Oscar Winners at JTCC Libraries

This Sunday is the 85th Academy Awards. Who are you hoping to see win? The nominees run the gamut from foreign language (Amour) to history (Lincoln, Argo) to musical (Les Miserables) and everything in between. And don’t forget the Virginia connections. Lincoln was filmed right here in central Virginia and Richmond native Michael Gottwald is a producer of Beasts of the Southern Wild. If Sunday’s ceremony has you reminiscing about previous winners, you can find these best picture DVDs at the John Tyler libraries: 2005: Crash 2001: A Beautiful Mind 2000: Gladiator 1998:…continue reading →

Please, No Oreos in the Library!

Remember your elementary school librarian telling you to use your “soft voices”? In this Oreo commercial aired during last night’s Super Bowl the library patrons are doing just that—despite having a major argument over which part of the Oreo cookie is best. Remember to use your “soft voice” when you visit us at the John Tyler libraries.continue reading →

Fiction Friday: The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper, a new novel by Australian author Kate Morton opens in 1961 with young Laurel Nicolson witnessing her mother stab a strange, sinister man.  Moving back and forth through time and space the events leading up to that moment are slowly uncovered. Fifty years after the stabbing Laurel’s mother is dying. Recognizing that she doesn’t have much time to learn the secrets of her mother’s past, Laurel and her brother Gerry embark on an investigation. Did the strange man have any association with their mother? What was their mother’s connection to…continue reading →

Magic Mathematics?

The library is probably not the first place you think of when you are struggling with math and while we can’t perform magic we might just have the next best thing. From arithmetic to fractals the library has resources to help you. If you are a visual learner check out our DVDs and streaming videos. If you want a print format we have that too. So have a look at these library resources to help you get over your numbers roadblock. Books 501 math word problems Calculus II for dummies The smart guide…continue reading →

(Non) Fiction Friday: Fairy Tales from the BrothersGrimm

A little over 200 years ago (December, 1812) brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published their collection of folk and fairy tales titled Children’s and Household Tales.  The Grimms continued to update their compilation over the next fifty years and amazingly the stories are as popular in the 21st century as they were in the 19th.  Think of the television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and the recent movie adaptations of Snow White. According to National Geographic the fairytales have been translated into over 160 languages! Philip Pullman, author of the…continue reading →

New Year, New Semester, New You

The Dangerous Library Book Pushers welcome you to the first day of classes for Spring Semester 2013! Is it time for you to make some resolutions for the New Year and new semester? Here are some suggestions for making this your best year ever: Did you know that sharing your goals can help you maintain your resolutions? Try adding your intentions to the Google interactive resolution map on the Google Zeitgeist page. Undecided on a resolution? Try the 2013 Resolution Generator. Each click gives you a new goal. You could “Eat a Mango”…continue reading →

Read the Book Then See the Movie

Are you planning on some movie watching over the Winter break? According to Chasing the Frog.com an average of thirty books are made into movies each year. The John Tyler Community College libraries have many titles that have found their way onto the big screen.  Check out some of these items and let us know: Which is better the movie or the book? Coriolanus(William Shakespeare) Betrayal and revenge set in ancient Rome. Perks of being a wallflower(Stephen Chbosky) A coming of age story told in letters to a friend. Great Gatsby(F. Scott Fitzgerald)…continue reading →

Winter Break Hours

Between the fall and spring semesters, the library will operate with reduced hours.  These hours will begin on Monday, December 17, 2012 and end on Saturday, January 5, 2013.  The JTCC libraries will resume normal operation hours on Monday, January 7, 2013. Please see the schedule below for each campus library. Chester and Midlothian Libraries: 12/17-12/19: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm 12/20: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm 12/21-1/1: CLOSED 1/2-1/3: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm 1/4: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm 1/5: CLOSED  continue reading →

Study Break: Library Movie Montage

Libraries have been featured in movies and on television many times. Enjoy this video of library moments featured on the big (and small) screen. It is Study Break Week here at LibrarySpace. All week we are posting interesting and funny videos to relieve the exam stress. Laugh your way to an A!continue reading →