Voting on Campus: When, Where, How

First time voting? No problem! Whether it’s the legalization of marijuana, taxes, or choosing the next president, the UGL has got your back. Check out these resources for casting your vote on campus this election cycle.

Voting

Early voting

Did you know you don’t have to wait until Election Day to cast our vote? Early voting started Monday, October 24 and will continue all the way up to Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. There are nearly a dozen places in Champaign county where you can cast your vote and two places right here on campus. Voters can visit either the Federal Room in the basement of the Illini Union or the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center) to cast your ballot. Here’s the times and locations for early voting on campus:

Illini Union (Federal Room–basement)

1401 West Green Street, Urbana

  • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

ARC (Activities and Recreation Center)

201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign

  • Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Walk-up voter registration

If you forgot to register, it’s not too late. Voter registration is super easy. If you a 18 years old (or will be by Election Day) and a US citizen, then bring a photo ID/license and a piece of mail with your current Champaign/Urbana address to either the Union or the ARC. You can even register and vote on the same day! Not sure if you’re registered? Check our Illinois’ Registration Lookup: https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx

Getting to the polls

If you won’t be on campus on Election Day, no worries! There are nearly a dozen places around Champaign County where you can cast your vote. To make transportation even easier on Election Day, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CU-MTD), the bus system, is offering free bus rides all day. From 5:30am-7:30pm, no ID, pass, or cash is required to get your to a polling station.

https://www.cumtd.com/about-us/news/article/487/

Absentee ballots

If you’re not originally from Champaign County and you’re feeling some loyalty to your home precinct, it’s not too late to request a ballot by mail. Just make sure it’s received no later than November 3. Request an in-state ballot from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

https://www.elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/VotingByMail.aspx

What else can I vote for besides the presidential candidate?

There are multiple initiatives on the ballot and multiple positions “down-ballot” that need your input. To find more in-depth information on the issues and candidates, check out Illinois’ Voter’s Edge, an online tool developed in partnership with Illinois Public Media:

http://votersedge.org/il

 Taking selfies with your ballot?

Sorry, that’s against the rules. Voting is serious business here in Illinois. You’ll want to put your phone away once you pick up your ballot. In Illinois showing your marked ballot to another voter is a felony that can earn you up to three years in prison. So whether it’s in person, via text or Twitter, keep your ballot to yourself! Of course, if you want to share who you voted for, share away!

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/25/13389980/ballot-selfie-legal-illegal

Those are all the tips we’ve got for voting this election, but if you have specific questions, Tweet us @askundergrad or find us on Facebook!

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Where is Uggles the UGL cat? Find her and win a prize!

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Cats like to hide. It’s what they do! For 15 Mondays beginning October 31 (excluding campus breaks), a photo of Uggles the UGL cat will be hiding in a location around campus. Locate her to win $10 cash from the UGL and have your name entered into a raffle for the grand prize of a Kindle Fire. The winner each week will also have the option to be honored on our Instagram account as the week’s victor!

For clues as to where Uggles is hiding each Monday, follow the UGL on Instagram (@askundergrad). During Spring 2017, we will begin to reveal the special meaning behind all of Uggles’ chosen hiding spots. Happy searching!

RULES & ELIGIBILITY:
1. Eligible participants are undergraduate UIUC students who are enrolled during Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
2. In order to win, participants must bring the photo of Uggles into the Undergraduate Library and present it to staff at the front desk.
3. Each week, the winner will receive $10, as well as have their name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire once the contest is finished in Spring 2017.
4. Winners will need to claim their prize in person and present proof of eligibility (i-card).
5. Students are only eligible to win a cash prize once for the duration of the competition.
6. If a prize remains unclaimed by Sunday at 1pm, it will not be awarded for that week.

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Readers Advisory: Books That Go Bump in the Night

There’s only one week to go before the spookiest holiday of the year! Cozy up or hunker down with these creepy stories fit for a chilly October evening. Find all of these titles right here at the UGL!

