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 email@example.com, 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 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
Welcome back for another online helping of “Library Love!”
All throughout this season of romance and valentines, we – the staff of your TCC Northeast Campus Library – are sharing some of our own top picks and personal favorites from the Library’s HUGE collection of books and movies, in hopes that you’ll check out a copy and learn to love them as much as we do.
In the last post, we reviewed suggestions from the Computer Learning Center staff… Now let’s see some of the Administrative Team’s favorite titles!
These are the intrepid souls who steer the ship that is the J. Ardis Bell Library. They keep a weather eye on the horizon for any troubled waters around campus, hold us to a steady course in our service to TCC students, and ensure that everything in the Library is ship-shape and running smooth. (Okay, okay… enough with the nautical phrases!) Now let’s look at some book recommendations… Anchors Aweigh! (That was the last one, I promise.)
Suggested by Katy Hill, Library Administrative Assistant:
- The Stand, by Stephen King – an engineered strain of influenza is accidentally unleashed, and 99.4% of the world’s population are lost in the ensuing pandemic crisis. Those who survive are bound together in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world, as battle lines are drawn between the forces of good and evil.
- Persuasion, by Jane Austen – the last novel completed by the author before her death, Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliott, middle-daughter of a family in financial straits, as she tries to navigate the romantic perils and expectations of English society.
- Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – The world is supposed to end next Saturday, but there are a few problems: the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse all ride motorcycles, and the representatives from Heaven and Hell decide that they really do like the human race, after all. How do you stop armageddon?
Suggested by Mark Dolive, Library Director:
- Captain Horatio Hornblower, by C. S. Forester – A compilation of the first three novels in the celebrated series, a junior Royal Navy captain goes on a secret mission to Central America. As the Napoleonic Wars progress, he gains promotion steadily as a result of his skill and daring, despite initial poverty and a lack of influential friends. After surviving many adventures in a wide variety of locales, he rises to become Admiral of the Fleet, a Knight of the Order of Bath, and is named the first Baron Hornblower.
- Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand – This novel depicts a dystopian United States, wherein many of society’s most prominent and successful industrialists abandon their fortunes and the nation itself, in response to aggressive new regulations, causing most vital industries to collapse. The book explores a number of themes from which Rand would subsequently develop the philosophy of Objectivism. In doing so, it expresses the advocacy of reason, individualism, capitalism, and the failures of governmental coercion.
- Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo – This classic generational novel tells the story of Jean Val-Jean, a man convicted of stealing bread to save his starving family in 19th century France, and how he reformed his life, took in an orphaned girl to raise as his own, and the role they played as the events of the June Revolution of 1832 unfolded around them. It has inspired the hit broadway musical, and multiple film adaptations.
- Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe – The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in a nunnery after the execution of her mother. The actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, escaping to the streets of London, where she becomes a prostitute for the conniving Mrs. Allworthy. With the help of Hibble, Mrs. Allworthy’s servant, Moll holds onto hope, ultimately falling in love with an artist who brings the possibility of romance and happiness.
Suggested by Alex Potemkin, Assistant Library Director:
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley – “This book was required reading when I was in high school, and I didn’t read it. Instead, I picked it up as a college undergraduate.” – AP. Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members are productive and content in roles they have been assigned since conception. Government-sanctioned drugs and recreational sex ensure that everyone is a happy, unquestioning consumer, while emotions have been anesthetized and private attachments are considered obscene. Only Bernard Marx is discontented…
- 1984, by George Orwell – “This is another required read that I did not pick up until I wanted to read it for myself. This book is more relevant today than it ever was. More truth than fiction.” – AP. This dystopian classic portrays life in a ‘future time’ when totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. Critics say it’s “double-plus good!”
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick – “This was the first PKD book I had ever read, and it absolutely changed the way I looked at life and science fiction.” – AP. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, where millions have died or left our planet behind completely, mega-corporations can build incredibly realistic replicants – copies of animals, birds, and even humans. Fearful of the havoc that artificial humans might wreak, the government bans them from Earth and sends professional bounty hunters to find and kill them… but the androids are fighting back. This novel was the inspiration for the sci-fi movie classic, Blade Runner.
That’s all for now, but check back with us soon! There will be more “Library Love” staff recommendations posted throughout the rest of February.
In Book Review, NE Library, Spotlight on Reviews, TCC
In celebration of Valentine’s Day and this most romantic time of year, we’ve decided to share some “Library Love” with you, our readers … and what is it that we’re so passionate about? (I’m glad you asked.)
Our favorite library books and movies, of course!
All throughout this Valentine’s season, we’ll be posting recommendations from the entire J. Ardis Bell Library team; sharing some of our own top picks and personal favorites, in hopes that you’ll check out a copy and learn to love them as much as we do.
So here it goes… We’re starting off this series of Bibliophilia posts with the staff of the Computer Learning Center (located on the lower floor of the NE Library). These are the technological wizards who are there every day to help our students navigate through software problems and learn to use Blackboard, Microsoft Office, or more specialized computer programs and hardware.
Recommended by Brooke Thompson, CLC Library Specialist:
- Cujo, by Stephen King – the story of a lovable 200 pound Saint Bernard who, when infected with rabies, goes on a terrifying rampage.
- The Celery Stalks at Midnight, by James Howe – third book in the popular children’s series about a vampire rabbit, Bunnicula.
- Band of Brothers, by Stephen Ambrose – the true story of U.S. paratroopers from the 506th, Company E, in World War II. The book that inspired the HBO mini-series.
Recommended by Alex Benitez, CLC Library Specialist:
- Women in Clothes, by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton – a riveting compilation of survey responses, short essays, photographs, and art pieces exploring women’s relationship with clothes.
- Wild, by Cheryl Strayed – After the unexpected death of her mother and it’s life-altering aftermath, 26 year old Cheryl instinctively embarks on a journey to hike the Pacific Crest trail, exploring the extent of her self-reliance.
- Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates – a spellbinding work of prose, exploring the complicated themes of mediocrity, marriage, and personal satisfaction.
Recommended by Michael Buccieri, Library Technology Manager:
- The Legend of Drizzt series, by R. A. Salvatore – Magic, myth, and monstrous creatures fill this epic saga, set in the world of the Forgotten Realms. Drizzt Do’Urden is a Drow (dark elf) who turned his back on the evil plotting of his subterranean kin, and chose to live in the light of day.
Recommended by Megan Lambert, CLC Library Specialist:
- Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro – “It’s a mix of futuristic sci-fi and romance that I really enjoyed.”
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte – “… because modern women should be familiar with at least one thing by the Bronte sisters.”
Recommended by Ashley Roberts, CLC Library Specialist:
- The Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth – In post-apocalyptic Chicago, everyone is divided into five factions, based on their personality dispositions. Sixteen year-old “Tris” is a Divergent – someone who shows aptitude for more than one faction… and that makes her a threat.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst – Alexander has a hard time when nothing seems to go his way… Maybe he’ll move to Australia.
- Corduroy, by Don Freeman – the story of a teddy bear, wandering around a department store at night, in search of his lost button. If he finds it, maybe he can be sold and find a home.
That’s all for now, but check back with us soon! There will be more “Library Love” staff recommendations posted throughout the month of February.
In Book Review, NE Library, Spotlight on Reviews, TCC