Join the Northeast Library in celebrating National Writing Month!
November is NaNoWriMo, a month-long writing challenge. Starting in 1999, the challenge to write 50,000 words over 30 days has spawned a community of writers, readers, and everyone in between to come together and make time for writing. Every Monday the Northeast Library will host a meet-up for writers.
For more information on writing resources, visit NaNoWriMo.
In Arts & Humanities, Fiction, Just For Fun, NaNoWriMo, NE Library
As many of our readers will know, well-loved comic book writer Stan Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, passed away last week, on Monday, November 12, at the age of 95.
Stan Lee was a comic book author, publisher, editor, cameo film star, and the former president of Marvel Comics. Lee was the creator of such iconic superheroes as the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and the X-Men to only name a few… Throughout his career, Lee became known for introducing comic book readers to the idea of a flawed superhero: a hero with human failings who, despite being imperfect, could overcome obstacles and still do the right thing. This was a motif rarely seen before Stan Lee picked up his pen and began writing comics in 1939, for Timely Comics – the company that would later become known as Marvel in the 1960’s.
Starting Tues, November 13, and throughout the rest of the Fall semester, the J. Ardis Bell Library is hosting a special exhibit on the upper level, commemorating the life and work of this “Amazing” and imaginative author. Our memorial display to Stan “The Man” Lee features comic books (primarily from the 1960’s and 70’s) that Lee wrote, as well as later comics published while he was the president of Marvel. Many of the comics on display are original #1’s or “first appearance” issues from some of Stan’s most popular series. All items in the exhibit case are on-loan from the newest staff member to join the NE Library team, Ms. Christie LeMaster, and her husband Chris.
A number of biographies about Stan are on display and available for check out, as well as a selection of current Marvel Comics titles from the library’s collection. Many of the featured characters were among those originally created by Stan Lee.
Icon, legend, and a lifelong hero to many of his fans; Stan Lee was all of this and more.
But for now, he will be greatly missed.
In Fiction, Just For Fun, NE Library, Observances
Do you have the next Great American Novel inside you? Well, we say the world needs your novel. And now is your chance to get it done, or at least, get it started.
November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month. Of course, there is no requirement to write that many words. For some, it is simply a great opportunity to get some ideas out of their head and down on paper or in print. Perhaps you might only create an outline to work on during the winter months.
Whatever you decide to do, the J. Ardis Bell Library on the NE Campus is one of the newest “Come Write In” locations in our area to help support your passion for telling stories. The Library will be hosting Come Write In times each Monday in November from 7-9pm. We will start things off with a Get Acquainted session on Monday, October 30, also from 7-9pm. All sessions will meet in NLIB 2102.
If you decide to participate, you will become a WriMo. You can find out more information at: https://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works
In addition, there is a bonus. It is an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who also crave the craft of telling a story.
In Arts & Humanities, Fiction, NaNoWriMo, NE Library, Special Events
September is here again, and that signals the return of our annual Banned Books exhibit at the J. Ardis Bell Library on Northeast Campus.
Banned Books Week is a demonstration against the censorship of so-called “offensive” literature, organized at libraries across the country, in defense of the individual’s freedom to read and learn.
For example… Did you know that Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs & Ham was banned for promoting communism? Or that some communities have banned The Diary of Anne Frank, saying that it contains “pornographic content?” J.K. Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series has also been banned, under accusations of witchcraft and satanism.
In the words of the American Library Association…
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.”
Someone finally caught up with Waldo… He’s been BANNED for “pornographic content.”
This year, the NE Campus Library’s display of Banned Books has over 120 items available for check-out. Each title shows the reason why it was banned or challenged. Visitors to the exhibit can also pick up free bookmarks, and those who check out a banned book can receive a commemorative button.
We also have a selfie-station set up so that any of our students, patrons, and guests can snap a photo and “Get Caught Reading a Banned Book!” Once you take a photo, feel free to email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add your mugshot to our blog page, just like this rogues’ gallery of Banned Book readers:
The staff of the Northeast Library are pleased to present a wide variety of displays and exhibits throughout the year. It is just one more way in which we strive to educate, engage, and entertain our entire campus community, while expanding the learning experience outside of the traditional college classroom. We hope that you’ll come back often (to the library, and to our BLOG page) to see what’s on display!
In Arts & Humanities, Book Review, Fiction, NE Library, Observances, Special Events, Student Services
The summer months are winding down, and the beginning of an exciting new school year will soon be upon us. The NE Library staff are amazed over how quickly these warm summer days are flying by. Before you know it, our reduced service hours will change again and we’ll be back at it, helping our students access the resources and materials they need for class in the new Fall semester. Come visit us today at the TCC Library and check out our August displays & exhibits, before they disappear!
Don’t Judge A Book By Its Movie – NLIB Lobby Area – People always say, “The book was SO much better than the movie.” We’re pairing up some fantastic films from our NE DVD collection with the books they were actually based on. Come check ‘em out and judge for yourself! This display is accompanied by a digital slideshow of famous books-on-film, seen on display screens throughout the Library. NLIB Lobby Area – July 12 – Aug 31
Out of This World Reads – “Don’t panic!” Our collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy titles will let your imagination go boldly “where no man has gone before.” NLIB Upper Level, Ref Area – July 18 – Aug 28
Not Your Professor’s History Book – This non-traditional, non-fiction book display is full of stories and facts that you won’t hear in a typical American History class. ‘Murica. NLIB Upper Level, Browsing Area – July 12 – Aug 31
Once Upon a Time… The End – Running short on time to read? Check out our display of Short Stories! Pick up a book and take a new author for a test drive today! NLIB Lower Level – July 13 – Aug 31
Find Your Passion! Try a New Hobby – Looking to try some new hobbies? You’ve come to the right place. Are you into Cycling? Gaming? Anime? Knitting? Cooking? Whatever your passion is, the library has books and materials to help you learn more about it and expand your skills. Check it out! NLIB Upper Level Exhibit Case – July 18 – Aug 31
Photography Exhibit – Professor Ting Huang of the NE Campus Photography Department has hosted a two-month display of her work in the lobby of the J. Ardis Bell Library, throughout the summer. NLIB Art Wall – July 5 – Aug 31
Keep Calm & 3D-Print Cool Stuff – Did you know? 3D-printing services are now available in the NE Library’s Computer Learning Center. We have 2 of these devices available, and they are free for TCC students to use. CIE classes are also available to teach you the tricks to 3D-design. Check it out! NLIB Lower Level Exhibit Case – July 12 – Aug 31
The staff of the J. Ardis Bell Library on TCC’s Northeast Campus are pleased to present a wide variety of displays and exhibits throughout the year. It is just one more way in which we strive to educate, engage, and entertain our entire campus community, while expanding the learning experience outside of the traditional college classroom. We hope that you’ll come back often (to the library, and to our blog page) to see what’s on display!
In 3D Printing, Arts & Humanities, Fiction, NE Library, Non-Fiction, Spotlight on Exhibits, Student Services, TCC