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October 10th, 2006 by jimm wetherbee in Reading EKScursions

Reading is not just what one does while cramming for a test. For centuries people have been reading to gain new insights into the world, to deepen their connections with their fellow human beings, to find higher levels of spirituality, to envelop themselves in a time and a place far far from their own mundane existence. Some people read for the sheer pleasure of reading. There is a name for these voracious readers; they are called “bibliophiles.”

If you happen to be one of those blessed creatures, the Ethel K. Smith Library has offered up best sellers of all types from a service called the Baker & Taylor Lease Book Plan. These books—located along the North Wall of the Reference Area near the Reference Office—offer popular works on topics from religion to history to medicine to physics, but most of all they are about fiction: romance, mysteries, thrillers, dramas, fantasies, science fiction, and every creative genre known to readers.

Now there is a twist. Most librarians, as it turns out, also happen to be bibliophiles. So now the librarians are starting to review the Baker & Taylor Books that they read and post these reviews on the Library Website.

So, if you too need to get away from it all for a few hours, check out the Baker & Taylor selections and the book reviews and just click on Reading EKScursions” from the Library Homepage ( Call numbers to the reviewed books are provided; and if someone else already has the book, a list of alternatives is available at the end of each review.

You may access Reading EKScursions from the Library Home Page (http://, the Reading EKScursions Page ( or from the Book Review Block of Moodle ( If you have an RSS reader, you can also subscribe to Reading EKScursions from

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