The month of May is winding down already, and 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 find the resources and materials they need for Summer classes in June & July. Come see us today at the TCC Library and check out what’s on display this month, before it’s gone!
Vacation Reads – Check out some of our fantastic Fiction as you prepare to hit the road over this Summer Break! We’ve got thrillers, chillers, romance, bro-mance, mysteries, histories, sci-fi, and much more! “It’s dangerous to go alone… Take a book!” This display will be available on the library’s upper floor throughout the month of May.
Get Graphic @ the Library! – Check out some of the amazing titles in our collection of comic books, graphic novels, and manga! We’ve got classic works of literature like Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Kafka’s Metamorphosis, re-imagined in graphic novel format, as well as big-name comics from DC and MARVEL, smaller independent comic publishers, and a growing selection of Japanese manga titles. There’s something here for everyone! This book display is accompanied by a special exhibit, featuring some wonderful classic comic books from the personal collection of our Assistant Library Director, Mr. Alex Potemkin.
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Visit the lower floor of the J. Ardis Bell Library during the month of May to view an assortment of library materials (books and movies) that feature the authors, characters, and diverse cultures celebrated during this annual observance. Come check them out!
Broadway! – From West Side Story to Hamilton, posters and artwork from some of Broadway’s biggest shows will be on display in the Northeast Library’s lower level throughout the months of May and June. This visual exhibit will be accompanied by a selection of books on the history and magic of musical theater along the “Great White Way,” as well as DVDs of famous musicals and stage-plays. “Do not throw away your shot!” Come and see them before they’re gone.
iPhone-ography – Former NE campus photography student Brian Husch (c/o 2000) captured several-hundred images on his early-model iPhone camera, using a variety of focuses and filters. This fantastic rotating photography exhibit will be available for viewing on digital display screens throughout the NE Library, between May 1 and June 30, 2017.
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) to see what’s on display!
In Arts & Humanities, Just For Fun, NE Library, Observances, Spotlight on Exhibits, Student Services
Since it’s North American launch on July 6th (just over a month ago), the new Pokemon Go! game has quickly become the most used smartphone app in history. As of this writing, the interactive AR (Augmented Reality) program that has its users roaming around their neighborhoods, collecting 150 different “pocket monsters,” has been downloaded and installed more than 100 million times across 30 countries, breaking numerous records in the markets for both Android and iPhone… and many TCC students are playing it all over campus – all the time!
According to a recent news report from CNBC, the app — created by Niantic, and co-owned by Nintendo — has generated over $200 million in net revenue, just from in-game purchases during its first 30 days. Pokemon Go! sees more than 24 million users logging into the game daily. By comparison, that’s approximately 5 million more daily users than Candy Crush had at its peak.
Using this augmented reality structure, the game places Pokemon all over the “real world,” for players to interact with. They can be captured, trained, and used to battle other players’ pokemon at local arenas called ‘gyms.’ Trainers can also replenish their supplies at different sites called “poke-stops.” These stops are generally found at cultural sites around the community, such as libraries, museums, public art & statues, and different places of worship.
TCC-Northeast has 10 (yes, TEN!) poke-stops on our campus grounds, as well as 2 gyms. There are also half-a-dozen others close enough to be within walking distance, including the NRH2O water park, and the North Richland Hills Public Library, just to name a couple.
One of the most popular poke-stops on NE Campus has been the J. Ardis Bell Library. Throughout July, students have been congregating in and around our front lobby entrance, doing their best to “catch ’em all.” Many players who will be in one spot for a while activate pokemon lures, which will attract wild pokemon in the area to a particular poke-stop, making them easier to capture for everyone in the vicinity.
The game has also changed the way that local businesses – and non-profits, like libraries – market themselves and their services, according to a recent article from Inc. Magazine, and this blog post from an ALA site.
People of all ages are getting involved with this new take on the Pokemon craze that began back in 1999. More than that, however… Pokemon Go! has started drawing gamers and technophiles outside and given them a cleverly-disguised reason to exercise in the fresh air. One of the game’s features encourages players to walk or jog, in order to hatch new and different pokemon from eggs they collect throughout the game. Set in increments of 2, 5 and 10 kilometers, the more you walk, the stronger your new pokemon will be. Some colleges are even building the game into their curriculum for the coming school year – using the game’s popularity to their advantage, as they develop outdoor classes for their kinesiology and P.E. programs, etc… Click here to read more about one such program at the University of Idaho.
Love it or hate it, Pokemon-fever is everywhere… at least for now. How long the fad will last is anyone’s guess… but the game is drawing our TCC students together as members of a campus-community. They are sharing hunting tips with one-another, and building teamwork as classmates and friends join forces to defend their local gym. 🙂
So come by the NE Campus Library, and be sure to bring your Pikachu. We’ve gotta catch ’em all!
In Just For Fun, NE Library, Science & Technology, Student Services, TCC
After much contemplating on whether to make the move on purchasing the iphone 4s, I did it. Before buying it though, I asked friends, that already owned one, many questions about it and I searched online for any information on why I shouldn’t buy it, but everything lead me to realize that there wasn’t a reason why I shouldn’t get it. My experience so far (more…)
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