K9 Academy: dogs @ school

Every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day for UR chemistry professors Carol Parish and Marty Zeldin. Their Labrador puppy Dell is learning how to be a service dog for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Part of his education is being exposed to many situations (and learning how to act appropriately in them.) So Dell goes to school with his “parents.” Students report that Dell has become a mascot for the department, and his friendliness is apparent to everyone (including the newspaper photographer, who had one of his lenses washed by Dell’s…continue reading →

Teen reads for EVERYONE

Diverse Readers JTCC is a diverse community; our students and faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and places. Everyone likes to read something different...mystery, romance, thriller, blogs (wink!) Diverse Audience Have you read popular books like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games or The Lightning Thief? You have been reading what libraries call Young Adult Literature! The American Library Association defines Young Adult as books meant for ages 12-18. But honestly, these are not just for teens...or kids. Moms (well, some of them) went as crazy for Twilight as their daughters did. Teens..and…continue reading →

Book Club: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is the last Book Club selection for the summer session. Posion Study is the first in a three-part fantasy series; on Goodreads (a social network for book fans) readers (13,431 so far) give the book 4.41 stars. The description from Goodreads: Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison… About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a…continue reading →

Vintage books from PsychNet: How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a reformer, journalist and photographer who lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century. His stories and photographs chronicled the desperate poverty of tenement dwellers. Riis's work brought the hidden world of urban slums to middle class eyes--and to those of political leaders like Theodore Roosevelt. His work led to reforms in building codes, child labor laws, and schools. Read the book--and see the fascinating photographs--for yourself. How the Other Half Lives is full of real-life details told in a straighforward style. It also contains the tenement photographs for which…continue reading →