September 17th is Constitution Day, and “We, the People” of the J. Ardis Bell Library are celebrating with an exciting exhibit of books, documents, artwork, historical facts, and memorabilia. This display will be available for viewing on the lower floor of the NE Library, throughout the month of September.
Visitors to this display may view enlarged copies of original documents, such as the Declaration of Independnce, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. You may also find books related to the signing of the Constitution, read about the founding fathers, and enjoy various art and memorabilia from early American history.
An accompanying book display will highlight materials from the library’s collection, and digital screens will showcase portraits of the founders. We also have a stand-alone display on the Bill of Rights, provided by the U.S. National Archives, and everyone who visits the exhibit will have the opportunity to take home a pocket-copy of the Constitution and/or a commemorative button.
Our “We the People” exhibit was recently featured with an article in the Tarrant County College newspaper – The Collegian! For more information, or to see a listing of items in our Library Catalog that relate to Constitution Day and the history of our nation, click HERE and HERE and HERE.
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 Business & Social Sciences, History, NE Library, Non-Fiction, Observances, Spotlight on Exhibits
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
Every year, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (yes, that’s a real thing) appoints one particular date in the month of July as National Hot Dog Day, and hungry Americans across the country sit down at the dinner table to celebrate. For 2017, the prestigious holiday falls on Wednesday, July 19th and – as a result – the delicious dogs are everywhere. Several different restaurants are offering discounted or free hot dogs, and many of our NE Campus students are taking advantage. (Students – Click HERE to see a list of where you can go for a free frankfurter!)
A variety of hot dog eating contests are held annually, including the world-famous event in Coney Island, New York, sponsored by Nathan’s Hot Dogs every 4th of July. This year, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut defended his first-place title, downing 72 hot dogs in under ten minutes. Mr. Chestnut is currently the world’s record holder in this “competitive eating” contest.
The exact origins of the hot dog are hard to pinpoint, as there are multiple claims to who came up with it first. The name “frankfurter” itself comes from the town of Frankfurt, Germany, where pork sausages similar to the modern hot dog came from. These sausages, known as “Frankfurter Wurstchen,” have been traced back to the mid-13th century, when they were given to the common people who attended public events like imperial coronations.
Hot dog vendor carts started appearing on street corners in American cities like New York, Chicago, and Saint Louis in the 1870’s and 1880’s. Since then, they have become one of the most commonly eaten foods in this country, particularly in the summer months. According to the NHDSC, Americans consume more than 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day every year… with a total of 20 billion hot dogs eaten annually.
Cooking methods and choice of condiments vary widely from region to region, across the country. In Chicago, Illinois, for example, you’ll find people topping their dogs with tings like tomato slices, sweet relish, dill pickle spears, and whole peppers… In New York, meanwhile, you’re more likely to see hot dogs with sauerkraut, onions, and spicy mustard.
For more information on the history of this international delicacy, check out the following books from your TCC Library… and for an assortment of *unusual* hot dog recipe ideas, click here. 🙂
- Sausage Making: The Definitive Guide, by Farr & Battilana
- Street Food Around the World, by Kraig
- Famous Nathan, by Handwerker
- Putting Meat on the American Table, by Horowitz
Happy Hot Dog Day, everyone! Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we’ll see you at the Library this fall!
In History, Just For Fun, NE Library, Observances, Special Events
June is nationally recognized as PRIDE Month for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and the J. Ardis Bell Library is proudly celebrating the diversity of our Northeast Campus with a book display focused on several non-fiction issues (past and present) that affect the Community, as well as an assortment of fictional titles by gay authors, or featuring gay characters. Accompanying the book display is an exhibit of related memorabilia and buttons to represent some of the different orientations on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
This exhibit is co-sponsored by the NE Campus LGBTQ+ Club (formerly known as the “Spectrum Club”), and can be viewed on the Library’s main floor, throughout the month of June. According to a 2016 Diversity/Inclusion survey, more than 8 percent of our student population at TCC publicly identify as being on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and those numbers continue to rise every year.
So, what are the origins of the PRIDE movement?
In June of 1969, NYPD officers raided the Stonewall Inn – a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. The violence of that raid sparked a week-long series of protests and demonstrations, collectively known as the “Stonewall Riots.” These events helped bring the gay & lesbian community’s movement for equal treatment into the national spotlight. One year later, in June of 1970, the first Gay Pride parade was held, as a reminder of what had happened. Each year since, the last Saturday in June has been known as ‘Pride Day’ for members of the LGBT community nation-wide. Parades, parties, concerts, and other public events are put on in cities across America to express the pride and hope that the community shares, as they come together and continue to struggle for fair and equal treatment. Click HERE for a listing of books and DVDs on the Stonewall Riots, all of which are available through your TCC Library.
In June of 2000, then-President Bill Clinton was the first to proclaim that the entire month of June would be known as “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month,” extending the celebration from the single day/weekend it had traditionally held. President Barack Obama expanded the name to include those who identify as bi-sexual and transgender, since he issued the first proclamation to celebrate “LGBT Pride Month” in June of 2009. The name stuck, and follow-up proclamations were issued each year, through 2016.
For more information and additional readings on the LGBT community and their experiences in higher education, check out the following links:
- To see some of the hundreds of books on LGBT issues in the TCC Library system – Click Here
- Campus Pride – https://www.campuspride.org/
- Trans* Student Educational Resources – http://www.transstudent.org/
- Local, State & National LGBT Groups – http://www.lgbtcenters.org
In History, NE Library, Non-Fiction, Observances, Special Events, Spotlight on Exhibits
It was 50 years ago, today – June 12th, 1967 – when the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Richard & Mildred Loving vs. The State of Virginia.
That ruling – in favor of the Loving family – deemed that interracial marriages were constitutionally protected and legal in all 50 states. Up until that time, several states (16, including Texas) still had anti-miscegenation** laws in effect, which prevented anyone from marrying someone of a different racial heritage. Many of these laws had been on the books for more than 300 years, going back as far as the early 1660’s – more than a century before the United States seceded from English rule. Maryland and Virginia were the first to enact such laws, prohibiting their white colonial citizens from inter-marrying with black slaves.
**The word miscegenation comes from Latin (miscere “to mix” + genus “kind”). When the term was coined, it referred to “marriage, cohabitation, or sexual intercourse between a white person and a member of another race”
Now, five decades after the historic ruling, interracial marriages are becoming more and more commonplace. In fact, according to to a recent Pew Research Center report, couples with different racial backgrounds made up approximately one sixth (17%) of all new American marriages in 2015.
For more information on the Lovings and their historic case, we invite you to visit the J. Ardis Bell Library on the NE Campus of TCC. We have a number of resources available for you, including:
- Loving vs. Virginia: a Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case, by Patricia H. Powell
- The Loving Story, a documentary film on DVD. (c) 2013
- The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, by Selina Alko
We also have several items available on the subject of interracial relationships. Click the link to learn more.
If you would like to research the Loving case on your own, click HERE to access our collection of online databases. You may be required to log in with your current myTCC Student Credentials, but doing so will allow you to access all our databases and online offerings; available 24/7 from your home computer or mobile device.
Congressional Quarterly: Supreme Court Collection and LexisNexis Academic are two of our legal research databases. Each one has numerous articles on the Loving v. Virginia case, and all the effects that the ruling has had on American society in the fifty years since it was handed down.
Thank you for visiting the NE Library blog page. Come back soon to see more articles on library services, programs/events, exhibits, and special observances. We’ll see you in the stacks!
In History, NE Library, Non-Fiction, Observances, Special Events