Thursday, September 20, 2018

Check Out A Human Book: The Human Library at PVCC

People read for more reasons than can be contained in a single blog post: to expand their horizons, increase their knowledge, go on adventures, gain experience, or take a walk in another person's shoes. Reading makes us more empathetic, more able to see the world through eyes not our own. Books can be honest with readers in a way it's difficult to be in real life -- but this doesn't always have to be the case.

The Human Library is a project that allows people to be honest with other people in the same ways books are honest with their readers -- by providing space for open conversations about life experiences readers may not have the chance to otherwise experience. How does it work? People with life experiences to share "lend" themselves out to people with time to listen and learn -- a library in which the books are humans. The Human Library began in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark and has since become a global movement. And now, it's coming to PVCC and a library classroom near you.

Join us in the Betty Sue Jessup Library classroom for PVCC's Human Library project on the following days:
  • Monday, September 24, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 26, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Come check out a "book" for a 20-minute period and learn about the experiences that others are ready to share. Come with curiosity. Come with difficult questions. And help us challenge stereotypes and prejudices one conversation at a time.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

One Book 2018: The Sixth Extinction

We're back! It's a new semester and it's time for a new One Book. This semester, the PVCC One Book Program is reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. Mass extinction neither began nor ended with the dinosaurs, and Kolbert demonstrates humanity's leading role in the sixth mass extinction happening all around us, right here and right now. Is your interest piqued? Read more about the book here in the Jessup Library catalog or on the One Book Program page.

As ever, mark your calendars. PVCC will be hosting events to celebrate this year's One Book. Here are three upcoming events:

Monday, September 17th is Meatless Monday, a global movement event whose current incarnation began in 2003 with health advocate Sid Lerner and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “One day a week, cut out meat” -- Meatless Monday applies this simple rule in an effort to improve global health. Want to join in? Head over to the Bolick Student Center from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and sign a pledge to forgo eating meat on this day in an effort to reduce your carbon footprint.

On Wednesday, September 19, cancer biologist and metascientist Dr. Timothy Errington, Ph.D., will be speaking. Science Club: Career Talks explores scientific reproducibility: "Can scientists find the same thing as other scientists?  Why or why not?  And what makes science good, robust and trustworthy (or not)?" Dr. Errington will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m. in Rm. M229.

Finally, Professor Joanna Vondrasek is leading a birding walk on Monday, September 24. Learn about the avian populations that call PVCC home (distinct from the student population who also call PVCC home) and how they're affected by a changing climate. Participants will meet in room M229 at noon for a 15 minute talk and then venture outside. Wear comfortable shoes!

You can learn about all of these events and more here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New books to kick off the fall semester!

For some people, August means vacations and beaches.  But perhaps some of you want to start planning for Your best year ever: a 5-step plan for achieving your most important goals.  Publisher alert: If only there were a shortcut involving a one-step plan for your five best years.  Sign me up!

If one of your most important goals for the coming year involves finally showing philosophy who is the boss, we certainly have the right book for you:  Taking back philosophy: a multicultural manifesto.  If taking back philosophy is as exhausting as taking back the items you bought during your Black Friday shopping binge, you might want to start budgeting like a billionaire.  How to turn down a billion dollars: the Snapchat story will undoubtedly help you get a good deal on that personal jet with all that extra money you’re saving.  Or maybe you’ll want to take a more fiscally conservative view before smashing the piggy bank and read Finance for normal people: how investors and markets behave while you’re riding the bus to work.

No one wants to admit how much time they spend online.  I’m sure we all only spend 10-20 minutes per day, and that’s a generous estimate.  Ursula K. LeGuin wrote about No time to spare: thinking about what matters in her last book, and I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to hear that she believes "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us." Show me the money!

Moving on from the main course, could we interest you in one of our tasty desserts?  We can recommend The bad food bible: how and why to eat sinfully and the chef’s specialty: The perfect cake: your ultimate guide to classic, modern, and whimsical cakes.  Want to know why it’s midnight, and you’re mindlessly eating carbs?  Why you eat what you eat: the science behind our relationship with food might clear things up. 

