Friday, August 26, 2011

Welcome back students and faculty--hello books!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the beginning of a brilliant semester. The library staff has missed you during those long, hot summer days. In celebration of your return, we have--what else--new books! Appetizing literary aperitifs abound, stop by and take a look!

What's more stressful than starting school (for both you and your child)? Help your little one manage this transition. Take a look at The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenland.

Travel the world and through history in Myths of the World: the Illustrated Treasury of the World's Greatest Stories by Tony Allan, a compilation of the world's most intriguing legends.

Samir Selmanovic argues against the egocentricities of religion in hopes of bringing God back to the forefront in It's Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian

China's importance is growing every day. Bronson Percival evaluates the country's rise and relations with Southeast Asia in The Dragon Looks South: China and Southeast Asia in the New Century.

I shudder to think about A World Without Ice (by H. N. Pollack).

Consider volunteering for or making suggestions to the College's Environmental Sustainability Committee. Get some great advice in Smart Green: How to Implement Sustainable Business Practices in any Industry and Make Money by Jonathan Estes.

Like always, this is only a few of the great new titles. More can be located through our new books list or catalog. Stop by, say hello and check out one or two. See you soon!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Published scholar -- part 2

PVCC is pleased to announce Anita Showers', Manager of Marketing & Media Relations, new book: Gardens of the Spirit: The History of the Gardens at the Bahá'í Holy Places in Haifa and 'Akká, Israel.

This stunning expository delves into the history of the gardens and terraces at the Bahá'í Holy Places in Haifa and 'Akká, Israel, where the founder of Bahá'í faith is buried. The gardens follow the Persian tradition and their layout symbolizes tenets of the Bahá'í faith. Beautiful black-and-white and color photographs accompany the story, making this a wonderful conversation piece.

Please congratulate Anita on her achievement, and note that this book is available now for check out. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Published scholar

Colum Leckey, PVCC's own Associate Professor of History, recently published his first book: Patrons of Enlightenment: The Free Economic Society in Eighteenth-Century Russia.

In this book, Professor Leckey explores the St. Petersburg Free Economic Society, a conglomeration of citizens from different social classes organized under the auspices of Catherine the Great. The society sought to enlighten the Russian citizenry in the ways of scientific agriculture and promote the cultural Westernization of Russia. This important body became the starting point for public organizations throughout the nineteenth century.

Please take a moment to stop by and check out this wonderful contribution to scholarship. And don't forget to congratulate Professor Leckey on this momentous achievement.

Monday, August 15, 2011

ALERT -- Closing!

Keep in mind that the library will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 16 for Convocation Week meetings. We re-open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17. E-mail for immediate assistance. Have a great day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Do a little light reading between classes!

We know you're here on campus registering for classes, so why not stop by the library while you're at it and check out some of our awesome new books. Just because classes aren't in session, doesn't mean we're not hard at work. So, here's a few tasty morsels to tempt your pre-fall taste buds.

Learn the history, evolution and clinical applications of self-esteem in Self-Esteem Across the Lifespan: Issues and Interventions, edited by Mary H.

Two steps forward, one step back? In Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, Natasha Walter argues that the hard-won battles of feminism are being undermined by today's society.

Eloquent writing is a learned art. Learn to appreciate the written word in How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish.

Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine by Marion Nestle explores the world of food safety. Find out the connection between cat food and what you eat.

Learn the history of sugar, a seemingly innocuous food with a tragic and compelling story in Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott.

More tempting titles can be found on the new books list. Or just stop by and browse our shelves. There's always a book or two for everybody.

Monday, August 1, 2011


The library will be open until 8:30 p.m. this evening. However, beginning tomorrow, August 2, our hours change to 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The college is still closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Our hours for the following two weeks will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Normal semester hours will resume on the first day of classes, August 22.