Summer Reading Series: Greasy Rider by Greg Melville

Subtitled "two dudes, one fry-oil-powered car, and a cross-country search for a greener future," Greasy Rider mixes the adventure of a cross country road trip with stories from the ecological side of America. Author Greg Melville converts his 1995 Mercedes diesel to run on used cooking oil. So enthralled with his "new" vehicle, he enlists his good friend (and part-time mechanic) Iggy to travel with him across the country,  powered only by cooking oil begged from restaurants along the way. En route they make green side trips, at a wind farm, Al Gore's…continue reading →

MLA 2009 Update

The Modern Language Association published a major update of the manual this year. MLA style is a popular citation style at John Tyler; this change will affect multiple disciplines. This 7th edition has changed the rules for citing sources to make things clearer in electronic sources and bibliographies. No underlining. MLA now asks for italicizing the titiles of journals, books, and films. No URLS. Pasting a web address is no longer required. Publication form is required. Now citations must include the form of the material: Print, Web, performance, etc. at the end of…continue reading →

The Places in Between by Rory Stewart

All summer we will be highlighting some winners from the collection for summer reading. Try some new authors, explore some new topics, enjoy the pace of summer with the library. The Places in Between by Rory Stewart In 2002 Rory Stewart, a British national and diplomat, set out to walk across Afghanistan. Accompanied by the dog Babur, retired fighting mastiff, he walked 20 miles a day. He relied on the people he met to provide him with food and shelter.  Everywhere Stewart listened to the stories of the people; heroes and rogues, soldiers…continue reading →