Dystopia Week Tuesday

Divergent by Veronica Roth Here’s the setting: Chicago sometime in the future. As in The Hunger Games, society has evolved  into a new arrangement of the population. At 16 years old you choose the faction of society you feel best suits your character—the brave, the peaceful, the honest, etc. Each part has a different role to play. Although her family belongs to Abnegation (the selfless) Tris chooses to join Dauntless (the brave), those responsible for protecting their fellow citizens but who Tris’s father calls “hellions.” Tris, like Katniss in The Hunger Games, shows…continue reading →

Dystopia Week

With finals starting this week you may feel like you are living in your own personal dystopia. Keeping that in mind, this week and throughout exam week I will be posting a book blurb on some of the dystopian fiction owned by the John Tyler libraries. I like the definition the Purdue English department gives for dystopia (of course I like it—they are the same people who brings us the incomparable Purdue OWL!): “An imagined universe (usually the future of our own world) in which a worst-case scenario is explored; the opposite of…continue reading →

Clench Your Fist to Get an A

It’s true! At least according to a study published in the online journal PLOSone (the Public Library of Science) and titled Getting a Grip on Memory: Unilateral Hand Clenching Alters Episodic Recall.  Researchers Ruth E. Propper, Sean E. McGraw, and Michael Weiss of the Department of Psychology, Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey; and Tad T. Brunyé of the Psychology Department, Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts conducted a study to determine if fist clenching could improve memory. Participants were divided into several groups. One group was given a rubber ball to squeeze…continue reading →

Ready for the End?

    With less than two weeks left  in the semester you may be scrambling to get your final papers finished. If you are confused about citations, researching or even writing your papers the library can help. Join these workshops to make this your best semester ever. Chester: *All Chester sessions will be held in library computer lab. Mobile Library: Information on the Go Tuesday, 04/23 11:30am Thursday, 04/25 6:30pm The 411 on Writing an Awesome Research Paper Thursday, 04/18 2:30pm Google-palooza: More than a Search Engine Monday, 04/22 5:15pm Wednesday, 04/24 2:00pm…continue reading →

April is National Poetry Month

“April is the cruelest month” begins T. S. Eliot’s famous poem The Waste Land. But April is actually pretty kind, at least to poetry, because in 1996 the American Academy of Poets established April as National Poetry Month making it a great time to find great new poetry or remember your old favorites. The library has anthologies of classic poetry and volumes of contemporary poetry. In fact, John Tyler Community College even has a published poet among our faculty. Angela Vogel, a lecturer in the English department has written Fort Gorgeous and Social…continue reading →

Fool for Art

Join the fun on Saturday, April 13, 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.   Join the library in the Art of Learning tent where you can design a tote bag (perfect for carrying those library books!) and decorate an accordion book (perfect for young writers!). In the library author Michael Sullivan will sign copies of his book There’s an Eyeball in my Garden at 1 PM and The Story Lady will present…continue reading →

For the Birds

Looking for an outdoor adventure that is both cheap and nearby? You might want to take a trip downtown to view the great blue heron rookery in the middle of the James River. Now is the best time to go before the trees leaf out and obscure your view of the herons’ nests. Parking along Byrd Street, walk to 12th street, turn toward the river and follow the signs to the Pipeline Walk. Climb a short ladder down to the metal walkway. Across the river you can see the island with dozens of…continue reading →