Portrait—of a Presidential Portrait

As Barack Obama made history when he became the first African-American president of the United States, Kehinde Wiley made history nearly ten years later to become the first African-American to paint a presidential portrait. President Obama's portrait, painted by Wiley, went on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on February 12, 2018. It shows the 44th president of the United States seated in front of rich green foliage, punctuated with colorful flowers. Unlike previous presidents, President Obama sits in his portrait, relaxed and casual instead of formal. The flowers in the rich…continue reading →
Black History Month Graphic Novels

Black History Month Graphic Novels

Celebrate Black History Month with the Tyler libraries’ graphic novel collection!  Learn about key figures, history, culture, and social issues influencing the black community in stunning works of art. The following titles are available at the Tyler libraries.  Stop by or view them online for more information! by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant Midlothian Circulating Collection E449.D75 Z56 2012 from Goodreads.com: With a foreword by the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James M. McPherson, The Hammer and the Anvil presents in full-color illustrations the history of slavery, the Civil War, and emancipation through the lives of…continue reading →

Artist Spotlight: Jack Goolsby Pottery

If you come to the Midlothian campus library, you may have noticed the blue vase guarding our graphic novel section. The Library is once again proud to display the pottery of JTCC art student Jack Goolsby. He provided this information about his Onggi pot: "Planter By Jack Goolsby 2018 - Cone 6 Stoneware This planter is made using a paddle & anvil technique. In Korea, storage jars made this way and of this size are called “Onggi”. They are used to ferment and store vegetables.  Kim Chee (fermented cabbage) is a familiar example. …continue reading →

VIVA’s Open Textbook Network + Libraries = Student Savings!

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) is a consortium of Virginia's non-profit, academic libraries that provide access online databases and research materials for member institutions.  Since inception, VIVA strives to level the academic playing field by providing essential education resources to member institutions.  John Tyler Community College's Libraries are proud VIVA members!  VIVA allows the Tyler Libraries to provide a myriad of academic materials and collections to our students and faculty without incurring the financial burden of paying for these resources individually.  Now VIVA is tackling a different financial hurdle, textbooks. This wonderful consortium…continue reading →
Tyler Libraries’ Tribute to Black History Month

Tyler Libraries’ Tribute to Black History Month

In honor of the rich cultures and histories found within America's black communities, the Tyler libraries are proud to celebrate Black History Month by sharing the libraries' bountiful collections of inspiring stories and works of black artists, poets, activists, historians, writers, and leaders. Please visit either campus library for our Black History Month displays or speak with library staff about particular people, events, or works of interest! The following titles are available for checkout at the Tyler Libraries.  Click on the item's title link to request via QuickSearch to hold at the libraries'…continue reading →