Monday, May 24, 2010

Get your summer semester off to a good start

The library is a great tool for you as you work on summer classes at PVCC. It's a good idea to find out what the library can offer to you before you're in a panic about a research assignment. We have online resources for research as well as a big collection of books available in the library.

We can offer online help with our chat feature here on the blog (available 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday), or answer questions through e-mail (, or on the phone (434-961-5309). And last, but certainly not least, if you need help when the library isn't open, there is another online chat feature available around the clock.

We encourage face-to-face questions as well, so please be sure to come to the library sometime soon. We're easy to find: right next to the bookstore, and directly across from the Mermaid Express coffee cart.

The library home page is full of useful resources, including electronic collections of articles and images--not to mention our virtual tour and online tutorials.

Please take a look around the library home page, and visit us when you're on campus. We look forward to helping you!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Marietta McCarty wins the Nautilus Book Award

Congratulations to Marietta McCarty who recently won the 2010 Nautilus Book Award for her new publication, How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most. She received the top honor in the category of Personal Growth/Psychology - the Gold Award.

Nautilus Book Awards recognize books that "promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change as they stimulate the imagination and inspire the reader to new possibilities for a better world." The Nautilus Awards Showcase Exhibit at BookExpo American will be held in New York, May 26-27, 2010.

Check out Marietta's facebook page for more information.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fun summer reading--just for you

The semester has ended, but the library is still adding new books to the collection. Rather than list all of the academic books you won't be needing for at least the next ten days, let's take a look at the less-than-academic things you might want to read.

We have humorous nonfiction like David Sedaris's book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

If you prefer some intrigue, try Takeover--there's a forensic scientist, a bank robbery, and hostage negotiations! What more do you need for a thrilling read? Maybe a book with Soviet State Security Force agents out to get one of their own--a man who claims a murderer is in their ranks: Child 44.

Q: What is a "stranger room?"
A: A room set aside in homes built in the 1800s that would allow "unsavory guests" to stay without giving them access the rest of the house.

What does this have to do with fun new library books? Our new book, Stranger Room, features just such a room in a house in Virginia...with a twist: a murder was committed in the stranger room, and then, more than 100 years later, another murder is committed in the same room! Why? How? Read the book to find out.

Not everyone considers reading murder mysteries fun, so for those of you who might prefer books with some history, we have The Good Thief, set in the mid-1700s in New England.

If 18th century stories are a bit too old for you, how about one set in the 1950s? The Piano Teacher is set in Hong Kong in the 1950s, and follows the story of a piano teacher who finds herself involved in an affair.

And, moving even closer to the present day, we've got Under the Lemon Trees, a novel set in California in the 1970s. The main character is a teenage girl struggling to find where she fits into the world.

And then we have those readers who prefer romance in their novels. Try Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel.

Maybe fiction isn't appealing to you; how about The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of all Time? Or, if you're a fan of digging in the dirt, how about The Essential Garden Design Workbook?

And last, but certainly not least, is my favorite title from this list: Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You.

Of course there are more books where these came from, so check out the full New Books List to see them all. (If you're interested in fun summer reading, select "Popular"--or "Social Sciences & Education/Current Events"--from the drop-down box.)

So come on in and check out a few books--we've got a lot to offer you whether you're studying this summer or taking time off from classes. See you soon!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May is...

Mental Health Month! With the stress of studying, exams and papers (not to mention personal responsibilities), your health and well-being can be affected. That's why Mental Health of America, a non-profit organization, celebrates and promotes mental health month.

This year, the theme is Live Your Life Well. The Web site offers a quiz to evaluate your stress level and 10 helpful tips and techniques to help manage it. Some of these techniques can be implemented now, even during exams!

If stress is negatively affecting your life and you want additional information, try these electronic sources:
Conquer study stress!: 20 problems solved by Peter Levin (This is a Netlibrary book. To use this resource from off campus, be sure to make a free account first.)
Manage stress by James Manktelow
10 minute guide--stress management by Jeff Davidson

We also have these print sources:
Under pressure and overwhelmed: coping with anxiety in college by Christopher Vye, Kathlene Scholljegerdes, and I. David Welch
Why zebras don't get ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

And just doing a simple "subject keywords" search for stress in the Jessup Library catalog will get you many more books about the topic.

So read up on how to alleviate stress, and have a successful exam week! And, if you have any questions, please let us know.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland: Free Movie Night

PVCC's Free Movie Friday feature is Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Please join the Student Art Club for this free event on Friday at 7:30 p.m.(located in the V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage Theatre).

Did you know, however, that there are many different film versions of this classic by Lewis Carroll according to IMDb? Tim Burton's remake is just the latest (and most 3D) version; you may be more familiar with Disney's 1951 classic animated movie.

If the movie has inspired you to read this classic tale, we have it in the library. Of course, if you'd like to read other tales by Lewis Carroll, we have those too!

Need to delve a little further? Check out Open Culture's article and compilation of Alice in Wonderland works and derivatives.