Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrate Black History Month


ASALH 2018 Black History Month poster
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) chose "African Americans in Times of War" as their 2018 theme for Black History Month. The Jessup Library has several titles highlighting the role that African Americans played on the war front.  Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero speaks of the daring risk that Smalls took to escape to freedom with his family during the Civil War. Linda Hervieux's Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War details the lives of an all-black battalion that fought on the frontlines in World War II; their contributions to the D-day battle had gone unacknowledged until recent years. Karin Stanford compiled multiple stories from well-known individuals throughout history in her book, If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace

Jessup Library also has a display set up to celebrate Black History Month that highlights the stories of civil rights activists, politicians, athletes, musicians, actors, and more. The Radical King, Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era, Eye on the Struggle, Ali: A Life, and We Could Not Fail: the First African Americans in the Space Program are just a few of the titles that have been selected.

Read the great works of African American authors: James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, and many more!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Let the Library Play Matchmaker This Valentine’s Day


Already have a date for Valentine’s Day? Still looking to find that someone special? Or, are you someone who is totally fine with being single? Whatever status you find yourself in this month, let the library set you up with some new books; who knows, you might just fall in love.

Step outside of the normal Romance novel scene with books from the library’s “Star-Crossed Love” display. You will find classics such as: Tristan and Isolde; Wuthering Heights; The Great Gatsby; and of course, Romeo and Juliet. Check out A Farewell to Arms, a Hemingway romance set on the frontlines of Europe during World War I. Read about forbidden love in Ivanhoe and Madame Bovary. Dirt for Art's Sake: Books on Trial from Madame Bovary to Lolita is great non-fiction read that looks at how social norms have changed within the genre by exploring the scandals that each book caused after publication.

In an era where love can be found at the click of a mouse or the swipe of a screen, it can be difficult to navigate the ins-and-outs of dating if one is not tech-savvy. Jessup Library has several new titles on technology and communication: The One Device: the Secret History of the iPhone,  Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Overload, Popular: the Power of Likeability in a Status-Obsessed World, and The Handy Communication Answer Book.

A General Theory of Love is a more scientific approach to love and lust, exploring three psychiatrists’ research on the nature of love and how the brain affects relationships. Can Love Last? is another non-fiction read on the science and psychology of the emotions that make love possible, and the emotions that also end romance. The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido by David Friend covers the sexual history of the 1990’s in pop culture, science, trends, and social interactions. This title can be found in the library’s New Books section, along with The Secret Life of the Mind by Mariano Sigman, a fascinating non-fiction read on the origin of thought and communication.   

Fall in love with nature all over again with these new additions to the library: This Blessed Earth: a Year in the Life of an American Family Farm; The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild, and Dangerous; Vulture: the Private Life of an Unloved Bird; and How the Zebra Got its Stripes. Jessup Library even has the purr-fect title for the self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” during the Valentine’s Day season; The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee looks in-depth into how our feline companions express love and communicate with humans and can be found in the New Books section.  Dog lovers need not despair, as the library also has many titles for those loveable pups in your life.

Passionate about history or politics? We have several new titles covering U.S. History, politics, and world history. Jamestown, the Truth Revealed looks at the historic Virginia settlement from a fresh set of eyes, incorporating archeologists’ most recent discoveries in and around the fort and settlement. Holger Hoock uses his book, Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth, to repaint how readers look at the American Revolution. Be Free or Die by Cate Lineberry is a gripping read about Robert Smalls, a man who went from being a slave to a Union hero after a daring escape for freedom. 

These titles are just a few of the many we have to offer at the library, so please, let us match you up with a new book today!

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!