MeLCat A/V Policy

This year has gone amazingly well for MeLCat and ILLiad joining circulation! Thank you all so much for your excellent work!!!

After 9 years of doing MeLCat, we learned something new this week! As you know (hopefully), we don’t participate in lending or borrowing A/V materials. However, this month we received a Chinese language set that had a few books and 9 CD’s. This item was coded wrong in the MeLCat system so our patron was able to request it from Milan Public Library – a No Pack library. Apparently, the policy is that A/V should be packaged no matter what status the library has – no pack or pack. This item was returned through RIDES unpacked and was damaged beyond repair. We are responsible for it apparently even though we should not have even been able to borrow it. :o(

Our takeaway concept from this situation is that we should ALWAYS package A/V materials even if the RIDES label says no pack. Also, if you are opening incoming MeL packages and notice that an A/V item has arrived, please give it to Jessica or Gina before processing.

Thank you!!

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News books for the week of November 11th

Fire in the ashesFire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol. (Crown Publishers, 2012.)

Kozol movingly recounts what happened to several of the children he had written about in his earlier books, which explored the lives of families living in one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods (e.g., The Shame of the Nation, CH, Mar’06, 43-4166). The author follows these children from his first encounter with them at a hotel for homeless families or a local church’s after-school program through the present. Some had overcome the very dire circumstances in which they grew up and were highly productive young adults. Others were just managing to get by and had limited prospects for the future. A few had not survived. The stories of these children are inspiring. They demonstrate that even the most disadvantaged children can succeed when given educational opportunities and the support of caring adults. However, the stories are also very disturbing. Far too many children continue to live in high-poverty neighborhoods like the one in which these children grew up. They have no choice but to attend low-quality, hyper-segregated schools, and are exposed to violence on a daily basis. Although Kozol does not offer specific solutions, those who read the book may be motivated to advocate for change.

CounselingAddictions and Recovery Counseling: 40 Topics, Spiritual Insights, and Easy-to-Use Action Steps by Tim Clinton & Eric Scalise. (Baker Books, 2013.)

The newest addition to the popular Quick-Reference Guide collection, The Quick-Reference Guide to Addictions and Recovery Counseling focuses on the widespread problem of addictions of all kinds. It is an A-Z guide for assisting pastors, professional counselors, and everyday believers to easily access a full array of information to aid them in formal and informal counseling situations. Each of the forty topics covered follows a helpful eight-part outline and identifies (1) typical symptoms and patterns, (2) definitions and key thoughts, (3) questions to ask, (4) directions for the conversation, (5) action steps, (6) biblical insights, (7) prayer starters, and (8) recommended resources.

GardenIn the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson. (Crown, c2011.)

In this mesmerizing portrait of the Nazi capital, Larson plumbs a far more diabolical urban cauldron than in his bestselling The Devil in the White City. He surveys Berlin, circa 1933-1934, from the perspective of two American naifs: Roosevelt’s ambassador to Germany, William Dodd, an academic historian and Jeffersonian liberal who hoped Nazism would de-fang itself (he urged Hitler to adopt America’s milder conventions of anti-Jewish discrimination), and Dodd’s daughter Martha, a sexual free spirit who loved Nazism’s vigor and ebullience. At first dazzled by the glamorous world of the Nazi ruling elite, they soon started noticing signs of its true nature: the beatings meted out to Americans who failed to salute passing storm troopers; the oppressive surveillance; the incessant propaganda; the intimidation and persecution of friends; the fanaticism lurking beneath the surface charm of its officialdom. Although the narrative sometimes bogs down in Dodd’s wranglings with the State Department and Martha’s soap opera, Larson offers a vivid, atmospheric panorama of the Third Reich and its leaders, including murderous Nazi factional infighting, through the accretion of small crimes and petty thuggery.

White priviledgeWhite Privilege by Paula S.Rothenberg. (Worth Publishers,2012.)

Described as vital, eye-opening, and powerful, White Privilege, Fourth Edition, remains essential reading for students and educators alike. Used in courses across disciplines and educational levels, this unique anthology expertly presents the significance and complexity of whiteness today and illuminates the nature of privilege and power in our society. Rothenberg’s thoughtful four-part organization leads students through the ubiquity and corresponding invisibility of whiteness; the historical development of whiteness and its role in race relations throughout history; the real effects of privilege and its opposite, oppression; and finally, an exploration of how the system of privilege could be changed. The fourth edition continues to feature key articles and essays from such important scholars and writers as Peggy McIntosh, Richard Dyer, Beverly Tatum, bell hooks, Allan G. Johnson, and Tim Wise and includes new selections from Nell Irvin Painter, Robert Jensen, and Justin Podur. Book jacket.

JazzExperiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion by Michael Stephans & Gregg Akkerman.(Scarecrow Press,2013.)

In Experiencing Jazz: A Listener s Companion, writer, teacher, and prominent jazz drummer Michael Stephans offers a much-needed survey in the art of listening to and enjoying this dynamic, ever-changing art form. More than mere entertainment, jazz provides a pleasurable and sometimes dizzying listening experience with an extensive range in structure and form, from the syncopated swing of big bands to the musical experimentalism of small combos. As Stephans illustrates, listeners and jazz artists often experience the essence of the music together an experience unique in the world of music. Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz takes place on a deeply personal level and takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument offering not only brief portraits of key musicians like Joe Lovano and John Scofield, but also their own commentaries on how best to experience their music. Throughout, jazz takes center stage as a personal transaction that enriches the lives of the musician and the listener. Written for anyone curious about the musical genre, this book encourages further reading, listening, and viewing, helping potential listeners cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the jazz art and how it can help in drummer Art Blakey s words wash away the dust of everyday life.

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New books for the week of Nov. 4

igodsiGods: how technology shapes our spiritual and social lives by Craig Detweiler – Christianity and Culture
Today the world is literally at our fingertips. We can call, text, email, or post our status to friends and family on the go. We can carry countless games, music, and apps in our pocket. Yet it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by access to so much information and exhausted from managing our online relationships and selves. Craig Detweiler, a nationally known writer and speaker on media issues, provides needed Christian perspective on navigating today’s social media culture. He interacts with major symbols, or “iGods,” of our distracted age–Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Pixar, YouTube, and Twitter–to investigate the impact of the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us. Detweiler offers a historic look at where we’ve been and a prophetic look at where we’re headed, helping us sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.

startThe Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben CasnochaBusiness & Careers
LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Hoffman and entrepreneur Casnocha (My Start-Up Life) show how to adapt to the challenges of professional life and achieve career goals by behaving like an entrepreneur in this innovative approach to career management. Recognizing the similarities between business strategies employed by successful startups and career strategies used by top individuals, Hoffman began to ponder individuals as startup ventures and realized the importance of utilizing an entrepreneurial mindset to forge new careers. Given the new economic landscape, where young talent is stuck at the bottom of the employment ladder, retirement-age employees are staying on the job, and stalemated middle-aged workers are stalled in limbo, workers at all levels need to develop strategies to gain opportunities, improve their competitive edge, and expand their networks-in other words, obtain a startup mindset and skills. To do so, the authors show how to combine assets, aspirations, and market realities and adapt as needed, emphasizing the necessity of building real, lasting relationships and establishing a powerful professional network. With plenty of valuable guidance relevant to any career stage, this book will help readers not only survive professionally in times of uncertainty but stand out from the pack and flourish.

aviationThe early days of aviation in Grand Rapids  by Gordon G. BeldLocal Interest
From the back cover: Perch next to the first man to fly over Grand Rapids and share the spine-tingling thrills of wing-walker Ormer Locklear.  Learn how barnstormer “Fish” Hassell led locals to the sky from the shores of Reeds Lake and paved the way for a new air route to Europe.  Be there as helicopters and gliders roll off Grand Rapids assembly lines during World War II.  With journalist Gordon Beld as your pilot, you’re in for a spectacular aerial veiw of Grand Rapids aviation.

orangeMy Orange Duffel Bag: a journey to radical change by Sam Bracken Motivational
Abandoned at age 15, Sam Bracken battled homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag. Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Sam shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that you can create positive, lasting change of your own. With My Orange Duffel Bag , you’ll have the inspiration, motivation, and tools to realize your potential and achieve your dreams.

