Fiction Fridays- An Announcement, Over 50 Years in the Making!

Fiction Fridays- An Announcement, Over 50 Years in the Making!

Harper Lee, one of the most well-known American authors of the 20th century has announced the publication of her second novel, Go Set a Watchman. After more than 50 years since the publication of the beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee's first manuscript was discovered.  After sharing with a group of trusted individuals, Ms. Lee has decided it is time to share her work with the world again. Go Set a Watchman was the first work Lee started in her early writing career.  After completing this work, she was advised to write a novel from…continue reading →
Webtastic Wednesday- The word of the year is….

Webtastic Wednesday- The word of the year is….

Annually, the Oxford Dictionary's editorial staff selects a word of the year.  Last year, the prevalence of picture based social media like Instagram pushed the word "selfie" to the front of Oxford's list.  This year, another socially charged topic took the top spot.  So drum roll please...the word of 2014 is vape!  Vape is in reference to the growing number of electronic cigarettes that are an ever-growing market and highly debated in the healthcare field. To vape refers to the inhaling of vapor given off by e-cigarettes.  While the term vape has been…continue reading →
Inauguration Celebration!

Inauguration Celebration!

To celebrate the inauguration of John Tyler Community College's seventh president, Dr. Ted Raspiller (pictured below), the JTCC libraries will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.  The libraries will reopen on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 a.m. For more information on inauguration, visit the official JTCC Inauguration page. In addition to the early closing for inauguration, the JTCC libraries will also be closed the entire day on Tuesday, October 7th for Founder's Day.   The libraries will reopen on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:30 a.m. For any questions about the libraries…continue reading →
Webtastic Wednesdays- World Cup Wiki Change Ups!

Webtastic Wednesdays- World Cup Wiki Change Ups!

You may have heard your JTCC librarians rant against using sources like Wikipedia for research.  Well, there are good reasons for those rants!  The World Cup in Brazil gave us one more example of why Wikipedia is fun, but not reliable for research! Did you watch the final match for the U.S. against Belgium?  If so, you know the American goalie, Tim Howard, was the standout player of the match and saved the U.S. from a terrible defeat.  Shortly after the loss to Belgium, according to Wikipedia, Mr. Howard obtained quite a distinguished…continue reading →
Celebrate Poetry This April!

Celebrate Poetry This April!

  T. S. Eliot begins the elegiac The Waste Land with the following words: April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Every April, poets, poetry lovers, librarians, and students of all stripes rejoice in the unnecessary excuse to “Celebrate Poetry Month!” The next time you visit your library, take a look at the poetry books on display…ask your librarian for help finding that special, particular book of verse…recommend a collection of poems be added to the collection…write your…continue reading →