The Stars in Our Eyes – Books on Stars, Planets, and Outer Space

If you watch the sky regularly, you may know that June is a great season for planet watching. Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn all make appearances across the sky this month. The Summer Solstice of the Northern Hemisphere--when the sun's path is most arched, reaching its most northerly point and giving us the longest stretch of sunlight in the year--also occurs on June 21. The June solstice is the astronomical start to the summer for sky-watchers north of the equator. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with this lovely poem by Rose Styron and check…continue reading →

Summer Reading – Not Just for Kids

Summer brings heat, swimming pools, and reading lists. Across the country, kids head to their local libraries to complete a mandatory reading list for school. Others compete for a prize as to who's read the most. Once all possibility of free ice cream is exhausted, many kids abandon their summer reading list ambitions and find new things to fill up their summer time. Summer reading isn't just for kids. Recent articles detail the benefits of daily book reading, including: Increased life span. The Yale School of Public Health found that people who read…continue reading →
Library Summer Hours

Library Summer Hours

Even with the end of exams, the Tyler Libraries are open all summer long!!  Visit the library to work on your summer courses, find your next favorite book for vacation, or get a jump start on fall classes- they are right around the corner! From May 9 - May 19, 2018, the Libraries will operate with reduced hours: Wednesday, May 9 - Friday, May 11 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Closed Monday - Friday, May 14 - 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19 Closed Both campuses have…continue reading →

MakerSpaces: A Place to Create

The libraries at John Tyler are embracing some new tools for learning, including our very own Makerspaces! What, you may ask, is a Makerspace? In a literal sense, a Makerspace is an open lab, with free materials, in which you can focus your creativity by designing, innovating, and mastering concepts for the real world. It is a designated area that offers resources to promote student synthesis of knowledge. By embracing the concept of kinetic learning and innovation, the student can take control of their knowledge and its applications. Why? Business leaders in all…continue reading →

Workshops – Learn Something New at the Library

Ever wanted to learn more about a topic without taking an entire semester class on it? The JTCC libraries offer workshops throughout the semester on a variety of topics: ranging from academic skills like searching databases and avoiding plagiarism to literary interests, like poetry and the different book genres the library carries. Workshops offer students the opportunity to hone skills introduced in class and to explore new interests. In SDV 100? Attending a library workshop can count as an out-of-class activity. Check out all upcoming workshops on the library webpage at You…continue reading →