Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dave Eggers vs. Reality: A One Book Discussion

Guess what, One Book readers: we have another speaker lined up! Join us in welcoming Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) -- technologist, thought follower, working dad, Champion for Change, former Rolling Stones roadie, and rescuer of Al Gore's life -- to the stage on Wednesday, November 2 at College Hour (noon) in the auditorium (M229). His topic is "Dave Eggers vs. Reality":
"The Circle" paints a fun picture of a near-future transparency dystopia, but the reality of both government and technology is more convoluted and more interesting than Eggers knows. Learn why politicians "going transparent" would be incredibly boring, reveal nothing, and create a divided government that would accomplish nothing. 

Jaquith is the writer behind, a community news blog about Charlottesville, and is the director of U.S. Open Data. Read more of his work at

Monday, October 24, 2016

Privacy and Anonymity Discussion Round Up

The One Book Program would like to extend a warm thank you to Professor Mike Ferero for his talk, Privacy and Anonymity in Internet Culture, on Wednesday, October 19. Professor Ferero examined the hothouse culture of Internet start ups, the assumption that anonymity leads to good behavior, transparency in non-Western cultures, and urged attendees to be proactive in knowing how the online services they use handle their privacy.

Professor Ferero teaches a variety of information technology courses, from programming to system administration to network security. To see a video recording of Professor Ferero's talk on Panopto, please click here.

And don't forget to join us for our next One Book speaker, Waldo Jaquith, on Wednesday, November 2nd! For more information, see the PVCC One Book Program page.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Anonymity vs. Honesty: A One Book Discussion

Join us in welcoming PVCC's own Mike Ferero to the stage on Wednesday, October 19 at College Hour (noon) in the auditorium (M229), where he will discuss "Privacy and Anonymity in Internet Culture" for the One Book program.

Ferero has worked as an instructor of information technology here at PVCC for twelve years and will be bringing the perspective of an engineer with extensive experience in Internet applications and computer security to the question of how online behavior is influenced by anonymity -- or the lack of it. Does transparency make us more honest? Find out on Wednesday. See you then!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

One Book Contest: Don't Let the Circle Close

What would you do without Internet for a day?

Don't just ask yourself the question -- experiment! For science! And for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

The One Book Program is holding its first contest of the semester, and we want to see your work. The rules are simple: go without Internet for 24 hours (except for course-related work -- no one needs to tempt the Blackboard gods to further malice) and tell us about it. Was it fun? Awful? Did it free you up to do other things? Fill you with existential angst? Did your Tumblr followers assume you were dead? Let us know. The theme is "breaking the circle," and how you interpret it is up to you.

Best of all, you can express yourself through a variety of mediums. We accept the following:

Acceptable Mediums Size Requirements/Limits Acceptable File Type
Painting No larger than 20”x24” canvas/paper Original work
Drawing No larger than 20”x24” paper Original work
Essay 750 words, must include a title and be double spaced .doc; .docx; .rtf; .pdf
Poem 50 line maximum .doc; .docx; .rtf; .pdf
Photo No larger than 8x10 .jpeg; .png
Music No longer than 4 minutes .mp3

Check out what you can win:

1st – a free 3-credit class
2nd – a Kindle Fire reader
3rd – a $150 gift certificate to the PVCC Bookstore

Email your electronic works to and drop off original work -- paintings and drawings -- at the library front desk by November 4, 2016.

Good luck!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Get into a Long Term Relationship (with a Book)

Fall Break (October 10-11) -- two glorious days without classes -- is just around the corner, leaving you ample time to sleep in, study, pick up another shift at work, or relax with some pleasure reading. Going the pleasure reading route? (And as librarians and inveterate readers, we hope you do.) Interested in starting a series and need suggestions? Look no further than the list below. We've highlighted the first volumes of some of our most popular series from the Nook and Popular collections:

Diana Gabaldon combines fact and fantasy in the Outlander series, an eight-books-and-counting historical romance that travels between the Scottish Highlands of the WWII and the 18th century. Start reading with Outlander and continue on through Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood.

George R. R. Martin plays havoc with standard high fantasy tropes in the currently five book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Begin with A Game of Thrones and continue through A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, a Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. Don't get attached to anyone -- they'll be dead by the next novel.

Vampires cross over from the mythical world to the mundane in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse novels, by Charlaine Harris, which were the inspiration for HBO's True Blood series. Read the first eleven novels, beginning with Dead Until Dark and continue through Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead As A Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family, and Dead Reckoning.

Stieg Larsson's Millennium series gained a fourth book in 2015 with the U.S. publication of The Girl in the Spider's Web. Millennium follows Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker with a photographic memory, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist, as they solve increasingly horrifying crimes in Sweden. Begin with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and continue through The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, and The Girl in the Spider's Web.

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, a trilogy by Ransom Riggs that was recently adapted to film. Begin with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and continue through Hollow City and Library of Souls.

Fairy tales get a futuristic spin in the five-book Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, where Cinderella is a cyborg, Little Red Riding Hood's Wolf a street fighter, and Rapunzel an imprisoned shell. Begin with Cinder and continue through Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and the prequel to the series, Fairest.

In the thirteen volumes of Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, power over death falls into the hands of high school student Light Yagami in the form of a supernatural notebook, and the responsibility for stopping him falls onto the shoulders of the detective, L. And in the first seven volumes of Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino, Yuki Cross serves the guardian of the vampires in an elite boarding school -- but the peace between humans and vampire may not be what it seems.

So drop by the library and pick up something fun to read. Veg a little -- you've worked hard this semester, and you've earned it.