Fiction Friday: The Orphan Master’s Son

Hopefully, Pak Jun Do (phonetically, John Doe) is not the North Korean everyman. From his start in a North Korean orphanage selecting which orphans get food to his stint in the tunnels beneath the DMZ fighting in the dark to kidnapping Japanese citizens to mining uranium in Prison 33 Jun Do manages to survive the brutal, dystopian regime. Evoking George Orwell’s 1984, author Adam Johnson illuminates the struggle ordinary citizens endure to stay alive.  Moving quickly from one harrowing episode to another, the hero seems destined to outlast even the Dear Leader (Kim…continue reading →

Begin your job search at the library

  With graduation fast approaching you may be thinking about the next phase. If your plans are to find work, the library has resources to help you with your search. From identifying work strengths to polishing your resume to perfecting your interviewing skills, we have a book for you. Here are just a few of the many items found under the category “Job Hunting:"         Cracking the hidden job market:  how to find opportunity in any economy Dig this gig:  find your dream job - or invent it 100% job…continue reading →

Fool for Art

Join the fun on Saturday, April 21, as John Tyler celebrates with Fool for Art. John Tyler’s Midlothian campus will be hosting educational sessions, hands-on activities, and 50+ vendors in an outdoor craft fair. In the Art of Learning tent the library has gathered materials—chenille stems, buttons, beads and glue. You can use your imagination to create a book buddy to read with or carry in your pocket.  The library will also play host to The Story Lady at 11:00am and author Michael Sullivan will sign copies of his book There's an Eyeball…continue reading →

(Non)Fiction Friday: Bossypants

Tina Fey is bossy and full of advice on all matters: Practical tips on how to make it in a male-dominated workplace: “No pigtails, no tube tops. Cry sparingly . . . don’t eat diet foods in meetings.” Beauty: “By nineteen, I had discovered that Retin-A was a great way to have large chunks of your skin peel off and waft to the floor during class.” The Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat: “. . . there are no mistakes, only opportunities.” So to improve your life,…continue reading →

What were you doing in 1940?

  After a 72-year embargo the US Census department released the 1940 census data April 2, 2012. Hosted by Archives.com  and the "first-ever on-line release” the site promptly crashed shortly after going live, unable to handle the 37 million hits in the first hours. Bolstered by new servers, the curious can now search records for favorite family members. Want to know if Great-grandpa was really a World War I veteran or Grandma’s family really came from Russia? As of this writing the data has not been indexed by name, but if you know…continue reading →

TED Talks now on Films on Demand

The streaming video subscription service newly added to the John Tyler roster of databases Films on Demand, recently included more than 200 of the popular TEDTalks with more to come. TED, according to the website, is “a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” Begun in 1984 TED stands for the intersection of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The 1100+ TEDTalks range from funny to inspirational and from persuasive to informative. Films on Demand can be found on the library database page and may be access with your MyTyler login. Do you need any more…continue reading →