Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Newsstand for 2017

 Extra, extra! Come get your magazines!

Access the latest issues of popular magazines through Flipster, a database now available on trial through the Jessup Library. Featuring nearly 1,200 magazines in 20+ categories, Flipster is your online newsstand, delivering everything from Rolling Stone to Sports Illustrated right to your phone, tablet, or computer.

We're trialing Flipster until February 8, so take a look and find it here. Let us know if we should keep this database. We won't be able to get all ~1,200 magazines if we subscribe to this platform, so also let us know which ones to keep and if you like the platform. Email Crystal Newell at cnewell@pvcc.edu with your feedback.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Give Yourself the Gift of A New Book

School's out!  (Unless you have Monday finals, and then in that case, I'm sorry. Your freedom is coming.)

But don't flee the premises just yet, because new books are in. We have just the book to top off your TBR pile over winter break, so come browse our selection. Need a few suggestions to get you started? Check out the books below:

Peek into other lives in these memoirs and confessionals: Lisa Kotin tells the story of sugar addiction in My Confection: Odyssey of a Sugar Addict. Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer brings caustic humor to everything from one night stands and introversion to stem cells and Hollywood in her bestselling essay collection The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Margo Jefferson discusses life among the black elite during some of the most revolutionary times of racial, sexual, and cultural change in the 20th and 21st centuries in Negroland. Ruth Wariner chronicles her upbringing in, and escape from, a polygamist family in The Sound of Gravel. And in Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life, Kelsey Miller guides readers through her journey out of self-hatred and into self-love.

With movies like Justice League and Wonder Woman due next year, it's never too early to get yourself into the superhero mood. On the Origin of Superheroes: From the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1 by Chris Gavaler explores how the elements that created Superman predated him by centuries. Barbara Brownie and Danny Graydon dig into the symbolism of iconic costumes in The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction. Brian Michael Bendis brings us more of Jessica Jones' adventures in Jessica Jones: The Pulse: The Complete Collection, which follows her career shift to Daily Planet journalist while juggling a husband and baby. And if you're looking for a super-powered upgrade to your own life (that doesn't include a hot bath in radioactive material), check out Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb.

Superheroes aren't the only ones hitting the big screen in 2017. Hidden Figures, the story of a team of African-American women whose mathematical genius launched an astronaut into orbit, opens in theaters everywhere in early January. Margot Lee Shetterly plumbs their story in Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

Don't forget fiction. The narrator of Paul Beatty's incisive, hilarious, and award-winning novel, The Sellout, decides to reinstate slavery and segregation as a means of putting his hometown of Dickens, California back on the map. Lawyer Lacy Stoltz finds herself caught in a deadly case of corruption in John Grisham's latest novel, The Whistler. And 'tis the season for some murder in The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P. D. James, a collection of four Christmas-special mysteries.

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sweet Study Break


It's finals week, and it's time to indulge your sweet tooth! Stop by the circulation desk Tuesday the 13th to Monday the 19th, where we'll be treating everyone -- students, faculty, and staff -- to free cookies and coffee.

Good luck this week!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Countdown to Finals

Now here are seven glorious words we've all been waiting to hear: it's (almost) the end of the semester! Classes end Monday, December 12, and finals week goes from Tuesday, December 13 through Monday, December 19. We know you're gearing up for exams (we see you, lurking in the back of the library past 9:30pm) and would like to offer a few reminders:
  • The library is a popular place this time of year. Please keep in mind that your fellow students are as gut-churningly stressed out as you are, so please remember not to talk in the quiet areas, to keep your voice lowered in the group study rooms, and to take your in-person conversations up front.
     
  • Need some help with research? Fretting about those in-text citations? We can help! Our reference librarians are ready to help you with any research or citation questions you may have.
     
  • Need a laptop for next semester? Our G.O.A.L. program, in which eligible students can borrow a laptop for the entire spring 2017 semester, is still accepting applications until December 19. Check out the G.O.A.L. Program page for more information.
     
  • We know you love the library, and before closing, the library loves you! But trapdoors in the ceiling release buckets of black widow spiders at 9:30 p.m. sharp, so please be respectful of closing hours and your own bodily safety and leave on time!
Good luck in this last week. You've made it this far, and you're so close to finishing. You. Can. Do it!


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.