African American History Month

                      African American history is American history. Brush up on your history! Come into the Library during February and take a look at the displays celebrating African American History Month. Featured books include the topics of politics, new fiction, literature of the Harlem Renaissance, essays by noted African Americans from the 19th century, music, autobiographies, poetry and more. GVSU student's Craigslist ad seeking someone to write his write essay for me Easily! Professional academic essay writers are working for You on Your essay.…continue reading →

Aimless Love

How would you like a cool office in Washington D.C. complete with a telephone that never rings? All you have to do is become Poet Laureate of the United States. Of course it helps to have some published poetry. And it helps to have published poetry that makes the everyday exceptional and not just beautiful but heartfelt. And it helps to have beautiful, exceptional, heartfelt poetry that is notable enough to get you a guest spot on The Colbert Report. Billy Collins who was the Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003 explains the…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Out of work due to the Great Recession and dejectedly looking for a job, former web designer Clay Jannon stumbles upon a help wanted sign in an ancient, dusty bookstore—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. After demonstrating his ability to quickly climb ladders and retrieve heavy books Clay is hired as the night clerk. Mystified by the strange merchandise, the quirky customers and Mr. Penumbra’s insistence on careful record-keeping of every transaction, Clay begins to unravel an enigmatic code linked to a secret society founded by a fifteenth century typeface designer. Cleverly written and full…continue reading →

(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 →

Free to Read What You Want to Read

It is one thing to be told you must read a book, say for a class assignment, but it is something else entirely to be told you must NOT read a book. Yet according to Bannedbooksweek.org, last year 464 challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom. Since 1981 the American Library Association has set aside the last week in September to call attention to the threat of censorship in schools, libraries and bookstores. This week, September 22-28 take a look at the most challenged books in the U.S., some of which…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Part mystery, part family drama Where’d You Go Bernadette? dishes up an engaging cast of quirky characters: Elgin: the father, Microsoft vice-president, software developer, TED Talk star Bernadette: the mother, architect, MacArthur genius, avoider of society Bee: the beloved daughter and all-around good kid The Gnats: the annoying, over-involved parents at Bee’s school Manjula Kapoor: Bernadette’s virtual assistant working from a call center in India—or is she? When Elgin and Bernadette agree to reward Bee with a trip to Antarctica for her perfect middle school grades, the prospect of being trapped with 150…continue reading →

How to hit the books before they hit back

Whether you are coming to college for the first time, coming back after summer break or even restarting after a long absence you might find that your study skills could use a little polish. The library has just the right book to help you make the most of your college experience. With little more than a week left before the start of class now is the time to check out one of these titles and have your study skills perfected by August 21. Choosing success in community college and beyond / Rhonda Atkinson…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park begins with that awkward-new-girl moment when 16 year-old Eleanor steps on the bus and no one will share a seat with her. In an act of pity Park moves his belongings aside. But not until a few rides later when he catches Eleanor reading his comic book over his shoulder does a slow friendship begin to develop. Besides the bullying Eleanor endures at school she also has a lot to cope with at home. She lives with her mom, four younger siblings and a creepily menacing step-father in a two-bedroom…continue reading →

Wholesome goodness in every book!

Feeling bombarded by food advice? Looking to improve your diet? Confused about what makes a healthy diet? Not sure where to turn or who to trust for nutritional guidance? The John Tyler Community College libraries have –er, cooked up something for you. Whether you need help with dietary restrictions due to diabetes, gluten intolerance, or food allergies or you just want to improve your life through diet here are some books you can tuck into. For diabetes control: The blood sugar solution cookbook:  more than 175 ultra-tasty recipes for total health and weight…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 →