July Recommended Reads

Text reads: Pull up a chair & and get cozy! Recommended Reads, recommended books from the W.I. Dykes Library Staff. Image of a side table with books next to a reading chair and lamp.

Megan recommends The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn. “This book discusses the life of Pastor Jim Jones, and all the good and bad that he did with his life. When I started this book I knew the ending, almost 1000 Americans dead in Guyana, but it really answers the question that many people have after tragedies, “How could this have happened?” It’s an emotionally challenging read and doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matters, but it is a fascinating and enlightening biography highlighting part of American history.”

Quentin recommends British Asian Style: Fashion and Textiles/Past and Present by Christopher Breward and Philip Crang.
“I bought this book based on how dope the cover is and the subject matter of the book. I wanted to learn more about how the influences of British and Asian styles are merged within contemporary fashion. I’m also looking for more influences within my personal art work. At a glance, the book seems to be real informative and provides a lot of visuals for the reader. It should be a good read.”

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Traci recommends ‘I’m Judging You: The Do- Better Manual’ by Luvvie Ajayi “which is a very light-hearted and humorous take on things that get under the skin of the author, that most can also identify with. Ajayi made talking about politics and deep-rooted issues in specific communities interesting and funny at the same time and I can always appreciate that.”

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Pat recently finished The Fold by Peter Clines. To quote a summary, “a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device that shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step but evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems–and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.” Pat notes, “This combination of science fiction and horror is right up my alley! The investigator sent to figure out what’s going on is Mike Erikson, brilliant and with a photographic memory. Suspense mounts steadily, as it becomes clear that when you open this ‘door,’ you can’t be sure what is going to come through it. Character development is outstanding, and fun uses of pop culture range from Lovecraftian touches to Bugs Bunny and Star Trek references. This is one I read slowly because I didn’t want the experience to end!”

Donovan recommends Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. “This story occurs during the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which takes place between the films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. After the Separatists commit genocide during the Attack on Mahranee, the Jedi Order decide to assassinate Count Dooku, the leader of the Separatists. They assign the responsibility to Quinlan Vos, a Jedi Master known for his unorthodox style. However, Vos knows that his task will be arduous, so he acquires the help of Asajj Ventress, the former Sith assassin under Dooku, to train him in the dark side.
Although I would have preferred that this book was made into episodes for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I enjoyed it nevertheless. It was good to see Quinlan Vos featured in the primary canon again. The overall story was cohesive and easy to follow. At the same time, it took care to develop its characters and backdrop before actually getting to the point. I like how the Jedi take an unusual approach in engaging Dooku by using the maverick Vos. Plus, I also appreciate that the story introduces new people and places, as well as bringing back Asajj Ventress.”

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June Recommended Reads!

Text reads: Pull up a chair & and get cozy! Recommended Reads, recommended books from the W.I. Dykes Library Staff. Image of a side table with books next to a reading chair and lamp.

Quentin recommends Ways of Curating by Hans-Ulrich Obrist
“I’m currently reading Ways of Curating by Hans-Ulrich Obrist. I’ve been interested in the curation aspect of art exhibitions and this seemed like a great book to start with. So far I’m enjoying how Obrist explains the process of curation by relating it to his experiences and his development. It keeps the book simple and easy to understand. I would suggest it for anyone interested in art exhibitions, especially visual arts.”

Quentin also recommends The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
“The graphic series by McKelvie and Gillen has been moving up as one of my favorites. The story of having these ancient deities and gods as popstars in the modern day is an interesting concept. The story so far has been unpredictable, exciting, thrilling, and just plain dope.”

Irma recommends D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend by Carl Laurin. From the publisher: The legend of D. B. Cooper is one that fascinated and frustrated the world for four decades. He is the only skyjacker ever to pull off a $200,000 heist from 10,000 ft. in the air, without harming a soul. Three years ago, a man named Carl revealed to the world that his best friend Walt was D. B. Cooper. This is his story.
Irma says “This book is interesting to me because it is intriguing to find out new revelations leading to the ‘true’ identity of the person behind the legendary heist.”

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Library assistant Michael recommends The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, by Roger Penrose.

From the publisher: Roger Penrose, one of the most accomplished scientists of our time, presents the only comprehensive and comprehensible account of the physics of the universe. From the very first attempts by the Greeks to grapple with the complexities of our known world to the latest application of infinity in physics, The Road to Reality carefully explores the movement of the smallest atomic particles and reaches into the vastness of intergalactic space. Here, Penrose examines the mathematical foundations of the physical universe, exposing the underlying beauty of physics and giving us one of the most important works in modern science writing.

