Entries Tagged as 'The World Outside the Library'

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

And the word is: GIF

Each November since 2005 lexicographers (“n., a writer or compiler of a dictionary”) at Oxford English Dictionary announce the word that qualifies as word of the year. After watching word trends to determine what word best illustrates the current zeitgeist, the 2012 winner is GIF. You probably recognize GIF—an acronym standing for graphic interchange format—after [...]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Great Debate!

Three debates down and two weeks before the election: are you more confused than ever? For an historical view of presidential debates have a look at these video clips from the library database, Films on Demand. The 1960 debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon is often cited as a turning point in that year’s [...]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Read a banned book

Hunger Games, The Color Purple and the Harry Potter series are among student’s favorite books. They are also among the most censored books ever published. This week, September 30 through October 6, is the 30th observance of Banned Books week sponsored by the American Library Association. The John Tyler Community College libraries own many books [...]

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Flashback Friday: Vintage Library Posters from the Work Projects Administration

While library services have been changed with technology through the years, our mission remains the same, to provide communities with a space to convene, discuss, educate, challenge, and enlighten. Don’t believe us? In today’s Flashback Friday, one of a three part series, we explore government funded artwork for libraries across the United States. We start [...]

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Election 2012

Hmmm. . . Obama or Romney? Who to choose, who to choose. . .         Are you wondering who should get your vote on November 6? Try this quiz from USA Today. After answering 14 questions on issues ranging from Medicare to Afghanistan to gay marriage and rating the importance of each [...]

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Shark Week!

Everybody: out of the water! Get straight to your library! The Discovery Channel is not the only place for all the facts about the ocean’s top predator! Check out some of these titles: Demon fish Sharks Deadly kingdom: the book of dangerous animals The encyclopedia of sharks To find out what a shark’s world looks [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]