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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 bl…

Not for the faint of heart

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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…

Summer update

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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…