Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The classic spy tale?

Next week's film is not really your classic spy tale.  While it has elements of all the great spy thrillers, complete with mystery, exciting chases, intrigue, disguises, and a little romance, it is so much more than that.  For our second week in our summer film schedule, we will be showing Ronald Neame's fantastic classic film Hopscotch. 
This film, starring the great Walter Matthau in one of his best performances outside of The Odd Couple, Glenda Jackson, and Sam Waterston, will keep you laughing and guessing the whole way through.
Matthau plays CIA agent Miles Kendig who, after years in the field, has been relegated to a desk job under a ridiculous and incompetent supervisor.  Deciding that he's had enough of the bureaucracy, Matthau smuggles out documents and writes the letter to his supervisor on his way out.  The letter that many of us have wanted to write a time or two in life where you tell your boss just what you think of them and everything else you wanted to say but couldn't.  Yes, that letter.  And to make it worse, he announces that he is going to write his memoirs...basically telling all the CIA's secrets and actions that he has faithfully kept quiet about for decades.
What follows is a hilarious, cat-and-mouse chase as Matthau writes and moves from country to country and the CIA endeavors to track him down.  There is drinking vodka in a park with the head of the KGB.  There is wit, humor, slap-stick comedy.  The disguises are fun and perhaps a little ridiculous.  And of course, there is Walter Matthau singing Puccini throughout the whole affair giving the movie even more light hearted fun.  This is definitely a film not to be missed.

Join us on Monday, June 29th at 7 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 104.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Movies

The Spring term has come to an end and we are already gearing up for Summer.
Here's how summer works here at the Library.  We are open all summer and everyone is welcome.  Whether you are taking classes or not, the Library is open and checking out what we've got.

The Library is also sponsoring our annual Summer Film Festival.  No, this is not movies for little kids.  Our public community library hosts movies for kids during their summer reading program.  This is movies for the rest of us.
What is it all about?  Well, each summer we pick a great mix of classic and new films to show you.  We watch a movie every Monday evening on campus.  You can come, bring a friend or ten.  Everyone is welcome, students, staff, community members, parents, brothers, friends...you get the point.  We generally have some snacks, but you are welcome to bring your own.  So, one night a week, during the hottest part of summer, you can get away from homework, chores, kids, etc., relax in the cool air conditioning and watch a great movie with some excellent people. And it's sponsored by the Library, so of course it is FREE!

To start off our summer, we are beginning with the extraordinary Zach Braff's film Wish I Was Here.  Yes, I say it's his film...he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in it.  And it is soooo worth seeing.  You will laugh out loud, cry a little, and remember what is good and beautiful about who you are. 
Kick off your summer term with a little fun.  We will see you Monday night, June 22nd, at 7 p.m.

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's Time To Celebrate

Guess what today is?

It's the beginning of National Library Week!!!  Woohoo!

Oh yes, we are excited.
National Library Week is all about celebrating libraries, why we have them, what they mean to us, and all that libraries do.
At the TVCC Library, here's how we celebrate.  We do cool things for you.  That's what libraries are all about, serving each and every person who walks through their doors, clicks on their app, pops by their website, etc.  We like all of you and are glad you've found your way to us.
So, let us start by saying... THANK YOU! for being a part of our everyday, for finding friends in the books on our shelves, for taking home our music and movies, for asking us questions and letting us help you find answers, for telling us what you think each and every day.  This is why we are here and what we enjoy most.  Yep, that's how we celebrate.  We say thank you.  And this year, we are doing that with daily prizes you can win, one big and awesome grand prize at the end of the week, and free pie and dessert for everyone on Friday!
How can you participate and celebrate too?

First, stop and see us everyday to enter into our daily prize contest or post your answers on our Facebook page.  The prizes are fantastic, in case you were wondering.

Second, you can share your library love with us.  Oh, yes, we want to hear from you!  Tell us why you like libraries or our library.  Tell us why you are glad libraries exist.  Tell us how a library or librarian has helped you.  Be creative.  Have fun.  You can send us a picture, write us a story or a poem, send us a card, an email, make us a meme...or all of the above. You can join with millions across the U.S. in celebrating by taking your library love online and Tweeting about what you've done because of libraries (details here).  Or send us your Tweets @LibraryTvcc.  #NLW15 or #NationalLibraryWeek  You can reply here on our blog or on our Facebook page with your library love.  All of this gets you entered into our grand prize drawing.  Everyone can play!  We want to hear from all of you!!

