Monday, November 28, 2011

Beat math anxiety. With chocolate.

Does math give you the heebie jeebies? If it does, then you may suffer from math anxiety. But you don't have to! You can learn how to beat it. Come to the library for our Math Chocolate Therapy sessions on November 30th at college hour (12:20-1:15 p.m.) and again at 6 to 7 p.m.

Coffee, chocolate, tips to slay math anxiety, puzzles, and prizes. No math knowledge required!

Image courtesy of Flickr user Pillowhead Designs

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving break

The library (and the College) will be closed Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27 for Thanksgiving break. If you need assistance while we are closed, contact LRCLive, a 24 hr, 7 day-a-week chat reference service.

If you're in desperate need of a library, the University of Virginia Library System is open except for Thursday and James Madison Regional Libraries are closed Thursday and Friday.

Have a great Thanksgiving! And we'll see you back next Monday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Love Your Library! Video Contest -- deadline extended

Good news! The deadline to submit an entry to the Love Your Library! Video Contest has been extended to Monday, December 5, 2011 at 5 p.m. Many of you expressed interest in participating but said you were short on time. Here’s hoping the extra couple of weeks help! So muster all your creative juices and spend some time exploring your inner Spielberg.

We’re looking for fun videos that explore how students use the library and why it’s helpful. Just think of it as the ultimate promotional video made by students like you. Remember, the winning video receives $500.00! May the best video win!

Join a focus group and be heard!

The library is conducting two focus groups this week. The faculty/staff will meet on Thursday, November 17 at noon (Library Study Room E); the student focus group will be Friday, November 18 at 12:30 p.m. (Library Study Room A).

Please consider joining us on the appropriate day and sharing your thoughts and opinions on the library. And don't forget to come hungry! Pizza, chocolate and drinks will be provided. We will be discussing the following three topics:

  • What services can be improved upon?
  • What services would you like to see in the near future?
  • If a new student services building were built, and consequently a new library, what would it look like?
The library values your opinions. We strive for excellence, but we can only improve with your help. Email Crystal Newell at if you're interested, or just drop in on one of the sessions. See you later this week!

Image courtesy of Emma Innocenti (

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Books and more!

New books are being churned out all the time at the Jessup Library!

There is definitely a music theme this go-around with titles like these.
From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens by 50 Cent
50 x 50: 50 Cent in His Own Words by 50 Cent
Decoded by Jay-Z
Lady Gaga: Behind the Fame by Emily Herbert
Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Pop! Revolution: How an Unlikely Concatenation of Artists, Aficionados, Businessmen, Collectors, Critics, Curators, Dealers, and Hangers-on Radically Transformed the Art World by Alice Goldfarb Marquis

The World Series may be over, but we have plenty of baseball books to keep you satisfied until next season.
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz
Red Sox Nation: An Unexpurgated History of the Boston Red Sox

Do you never have any time to do what you want? Then take a tip from Laura Vanderkam in 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think.

And here's reason enough to continue playing video games: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal.

More students than ever have massive student loan debt. If you are one of them, then you should probably read The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History, and How We Can Fight Back by Alan Collinge.

This list barely scratches the surface, as usual. Check out all our great titles through either the new books list or catalog, and have a great rest of the week!