Michael has this to say about The Road to Reality: “From Pythagoras and Plato to strings, spinors and twistors, few things are as exciting and meaningful to me as the human quest through the millennia to understand the universe. It is vital that this enthusiasm be nurtured and shared.”

Traci recommends The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas “which is about a black, teenage girl who witnesses her childhood best friend be murdered by the police. This book had me on an emotional roller-coaster like nothing else I’ve ever read. I’d never identified so heavily with a fictional character before. This 16-year old girl who lives in a poor, black neighborhood but attends a fancy suburban high school and has to tiptoe around identity politics constantly with both groups has to figure out her teenage emotions while simultaneously sorting through the very real trauma of watching someone close to her be murdered for no reason.”

If you like epic fantasy, Pat recommends The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu. “It’s book 1 of the Dandelion Dynasty. Liu’s fascinating work is evocative of Chinese folklore, with complex, heroic characters battling for the future of their world. It has the politics, battles, and fascinating figures of Game of Thrones, and is just as enthralling. The second book is already available, with the third book planned. I thought it looked long when I first saw it, but it is very readable and zips right along.”

Library Ebook Access

Electronic books have been temporarily removed from the Library Catalog and LibSearch, while we perform maintenance work on these two systems.

We will begin restoring eBook records on Friday, May 25, but it may take up to two weeks to restore all records.

In the meantime, please use ProQuest E-Book Central to access electronic titles:

Start at the Library’s home page and select Databases on the left, then P. 

screenshot of database tab, with database by name letters

Then scroll down and select ProQuest Ebook Central. screenshot of ProQuest Ebook Central in database list, circled in red

Use the search box to find ebooks, or browse by subjects!

screenshot of ProQuest Ebook Central's homepageIf you have difficulties access a title, please contact us by phone at (713) 221-8187 or via our 24/7 Ask A Librarian Chat service: https://www.uhd.edu/library/help/Pages/library-ask.aspx 

LibSearch Updates

On Friday May, 25, 2018 the W.I. Dykes Library will be performing updates to our LibSearch function.

What does this mean?
Although we always hope for minimal interruption, please be aware service might be intermittent for the following 24 hours after we begin updates.

What changes can I expect?
After the updates have been fully implemented, you might need to upgrade your browser to the latest version for optimal LibSearch functionality. This update will also move LibSearch from HTTP to HTTPS.

Please be patient with us as these changes take effect, and if you are still experiencing issues after 8am Saturday, May 26, 2018, let us know via our 24/7 Ask A Librarian chat: https://www.uhd.edu/library/help/Pages/library-ask.aspx 

Accessibility and Equal Access for All!

The W.I.Dykes Library would like to share some new information about accessibility with you!

Equal access is one of the most important aspects of a successful University, especially one that prides themselves on being one of the most diverse. As a campus with a mixture of both traditional and non-traditional students, all resources made available should be accessible and easy to use for all students. As a campus with over 400 students with registered disabilities, it’s our duty to make sure all of those students have access to the resources we offer and that everyone has the same access to opportunity and success. The UHD library seeks to be an all-inclusive space for students, no matter their age, disability, or level of comprehension and understanding. We pride ourselves on being able to help everyone gain a little bit more knowledge, no matter how much they already know. We are here to be a resource to all students, faculty, and staff in their information seeking needs. Our goal is to make sure everyone has equal access to success and a place that also encouraging their autonomy and self-determination.

Think of accessibility as a spectrum. On this spectrum, there are levels to how accessible your content is and how accessible it can be. Ask yourself, am I able to easily navigate this content? Is this a user-friendly experience for me? Is this easy to read? Would this be a user-friendly experience for a blind student? What about for someone with little to no experience with web browsing and internet use? On and on, etc.

We’ve created a guide in order to help reinforce these principles and make the University even more aware of how much we can improve the accessibility of our online content. In it, you will find the resources to determine the level of accessibility of websites you use, word documents, PowerPoints, audio content, video content and more

To see how you can be of best assistance to students and make your content as user-friendly as possible, please visit our Accessibility Research Guide: https://library.uhd.edu/accessibility



The W. I. Dykes Library now has a subscription to the film streaming service Kanopy! Kanopy has over 26,000 films from sources like PBS and the Criterion Collection, and also includes many rare and obscure feature films.

