Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring Break

The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday of spring break. Remember, we are closed on Friday and Saturday. If we don't see you before, have a great week!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Announcing the 2015-2016 One Book Survey Winner!

You voted and we have a winner! Now that the 2015-2016 One Book Survey has closed, we’re excited to announce the winner. The next One Book Project will feature The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
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“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa.”[1] Henrietta died in 1951 at the age of 31, but 63 years later, her cells are still alive and growing more numerous by the day. These cells, known as HeLa cells, represent a multi-million dollar industry and have led to scientific breakthroughs involving vaccine production, gene mapping, cloning, and AIDS research. Despite this incredible contribution to medical science, Henrietta Lacks gained neither fame nor recognition after her death, and her family received no part of the profits from her cells.

The story of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks uncovers the identity of an African American woman from Virginia, a dedicated wife and loving mother, who approached each day with determination and dignity, even when she was undergoing treatments for the cancer that would take her life. As she was being treated at Johns Hopkins a tissue sample was removed without her knowledge, and from this sample scientists derived the HeLa cell line, which would go on to revolutionize medical research. Henrietta’s story explores the murky waters of medical ethics, the bonds of family and community, and the importance of amending past wrongs and remedying inequalities in our health care system and our society at large. 

Over 300 students, faculty, and staff cast their votes in the survey. Thanks to everyone who participated! We hope you will join us in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks this fall. In the meantime, free copies of Breaking Night, the 2014-2015 One Book, are still available, so stop by the library and take one home today!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Library showcase: Celebrating African-American authors

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“America is woven of many strands… Our fate is to become one, and yet many.” –Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man 

In honor of Black History Month, the library is showcasing the works of African-American authors. These award-winning authors are celebrated for their remarkable literature and nonfiction. Whether you’d like to re-read a classic or discover a new bestseller, you can always find something to read at the library!

Some of the most famous African-American authors are known not only for their writing but for the incredible lives they led. You can find a great selection of historical works at the library, such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs.

You may first encounter these authors through assigned reading, but literary classics aren’t only for the classroom. Novels like Sula by Toni Morrison, Native Son by Richard Wright, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin make great reads anytime.

There’s also no shortage of brilliant African-American poetry on the library shelves. The words of Langston Hughes inspired a generation of Civil Rights activists, while modern African-American poets like Rita Dove continue to provide a voice for Black America today.

Too busy to read a whole novel? Try the short story collection, In Love & Trouble, by Alice Walker, or the personal essays of Maya Angelou in Letter to My Daughter. The library also has a great supply of works by modern African-American authors, such as Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer, Fear Itself by Walter Mosley, and Precious by Sapphire.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Library showcase: Hobbies!

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The start of another year (and another semester!) is a great time to pick up a new hobby or explore a new interest. That’s why January is National Hobby Month! In 2015 try your hand at scrapbooking or photography, beekeeping or cake decorating, interior design or birding! Whether you like crafting or craft beer, you can always find a relevant book at the library.

Unleash your inner creativity through crafting and art! Find inspiration in these books, plus the skills to create your own masterpiece:
21st Century Design, for interior design concepts and more
Hand Tool Essentials, for woodworking tips and projects

If you have an interest in gardening, baking, or you just love food, you’ll enjoy our collection of cookbooks and guides to teach you everything about growing your own produce.
The Joy of Keeping Chickens by Jennifer Megyesi

Does your year revolve around the seasons of sports? Learn more about the sports you love with books like these:
Football Made Simple: A Spectator’s Guide by Dave Ominsky and P.J. Harari

Virginia has made a name for itself as a great location for wineries and breweries. Brush up on your knowledge of vintages and brewing techniques before heading off to the next local wine or beer tasting.
How to Be a Wine Expert by James Gabler
From Vines to Wines by Jeff Cox

Hobbies don’t have to be complicated. Hiking is rewarding, fun, and inexpensive! When it’s too cold to venture outdoors, you can bring a little bit of nature inside with hobbies like birding or fishkeeping.
The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums by David E. Boruchowitz

Find all these books and more at the Jessup Library!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Library hours

Happy holidays, everyone! The library will be closed from December 20, 2014 until January 4, 2015. Enjoy your winter break; we know we will!

Monday, December 8, 2014

And the winners are...

We received many responses to the last Mathville puzzle. From all the correct responses, 10 winners were drawn randomly. There are two first places, four second places, and four third places.

The winners of The Advertising Executive puzzle are:

1st place ($30 gift card to the bookstore)

Paula Woods
Miranda Elliott Rader

2nd place ($15 gift card to The Mermaid Cafe)

Robert Porter
Tess Meadows
Brian Quinlan
Ashley London

3rd place (a big Hershey's milk chocolate bar)

Michelle Stanislaus
Veronica Deighan
Sarah Dolan
Matthew Jordan

And now the answer to the puzzle

The question was:  If Joachimsthal's Notations Office is assigned to the seventh slot, then which of the following MUST be assigned to the fifth slot?

The answer is: Keith Numbers, Attorney at Law (choice E) MUST be placed in the 5th slot.

We start by placing Joachimsthal's Notations Office in the 7th slot.  Next we place Fibonacci's and Hypercube in the fourth slot. But Hypercube can't occupy the fourth slot, because if it did, there wouldn't be enough room after it for Bary Center Housewares, Data Structure Computers, and Keith Numbers. That leaves Fibonacci's occupying the fourth slot. This leaves only slots 2 and 3 for Bary Center Housewares and Data Structure Computers, and forces Hypercube Builders into the first slot. Now Keith Numbers must be placed,  but it can't go next to Joachimsthal's (because of the rules), so the only open slot for it is #5. Cantor's Point Realty would then occupy slot #6.