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Winter Lights: Preparing for the Winter Days Ahead

The brilliantly-colored leaves of fall are mostly gone, and the temperatures are turning colder and we turned our clocks back this weekend.  There were snow showers today, and we cannot deny that we’re moving towards winter at a brisk pace.

We hope you will join us next week for our kick-off Winter Lights event.  Each winter, we offer a series of monthly events from November – February to gather together as a community and share ways to thrive in this Minnesota winter.  Counseling staff will join us to discuss the mental and physical effects of shorter days and will talk about light therapy and demonstrate how to use a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) therapy lamp.  We’ll have snacks and warm drinks, library resources you can check out, and a craft activity so you can take some of the light home with you.  Plus, you can enter to win your own SAD light!

Winter Lights: Preparing for the Winter Days Ahead
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Room 108 in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Photo of light jars created at last year’s November Winter Lights event.

 

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Classic Horror Films in the Music & Media Collections


Bela Lugosi stars in the 1931 horror classic Dracula. It was the biggest box office smash from Universal in 1931, kickstarting the popularity of the sound era Universal Monsters. Also featured on the copy in our collection is the original Spanish Language film Drácula, which was filmed on the same set, starring Spanish, Mexican, Cuban, and Argentinian actors.

PS 3503 .A5515 D7 1999 DVD

For a different twist on the character of Dracula, watch Christopher Lee in the title role of the 1958 color adaptation, Horror of Dracula. Peter Cushing also stars, giving an iconic portrayal of vampire hunter Doctor Van Helsing.

PR 6037.T617 H6 2002 DVD

Also from Universal Classic Monsters franchise is Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection. This multi-disc set includes The Wolf Man (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr., and its stellar predecessor Werewolf of London (1935), as well as She-Wolf of London (1946) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1942). All films use a variety of physical and special effects that were groundbreaking for their time.

PS 3537.I875 W6 2004 DVD

Currently reshaping the horror genre is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, mastermind behind such films as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. He has been greatly influenced by Universal Monsters and other early horror classics, as well as literary works by the Brontë sisters. His Gothic romance Crimson Peak is rich in detail, expertly blending classic horror and Victorian drama.

PN 1997 .C755 2016 DVD

Early in del Toro’s career he directed Chronos, a Spanish language film about Jesús Gris, a man who discovers a mysterious mechanical object. As Jesús slowly becomes immortal, he must face the horror that comes with the gift of eternal life.

PN 1997 .C762 2010 DVD

On a lighter note, check out some comedy horror films! Tim Curry leads a striking ensemble cast including Susan Sarandon in the one of a kind cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show (1974). Richard O’Brien wrote and starred in this musical that parodies Frankenstein, classic horror, and Hollywood musicals. Jim Sharman directs.

PR 5397.F73 R6 2002 DVD

Mel Brooks’ unmissable classic Young Frankenstein will make you scream with laughter! Gene Wilder stars as Frederick “Fronkensteen” the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein who continues his experiments reanimating the dead. Filmed in black and white, this 1974 comedy lampoons the musicals of Fred Astaire and Universal Horror alike.

PR 5397.F73 F7 2006 DVD

Please stop by the Music and Media Collections to check out these titles and more! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Winter Lights. December: Brighten your holidays. Join us at the OSF Library Tues., Dec. 4 from 3:30 - 4:30 in the Leather Room. Counseling staff will discuss: how to deal with holiday stress, ways to find joy this season, guided mindfulness demonstration. Activity: Make your own water light.
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Winter Lights December event

We had a wonderful kick off to our Winter Lights events in early November when we heard about some of the stressors that come with wintertime and heard about coping strategies, and crowdsourced some ideas for local places to visit and things to do. We’ve collected all the ideas into one great library guide to surviving winter! We then decorated light jars so that we could all bring a little light back to our living space.

photo of students making jars filled with small led lights photo of small jars filled with tiny led lights. The room is dark except for the lights in the jars.


Winter Lights. December: Brighten your holidays. Join us at the OSF Library Tues., Dec. 4 from 3:30 - 4:30 in the Leather Room. Counseling staff will discuss: how to deal with holiday stress, ways to find joy this season, guided mindfulness demonstration. Activity: Make your own water light.We hope you’ll join us at our next event on Tuesday, December 4.  We’ll discuss ways to cope with holiday stresses and find joy this season.  You’ll also get to make your own water light to take home.

Winter Lights” is a four part series for students, faculty and staff to help you survive and thrive in the cold dark days of winter.  Each session has a different theme includes a speaker, a hands-on activity, and a chance to brainstorm and share ideas to find light and joy in the winter.  Those ideas are collected and shared on the library winter survival guide as the series progresses.

All are welcome at these events, whether you can make it to only one event or to all four, we hope to see you there!  All events are held in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library in the Leather room (108) from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Future event dates are:

  • Dec. 4: Brighten your holidays
  • Jan. 8: Moving into a new year
  • Feb. 12: Growing into spring