Friday, October 12, 2018

Racing Extinction: College Hour with Kibiriti Majuto

There's a sixth mass extinction coming -- and in the words of Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the award-winning book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, the cataclysm is us.

Kolbert traces the history of mass extinctions from antiquity to the present day, from the mastodon to Panama's golden frog, and shows how humans have impacted the earth in ways not experienced since the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of Cretaceous period. Humans have catastrophically altered the course of life on this planet -- but while there is no question we can destroy, is there hope that we can also heal?

On Monday, October 15, 2018, join student organizer Kibiriti Majuto as he turns the discussion from extinction to how we -- and specifically, young people -- can alter the planet's course from catastrophe towards a livable future. "Racing Extinction: Youth Movement for Climate Justice" seeks to refocus our attention from what has been done to what can be done, right now, for the planet. Kibiriti is a student organizer with different environmental student organizations such as Virginia Student Environmental Collection and Zero Hour. He is currently on the Earth Guardians National Council, and he worked on developing the Zero Hour’s platform for the Youth March.

Free for college hour? Take some time out of your day to learn about climate justice, and what you can do to help bring justice to our planet.

Kibiriti will be speaking at the main campus in Room M229 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Monday, October 15, 2018. Don't miss out!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Us Against the Censors: Banned Books Weeks 2018

Every person from every walk of life has a story to tell. Stories that enlighten us, challenge us, delight and amuse and inspire us. But the right to tell those stories is not guaranteed. Even as we become more aware of the critical importance of allowing traditionally unheard voices to speak up, and space opens in the public discourse for stories that are rarely told, the danger of silencing grows. It's up to us to defend the right of everyone to tell their stories.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and tell stories. From September 23-28, join Jessup Library and PVCC in a celebration of books that have been challenged or outright banned, some in decades past and some as recently as 2018. This year's theme is "Banning Books Silences Stories." Join the fight to defend our right to our stories by reading a banned book. Looking for some suggestions? Jessup Library has got you covered. You can find several of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017 in the stacks, from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher to The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Furthermore, don't forget to check out the Human Library storytelling project happening September 24, 26, and 27 in the Betty Sue Jessup Library classroom. Check out the blog post below or the official page here to learn more.

It's us against the censors. Come join the fight.

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!