Friday, March 26, 2010

What I'm Reading Now...

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a review by Mary Jane King, Director
Institutional Advancement and Development

Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog is one of the funniest, cleverest but ultimately most touching books I’ve ever read. Translated from the French by Alison Anderson (would that my French were good enough to read this in the original), Hedgehog takes place in an elegant apartment building in Paris where a concierge, RenĂ©e, and a 12-year-old from the fifth floor are living oddly parallel lives until a new arrival, Mr. Ozu, shatters normality and brings them together. The concierge—short, plump and ugly—has the brilliant inner life of an autodidact—a life that began on the day her first-grade teacher took her hand, called her by name, and began to teach her to read. The 12-year-old, Paloma, has startling intelligence which she hides behind a mask of mediocrity as she plots to kill herself and burn down the family flat when she turns 13. From sublime philosophical constructs to mundane aspects of life, this book unfolds in layer after gorgeous layer until it reaches a heart-breaking ending.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Jessup Library Open House

Do you want a break from studying, researching and writing papers? Join us for an open house in the Jessup Library on Wednesday, April 28th. This is a specical time in the semester to relax, eat and browse through new books selected by the library staff. Drop by any time from noon to 2 p.m. and enjoy a moment of peace during your hectic schedules. We look forward to seeing you on April 28.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

As promised, here's Women's History Month!

March is Women's History Month. Celebrate by reading the President's proclamation. Check out the History Channel's coverage of Women's History Month to read about the history of the celebration itself and of famous women.

If you'd like to read a book about women in history, you can start with Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. If you'd rather read about one woman, try Circus Queen & Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline. If you're interested in the women's movement, you might like to read about its origins: Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement. If you're interested in more modern material, try Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. And last, but certainly not least, is this book which needs no explanation--the title says it all: In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice Against Women.

If none of these suggestions looks good to you, do your own search in the library catalog. My search was for "women and history and (american OR "united states")" but you could do something more specific, like "female and atheletes and history" to find something that suits you. Don't forget that you can always ask a librarian for suggestions for a book to read--we're happy to help!

The library is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the week of spring break if you're looking for a good book or for help with your research.

Enjoy your break!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Librarian Presents at Annual VCCS Technology Conference

Crystal Newell, Jessup Library's circulation/access librarian, participated in the Spring 2010 Instructional Technology Innovations in Teaching and Learning Summit at Blue Ridge Community College on Friday, February 26. She and Greg MacDonald from Lord Fairfax Community College presented Copyright Topics for Teaching in Blackboard. Congratulations for a job well done and for representing Jessup Library at a Virginia Community College System event.