Thursday, April 30, 2015

Summer Reading Recommendations

The end of the semester is fast approaching! With exams in the rear-view mirror, will you be looking for a great vacation read or an entertaining book to fill a lazy summer afternoon? The latest showcase at the Jessup Library features summer reading suggestions of all genres: mystery, science fiction, humor, thrillers, nonfiction, romance, YA fiction, and more!

Are you fascinated by a suspenseful storyline full of twists and turns? Then try The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, or The Circle by Dave Eggers. For a real life mystery you might like The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox.

Catch up on the books that inspired recent popular films, like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio J. Mendez and Matt Baglio, or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

If nonfiction is more your cup of tea, the summer is a perfect time to check out new releases like Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead by David Casarett, Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree, or Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser.

Sometimes you just want a fun, entertaining, joy ride of a book to read over the summer—we have plenty of those too! Laugh out loud with Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, Bossypants by Tina Fey, or American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage.

If you’re looking for a book but aren’t sure what to pick up next, check our Staff Picks display by the circulation desk, or just ask a librarian for a suggestion! Happy Summer (Reading)!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Book Trivia Game Winners

Four teams showed off their knowledge of Breaking Night at the One Book Trivia Game, which took place today in the North Mall meeting room. The fast paced game resulted in the following winners:

Gaelen Edwards (free 3-credit class)
Angela Nebel (16 GB Kindle Fire)
Cassidy Tinnell ($100 Amazon gift card)
Annette Cashatt (PVCC hoodie sweatshirt and lanyard)
Saronda Ross ($50 Amazon gift card)
Karen Riordan ($10 Kroger gift card and a pair of sunglasses)
Kellyn Torres ($10 Giant gift card and a pair of sunglasses)
Kaitlyn Duvalois ($15 Mermaid gift card and a pair of sunglasses)

Congratulations to the winners and thank you for coming out to play with us!

The One Book Program returns in the fall of 2015, when we will read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One Book Essay Contest: Winners

The winners of the Spring 2015 One Book essay contest are:

First place, Karen Riordan, winner of a Kindle Fire
Second place, Brendan O’Toole, $100 Amazon card
Third place, Annette Cashatt, $50 Amazon card

How do we determine the winners?

We put together a panel of judges and give them copies of the essays, with the names removed to ensure fairness.The judges read the essays and rank them, and after a discussion, they come up with the final ranking.

Thank you to all who participated. We hope you will participate in the final event for this One Book season, a trivia contest with stupendous prizes, such as free 3-credit class! Read about it here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

National Library Week: April 12-18

Design. Invent. Build. Create!

National Library Week 2015 is coming April 12-18! Libraries are a place to explore, learn, and create. Right now the Jessup Library is showcasing books that highlight innovation, skill-building, and creativity. Read about 3D printing, study the principles of graphic design, get started with robotics, push the boundaries of science, and much more.

Everyone can be an innovator! Get tips and find inspiration to think creatively in books like Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley & David Kelley and Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleo. Find out what makes a maker and how you can be one too in Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson.

If you can think it, you can build it! Get started today with How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology by Ron White, The Robot Builder’s Cookbook by Owen Bishop, Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustin Roberts, or How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers by Sharon Rose & Neil Schlager.

Pursue your vision creatively, whatever that vision may be! Build a prototype with 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution by Christopher Barnatt, or express yourself artistically in Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachery. Use your imagination to invent, illustrate, or even grow creatively with Vertical Vegetable Gardening: A Living Free Guide by Chris McLaughlin or How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution by Jack Horner & James Gorman.

Discover the unlimited possibilities the library holds and celebrate National Library Week by checking out a book to help you move from concept to creation!