News and activities at Norma Marion Alloway Library, Trinity Western University

Month: April 2021 (Page 1 of 2)

Alloway Library becomes fine-free!

Starting May 1, 2021, Trinity Western University’s Norma Marion Alloway Library will be a fine-free library. Instead of charging a fine for returning library material after the due date, the library will simply ask users to return or renew overdue material before requesting or borrowing more material.

There will be a few exceptions:

  • Item requested by another user which become overdue, will be subject to a $1/day late fee.
  • There will be a late fee of $1/hour for overdue material borrowed from Course Reserves
  • If an item isn’t returned or renewed, the library will assume it’s lost and send a bill to the borrower. If the lost item is returned, a partial refund will be issued.

The library’s new policy applies to all borrowers: students, TWU employees and community members.

As always, Alloway Library will send reminders about due dates and keep it easy to renew and return material anytime. The after-hours drop box at the front entry is always open and material can be renewed online, over the phone or in person.

In launching this new policy, Alloway Library joins Canadian peers at SFU, UBC, Thompson Rivers, Acadia, Dalhousie, University of King’s College and libraries around the world. These libraries recognize that fines don’t work as a means of encouraging timely return of material. They also recognize that fines create conflict points between staff and the community of learners we support.

Alloway Library staff also know that fines can impact busy scholars the most: the people who borrow stacks of books, including those who are studying, working and looking after family members – all at the same time. The new fine-free policy will keep print and media resources circulating among the people who need them, in a timely manner.

Outstanding fees incurred before May 1 still need to be paid. To encourage patrons to clear old fines, Alloway Library is donating all overdue fines collected between April 2 and May 3 to the Langley Foodbank. Payment can be made over the phone by calling the library at 604-513-2023 or in person at the library.

Visit to find out more about Alloway Library’s services and resources.

TWU Library Summer Hours (May 3 to August 31)

The main floor of the  Norma Marion Alloway Library will remain open during the summer with reduced hours beginning on May 3 until August 31.

Monday to Friday – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday – CLOSED
Statutory Holidays – CLOSED

Alloway Library will continue to offer the following services throughout the summer: Contactless Holds Pickup, Scan and Deliver Requests, Inter Library Loan, and online Reference Help , as well as access to computer workstations, printing, scanning and study space.

Please note that the Curriculum Resource Centre and TWU Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only. For more information about library services, please visit TWU Library COVID-19 Response page .

For the latest information on  Library hours, visit:

New Titles Tuesday, April 27

Here is a selection of new titles added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information.

 Aristophanic comedy [by] K. J. Dover.

Augustine’s City of God: a reader’s guide /Gerard O’Daly. The City of God, written in the aftermath of the Gothic sack of Rome in AD 410, is the most influential of Augustine’s works, having played a decisive role in the formation of the Christian West. O’Daly’s book is the most comprehensive modern guide to it in any language.

 C.S. Lewis and the Christian worldview /Michael L. Peterson. Peterson develops a comprehensive, coherent framework for understanding Lewis’s Christian worldview-from his arguments from reason, morality, and desire to his ideas about Incarnation, Trinity, and Atonement. Accenting that the intellectual strength and existential relevance of Lewis’s works rest on his philosophical acumen as well as his Christian orthodoxy-which he famously called “mere Christianity”–Peterson skillfully shows how Lewis’s Christian thought engages a variety of important issues raised by believers and nonbelievers alike.

 Costumes of the Greeks and Romans (formerly titled: Costume of the ancients) For over 200 years considered among the finest, most accurate, most useful renderings of authentic costumes from these early civilizations. Carefully copied from ancient vases & statuary, these engravings combine unusual clarity of style with unquestioned authenticity. Over 700 illustrations depict all classes & occupations.

 Defending and defining the faith: an introduction to early Christian apologetic literature /D. H. Williams. This book offers a presentation of Christian apologetic literature from the second century to the fifth century, taking each writer within the intellectual context of the day. The book argues that most apologies were not directed at a pagan readership. In most cases, ancient apologetics had a double object: to instruct the Christian and persuade weak Christians or non-Christians who were sympathetic to Christian claims. Taken cumulatively, it finds, apologetic literature was integral to the formation of the Christian identity in the Roman world.

 Faithful to science: the role of science in religion /Andrew Steane. This book describes the combination of science and religious faith from the perspective of one who finds that they link together productively and creatively.

