Coming Up: Fall Literature Circles

The Fall Literature Circles are coming–and all students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Choose a title from the list, read it, and join the relaxed, insightful discussions. All books are owned by the library, but copies are limited and going FAST. Book Choices for the Fall 2012 Literature Circles Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her toddler brother Travis are abandoned at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend.  They are left with their grandparents’ phone number written in black magic marker on Travis’s back and their…continue reading →

Shark Week!

Everybody: out of the water! Get straight to your library! The Discovery Channel is not the only place for all the facts about the ocean’s top predator! Check out some of these titles: Demon fish Sharks Deadly kingdom: the book of dangerous animals The encyclopedia of sharks To find out what a shark’s world looks like (at least at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia) the Discovery Channel has posted this shark-cam on its website: Free live streaming by Ustreamcontinue reading →

While you register for class…

The Midlothian campus library will be open this week Monday through Thursday until 7 PM. We are here for late registration, but we also have a great selection of popular books for a fun read before classes start. Wife 22 Melanie Gideon Dissatisfied with her relationship with her husband, Alice Buckle signs up for a university study on marriage. Insurgent Veronica Roth Sequel to Divergent: for fans of dystopian, young-adult fiction—like The Hunger Games. Unholy Night Seth Grahame-Smith From the author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; a new, very alternative take on the…continue reading →

Olympic Fever

With the 2012 Summer Olympics just days away are you pumped for hours of watching athletic competition and dreaming of being in London yourself? If you can’t make it to the games the John Tyler Community College libraries can help you ratchet up the enthusiasm by offering these books about the Olympics: The complete book of the Olympics The atlas of sports :  who plays what, where, and why Chronicle of the Olympics And these books about London: A traveller’s history of London The Times London history atlas Top 10 London (an e-book)continue reading →

Read a BIG BOOK

Looking for a book with some visual impact? The John Tyler Community College libraries have many lavishly illustrated or photographed tomes. Whether you call them folios, quartos, or coffee table books these oversized volumes will fascinated you as you pour over their pages. Here are some suggestions:   Ancient Egypt       Fashioning fashion       Gentle giants :  an emotional face to face with dolphins and whales       Spaceflight :  the complete story from Sputnik to shuttle-- and beyond       Starfinder :  the complete beginner’s guide…continue reading →

Food for the Fourth

Do your Fourth of July plans include a cook-out or picnic? Maybe you are looking for some new recipes to try. If so, check out some of the new cookbooks at the John Tyler Community College libraries. Baking with the Cake Boss Cooking basics for dummies Cooking for geeks Ripe :  a fresh, colorful approach to fruits and vegetables The food matters cookbook The Men’s health big book of food & nutrition The new Mayo Clinic cookbookcontinue reading →

(Non) Fiction Friday: The Story of English in 100 Words

Ever wonder why lawyers use two words such as “have and hold” or “cease and desist” when one word would do? Or why there is a “b” in debt and a “p” in receipt? Those and other strange quirks of English are explained in The Story of English in 100 Words. From roe (a deer) in the 5th century to Twittersphere in the 21st author David Crystal describes the constantly evolving English language. Interesting details from the book: Captain John Smith made the first stab at spelling the Powhatan word Rahaughcum.  Today spelled…continue reading →

Hurricane Season and the Approaching Zombie Apocalypse

What do tropical cyclones and the walking dead have in common? Well, preparation for one. Because both are unpredictable, potentially devastating and socially disruptive (common mortals being unable to control the consequences) methods of preparation are amazingly similar. That’s why the Center for Disease Control—those jolly folks who broadcast warnings about epidemics—have created a site dedicated to the Coming Zombie Apocalypse. And what a deal—it’s a 2-fer! When you prepare for annihilation by zombie you will also be preparing yourself for disruption by hurricane! Of course, to really be prepared do your reading!…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 →

(Non)Fiction-Friday: Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Do you dislike aggression? Enjoy solitude? Are you a good listener? Work best on your own? Think before you speak? You, my friend, could be an introvert. In a world that glorifies the go-get-em, up-and-at-em, hard bargaining, out-going, people-person attitudes, introversion can make even the most well-adjusted feel just a little out of step with the rest of humanity.  But Susan Cain in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking contends that without introverts society would be decidedly worse off. It is precisely because of their introspective nature…continue reading →