Webtastic Wednesday: TED Helps with Reading, Writing, and more!

Webtastic Wednesday: TED Helps with Reading, Writing, and more!

 You've probably heard of TED Talks by now, but have you heard of TEDed?  From the conference that highlights thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and more, there is now an educational collection to help with popular topics in academics. Through the TEDed page, you can view lessons and series or search for your own TEDed talks.  The lessons area will break down the different disciplines that the collection covers.  The series section will link you to groups of videos addressing similar topics. Some of the libraries' favorites include: Comma Story How One Piece of Legislation…continue reading →
Tech Tips Tuesday: Library Tutorials

Tech Tips Tuesday: Library Tutorials

  Ever been to a library information session with your class, but walked away worrying about remembering the torrent of information the librarians hurled at you?  Don’t fear, the library tutorials are here!  On the library homepage you can find video tutorials that will guide you through the basics of using some of the most popular library resources.  If the tutorials do not cover all the information you need, be sure to check out the library workshop schedule to see if there is a session to give you the extra boost for acing…continue reading →
Banned Books Week Challenge at the Chester Library

Banned Books Week Challenge at the Chester Library

Looking for a challenge and a chance to win a prize while learning about banned books at the same time!?  Visit the Chester library this week to compete in the Banned Books Week Challenge!  Participants have until September 29th to answer the trivia questions and enter themselves into a drawing to win a $20.00 gift card from Barnes and Nobles! Stop by the Chester library this week to fill out your entry form. You can compete online too!  Complete the following online version of the trivia questions! JTCC Banned Books Week Challenge  For…continue reading →
Celebrating Banned Graphic Novels

Celebrating Banned Graphic Novels

This year’s Banned Book Week takes the graphic novel as its focus. Comics and graphic novels have only risen in popularity—and will likely continue to do so, and the format’s commingling of the worlds of narrative and illustrative can lead to confusion regarding audience, intent and tone. The JTCC Libraries are proud to possess a growing, fascinating graphic novel collection! So, let’s turn our focus to two of our more infamous holdings: Persepolis was published in 2000 by a young Iranian woman, Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi was born and raised in Tehran, leaving for…continue reading →
The Popular Kids of Banned Books Week

The Popular Kids of Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week Continues….with the popular kids (a.k.a. the books with the highest number of challenges!) By 2014, controversial books tend to face “challenges,” rather than outright banishment. To challenge a book is to lodge a formal, written complaint to the school or library declaring a book to be inappropriate to that institution’s audience. Such challenges are usually based on themes considered controversial—be they based on religious, sexual and/or violent issues covered in the book. For example, in 2013 the following novels faced challenges based on the appropriateness of their content: The Perks…continue reading →