Kanopy is similar to Netflix in navigation: the homepage (screenshot below) has films by categories and users are also able to search for titles using the box at the top.

screenshot of Kanopy database homepage

If a movie looks interesting, hover over the cover to get more information then click to watch! You don’t have to create an account to use Kanopy through UHD, but making an account does have it’s perks. You can create a watchlist or even a playlist of film clips for a class project.

screenshot of movie page in Kanopy

Kanopy also allows user to browse by subjects!

Screenshot of browse by subjects page

To access Kanopy, visit the Library’s homepage and select Databases on the left side of the search box. Select the letter K and then click through to Kanopy. If you are off campus, please be aware that you will need to log in using your UHD Network ID and password.

Happy streaming!


March Recommended Reads

Text reads: Pull up a chair & and get cozy! Recommended Reads, recommended books from the W.I. Dykes Library Staff. Image of a side table with books next to a reading chair and lamp.

It’s time for March’s Recommended Reads! Here’s what we’re reading and recommending this month:

Megan is reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (again). She says, “It’s been about three years, but I think about it often, and it is one of my favorite fantasy books of all time. We know from the beginning of the book how the story will end, but the journey is like one huge mysterious knot that needs to be untangled. Rothfuss has a lovely way with words, and I never feel like he is padding out the novel, or adding text just for book length – everything feels significant. My commute is long, so I’m listening to the audiobook version narrated by Nick Podehl; it is very well done, and he does a good variety of voices so I can keep all the characters straight. I really enjoy this book and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, and am eagerly awaiting the final book in the series, The Doors of Stone.

I also recently checked out Stack the Cats from the UHD library to ready to my daughter. It’s got adorable illustrations, and teaches counting up to ten. It should come with a “do not try this at home” label, though. If we tried to stack our cats on top of each other, I think we’d have World War Cat in our house.”


Steve is currently reading selections from The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman’s collection of non-fiction essays. “Even though most of the essays originated as speeches, they read very well as prose. (I’m guessing he’s done some editing and tweaking.) I like that it’s easy to jump around the book – no need to read it in sequence.

Not surprisingly, my favorite essay so far is “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming: The Reading Agency Lecture, 2013″. In it, Gaiman tells stories of his childhood spent in libraries and the librarians who encouraged him to read. He argues that it’s important to teach and model the love of reading – especially reading for personal enjoyment – and that too often this is lost at an early age. If people don’t learn to love reading, and to read for pleasure, he argues they don’t grow into literate citizens. Even more, reading imaginative and speculative fiction increases our ability to dream and conceive of new ideas. He points out that everything we can see in a room, for example, was first imagined. He ends by linking reading for pleasure to the development of ideas that benefit humanity.”


Anne is reading The Circle by Dave Eggers. Here’s what she had to say:

Mae Holland is thrilled when she lands a job at the top tech company in the world. The Circle is working to create one online identity for every individual. One transparent account with one password that links a person’s email, social media, banking, and full medical history and real time data. The line between private and public becomes blurred and then completely obliterated. This book raises intriguing questions about  personal vs. collective rights.


Library assistant Michael is reading Tu rostro mañana: 3 Veneno y sombra y adios, the third volume in the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy by Javier Marías.

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Marías concludes his enormously praised and disquieting trilogy with the last increment of Jacques Deza’s story, finding him recruited as a character analyst by a shady British intelligence agency. He’s working for Bertram Tupra, who welcomes Jacques into the intelligence fold by using him in his plot to assault a Spanish embassy employee. Soon, Tupra shows him horrifying blackmail videos gathered by the agency that poison Jacques’s soul. The effect of this poison becomes apparent when Deza returns to Madrid to see his father and his estranged wife, Luisa, who sports a black eye presumably inflicted by her boyfriend, Esteban Custardoy. Jacques begins to secretly track down Custardoy with the intent of persuading him never to see Luisa again, and when Jacques finally confronts Custardoy, Marias’s masterful depiction of the ecstasy of violence makes it difficult not to exult in Jacques’s barbarous behavior. The intrigue yet to come pushes Jacques into a crisis of conscience.”


Pat recently read Raven Stratagem, the second book in Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogy, science fiction set in a world where weapon technologies are powered by pain and torture. The first book is Ninefox Gambit. “Although the world in this series depends on complex math and calendar observances, and the plot is complicated, I found myself being carried along by the wonderful characters and the excitement of the action aiming at the overthrow of an evil government. When you throw in that the main character is inhabited by the ghost of a centuries old master general who butchered his own troops, you have an amazing science fiction read. Ninefox Gambit won last year’s Locus Award for Best First Novel, and it was well deserved. Now I’m waiting for the third book to appear later this year with great excitement!”


