Soundtrack to 2020

Author’s note: Neither the author nor John Tyler Community College owns any of the songs mentioned in the following blog post. No money is being made from this post, nor is any copyright infringement intended.   At the risk of possibly making the understatement of the century, 2020 has been a year. It started off with hope and optimism for the coming months, descended into conflict and confusion, and is now approaching a cautiously optimistic end. If one didn’t know any better, 2020 would almost look like the plot of a book, only…continue reading →

Banned Books Week: Finding Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is almost upon us, and Tyler Libraries are gearing up to celebrate some of our favorite banned books: the ones people try to say are verboten and request that libraries remove from their collections. It may seem strange and unusual, but the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media all the time regarding attempts to challenge or ban books in communities across the country. Many different groups try to challenge or ban books, but according to the ALA, parents challenge books…continue reading →

#WorthReading: History for Non-History Lovers

History seems to elicit one of two responses from people. On one hand, you have the people who really enjoy it and genuinely get excited about history. They can’t get enough of it and are constantly searching for more materials to read and watch. On the other hand, there’s the people who dislike history. It just isn’t their favorite subject, and often the reason is that the material and how it’s presented is incredibly dry and boring. As a history major, I obviously was one of those people who found history fascinating. I…continue reading →

Six Feet Away; AKA A List of More Interesting Things to Say Other Than 6 Ft

“Friendships - and indeed most relationships – are measured in the closeness of hearts, minds and soul ties... not in the distance of physical miles or even the passing of time.” -Rasheed Ogunlaru   In the day and era of social distancing, we keep hearing one measurement repeated over and over and over again: Six feet. At face value, it seems like a rather arbitrary distance. Six feet? It’s a relatively common height amongst the human population. It’s also considered part of the deep end of the swimming pool. Six feet is so…continue reading →

Mental Health Mondays: Managing Anxiety

Disclaimer: The information presented is meant for instructional purposes only and is not intended to be used to provide a diagnosis or treatment. Only a medical professional can do that. If you or someone you know feels that they are a danger to others or themselves, please call 911 or go to the hospital immediately.   We live in stressful times, now more than ever. Every day, we deal with work, school, and family and friends. Now, we’ve added a pandemic to the mix. If we were stressed before then we’re super stressed…continue reading →