 Love all: a comedy of manners, together with Busman’s honeymoon : a detective comedy / by Dorothy L. Sayers and Muriel St. Clare Byrne ; [both] edited by Alzina Stone Dale.  When Lord Peter and his bride arrive at their honeymoon cottage in the country, everything seems perfect. Though the owner of the house is nowhere to be found, Lord Peter and Harriet settle down, first to an elegant dinner and then to sleep in a soft goosefeather bed. All is splendid until the owner of the house turns up — in the cellar, very dead.

 Need to know: vocation as the heart of Christian epistemology /John G. Stackhouse, Jr. This book answers a basic question: When a Christian wants to consider a matter in a way that is fully responsible to her Christian commitments, what is she to do? What resources ought she to consult? How ought she to consult them, and then coordinate the deliverances of each? This book, a new statement of Christian epistemology, answers a number of questions fundamentally in terms of vocation.

 Posthuman bliss?: the failed promise of transhumanism /Susan B. Levin. Transhumanists would have humanity’s creation of posthumanity be our governing aim. Susan B. Levin challenges their overarching commitments regarding the mind, brain, ethics, liberal democracy, knowledge, and reality. Her critique unmasks their notion of humanity’s self-transcendence via science and technology as pure, albeit seductive, fantasy.

Revelation: toward a Christian theology of God’s self-revelation /Gerald O’Collins. A study of the central themes of the theology of revelation, whereas other works often focus on the history of reflection on revelation.

 The evolution of atheism: the politics of a modern movement /Stephen LeDrew. This is a study of contemporary organised atheism as a fundamentally political phenomenon that is internally divided on ideological grounds, positioning atheism as one ideology and identity marker within the broad network of organisations collectively constituting the secular movement. This movement, which has existed since the nineteenth century, came to life in the early twenty-first century with the emergence of the New Atheism, an aggressive assault on religion led by thinkers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.

 The future of Christian marriage /Mark Regnerus. This is a book about how today’s Christians find a mate within a faith that esteems marriage but a world that increasingly yawns at it. The book draws on in-depth interviews with nearly 200 young-adult Christians from the United States, Mexico, Spain, Poland, Russia, Lebanon, and Nigeria, in order to understand the state of matrimony in global Christian circles today.

The outrageous idea of Christian teaching /Perry L. Glanzer and Nathan F. Alleman ; foreword by George Marsden. Explores the responses of more than 2,300 Christian professors from 48 different institutions across North America to find out how  (and should) being a Christian change one’s teaching

 Theology and the anthropology of Christian life /Joel Robbins. A major reconsideration of important aspects of anthropological theory through theological categories and a series of careful readings of influential theologians such as Moltmann, Pannenberg, Jungel, and Dalferth informed by rich ethnographic accounts of the lives of Christians from around the world. Robbins draws on contemporary discussions of secularism to interrogate the secular foundations of anthropology and suggests that the differences between anthropology and theology surrounding this topic can provide a foundation for transformative dialogue between them, rather than being an obstacle to it. Written as a work of interdisciplinary anthropological theorizing, this book also offers theologians an introduction to some of the most important ground covered by burgeoning field of the anthropology of Christianity while guiding anthropologists into core areas of theological discussion.

NEW Curriculum Resource Titles, April 22

Check out NEW Curriculum Resource titles in TWU’s Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC).

This specialized education resource library serves Trinity’s School of Education and local educators, and it provides a variety of resources for curriculum planning, research and teaching (including curriculum guides), teacher’s resources, and K-12 student resources.

Click on the link for more information. Learn how to place a Hold though our Contactless Holds Pickup.

Calvin: a novel by Martine Leavitt
(Interest Level: Grades 7-12)
Born on the day the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, seventeen-year-old Calvin, a schizophrenic, sees and has conversations with the tiger, Hobbes, and believes that if he can persuade the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, to do one more strip, he will make Calvin well.

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen
(Interest Level: Grades 6-9)
This book is an unforgettable journey into one boy’s deepest insecurities and darkest fears.  Steve is an anxious boy and becomes convinced that angels will save his sick baby brother. But these are creatures of a very different kind, and their plan for the baby has a twist. Layer by layer, he unravels the truth about his new friends as the time remaining to save his brother ticks down.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
(Interest Level: Grades 5-8)
Winner of the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Rights in Children’s Literature and the 2019 Newbery Honour Book, This is a heartful story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity and for a hopeful future.  Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India. Nisha tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and illustrations by Patricia Castelao
(Interest Level: Grades 4-6)
Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, this stirring and unforgettable novel celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
(Interest Level: 7-10)
Governor General Award winner, this novel is about a support group for kids coping obsessive-compulsive disorder.  The story centres on when Adam meet Robyn at the support group, and he is determined to protect and defend her, whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems?


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