The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

The Haunting of Blackwood House – Darcy Coates

If you’re a big haunted house fan, you’ll love The Haunting of Blackwood House. Mara, the daughter of spiritualists, is fed up with the occult: no more seances, scams, and ghosts. She and her fiance fall in love with an old house. People tried to warn Mara and Neil about the house: its odd cold spots in the basement where the original owner was murdered, bloody handprints that appear on the walls, and whispering voices. Mara won’t accept that nonsense, though, because ghosts aren’t real. What will it take to prove to Mara that she and Neil aren’t alone?

Library of the Dead edited by Michael Bailey

Library of the Dead edited by Michael Bailey

The Library of the Dead – edited by Michael Bailey

We had to include a horror story about a library! Okay, so it’s a crematory and columbarium. The “library of the dead” contains thousands of urns, known as “golden books,” filled with the ashes of those who have passed. This Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology, inspired by the real crematory Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, is composed of fifteen spooky stories about the inhabitants of the golden books. Fans of literary fiction, short stories, and less gorey horror will love this pick.

Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff

Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff

Book of Shadows – Alexandra Sokoloff

Love a good detective-witch pairing? Missing Charmed? When a wealthy college student is murdered in what seems like a Satanic ritual, Adam, a rising homicide detective quickly arrests another student who may have been either stalking or dating the murdered woman. Instead of a case closed, though, in comes Tanith, a witch from nearby Salem. She convinces him that the killer is still at large and murdering other teenagers in order to summon a powerful demon. A blend of witchcraft, murder, and mystery, this book is great for horror readers of all types.

The Sorority by Tamara Thorne

The Sorority by Tamara Thorne

The Sorority – Tamara Thorne

If you thought your sorority was intense, just wait until you read about Gamma Eta Pi. This twisted sisterhood is bad, and they’re the envy and horror of Greenbriar University. When you pledge this sorority, your connections are truly for life: until death each sister must remain faithful to the evil coven. Gamma Eta Pi is actually a secret society called Fata Morgana, a centuries old coven with rituals, dark magic, and murder. The Sorority is perfect for fans of Scream Queens and other cheesy horror.

Z-Boat by Suzanne Robb

Z-Boat by Suzanne Robb

Z-Boat – Suzanne Robb

After the world has largely deteriorated, a submarine, Betty Loo, is sent to rescue some survivors. Readers won’t know who to trust when the mission reaches what they’ve been looking for. Spoiler alert: there’s zombies. Suzanne Robb’s thriller-horror-dystopia blended trilogy isn’t just another zombie novel, though. The series was lauded for its creative setting underwater and the inability to decide who is the hero of the story. This series transcends genres and will appeal to readers of dystopian fiction and thrillers too.

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror edited by Lynne Jamneck

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror edited by Lynne Jamneck

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror – edited by Lynne Jamneck

Dreams From the Witch House is another anthology for the literary types, but is only written by women! If you like the classic stuff from Lovecraft but wish horror was more inclusive of women, this is the book for you. Each tale is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos universe, which tackles dreamlands, pseudomythology, cosmic beings, and illusions. Gothic and horror giants like Joyce Carol Oates, Gemma Files, and Caitlin R. Kiernan are only a few of the authors featured in this twenty-story collection.

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If You Like Netflix, You’ll Like These Board Games

We love Netflix as much as the next person, but there are only so many hours you can binge before even TV gets boring. Don’t be afraid to mix it up this week! We’ve got a list of favorite TV shows—and board games to match.

Join us on Wednesday, October 12th for the UGL’S Board Game Night from 7-9pm! We’ll have our games out for you to play, along with staff to teach anyone who wants to try something they’ve never played before.

If you like The Walking Dead, try Pandemic.

Pandemic, from Z-Man games

Pandemic by Z-Man Games

It’s the game that’s trying to kill you. After selecting a card assigning you a job, it’s up to your team of players to use those skills to defeat four infectious diseases. While you fly from city to city to create cures, the cards you draw bring the world closer to destruction. You’ll have to work together if you want to survive.

If you like The Americans, try Codenames.

