Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gift Yourself a New Book

With the final day of classes less than a week away, it's time to prepare your winter break reading list. Might we suggest a few titles from our most recent new books for your reading delectation?

We've got lots of new fiction in our Nook and Popular locations. Check out Turtles All the Way Down, John Green's latest YA about a girl detective living with anxiety and OCD; The Hate U Give, the #1 New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas that examines police brutality from the point of view of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter; and Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, about a girl newly bereaved and uprooted from her Chicago hometown, coming to grips with life on the other side of the country.

Household names are back with new novels. Check out the John Grisham's latest legal thriller, The Rooster Bar; Danielle Steel's modern Cinderella retelling, Fairytale; and Sleeping Beauties, speculative fiction from Stephen King in collaboration with his son, Owen King. Isabel Allende tackles issues of human rights, the plight of immigrants and refugees, and slow-burning romance in In the Midst of Winter, while in Unforgivable Love, Sophfronia Scott sets a retelling of the French classic "Les Liaisons dangereuses" in 1940s Harlem. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward's first work of fiction since 2011, considers fraught relationships between fathers and sons. Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian, returns to sci-fi with Artemis, the story of a heist and a criminal mastermind set on a lunar colony.

Take a crash course in 75 years of Aquaman and The Flash, or dive into the complete collections of Deadpool and Spider-man Webspinners.

Dreaming of nonfiction for the holidays? Kevin Young tackles everything from humbug to fake news in his timely book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News. Ta-Nehisi Coates draws parallels between Reconstruction, America's short-lived experiment with multiracial democracy, and its aftermath with the eight years of the Obama administration and its aftermath in We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy trace the history of women's wrestling in Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling, while Hope Nicholson describes another sort of sisterhood in The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History. In Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant To Do, Chris Guillebeau shows readers the art of landing that perfect job. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren explores the triumphs and disappointments of scientific work. And if you have any plans to cook up a storm over the winter break, check out these culinary primers: Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and a revised edition of Julia Child's beloved Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

It's (Almost) the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Thanksgiving break is over, and we're in the final stretch, where everything final is coming up or coming due: final papers, final projects, final exams. We've got three weeks of cramming, composing, and silently sobbing ahead, and some days it might seem simpler to toss your computer out the nearest window than finish that essay. But don't despair. The exultation you'll feel from watching your computer smash against the concrete is small (and temporary!) compared with the constructive stress relief offered by these books:

Everyone could use a magic bullet now and then -- and Success under stress: Powerful tools for staying calm, confident, and productive when the pressure’s on by Sharon Melnick is full of them. Kelly McGonigal explores the advantages of stress in The upside of stress: Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it, while Mequilibrium: 14 days to cooler, calmer, and happier by Jan Bruce, Andrew Shatté, and Adam Perlman shows you how to effectively work with, rather than against, your stress.

Discover stress and time management techniques tailored to college in College rules!: How to study, survive, and succeed in college by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh and How to study in college by Walter Pauk and Ross J.Q. Owens.

It's important to engage in self-care, even if it feels too indulgent. Think of it as an investment -- it gives you energy for a rainy day. Learn how to work mindfulness into your everyday life in bite-sized increments with The mindfulness solution: Everyday practices for everyday problems by Ronald D. Siegel and Five good minutes in your body: 100 mindful practices to help you accept yourself & feel at home in your body by Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine. Need some more bite-sized bits of wisdom? Check out Don’t sweat the small stuff-- and it’s all small stuff: Simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life by Richard Carlson.

Finally, don't forget -- the librarians are here to help to help! We may not wear capes (at least, not visible ones), but if your research skills need rescuing, we've got you covered.

So hang in there. You've made it this far, and you can make it to the end.

Friday, November 10, 2017

On Their Shoulders: A Talk with Dr. Christine M. Darden

Now is your chance to meet one of the researchers featured in Margot Shetterly's New York Times best-selling book, Hidden Figures.

Dr. Christine M. Darden -- mathematician, data analyst, and aeronautical engineer -- began her NASA career as a "human computer" before becoming an engineer and, eventually, the first African-American woman to serve as a senior executive at the Langley Research Center.

