Category Archives: Books

It’s time again to borrow library books and DVDs for the Semester Break while the library is closed.

Beginning Monday, May 8 through Wednesday, May 17, faculty, staff, and continuing students may check out books and DVDs for the break (2 non-reserve items for students).

All books and DVDs are due on Wednesday June 7, 2017.

There’s something for everyone. Find your book or movie:

  • using the Books search box on the library home page
  • in the New Books and DVDs pages
  • on the New Books and Library display shelves on the second floor
  • in the circulating DVD collection now located on the second floor

The Library will close for the break at 9:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17 and reopen for Summer classes at 8 am on Saturday, June 4.

There’s still time to see, or even contribute to, the National Poetry Month display on the 2nd floor of the LRC. We’ve got poetry and poetry-themed books and DVDs out ready for you to take home and savor. Then turn around to find poetry written by SCC students, faculty and staff. Up for the rest of April, the cruelest month!

National Poetry Month display
Poems on display with invitation to contribute

Items in our display, with links to their OneSearch page:
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Are you looking for your book soul mate? Will it be a mystery, romance or science fiction? The second floor of the library has some possibilities for you! All of the books are wrapped. You just choose the genre, check out the book, and see if love blossoms.
Blind Date with a Book display

If things don’t work out between you and your blind date, just return the book without any hurt feelings.

Los Rios Chancellor Brian King has repeatedly recommended this book as a resource for illuminating problems and finding solutions. We’re happy to say it is now available as an ebook to all Los Rios students and employees.
Book jacket - Redesigning America's Community Colleges

You can view the ebook online or, if you’ve got the patience, download it in part or in full. We have a guide to EBSCO ebooks that walks you through the options.

We’ve also got it in print! If the SCC copy is currently checked out or on hold, feel free to request a copy from one of the other college libraries.

“…urban street fiction [can] build bridges between sanctioned and out-of-school texts … in efforts to further include, motivate, and facilitate meaningful instances of self-efficacy for all students…” (Marshall)

“Graphic novels … foster critical thinking by requiring students to simultaneously evaluate the interaction between multiple modes of communication. (Cook)

“teachers can use Science Fiction to provide catalysts for discussion in a variety of subjects; teach students how to question intelligently; and stimulate their imaginations…”  (Ontell)

SCC students are clamoring to read urban fiction, science fiction, mysteries, and graphic novels.  Can you donate some you’ve enjoyed?  Contact SCC Librarian, Judy Howe howej@scc.losrios.edu.

Works Cited – and more!

Cook, Michael. “The Big Picture.” Literacy Today (2411-7862) 33.3 (2015): 30-32. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.  http://0-search.ebscohost.com.lasiii.losrios.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tfh&AN=110725998&site=eds-live&scope=site

Botzakis, Stergios. “Why I Teach Comics In Higher Education.” Knowledge Quest 41.3 (2013): 68-70. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.  http://0-search.ebscohost.com.lasiii.losrios.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lls&AN=84897668&site=eds-live&scope=site

Gibson, Simone. “Critical Readings: African American Girls And Urban Fiction.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53.7 (2010): 565-574. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.  http://0-search.ebscohost.com.lasiii.losrios.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tfh&AN=48996465&site=eds-live&scope=site

Marshall, Elizabeth, Jeanine Staples, and Simone Gibson. “Ghetto Fabulous: Reading Black Adolescent Femininity In Contemporary Urban Street Fiction.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53.1 (2009): 28-36. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.  http://0-search.ebscohost.com.lasiii.losrios.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tfh&AN=44054567&site=eds-live&scope=site

Ontell, Val. “Imagine That! Science Fiction As A Learning Motivation.” Community & Junior College Libraries 12.1 (2003): 57-70. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.  http://0-search.ebscohost.com.lasiii.losrios.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lls&AN=14813585&site=eds-live&scope=site

Watts, Pam. “Graphic Novels Offer Diverse Perspectives, Narratives.” Education Digest 81.2 (2015): 38-41. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.  http://0-search.ebscohost.com.lasiii.losrios.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tfh&AN=109031695&site=eds-live&scope=site

LGBTQ book and dvd display
The SCC Library has a substantial collection of books and media on LGBTQ issues and topics on display through the month of April. Come and check out the display and borrow a book or video—second floor of the LRC, next to the stairwell. Learn about the Gay Rights Movement and the many symbols associated with the LGBTQ community.

Will you be participating in the Day of Silence?

Here’s what we’ve got on display:
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Tax season is upon us… A time when we find that we all could probably be managing our money better. Get some tips, and explore the larger issues, in the books currently on display on the 2nd floor of the LRC.
Books on display at the 2nd floor of the LRC

By the way, CRC will be hosting free drop-in tax preparation sessions for the next few Fridays. They do this every year! See details (PDF file).

Here are the books in our display:

Wondering what’s come in lately? Wonder no more. Our latest new books & DVDs list includes titles we received from November 2015 through the end of January. You can browse these by call number area or search by keyword. Click a title or book jacket to find its record in OneSearch and place a request. If you find a list of titles you like, click the email icon at the top to send yourself the list.

Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it by Kate Harding. The trouble with post-Blackness edited by Houston A. Baker and K. Merinda Simmons To the cloud : big data in a turbulent world / Vincent Mosco The republic of imagination : a life in books by Azar Nafisi The Peripheral by William Gibson Ida, a film by Paweł Pawlikowski

We post shorter lists of new books weekly, and new DVDs monthly. You’ll find those at the main New Books & DVDs page. You can get new books via email as well.

Library display. Poster says "I can't remember the title, but the cover was blue."
Librarians hear this sort of thing a lot. In fact, as I was starting to write this, a student told me that he couldn’t remember a book’s title or author but could picture it in his mind. At first it’s funny, because you can’t search our catalogs by color. But then, books have covers for a reason (even if you can’t judge a book by its cover, though we all know that sometimes you can).

Blue might not be mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, but it gets around the English language. Take a look at the Oxford English Dictionary entry—it’s an endless scroll, encompassing melancholy, obscenity, sensuality, surprise.

So, whatever your mood as skies get greyer this month, stop by and check out a blue book from our display on the second floor of the LRC.

Michael Graves, buildings and projects, 1995-2003. edited by Karen Nichols Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe death and life of the great American school system : how testing and choice are undermining education by Diane Ravitch

Imagining Black America by Michael Wayne. Edible : an adventure into the world of eating insects and the last great hope to save the planet by Daniella Martin Blasphemy by Sherman AlexieUkraine : an illustrated history by Paul Robert Magocsi.

Here’s a list of titles included in our November Blue books display:

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