Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mystery Movie Wednesday

This week's film is one you want to check out.  We are quite excited about it.  So what's the mystery about?  Well, let me tell you.  But first, let's start with why the Library hosts a summer film festival.  In part, we do this to for fun...to get together with all of you, meet new members of our local
community, and to share the experience together.  But we also do it to connect you with amazing and wonderful films.  Some you may have heard of but just never watched, some you may never have thought to watch but are well worth your time, while others may be new entirely.  Each film, we pick thoughtfully to provide you with the very best movie watching experience over the summer. 
Why the mystery?
Well, because it is fun and because we can.  To add a little excitement and perhaps adventure to your week, join us for this Wednesday's mystery movie night.  Still uncertain if you want to come?  Here's a little bit about the film we are watching.

You will find in this movie one of the most iconic and powerful female characters who embodies strength, bravery, and conviction.  This is a true story that will have you enraptured in the time and history, but more than that into a journey of faith.  Truly a story of passion and the will to do what is good and right against all odd, this movie is the most striking and potent film we will show you all summer.  You will be moved and challenged (yes there will be tissues provided for the emotional bits).  You will be awed and captivated by this incredible, stunning visual portrayal of a story you know but have never seen quite this way.  The actress who leads this film is utterly mesmerizing in her performance, one which has been quoted as perhaps the "finest performance ever captured on film".  You won't be able to look away.

Intrigued?  Have a guess what the movie is?  Come and find out.  7 p.m. This Wednesday.  In the Science Building.  See you all there.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Classic movie week

For this week’s movie night, we will be watching the timeless film, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Captured so vividly on the screen, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play will move and challenge you as you watch the very gentile Southern Belle, Blanche DuBoi, who has fallen on hard times, visit her more down to earth sister Stella.  The clash between the sisters, Stella’s brute of a husband, Stanley, and the reality that Blanche is fighting with every ounce of her being to hold on to has made this film a story that must been seen.  You will see her personal and emotional breakdown as her walls and the lies she keeps telling herself become harder and harder to hold up.  Played by the magnetic Vivien Leigh, the chemistry on screen is phenomenal as is Marlon Brando’s epic portrayal of Stanley. 
So incredible is this film version of the play that, since its 1951 release, only once and with little success has anyone made another movie version.  The closest cinematic performance you will find that does Vivien Leigh’s performance justice is in Woody Allen’s 2013 Academy Award nominated adaption starring Cate Blanchett.  Interestingly enough, and just a little bit of trivia for you, Alec Baldwin acted in both this adaptation as well as played the role of Stanley in the 1995 version of the film. 

But, we only show you the best here at TVCC. 
If you have not seen this cinema classic, join us tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Science Center, room 104.  You will NOT want to miss it. 
Bring a friend.  Bring your favorite movie watching snack.  Red licorice will be provided.
And if you haven’t yet, stop by and check out the film trivia board in Barber Hall tomorrow too.  We’ll give you a clue to a picture or two you might not know before the movie starts.

We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer is here

Summer term is here and we are all about enjoying life.  What does that mean?  Well books, of course...the ones we revel in, the stories we get lost in, the adventures that make our hearts skip a beat, the romances that twist it and the comedies that delight.  Interested?  Well stay tuned right here for some excellent summer reads and book reviews.  We have so many to share with you. 
But we are not all about books.  If you follow us at all, you'll know that movies are a big part of what we love here.  And this summer, the movies are hot.

Starting this week, the Library is hosting its annual summer film series. That means some of the greatest films we have to offer, we will be showing weekly and you are invited. It's all free, and open to our students and community.
Just come each Wednesday evening to the Science Building on campus, Room 104 at 7 p.m. and we will treat you to a great film.
Join us for a great evening. 

Who can come?  Anyone.  However, as with all other campus events, this is geared towards only those 18 and older unless accompanied by a parent.  Why does this matter?  Well, our movie selection was compiled for a college audience.  Several of the films are rated R and we will not be monitoring or censoring for a younger audience.
What are we watching?  We have a great line-up of films including some new releases, classic films, and fantastic indie films that you are guaranteed to enjoy.  Check back here each week and we'll tell you about the new film.
Our first feature film of the season, showing on June 25th, will be none other than The Monuments Men starring George Clooney and Matt Damon.  This is a great story and a piece of history that you won't read about in your textbooks.  There will be explosions, laughter, and oh so much more.  We hope to see you all there for some movie fun and a great way to stay cool on a hot summer night.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A little fun and creativity

This month, it is all about ART 
Last week we launched our month focused on Art.  Last month you saw some fun blackout poetry projects created by our students and local elementary students.  This month, we are taking it to a new level and shining some light on the recent phenomenon known as book art.  
What is it?  Oh, the possibilities are endless.  Below are a couple of examples of some of the incredible things people creating with books.  Want to see more?  Check out our Pinterest page.  Or just Google book dresses (yes this is really a big deal), book carving, book sculptures…the list goes on.
In honor of this month and our commitment to the absolute freedom of creativity and expression on campus, we are holding an Book Art event.  All month long, you can create book 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.  Now, before you skip past and think, I don’t know how to make any of this, read on.  

