Welcome Summer Semester Students!

What a great way to spend your summer—here at John Tyler. We hope you find this semester enlightening, entertaining and/or enriching. Hopefully you will make time to use the library and the many resources we have available. Here are some tips that you may find useful: To get a library card bring a picture ID—your driver’s license is perfect. It only takes a few minutes then you can check out: Books Magazines Equipment to use in the library Headphones Laptop computers White board markers Study rooms are first-come first-served. If you see an…continue reading →

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Caution: if you are like me and like to read while you are eating this may not be the book for you. Mary Roach obviously likes science. In her previous books she explores space travel (Packing for Mars), sex and reproduction (Bonk), and death (Stiff). In this latest book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal she tackles digestion from beginning to end. As in her earlier works her research is fascinating and her delivery is hilarious. If you can get past the yuck factor you will be in for an entertaining and enlightening…continue reading →

Please don’t go!

(*Actual librarian may vary.) You may be breathing a sigh of relief now that the semester is officially over, but the Dangerous Library Book Pushers are really sad to see you leave. But wait! You don’t have to go! You might find the perfect class to take over the semester. (History of Film and Animation, or Introduction to the Graphic Novel, or Stage Combat Workshop sound like fun.) But even if you don’t take a class you will always be welcomed in the library. Just think of all that we offer: Best-selling books, newspapers…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 →

Dystopia Week Saturday

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller Unlike the rest of this week’s posts today’s book, The Dog Stars, has a grown-up appeal; it features an adult male protagonist. Plus, unlike the books previously presented this week there is no oppressive government presence. In fact there is no government at all, no societal divisions, no lurking rebellious factions just a few lost souls after a world-wide influenza epidemic. Two things captured me about The Dog Stars: First it is sort of a survival manual for a post-apocalyptic world. Second the main character, Hig, is…continue reading →

Dystopia Week Friday

Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith One of the first rules about book talking is: Do not try to booktalk a book you haven’t read! And here I go violating that very rule. But in my defense one of the reasons I haven’t read Escape From Furnace is from the time the library received the book in October it has been checked out to one of its many fans. That tells you how popular this book and this series is. The library acquired Lockdown and its sequels based on a student suggestion.…continue reading →

Dystopia Week Thursday

Delirium by Lauren Oliver As in yesterday’s book, Matched, the government has determined that love is something to be avoided. In fact, this dystopia considers love a disease—a delirium. Accordingly, when you reach a certain age you must have The Procedure which will make you immune to love. Lena is looking forward to having The Procedure but 95 days before it is scheduled she meets Alex. Lena’s family struggles. She lives with her aunt and cousins and there is a cloud over the household. Lena’s mother, despite having The Procedure multiple times was…continue reading →

Dystopia Week Wednesday

Matched by Ally Condie In the Society all your life choices are made for you: what job you do, the place you live, what belongings you may have and who you marry. If the authorities can control these aspects of your life then the rest of the country can be controlled as well. The story opens with the night of Cassia’s matching ceremony. She, with all other 17-year-old girls, is patiently waiting her turn to see her match displayed on the giant screen in the banquet room. But when her name is called…continue reading →

Dystopia Week

With finals starting this week you may feel like you are living in your own personal dystopia. Keeping that in mind, this week and throughout exam week I will be posting a book blurb on some of the dystopian fiction owned by the John Tyler libraries. I like the definition the Purdue English department gives for dystopia (of course I like it—they are the same people who brings us the incomparable Purdue OWL!): “An imagined universe (usually the future of our own world) in which a worst-case scenario is explored; the opposite of…continue reading →

Ready for the End?

    With less than two weeks left  in the semester you may be scrambling to get your final papers finished. If you are confused about citations, researching or even writing your papers the library can help. Join these workshops to make this your best semester ever. Chester: *All Chester sessions will be held in library computer lab. Mobile Library: Information on the Go Tuesday, 04/23 11:30am Thursday, 04/25 6:30pm The 411 on Writing an Awesome Research Paper Thursday, 04/18 2:30pm Google-palooza: More than a Search Engine Monday, 04/22 5:15pm Wednesday, 04/24 2:00pm…continue reading →