Maharaja: The Splendors of India’s Great Kings

If a vacation to exotic locales is not in the budget for this summer—not to worry. Going to the VMFA can be your ticket to India. For a mere $15 ($12 for students) you can travel halfway around the world and back in time to India in the 18th to the mid-20th century. According to the VMFA website the more than 200 objects selected for this exhibit bear witness to the “changing role of the maharajas (“great kings”) within a social and historical context.”  Known for their patronage of the arts the ruling…continue reading →

Begin your job search at the library

  With graduation fast approaching you may be thinking about the next phase. If your plans are to find work, the library has resources to help you with your search. From identifying work strengths to polishing your resume to perfecting your interviewing skills, we have a book for you. Here are just a few of the many items found under the category “Job Hunting:"         Cracking the hidden job market:  how to find opportunity in any economy Dig this gig:  find your dream job - or invent it 100% job…continue reading →

Fool for Art

Join the fun on Saturday, April 21, as John Tyler celebrates with Fool for Art. John Tyler’s Midlothian campus will be hosting educational sessions, hands-on activities, and 50+ vendors in an outdoor craft fair. In the Art of Learning tent the library has gathered materials—chenille stems, buttons, beads and glue. You can use your imagination to create a book buddy to read with or carry in your pocket.  The library will also play host to The Story Lady at 11:00am and author Michael Sullivan will sign copies of his book There's an Eyeball…continue reading →

What were you doing in 1940?

  After a 72-year embargo the US Census department released the 1940 census data April 2, 2012. Hosted by  and the "first-ever on-line release” the site promptly crashed shortly after going live, unable to handle the 37 million hits in the first hours. Bolstered by new servers, the curious can now search records for favorite family members. Want to know if Great-grandpa was really a World War I veteran or Grandma’s family really came from Russia? As of this writing the data has not been indexed by name, but if you know…continue reading →

New Year’s Resolutions Part 2

Yesterday’s blog listed library books for healthy living goals. Today’s blog post has both print and web resources for two popular New Year resolutions. Improve finances Books: Personal Finance in Your 20s for Dummies /  by Eric Tyson The Wall Street Journal Guide to the New Rules of Personal Finance / Dave Kansas The New Frugality :  How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better /  Chris Farrell Does This Make My Assets Look Fat? :  a Woman’s Guide to Finding Financial Empowerment and Success /  Susan L. Hirshman Websites: makes…continue reading →

New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

    January: the beginning of both the calendar year and a new semester --a good time for reflecting on the past and setting new goals. If you are like many people, New Year’s is the time for making resolutions to improve the quality of your life. Do your resolutions include any of these goals? Get fit Lose weight Improve finances Reduce stress According to these are among the most popular resolutions made. The library has resources to help you meet your objectives. If this is the year for you to make…continue reading →

Over the river and through the wood…

Thanksgiving is fast approaching so there’s not a moment to lose. And with plenty of library and web resources to help you weather, er, enjoy the holiday you can rest easy. Responsible for the cooking? Here is what you need to make your feast memorable The Good Housekeeping Cookbook Wild Game Cookbook The Real Simple Guide to a Foolproof Thanksgiving Worried about table manners? We’ve got a book for that: The Rituals of Dinner If weight gain is your concern try: The eat this, not that! no diet! diet 10 Tips for a…continue reading →

Nobel Prize 2011

Each autumn the Nobel Prize committee awards its prizes for to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind by making "outstanding contributions in the fields of physics, chemistry, economics, medicine, literature and for work in peace.” Each laureate, or winner, receives a diploma, a medal and a 10 million Swedish Krona cash prize —that’s about 1.5 million US dollars. This year’s winners include: Physics: Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant…continue reading →

Following in the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.  ~Henry David Thoreau Where can a John Tyler Community College student go to find woods and fields for sauntering? As it happens woods and fields are actually quite nearby. •    Amelia Wildlife Management Area: “an excellent place for wildlife viewing, nature photography and hiking.” •    Powhatan Wildlife Management Area…continue reading →