Monday, November 28, 2016

Fall 2016 One Book Contest and Raffle Winners

The word "congratulations" outlined in a red and purple starburst and scattered yellow stars

The votes are in, and the winners of the Fall 2016 One Book raffle and multimedia contest have been chosen. They are:

Multimedia Contest

First place, Trevor Pietsch, winner of a free three-credit class. Listen to a recording of his song here.

Second place, Arthur Wood, winner of a Kindle Fire

© 2016 Arthur Wood

Third place, Serena Meintzschel, winner of a $150 gift certificate to the bookstore


© 2016 Serena Meintzschel

Honorable mentions: Karen Siegrist, Kathleen Cuminsky, Erin Beers

Congratulations, everyone! And wonderful work to everyone who entered.

Raffle

Alicia Anderson, winner of the raffle contest and a Kindle Fire!

The One Book Program Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in this semester's events. Thanks so much for all your enthusiasm. We hope to see you again next year!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Give Thanks for New Books

November has been a long, exhausting ride from day one, and it's hard to believe that Thanksgiving -- and a five-day weekend, academically bestowed -- is next week. If you're looking for a good book to curl up with over the holiday (and/or need something to serve as a buffer between you and relatives you only see once a year for good reason), drop by to check out our selection of new books.

Practice self-care through yoga. 2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda is a beautifully photographed collection that guides you through poses that range from easy to challenging, allowing you to practice and improve at your own pace.

Writing a novel in a month? While you're probably still at that stage where the only thing that matters is getting the first draft down, come plot holes or bad dialogue, it never hurts to put Lucile Payne's 1969 book, The Lively Art of Writing, on your To Be Read list for December. While Payne's book isn't specifically targeted toward fiction, her thoughtful guide to writing, from polishing paragraphs to developing your own style, is one you shouldn't miss.

Andrea Duclos shows you how to get creative with your vegetables during the Thanksgiving meal in The Plantiful Table: Easy, From-the-Earth Recipes for the Whole Family, which features over 125 quick-to-make, plant-based dishes that'll meet the approval of everyone at the dinner table.

November is Native American Heritage Month. Check out American Indian Literature: An Anthology, edited by Alan R. Velie, for an array of traditional and contemporary literature. Learn about the overlooked, but historically significant battle of St. Clair's Defeat in The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army by Colin G. Calloway.

Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves explores a history of same-sex marriage much older than conventional wisdom would have us believe through the forty-four-year union of two ordinary women. This Book Is Gay by James Dawson candidly answers questions LGBTQ and other readers may have about everything "from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more."

Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India by Amana Fontanella-Khan tells the story of the Gulabi (Pink) Gang, a women's brigade who help women faced with abuse and injustice. And in India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India, Akash Kapur returns to the country in which he was raised and chronicles its transformation.

Nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead follows the odyssey of Cora and Caesar as they flee a cotton plantation in Georgia via the secret tracks and tunnels of the Underground Railroad.

Find all these books and more in our catalog.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dave Eggers vs. Reality Round Up

The fireworks flew on Wednesday, November 2, when our second One Book speaker, Waldo Jaquith, discussed The Circle and its approach to online privacy and transparency. His conclusion? Dave Eggers' dystopia is entertaining, but it's also one we don't need to fear. Covering everything from the reasons why people troll to the consequences of forced transparency to why you should never, ever read the comments, Jaquith's talk was fun and enlightening.

Weren't able to make it? Interested in listening to the talk again? You can view the recording on PVCC's YouTube channel here.

The One Book Program would like to extend a warm thank you to Mr. Jaquith for his talk!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Charge on the Go

Is your phone dead? Your charger safely ensconced at home? Has every friend, acquaintance, and random stranger you've turned to for help turned up empty-handed? (Or handed you an Apple charger when you needed one for Android and assured you it would probably fit? Shun these people; they are not of this world.) There's good news: the library is here to help. We heard your mournful cries, and we now lend phone chargers!

Two Belkin phone chargers, one for Android and one for Apple phones
Don't worry - we have more than two

We have chargers for both Android and Apple, all of which are in-library use only. All we need to check it out to you is a student ID. So whether you're in emergency mode or want to top off your battery while you study, we've got you covered.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dave Eggers vs. Reality: A One Book Discussion

Guess what, One Book readers: we have another speaker lined up! Join us in welcoming Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) -- technologist, thought follower, working dad, Champion for Change, former Rolling Stones roadie, and rescuer of Al Gore's life -- to the stage on Wednesday, November 2 at College Hour (noon) in the auditorium (M229). His topic is "Dave Eggers vs. Reality":
"The Circle" paints a fun picture of a near-future transparency dystopia, but the reality of both government and technology is more convoluted and more interesting than Eggers knows. Learn why politicians "going transparent" would be incredibly boring, reveal nothing, and create a divided government that would accomplish nothing. 

Jaquith is the writer behind cvillenews.com, a community news blog about Charlottesville, and is the director of U.S. Open Data. Read more of his work at waldo.jaquith.org.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Privacy and Anonymity Discussion Round Up

The One Book Program would like to extend a warm thank you to Professor Mike Ferero for his talk, Privacy and Anonymity in Internet Culture, on Wednesday, October 19. Professor Ferero examined the hothouse culture of Internet start ups, the assumption that anonymity leads to good behavior, transparency in non-Western cultures, and urged attendees to be proactive in knowing how the online services they use handle their privacy.

Professor Ferero teaches a variety of information technology courses, from programming to system administration to network security. To see a video recording of Professor Ferero's talk on Panopto, please click here.

And don't forget to join us for our next One Book speaker, Waldo Jaquith, on Wednesday, November 2nd! For more information, see the PVCC One Book Program page.