Thursday, August 11, 2011

Finals Week

Most of you have made it through your last final and are breathing that sigh of relief which lifts all the weight and stress and energy from the last 8 weeks off of your shoulders allowing a sense of peace, satisfaction, or just plain gladness that it's over to settle in. For those of you who aren't there yet, today is the day. By the end of it, you will have that release. Hang in there, you're soo close.
For me, the summer term is always kind of a limbo land with students that we've gotten to know leaving or finishing their last class before moving on to greater things or new students coming in, not sure if TVCC is the place for them or what it will be like going here. This summer term has been unique to me in the number of new students or continuing students who have discovered the Library and have settled in here either physically or virtually as their place to connect and find help. I say this because I've had a record number of you responding to these blog posts, emailing me personally and even calling the Library and leaving messages. All of these responses have been ones of thanks, for the services, the help they received, the comfort levels in the Library and overall, just thanking us for being here and connecting with you.
While no thanks are necessary, I wanted to say that it truly delights us to hear from all of you and we really appreciate it. Whenever I teach a research class, I always ask students to remember that the Library staff are here for you. We are here to help in whatever ways we can and hopefully be a small part of the successful education experience that you have here at TVCC. We really mean that. So, for those of you moving on, we have enjoyed being a part of your lives. For those of you coming in or just starting to become familiar with the Library...keep talking to us. Tell us what you like. Tell us what you don't like. Ask questions. Ask for help. Just ask. We want to hear what you have to say.
This may be the last post on here for a few weeks, but the we'll be back up and running in September. Please continue to let us know what you are thinking. We will still answer your emails and questions even if we are closed. We have some really fun and exciting stuff planned for the fall and we hope you'll continue to be a part of it. Most importantly, keep talking to us. Have a fantastic summer break!
Wishing you all the best,

~The Library Staff

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Not for the faint of heart


In the Library, our staff reading tastes cover a variety of genres and styles. For your benefit, we like to share book and movie recommendations that reflect our tastes as well as things we think may be of interest to you all. This week's summer reading recommendation is one that has been very popular among the TVCC student body this year. One of our staff finally read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it.
The book...The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro. This is the first novel by Del Toro and the first in a series of three. Guillermo Del Toro's name may be familiar to some of you as a film producer of films such as Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, The Orphanage, Kung Fu Panda 2 and many others which have earned him three Academy Awards. For those of you who like his darker works, or are fans of horror movies, scary or suspenseful books, this trilogy is highly recommended.
The plot...

In one week, Manhattan will be gone.

In one month, the country. In two months . . . the world.

At New York's JFK Airport an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane . . . and what he finds makes his blood run cold.

A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like an all-consuming wildfire—lethal, merciless, hungry . . . vampiric.

And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here . . . (taken from Amazon.com)

Sound exciting? It is. From the first page you will have a hard time putting it down. It will make your heart race and distract you from food, life, work. So be careful when you pick it up, it is addicting.
The Library has The Strain (book 1) and The Fall (book 2) in print and on audio. The final book, The Night Eternal in the series comes out in October, so get put on the list and be the first to get it.
Looking for more Guillermo Del Toro? We just got in his most recent film and Academy Award nominations, Biutiful starring Javier Bardem. This is a haunting film about a man who is trying to navigate through life with his two young sons. He is a man with a criminal past that haunts him, but also a man who can see his own death which guides him. For this movie or any of our new DVDs, stop by the Library this week. If we don't see you, have a fabulous summer break!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer update

I confess, summer is my least favorite season. This is mainly due to the intense heat that we experience in this area which sends me into hiding in cool air-conditioned spaces. However, as I was walking across campus early this morning I was struck by what a wonderful summer moment it was. The sun was up with just enough clouds to make the morning still sort of gray. The air is somehow cool and warm at the same time, giving off a sense of comfort and cleanliness. Like climbing into a fresh made bed with clean sheets. It makes you want to stop and breathe it in. The smell of fresh mowed grass is everywhere. The dew still clinging to each blade, still resisting the coming heat of the day. This picture I found on Pixadis is exactly how this morning felt. These are the moments that I love summer. It feels very sad to me to think that it will be gone within the hour as the sun continues to rise and the temperature attempts to meet its incline.
I hope all of your summers are going well. School is almost out, one more week to go! This week I'm sure that causes a mixture of excitement, relief and stress among you. I wanted to let you all know about a few things that are happening with the Library in the next week or two. First of all, today is the last Library research class for the summer. They will resume the second week of Fall term. The Library is still open this Friday for those needing a place to get the last of that homework or study time in.
The Library will be closed for a couple of weeks beginning next Friday, August 12th, re-opening on August 29th. You are welcome to come in and check out books and movies next week and keep them over the break next week. If you have items to return and we are not here, please use the drop-boxes outside of the building.
If you haven't yet submitted your summer reading picks, please do so. I'll post the list of all your favorites here in the next week or so. All entries will be put into a drawing. We may have more than one prize available, so send us your book choices. I look forward to hearing from more of you!