If you’re worried that someone is watching you indulge in that guilt-free dessert that you certainly, positively, absolutely deserve, you may be right.  Don’t look behind you, but there is a book on the shelf called Under surveillance: being watched in modern America.  Why worry about strangers judging you when the government will do it more efficiently?

Do you find that you’re running short on cuts?  Cuts of what – meat?  Could it be?  No, it’s A thousand cuts: the bizarre underground world of collectors and dealers who saved the movies.  If saving movies doesn’t interest you because you’re too busy wondering where this blog entry is going, Passing judgment: praise and blame in everyday life could be the book you’re looking for.  As the saying goes, it’s better to pass a class than pass judgment.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Soak up the sun with a good book!

New books are in at the library - just in time for the summer! Need a small getaway from summer classes? Want something new to read over your summer vacation? We have several new fiction books, manga series, and graphic novels as well as many new nonfiction reads. Check out these titles and more on our New Books List.

If you are looking for a manga series to binge on this summer, you won't have to look further than the Nook section. Here you'll find Afterschool Charisma, Deadman Wonderland, Tokyo Ghoul, and After School Nightmare.  Want to learn more about a particular DC superhero?  The Nook section has new arrivals featuring some of your favorites. Daniel Way's Deadpool: The Complete Collection. Vol. 2 and Bob Batchelor's Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel are also new additions to the catalog for any Marvel fans.

Take along Michael Connelly's murder mystery, Two Kinds of Truth, or explore Greek Mythology with Madeline Miller's novel, Circe while you are at the beach.  Girls on Fire: a novel is an intriguing yet dark read about the evolving dynamics between two high school friends that will be hard to put down. Come check out Arundhati Roy's newest book, The Ministry of of Utmost Happiness, that will take the reader on an intricately interwoven story of the book's main characters.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Just a Few New Additions

New books are in, and the Jessup Library has added on another bookcase to The Nook. The extra shelving allows for easier access to some of your favorite manga and graphic novel titles. Stop by and check them out today!

As the semester winds down, take some time to check out the library's New Books List. If you are looking for something fun to read to break up the monotony of last minute paper writing, presentations, and other end-of-semester activities, then the Jessup Library has several new additions to its Popular and Nook collections that may strike your fancy. There is the The Selection series by Kiera Cass for those looking for an exciting dystopian book. Another new addition is Still Me, which is the third installment featuring Jojo Moyes' character, Louisa Clark. For those looking for something more suspenseful to read, there are two new Dean Koontz novels in the Popular section: The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room. The Jessup Library also has several new fantasy novels, such as The Cruel Prince and Lady Midnight, both of which are the first books in their series.

On the non-fiction front, there are several great historical reads, a couple new biographies (such as David S. Brown's book Paradise Lost: a Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald), art and fashion-focused reads, computer programming books, and even a few new cookbooks.  Have you started thinking about Spring cleaning yet? Francine Jay's book, The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify, could come in handy as it draws out a more streamlined approach to decluttering.  Some additional new titles focus on taking care of oneself and minimizing stressors in life caused by staying so connected all the time; Rohan Guntatillake and Nancy Colier delve into the nature of today's connected society and give their readers methods to break the cycle and de-stress.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Use your Spring Break to travel around the world: with books

Taking our cue from Jules Verne's famous novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the Jessup library has pulled over 80 books with authors and themes from around the globe.  Among our displays are Brazilian author Jorge Amado, Nigerian author Chinua Achebe (who wrote Things Fall Apart), and Israeli author Amos Oz.  Want to learn more about a particular country or culture? Our "Around the World in 80 Books Display" has several nonfiction options as well.  Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing is a collection of pieces from various travel authors; The book looks at how travel writing has become its own genre. Eric Weiner's The Geography of Genius is about this author's journey through history to discover how to create genius. Jessup Library even has a cookbook, aptly named Around the World in 80 Dishes, if you're more in the mood to try various cuisines.