Codenames, from Czech Games

Codenames by Czech Games

You can’t trust anyone at your table. Codenames is a game of spies—teams compete to see who can locate all their agents first. The players chosen as spymasters can only use one-word clues to try and get their teams on their side—but if the spies guess wrong they could end up in enemy hands, or killed by the assassin.

If you like House of Cards, try Diplomacy.

Diplomacy by Avalon Hill

Diplomacy by Avalon Hill

This strategy board game is fraught with tension–in order to win, you have to betray the other players before they can betray you. Taking place during World War I, you’ll have to create alliances if you want to win, but with none of the players able to trust each other, you’ll need to break out your inner Frank Underwood to succeed in negotiations.

If you like Firefly, try Race for the Galaxy.

Race for the Galaxy by Rio Grande Games

Race for the Galaxy by Rio Grande Games

Would you be a browncoat, or join the Alliance? Players draw cards to determine the fate of their worlds. What planets will your people settle on? Will you have technology? Resources? This fast-paced card game is a race to find who can build the strongest galactic empire before you run out of cards. Will you have a few, strong planets or a large empire to colonize?

Try out these games or some of the other games in the UGL’s board game collection at the UGL Game Night on October 12, or check them out any time! Got a favorite board game you’d like to play? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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October Events Blog

Fall is finally here, and with the month of October comes sweaters, pumpkins, apple cider, spooky ghost stories, and crisp falling leaves. Read up on the events around campus and Champaign-Urbana to fill the spookiest month of the year!

 

C-U Oktoberfest

C-U Oktoberfest

C-U Oktoberfest, October 1 3-Midnight — $5 Entry

Kick off the month at the fourth annual C-U Oktoberfest in Downtown Champaign! Indulge in German beer, pretzels, dancing, and face painting and a bounce house for the kids. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Developmental Services Center.

Midwest Mandeng: West African Drum and Dance Festival

Midwest Mandeng: West African Drum and Dance Festival

Midwest Mandeng: West African Drum and Dance Festival — October 7-9, Prices Varied

Hosted at the Krannert Center by the C-U West African Drum and Dance Collective, this weekend of drumming, dancing, shopping, and community building celebrates the West African drumming tradition. Attendees can watch or participate in drum and dance classes.

Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch

Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch

Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch —Throughout October, free entry, activity prices varied.

Just a fifteen minute drive from campus, Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch features U-Pick apples, a petting zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and live music. Throughout the month of October, Curtis Orchard is offering a Groupon deal for discounted rates for U-Pick apples and corn maze entry, so snap up this deal before it’s gone!

Shocktober 2016

Shocktober 2016

Shocktober 2016 at the Art Theater Co-Op — Throughout October beginning October 6, prices varied.

Beginning with a free kick off event on October 6, the Champaign Art Theater Co-Op is hosting a month-long Halloween movie event. With the return of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, live trivia, music, and horror movies, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser for Halloween lovers. The event’s finale is an all-night movie marathon featuring the classic George Romero horror flick Dawn of the Dead, don’t miss out!

Spurlock Museum

Spurlock Museum

Spurlock Museum Ghost Story Events — October 29, $6 for students

This pair of events at the Spurlock Museum features storytellers from the C-C Storyteller’s Guild. At 2:00 pm, the storytellers will regale kid-friendly multicultural ghost stories, and kids will leave with candy to kick-off their trick or treating. At 7:30, the storytellers will shift to adult-themed horror stories with heightened fear factors. The later event is restricted to adults only (16 and up). Get in the mood for Halloweekend with these bone-chilling tales!

Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert

Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert

Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert — October 30, $4 for students

For more of a low-key event, check out the Illinois Wind Symphony Halloween Concert, just $4 for current U of I students. Hosted at the Foellinger Auditorium, the Illinois Wind Symphony will play six Halloween-themed works, including Night on Bald Mountain, which students may recognize from Disney’s Fantasia, led by director Stephen Peterson.

We hope we’ve covered the major events happening in Champaign-Urbana for the next month…but if we missed anything, let us know! Check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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UGL 101: Brand New Loanable Tech!

