Thursday, October 4, 2012

October New Books

A new month=new books here at the Jessup Library! As always, we have the most wonderful new additions. Here are a few to tantalize your taste buds!

A little self-help never hurts:
Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond by Bruce D. Weinstein

Our religion section just keeps growing exponentially. Check out these great titles!
The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths by Charlotte Gordon
No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus by Susan R. Garrett
The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus by John Dominic Crossan

World War II buff? Then check out:
Freedom from Fear, Part Two: The American People in World War II by David M. Kennedy
Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions by Alan D. Zimm

We have lots of good sports titles, especially biographies. Consider one for your class assignment.
Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October by Dayn Perry
The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O'Connor
Shaq Uncut: My Story by Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball: Its Origin and Development by James Naismith
Tiger Woods: A Biography by Lawrence J. Londino
Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography by Jacqueline Edmondson

How often in a history class do you get to cover topics like this one? If you're going to be doing a book review soon, consider:
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal

We have many election-related books as well, including:
The Candidate: What It Takes to Win, and Hold, the White House by Samuel L. Popkin
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Is the semester or life in general getting you down? Then this book might get you back on your feet:
The Secret of Vigor: How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Metabolic Balance and Reclaim Your Natural Energy
by Shawn M. Talbott

Are you a fan of Hoarders? Then check this one out:
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost

And for more interesting reads, check out the new books list or the catalog. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall is here!

Notice a bit of change in the weather lately? Isn't it wonderful? I don't want to speak too soon, but maybe we're done with the tortuous 100+ degree days, at least for another year. And did you know? It's already the third week of classes! It's amazing how fast time flies!

Before things get too hectic, may we suggest a few books to check out or at least keep in mind for when those papers start piling up?

Do you need some advice on relationships, bad, good or nonexistent? Then try:
The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond by Patricia Evans
Party of One: The Loner's Manifesto by Anneli S. Rufus

Given how important foreign policy is in the upcoming election, a little history might be useful: Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History by Thomas J. Barfield
Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence by Jok Madut Jok
A History of Libya by John Wright

The economy is also a hot topic this election season. To inform yourself, try:
The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know about How the Economy Works by Timothy Taylor
Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton

And we haven't forgotten about you sports fans.
Danica: Crossing the Line by Danica Patrick
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville
Aaron Rodgers: Leader of the Pack by Rob Reischel
Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football by Robert Peterson

I think we can safely say yes to this question, but find out why in Are Women Human? by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Okay, are you looking for something a little lighter or less academic in nature? Then try the House of Night series by P.C. Cast:
Marked: A House of Night Novel
Betrayed: A House of Night Novel
Chosen: A House of Night Novel
Untamed: A House of Night Novel

These are only a sample of the wonderful new books we have added recently. Take a look at the new books list or the catalog for more! Enjoy!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Closed on Saturday

The library will be closed this Saturday. We will begin our Saturday hours (9 a.m.-noon) next week, Sept. 8.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Incorporate the Dalai Lama in your course

Study and become an expert in something, because education can bring compassion, peace and harmony. That will bring self-confidence and stability. When you have all that, then you can influence others as an example. That’s the way to create more peaceful communities.
 --Bstan-╩╝dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV

The Jessup Library contains a variety of items for faculty members who would like to incorporate information about the Dalai Lama (in preparation for his visit) into their courses. Some suggestions include:

An overview of pertinent resources—including essays, news articles, video, audio and images – is available in Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

Works by the Dalai Lama
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World [electronic resource]
Ethics for the New Millennium
Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
My Spiritual Journey : Teachings, Statements, and Talks
The World of Tibetan Buddhism : An Overview of its Philosophy and Practice

Interviews, Videos, etc.
The Open Road : The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama by Pico Iyer
The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama [e-book]
Peace One Day: A Film by Jeremy Gilley [electronic resource]
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama [electronic resource]
The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys [e-book]

Related Topics
Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal [electronic resource] by Geoff Childes
Religion, Medicine and the Human Embryo in Tibet by Frances Mary Garrett
Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom by Charles Halpern
Female Buddhas : Women of Enlightenment in Tibetan Mystical Art by Glenn Mullin et al.
[Padmasambhava] The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Monk Dancers of Tibet by Matthieu Ricard
The Dragon in the Land of Snows : A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 by Tsering Shakya
Mipam : The First Tibetan Novel by Albert Arthur Yongden

And now for something completely different:
A YouTube video in which a Japanese artist discusses his group’s creation of graphic novels (manga) that feature such “superheroes” as Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Opening Late Monday, Aug. 20

The library will open late on Mon., Aug. 20. We will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day due to the All-College meeting. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The End of Summer

The last day of the summer semester has come and gone. Exams are done; papers are done. Now it's time to relax before we all get rolling again in the fall. Now that you have a moment or two to breathe, consider catching up on your reading. May we suggest the following?

