Dinner and a Movie

February 8, 2010

Thinking about what to do for that special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Date night with a homemade meal will be extra memorable with some help from the Library where there are hundreds of books in the culinary collection. The hardest part of preparing something homemade will be deciding what to make. If an entire dinner is more than you want to commit to, perhaps preparing one of the luscious recipes in Baked from the Heart: Gifts of Love for Special Occasions by Stephanie Greenleigh will provide you with a creative and thoughtful gift idea that will impress and delight.

Along with good food, entertaining with a movie always creates a pleasant addition to a romantic evening. The Library has several popular and recent movie releases on DVD that can be checked out. Titles in the romantic comedy genre include: Julie & Julia, 50 First Dates, The American President, No Reservations, The Break-up, and Waitress. Students may check out one DVD/video at a time for a loan period of one week. There are dozens of other popular movies in your JWU Library collection to choose from.


February 4, 2010

Thomas Keller‘s  Ad Hoc at home is the chef’s take on classic family meals. As the title suggests, his newest book is geared more towards home cooks, providing foundational advice on becoming a better cook and accessible recipes. His previous books (The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Under Pressure) are esoteric using complicated methods only master chefs with access to equipment like an immersion circulator could replicate. Ad Hoc is a beautiful book inspired by Mr. Keller’s father and the last meal he cooked for him before he died. Ad Hoc is placed on reserve at the North Miami Campus Library.

Black History Month: Events and Resources

February 5, 2009

You’ll see some links to events in this post (below), but first, here are a few resources you may find useful:



Biography Resource Center offers an easy way to find background information on notable African-Americans.


You can search by name of a specific individual, or you can browse through a list of African Americans that have been added to the database.


To access Biography Resource Center, go to http://library.jwu.edu/


…and follow these steps:


1. click on the “Databases” link.

2. scroll down and click on the link for “Biography Resource Center”

3. under “Category Browse” (in the left pane), click on “African Americans”



To find JWU Library books and videos, you can search our library catalog for specific individuals, or you can use “African Americans – Biography” as an LC Subject to browse the collection.  Here are a few titles under that subject:


Make it plain : standing up and speaking out / Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ; with Lee A. Daniels

Popular   E185.97.J78 A3 


Finding Oprah’s roots : finding yours / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Popular   E185.96 .G383 2007 


Condoleezza Rice : an American life : a biography / Elisabeth Bumiller

Popular   E840.8.R48 .B86 2007 


Ace of spades : a memoir / by David Matthews

Popular   E184.A1 M32 2007 


Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance / Barack Obama

Popular   E185.97.O23 A3 2007 


In remembrance of Martin

[VHS] E185.97.K5 I56 2001


The African-American century : how Black Americans have shaped our country / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West

E185.96 .G38 2000 


Martin Luther King, Jr. / Thomas Siebold, book editor

E185.97.K5 M288 2000 


Thurgood Marshall: justice for all

[DVD] KF8745.M34 T47 1997



Web Resources


The Library of Congress hosts two sites with fantastic collections of images, audio, and video:


African American History Month



African American Mosaic




Additionally, there are two excellent resources within the Florida Memory site:


Images of Florida’s Black History



The Black Experience: A Guide to African American Resources in the State Library and Archives of Florida





Events and Activities


Black History events listed at the Miami-Dade Public Library:



Events listed at the Broward County Library:



From FloridaBlackHistory.com (statewide):


Browsing For Feature Films

January 30, 2009

Have you ever wanted to browse a list of the feature films owned by the library?


You can, of course, search our library catalog for the title of a specific DVD you are seeking, but sometimes folks just want to peruse a list of what we own.


If you would like to see a list, follow the steps below:



Go to the Johnson & Wales University Library:  http://library.jwu.edu/




1. click on the “Library Catalog” link on the left

2. click on “Keyword” link in the blue box to open the advanced search interface

3. enter “motion picture” in the search box

4. choose “–J&W – North Miami, Florida” as the Collection

5. choose “VIDEO/DVD” as a Material Type

6. click on the “Submit” button to see your results


Finally, you can sort the movies by date (default) or alphabetically by title.


You can also try “feature films” as another keyword phrase in your search.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask…


-by using the instant message feature (meebo) in the upper-right pane of this blog.


-by phone:  305-892-7043


-or stop by, we’re happy to help.

Updates to the Library Catalog: Encore!

August 28, 2008

We now have a new way to search the library catalog! Encore search acts more like a Web search and allows you to narrow search results by publish date, location, format, language, and more.

You can also browse the catalog holdings by clicking on the nifty subject cloud on the right-side menu or scroll down to see items most recently added to the collection.

Try it out HERE or go to the URL:  library.jwu.edu/florida and click on the link to Library Catalog.

Let us know what you think!