We’re almost a month into school and you’re already knee deep in homework. Luckily, the UGL’s Loanable Tech desk has a couple of new items for you to try out this semester. Also, remember that you are able to make an advanced booking on Loanable Tech items. So, if you know when your project is due, you’ll be able to make sure an item is available for you to use! Advanced bookings can be done in person or over the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet. Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet is fantastic for class note taking or for your own personal use. You have the convenience to check this out for one week and to carry around this tablet in your backpack or purse.

Lenovo Laptop. Photo Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

SLenovo Laptop. Photo Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

We now have laptops for you to use! These Lenovo Laptops can be borrowed for 2 hours and used within the Undergrad Library.

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker. Photo courtesy of Amazon

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker. Photo courtesy of Amazon

This Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker brings the boom to any situation, whether it’s hanging out on the quad playing frisbee, or pumpin’ out jams in your dorm. Who says our Loanable Tech should only for studying? Check out one of these speakers and show your friends how cool the UGL really can be!

If you are curious about the loanable technology available, drop by the Loanable Technology desk to ask more questions. What’s your favorite technology item and why? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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September Events

It’s almost sweater weather, but there are still plenty of outdoors things to do before the winter descends upon us. Read on for the latest scoop on September events.

 

Parade in Downtown Champaign

Photo by Daniel Schwen

Urbana Labor Day Parade- September 5th, 10am — Free

Celebrate workers and historic labor movements in America at the annual Labor Day Parade! The parade starts at 10am at Lincoln Square, so get a good seat! After the parade there will be a picnic in Prairie Park, featuring food, games, and a local union softball game.

Champaign Urbana Pride Festival

Champaign-Urbana Pride

Champaign Urbana Pride Festival — Free

Yet another historic & “sick’ning” celebration is happening in CU this month. Pride Festivals began in 1969 after the Stonewall Riot, which served as a catalyst for LGBTQ movements in America. Join the CU Pride Festival for events including a parade, drag shows (featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race Alumnus- Jade Sotomayor), comedy, dancing, and workshops. Check their website for updates and more events!

The Pygmalion Festival

The Pygmalion Festival

The Pygmalion Festival- Weekends, September 16-24 — Prices Vary

You can come for the music, Made Fest, or the literary and technology lectures, but whatever you do, don’t miss Pygmalion. Pygmalion is known for its line-up of music artists, but it also features many free events: a market of handmade items from local and regional artists and an impressive group of authors, scientists, and others who will present their work. Buy tickets for the music events, but Made Fest and lectures are free! And as always, there will be food.

Celebrating Labor History

Celebrating Labor History Event

Celebrating Labor History with Rep. Carol Ammons September 15th 5-7pm — Free

If you’re not a fan of the outdoors or loud parades, we do have one indoor event on the calendar for September: a lecture with Representative Carol Ammons on the history of local unions and labor in Champaign County and Illinois. Dinner is provided.

Flannel Fest

Flannel Fest

Flannel Fest — Free

It’s almost plaid season! Break out that flannel you haven’t worn in months and join the Flannel Fest. Flannel Fest features music, art demos, games, crafts, food trucks, a mustache contest, and a Lumberjack show. When was the last time you saw axe throwing? To round out this event, regional mattress company Bemco is sponsoring the Human Mattress Domino event, which allows community members to purchase mattresses to be donated to homeless shelters in central Illinois. Those who cannot afford to purchase a mattress may also donate in smaller increments.

Ghostbusters Outdoor Screening

Ghostbusters (2016) Outdoor Screening

Ghostbusters Outdoor Movie Sept. 22nd Starts at Dusk (Approx 8:15pm) – Free

If you’re bored on September 22nd, who you gonna call? The Women’s Resource Center is hosting a screening of the recent Ghostbusters remake later this month on the Quad. What’s better than a group of women kicking ghost butt? If you ain’t afraid of no ghost, you better come.

