#WorthReading: Fantasy – A Game of Thrones

When people think of fantasy, they often think of dragons, damsels in distress, and knights in shining armor. There is little doubt in my mind that George R. R. Martin’s book A Game of Thrones most certainly delivers, but with a dark twist. The dragons haven’t been seen in over a century, the damsels are scheming and can rescue themselves, and the knights are often more devious than chivalrous. In the land of Westeros, where A Game of Thrones takes place, there are few happy endings, and it is perhaps that gritty and cut-throat atmosphere that makes this…continue reading →

#WorthReading: Fantasy, Part 1

Readers, I have a confession to make: I love fantasy. Some people prefer logic and facts while others prefer spaceships and galaxies that are far far away. I, however, like magic and mythology. I love the creativity that comes with inventing your own world, the what ifs that go along with the spells and potions, and the “dude, that’s so cool” that comes with the supernatural. It’s not just the content of the books that I love so much, though. Fantasy as a genre has such a rich history, though there are those who write it off as complete drivel. I would remind…continue reading →

Pride Month: LGBT+ fiction for YA

Young adult fiction is often a reflection of the times, and as such, is always growing and changing as it morphs to accurately represent the population it features. It’s a voice for younger people who are discovering and developing their identities, has recently seen an overdue and welcome expansion of representation. Previously under-represented populations are being featured in books of their own, and such is the case with the LGBT+ community. Publishers Simon & Schuster and Alfred A. Knopf - who work heavily with YA books - say that while they don’t keep…continue reading →

Blazing a Trail to Understanding: Promoting Diverse Perspectives through Digital Platforms

The Tyler Libraries are happy to announce that we were awarded an Innovation Grant from the John Tyler Foundation for a grant collection specifically meant to bring representation to the diverse community that reflects our students and surrounding area. With the addition of the Axis 360 eBook and eAudiobook platform, the Tyler Libraries can now offer students and staff access to current titles in the palm of your hand (or your tablet, desktop, or laptop!) that provide perspectives of many underrepresented communities through works of fiction. To view the Libraries Axis 360 collection,…continue reading →

Now Hiring Student Workers: Positions at Chester

The Chester campus Library still seeks student workers for the Summer semester! Strong candidates do not need library experience but must be detail-oriented and willing to assist their peers and Tyler library patrons while staffing the information desk. Basic duties include shelving books (we will train you, do not worry!) checking items in and out, and assisting patrons with their questions (as well as other various assigned tasks). Eligibility: Candidates must be enrolled in at least one Summer 2021 course to be considered for the position. This is also a NON work/study position,…continue reading →