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Unplug & Recharge!

UNPLUG & RECHARGE!  Visit room 043 in the James B. Duke Library throughout finals to unplug and recharge. Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and hot cocoa, relax on comfy bean bag mats, express yourself by drawing on the dry erase walls, use the meditation pillows to get your zen on, and unwind by coloring a mandala. In addition, stress relieving sessions will be offered at 2 pm on the following days:

Thursday, 12/8
Guided Body Scan for stress relief and focus
(with Dr. Meghan Slining)

Friday, 12/9
Gentle Yoga
(with Dr. Min-Ken Liao)

Monday, 12/12
Guided Meditation

Tuesday, 12/13
Introvert Book Club – Take a quick study break and bring a book to read for pleasure!

After you’ve taken a study break in the Unplug-Recharge Zone, head on over to Plyler Hall for Up All Night in the Science Library! Anytime is the right time to study in the Sanders Science Library during finals week. We’ll be open all night before exam days, so come on over when you need that perfect place to review for exams or finish up term papers. And, as always, the snack fairy arrives at midnight!

Sanders Science Library Exam Week Hours:
Wed, December 7      8:30 am – Midnight
Thu, December 8      OPEN 24 HOURS
Fri, December 9        Midnight-5:00 pm
Sat, December 10     10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sun, December 11    1:00 pm – Midnight
Mon, December 12   OPEN 24 HOURS
Tue, December 13    OPEN 24 HOURS
Wed, December 14   Midnight – 4:30 pm

The James B. Duke Library has also extended its hours to help you get through Finals Week:
Dec 4 Sun 10:00am – 2:00am
Dec 5 Mon 8:00am – 2:00am
Dec 6 Tue 8:00am – 2:00am
Dec 7 Wed 8:00am – 2:00am
Dec 8 Thu 8:00am – 2:00am
Dec 9 Fri 8:00 am – 8:00pm
Dec 10 Sat 10:00 am – 8:00pm
Dec 11 Sun 10:00am – 2:00am
Dec 12 Mon 8:00am – 2:00am
Dec 13 Tue 8:00am – 2:00am
Dec 14 Wed 8:00 am – 5:00pm

Up All Night in the Science Library!

Anytime is the right time to study in the Sanders Science Library during finals week. We’ll be open all night before exam days, so come on over when you need that perfect place to review for exams or finish up term papers. And, as always, the snack fairy arrives at midnight!

Sanders Science Library Exam Week Hours:
Wed, December 7      8:30 am – Midnight
Thu, December 8      OPEN 24 HOURS
Fri, December 9        Midnight-5:00 pm
Sat, December 10     10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sun, December 11    1:00 pm – Midnight
Mon, December 12   OPEN 24 HOURS
Tue, December 13    OPEN 24 HOURS
Wed, December 14   Midnight – 4:30 pm

JBD Extended Hours During Exams

To help you get through Finals Week, the James B. Duke Library has extended its hours.

Appalachian Trail CLP-Library Resources

CLP: Lessons Learned from the Nature of the Appalachian Trail
WHEN: Monday, November 28, 2016, 7 – 8:30pm
WHERE: Johns Hall, Room 101

A National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis has logged over 13,000 miles of long distance trails on six continents, including thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, Colorado Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail, numerous trails in Europe, and the Appalachian Trail (three times). Her most recent book, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph, chronicles her record-breaking A.T. hike (47 miles per day for 46 days) and has been called “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment” by Kirkus Reviews. She’s been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and the CBS Early Show. Jennifer will speak on endurance, maximizing potential and the lessons she learned from nature while on the trail for nearly 47 days.

You can find the following works by Jennifer Pharr Davis in the James B. Duke Library:

Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph
In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis became the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. By hiking 2,181 miles in 46 days – an average of 47 miles per day – she became the first female to ever set that mark. But this is not a book about records or numbers; this is a book about endurance and faith, and most of all love.

The most amazing part of this story is not found at the finish, but is discovered through the many challenges, lessons and relationships that present themselves along the trail. This is Jennifer’s story, in her own words, about how she started this journey with a love for hiking and more significantly a love for her husband Brew. Together, they were able to overcome rugged mountains and raging rivers, sleet storms and 100 degree heat, shin-splints and illnesses. They made new friends and tested old friendships; they shared together laughter, and tears – a lot of tears. But, through it all, they fell more in love with one another and with the wilderness.

By completing this extraordinary amateur feat, Jennifer rose above the culture of multi-million dollar sports contracts that is marked by shortcuts and steroids. This is the story of a real person doing something remarkable. Jennifer Pharr Davis is a modern role-model for women – and men. She is an authentic hero.

pharr-ashevilleFive-Star Trails: Asheville
Five-Star Trails Asheville provides in-depth trails descriptions, directions, and commentary on what to expect along the way. Each hike features an individual trail map, elevation profile, and at-a-glance information, helping readers quickly find the perfect trip. Sized to fit in a pocket, the book’s detailed trail descriptions will help readers find their way on and off the trail. Driving directions and GPS trailhead coordinates will help with navigating the myriad of unnamed roads. The trails covered range from those best suited to the novice, families, experienced hikers, or backpackers.


pharr-46-days46 Days: Keeping Up with Jennifer Pharr Davis on the Appalachian Trail
46 Days chronicles the trials, successes, joys, and frustrations of Jennifer Pharr Davis’s record-winning Appalachian Trail thru-hike through the eyes of her husband, Brew Davis. Brew lead her pit crew, the group of generous, loving hikers who supported Jen along the way, providing company along the epic trail and as much food as Jen could stomach. Experience the trek with Jen and Brew as they battle shin splints and a stomach scare that threatens to end the attempt early, encounter wildlife at every turn, and meet the colorful cast of characters that help Jen complete her journey. 46 Days also includes an introduction and afterword by Jennifer with first-hand reflections on her life-changing voyage.

Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
After graduating from college, Jennifer isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she’s crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

CLP sponsored by F.U.O.C., I Am That Girl, and The Cothran Center.

The Secret Museum of Mankind

The Secret Museum of Mankind

Visit the Maxwell Music Library to view the latest display featuring “The Secret Museum of Mankind.” Remastered directly from original 78s recorded between 1925 and 1948, Pat Conte’s “Secret Museum of Mankind” offers a rare peek into a musical history that, in many cases, has already been swept away by our rapidly changing times.


Areas featured: Sardinia · Russia · Sri Lanka · Rajasthan · Cuba · Romania · Vietnam · Macedonia · Society Islands · Morocco · South Africa · Japan · India · The Basque Country · Sweden · Poland · Jamaica · Ethiopia · Spain · Visayan Islands · Fiji · Nigeria · New Caledonia · Bulgaria · Puerto Rico · Mozambique · Turkey · Java · Ukraine · Trinidad · Crete · Corsica · Kenya · Greece · France · Kazakhstan · Cape Breton · Algeria · Tibet · Matabeleland · Samarkand · China · Epirus · Angola · Mongolia · Dominica · Congo · Nyasaland · Burma · Tuscany · Persia · England · Albania · Laos · Tunisia · Kiwai Island · Bolivia · Italy · Madagascar · Pakistan · Brazil · Sumatra · Norway · Simbo Island · Kuwait · Georgia · Vera Cruz · Egypt · Nepal · Quebec · Scotland · Serbia · Hungary · Bali · French Guinea · Peru · Rhodesia · Martinique · Armenia · Aegean Islands · Lesotho · Argentina · Siam · Finland · Malta · Mallorca · Mauritius · Syria · Northumbria · Malawi · USA · Morocco · Libya · Tunisia · Sudan · Mali · Mongolia · Uzbekistan · Tajikistan · Azerbaijan · Turkestan · Zanzibar · Uganda · Somaliland · Ethiopia

Learn more about Pat Conte. He was interviewed by Charles Osgood in 2000 for a CBS News Sunday Morning piece called A Musical Labor of Love.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The James B. Duke Library will have modified hours of operation during the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 22  Tuesday  8:00am – 5:00pm
November 23  Wednesday  CLOSED
November 24  Thursday  CLOSED
November 25  Friday  CLOSED
November 26  Saturday  CLOSED
November 27  Sunday  5:00pm – 1:00am

Thanksgiving PostcardThanksgiving wishes postcard addressed to Miss Stella Rossignol, postmarked 1909.  This postcard is part of the Judson Postcard Collection, a collection from Mary C. Judson, lady principal of the Greenville Woman’s College from 1878 to 1912.

Thanksgiving Postcard 2

Browse postcards from the Furman University Special Collections and Archives. Postcards are from the Ethel Howard Postcard Collection, the Furman University Postcard Collection, the South Carolina Postcard Collection, the Greenville Woman’s College Collection, and the Judson Collection.

Learn a new language with Mango Languages!

It’s International Education Week.  Time to learn a new language with Mango Languages!  Mango Languages uses common, everyday conversations as the basis of each lesson, so users will be able to start using and appreciating what they learn right away. Its comprehensive methodology includes all four key-language components (vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture) and integrates strategically placed memory building and critical-thinking exercises to help users remember and adapt what they learn. With interactive tools and a rich visual interface, Mango makes the learning process exciting. Mango includes courses for the world’s most popular and widely used languages, and serves about 90 percent of the world’s language learning needs. Mango also provides multiple English As a Second Language courses, each designed for a specific native language. There are Iphone and Android apps available for free download linked to your profile account.  Mango Languages can be accessed by going to the All Databases list on the library’s homepage. Furman students, faculty, and staff – create a free Mango account using your Furman email address. 

Choose from over 70 languages, including ESL/ELL & Specialty courses like:

Mango is interactive – track your progress and learn on the go, 24/7 with Mango’s mobile apps!

72 languages. Pick one and conquer the world.

Stick a pin in it!

Stick a pin in it!  To celebrate International Education Week the library has created a display using a world map and push pins. We invite our international students to stick a “flag pin” on their hometown and our domestic students to stick a “ball pin” on their favorite international destination.

The flags hanging in the library represent the home countries of our international students and the destination countries for our Study Away programs including MayX.

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bosnia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Click here for a full list of events celebrating International Education Week.