Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What I'm Reading Now...

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, a review by Mary Jane King, Director Institutional Advancement and Development

Must be the season of the wunderkind. No sooner had I said farewell to the precocious Paloma in The Elegance of the Hedgehog than I met 11-year-old Flavia in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This debut mystery by Alan Bradley introduces a new and unforgettable sleuth. Flavia lives in one of England's crumbling ancestral homes in the years just following World War II--peace has returned but the war simmers just beneath the surface. She is a self-taught chemist whose specialty is poisons. PVCC's beloved professor emeritus of chemistry, the late Ray Bratton, would have loved her. Everything is chemistry, he was fond of saying. Flavia would most certainly agree. The leisurely pace of life at the manor is interrupted by two events--the arrival on the doorstep of a dead snipe with a postage stamp impaled on its beak and the subsequent discovery of a dying man among the cucumbers in the kitchen garden. Of course, Flavia ultimately solves the case but not before many adventures and hilarious ruminations. Be prepared to laugh out loud. The publishers have promised that a new Flavia mystery is in the works. They'd better be right.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April is...

National Poetry Month. For starters, read a poem by Nikki Giovanni about librarians at the Academy of American Poets site.

Find out all about National Poetry Month in the FAQs at the Academy site, too.

Check out some of these additional online resources: The Poetry Archive, an "online collection of recordings of poets reading their work." This PBS series about contemporary poetry "intends to engage a broader audience with poetry through a series of thoughtful, in-depth reports on contemporary poets and poetry."

YouTube videos of interest: Rita Dove reading her poetry. A Cornell professor discusses reading poems aloud.

Books in the Jessup Library:
Then: Poet’s Choice Columns, 1997-2000
Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico
Using Poetry in the Classroom: Engaging Students in Learning
Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia

E-Books on NetLibrary (you need an account to view these from off campus; let us know if you need assistance):
Facts on File Companion to World Poetry: 1900 to the Present
Science and Poetry
The Dead Are So Disappointing

Friday, April 9, 2010

National Library Week

Join the Jessup Library in celebrating National Library Week (April 11-17, 2010). This week is sponsored by the American Library Association in hopes of promoting the use and appreciation of libraries. This year's theme is Communities Thrive. (Visit ALA's Web site to learn more.) And in the mean time, show your support of the Jessup Library and check out a book or two, or maybe even three!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A special invitation

Do you want a break from studying, researching and writing papers? Join us for an open house in the Periodicals Room of the library on Wednesday, April 28. This is a special 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.