May I Suggest? A paperback book with a side of questions?

Looking for books to interest your book club members? Is finding a book for your book club meeting an overwhelming task? Are you asking yourself: Will everyone like it? Will anyone like it? Will it generate discussion? Are copies available in the library? As for the first question—don’t worry whether or not all your members will like it. Often the best discussions come from books that some liked and some hated. After all, happy families are all alike, aren’t they? And where’s the drama in that? And as for the last question—John Tyler…continue reading →

Learning the Internet Way

Take a spin around the information superhighway and just look at all the stuff you can learn. One lesser known source of culture, education, and entertainment is Talks at Google. In 2005 Google began inviting authors to speak to Google employees at their Mountain View, California corporate headquarters. Now expanded to all the Google offices and including chefs, musicians, filmmakers and “innovators capturing the popular and intellectual zeitgeist of the day.” Google graciously shares these chats on its subsidiary, YouTube. Some of the speakers featured are: Tina Fey author of BossyPants talking with…continue reading →

Spring Break: Destination Antarctica

Streaming live video by Ustream  Does spring break make you think of exotic locations? Florida? Mexico? The Caribbean islands? What about Antarctica? Through the magic of the internet you can visit Antarctica’s favorite flightless fowl without leaving your comfortable home. Actually, you will only be going as far as San Diego (virtually, of course) to watch the Penguin Cam courtesy of the San Diego Zoo. A word of caution: watching the penguins can be mesmerizing! I love it when the penguins are checking the web cam out. The Penguin Cam will run through…continue reading →

Spring Break

John Tyler Community College is on break March 12 - 17. The library will be opened reduced hours. If you need a quiet space for reading and studying this is the place! We will be open Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm. Closed Saturday. Normal hours resume on Monday, March 19. No matter where you are have a safe and restful holiday! And don't forget to reset your clocks Sunday, March 11.  continue reading →

Downton Abbey Read-Alikes Part 2

Watch Downton Abbey, Season 2: A Scene from Episode 7 on PBS. See more from Masterpiece. In yesterday’s blog post the Dangerous Library Book Pushers suggested reading ideas to help you pass the time until Season 3 of Downton Abbey begins in 2013. Today we look at more ideas: Looking to live the English Country Life? I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith) A coming-of-age story set in a decrepit castle in the English countryside. You will be captured too. Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons) Also a decrepit setting, Cold Comfort Farm churns with…continue reading →