Darden's talk with detail how she developed a love for mathematics in high school geometry, the highest level of math she took in high school, and how it was then that she formed a dream of becoming a mathematician. She will also share her story of how, being led by her dream and the requirements of her father, she catapulted her career as a high school math teacher into a 40-year career with NASA as an internationally known researcher and leader in sonic-boom minimization research, while also earning a D. Sc. Degree from George Washington University in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Fluid Mechanics.

Darden will be speaking here at PVCC on Wednesday, November 15 at 3-5PM in Room M229. Don't miss out!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Encore! Hidden Figures Comes to PVCC

In honor of the 2017 One Book program, Hidden Figures returns to the big screen at PVCC for an encore performance. If you've been waiting to see it or could watch it ten more times because it's just that good (and believe us, it is), then here is your chance to do just that. Mark your calendar for Friday, November 3 at 5:30 PM, where we will be showing Hidden Figures in Room M229.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stars, Superheroes, and Bite-Sized Astrophysics: New Books Are In

New month, new books: October is here, and here at Jessup Library there are 250+ new books gracing our shelves. The weather is cooling off (knock on wood) and fall break is only a week away -- time to take a break from your studies and curl up with a good book for an hour or two! If you're looking for suggestions to get you started, look no further than the list below:

Hidden Figures, the 2017 choice for PVCC's One Book Program, celebrates the accomplishments of the African-American women who launched the first astronauts into orbit. If you're looking for more books about women and the stars, check out The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel, which reveals the hidden world of the women who worked as "human computers" at the Harvard College Observatory in the late 19th century; and Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles, an exploration of the life of the astronomer Jill Tarter, former director of the Center for SETI Research.

Need inspiration for that superhero Halloween costume you've been planning to cobble together since last year? The good news is that there is a universe of superheroes just waiting for you to find them. Check out The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4,000-Year History of the Superhero to learn about superheroes going back to Gilgamesh.

Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures by Jennifer Romolini is a practical guide to succeeding in the world of work, no matter where you start. Pair it, like fine wine, with Jen Sincero's guide to financial success, You Are A Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.

Our ever-expanding collection of the Very Short Introduction series offers bite-sized investigations into pretty much everything: theology, the Mexican Revolution, Voltaire, intellectual property, plague, Shakespeare's comedies, folk music, gravity, family law, exploration, and more.

Speaking of exploration: much as we've learned as a species, there's still so much to discover. Get a sense of just how much with The Lost City of the Monkey God, in which author Douglas Preston goes looking for a lost civilization with a team of scientists; Weird Dinosaurs: The Strange New Fossils Challenging Everything We Thought We Knew by John Pickrell, which chronicles the discovery of new fossils -- including carnivores with bat wings and dwarf dinosaurs -- and how our understanding of the distant past is changing; and Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments, edited by John Brockman, in which 198 visionary thinkers identify the ideas of the present that will carry us into the future.

Curious about astrophysics, but pressed for time? Neil DeGrasse Tyson has you covered. Check out Astrophysics for People in a Hurry for another bite-sized introduction to a vast and incredible subject.

Check out all of these books and more in our catalog. Happy October, and happy reading!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Let's Fight Censorship with The Great Gatsby!



Question: What do The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone all have in common? (Besides being iconic enough that you may have read, heard of, or been force fed at least one of them in your lifetime.)

Answer: They've all been banned.

September 24th - 30th is Banned Book Week. Book censorship has a long and storied history, and the tradition is alive and kicking in 2017. (What else is new?) Books have been banned for a variety of reasons -- for portraying sex and violence and using profanity to encouraging children to break dishes or for being 'a real downer' (those last two were A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstien and Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank, respectively). Banned Book Week brings attention to books that have been challenged and/or banned in schools, libraries, and elsewhere, both locally and nationally, and celebrates the efforts of book-lovers to fight censorship and preserve the freedom to read.

Jessup Library invites you to join in the celebration! Come get caught your picture taken with your favorite banned book, learn about book censorship as you play fortune teller, and check out our collection of forbidden literature and find out why fan favorites like the Harry Potter series or  classics like Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter were challenged or banned.

And always: celebrate the power of words!