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 with these charming and eccentric Great Depression era silkscreen posters. Created by artists working in the Work Projects Administration between 1936 and 1943, most of these posters wouldn't feel out of place in a library today. The Work…continue reading →

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 issue to you, you will see how closely your opinions match the two candidates, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.  Then you can enter the voting booth knowing which candidate agrees with you! Still confused? Maybe you don’t know…continue reading →

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 like (at least at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia) the Discovery Channel has posted this shark-cam on its website: Free live streaming by Ustreamcontinue reading →

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 in over 300 events, so it depends on how you define success. As of this writing China and the USA are tied for total medals at 17 each. But leading with 9, China has 2 more gold medals…continue reading →

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 of the Olympics The atlas of sports :  who plays what, where, and why Chronicle of the Olympics And these books about London: A traveller’s history of London The Times London history atlas Top 10 London (an e-book)continue reading →

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 his support of laborers and farm workers in particular. Like his contemporary John Steinbeck, Guthrie bore witness to the Dustbowl migration of Oklahoma farmers (Okies) to the fertile fields of California and to the prejudice the Okies suffered.…continue reading →

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 itself, check out the July 11, 1912 edition of the TD. It includes a story of the bitter resignation of a university president who clashes with the Board of Visitors. This time the conflict was at Virginia Tech.…continue reading →

Food for the Fourth

Do your Fourth of July plans include a cook-out or picnic? Maybe you are looking for some new recipes to try. If so, check out some of the new cookbooks at the John Tyler Community College libraries. Baking with the Cake Boss Cooking basics for dummies Cooking for geeks Ripe :  a fresh, colorful approach to fruits and vegetables The food matters cookbook The Men’s health big book of food & nutrition The new Mayo Clinic cookbookcontinue reading →

Hurricane Season and the Approaching Zombie Apocalypse

What do tropical cyclones and the walking dead have in common? Well, preparation for one. Because both are unpredictable, potentially devastating and socially disruptive (common mortals being unable to control the consequences) methods of preparation are amazingly similar. That’s why the Center for Disease Control—those jolly folks who broadcast warnings about epidemics—have created a site dedicated to the Coming Zombie Apocalypse. And what a deal—it’s a 2-fer! When you prepare for annihilation by zombie you will also be preparing yourself for disruption by hurricane! Of course, to really be prepared do your reading!…continue reading →

High Bridge Trail

High Bridge Trail Looking for nearby (tame) adventure? The High Bridge Trail, part of the Virginia State Park system, runs 31 miles between Pamplin City to Burkeville and through the town of Farmville. Once a railroad bed, the trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. With little elevation change and no traffic it is the perfect spot for bicyclists wanting to enjoy the Virginia countryside. Make a stop in Farmville for a tasty lunch and you have the ingredients for a perfect day. As of early April all 31 miles are…continue reading →