Category Archives: Library Displays

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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SCC students have lots of ideas about how to keep their planet happy.  Visit the Library display for April and add your thought bubble to the tree.  Plenty of good reading on the subject, too, both on the second floor display shelves and in the general collection.  Search OneSearch for Climate, Conservation, Environment and more.  Ask a Librarian.

Students' thoughts about living greener.

Pulitzer, Nobel, and Man Booker prizes; National Book Award, Hugo Award, Nebula, Edgar, Caldecott and Newbery Medal; all are on display in the Library.   Here’s a teaser list, with more below the fold:

Title & AuthorLibrary Call NumberAwardYear
Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell.PZ7.D5455 Fl 2013Newbery Medal2014
Locomotive / Brian Floca.TJ603.2 .F56 2013Caldecott Medal2014
Missing person / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Daniel Weissbort.PQ2673.O3 R813 2005Nobel Prize2014
Americanah : [a novel] / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.PR9387.9.A34354 A44 2013National Book Critics Circle2013
Ancillary justice / Ann Leckie.PS3612.E3353 A83 2013Nebula Award2013
Dear life : stories / Alice Munro.PR9199.3.M8 D43 2012Nobel Prize2013
Devil in the grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the dawn of a new America / Gilbert King.HV9956.G76 K56 2012Pulitzer Prize2013

Award winning books on display

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Come to the 2nd floor of the LRC and choose a book from the display honoring African American History Month.  You can borrow books on display for 3 weeks.

Rita Dove poem

Read about African Americans in WWII, Jazz and Blues, African American art, African American women writers, Buffalo soldiers and much more!

Guess the winners and you could win two movie passes!

Fill out your ballot at either the Instructional Media Desk on the 1st floor or
the Library Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Learning Resource Center.

Ties will be broken by a random drawing. Winners will be contacted by email.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on February 22, 2015. Check out the nominees.

Oscar statuettes

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.

Landscape and wildlife art by Sacramento artist Linnea Fronce is featured in the Special Events room on the third floor of the Sacramento City College Library from August 23 to Sept. 27.White Tailed Kite, Linnea Fronce 2005

A public reception in the Library is scheduled for 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Sept. 13 (Second Saturday).  This is a rare opportunity to view Linnea’s work.  Directions and parking:

View the exhibit during Library hours:  Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 8 pm; Friday 7:30 am – 5 pm; Saturday 9 am – 3 pm.

LRC Third Floor Exhibit – The Art of Ming G. Fong and Sandy Fong Whetstone, Showcasing Through August 9

After witnessing the works of the talented father-daughter duo first-hand, it becomes apparent how Ming Fong and Sandy Fong Whetstone’s work truly tells a story all on its own. There is significance to each of their work, a story that is attempting to be told through the ages, and a viewpoint of these two that is reaching out to be shared with the rest of the world, one that only they can perceive.

One of the Many Pieces of Art by Ming FongMing Fong received training in Chinese Classics in China during the 1930’s, and the inspirations from Chinese cultural influences are clearly seen in his work. Calligraphy remains an essential part of his work, written (and translated in English for the exhibit) as a form of poetry, perfectly complementing the natural appeal of the people and elements of nature that helped shape the type of work Ming would eventually paint together. It’s no wonder why someone as talented as Ming would eventually become the primary source of inspiration for his own daughter’s work during her childhood, and even through to her adult years.

Departing from her father’s more classically-inspired works, Sandy Fong Whetstone takes an approach to art and a view on life that strikes you as uplifting and charming, with a childlike lens on the world. Though Sandy and her father both draw inspiration from nature, Sandy takes traditional ideas of animals and fruits and vegetation, and turns them on their heads. You can see the near life-size ceramic works of art of animals dressed in button-ups and personified with human clothing and characteristics, and eyes that are so accurately modeled, they could easily be mistaken for the real thing. And her interpretations of bipedal fruits and vegetables are so full of joy, you can’t help but want to view this exhibit before it has a chance to run away from you.

Stephen Passey

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