Blind Date with a Book

This summer, revive your love of the written word by checking out one of our Popular Fiction books during the Library’s Blind Date with a Book event. These books are going ‘under wraps,’ so instead of selecting your reading material based on title, cover art, or author, you may have to choose a book based on several clues about the book’s contents. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the library website. A news item will appear when the display is ready.
  2. The display will be located by the main floor computers. The books will be covered in brown paper. You’ll need to read the clues to make your choice.
  3. Pick a book based on the clues, and bring it to the Circulation Desk for check out. You will have the option of checking these books out for the normal amount of time, or for the entire summer—your choice.
  4. Once you check out the book, take it home, unwrap, and enjoy!
  5. Return the book when you finish reading so we can wrap it for a new patron.

Now that you know how it will work, stay tuned via the library website. Have any questions or need additional information on the participating books? Email Liz Gruchala-Gilbert or Stephanie Rubesh for the details. Until then, happy studying!

Thursday Food for Thought Recap

The library wrapped up its quarterly Thursday Food for Thought program this afternoon with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, co-directors of SPU’s Center for Relationship Development, reading from their newest book The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer. In addition to discussing the counter-intuitive message of the book, they revealed practical ways in which to use conflict to your advantage. You can purchase a copy of the new book here.

Last week, Rick Steele read a report of his experience of teaching – and learning from – offenders who are trying to live their Christian faith under the conditions of incarceration, written for his work in progress, Ambassadors in Chains: Teaching Christian Prison Literature in a State Prison.

Books featured at Thursday Food for Thought may be available for checkout at the SPU Library. See the previous post for call number information and links to the catalog to view availability.

We had a great turnout this quarter—thanks to all the speakers and those who attended for your participation and the stimulating conversation. The next list of speakers will post on the Thursday Food for Thought website later in the summer, so check for updates shortly.

Thursday Food For Thought


Spring Quarter’s Thursday Food for Thought lineup is three weeks in, with topics ranging from theater, to journalism, to young adult dystopian. Here is a list of our recent speakers, with links to the featured or associated books discussed:

If you haven’t yet made it out to the library’s Thursday Food for Thought program this quarter, join us next week May 2nd, for Rick Steele’s new book project, Ambassadors in Chains: Teaching Christian Prison Literature in a State Prison. Our final session will conclude on May 9th, with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott reading from The Good Fight: how Conflict Can Bring You Closer. We look forward to seeing you there!   

2013 Friends of Library Lecture: “Presenting Culture: The Curator as Steward, Critic, and Provocateur,” by Gregory Wolfe

When: Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Upper Gwinn Commons

The 2013 Friends of the Library Lecture will be delivered by Gregory Wolfe, founder and editor-in-chief of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, writer-in-residence at Seattle Pacific University, and founding director of SPU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. In addition to building a variety of literary programs and institutions, Wolfe is a prolific author of essays, reviews, and books, including Beauty Will Save the World. He will speak about the curator’s roles as a protector of artistic tradition, an arbiter of taste, and a creative force in his or her own right.

The Friends of the Library Lecture is an annual public lecture started for and sponsored by the Friends of the SPU Library. Members of this group contribute to an endowment that strengthens the library’s resources and enhances its ability to support the discovery, creation, and sharing of knowledge at Seattle Pacific. To learn more about Friends of the Library program, visit the library’s giving site.

FOL Lecture Poster 2013

Going to College in the Fifth Grade

Every year, the SPU campus and library host fifth graders from Dearborn Park Elementary school. The objective of this annual event is to introduce the students to a college environment early so they can begin thinking, planning, and preparing for their own academic possibilities and subsequent journey. The students participate in programs in the Physics and Physical Education department on campus, eat at our cafeteria, and hunt for information at the library to find resources for their State Report projects, in conjunction with their Social Studies class. Cindy Strong, the Education and Business Librarian, organizes the library portion of the event.

Today, fifty Dearborn Park fifth graders participated in the event with twenty-five SPU students assisting them. Many of our library staff also contributed their time and efforts to help make this event a success. It has been a highlight of our academic year for the past nine years, and this fall, a student who attended a past Going to College in the fifth grade day enrolled as a freshman at SPU.

To the fifth graders at Dearborn Park Elementary School – we hope you had a blast today, and will seriously consider Going to College in the “thirteenth” grade as well.