Read Before You Watch (Part 1)

By: James Christian

As the weather cools and the leaves change, the mega-budget popcorn flicks of summer give way teen movies, horror films, and Oscar bait. The bookworms at Rohrbach Library took a peek at this fall’s cinema line-up, and then painstakingly cross-referenced them with our inventory. (Hold your applause; it was easy with our handy search engine.) As it turns out, we have a lot of the books that inspired the flicks. Grab your popcorn and read on…



Steve Jobs

This August, tech whiz and turtleneck enthusiast Steve Jobs was commemorated in film, portrayed by the always-dignified Ashton Kutcher. Jobs’ recent demise spawned multiple biographies, several of which we have. In our Main Collection, you’ll find both Walter Isaacson’s recent Steve Jobs and Lee Butcher’s decades-old The Accidental Millionaire.


The Man who Though Different

Karen Blumenthal’s young adult-focused bio, Steve Jobs: The Man who Thought Different, resides in our Library Science Collection. Can’t make it to the library? I Steve, a recent collection of Jobs’ musings, can be found in Online Resources.


The Accidental Millionaire

Accidental Millionaire: The Rise and Fall of Steve Jobs at Apple: 338.761004 J579b

Steve Jobs: QA76.2.J63 I83 2011

Steve Jobs: The Man who Though Different: B Jobs Blumen

I, Steve: Online book (accessible to KU folks)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


Catching Fire

As Hollywood keeps milking the young adult lit cash-cow, two hit franchises return to the multiplex. The dystopian saga The Hunger Games and magic teenager series Percy Jackson and the Olympians both take their second trip to the box office.

Too cool to borrow books from your pre-teen sister? We understand. Hunt down Catching Fire in the Library Science Collection. A comic version of Sea of Monsters lurks in the briny abyss (of our Leisure Reading Area).


The Sea of Monsters

Catching Fire: Library Science Collection= F Collin

The Sea of Monsters: the Graphic Novel: Leisure Reading Area= PN6728.P458 V462 2013

The Book Thief


The Book Thief

Markus Zusak’s award-winning novel follows a teen girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany, while saving books from the Reich censor’s bonfires. Our kind of girl. We have two beautiful hardcovers in our Library Science Collection, but don’t try anything sneaky. We’ll know.

The Book Thief: Library Science Collection= F Zusak

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