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Much of academic reading and writing focuses on Academic Journals, those meaty, peer-reviewed periodicals that disseminate serious scholarship. John Tyler’s Library provides these through our online indexes called databases. The library also subscribes to some journals and newspapers in hard copy at both campuses. All work and no fun reading make Jane a dull girl, right? The library also has popular titles available in the library--and the comfortable chairs to go with them. These cover many areas of interest, from fashion to sports to art. Check out some of the titles on this…continue reading →

Cavemen are us?

New information is constantly uncovered which influences conventional ideas of human origins. Through genome sequencing, scientists have uncovered proof that modern man and Neanderthals are closely related. Modern humans share genomic patterns identical to those of Neanderthals...enough to be considered proof that we are the same species. Or in other words, cavemen ARE us! The August 2010 issue of Scientific American has two articles about human origins, including the editorial making the Neanderthal/Homo sapiens connection. When the Sea Saved Humanity by Curtis W. Marean Our Neanderthal Brethren by Michael Shermer The genome article…continue reading →

The Passage by Justin Cronin

What happens when a literary author goes renegade and rewrites the vampire novel playbook? With The Passage, Justin Cronin leaves the literary arena behind (he won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Stephen Crane Prize for his past novels) and leaps (bat like!) into the world of speculative fiction. But this is no teenage love story, or southern waitress’s adventure. Cronin’s world of vampires is monstrous, terrifying, and more than plausible. In Cronin’s near future gas is $13/gallon, the FBI works illegally and without accountability, California secedes from the union, and Jenna Bush…continue reading →

Still open: library summer hours

Summer session is ending (or has ended, depending on when you read this!) The library reduces hours between semesters (not open until 9!) but is still available for registration, computer use, and general questions. The details: Monday, August 9 Last Day of Classes/Exams for summer session: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 10--Wednesday August 11:  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 12: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 13: 7:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Saturday August 14: Closed Monday, August 16-Thursday August 19: 7:30 a.m. –7:00 p.m. Friday, August 20 (Convocation):…continue reading →