Olympic Fever

With the 2012 Summer Olympics just days away are you pumped for hours of watching athletic competition and dreaming of being in London yourself? If you can’t make it to the games the John Tyler Community College libraries can help you ratchet up the enthusiasm by offering these books about the Olympics: The complete book of the Olympics The atlas of sports :  who plays what, where, and why Chronicle of the Olympics And these books about London: A traveller’s history of London The Times London history atlas Top 10 London (an e-book)continue reading →

Read a BIG BOOK

Looking for a book with some visual impact? The John Tyler Community College libraries have many lavishly illustrated or photographed tomes. Whether you call them folios, quartos, or coffee table books these oversized volumes will fascinated you as you pour over their pages. Here are some suggestions:   Ancient Egypt       Fashioning fashion       Gentle giants :  an emotional face to face with dolphins and whales       Spaceflight :  the complete story from Sputnik to shuttle-- and beyond       Starfinder :  the complete beginner’s guide…continue reading →

Food for the Fourth

Do your Fourth of July plans include a cook-out or picnic? Maybe you are looking for some new recipes to try. If so, check out some of the new cookbooks at the John Tyler Community College libraries. Baking with the Cake Boss Cooking basics for dummies Cooking for geeks Ripe :  a fresh, colorful approach to fruits and vegetables The food matters cookbook The Men’s health big book of food & nutrition The new Mayo Clinic cookbookcontinue reading →

(Non) Fiction Friday: The Story of English in 100 Words

Ever wonder why lawyers use two words such as “have and hold” or “cease and desist” when one word would do? Or why there is a “b” in debt and a “p” in receipt? Those and other strange quirks of English are explained in The Story of English in 100 Words. From roe (a deer) in the 5th century to Twittersphere in the 21st author David Crystal describes the constantly evolving English language. Interesting details from the book: Captain John Smith made the first stab at spelling the Powhatan word Rahaughcum.  Today spelled…continue reading →

Hurricane Season and the Approaching Zombie Apocalypse

What do tropical cyclones and the walking dead have in common? Well, preparation for one. Because both are unpredictable, potentially devastating and socially disruptive (common mortals being unable to control the consequences) methods of preparation are amazingly similar. That’s why the Center for Disease Control—those jolly folks who broadcast warnings about epidemics—have created a site dedicated to the Coming Zombie Apocalypse. And what a deal—it’s a 2-fer! When you prepare for annihilation by zombie you will also be preparing yourself for disruption by hurricane! Of course, to really be prepared do your reading!…continue reading →