Monday, March 14, 2011

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is March 16-20, 2011. This annual event celebrates all things book and encourages reading and literacy.

Each day offers a full menu of both free and ticketed events. Anita Showers, Manager of Marketing and Media Relations, will discuss her book, Gardens of the Spirit, on March 17 at 6 p.m. William Allard, most famous for his work as a National Geographic photographer, speaks at 8 p.m. the same evening. Both events will be held in the Dickinson Building.

Please take a look at the schedule for more information. This exciting week is just too good to pass up, so take advantage of this opportunity while there's a slight lull in activity. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Break Reads

Spring break is next week; my how time flies! Before you jet off to a tropical destination (or to your job to earn extra money), take a look at a few of our newer books.

Overwhelmed, underpaid and overworked? Typical college student, right? It's hard to do well and succeed in college with so much to do (and so little time). Learn some new strategies with:
College Success Simplified by Enid Leonard
How to Win at College: Simple Rules for Success from Star Students by Cal Newport
Navigating Your Freshman Year: How to Make the Leap to College Life and Land on Your Feet
Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Self-Management Approach by Myron H. Dembo

Does your dog or cat ever look at you knowingly? He or she may be more intelligent than you think. Check out why in The Smartest Animals on the Planet by Sarah Till Boysen.

Honey bees are vital to the success of our crops. That's why so much research lately has been devoted to the decline of honey bee populations. Understanding their biology can provide insights into their importance, so take a look at The Buzz About Bees: Biology of a Superorganism by Jurgen Tautz.

Everyone has heard of Napster; most people buy music from iTunes. How have these companies affected the music industry? Steve Knopper tells the true story in Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age.

Spring break provides for ample amounts of time for video games. Watch out, you wouldn't want to become addicted like Ryan G. Van Cleave in Unplugged: My Journey Into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction. But if you do, it might help to read Game Addiction: The Experience and the Effects by Neils Clark.

Jetting off to Cancun, or maybe Paris? (Or at least want to?) Well, you'll probably want to brush up on your language skills, and we have just what you need.
French. Level 1
Behind the Wheel French. Level 2
SmartFrench: The Smart Way to Learn French: Beginner Level
Spanish. Level 1
Behind the Wheel Spanish. Level 2
Spanish. Level 3
Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day Audio CD
Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day (Book)
Conversational German
Basic Japanese

Just a reminder--the library is chock full of great books. Check out our new books list for more or the online catalog for everything we have available. Have a great spring break; we'll see you back on March 21.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spring Break

Attention all students! The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday during spring break. The College, and subsequently the library, will be closed Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20. Normal hours will resume on Monday, March 21.

The library staff wishes everyone a restful and pleasant spring break (although we're sure we'll see many of you in here studying). Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Big READ

The Big READ provides a place for communities to come together to read and discuss a single book. This year the book is The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Arts Midwest sponsor this program throughout the United States.

Jefferson Madison Regional Library is coordinating and hosting a number of the events in this area for March and April. The Jessup Library has a list. Please stop by soon and pick up a copy of the schedule.

On April 20th, Justin Wert and Ben Sloan, two PVCC English professors will host a discussion of The Maltese Falcon in the North Mall Meeting Room here at PVCC. Please join us in the lively discussion of another great book and author!

Linda Cahill, Coordinator of Library Services, PVCC