Bronte Sisters Action Figures

Have a literary little girl in your life who loves to defy the dominant paradigm? Hook her up this season with a set of Bronte action figures. Charlotte, Emily and Anne face down the misogynistic literary establishment...with and without Super-Disguise Mustaches! Collect all three and make a Bronte-saurus with blazing feminist vision! Prefer to kick it old school and read the Brontes yourself? Check out these titles in the JTCC collection. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Books about the Bronte Sisterscontinue reading →

Thanksgiving: Dinner Time!

Joel Salatin was featured in the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A History of Four Meals. His Virginia based Polyface Farms is at the forefront of the localvore movement. More about (and by) Joel Satalin Fighting to Keep Food Local at Virginia's Polyface Farm For Localvores, a New Breed of Farm Everything I Want to do is Illegal by Joel Salatin What about your Thanksgiving? Eating locally sourced turkey and vegetables, eating anything that mom cooks…or just trying to get SOMETHING on the table before the hungry horde arrives? Read more about local foods,…continue reading →

e-Textbooks: would YOU do it?

Kindle. Nook. iPad. Android Tablet...clearly the book is going digital. Can textbooks go digital too? Advantages: Lower cost Many books in one small, light package Allow bookmarking and highlighting One familiar tool to read them all Virginia State has recently provided their accounting students with free e-textbooks, citing the prohibitive cost of traditional textbooks. Wired Campus reports that other schools have given iPads to incoming students, but have had issues integrating the devices into classroom instruction. St. John’s College has discouraged the use of free e-book versions of the classics, stating differences in…continue reading →

Push by Sapphire/Precious (Base on Nol by Saf)

Book or movie? BOTH! BOOK Illiterate, pregnant with her second child by her father, and abused by her mother, 16 year old middle school student Precious has every disadvantage.  Through the pages of Push, Precious speaks her truths with street toughness and vulnerability. Listening to her figure things out is fascinating and heartbreaking. Push by Sapphire at JTCC Library MOVIE Author Sapphire talks about the transformation of her book Push into the movie Precious. The movie Precious (Base on Nol by Saf) won two Oscars (Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay) and three…continue reading →

Nancy Pearl and the Rule of 50

RULE: Give a book 50 pages. Don’t like it after 50? Stop reading. Bring back to library. No questions asked! Reading is freedom: Freedom to read what YOU like, not what the “experts” say you should like. Freedom to try anything. Freedom to read both highbrow and lowbrow. Freedom to stretch yourself. Life is too short to read uninteresting books! Give yourself permission to try—and to skip—new books. Nancy Pearl is as close as librarians get to Rock Star status. She has read EVERYTHING and written multiple books (Book Lust, More Book Lust)…continue reading →