We hope we’ve covered the major events happening in Champaign-Urbana for the next month…but if we missed anything, let us know! Check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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History is Happening: A Reader’s Advisory for the Hamilton Fan

Everyone has caught Founding Fathers fever with the overwhelming popularity of the musical Hamilton. Not only is it currently playing to sold out crowds on Broadway, and coming to Chicago this September, but it’s winning accolades left and right from the Pulitzer Prize for Drama to the Tony Award for Best Musical. The UGL can help you explore even more about the time and people from the smash musical. What’s our name? Undergraduate Library!

 

Hamilton Advisory

There’s a million books you haven’t read…just you wait!

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

What better place to start than the book that inspired the musical? Chernow, who also penned books about the Morgan family and John D Rockefeller, uses his skills as a historian to shed light on yet another figure central to American finance. Alexander Hamilton seeks not only to recast a monumentally misunderstood figure in American history, but to explore his relationship to the American Revolutionary War and the mythic figures who emerged from it. Come for the musical inspiration, stay for the amazing history lesson.

 

John Adams by David McCullough

John Adams by David McCullough

John Adams by David McCullough

Much like Chernow’s book about Hamilton, David McCullough’s book about John Adams also inspired an adaptation–this time as an HBO miniseries. McCullough has written about many influential American historical figures. This 2002 biography of the second president won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. McCullough not only examines the public and political life of Adams, but the personal and private as well. Read the book and then check out the miniseries starring Paul Giamatti, both available at the UGL!

 

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Much has been said about the men who wrote the Federalist Papers, battled the British, or founded our nation, but the women in their lives have barely been mentioned. Just as Lin-Manuel Miranda shoves the Schuyler sisters out of relative public obscurity, journalist Cokie Roberts includes women in the sequel, and brings to light the influences that these mothers, sisters, and daughters had on the founding of our nation. Roberts includes Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Read Franklin, Eliza Pinckney, Catherine Littlefield Green, Esther DeBerdt Reed, and Martha Washington, many of whom are never included in a school textbook, but have used their courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, grace, and sensitivity to manage their businesses, raise their children, provide their husbands with political advice, and WORK!

 

Burr by Gore Vidal

Burr by Gore Vidal- (Image from Amazon.com)

Burr by Gore Vidal

If you like heroes a little on the controversial side, try Burr by Gore Vidal! Vidal’s historical novel shows the Burr-Hamilton feud in a new light with Burr as our anti-hero of the story who reflects on his experience thirty years after Hamilton was killed. Burr will give you a new lens through which to view your favorite Hamilton characters.

 

The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss

The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss

The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss

Alexander Hamilton is only one of many stars of this historical fiction novel by David Liss. The Whiskey Rebels follows former Revolutionary spy as he serves Alexander Hamilton in the midst of the Jefferson-Hamilton rivalry over the national bank and a woman who distills whiskey in order to move west. As Hamilton’s circle closes in on whiskey and its profits, these two main characters each prepare for a patriotic fight.

Brookland by Emily Barton

Brookland by Emily Barton

Brookland by Emily Barton

This historical fiction novel set in New York during the revolution, steps away from the war and into the sights and smells of 18th century Brooklyn. After inheriting a gin distillery from her father, Prue makes a big promise to the residents of Brooklyn: she’s going to build a bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Barton’s highly praised second novel places you in “the room where it happens” but in a completely different context.

We hope we were writing like we had plenty of time…but if we missed anything, let us know! Check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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July Events

The Fourth of July is over, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the month has to be a dud! We’re still open during our summer hours, but after we close, you don’t have to go home.

Photo Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

Photo Courtesy of UGL Media Commons

Photo Courtesy of Urbana Park District

Photo Courtesy of Urbana Park District

Free Yoga in the Park – Meadowbrook Park, Saturdays 9-10am from June 13-August 29

Get active this summer every Saturday with free yoga in Meadowbrook Park! Instructors provide modifications so you can practice at your own level. Bring a mat if you have one; only a few loaner mats are available.

Photo Courtesy of The Land Connection

Photo Courtesy of The Land Connection

Champaign Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays 4-7pm from May-October

For those who aren’t up early enough to do the Urbana Market in the Square Saturdays 9am-noon, Champaign offers an evening option. Stop by at the parking lot right outside of Big Grove Tavern and Kofusion in downtown Champaign to get fresh produce once a week.

