Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Graphic Novels as Lofty Literature?

    Interest in comics and graphic novels continues to grow on campuses both small and large. The Dangerous Book Pushers at the John Tyler libraries have been encouraging you to check out our collection of graphic novels for the past few years. (Not just for kids: comics @ the library) Last summer the English [...]

Friday, January 11th, 2013

(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 [...]

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Fiction Friday: The Yellow Birds

Tuesday’s post about Veterans Day, the annual John Tyler Community College Veterans Day Celebration, and military/veteran themed books brings us to today’s Fiction Friday. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, a graduate of VCU and a Richmond native, has received much attention including a feature in Parade Magazine and a National Book Award nomination. Although [...]

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Honoring our Veterans

Promoted as “the war to end all wars,” World War I began the tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans on November 11. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month saw the end of hostilities between the Allies and Germany. The annual Veterans Day [...]

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The Dog Stars

How you would fare in a post-apocalyptic world? Would you be able to find food, shelter and security? If you were one of a few survivors would you be able to endure the loneliness, boredom and solitude? The Dog Stars, a debut novel by Peter Heller, explores the response of one man to catastrophe. Following [...]

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Fiction Friday: A City of Broken Glass

Journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland covering the 1938 St. Martin festival when it comes to her attention that thousands of Polish Jews are being deported from Germany. Her reporter instincts kick in and while investigating the death of a deportee she finds herself abducted by SS agents and taken across the border to Berlin. [...]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Featured Fiction: Keeping the Castle

Ready for some fun, light reading? Fans of Jane Austen or Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle may have a new favorite in Patrice Kindl’s Keeping the Castle. Like Elizabeth Bennett and Cassandra Mortmain before her, Althea Crowley is a young, attractive gentlewoman in reduced circumstances looking to marry well in order to secure her [...]

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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 [...]

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

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 [...]

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Beach Reads 2012

Looking for something to read by the pool or on the sand? The John Tyler libraries have got you covered. Kick back with these recent releases: 11th Hour: The Women’s Murder club back for the –you guessed it – 11th installment. Art of Fielding: Not just a baseball novel but also a coming-of-age story about [...]