Donovan is reading reading Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. It takes place in a small Irish town, and it focuses on an eighteen-year old girl named Emma O’Donovan. Not only is she very popular at school, she’s also very pretty. But, because Emma knows how attractive she is, she’s also snobby, arrogant, and apathetic. This leads to her being disrespectful to her parents, friends, and a neighbor boy whom she’s aware has a crush on her. Emma goes so far as to flirt with the boys that her friends like and even looks in the mirror every once in a while and tell herself that she is beautiful.

However, one evening after a party, Emma’s parents discover her on their doorstep bloodied, unconscious, unkempt, and discombobulated. She can’t recall what happened to her at the party or afterward, but when damaging photos of her appear on social media, she slowly realizes the worst has happened to her. Everyone who knows Emma, even her family, treats her differently, for better, or for worse. Once a criminal investigation is initiated, Emma finds herself in a dilemma of whether to come forth to the police to obtain justice for herself, or remain silent in order to preserve the reputations of those who are responsible for assaulting her.

February Recommended Reads

Text reads: Pull up a chair & and get cozy! Recommended Reads, recommended books from the W.I. Dykes Library Staff. Image of a side table with books next to a reading chair and lamp.

It’s time for February’s Recommended Reads! Here’s what we’re reading and recommending this month:

Lisa is currently reading, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. She says, ”it was named one of Library Journals best books of 2017, and I can see why.  The little known story of at least 24 murders that occurred on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma in the 1920s is heartbreaking.  Through the lens of one family, Gann weaves information about the frankly horrendous treatment of indigenous people in the U.S. with intriguing insight about early 20th century law enforcement techniques. That he manages to do so with empathy and the utmost respect for those most closely effected by the tragedy is what, to me, makes this book so readable.”


Donovan read Star Wars: Ahsoka, written by E.K. Johnston. Star Wars: Ahsoka is a story that takes place after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. At this time, Ahsoka Tano, a Togruta female who was once a padawan learner to Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker, is a fugitive hiding from the Galactic Empire. She settles on the rural moon of the planet Raada working as a mechanic named Asha. However, the empire invades the Raada moon. The oppressive presence of the stormtroopers and other imperial personnel prompts the residents to consider revolting. Sympathetic to their cause while trying to keep a low profile, Ahsoka encourages and eventually participates in their rebellion.

Donovan says, “I enjoyed reading Ahsoka because Ahsoka Tano has become one of my favorite Star Wars characters. I hoped the events of her life between the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels would be told. I liked and appreciated the vignettes of side stories that were mentioned intermittently throughout the primary narrative.

In addition, I liked that there were movie/television nods and established character cameos. The only thing I didn’t like was that the book didn’t explore Ahsoka’s time after she became an agent for the Alliance to Restore the Republic. I felt that there was not enough content about her that connects the two series together. Other than that, I would recommend this book for check-out from the W.I. Dykes Library.”


Anne is currently reading Dove by Robin Lee Graham. In 1965, sixteen year old Graham set off from California in a 24-foot sailboat to sail around the world. It took him nearly five years to circumnavigate the globe solo, and at the time, he was the youngest person to complete this feat. Parts of his boat break multiple times and pieces get lost in the sea, he has times when he nearly runs out of food or water, and he sails through terrible storms that nearly sink his little boat. He meets fascinating people and cultures along the way, even falling in love and getting married. He wants to quit his journey several times, but he perseveres and through the process, grows into his full self.

Dove isn’t available at the UHD Library, but you can request it through Interlibrary Loan!


Pat just finished reading Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds. “He is, hands down, my favorite science fiction author, and definitely one of the best writing today. His Revelation Space series is so good that I have read the entire thing twice! His most recent book is a quick, exciting read about a young woman who leaves her home with her sister to join a crew that investigates deserted planets to find treasures. A life-changing encounter with a pirate ship is the motivation for profound transformation and amazing adventure. The things that I like about Reynolds are the dark tone of his books, the fascinating plots, and, above all, outstanding character development. And, the library has every novel he has written, so if you like him, too, you’re in for a lot of great reading!”

Lynda.com Learning Library

Pictures of popular subjects available on Lynda.com

UHD students, faculty, and staff now have access to Lynda.com, an online learning platform where you can expand your business, software, technology and creative skills! From learning a new software program to expanding your customer service skills, Lynda.com has resources for everyone. Here’s just a snapshot of a few interesting training topics on Lynda.com:

  • SEO for local businesses
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Music lessons in piano, guitar, banjo, voice
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Designing mobile responsive websites
  • Gamification for interactive learning

Access Lynda.com through the UHD website and login with your UHD username and password.