Welcome to Dystopia

Thomas More wrote a famous book championing social reform called Utopia--meaning "no place." He describes an idyllic community where everyone had a place and a purpose and lived harmoniously with each other. Dystopias are often the opposite. A dystopia may describe a world that seems idyllic but harbors some dark secret. Or it may describe a world fundamentally altered from our own because of an apocalypse. The hallmark of a dystopia is a world that in order to maintain order and balance sacrifices some key aspect of its humanity. The hero of a…continue reading →

Pre-Summer Summer

It's that time of year again! It's so hot outside your steering wheel burns your hands. We've survived the Great Pollen Flood of 2019. The rain has died down. And classes have started again. So it must be summer. Except it's only sorta' summer. For those of you who like to do everything by its technical definition, this is still Spring--just a really hot, muggy, nasty spring. Summer will officially arrive June 21. Nevertheless with the start of classes, School Summer is underway. And we (the library) are here to help. Come to…continue reading →
Graduation Cap Decorating at the Maker Spaces

Graduation Cap Decorating at the Maker Spaces

Calling all spring 2019 grads!  You've worked hard to make it to graduation day, so why stick to the plain black (and a bit drab) graduation regalia?  Let your personality, studies, and goals shine by creating a personalized graduation cap! Visit the Libraries' Maker Spaces to decorate your graduation caps May 1 -  6, 2019.   Decorating materials have been supplied by the John Tyler Community College Foundation.  After your finished, please be sure to snap a selfie and tag #TylerCommunityCollege and #TylerLibraries. Congratulations to all of our spring 2019 graduates! Need some inspiration? …continue reading →

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 →