Entries from July 2012

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Medal Math

Have you been parked in front of the TV gorging on Olympic coverage? Here is a new, statistical way of enjoying this sporting spectacle. With 195 countries on planet Earth (CIA World Factbook) and 205 of them competing in the Summer Olympics (BBC) what country is the most successful? There are over 10,000 athletes competing [...]

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Last King

The year is 1648 and England is wilting under Civil War. King Charles I is beheaded and Oliver Cromwell runs the country. Cromwell’s legacy of ruling without a royal lineage does not last and Charles’ son, Charles II returns to be crowned in 1660. Through political and social upheaval, plague and the fire of London [...]

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Olympic Fever

With the 2012 Summer Olympics just days away are you pumped for hours of watching athletic competition and dreaming of being in London yourself? If you can’t make it to the games the John Tyler Community College libraries can help you ratchet up the enthusiasm by offering these books about the Olympics: The complete book [...]

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Woody Guthrie at 100

From California to the New York Island and beyond music lovers are noting the 100th anniversary of the birth of American singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie. From his beginnings in Oklahoma until his death from the incurable degenerative neurological disorder Huntington’s Disease in 1967 Guthrie was noted for not only his prolific songwriting but also [...]

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Old Newspapers

Want to travel to the past? You can by reading a century-old issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Without leaving your home you can view issues from 1903-1913 through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project. The database includes papers published between 1836 and 1922 throughout the U.S. And just to illustrate how history sometimes repeats [...]

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Remembering Andy Griffith

Many of you grew up watching reruns of the Andy Griffith Show on cable television. To add to the tributes since the passing of Griffith last week here is a clip from the JTCC database Films on Demand’s Pioneers of Television.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Read a BIG BOOK

Looking for a book with some visual impact? The John Tyler Community College libraries have many lavishly illustrated or photographed tomes. Whether you call them folios, quartos, or coffee table books these oversized volumes will fascinated you as you pour over their pages. Here are some suggestions:   Ancient Egypt       Fashioning fashion [...]

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Food for the Fourth

Do your Fourth of July plans include a cook-out or picnic? Maybe you are looking for some new recipes to try. If so, check out some of the new cookbooks at the John Tyler Community College libraries. Baking with the Cake Boss Cooking basics for dummies Cooking for geeks Ripe :  a fresh, colorful approach [...]