Who’s Inspired You?

March is Women's History Month. The Library is drawing attention to overlooked figures of history by asking library staff about historical women who've inspired them. Sophie Scholl: "She chose to live according to her faith and conscience instead of according to her culture. She thought deeply and was unafraid to challenge others on their convictions." - Rebeca Parrott The White Rose by Inge Scholl - Available Online     Anne Carson: "She introduced me to the beauty of the lyric essay and the use of white space. She is also a classicist, a…continue reading →

Books We Love!

Ah, Valentine's Day. You're back again. Some people greet this holiday with gushing warmth and enthusiasm. Others prefer to ignore it. Meanwhile on Valentine's Day, like on every other day of the year, librarians just want to read something good. Here's our pick of books we love. Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater Available at Chester *Recommended by Lauren "It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year,…continue reading →

Succeed this Spring!

Welcome back, Trailblazers! In the middle of finding your new classes, figuring out syllabi, and navigating Blackboard, the library has your back. We have what you need to succeed this semester: Books - For serious academic study (or that 10-page research paper), start with the JTCC Library Catalog. Search for specific titles, authors, or subject areas and limit your results to the kind of resource you want. Computers & Printers - Need to knock out your homework before heading home? Use library computers with your MyTyler login and print with your student ID…continue reading →

Frances E. W. Harper – Trailblazing Poet

October 24 marks the birth of one of America's great poets and civil rights activists, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in Maryland in 1825. Born into a free family, she had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and loved to read. By age 20, she had published her first book of poetry and by age 34, she became the first African-American to have a short story published. It's incredible to think that it took until 1859 for that to happen! Frances did not just write poetry and short stories. She also became a…continue reading →

Banned Books Week – Day 4

“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” ― Golda Meir, My Life       Banned Books Week causes us to consider important questions each year--who has the authority to remove a book from a library and for what reasons? Why do libraries sometimes carry books that may contain offensive or morally problematic content? How does reading a book affect the reader? What about controversial issues in books? At the end, the library remains committed to providing access to a wide variety…continue reading →