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An atmosphere of quiet reverence perfuses the Rare Books room in Coates Library. The carpeted floor and weathered furniture lend a close, cozy ambiance, and each of the hundreds of books lining the walls almost breathes with character, history and knowledge. It is this knowledge that students seek when they come to the Special Collections section of the library, a valuable resource for many research topics. However, students might easily be overwhelmed by such a...

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As I read the opening pages of J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy,” I felt the onset of an all-too-rare pleasure: the joy of being placed in the hands of a trusted storyteller, an artist with a proven voice.¬†With so much pre-release emphasis placed on the book’s status as a “novel for adults” (whatever that means), I had prepared myself for “The Casual Vacancy” to be written by a J.K. Rowling very different from the author...