liliesLilies Without by Laura KasischkeMichigan Author / Poetry
“She has, like all good poets, created a music of her own, one suited to her concerns. When denizens of the 22nd century, if we get there, look back on our era and ask how we lived, they will take an interest both in the strangest personalities who gave their concerns verbal form, and in the most representative. The future will not–should not–see us by one poet alone. But if there is any justice in that future, Kasischke is one of the poets it will choose.” — Boston Review  Laura Kasischke is the author of six books of poetry, including Gardening in the Dark (Ausable Press, 2004) and Dance and Disappear (winner of the 2002 Juniper Prize), and four novels. Her work has received many honors, including the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

ocdOCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu YA Fiction
In this raw and relatable romance, Bea learns that some things just can t be controlled. When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again. But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she s obsessed. Bea tells herself she s got it all under control. But this isn t a choice, it s a compulsion. The truth is, she s breaking down and she might end up breaking her own heart.

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Take a Break!

As we’re approaching another busy time of year, you may need to take a break from your studies. We’ve recently gotten a few new (to us) movies. Check them out this weekend.

The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.



Zero Dark Thirty 
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.



Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.


avengersThe Avengers
Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. assembles a team of superhumans to save the planet from Loki and his army.



star trek

Star Trek  Into the Darkness
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction


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New Books for the Week of October 14, 2013

christian faith & ScholarshipChristian Faith and Scholarship: An Exploration of Contemporary Developments by AEHE Staff; Perry F. Glanzer and Todd C. Ream. (Wiley, 2007).

This monograph addresses the history of secularization in American higher education and scholarship; the historical and resistance by dominant religious traditions to that secularization; the contemporary ways that individual scholars, networks, and institutions approach the question of religious faith and scholarship; the concerns such a question raises for academic freedom; and the relationship between religious faith and scholarship.

leaders codeThe Leader’s Code: Mission, Character, Service, and Getting the Job Done by Donovan Campbell. (Random House, 2013).

“What does it take to be a great leader? In a word: character. This unique book by decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran Donovan Campbell, the New York Times bestselling author of Joker one, draws on his years of training and combat experience to reveal the specific virtues that underpin effective leadership–and how anyone can stand up, serve others, and make a difference in the world by bringing out the best in a team”–Dust jacket flap.

Minds, BrainsMinds, Brains, Souls and Gods: A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience by Malcolm Jeeves. (IVP Academic, 2013).

The field of psychology, and especially neuropsychology, can be daunting for Christian students trying to find their way. In the face of surprising new research and radical new theories, it is tempting to limit the integration of Christianity and psychology to relatively “safe” topics that one can easily differentiate from matters of faith. In Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods, the highly esteemed professor of psychology, Malcolm Jeeves, insists on addressing the difficult questions head-on.Do I have a soul? How free am I? What makes me uniquely human? Does my brain have a “God spot”? In this hypothetical correspondence with a student, Jeeves argues that we must avoid false choices in the relation between Scripture and science. Christians need not choose between a “God of the gaps” that competes with science, a “neurotheology” that bases our understanding of God on the latest scientific theory, or a scientific reductionism that claims to have explained God away as a mere function of the brain. Students encountering the brave new world of neuroscience need not view such research as a threat to the faith. With the wisdom of a seasoned scholar, Jeeves guides us down the road less-traveled–the way of integration.

Power of musicThe Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song by Elena Mannes. (Walker & Co., 2011).

The award-winning creator of the acclaimed documentary “The Music Instinct: Science & Song,” explores the power of music and its connection to the body, the brain, and the world of nature. Only recently has science sought in earnest to understand and explain this impact. One remarkable recent study, analyzing the cries of newborns, shows that infants’ cries contain common musical intervals, and children tease each other in specific, singsong ways no matter where in the world they live. Physics experiments show that sound waves can physically change the structure of a material; musician and world-famous conductor Daniel Barenboim believes musical sound vibrations physically penetrate our bodies, shifting molecules as they do. The Power of Music follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture, to discover: how much of our musicality is learned and how much is innate? Can examining the biological foundations of music help scientists unravel the intricate web of human cognition and brain function? Why is music virtually universal across cultures and time-does it provide some evolutionary advantage? Can music make people healthier? Might music contain organzing principles of harmonic vibration that underlie the cosmos itself?

Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah As a Call to Conversion by Gerald M.Bilkes. (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013). (no image available)

Author Gerald Bilkes explains that in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, we have two first-person accounts, or memoirs, of Israel’s return from exile to the Promised Land. In this winsome Bible study, with questions for individual or group reflection at the end of each chapter, the author introduces readers to the lesser-known Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah and helps us understand that these are not the records of historic feats but rather the confessions of a humble prodigal on a profoundly spiritual journey home. With pastoral warmth, Bilkes demonstrates these biblical memoirs’ relevance for us today as they challenge us to consider whether we are in the far country or, by grace, on our way back home to God.

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New Books for the Week of October 7, 2013

index.phpBeyond the Idea: how to execute innovation in any organization by Vijay Govindarajan; Chris Trimble
In this timely book, Tuck School of Business professor Govindarajan and consultant Trimble (coauthors of Reverse Innovation) show how innovation can be used in any business situation. Noting that most companies are built for day-to-day operations rather than for innovation, the authors present strategies for change, deftly detailing three business models that overcome these limitations: model S, for small initiatives; model R, for repeatable initiatives; and model C, for other initiatives. Illustrating their theories with business plans from BMW, Apple, and other companies, the authors point out the potential pitfalls of each approach. Next, they explain how to assemble targeted teams to execute these initiatives: dedicated teams, which are assigned to these ventures full time, or nearly full time; and shared staff, who contribute to these projects while also performing their regular jobs. Govindarajan and Trimble describe how to avoid conflict between the two teams while simultaneously maximizing their output and inspiring their dedication.

index.phpThe Innovative University: changing the DNA of higher education from the inside out by Clayton M. Christensen
The Innovative University illustrates how higher education can respond to the forces of disruptive innovation , and offers a nuanced and hopeful analysis of where the traditional university and its traditions have come from and how it needs to change for the future. Through an examination of Harvard and BYU-Idaho as well as other stories of innovation in higher education, Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring decipher how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions. This book uncovers how the traditional university survives by breaking with tradition, but thrives by building on what it’s done best.

index.phpTransformative Encounters: the intervention of God in Christian counseling and pastoral care ed. David W. Appleby and George Ohlschlager
What would it mean for Christian counseling and pastoral care to take seriously the idea that God intervenes in the world? What would it look like for therapists and pastors to see themselves as opening the door to a miraculous divine encounter? How would counseling change if the intervention of God was not merely a theoretical idea but a lived experience? Building on Gary Collins’s classic work, The Rebuilding of Psychology, the essays in this volume explore what a God-centered model of Christian counseling or pastoral care would look like. The contributors share the conviction that God is able to bring about lasting psycho-spiritual change here and now.  This book seeks to encourage and aid counselors, pastors, church staff, clinical practitioners, academics and students in developing this kind of God-encountering, Christ-centered ministry of miraculous change.

The power of Music: pioneering discoveries in the new science of song by Elena Mannes
Mannes’s background as a documentary filmmaker and scion of one of the great American music families (relations include the Damrosch conductor/composers and the founders of the Mannes College of Music) has prepared her well for this investigation of how music affects people and other animals. Detailing a variety of scientific experiments, she shows the effects of sound frequencies and vibrations on body organs and brain waves; her study culminates in documentation supporting music therapy. Mannes’s intercontinental explorations range from songbird studies to infants’ melodic preferences to the origins of the universe (one topic on which her discussions seem rather far-fetched if fascinating). Interviews with influential musicians such as Bobby McFerrin help lighten an otherwise rather dense text.

index.phpThe Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
It’s the Year of the Rabbit, according to Billy Miller’s new second-grade teacher. It’s also the year of several dilemmas for the boy, including the fear he might “start forgetting things” due to bumping his head while on vacation over the summer. Then there’s the habitat diorama that Billy is assigned-the bat cave he creates doesn’t turn out quite like he’d hoped. Henkes’s (Junonia) gentle slice-of-life novel, divided into four sections, humorously examines these and other plights while capturing the essence of Billy’s relationships with four significant figures in his life: his teacher (who he accidentally insults on the first day of school); his stay-at-home, struggling-artist father; his sometimes annoying, sometimes endearing three-year-old sister; and his mother, about whom Billy must compose a poem to be presented at the end of the school year. Each segment introduces a new conflict that Billy manages to resolve without too much fuss or torment. The book’s clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal. Ages 8-12

