Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Books Are Here Again

It's summertime again, and here at the library, we've got new books for you. Drop by to discover something that will complement every aspect of your summer, whether you're looking for a beach read, some staycation company, or a book to relax with between classes or after work. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

If you've been following Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, check out the latest installment, City of Heavenly Fire. You can find the rest of the series in our catalog. If historical fantasy and time traveling are more your speed, check out Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series: Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. You can also find the first three books in our catalog.

We also have an array of standalone novels. In the mood for young adult (YA) books? Check out Paper Towns by John Green. Want some historical fiction? Explore 20th-century America in The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant; Madrid, 1868 in The Fencing Master by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte; or the imperial court of Emperor Franz Joseph I in The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki. Curious to see how Jane Austen's Emma would fare in the 21st century? Alexander McCall Smith has your curiosity covered in Emma: A Modern Retelling.

There are even more intriguing stories to be had in nonfiction. Learn about neurological curiosities dating back to the 1500s in The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean. Explore contemporary Tehran in City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran by Ramita Navai. And just over a century ago, on May 7, 1915, the sinking of the Lusitania hastened the entry of the United States into World War I. Read the full story in Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy by Diana Preston.

Get into the heads of the comedians, actresses, and rockstars who keep us entertained. In Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart, Lisa Rogak follows Stewart's career from stand-up comedian to The Daily Show. Actress and producer Lena Dunham discusses growing up in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s "Learned"Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler writes about everything from treating your career like a bad boyfriend to world domination by robots in her first book, Yes Please. Finally, The Art of Asking, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer expands on the musician's 2013 TED Talk and offers readers an example of how they, too, can harness the power of simply asking.

And you've got to read A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin for the title alone.

Check out all these new books and more in our catalog!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Summer Reading Recommendations

The end of the semester is fast approaching! With exams in the rear-view mirror, will you be looking for a great vacation read or an entertaining book to fill a lazy summer afternoon? The latest showcase at the Jessup Library features summer reading suggestions of all genres: mystery, science fiction, humor, thrillers, nonfiction, romance, YA fiction, and more!

Are you fascinated by a suspenseful storyline full of twists and turns? Then try The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, or The Circle by Dave Eggers. For a real life mystery you might like The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox.

Catch up on the books that inspired recent popular films, like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio J. Mendez and Matt Baglio, or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

If nonfiction is more your cup of tea, the summer is a perfect time to check out new releases like Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead by David Casarett, Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree, or Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser.

Sometimes you just want a fun, entertaining, joy ride of a book to read over the summer—we have plenty of those too! Laugh out loud with Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, Bossypants by Tina Fey, or American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage.

If you’re looking for a book but aren’t sure what to pick up next, check our Staff Picks display by the circulation desk, or just ask a librarian for a suggestion! Happy Summer (Reading)!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Book Trivia Game Winners

Four teams showed off their knowledge of Breaking Night at the One Book Trivia Game, which took place today in the North Mall meeting room. The fast paced game resulted in the following winners:

Gaelen Edwards (free 3-credit class)
Angela Nebel (16 GB Kindle Fire)
Cassidy Tinnell ($100 Amazon gift card)
Annette Cashatt (PVCC hoodie sweatshirt and lanyard)
Saronda Ross ($50 Amazon gift card)
Karen Riordan ($10 Kroger gift card and a pair of sunglasses)
Kellyn Torres ($10 Giant gift card and a pair of sunglasses)
Kaitlyn Duvalois ($15 Mermaid gift card and a pair of sunglasses)

Congratulations to the winners and thank you for coming out to play with us!

The One Book Program returns in the fall of 2015, when we will read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One Book Essay Contest: Winners

The winners of the Spring 2015 One Book essay contest are:

First place, Karen Riordan, winner of a Kindle Fire
Second place, Brendan O’Toole, $100 Amazon card
Third place, Annette Cashatt, $50 Amazon card

How do we determine the winners?

We put together a panel of judges and give them copies of the essays, with the names removed to ensure fairness.The judges read the essays and rank them, and after a discussion, they come up with the final ranking.

Thank you to all who participated. We hope you will participate in the final event for this One Book season, a trivia contest with stupendous prizes, such as free 3-credit class! Read about it here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

National Library Week: April 12-18

Design. Invent. Build. Create!

National Library Week 2015 is coming April 12-18! Libraries are a place to explore, learn, and create. Right now the Jessup Library is showcasing books that highlight innovation, skill-building, and creativity. Read about 3D printing, study the principles of graphic design, get started with robotics, push the boundaries of science, and much more.

Everyone can be an innovator! Get tips and find inspiration to think creatively in books like Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley & David Kelley and Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleo. Find out what makes a maker and how you can be one too in Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson.

If you can think it, you can build it! Get started today with How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology by Ron White, The Robot Builder’s Cookbook by Owen Bishop, Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustin Roberts, or How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers by Sharon Rose & Neil Schlager.

Pursue your vision creatively, whatever that vision may be! Build a prototype with 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution by Christopher Barnatt, or express yourself artistically in Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachery. Use your imagination to invent, illustrate, or even grow creatively with Vertical Vegetable Gardening: A Living Free Guide by Chris McLaughlin or How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution by Jack Horner & James Gorman.

Discover the unlimited possibilities the library holds and celebrate National Library Week by checking out a book to help you move from concept to creation!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Come Check Out Our New Books

Spring break is over and warmer weather is finally rolling in -- late to the party, but who are we to quibble? It's time to start planning your warm weather activities, and here at the library, we hope that sunning on the lawn with a new book in your hands will be one of those. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Explore the cuisine of France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Spain, and China with our Culinaria series. Each book offers a detailed exploration of their country's cultural and culinary delights, and they are sure to both thrill your palate and edify your mind.

Delve into the psychology behind our everyday lives and the people we love with books like Do Fathers Matter? by Paul Raeburn, which challenges and myths and sterotypes of fatherhood and considers its undervalued significance; Is That A Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Dr. Joe Schwarcz; and Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe by Jim Davies. The authors of the New York Times bestselling book, Freakonomics, return with further insights on how to retrain your brain in Think like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. And if you suffer from procrastination, check out Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day by Sam Bennett.

April is National Poetry Month, but that's no reason not to enjoy a book or two of poetry right now. Check out Wet: Poems by PVCC's own Carolyn Creedon and The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris. If you'd like to start writing poetry of your own, check out The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry.

Take charge of your learning and master subjects such as math, science and languages with these books: A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley and Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner.

Juan Cole explores the history behind the Arab Spring in The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East and Jenny Nordberg tells the stories of four people born as girls and raised as boys in The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg.

Find all these books and more on our new books list!