The end of another semester is here. Congratulations on getting through your Final exams!
Now that summer has come at last, the J. Ardis Bell Library on NE Campus is changing our service hours to a shortened Summer Schedule. We will still be offering the same outstanding services to all TCC students, faculty, staff, and all members of our campus community, but on a slightly different timetable. Of course, all of our databases, catalog tools, and other online resources are still available 24/7. You will just need to log in with current student credentials (WebAdvisor ID & Password) at library.tccd.edu.
The NE Library will be CLOSING EARLY at 6:00 p.m. today, on Thursday, May 10 as the Spring 2018 semester officially comes to a close.
We will be OPEN from 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11… but we will be CLOSED on Saturday & Sunday, May 12-13.
Starting on Monday, May 14, and for the rest of May 2018, our service hours will be as follows:
Monday – Thursday OPEN 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday CLOSED every weekend
We will be CLOSED on Monday, May 28th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Effective on Friday, June 1st, and through the end of July, our service hours will be as follows:
Monday – Thursday OPEN 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday CLOSED every weekend
We will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Starting on Monday, August 6th, we will resume a 5-day / week service schedule, BUT there will be multiple days during that time when the TCC Library may be closed for staff in-service training, or other TCC events. Some of those plans are still To Be Determined, but we will be sure to post the information and keep you updated, as details continue to develop.
TCC Classes for the Fall 2018 semester will begin on Monday, August 20th.
Our first weekend to be OPEN on Saturday & Sunday in the new academic year will be on August 25th and 26th.
Have a fantastic summer! Be safe, read lots of books, and we’ll see you soon!
~ Your NE Library Team
In NE Library, News, Student Services, TCC
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
As many of you are already undoubtedly aware, the Texas state legislation commonly known as “Campus Carry” took effect at all public, state-funded 4-year colleges and universities in Texas on August 1st, 2016. Now, one year later, the law (SB_11 from the 84th state legislative session in 2015) is expanding to all Texas community colleges, including TCC, effective on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017.
Opinions on the new law are as diverse and varied as our student population… Feedback from survey data has shown a broad range of responses from the public, as well as students, faculty, and staff from the many public colleges in our state. Many proponents of “Campus Carry” support it in favor of the individual’s right to defend themselves no matter where they are, while others claim that weapons have no place in the learning environment.
In the months surrounding the bill’s enactment last year, the University of Texas at Austin was the site of several well-publicized protests by students who were opposed to the bill, as well as a faculty lawsuit, appealing directly to the court system, on the basis that the law was unconstitutionally “barring free speech” in the classroom environment.
Nearly a dozen states in our country have active “Campus Carry” legislation, and others are considering bills this year. Luckily, the reports all show that – after a full year since it was enacted – there have been no “Campus Carry” related incidents reported anywhere in the State of Texas.
Tarrant County College officials have spent months developing our new policies to address the question of “Campus Carry.” For anyone wanting to know more, the college website has all the official regulations spelled out. There is also a helpful FAQ page, provided by the TCC Police Dept. Some of the highlights are:
- Anyone carrying a weapon on campus must be at least 21 years old, and must have a legal License to Carry (LTC) permit.
- An LTC holder who is carrying a weapon on campus must keep it concealed at all times. Visible weapons (“open carry”) are not allowed.
- TCC does not currently provide LTC training, and there are no gun lockers or secure storage spaces provided on any campus.
- Anyone is permitted to ask if you are carrying a weapon… but a LTC holder is not required to answer, unless asked by a Police officer.
- There are “Gun Free Zones” on each campus, where weapons are strictly prohibited. Online campus maps show where these areas are located.
- On Northeast Campus, “Gun Free Zones” include (but are not limited to) the Testing Center, Counseling Dept., NHPE / Gym, and the Child Care Center. For a more complete list, click HERE.
If you are interested in learning more on the history, implementation, protests, etc., surrounding “Campus Carry,” visit our databases at the Library’s website: library.tccd.edu. They are available to you anywhere, 24 hours a day, just by logging in with your current student credentials (WebAdvisor ID & password). For further assistance, Ask A Librarian and we’ll be glad to help you find what you need.
Enjoy the rest of your summer break, and we’ll see you in the library this fall!
In NE Library, News, 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
Sunday, June 4th, 2017 is officially recognized as National Cheese Day. (Yes, that’s a real thing.)
Did you know that there are more than 2000 different varieties of cheese in the world?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that – on average – each American consumes more than 25 pounds of cheese, annually. France really takes the cheese, however, with more than 57 pounds of fromage consumed, per person, per year. You’d cheddar believe that’s a lot!
Que-So, in celebration of all things cheesy, here are some items from our NE Library collection to help you brie-ng out your inner cheese monger. Checking them out would definitely be a gouda idea!
- The Joy of Cheesemaking: the Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Making, & Eating Fine Cheese, by J. Farnham & M. Druart
- Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best, by M. McCalman & D. Gibbons
- Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its Place in Western Civilization, by P. Kindstedt
- The Science of Cheese, by M. Tunick
While the exact origins of this holiday may be somewhat difficult to determine, that shouldn’t stop you from picking up a slice, hunk, or slab of your favorite flavor and celebrating the Cheesy Season! … and while you snack, enjoy this classic Monty Python video, guaranteed to make you smile with a “cheese-eating grin!”
(c) Python (Monty) Productions, Ltd. Originally aired Nov 30, 1972. BBC / Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Content uploaded to YouTube by owners on Aug 24, 2015.
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In Just For Fun, NE Library, Observances