Photo Courtesy of Champaign Park District

Photo Courtesy of Champaign Park District

StreetFest – Downtown Champaign, July 16 7pm-Midnight

If you missed StreetFest in June, or you just couldn’t get enough and want to go back, StreetFest is back on July 16 with a new band line-up. Channel your inner child with face painting, balloon animals, and sidewalk chalk or stop by the TCBY and Snack Shack food trucks.

Photo Courtesy of Illini Bands

Photo Courtesy of Illini Bands

Illini Summer Band Concert – Quad, July 21 7pm

For those who enjoy different music than StreetFest has to offer, the Illini Summer band will be performing on the Quad in the evening on Thursday, July 21. This free concert features music by Sousa, Khachaturian, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more.

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Reader’s Advisory: I, Spy, a Fantastic Reading Time

It’s the beginning of the summer, and things are heating up, both in Champaign and in these spy thrillers! Cool off with one of these novels that we have selected from our collection.

 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

You’ll enjoy this classic spy novel by John le Carré, as it follows an aging Spymaster named George Smiley who is working to uncover a Soviet mole in the British Secret Intelligence Service. This complex novel is gritty, uses “spy language” that Le Carre himself created, and is loosely based on the author’s experiences during the 50’s and 60’s when multiple KGB moles were found in the British Intelligence Services. The novel has 2 sequels, and has also been turned into a television miniseries, a radio series, and a 2011 movie that can checked out at our library on DVD here.

 

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (Image from Amazon)

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Jason Bourne is a man with amazing survival abilities, but suffers from amnesia, and is on a journey to discover his identity. Robert Ludlum’s spy thriller is considered one of the best spy books of all time, and is the beginning of a trilogy that has all been turned into the movie series starring Matt Damon. A new film entitled, “Jason Bourne,” is coming out this July, not based on any of the original Ludlum novels, but will pick up where the third book of the original series, “The Bourne Ultimatum” left off. The DVD of the “Bourne Identity is available at the UGL, and the catalog entry can be found here.

 

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats by Chris Pavone

Can we ever escape our secrets? Kate and Dexter Moore keep many secrets, especially from each other. After a move to Luxembourg, Kate is no longer struggling to make ends meet, but she is struggling to keep up her double life. When Kate meets another expat couple, she has a strange feeling that leads to an investigation into shell corporations, fake offices, and deception. The Expats, by Chris Pavone, is an exceptional spy novel that the New York Times says, “is full of sharp insights into the parallels between political espionage and marital duplicity” so pick it up quickly before it disappears.

 

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

Winner of Best Novel Edgar Allan Poe Award, this thriller novel by Frederick Forsyth follows a professional assassin known as, “The Jackal,” after he is hired by the OAS, “Organisation de l’armée secrète” (a real, short-lived French paramilitary dissident group) to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. This book helped to define the spy thriller genre, and it stands the test of time, as it was voted one of the top 200 books in the UK in 2003, over 30 years after it was originally released. There are two feature films based on the book, both of which the UGL has! The first film was released shortly after the book’s release, and is called “The Day of the Jackal,” and is a strict adaptation of the novel. The second film, “The Jackal,” a Bruce Willis fronted movie, is a very loose adaptation, so distant in fact, that Forsyth tried to have the name changed to disassociate it from the novel.

 

A Gentleman’s Game: A Queen and Country Novel

A Gentleman’s Game: A Queen and Country Novel

A Gentleman’s Game: A Queen and Country Novel

The international community is about to find out that spying is not just “A Gentleman’s Game.” This electrifying novel by Greg Rucka, a fearless writer, weaves into the American comic book series “Queen and Country” also by Rucka. The series centers on Tara Chace, head of Special Operations for the British Intelligence, a lethal heroine, who is hunting down terrorists who have wreaked havoc on London. Tara is going to be used as bait by her country in order to lure in the terrorists, and she begins to question who is the bad guy in this situation. “In this new kind of war, betrayal can take any form…including one’s duty to queen and country”

 

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