K9 Academy: dogs @ school

Every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day for UR chemistry professors Carol Parish and Marty Zeldin. Their Labrador puppy Dell is learning how to be a service dog for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Part of his education is being exposed to many situations (and learning how to act appropriately in them.) So Dell goes to school with his “parents.” Students report that Dell has become a mascot for the department, and his friendliness is apparent to everyone (including the newspaper photographer, who had one of his lenses washed by Dell’s…continue reading →

Teen reads for EVERYONE

Diverse Readers JTCC is a diverse community; our students and faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and places. Everyone likes to read something different...mystery, romance, thriller, blogs (wink!) Diverse Audience Have you read popular books like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games or The Lightning Thief? You have been reading what libraries call Young Adult Literature! The American Library Association defines Young Adult as books meant for ages 12-18. But honestly, these are not just for teens...or kids. Moms (well, some of them) went as crazy for Twilight as their daughters did. Teens..and…continue reading →

Book Club: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is the last Book Club selection for the summer session. Posion Study is the first in a three-part fantasy series; on Goodreads (a social network for book fans) readers (13,431 so far) give the book 4.41 stars. The description from Goodreads: Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison… About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a…continue reading →

Vintage books from PsychNet: How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a reformer, journalist and photographer who lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century. His stories and photographs chronicled the desperate poverty of tenement dwellers. Riis's work brought the hidden world of urban slums to middle class eyes--and to those of political leaders like Theodore Roosevelt. His work led to reforms in building codes, child labor laws, and schools. Read the book--and see the fascinating photographs--for yourself. How the Other Half Lives is full of real-life details told in a straighforward style. It also contains the tenement photographs for which…continue reading →

Oprah’s Book Club

Kate Picker in Time called the Oprah Effect “the greatest force in publishing today, with the power to raise authors from the dead” and banish them from the bestseller lists. Even though the daytime show has ended, the legacy remains:  Oprah’s Book Club had people reading again, and talking about what they read. Her influence drew new readers and brought attention to classics and undiscovered authors. Bring little-known books into the spotlight Revive interest in classic literature Made (and broke) some careers (into A Million Little Pieces!) Spark interest in books and reading…continue reading →

Not just for kids: comics @ the library

Comics, graphic novels, sequential art, manga...these are all words for narrative told through both pictures and words. Once considered a throwaway item for kids, graphic novels now win major literary awards. More attention from scholars means more attention from LIBRARIES. Comics @ VCU Library Check out Secret Powers in Style Magazine about the Comic Arts collection @VCU’s Cabell Library. Official repository for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Rare titles from Mad Magazine, Little Orphan Annie and X-Men MAUS (which we own) mandatory reading for incoming VCU freshmen in 2009 Digitized version of…continue reading →

Book Club: Room by Emma Donoghue

This June Book Club is reading Room by Emma Donoghue. From the publisher: Five-year-old Jack and his Ma live and eat and play and sleep in one room--an 11×11-foot space that is their prison--captives of the terrifying man Jack calls Old Nick. But as Jack grows older and more curious, it becomes clear that the room will not be able to hold him and Ma forever. Jack--who is five--narrates the story. Readers see what is REALLY going on...even though Jack the narrator cannot. Reviewers on Amazon have described the book as both gripping…continue reading →

These boots were made for HIKING

High gas prices put a dent in your caribbean vacation budget? Need a weekend away from home, but not TOO far from home? Get outside NEARBY. Shenandoah National Park is in Richmond's backyard; part of the 2100+ mile Appalachian Trail winds through Virginia's mountains. Hiking is healthy, simple, and cheap. What can hiking do for you? Improve fitness Combat stress and "nature-deficit disorder" (from Last Child in the Woods) See wildlife (Look, a BEAR!) Combine with related activities like Geocaching and Trail Running Breathe the fresh air and feel GREAT Hiking resources: books 60…continue reading →