to those of movies it becomes exceptional clear which of the two holds a more attention grabbing and detailed overview. Using websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and The New Yorker Recommends it became all too clear that book critics spend more time compared to the critics of movies. So I have taken it upon myself to write two reviews, one for a movie and the other for a book, to which each is written with as much vigor as the last. 

The Grand Design written by Stephan Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Stop for a second and consider the universe in its entirety. Consider its vast space and the dark matter that lies in between each planet. Or maybe the flexibility of the cosmos and how each living creature has its own reality which differs from the ones of others. Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow answer all universal questions with principles, formulas and a sense of humor. The structure of this book allows for an easy and in-depth understanding of the “whys” and “hows” of the universe with a paradox of small and straightforward explanations, without shying away from the use of comic strip  illustrations to further implement the insanely sophisticated simplicities of the universe as a whole. From Feynman and his atom collisions, to wolves controlling eclipses, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow will have any reader feeling more like a physicist after reading this impressionable book. 

Memoir of a Murderer story by Kim Young Ha, directed by Won Shin-Yun

If you thought the ending of Inception was mind boggling then prepare to have your mind numbed completely. This deeply profound and jaw dropping movie will have you so connected with the main character that you will begin to feel what it’s like to have dementia. As Byeong-Soo’s [actor Sol Kyung-Gu] memories are being melted away by his ever evaporating mind due to Alzheimer’s, his past life begins to resurface and not all of it is roses and rainbows. Without any hesitation Byeong-Soo finds himself in a deadly battle between love, memories, and the dire need to protect both. Together director Won Shin-Yun and actor Sol Kyung-Gu are able to effortlessly hold any audience captive and leave them questioning whether it’s better to remember or easier to forget. It’s also a chilling reminder that no matter how much time we spend with someone, we will never know what lies underneath.

Horror-ble Halloween!

October 31st, 2019 by Debbie Benrubi No comments »

The library has a bunch of horror movies, and documentaries too, to put you in a scary mood. Stream ’em or pop a DVD in a player if you dare. Here are a few in our catalog:

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror — Traces the history of African Americans in horror. Filled with clips and powerful images, the film shows how popular horror films of each era reflect changing social norms. (streaming video – click the link to access.)

Ringu: Anthology of Terror — The four films from Japan that inspired The Ring. (DVDs – ask at library circulation desk.)

Nosferatu — In Werner Herzog’s rendition of the classic vampire tale, it is 1850 in the perfectly-kept town of Wismar when Jonathan Harker journeys over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman who identifies himself as Count Dracula. (DVD – ask at library circulation desk.)

Haze — Another film from Japan, experimental in its application, this short film promises to make even the most hardened horror connoisseur cringe in suspense. (streaming video – click the link to access.)

Get Out — A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears. (DVD – ask at library circulation desk.)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari — A somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist’s influence in this German expressionist horror classic of the silent era. DVD also features a lengthy excerpt of “Genuine: a tale of a vampire,” a 1920 release. (DVD – ask at library circulation desk.)

Happy viewing!