Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Reading in the time of COVID

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead dives into the life of two young men that have been sentenced to a reform school. The story intensifies when you add that the young men are African-American and living in the Jim Crow south. Whitehead’s latest installment is based on a real Tallahassee school that used cruel punishment, sexual abuse and other derogatory tactics in order to “reviatlze and reform” young men. The main character uses his understanding of the teachings from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to not just survive, but to live. Whitehead uses his voice to grapple at the readers thoughts as he brings you into the harrowing world of Elwood and Turner. This story isn't for the faint of heart, but it is a true account of America’s history. Fiction. Non-Fiction. Documentary. However you want to describe its genre, just know it is one that will leave you incredibly intrigued.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

The Library Fish

Willie's Words; Roger's Renditions

Roger: "When I was young, all I would do is clean the tank from algae.  Now that I am older, I start liking fish food...even a little taste of my tankmates' scales every so often!"

Willie"All I do is eat, eat and eat no matter what! I don't have a stomach so I don't know when I'm full.  I can literally eat myself to death so don't overfeed me!! "

Speaking of eating, some may be wondering how the Library Fish are being fed.  Heartfelt thanks to Campus Police and Campus Facilities who are looking in on the Library Fish and attending to their feeding.

Monday, May 04, 2020

May the Fourth Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day!

Celebrate May the Fourth by reading up on the Star Wars phenomenon.  These books are available online, for free.  Just search by title under the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library homepage.

Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology

Fan Phenomena: Star Wars

Star Wars on Trial: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Database of the Week

Stay tuned for continuing updates on the Library's online resources you can use from anywhere:

Database Review
PrepStep is a very unique database. It can be used to prepare for entering into college, advancing your career, increasing your computer skills and so much more. Users do need to log-in in order to fully use the service, but you can use any e-mail to do this. The range of services that are covered is quite remarkable. Students attending the Medical Education campus can use it to practice for the ATI Teas Exam and students enrolled in JumpStart may utilize it to learn about a career as they begin their college education. Overall, it is a resource that can be used in various stages of your education.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Readings in the Time of Virus

Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Love in the the Time of Cholera.

The International Bestseller and modern literary classic by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

Friday, April 24, 2020

National Library Week

National Library Week (April 19 - 25, 2020) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for National Library Week 2020 is " Find Your Place at the Library," and Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani will serve as 2020 National Library Week Honorary Chairs. 
As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more.
Just as libraries are pivoting in response to the current situation, the ALA is changing the focus of its annual National Library Week celebration, which will be held April 19-25, 2020. The theme for National Library Week (NLW) 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the emergence of the global pandemic. To acknowledge our altered landscape, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Library Fish

More updates from Willie and Roger!

Willie's Words; Roger's Renditions

Roger: "Did you know that I am not from China despite my name-Chinese Algae Eater?  I live in mountain lakes and streams in a large part of Thailand and some areas of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Borneo!"

Willie: "Did you know I can recognize faces?  I know who takes care of and feeds me and who works in the library!!  If I don't recognize you, I might not swim up or acknowledge you."