We have some great beach reading, including:
Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy

If that's not your style, try history.
A Nation Forged in War: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along by Thomas A. Bruscino
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy
One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs

Looking for something to do on your break? This is certainly worthwhile.
Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth through Simple, Everyday Choices by Mindy Pennybacker

Do you have arachnophobia? Perhaps these books will help dispel some of the myths about spiders.
Biology of Spiders by Rainer F. Foelix
The Private Life of Spiders by Paul Hillyard
Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging and Mating by Leslie Brunetta

And here are two books on a little known topic.
American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History's Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers by Marc Hartzman
Sideshow U.S.A: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination by Rachel Adams

Like always, this is just a sample of the new books we have. Check out the new books list for more or do a search in the catalog. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Reading!

The library has a wonderful new batch of books for you this summer. If the hot weather has driven you inside, then what better activity is there than reading? Check out some of our hot titles below.

This group has a lot of great religion books, including:
Signs, Symbols and Omens: An Illustrated Guide to Magical and Spiritual Symbolism by Raymond Buckland
How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife by Christopher Jay Johnson
Beyond: On Life After Death by Fred M. Frohock
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths by Karen Armstrong
Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years by Philip Jenkins

Or how about a scientific take on a religious subject? Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

If that doesn't suit you, try some of our more popular reads that have been added recently, like:
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (the series)
Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Charlie St. Cloud: A Novel by Ben Sherwood

And speaking of Mary Roach, you might also want to take a look at Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.

I think most people can say they've been on a diet. Find out why in The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight by Susan Yager.

If sports are your thing, try:
The Sports Book: The Games, the Rules, the Tactics, the Techniques by Bob Bridle
Mountaineering: Training and Preparation by Carlton Cooke

As always, these are just of few of our great new books. We have more available on the new books list or via a quick search in the catalog. Enjoy, and have a great summer!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Closed Tomorrow

The library will be closed tomorrow, July 4, 2012. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Have a great and cool 4th of July!

Friday, May 25, 2012

New Books for a New Summer

Before you head out this Memorial Day weekend, stop by the library (but remember our hours) to check out a new book or two. This is the perfect weekend to relax with a book at the beach. So here are a few to get you started:

We have a huge selection of religion books from which to choose, including: Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind: Writings on the Connections Between Yoga and Buddhism by Michael Stone
Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to The Passion of the Christ by Stephen J. Nichols
The Story of Christianity by Justo L. Gonzalez

And for you sports fans and media enthusiasts, try Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James A. Miller or America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation by Michael MacCambridge.

If you are following the election this fall, try Party Politics in America by Marjorie Randon Hershey for a good introduction. And may we also suggest Campaign Rules: A 50-State Guide to Campaigns and Elections in America by Nina Kasniunas.

Do we have any music lovers? Then try:
The Music of Black Americans: A History by Eileen Southern
The Life and Times of Scott Joplin by John Bankston
The Life and Times of Franz Liszt by Jim Whiting
Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1974-2006 by Clinton Heylin

As always, we have many more books available through our catalog or new books list. So stock up! A good book never goes bad.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jessup Library Hours

The Jessup Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning May 10. We will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 for commencement.

Our summer hours begin on Monday, May 21. During the summer, we will be open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Please note we will be closed on Saturdays during the summer.

Just let us know if you have any questions, and if you haven't already been told, have a great summer!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Student logins required for computer use

Effective May 21, the library computers will require you to log in with your MyPVCC username and password (which all current PVCC students have).  Student laptops that don’t require login will continue to be available in the library along with two walk-up stations for catalog access, printing and account management (looking up your username and changing your password).

