Graphic Novels as Lofty Literature?

    Interest in comics and graphic novels continues to grow on campuses both small and large. The Dangerous Book Pushers at the John Tyler libraries have been encouraging you to check out our collection of graphic novels for the past few years. (Not just for kids: comics @ the library) Last summer the English Department offered Introduction to the Graphic Novel (ENG 195). Now the Ivy League is getting into the act. Columbia University is expanding its support for research in comics and graphic novels according to the Butler Library Blog. The…continue reading →

Spot the International Space Station

  “Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?” “Pumbaa, I don't wonder; I know.” “Oh. What are they?” “They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.” “Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.” “Pumbaa, with you, everything's gas.” Neither a firefly nor a ball of gas, the International Space Station is the third largest visible object in the night sky after the sun and the moon according to NASA. On a clear night it is easy…continue reading →

Magic Mathematics?

The library is probably not the first place you think of when you are struggling with math and while we can’t perform magic we might just have the next best thing. From arithmetic to fractals the library has resources to help you. If you are a visual learner check out our DVDs and streaming videos. If you want a print format we have that too. So have a look at these library resources to help you get over your numbers roadblock. Books 501 math word problems Calculus II for dummies The smart guide…continue reading →

(Non) Fiction Friday: Fairy Tales from the BrothersGrimm

A little over 200 years ago (December, 1812) brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published their collection of folk and fairy tales titled Children’s and Household Tales.  The Grimms continued to update their compilation over the next fifty years and amazingly the stories are as popular in the 21st century as they were in the 19th.  Think of the television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and the recent movie adaptations of Snow White. According to National Geographic the fairytales have been translated into over 160 languages! Philip Pullman, author of the…continue reading →

New Year, New Semester, New You

The Dangerous Library Book Pushers welcome you to the first day of classes for Spring Semester 2013! Is it time for you to make some resolutions for the New Year and new semester? Here are some suggestions for making this your best year ever: Did you know that sharing your goals can help you maintain your resolutions? Try adding your intentions to the Google interactive resolution map on the Google Zeitgeist page. Undecided on a resolution? Try the 2013 Resolution Generator. Each click gives you a new goal. You could “Eat a Mango”…continue reading →