Book Review – Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

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opheliaFoxlee, Karen.
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.
New York: Yearling, 2015.
Children’s/Young Adult: PR9619.4.F696O75 2015.

“She wiped her eyes. He didn’t know anything. He didn’t know anything at all. If she wanted to rescue the boy and find the sword and save the world, then she could. And she would.” – page 111

Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard prefers to think logically. She is a member of the Children’s Science Society of Greater London, after all. After Ophelia’s mother dies, Ophelia’s father, an expert on swords, takes a job at an odd museum in a city where it always snows. While wandering through the labyrinthine museum, Ophelia stumbles upon a boy locked in a hidden room; the boy tells Ophelia that over three hundred years ago, he was sent by wizards from a distant land to help defeat the Snow Queen with a magical sword. And he has been waiting for Ophelia. The boy’s story isn’t at all logical, but if Ophelia decides to help the boy save the world, she may have to leave all sense and rationality behind.

Based on the tale of the Snow Queen, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a story within a story. In between Ophelia’s errands throughout the museum, the boy narrates his incredible three-hundred-year life and as Ophelia learns exactly how the boy reached the museum, she discovers her own courage and with it, a new sense of self. Over the course of the work, Ophelia learns about trust and the value of friendship as well as the value of family, she learns that it is okay to grieve and that not everything is logical (but also that being illogical doesn’t necessarily make something nonsense), and perhaps most importantly, Ophelia learns the importance of never giving up. Through magic, snow leopards, misery birds, ghosts, and an ever-changing museum, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy presents readers with a collection of profound themes.

So…What’s Going in Front of Cooper?

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brick paver project 2015 (5)smIt’s not a war zone outside of Cooper…it just looks like one.

A project to finish replacing the brick pavers around Cooper Library began on Monday, May 11 and should be completed by August 15. This project is phase 2 of renovation around Cooper. The other 3 sides of the library were renovated during phase 1 in 2012.

The cherry trees and the white concrete benches under the library bridge have been removed to replace the brick pavers. The large crepe myrtle trees will remain. We are expecting some new furniture and bicycle racks to be added once destruction/construction is complete. Check out a drawing of what the area will look like and the furniture specifications.

There’s lots of fencing, walkways and stairs are blocked, and you’ll probably hear lots of noise. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For questions related to this project, contact John Gambrell, project manager, at

Oh! Dabo Duck seems to still be paddling around.

Thanks, Seniors!

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Congratulations to all of our student assistants who will be graduating tomorrow! It’s a Clemson University Libraries tradition to honor our graduating student assistants by dedicating a book in their honor. Each one gets to pick a book and in it we put a bookplate with their name and year they graduated.

We also take their photo with their book. Check out our May gradutes!

Thanks to them and all our other student assistants for all your hard work!


May The 4th Be With You!

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May the 4th book display smCelebrate May the 4th Day all month long!

Star Wars Day is an unofficial secular holiday in May celebrating the Star Wars franchise.

Fans of the films, print series, and Star Wars in popular culture celebrate Star Wars Day in a variety of ways; we recommend celebrating with a book from our Star Wars display in Cooper Library.

Items on display include all six films and a DVD of bonus material, oversize items such as Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars and Star Wars Art: Visions, and even quirky books like William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back.

The display is located on the west side of the 4th floor in Cooper Library, by the scanner and copier and will be up throughout the month of May.

Intersession Hours

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Cooper Library is operating on intersession hours this week. Intersession dates are Saturday, May 2 – Tuesday, May 12.

Cooper Library’s hours are:

Day  Date Hours
Monday – Friday May 4- May 8 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday May 9 – May 10  CLOSED
Monday May 11 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday May 12 8:00am – midnight

Find complete hours information for service desks and our branches on our hours page.

Java City and the P.O.D. Store at Cooper are closed for intersession. They will reopen on Monday, May 11. Java City opens at 8:00am and the P.O.D. at 10:00am.

Both locations have summer hours.

Single Service Point: 2 Desks = 1

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Face3On Monday, May 4 we are merging our Research Services and Circulation Services desks in order to serve you better. The new Library Services desk will be a one-stop service point for all your information and checkout needs.

Who should you talk to when you have a question, need to pay a fine, or checkout a book or other material? Anyone at the Library Services desk! During the day, the desk is staffed with circulation staff, librarians, and student assistants. Any of them will be happy to help you!

Face2Hours for the Library Services Desk will be 7:30am until 10pm*. Reference librarians will be at the desk 10am until 5pm if you have an in-depth question but any person working the desk will be able to help you. We’ll still have our chat/text/email service but it’s moving off the desk, so we anticipate quicker answers for you from those services.

Near the end of May, we will literally be merging the desks; taking them apart and recreating them into one updated, redesigned desk. There will probably be noise and activity in Learning Commons East as the move takes place but we’ll let you know ahead of time. We’ll also be taking down the old CCIT desk. Face1Removing the unused desks will increase seating and study space in that area. We appreciate your patience during this process.

We hope this merger makes it easier for you to get the services and answers you need in the most efficient way possible!

*Except for this week (intersession); hours are 8am – 5pm.


Stay Vigilant! Or At Least Near Your Stuff

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ExclamationRight now is one of the busiest times in the library! It’s packed! And more people means more opportunities for bad behavior.

Cooper is a safe place, but PLEASE don’t leave your things laying around while you run to get coffee or go to the bathroom. 9 times out of 10 everything will be there when you get back but you don’t want to be the one crying to CUPD because your laptop was stolen.

We know it’s a pain to pack all your stuff up just to be gone for a minute, but a minute is all that it takes for someone to walk off with your laptop, your wallet, or more.