Computers that don’t require login are also available in PVCC’s Open Computer Lab, Rm. M832, in the Technology Wing of the Main Building.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New books for the end of the semester

As the semester draws to a close and final exams loom, take a break from your hectic schedule and check out a book or two. We have a nice group of both academic and fun titles to entice you this go around. Here are some of the highlights:

For those of you doing research on Ernest Gaines, check out Conversations with Ernest Gaines.

Are you in the sonography or radiography program? Then maybe these will be of interest.
Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynecology by Peter W. Callen
Ob/Gyn Sonography: An Illustrated Review by Marie De Lange 
Technology for Diagnostic Sonography by Wayne R. Hedrick
Clinical Guide to Ultrasonography by Charlotte Henningsen 
Sonography Principles and Instruments by Frederick W. Kremkau
Introduction to Vascular Scanning: A Guide for the Complete Beginner by Donald P. Ridgway
Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography by William J. Zwiebel

I know students will be studying for the nursing boards soon. Make sure you're prepared with Mosby's Comprehensive Review of Nursing for the NCLEX-RN Examination by Patricia Mary Nugent.

Do you have writer's block? Are you lacking creativity? Then check out Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work and in Your Studio by Noah Scalin. Or get a historical perspective with 30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space.

Given the heated Republican primaries and upcoming election, this book may be of interest: Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington. 

This community art project has a noble mission, and you might just come away inspired. Learning to Love You More by Harrell Fletcher.

Our new books list has all the recent titles, but you can always search the catalog for more. Stop by and take a break from studying to check these great new books out. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring Break

The library WILL be open next week during spring break; we'll just have shorter hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Although many of you will take the time to travel or relax, others will need to catch up on papers and studying, so we expect to see quite a few of you here. If you are traveling, enjoy yourself and be safe, and we'll see you the following week!

Photo courtesy of Krug6, Fotopedia

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Does math scare you?

The enemy: math anxiety
The weapon: CHOCOLATE
The killing field: Periodicals Room, Library
When: February 20 at College Hour (12:20 to 1:15 p.m.)

Come to the library to slay math anxiety by using chocolate! We have
  • chocolate goodies
  • coffee
  • puzzles (no math knowledge required -- how cool is that?)
  • prizes for those who complete a puzzle
  • information about how to fight math anxiety
Join us and have some fun!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

We're rolling now!

The semester is in full swing, and everyone is so busy! Now that papers are being assigned, you might need a few resources, and we have the books for you! Check out some of these:

Greetings, students in Professor Pincus's history class. Need a book for your book review? May we suggest:

For those in early American Literature looking for a topic, try: Herman Melville: an Introduction by Wyn Kelley

The economy has and is struggling. Given the impact this has on your future job prospects, knowing as much about it as possible might help. Try:
For you science buffs, try Why Size Matters: From Bacteria to Blue Whales by John Tyler Bonner.

Don't let too much homework keep you away from your family and friends, it's bad for you! Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo

More wonderful books can be found through the catalog or on the new books list. Stop on by and check out a few! And remember, if you need help with research (and these books don't fit the bill), we'll be glad to help.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New books for a new semester!

Can you believe it's already the second week of classes? How time flies when you're busy! To commemorate the beginning of the semester, we have a great group of new books for your edification and pleasure. Some of our newest gems are listed below.

Hey, it might not be Halloween, but that's no reason to skip The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts by Owen Davies.

Everyone gets down in the dumps every once in a while. Learn the art of true happiness in Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener.

This amazing feat of artistic prowess was meant for a tomb. Check out The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army by Jane Portal.

January is new year's resolution time and getting fit is often at the top of one's list. Try The Trails of Virginia: Hiking the Old Dominion by Allen De Hart.

This seems like good advice, don't you think? The PITA Principle: How to Work With and Avoid Becoming a Pain in the Ass by Robert Orndoff.

Nice guys finish last. Not according to Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results by William F. Baker.

Here's something everyone should understand, whether you are a student, faculty or staff member: Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence by Michele Antoinette Paludi.

If you are in Richmond, check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and take this book along with you: Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts by Anne B. Barriault.

Learn about the most expensive bottle of wine ever made in The billionaire's vinegar: the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine by Benjamin Wallace.

If you're interested in the history of photography, then this book is for you: Photography--1900 to the Present by Diana Emery Hulick.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want more, our entire new books list can be found here, or search the catalog for additional great reads. See you in the library soon!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Closed tomorrow!

Just a reminder -- the library is closed tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. We will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. Have a great weekend!