So you want to be President…

Or a teacher or an artist or a nurse or maybe you don’t even know what you want to be when you “grow up.” Because that is one of the toughest decisions you will ever make and there are so many paths to choose this is a good time for you to examine your options closely. Fortunately there are lots of resources to support your investigations. If you have taken SDV100 you are probably familiar with Ginny and the Virginia Education Wizard. Some other websites that offer career advice and planning are: CareerOneStop…continue reading →

Oscar Winners at JTCC Libraries

This Sunday is the 85th Academy Awards. Who are you hoping to see win? The nominees run the gamut from foreign language (Amour) to history (Lincoln, Argo) to musical (Les Miserables) and everything in between. And don’t forget the Virginia connections. Lincoln was filmed right here in central Virginia and Richmond native Michael Gottwald is a producer of Beasts of the Southern Wild. If Sunday’s ceremony has you reminiscing about previous winners, you can find these best picture DVDs at the John Tyler libraries: 2005: Crash 2001: A Beautiful Mind 2000: Gladiator 1998:…continue reading →

Happy Valentine’s Day from LibrarySpace

If thoughts of love are roaming around in your head this week maybe that’s a sign you should be coming into the library. Here are some new library items with love in the title. You just might find one of them irresistible. Dirty minds :  how our brains influence love, sex, and relationships /  Kayt Sukel Eat what you love, love what you eat, with diabetes /  Michelle May Ethical chic :  the inside story of the companies we think we love /  Fran Hawthorne The falling sky :  the science and history…continue reading →

Happy Year of the Snake!

  The Chinese New Year begins this Sunday, February 10. Unlike in the west, the Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar and, according to Chase’s Annual Events , begins “on the day of the second New Moon following the winter solstice.” According to the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac this makes Sunday, February 10 the first day of the Year of the Snake and a great inducement to learn more about these often despised reptiles. Do you love snakes or loathe them? Herpetologists (scientists who study snakes and other reptiles…continue reading →

Please, No Oreos in the Library!

Remember your elementary school librarian telling you to use your “soft voices”? In this Oreo commercial aired during last night’s Super Bowl the library patrons are doing just that—despite having a major argument over which part of the Oreo cookie is best. Remember to use your “soft voice” when you visit us at the John Tyler libraries.continue reading →

Fiction Friday: The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper, a new novel by Australian author Kate Morton opens in 1961 with young Laurel Nicolson witnessing her mother stab a strange, sinister man.  Moving back and forth through time and space the events leading up to that moment are slowly uncovered. Fifty years after the stabbing Laurel’s mother is dying. Recognizing that she doesn’t have much time to learn the secrets of her mother’s past, Laurel and her brother Gerry embark on an investigation. Did the strange man have any association with their mother? What was their mother’s connection to…continue reading →