Tyler Tips: Requesting Books

Ever need a book for class only to come into the library and find it's already checked out? Learn how to request books using the online catalog. Knowing these simple steps can save you time and hassle later. You can access the library catalog by searching the white box on the Library Website. Click on the hyperlinked title of the copy you want.   In the center of the book record, there will be a yellow box that says "For more options Sign in." Click here. Enter your MyTyler username and password. Click…continue reading →

#WorthReading: Tough YA Books

If someone tried to tell me that being a teenager was easy, I’d be tempted to call them a liar. Teenagers these days face stresses and challenges that most generations before them didn’t have to face. They’re expected to do well in school, get into college on their first try, manage jobs and extra-curriculars, have a social life (that’s not too wild, but not too mild either), and nowadays, they’re frequently finding themselves on the frontline of social and political change. Putting it bluntly, being a teenager is hard. When I was that…continue reading →

#WorthReading: Flights of Fantasy

According to an article “Why are Adults Reading YA books” on http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/ a little more than half of the reading audience are adult readers. In fact, “A 2012 survey found that 55% of YA readers are adults. In fact, the largest (and growing!) segment in the market for YA literature are adults aged between 30 and 44 years (which accounts for 28% of all sales).” In just the last 10 years of working in the public library, I’ve noticed a significant increase on amount of new YA books that have been added to…continue reading →

#WorthReading: Return to Yourself by Escaping

Reading for me is, above all, an escape. Not necessarily from this reality, though. I prefer to visit other universes or realms but even a slight change in scenery (a different continent, a different decade) will do just fine.  The following books have stayed in my mind for years. They make me reexamine the art of world-building, both in writing and the kind that unfolds inside thoughts. The world looks different each time I read.  Watership Down by Richard Adams The Premise: After Fiver has a vision of his neighborhood in flames, he…continue reading →

#WorthReading: Tour de France

Photo courtesy of Pixabay From July 6-28, 2019, cyclists will compete in the rigorous Tour de France.  This year’s route covers 3,351 kilometers or 2082 miles, starting in Brussels, Belgium and finishing, as always, in Paris France.  While cycling as a professional sport is not as popular in the United States as it is in Europe, many Americans do enjoy watching the Tour.   JTCC Libraries has some #worthreading titles about the Tour de France and the sport of cycling.   Tour de France 100 by Peter Cossins Midlothian GV1049.2.T68 C67 2013   Tour…continue reading →