Category Archives: Books category

Happy finals week! We advise that over the winter break, you retreat to a warm spot and (what else..) read! Take advantage of our over-the-break special:

Through Thursday, December 14, faculty, staff, and continuing students may check out books and DVDs for the duration of winter break (two non-reserve items for students).

Ask for the over-the-break special at the Circulation Desk; books and DVDs will be due back by Wednesday, January 17.

Find your book or movie:

  • by using the OneSearch box on the library home page;
  • in our new books and media lists;
  • on our New Books shelves, the Library display shelves, and the circulating DVD collection—all located on the 2nd floor of the LRC.

A few ideas:
The tattoo dictionary : an A-Z guide to choosing your tattoo, by Trent Aitken-Smith The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks DVD Hidden figures DVD The future is history : how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen Nasty women : feminism, resistance, and revolution in Trump's America, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding The attention merchants : the epic scramble to get inside our heads by Tim Wu.

The Library will close for the break on Thursday, December 14 at 9:30 pm. We will reopen for Spring classes on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9 am. See our Hours page for more details.

Did you miss the Library’s November display focusing on the “fake news” phenomenon and critical thinking?
Board titled "Is it real news or fake news?" with examples of news stories
If so, that’s ok; the books we had on display are listed below and ready to be checked out. Also be sure to take a look at the “evaluating news” research guide.

Let’s all see what we can do to keep our arguments fact-based and free of fallacies and respect each other as we explore our differences in opinion and perspective. A resolution appropriate for November?
Books on display
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The fun and colorful LGBTQIA-themed children’s picture book This Day in June by SCC Professor Gayle Pitman was recently challenged at the West Chicago Public Library.

This Day in June book jacket

In celebration of Banned Books Week, the SCC Library and Information Technology Program will host a panel discussion on book banning and challenges.

Panelists will include:

  • SCC Professor Gayle Pitman
  • Librarians from the Sacramento Public Library system and the Sacramento City Unified School District

When? Monday, September 25, 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Where? LR 105, SCC Main Campus

For more information, contact Pam Posz.

For more info about Banned Books Week, check out

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

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.

Botzakis, Stergios. “Why I Teach Comics In Higher Education.” Knowledge Quest 41.3 (2013): 68-70. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

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.

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.

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.

Watts, Pam. “Graphic Novels Offer Diverse Perspectives, Narratives.” Education Digest 81.2 (2015): 38-41. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.