Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One Book Essay Contest: Winners

The winners of the Spring 2015 One Book essay contest are:

First place, Karen Riordan, winner of a Kindle Fire
Second place, Brendan O’Toole, $100 Amazon card
Third place, Annette Cashatt, $50 Amazon card

How do we determine the winners?

We put together a panel of judges and give them copies of the essays, with the names removed to ensure fairness.The judges read the essays and rank them, and after a discussion, they come up with the final ranking.

Thank you to all who participated. We hope you will participate in the final event for this One Book season, a trivia contest with stupendous prizes, such as free 3-credit class! Read about it here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

National Library Week: April 12-18


Design. Invent. Build. Create!

National Library Week 2015 is coming April 12-18! Libraries are a place to explore, learn, and create. Right now the Jessup Library is showcasing books that highlight innovation, skill-building, and creativity. Read about 3D printing, study the principles of graphic design, get started with robotics, push the boundaries of science, and much more.

Everyone can be an innovator! Get tips and find inspiration to think creatively in books like Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley & David Kelley and Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleo. Find out what makes a maker and how you can be one too in Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson.

If you can think it, you can build it! Get started today with How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology by Ron White, The Robot Builder’s Cookbook by Owen Bishop, Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustin Roberts, or How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers by Sharon Rose & Neil Schlager.

Pursue your vision creatively, whatever that vision may be! Build a prototype with 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution by Christopher Barnatt, or express yourself artistically in Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachery. Use your imagination to invent, illustrate, or even grow creatively with Vertical Vegetable Gardening: A Living Free Guide by Chris McLaughlin or How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution by Jack Horner & James Gorman.

Discover the unlimited possibilities the library holds and celebrate National Library Week by checking out a book to help you move from concept to creation!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Come Check Out Our New Books

Spring break is over and warmer weather is finally rolling in -- late to the party, but who are we to quibble? It's time to start planning your warm weather activities, and here at the library, we hope that sunning on the lawn with a new book in your hands will be one of those. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Explore the cuisine of France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Spain, and China with our Culinaria series. Each book offers a detailed exploration of their country's cultural and culinary delights, and they are sure to both thrill your palate and edify your mind.

Delve into the psychology behind our everyday lives and the people we love with books like Do Fathers Matter? by Paul Raeburn, which challenges and myths and sterotypes of fatherhood and considers its undervalued significance; Is That A Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Dr. Joe Schwarcz; and Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe by Jim Davies. The authors of the New York Times bestselling book, Freakonomics, return with further insights on how to retrain your brain in Think like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. And if you suffer from procrastination, check out Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day by Sam Bennett.

April is National Poetry Month, but that's no reason not to enjoy a book or two of poetry right now. Check out Wet: Poems by PVCC's own Carolyn Creedon and The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris. If you'd like to start writing poetry of your own, check out The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry.

Take charge of your learning and master subjects such as math, science and languages with these books: A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley and Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner.

Juan Cole explores the history behind the Arab Spring in The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East and Jenny Nordberg tells the stories of four people born as girls and raised as boys in The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg.

Find all these books and more on our new books list!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring Break

The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday of spring break. Remember, we are closed on Friday and Saturday. If we don't see you before, have a great week!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Announcing the 2015-2016 One Book Survey Winner!

You voted and we have a winner! Now that the 2015-2016 One Book Survey has closed, we’re excited to announce the winner. The next One Book Project will feature The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Source: Amazon
“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa.”[1] Henrietta died in 1951 at the age of 31, but 63 years later, her cells are still alive and growing more numerous by the day. These cells, known as HeLa cells, represent a multi-million dollar industry and have led to scientific breakthroughs involving vaccine production, gene mapping, cloning, and AIDS research. Despite this incredible contribution to medical science, Henrietta Lacks gained neither fame nor recognition after her death, and her family received no part of the profits from her cells.

The story of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks uncovers the identity of an African American woman from Virginia, a dedicated wife and loving mother, who approached each day with determination and dignity, even when she was undergoing treatments for the cancer that would take her life. As she was being treated at Johns Hopkins a tissue sample was removed without her knowledge, and from this sample scientists derived the HeLa cell line, which would go on to revolutionize medical research. Henrietta’s story explores the murky waters of medical ethics, the bonds of family and community, and the importance of amending past wrongs and remedying inequalities in our health care system and our society at large. 

Over 300 students, faculty, and staff cast their votes in the survey. Thanks to everyone who participated! We hope you will join us in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks this fall. In the meantime, free copies of Breaking Night, the 2014-2015 One Book, are still available, so stop by the library and take one home today!

 [1] www.bookbrowse.com

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Library showcase: Celebrating African-American authors

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“America is woven of many strands… Our fate is to become one, and yet many.” –Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man 

In honor of Black History Month, the library is showcasing the works of African-American authors. These award-winning authors are celebrated for their remarkable literature and nonfiction. Whether you’d like to re-read a classic or discover a new bestseller, you can always find something to read at the library!

Some of the most famous African-American authors are known not only for their writing but for the incredible lives they led. You can find a great selection of historical works at the library, such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs.

You may first encounter these authors through assigned reading, but literary classics aren’t only for the classroom. Novels like Sula by Toni Morrison, Native Son by Richard Wright, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin make great reads anytime.

There’s also no shortage of brilliant African-American poetry on the library shelves. The words of Langston Hughes inspired a generation of Civil Rights activists, while modern African-American poets like Rita Dove continue to provide a voice for Black America today.

Too busy to read a whole novel? Try the short story collection, In Love & Trouble, by Alice Walker, or the personal essays of Maya Angelou in Letter to My Daughter. The library also has a great supply of works by modern African-American authors, such as Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer, Fear Itself by Walter Mosley, and Precious by Sapphire.