Posts Tagged ‘books’

Borrow Your Textbook from the Library

September 14, 2018

New this Fall, the Library has purchased select textbooks for students to borrow. We recognize the financial burden of purchasing textbooks and hope that this helps ease the load for some students.

Since we can’t purchase every textbook for every class offered at RDC, these are the criteria we consider:

  • high cost (over $100)
  • first-year or introductory course
  • large enrollment

Textbooks on a shelf


The Dog Eared Review of ‘Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers’ by Mary Roach

March 25, 2016

“The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shut down. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much new happens, and nothing is expected of you.”

Due to the graphic nature of this book I won’t go into much detail of the contents therefore making this review substantially shorter than others but, as I am perfectly aware that there are those who share in my curiosity, I believe it falls within acceptable parameters being that I am writing for a post-secondary institution. 51f-QUJNhnL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

With my slight significant fascination for the macabre and an even greater appreciation for modern science, Stiff immediately became a necessary read when I first noticed it as I was perusing old, ‘read this book before you die’ lists somewhere online. With an exaggerated nod to my somewhat over-fed appetite for grisly knowledge of all kinds, Ms. Roach’s narrative brings to life what happens to those bodies predestined for organ donation or those which have been generously donated to science. With a respectful yet tastefully humorous look at what happens with donated cadavers, the author peels away the layers of ongoing questions and speculation about medical history from the early centuries to modern day science.


Reading @ RDC

March 15, 2016

It’s no surprise that the Library loves books, but did you know that reading can have a positive impact on your health, happiness, and academic success?

Research shows that readers will likely have higher incomes, donate more to charity in both time and money, stay healthier, and be happier than non-readers. Plus, reading reduces stress up to 600% more than playing a video game (take that Call of Duty!), enhances empathy, and improves cognitive abilities. See the research from Canada’s National Reading Campaign here, and check out the infographic below.

The Library wants all RDC staff, students & faculty to enjoy these benefits, so we’ve created a Reading Culture team to help grow a movement of leisure reading at Red Deer College. Our goal is to gather a supply of books to read just for pleasure, create a space where everyone can enjoy them, and develop an atmosphere that supports and promotes reading for fun.

So tell us, what do you want to read? The latest novel from your favourite author? An exciting new memoir? Complete this form, and your suggestions will help us create a collection that will get RDC reading!

reading infographic



The Dog Eared Review of ‘The Spark’ by Kristine Barnett

January 21, 2014

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

For as long as I can remember, the bargain book tables at the local bookstore seemingly sense my presence and call out to me, displaying their wares with cocky effulgence,  regardless of my feigned indifference.

It was no different the week following Christmas. Coffee in hand, weaving between sticky children, tired mothers and impatient workers, I was finding it difficult to locate a tome expressly requiring my attention. Having all but given up, it was not until I was about to exit and brave the Canadian cold, that a book caught my eye. Sitting quietly amongst it’s table-mates, The Spark drew my attention with it’s brightness and descriptive subtitle; ‘A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius’. Turning to the flyleaf bearing the book’s brief summarization, it took less than 25 words before I knew this was the one: ‘Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.’ 

From beginning to end, the words within the memoir pulled me in and didn’t let go. The primitiveness of a childhood rife with the obstacles of autism reflected well within the simplistic yet accurate writing as seen through a mother’s eyes.

Diagnosed at a very young age, Jacob demonstrated many of the eccentricities seen within children of the autistic community. With his genius allowing him to excel, placing him outside the normal spectrum of the disorder, the argument could be made that today Jacob no longer reflects what is considered typical of autism therefore making the title somewhat misleading. Yet I find this is a story written not to focus on labeling constraints but rather on the powerful changes brought about due to a mother’s tireless love and refusal to accept limitations put on her son.