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New Books for the week of Sept 30th

psalmsThe case for the Psalms : why they are essential by N.T. Wright.
One of the world’s most trusted Bible scholars, N. T. Wright turns his attention to the central collection of prayers that Jesus and Paul knew best: the book of Psalms. Wright points out that the Psalms have served as the central prayer and hymnbook for the church since its beginning until now. In The Case for the Psalms, Wright calls us to return to the Psalms as a steady, vital component of healthy Christian living. Reading, studying, and praying the Psalms is God’s means for teaching us what it means to be human: how to express our emotions and yearnings, how to reconcile our anger and our compassion, how to see our story in light of God’s sweeping narrative of salvation. Wright provides the tools for understanding and incorporating these crucial verses into our own lives. His conclusion is simple: all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms.

paulrhetoricPaul and the rhetoric of reversal in 1 Corinthians : the impact of Paul’s Gospel on his macro-rhetoric by Matthew R. Malcolm
The first letter to the Corinthians is one of the most discussed biblical books in New Testament scholarship today. Despite this, there has been no consensus on its arrangement and central theme, in particular why the topic of the resurrection was left until the end of the letter, and what its theological significance would have been to the Corinthian church. Matthew R. Malcolm analyses this rhetoric of ‘reversal’, examines the unity of the epistle, and addresses key problems behind particular chapters. He argues that while Jewish and Greco-Roman resources contribute significantly to the overall arrangement of the letter, Paul writes as one whose identity and rhetorical resources of structure and imagery have been transformed by his preaching, or kerygma, of Christ. The study will be of interest to students of New Testament studies, Pauline theology and early Christianity.

francisFrancis, a new world pope by Michel Cool
After Pope Benedict XVI’s historic resignation of the papal office in February 2013, the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires — now Pope Francis — as the new leader of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.But who is this new Pope — really? In “Francis, a New World Pope,” Michel Cool surveys Pope Francis’s journey to the papacy, his convictions, his personality, his writings, and the challenges he faces in his new office — governance of the church, new evangelization in secularized societies, and poverty, among many others.Peppered throughout with anecdotes that demonstrate the humanity of Pope Francis — and his sensitivity to those who are most distant from the Church — this book paints a vibrant portrait of the man who has chosen for his motto “miserando atque eligendo” “lowly but chosen.”

teamingThe teaming church : ministry in the age of collaboration by Robert C. Crosby.
Create a successful team culture. Great teams live and serve in light of the Divine Team-the Trinity, and to be truly effective they need: a deeply challenging goal, a creatively empowering leader, and a willingness to collaborate and honor the Bible. Author Robert C. Crosby provides innovative ways in which biblical teams reflect the workings and nature of “the image of God.” Revealing what he calls “The Four C’s of Great Teams” – The Character, The Carrot, The Coach, and The Context – Crosby shows how successful teams reach their goals more effectively. Conversely, he also addresses the “Four Fatal Teaming Errors” and how to avoid unnecessary, time-consuming missteps. This book provides biblical motivations, vivid examples, and practical approaches for creating a teaming culture in any faith community. 

understandingUnderstanding Christian mission : participation in suffering and glory by Scott W. Sunquist.
This comprehensive introduction helps students, pastors, and mission committees understand contemporary Christian mission historically, biblically, and theologically. Scott Sunquist, a respected scholar and teacher of world Christianity, recovers missiological thinking from the early church for the twenty-first century. He traces the mission of the church throughout history in order to address the global church and offers a constructive theology and practice for missionary work today. Sunquist views spirituality as the foundation for all mission involvement, for mission practice springs from spiritual formation. He highlights the Holy Spirit in the work of mission and emphasizes its trinitarian nature. Sunquist explores mission from a primarily theological–rather than sociological–perspective, showing that the whole of Christian theology depends on and feeds into mission. Throughout the book, he presents Christian mission as our participation in the suffering and glory of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the nations.

newtestFrom Jesus to the New Testament : early Christian theology and the origin of the New Testament canon by Jens Schröter
As the inaugural volume in the Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity series, Jens Schröter’s celebrated From Jesus to the New Testament is now available for the first time in English. Schröter provides a rich narrative to Christian history by looking back upon the theological forces that created the New Testament canon. Through his textual, historical, and hermeneutical examination of early Christianity, Schröter reveals how various writings that form the New Testament’s building blocks are all held together. Jesus not only bound the New Testament, but launched a theological project that resulted in the canon. Schröter’s study will undoubtedly spark new discussion about the formation of the canon.

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