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Dec. 11 Masters of Japanese Cinema

Pickford Film Center and Western Libraries present...

the Masters of Japanese Cinema Film Series   


     Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence    
            6:30pm Tuesday, December 11th
        Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street.

In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is the British lieutenant colonel Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash, and one of Oshima’s greatest successes.

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De-stress with Pet Partners

Need help de-stressing during Dead Week & Finals Week?  
Pet Partners will be visiting the Library

Stop by the Library Skybridge Alcove (on the Wilson side) to enjoy!

Registered Pet Partner Teams (dogs and handlers) will be visiting campus to provide some "doggie therapy" for those who may be stressed out by finals or just want to relax a bit. (The dogs pictured are a few of many more that will be visiting!)

Dogs & their handlers will be in the Library:
Additional dogs, times & days may be added

Monday           Dec. 3    10 - 4 pm
Tuesday          Dec. 4    10 - 4 pm
Wednesday    Dec. 5   
10 - 4 pm
Thursday        Dec. 6   
12 - 4 pm
Friday             Dec. 7    10 - 4 pm & 6 -8 pm

Finals Week:  
Monday           Dec. 10  10 - 4 pm
Tuesday          Dec. 11   10 - 4 pm
Wednesday    Dec. 12   10 - 4 pm
Thursday        Dec. 13   10 - 12 pm & 1:30 - 4 pm

  Pet Partner teams have met certain standards of skills 
  and aptitude and are considered safe, healthy and well
  behaved by various agencies. The dogs represent
  registration in Delta Society of WA, Therapy Dogs
  International, Love on a Leash, and Dogs on Call. While
  Dogs on Call does not certify dogs themselves, they act
  as a "placement agency" who accepts only registered
  dogs on their roles, verifies their suitability and attempts
  to connect them with organizations in the community.

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Monday 4pm - Literature Reading

This Live Literature Reading is an event featuring Western’s creative writers. There will be coffee, cookies, and some of the most dynamic short fiction and poetry being written by Western students today.

This event is open to the public.

Event Sponsor: Western Washington University’s English Department

Date: Monday, November 26, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Reading Room (aka Harry Potter Room)
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TODAY! 3rd Dynasty of Ur: Reading Series

Western Libraries Reading Series

 presents Professor Steven J. Garfinkle,
WWU History Department

Entrepreneurs and Enterprise
in Early Mesopotamia:

a study of three archives
from the Third Dynasty of Ur

Tuesday November 13th
4 - 5 p.m.

Wilson Library Special Collections
Wilson 6th floor.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Whatcom Writes! Enter by Dec. 1

Has someone been there for you
when you most needed a loyal friend?

Has your loyalty ever been tested?
How does it feel to stand up for someone --
or something --you believe in ?

The 4th Annual Whatcom WRITES! contest invites local writers to submit entries up to 800 words on the theme of loyalties.  Write it -- then submit your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by December 1, 2012.

Winners will be published in a printed anthology and invited to read their work at Village Books.

  This contest celebrates the 2013 Whatcom READS!
   book selection Snow Falling on Cedars by  David Guterson.

  Read the book and mark your calendar to see
  award-  winning author David Guterson in person
  Feb. 19 - 21, 2013.


Whatcom WRITES! is an offshoot of the popular Whatcom READS! program, which encourages everyone in Whatcom County to read and discuss the same book. Bestselling author David Guterson's novel Snow Falling on Cedars has been selected as the 2013 Whatcom READS! title. The book, which is set on an island in the San Juans in the 1940s and 50s, explores many issues relating to loyalties -- to family, to country, to loved ones.

Visit the Whatcom READS! website at (scroll down) for complete contest information, including a video about the contest.

Entries must be sent by email to no later than December 1, 2012. Winners will be published in an anthology, and invited to read their work at Village Books. Whatcom READS! and Whatcom WRITES! are a collaborative effort of every library in Whatcom County and Village Books, with funding provided by the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library Foundation.

Contact Christine Perkins for more information, or visit the Whatcom Reads website

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