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Children’s Story Book Time

Come and share in the fun at the Nagoya International Center 3F Library & listen to foreign volunteers as they read a selection of books in their native language from the library’s vast collection of children’s story books.


History Books

History Section: Library Recommendations Let’s take a closer look at several books from the History (HIS) section. The history section consists of more than 120 volumes covering not only the history of peoples and places, but everything from midwifery to war. With regard to war and the current concern over terrorism, a recent arrival to [...]


Yonda? The Top 21 Novels of All Time

■Yonda? In 2003, the BBC invited viewers to vote for their favourite novel of all time. The top 21 books based on all votes that were submitted throughout the Big Read TV series are listed below.          1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien 2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 3. [...]


Enjoy Manga

As of April 1 2011, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (simplified), and Portuguese versions of popular manga books became available in the library.


Yonda? Books that Became Movies

Yonda? You’ve seen the movie, but have you read the book? Three of the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars are based on works of fiction: The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Indeed 37 of the 81 Best Picture Oscar winners are based on books. [...]


Natural Sciences

This month we’ll introduce several books from the Natural Science (NAT) section as part of our introduction to the various subject areas in the reading room of the library. The Natural Science section consists of over 75 volumes covering a wide variety of topics, including the environment, human evolution, astronomy, gardening, bird watching and much [...]


JLPT Study Books

The Nagoya International Center Library has just recently added the 2007 Japanese Language Proficiency Test Papers to its collection. There are 5 copies of the Level 1&2 and 5 copies of the Level 3&4 books available for borrowing.         The NIC Library also has various JLPT (nihongo noryoku shiken 日本語能力試験) related text [...]


Zero Hour

Zero Hour DVDs The Discovery Channel’s award-winning Zero Hour series is now available in the NIC Video Library. Each episode profiles the final 60 minutes leading up to an event that have shocked and changed the world. Each hour-long episode combines dramatic reconstruction, archive footage, records and transcript and interviews with eye-witnesses, survivors and experts [...]


Literature and Language

This month we’ll introduce several books from the Literature and Language (LIT) section as part of our introduction to the various subject areas in the reading room of the library. The LIT section consists of more than 160 volumes which include various types of literature – short stories, anthologies, essays, quotations, anecdotes, literary criticism, etc. [...]


Drama Section

We’ve been introducing the various subject areas in the reading room of the library in alphabetical order.  This month we’ll cover the Drama Section (DRA), a still relatively small collection of just under fifty volumes, nearly half of which are devoted to the plays and other works of William Shakespeare.  Among these is The Complete [...]


Economics and Business

This month we’ll introduce a few books from the Economics and Business (E&B) section as part of our introduction to the various subject areas in the reading room of the library.  The E&B section consists of some 45 volumes covering a variety of topics in economics and business.  A recent arrival is Kurt Eichenwald’s Conspiracy [...]


Japanese Literature Books

Japanese Literature Section: Library Recommendations Let’s take a closer look at several books from the Japanese Literature (JPN) section. The Japanese Literature section consists of more than 300 titles of Japanese literary works that have been translated into English along with literary criticism and books about Japanese literature in English. The latter include six volumes [...]


Review of 2007

The Most Popular Reading Room Books of 2007 The NIC Library’s Reading Room is home to an extensive collection of foreign fiction, non-fiction, and children’s story books. So what were the reading rooms most popular books in 2007? The colourful and easy-to-read story books by popular children’s authors Todd Parr (website), Karen Katz ( website  [...]


Cooking Books

We’ve been introducing the various subject areas in the reading room of the library in alphabetical order.  This month we’ll cover the Cooking Section (COO), which has grown to approximately 60 volumes representing various countries and various types of cooking.  Countries represented include Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Turkey.  We [...]


Best of 2009 (Jul – Dec)

  ■10 Most Borrowed Books of 2009 (July – December) 1 Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 2 Business Plans for Dummies by Paul Tiffany 3 The Undomestic Goddess by Sophi Kinsella 4 The Japanese Art of War: Understanding the Culture of Strategy  by Thomas Cleary 5 Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie, 6 Dr. Atkins’ New [...]


Hungry? Cuisine and Cooking Books

 You don’t have to have the culinary skills of  Delia Smith or a Jamie Oliver to whip up a meal in the confines of your ‘compact’, little kitchen. A guide to the ingredients available in Japanese supermarkets and a good recipe in front of you is a great start. The Nagoya International Center Library has [...]


Health and Fitness Books

This month we’ll introduce several books from the Health & Fitness (H&F) section as part of our introduction to the various subject areas in the reading room of the library.  The H&F section consists of some 60 volumes covering a variety of topics in health and fitness, including exercise for both body and mind, diet, [...]


Best of 2009 (Jan – June)

  ■10 Most Borrowed Books of 2009 (January – June) 1 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling 2 The Japanese Art Of War: Understanding The Culture Of Stratergy by Thomas Cleary 3 Mr. And Mrs. Smith by Cathy East Dubowski 4 Jewish Power: Inside The American Jewish Establishment by J. J. [...]