Summer Break Hours

Summer Break Hours

During the break between semesters, the JTCC libraries will operate with reduced hours.  Please see the following schedules for each campus location. Chester- Wednesday, May 13- 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 15 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16- CLOSED Monday - Thursday, May 18 - 21- 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 22- 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23- Monday, May 25-CLOSED Midlothian- Wednesday, May 13- 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14- 7:30 a.m. - 7:00…continue reading →

Happy Birthday Nellie!

It was on this day, May 5th, 1864, 151 years ago that pioneering journalist Nellie Bly was born. At the age of 21, Bly lived in Mexico for six months, writing reports on the daily lives of Mexican people. Shortly afterwards, Bly faked insanity in order to be committed to a women’s lunatic asylum, going on to write accounts of the horrific treatment and living standards of the asylum’s inmates. After this! Bly undertook an around-the-world journey over the course of 72 days, sending telegraphic dispatches back to a New York newspaper. Bly…continue reading →
Happy Birthday, Charlotte!

Happy Birthday, Charlotte!

On April 21, 1816, the author of the devastating romantic classic, Jane Eyre, was born. Charlotte Bronte and two of her sisters wrote poems, essays and novels. Feel like exploring the Brontes' works and their fellow writers? The Midlothian library just received Texts from Jane Eyre and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, a witty spin on classic works of fiction. You never know—what starts with reading a few pages of texts could develop into a love of the classics in all their original forms and glories!continue reading →
Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Spring is here, and, lucky for us, it’s also Poetry Month! Take some time to notice the buds and blossoms blooming all around you—to tiptoe through the tulips even! Afterwards, stroll into the library, and discover some poetry. Here’s a poem written by William Wordsworth—213 years ago today!—exclaiming over the joys of spring flowers: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees,…continue reading →
Fiction Friday: Don Quixote, A Classic with New Twists

Fiction Friday: Don Quixote, A Classic with New Twists

It was four hundred years ago, in 1615, that Part Two of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha was published, ten years after Part One. The volumes detailing the fantastical adventures of the idiosyncratic Don Quixote and his put-upon sidekick Sancho Paza received a small bewildered attention, but are now considered the beginning sparks of the modern novel, and as foundational to Western canonical literature. Don Quixote was a figure in search of a reason, a man in need of a cause, burying himself in the codes and stories of chivalry…continue reading →