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A new study found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence as reported in the The New York Times yesterday.

Green Library to the rescue. You will find many books by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and other fiction authors to check out or read online.

We also have The New York Times in print and online. Though Stanford does not have an institutional membership for nytimes.com, we have many 24 hour passes available every day for those with Stanford IDs: see nytimes.com/passes. 

Green Library Seminar Room (Room 301)

Green Library's Seminar Room (Room 301) is located on the third floor of the Bing Wing.

To get there you can take the elevator that's on the right just after you enter the Bing Wing (the same elevator that goes to the Bender Room on the fifth floor); Room 301 is the first room on the left once you reach the third floor. If you're feeling especially energetic and want to take the stairs, you can turn left upon entering the Bing Wing and then take stairwell 14 up to the third floor. When you arrive, turn right and you'll see Room 301.

A bunch of federal websites will shut down with the government, By Andrea Peterson, Washington Post, Published: September 30 at 5:28 pm. Also: The Government Printing Office (GPO) reports:

"GPO will not be updating gpo.gov, FDLP.gov, the Catalog of Government Publications, Ben’s Guide, or be responding to askGPO questions until funding is restored. The Laurel warehouse will be closed so there will be no shipments to depository libraries. Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services on FDsys will be limited to documents that protect life and property. The remaining collections on FDsys will not be updated and will resume after funding is restored."

Sites that are down include NASA, Library of Congress, Department of Education's ERIC database, Census and USDA. Arstechnica checked 56 .gov sites and found 10 that went dark. See "Shutdown of US government websites appears bafflingly arbitrary." (Originally posted on Free Government Information blog.)

Green Library: New Student Orientation Tour

More than 1,000 students attended tours of the Stanford libraries during New Student Orientation and the first week of the quarter to learn about our amazing resources, study spaces, and librarians who are here to help with research.

Welcome to Stanford and welcome to the libraries!

Wagner display in the Music Library

Wagner in his century

2013 marks the 200th birthday of musical giant Richard Wagner. In commemoration, the Music Library offers on display a selection of 19th century items related to Wagner, including an 1860 edition of the overture to Rienzi, his first successful opera; the sheet music for “Les deux grenadiers” (1843), an early song Wagner published in the hope of making a name for himself in Paris (he failed); the dedication page for the score of the Ring cycle (1875), which salutes Wagner’s champion King Ludwig II of Bavaria; and Richard Wagner's Lohengrin und Tannhäuser (1852), by Franz Liszt, commentaries on Wagner’s “système dramatique”, his approach to composition in which the interplay of words and music supports a deeper quality of expression in service to the drama. Through December .

Viral Hate

In their new book, Viral Hate: Containing its Spread on the Internet, Christopher Wolf and Abraham H. Foxman (of the Anti-Defamation League) report on the growing problem of online hate, and possible societal responses to it. They emphasize the need to protect free expression while protecting personal dignity, and our responsibilities concerning Facebook and Google. Christopher Wolf will discuss these issues on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM in the Neukom Faculty Lounge at Stanford Law School. There will be a reception at 6:00 PM. RSVP is required for this event.

The East Asia Library at Stanford recently acquired from Zojoji Temple in Japan a copy of the twelfth-century printing of the tenth-century Chinese work called the Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks 宋高僧傳. With over five hundred biographies, it is an invaluable source of historical information on monks from about 700 to 900. Stanford now holds the only copy of this text in North America, and perhaps the only complete copy of the text outside of a single extant version in this temple in Japan.

Ask Us wristband

If you see folks in the libraries wearing these green Ask Us wristbands, they're there to help! Please feel free to talk to them if you have any questions about how to make your way around the libraries.

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