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Taking part in educational institutions and contributing to them in a positive manner is an essential part of becoming a successful learner.  Getting the most out of this experience as an online, non-traditional learner requires being creative.  Our intention is to provide students with a variety of learning resources and opportunities in the Learning Commons to develop a sense of community and enhance their learning. Besides tutoring and technology assistance, the Learning Commons will also host an assortment of live workshops, guest speakers, and virtual drop-in sessions on various topics designed to assist students in their academic studies and become more involved in the Saint Leo online community. 

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Monthly Book Club

The Christmas Murders

"A seasonal gift for connoisseurs of true crime. Here are ten murder cases of "the old-fashioned sort"-evoking a nostalgia more obviously associated with fiction-that all took place during the festive period from mid-December to Twelfth Night between 1811 and 1933." (Provided by Goodreads)

The five thieves of happiness

"Happiness is our natural state, for each of us and for humanity as a whole, argues John Izzo. But that happiness is being stolen by insidious mental patterns that he depicts as thieves: the thief of control, the thief of conceit, the thief of coveting, the thief of consumption, and the thief of comfort. He discovered these thieves as he sought the true source of happiness during a year-long sabbatical, walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and living in the Andes of Peru. This thoughtful and inspiring book describes the disguises these thieves wear, the tools they use to break into our hearts, and how to lock them out once and for all. Izzo shows how these same thieves of personal happiness are destroying society as well. This book will help us all discover, develop, and defend the happiness that is our true nature while creating a world we all want to live in." (Provided by Amazon)

Bending the bow: an anthology of African love poetry

"From the ancient Egyptian inventors of the love lyric to contemporary poets, Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry gathers together both written and sung love poetry from Africa. This anthology is a work of literary archaeology that lays bare a genre of African poetry that has been overshadowed by political poetry. Frank Chipasula has assembled a historically and geographically comprehensive wealth of African love poetry that spans more than three thousand years. By collecting a continent’s celebrations and explorations of the nature of love, he expands African literature into the sublime territory of the heart." (Provided by Google)

Reshaping women's history: voices of nontraditional women historians

"Award-winning women scholars from nontraditional backgrounds have often negotiated an academic track that leads through figurative--and sometimes literal--minefields. Their life stories offer inspiration, but also describe heartrending struggles and daunting obstacles. Reshaping Women's History presents autobiographical essays by eighteen accomplished scholar-activists who persevered through poverty or abuse, medical malpractice or family disownment, civil war or genocide. As they illuminate their own unique circumstances, the authors also address issues all-too familiar to women in the academy: financial instability, the need for mentors, explaining gaps in resumes caused by outside events, and coping with gendered family demands, biases, and expectations. Eye-opening and candid, Reshaping Women's History shows how adversity, and the triumph over it, enriches scholarship and spurs extraordinary efforts to affect social change." (Provided by ProQuest)

Smith and the pharaohs: and other tales

"Set sail for swashbuckling exploits with the author whose work inspired the creation of Indiana Jones. Fans of classic action fiction will love this collection of tales set in exotic locations around the globe, from Egypt to Tibet and beyond. This carefully curated group of stories will enthrall and engage adventure-loving readers." (Provided by Amazon)

Where I have never been: migration, melancholia, and memory in Asian American narratives of return

"This manuscript looks at migration, melancholia, and memory in what the author calls "Asian American narratives of return," or fiction and nonfiction narratives in which the narrator visits the ancestral homeland in Asia." (Provided by Publisher)

Black Elk speaks

"Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk's searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, a history of a Native nation, or an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable." (Provided by publisher) 

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  • How can we help you?

    Are you having a hard time finding information on topics related to your research assignments or paper? Have you tried our Online Resources, wandered through our print resources, and looked at our help pages, but still are not finding what you need? We can help! We have a lot of resources to make the task easier, just ask us.

    If you are looking to request a book or chapter through Interlibrary Loan, please visit our Interlibrary Loan page and fill out the proper form.  

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