And finally, you can stop by the Library on Friday where we will have some delicious pies, cheesecakes, etc to share with all of you.  So stop by and see us anytime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for some sweet treats.

And all that Jazz

What is not to love about this year's National Poetry Month celebration at TVCC.  We have the incredible Lawson Inada coming to speak...and we are sooo excited.

In a joint effort with the TVCC English Department and the Library, we are putting on an evening that you will not want to miss.  It's going to be truly wonderful.  There will of course be poetry, because that's what this is all about.  So, we are bringing to our very special community a major award winning poet, scholar, former Professor of English at Southern Oregon University, and Oregon Poet Laureate from 2006-2010...the esteemable poet, Mr. Lawson Inada. 
Inada's poetry is rich and beautiful and worthy of being shared in its own regard.  However, there is so much more that he has to share.
 Lawson Inada was born in Fresno, California, the son of Japanese immigrants to the United States.  In 1942, as a result of Executive Order 9066, Inada and his family were sent to Japanese Internment camps where they were held during the war years. 
Mr. Inada has dealt with the experiences of the camps and the legacy of that incarceration in many of his poems, which he will share with us.
 Another defining effect of the camp experiences was Inadas discovery of jazz, the quintessential multicultural American music.  Inada went to New York to pursue a career as a jazz musician (the string bass was his instrument) before he turned to writing as his vocation.  But the music remains a constant in his life.  
His poetry is infused with the rhythms and movement of jazz as well as the musicians he interacted with, such as the great Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Theolonious Monk.  All of this, he will be sharing with us tonight as well.  And to make it even more amazing, Mr. Inada will be joined onstage by our very own Professor Joseph Jefferson and his jazz combo.

So you see, a little history, a little poetry, a little jazz...what's not to love.  Do not miss this incredible opportunity.  We will see you all there. Everyone is invited!  This event is free and open to the public.

“An Evening with Lawson Inada: The Internment, the Poetry, and All that Jazz.”   
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 7-9 pm in the Meyer-Mclean Theater on the TVCC campus. 
(Please use the campus entrance)  

And if that wasn't amazing enough,

Mr. Inada also will lead a writing workshop on Wednesday, April 15, from 2-3:30pm in the TVCC library (upstairs in the Weese Building).  This event is also free and is open to any interested aspiring writers.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Black it out

A little more about poetry....
AS we continue to read and share poems with you throughout this month, take a moment and think about the poems or find one of your own.  As the Academy of American Poets' Chancellor, Naomi Shihab Nye said, “When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause”. And this is so true.  Your lives are incredibly full.  There are days when I feel like every minute is packed with one thing or another until, collapsing at the end of the day, I realize that I still missed so much.
Poetry requires a pause.
Writing poetry requires an even greater pause.
Now, now...I know many of you are already hesitating.  Are they really going to ask us to write?  Whatever.  I'm out.

Even those of us who love poetry rarely have the courage to write it ourselves, much less share it.  However, there is a form of poetry creation that takes no writing skills whatsoever and is quite fun to do.  What is it?
It's called Black Out Poetry.
You simply take a page from a book, find some words that say something to you, and cross out all of the rest.  It can be simple or fancy.  You can create art or just say something.

Here's one example of just such a simple poem, and yet the words are powerful.
So, for our first National Poetry Month event, this Wednesday, we will be hosting a Black Out Poetry workshop.
That means that all you have to do is show up.  We will have all the supplies.  We will have plenty of inspiration and other students/community members designs around the Library.
We will have good treats.  So come and join in.  It is in the Library on Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  You don't have to come for any particular time.  Just show up, make a poem or two, hang out and have a good time.
For more inspiration, here's a few more fun examples of Black Out Poetry.  Check our our Pinterest board, or some of the student poems made at last April's workshop.
from thesubjectofteaching.blogspot.com