(Non) Fiction Friday: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

No stranger to the Banned Book list (Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010), author David Sedaris in his latest work, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, looks at themes of modern culture. In each chapter, ranging from talking to telemarketers, sitting by strangers on an airplane or French reaction to the reelection of Barak Obama, Sedaris reveals not only something of himself but also something of contemporary society. For instance, in “Attaboy” he describes the reaction of a mother and father when their son is caught defacing a mailbox (accusing the victim of wrongdoing!)…continue reading →

What Matters in Jane Austen

January 28, 2013 marked the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice. Its author, Jane Austen, is as popular as ever. Pride and Prejudice alone has had at least four film adaptations. A search in the library database Literature Resource Center on Jane Austen yields 843 results. And now this statue of her famous hero, Mr. Darcy, has been erected in Hyde Park, London. Though of course not from Austen’s text of Pride and Prejudice, the statue’s resemblance to Colin Firth in the 1995 BBC production is uncanny. If your interest…continue reading →

Fall Semester Registration @ the Library

Fall semester registration began on Monday, June 8. With 100+ computers the library is a great place to sign up for classes. While you are here to register for classes why not register for a library card? To get a library card show your picture ID with name and address (a driver’s license is perfect) and fill out a registration card. It will take only a few minutes and then you can check out some great summer reads! Some recent titles from The New York Times bestseller list now available at the John…continue reading →

The Great Gatsby

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father told me something that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” With the release of the movie are you thrilled by all things Gatsby? If so, you might want to check out the Princeton University Digital Library. You can view F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscript—in its original longhand form. (Fitzgerald used not a computer, not a typewriter, not even a pen to write. The manuscripts you can see are written in pencil.) The Princeton Digital Library has high-resolution digital images of The Great…continue reading →

Listen to This!

Whew! After a week of dystopia it is time for the Dangerous Library Book Pushers to feature some (possibly) lighter reading fare. In fact, these suggestions are so light you won’t even have to pick them up! What I have in mind are e-audiobooks. What could be better for long car trips to vacation destinations or even short hops between work and home? With your MyTyler log-in and password you can choose from over 1,000 e-audiobook titles as well as music and videos. Your log-in will allow you to check-out up to 4…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 3

In the previous two posts we have explored mobile apps of use to John Tyler students as well as apps for researchers and other students. In this third and last post we look at some great apps for book lovers, history buffs and others.     Recommended Mobile Apps for eBooks and Audiobooks  Google Play Books:  Google Play Books makes it easy to search and browse for thousands of classic, out-of-copyright titles that can be downloaded for free and read on your mobile device. iBooks:  iBooks is Apple's version of a mobile eBook…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 1

Today we begin a three-part post on mobile apps of interest to the John Tyler community. When using your smartphone or tablet, mobile apps can be an advantage for studying and researching when you aren't near a computer.  Mobile apps are specifically designed to view on a smartphone or tablet; they usually have a clean design and larger text, making the site easier to operate on a small screen. All of these apps are free to download.  Some may require registration. Recommended Mobile Apps for John Tyler Students Blackboard Mobile Learn: This app…continue reading →

Classical music free…with your library card

Having trouble concentrating? Need a change of pace? Want some music to block out the noise of your little brother while you study? Add some classical music to your playlist! Overdrive is John Tyler's service that offers audio books for download. But Overdrive is not just books; it offers music and movies too. The 101 Great Orchestral Classics is a 10 volume series that includes many of the big names in classical music--Strauss, Mendelssohn, and of course, Beethoven. All files can be played from your computer, or transferred to a MP3 player for…continue reading →

Heard any good books lately?

Bored with the same economic doom and gloom on the radio? Sick of the same tunes during your workout? Now you can laugh through your commute with David Sedaris or brush up on your French pronunciation while you hit the jogging trails. Check out an audio book! John Tyler now has audio books available on the library website through Overdrive. Books are a free download to all John Tyler Community College students, faculty and staff; just use your myTyler login. Books range from chick lit (Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella) to serious poetry…continue reading →