Don’t worry if some of this seems too intense.  These are professionals, but we know that you all have something you can contribute…

To help you out, the Library will be holding art creating workshops during the month where you can come for inspiration, to work on projects, for help with your projects, to get supplies, etc.  Students taking some of the art courses here will have an opportunity to work in class on these projects but for the rest of you, the Library is the place to be.  

Workshops will be held:
Tuesday, May 6th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Sunday, May 18th from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

All submissions are due the 1st of June.  Then, to show off what you've made, the Library will be hosting a Gallery Night where you can come in the evening and view the creations and submissions from the entire local community.  We will have refreshments, music, and some wonderful pieces to view.  So put that night on your calendar even if you don't make something.
We look forward to seeing what you create!!
The Gallery Night is scheduled for June 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Oregon Reads 2014

What if everyone in your community was reading the same book?  What if everyone if the state read the same book?  What would it look like if people of all ages and genders were talking, sharing, participating in reading and learning?  These questions have spawned community reading programs in communities across the US.  In 2009, the state of Oregon decided to try this out and launched its first Oregon Reads program.  In our community, we joined in with great success, bringing readers from the TVCC, adult members of our community, and school students from kindergarten up all together for some fantastic events and discussions. 

And we are doing it again!
This year, the state library has chosen to honor Oregon poet and author William Stafford in the centennial year of his birth for the 2014 Oregon Reads campaign.   Libraries and communities of all types around the state are celebrating the life and works of Stafford throughout this year.  William Stafford was one of the most prolific modern American poets, publishing over 3,000 poems as well as short stories, political writings, and other works.  He was honored as the US Poet Laureate in 1970 and served as Oregon's Poet Laureate from 1975 until he died in 1993.  This May, we are launching our celebration of Stafford and challenging you all to read some of his work. 

How can  you get involved?
  • Choose one of the books below and check it out.  Your TVCC Library has several copies.  Read a book with a friend or perhaps your child.  Share your thoughts with us. 
  • Come to our Intro to William Stafford night in the Library.  There will be an informative presentation on the life of Stafford and his work including clips from some of his films.  This is a free event, open to all, on Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.  And, if you'd like, bring your favorite Stafford poem to share.
  • Come to a poetry reading featuring Oregon poet Tim Barnes.  Barnes is an English professor at Portland Community College, a published poet, and a significant voice in making Oregon writers known and heard.  For more about Tim Barnes or the work of other Oregon poets, click here. Barnes will be doing a reading of some of William Stafford's works, some of Barnes' own work, and hosting a discussion on the life of Stafford.  Again, everyone is welcome to attend this event on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. 
  • And stay tuned for more events to come this fall including fable writing workshops, a visit with Kim Stafford, and more community wide events.

And here are this year's Oregon Reads selections:
For anyone -
A wonderful collection of Stafford's best work

Reflections about his life

A memoir of Stafford written by his son
Written while sitting in a camp for Conscientious objectors during the war, through poetry and prose Stafford captures the heart of pacifism and independent thinking


  For Children - 

For Children and Teens -

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A month of Art

Have you ever wanted to deconstruct an old book and make something cool out of it?  How about draw or paint a picture with the words as the background?  Or maybe you just like creating awesome things in general.  If so, this month’s library event is the one for you!  For the month of May, we will be hosting a Book Art Event where you can submit your own artwork made from books or pages of books.  Either create something on your own time, or come to our workshops where we will provide the books, materials, and inspiring images.
The workshops will be held in the library on May 6th from 6-9pm and May 18th from 1-9pm.  Submissions will be due by May 26th and for two weeks they will be displayed around campus for people to vote on.  On Friday, June 6th at 6:30pm, we will hold a Gallery Night where artists can invite family and friends to see the other submissions, snack on refreshments, and find out who the prize winners are (there will be some pretty cool prizes!)
This contest event is open to all students of TVCC as well as members of the community.  You must be present at the Gallery Night to receive a prize.

Friday, April 25, 2014

More voting

Below are some more wonderful poems created for our Blackout poetry contest.  These were made by a local 6th grade class.  We will be giving them some prizes too for sharing their poems with us.  Please take a moment and read through these.  Vote for your favorite one of this group, and share some creativity love with the kids.