Thursday, August 31, 2017

One Book Event: Team Rocket @pvcc

First, a confession: Yes, the title is clickbait. This post has nothing to do with Pokémon. But there are plenty of rockets, so read on!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly is the 2017 choice for our annual One Book program. Read more about the book here. The college hosts a variety of events as a part of the program, and we're holding our first on Wednesday, September 13 at noon.

PVCC’s own rocketry club, Piedmont Student Launch Team, will share their experience of working with NASA engineers on a nine-month-long research-based, competitive exploration project of building and launching a high-power rocket with an experiential payload. Come see the rocket in person and hear about the team’s trip to Marshall Space Flight Center to participate in the final competition!

The event will be held in the North Mall Meeting Room. Come join us!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Time for Pie...or Ice Cream...or a New Book!

It’s mid-July and time for pie.  Or ice cream.  Art of the pie: a practical guide to homemade crusts, fillings, and life and Food52 ice cream & friends: 60 recipes & riffs for sorbets, sandwiches, no-churn ice creams and more can provide recipes and inspiration.  The resulting pounds are up to you.  If the thought of all that sugar makes you weak with longing, you may want to read Biology of desire: why addiction is not a disease.

Hide the livestock and wake the neighbors – the Vikings are coming!  Sorry, wrong century, but if you’re interested in Viking history, why not try Northmen: the Viking saga, AD 793-1241 or The Norse myths: a guide to the gods and heroes or Beyond the Northlands: Viking voyages and the Old Norse sagas?

Have you ever worried that you’re going to confess to a crime, even though you’re not guilty?  If so, you may want to brush up on How the police generate false confessions: an inside look at the interrogation room.  Things didn’t go so well for a certain “I’m not guilty” president, but maybe Richard Nixon: the life can shed some light on history.

If you’ve ever opened the office refrigerator only to find that someone has helped themselves to the leftovers you planned to eat for lunch, you could spike future lunches with habaneros, or you could take a more laid-back approach and read Why they do it: inside the mind of the white-collar criminal.

Speak quietly and carry a large golf club.  Tiger Woods has something to say and it’s not “I most certainly was not on tranquilizers, officer!” in The 1997 Masters: my story.

You probably ask yourself every month when the bills are due, “Are these numbers even real?”  Well, the book entitled Are numbers real?: the uncanny relationship of mathematics and the physical world might help shed some numerical light on the situation.

Do you drive on autopilot?  Do you remember what you had for dinner last Wednesday?  Do you wonder why a blog is asking you these nosy questions?  Your brain has many secrets and you might find some answers in Idiot brain: what your head is really up to.

Check out these new books and more at the Jessup Library!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Star Wars and Superheroes: New Books Are In

We realize it's the summer semester, and those of you taking classes are hard at work -- it's no joke to fit sixteen weeks of coursework into five or ten weeks! But, well... we have new books in, and there are a ton of great titles on the list. Can we entice you with one? Or ten? Check out our recommendations for summer reads below:

Neil Gaiman explores everything from ghosts to gumshoes in The View from the Cheap Seats, his latest collection of nonfiction, and recounts the daring adventures of deities, dwarfs, and giants in Norse Mythology.

We have new installments of the Jessica Jones comics. In Jessica Jones: Alias. Vol. 3, which collects Alias #10 and #16-21, Jessica searches for Spider-woman, a teenage superhero who has gone missing. Jessica Jones: Alias. Vol. 4 collects Alias #22-28 and delves into the backstory of the superhero turned private detective. In the mood for more comics and graphic novels? Let characters like James Bond and the Wizard of Oz guide you through an exploration of queer theory and activism in Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker, or check out seventy-eight years of Gotham's guardian in The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon.

Looking for books that have made it to the screen? Pick up Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher, the bestselling novel behind the controversial Netflix TV show, or The Gunslinger by Stephen King, the first book in the Dark Tower series and the inspiration behind the film coming out this August.

Gabourey Sidibe talks about family life, first jobs, and her rise to fame in This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher is a recollection of the late actress's experiences during the filming of the first Star Wars movie. And in George Lucas: A Life, Brian Jay Jones describes the creator behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Read local! Check out The Road Home, a book of poetry by PVCC's very own Ben Sloan.

You can find all of these books and more in our catalog.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kanopy Comes to Roku!

Kanopy, the Netflix of thoughtful entertainment, is now available on Roku. Kanopy gives you access to over 30,000 "documentaries, indie and foreign films, must-see classics and blockbuster movies" -- all for free, courtesy of your campus library. Kanopy adds hundreds of new titles each month, from the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro to fan favorite, For the Love of Spock, so click here to check out the latest additions, and start streaming!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Take A New Book on Summer Break

Welcome to the last day of finals! It's been a long semester, but it's nearly over, and all of us here in the library are cheering for you. Once you've finished that last exam, treat yourself to a new book to keep you company over the summer break. Check out our recommendations below:

Looking for beach reads? We've added a few to the Nook and our popular shelves. Check out Here's To Us by Elin Hilderbrand, in which three women, all sworn adversaries previously married to the same man, gather to mourn his death. Janet Evanovich brings readers two new installments of her Stephanie Plum novels, Tricky Twenty-Two and Turbo Twenty-Three. In Two by Two by Nicolas Sparks, a recently divorced and newly jobless advertising executive struggles to raise his young daughter. And with a six-part adaptation of Good Omens coming to Amazon Prime and the BBC in 2018, now is an excellent time to read this hilarious and well-beloved novel about the end of the world, written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Get the facts on the economic utopia of Star Trek and discover how a system without money would work in our world in Trekonomics by Manu Saadia. And if you're interested in the history and making of Star Trek, as narrated by the people who were there, read both volumes of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman.

Simon Sebag Montefiore offers readers a glimpse into the decadence and extravagance of one of the world's most successful dynasties in The Romanovs: 1613-1918.

It's a dicey time for net neutrality and internet privacy, and it's never a bad idea to learn to protect yourself online. Kevin D. Mitnick shows you how in The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Dig Data. Don't forget to check out Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family by Theresa Payton as well.

Timothy Snyder teaches readers how to recognize and resist tyrants, using lessons taught by the twentieth century's struggle against  fascism, Nazism, and totalitarianism, in On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

In April, Stephen Nash talked climate change in Virginia here at PVCC, and you can now pick up a copy of his book, Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests, right here at Jessup. Read more about climate change with Introduction to Modern Climate Change by Andrew Emory and A Short Introduction to Climate Change by R. A. Eggleton.

Find all these books and more in our catalog. Have a wonderful break!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fuel Up On Freebies

Studying for finals is hungry work. Drop by the circulation desk from Tuesday, May 2 to Monday, May 8, to re-energize with free cookies and coffee. Students, faculty, and staff -- all are welcome!

Good luck this week! We're cheering you on.