#WorthReading – Mysteries

Summer keeps marching on and the hot evenings are a great time to delve into a great book. Here are some more #worthreading titles from JTCC Libraries. For true crime lovers: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara What is it: A thorough account of the decades-long search for the serial rapist & murderer dubbed the Golden State Killer Why you should read it: Author Michelle McNamara creates a readable, engrossing book out of a horrific spree of terror by intertwining the…continue reading →

Life’s Too Short to Read Bad Books – #WorthReading

Image by ClarissaBell from Pixabay James Joyce once said "Life is too short to read a bad book." We heartily agree. Not only is life too short for a bad book, but so is summer! The summer time is a very short three months. You want to make the most it, experience new things, sleep in on Saturdays, conquer class. Perhaps you think you don't have the time to read. Well, the blog will be spotlighting books over the summer that are worth the time to read, or #worthreading (if you are into…continue reading →

Haiku – Masquerade

A haiku is a very popular poetic form from Japan. Originally, the haiku focused on subjects in nature and promoted tranquility and wisdom. It is only 3 lines long--the first and last line each have five syllables while the second line contains 7 syllables. Here is an original haiku by staff member Rebeca Parrott.   Masquerade Origami swans float across the sea disguised as paper dragons.continue reading →

Sonnet – Meet My Nemesis

The sonnet is one of the most used forms of classical poetry. Rooted in Italian, this 14-line poetic form has a strong presence in English too. The sonnet uses iambic pentameter (a fancy way of saying 10 syllables in a structured rhythm per line) and a specific rhyme scheme. The sonnet below is an original Italian, or Petrarchan, sonnet by staff member Rebeca Parrott. The end lines follow this rhyme pattern: abba, abba, cdecde. Meet My Nemesis by Rebeca Parrott How fearful is the sonnet, wielding life and death (as metaphors) in fourteen…continue reading →

Season of Gratitude

Each November, on the fourth Thursday of the month, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The celebration may only be a federal holiday starting during the Civil War, but feasts of gratitude and celebration mark multiple milestones in North America's history. From European explorers to indigenous cultures, from Mexico to Canada and everywhere in between, people have stopped to give thanks, to celebrate safety, and to enjoy the bounty of harvest time. Because it often came after a period of intense danger (like for European explorers), or before the grim trials of winter (like for both…continue reading →