One of the first tasks of the month was to publish the March edition of the Library bulletin.
This edition focuses on journals and has been prompted by the high number of research related queries that have come our way recently.
We have been reminding students of the facility to borrow them on short term loan (over night or over the weekend) as well.
This term leading up to the Easter holiday is usually when the display team are seeking out resources for spring related displays, but the Beast from the East and the resulting snow has put that on hold for now. However, the March Money Matters displays went ahead giving up to date advice and information on how to make money go further on a student’s budget.
We are also currently planning activities for the annual World Book Night celebrations which (due to the Easter holidays happening in the meantime) will be here before we know it. Posters are up, and book prizes have been ordered!
In addition, details of the Derby College Library opening hours during the Easter holidays have noe gone on display in each site library and are available on the Library Moodle page.
As promised last month there follows a book review of one of the 2018 Quick reads publications
The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton
Review by Marian
Three features taken from just the cover of this book attracted me to this Quick Read. These were its length (a little time out to distract from everyday life), the title (insinuating the story is holiday based) and the location (Cornwell is a favourite of mine). Reading the first few pages where the name of the Hollywood star at the centre of the story is revealed sealed the deal.
The story is centred around the lead character and the people he encounters when he has a mini breakdown during a film shoot in England. He yearns for a break in the Cornish fishing/seaside village in which he has some friends and a connection with. Fortunately, his driver who takes pity on him has a caravan in the same village and can take leave to accompany the actor there for a few days. What the film star does not anticipate is the immediate media frenzy generated by his sudden disappearance.
During this stay we are offered a fictional glimpse of the real person hidden behind the actor’s façade through his interaction with the strangers and friend he meets. This includes giving assistance in a brave rescue on as stormy night (and the clear up of the aftermath), helping a local builder repair a chimney and offering effective marriage guidance! Through all this his fatigue is obvious as he catches up on his sleep at every given opportunity.
I liked having a central character that I knew enough about to visualise him in the scenarios that unfolded as the story developed. It felt like I was watching a short film with its third-person writing style too. I was initially expecting romance like in the Notting Hill film style but was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t the case. There is humour as the friends in the small community work together to do their best to keep the celebrity hidden from the outside world particularly the press on their doorstep. His gratitude and the mutual affection between him and the main characters comes across too. The ending is predictable but done well and echoes the sentiment of the novel as a bit of escapism to make you smile.