Art at the TVCC Library

For May, the TVCC Library is sponsoring A Month of Art. In honor of our commitment to the absolute freedom of creativity and expression on campus, we will be sharing with you and collecting from you, Art. All month long, you can create art and submit it to the Library. At the end of the month, we will have a Gallery Night. This is open to students as well as all members of the community.
With some excellent student feedback, the Library’s art theme this month is Finding Joy. We want to challenge you to find joy and express it through art.

How to get started…. Do our seven day Instagram Photo Challenge which we launched last week! Take a pic and send it in or post it on Instagram with the TVCC prompts. Tag us @tvcclibrary and use the hastags #FindYourJoy #IAmTVCC.

Not an Instagram fan? You can still participate! Take your seven photos that follow the challenge and get them to us.

Not a photography enthusiast? You can still participate!

Because we are all about books and art, ma…

Joyful Reads: Beautiful Books Edition

Libraries collect books. Libraries love books…right? Of course we do. What you may not know is all the types of books we collect. Obviously our library has all the research and reference works that you will need to complete your homework, get through your classes, etc. But we collect so much more. Some books we collect for more than their content; their beauty, audacity, imagery, and the sheer craftsmanship and creativity of the book all inspire their place on our shelves. We'd like to share some of our favorite and most beautiful books with you.

One such special title that you may have missed is the absolute treasure of art, I Wonder by Marian Bantjes. Bantjes' goal with this book is to create joy and wonder through images and typography. Each and every page is gorgeously, awe-inspiring in its construction. Each and every page is a visual and literary work of art.

Check out this article on her newest book or listen to her Ted Talk about the exploration of joy.


Joyful Reads: Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union’s new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine hit bookstores and libraries this fall.  Her fun on and off screen personality as well as the cheeky title had me thinking that this would be another fun memoir that are personable and a great distracting read, like Ellen Degeneres’ or Tina Fey’s recent books.  I was wrong.  Honestly, I should have known better too.  Gabrielle Union stands out to me, before reading this incredible book, as a strong woman and advocate for women.  I got this impression after seeing her in the documentary Half the Sky.  Though she’s known for many other roles she’s played, this one stands out to me…perhaps because of the power of that film, perhaps because she was not playing a role but being herself, perhaps both.

Her new book is even more real and all Gabrielle.  It is one of the barest and honest memoirs I’ve read.  She doesn’t just give you a look into her world; it’s all laid out there.  The cheeky title isn’t cheeky at all.  She’s saying, yo…

Poem in Your Pocket Day Inspiration!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 26th! Here in the Library, we LOVE any excuse to celebrate poetry...and give away prizes! Select faculty and staff will be wearing poetry badges on April 26th. If you read a poem to them, you will receive a raffle ticket to enter into the Library drawing for a great prize. You can read to multiple staff people to increase your chances to win. Return your raffle tickets to the Library by 5:00 pm on Friday. We'll draw TWO winners for some cool poetry-themed gift bags.

But first, you need to pick a poem! If you need some inspiration, I've put together a few of our favorite short poems that will fit perfectly into your pocket. Feel free to save and print the graphics!

Coming Home to the Earth by Christina Trunnell

“The Shapes of Leaves” by Arthur Sze  Ginkgo, cottonwood, pin oak, sweet gum, tulip tree:
our emotions resemble leaves and alive
to their shapes we are nourished.  Have you felt the expense and contours of grief
along the edges of a big Norway maple?
Have you winced at the orange flare  searing the curves of a curling dogwood?
I have seen from the air logged islands,
each with a network of branching gravel roads,  and felt a moment of pure anger, aspen gold.
I have seen sandhill cranes moving in an open field,
a single white whooping crane in the flock.  And I have traveled along the contours
of leaves that have no name. Here
where the air is wet and the light is cool,  I feel what others are thinking and do not speak,
I know pleasure in the veins of a sugar maple,
I am living at the edge of a new leaf.  As we are approaching Earth Day and celebrating the fabulous week planned at TVCC, I’ve been thinking about the earth, why we celebrate this day, and what it means to me.

That has t…

Stepping Outside by Melissa Vargas

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things. --"Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver 
It’s an understatement to say this has been a tough year. As we approached spring break, I found it difficult to cope with the stresses of my life and realized I needed to do something to recharge and recover a sense of hope for the future. This meant le…

Faculty Spotlight! Claire Holderman

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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez During the last days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, three young women, members of a conservative, pious Catholic family, who had become committed to the revolutionary overthrow of the regime, were ambushed and assassinated as they drove back from visiting their jailed husbands. Thus martyred, the Mirabal sisters have become mythical figures in their country, where they are known as las mariposas (the butterflies), from their underground code names. Herself a native of the Dominican Republic, Alvarez ( How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents ) has fictionalized their story in a narrative that starts slowly but builds to a gripping intensity. Each of the girls--Patria, Minerva and Maria Terese (Mate) Mirabal--speaks in her own voice, beginning in their girlhood in the 1940s; their surviving sister, Dede, frames the narrative with her own tale of suffering and dedicat…