Thursday, April 17, 2014

Library Showcase: From Book to Big Screen

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Whether they are action-packed blockbusters like The Hunger Games, quirky comedies like Marley and Me, or enduring classics like Gone with the Wind, many of our favorite films were books before they were movies. Sometimes we may not even realize that a popular movie was first a novel.

This month the library showcases books that have been adapted into movies, so come by the library and check out the featured books display! You can find books from all different movie genres, so whether you like romantic comedies, epic fantasies, or action thrillers, we have a book for you!

The Hobbit -- 75 years before Peter Jackson turned The Hobbit into an epic film trilogy, the story was published as a children’s book that has captured imaginations around the world for generations.

The Great Gatsby -- Fall back into the 1920s and experience the decadence and extravagance of Jay Gatsby’s world as he tenaciously and recklessly pursues luxury, love, and the American dream.

V for Vendetta -- Alan Moore’s gripping story of a revolutionary in a dystopian future England is a must-read for graphic novel fans. 

Marley and Me -- This entertaining and heartwarming book will be appreciated by anyone who’s ever raised a puppy or loved a pet.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- A mesmerizing thriller of murder, mystery, conspiracy, and corruption.

No Country for Old Men -- Cormac McCarthy’s intense novel is a riveting portrayal of greed and violence. The Coen Brothers’ film adaptation won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2008.

Atonement -- Complex, compelling, and full of perfectly realized characters, this masterpiece by Ian McEwan is anything but a simple narrative.

The Time Traveler’s Wife -- An unconventional love story of a romance that defies time itself!

The Help -- Discover the lives of three exceptional women living in Mississippi during the 1960s in this novel full of friendship, hope, and humor.

Gone with the Wind -- A huge cinematic and literary success, Gone with the Wind is celebrated as an American classic. Margaret Mitchell’s epic romance between Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler plays out against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone -- Today Harry Potter is the best-selling book series and the highest-grossing film series in history; read the book that started it all!

The Lovely Bones -- Beautiful and chilling, this lovely novel describes the life, death, and afterlife of teenager Susie Salmon.

Life of Pi -- When the ship Pi and his family are traveling aboard sinks, Pi finds himself stranded in a lifeboat with a small group of unexpected animal companions.

The Children of Men -- This thrilling novel takes a bleak look at the world at the end of the human race; in 2006 it inspired Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s stunning film adaptation.

The Hours -- The stories of three women are subtly intertwined in this graceful book that has at its center Virginia Woolf’s classic novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

True Grit -- This famous western has been adapted for the big screen not once but twice!

The Color Purple -- Alice Walker’s powerful story and extraordinary characters will make this novel unforgettable for any reader.

A Clockwork Orange -- Thought-provoking and darkly satirical, this book envisions a nightmarish future dominated by violence and has long been considered a work both monumental and controversial.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower -- A unique story about growing up and the hardships and comedies that one boy faces along the way.

The Pursuit of Happyness -- This inspiring memoir tells the story of a father who battles homelessness and unemployment and never lets go of his mission to provide a better life for his son.

The Kite Runner -- A haunting coming-of-age story set in war-torn Afghanistan that depicts an unlikely and ultimately life-changing friendship between two young boys.

Mockingjay -- Don’t miss the action-packed conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mathville Puzzles: The New Associate

The biggest and most famous attorney firm in Mathville is that of Balinksi & Young, located at 1 Adams Circle in downtown Mathville. Recently they found themselves on the market for a new associate attorney. After interviewing several applicants, Mr. Balinski and Ms. Young decided to hire Ms. Versine Vector, Esq., a graduate of the prestigious Benford Law School. They offered Ms. Vector a choice between two salary programs:

A.      MV$8000 for the first year, and a raise of MV$1000 per year afterwards; OR
B.      MV$4000 for the first six months, and a raise of MV$250 every six months afterward.

Which offer should Ms. Vector take, and why? Explain your reasoning. 
MV$=Mathville dollars.

Contest Rules
  • You must send the solution via email to Laura Skinner at
  • Solution due by Wednesday, April 30th at 11:59 p.m. Solutions sent after the deadline will not be considered.
  • You must email the solution from your PVCC email address.
  • You must explain how you arrived at the solution -- that is, you must show your work, explain your reasoning. 
  • Only correct solutions with explanations of the reasoning used to arrive at the solution will be considered.
  • Three entries will be drawn from all the correct solutions, to determine a first, second and third place.
  • The first place prize will be a $30 gift certificate to the PVCC Bookstore.
  • The second place prize will be a $15 gift certificate to the Mermaid Express coffee cart.
  • The third prize will be a big Hershey’s milk chocolate bar.
  • Drawing will be conducted on Friday, May 2nd. Winners will be notified by email, and their names will be published on a blog post. 
  • The solution to the puzzle will be published on the blog after winners have been announced.
  • Winners must pick up their prizes by Thursday, May 8th at 9 p.m., or they forfeit their prizes. Prizes must be picked up in person. Please present your student I.D.
Would you like another chance to solve a puzzle and win a prize? Check out the puzzle posted outside of Room 160 in the main building by Mu Alpha Theta, the Math Honors Society.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New books are here!

We have been busy little beavers here in the library! Lots and lots of books have recently been cataloged. There were so many interesting ones; I had a hard time choosing which ones to highlight.

What caused the recent economic recession? Not just Wall Street, according to Robert Reich in Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, but also increasing social inequality.

Are you cooking as economically and efficiently as possible? If not, learn how in An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler.

Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center by Elizabeth Greenspan

Breakpoint: Why the Web Will Implode, Search Will be Obsolete, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Technology Is in Your Brain by Jeffrey Stibel

Are you a JFK buff? Then check out: Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek, or The patriarch: the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw.

Ever wondered what life was like for those who lived in the Mongol Empire, or Rome or the Industrial Age? Then check out our Daily Life In series. They make for fascinating reads!

He was a master hacker, and this is his tell-all: Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick. 

Learn practical classroom strategis in How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose. 

The history of medicine in under 400 pages! Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine by Steve Parker. 

The 5th edition of D&D will be released in the summer. Be ready; read Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It by David Ewalt.

The Amazon FireTV just launched yesterday, and it's getting a lot of press. See what makes Amazon work in The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone.