Category Archives: Books

New Arrivals at the Library: Books, DVDs, and eBooks

Supreme CityThe Books of ImmortalityA Chinaman's ChanceIt's a Jungle in There

Have you checked out the newest arrivals at the library? Ranging from guides that can help you with your courses to the latest best-selling non-fiction, these new arrivals are not to be missed. Not sure where to start? You can browse the New Books List or search by title, author, or subject.

Don’t forget to visit the New Books & Videos page to find out about the latest books, DVDs, and eBooks. Each listing has a link directly to the library catalog, so you can quickly locate or request the item.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can borrow these new titles. Checking out books or DVDs is simple; all you need is your student or employee ID card and you are good to go! Using ebooks might take some figuring out—when you have questions, take a look at our ebook guide or Ask a Librarian.

Happy reading!

Who Banned These Books? And Why?

The top 10 challenged books for 2013:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violenceThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Find some of these titles and more in an exhibit on the second floor of the LRC – through October.

Read more about banned and challenged books of the 21st century.

Borrow Library Books and Movies over the Break

Monday May 12 through Wednesday May 21, faculty, staff, and continuing students may check out library books and DVDs for the break (2 items for students).

All books and DVDs are due on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  Find your book or movie –

  • in the library catalog
  • on the New Books and Popular Reading shelves on the second floor
  • in the library display (Careers, resumes, and interviews)
  • in the Media Center on the first floor

Have a Question?  Library Answers.

The Library will close for the break on Wednesday May 21 at 8:00 p.m. and reopen for Summer classes on Monday June 9 at 8:00 a.m.

One World Many StoriesMORE TO READ:  Follow londonchoirgirl as she reads her way around the world!

“In 2012, the world came to London for the Olympics and I went out to meet it. I read my way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries – plus one extra territory chosen by blog visitors – sampling one book from every nation.  I read a story from Swaziland, a novel from Nicaragua, a book from Brunei, a… well, you get the picture.”

Check out “A Year of Reading the World” to find books from all 196 UN recognized countries.

 

Need a Job? Library Can Help!

Grab a book from the May library display and find your new career.  Resumes, cover letters, interviews – library materials have you covered.  If you don’t see what you want in the display bookcase on the second floor, ask a librarian to help you connect with materials for your job search.  Come back and let us know when you get hired!

SCC Library catalog – search here for books and DVDs.

OneSearch – search here for everything.

Library display of books on careers, resumes, and interviews

New Book List Posted (New DVDs, Too!)

Come and get them – New Books and DVDs!

The searchable New Books List, books added from Nov. 2013 through April 2014, has just been posted. You can also find “This Just In,” a weekly update of new book and DVD titles added to the Library collection, at the New Materials page.

Borrow them with your student or employee ID card. (Information about borrowing over break coming soon—watch this space.)

The Bay Area School by Thomas WilliamsTesla by W. Bernard CarlsonTime Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian MortimerSidetracked: Why our Decisions Get Derailed by Francesca GinoHydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know by Alex Prud'homme