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Calculator Loan Program

Thanks to the Student Government Association, the Library is happy to announce a calculator loan program at both campuses. The program starts today (10/20).

At each campus, calculators will be available for 72 hour loan periods. Reserve calculators will also be available for in-library use for two hours.

These calculators will be stored at the front desk in North Hudson, and at service desks both upstairs and downstairs at the Main Library.


NormalAttempting Normal by Marc Maron PN2287.M515A3 NHC
 I love Marc Maron’s podcast WTF, so I was biased when I read this book. I could hear him speaking the words as I scanned the pages. If I didn’t have this reference, I might think this book was an exercise in self-absorption. But, Maron’s writing portrays human vulnerabilities and the sides of our personalities we usually try to hide, with a humor that is unique, talented, and honest. Whether it’s naval gazing or not, I liked exploring this belly button. ~ Cynthia

DemonologyDemonology by Rick Moody  PS3563.O5537D45 Main
A collection of thirteen short stories by the author of The Ice Storm. Tight, concise vignettes of people’s lives and what become highlights, whether good or bad. I skipped a couple stories, which did not appeal, but those I read, I liked, especially “The Mansion on the Hill” and “Carousel.” Other books by Moody in the HCC Library are Garden State and The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digression. ~ Cynthia

LuckyUsLucky Us by Amy Bloom
This book was full of human foibles, but the most resonant theme was that families are created by attention and attitudes and not necessarily by blood. The setting is the 1940’s. The story includes homosexulity, the WWII, Hollywood moralilty, and what people do to create improvised homes. The writing of Amy Bloom is perceptive and keen, with humor and originality. All the book’s chapters are named for vintage song titles. I think the author is saying, life is tough but there is always something to sing about. ~ Cynthia


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Books @ Main: Hispanic Heritage Month

Here are some books we recommend to help you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

index (2)This is How You Lose Her
by Junot Díaz (Main & NHC, PS3554.I259T48 2013) Díaz uses his unique, lyrical writing style to tackle the intricacies of love in his second collection of short stories. Readers are reintroduced to Yunior, the stubborn and reckless character who appeared in his first book, Drown. This is How You Lose Her follows Yunior and the characters at the center of his romantic relationships and family crises. The book is equally humorous and heartfelt. You may not always be rooting for these characters but you will become absorbed in the book’s honest portrayal of relationships – for better or worse.
indexThe Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo(Main, ND259.K33A2 2001) Get to know celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in her own words. This is a reproduction of the diary kept by Kahlo during the last decade of her life. Her handwritten journal entries appear alongside color illustrations, sketches, photographs, and paintings. The diary is an intimate look into Kahlo’s complex, creative mind. She details her health struggles, reflects on her art, and writes of her relationship with artist Diego Rivera. This is a revealing, beautiful book. The diary includes an English translation, commentary by art historian Sarah M. Lowe, and introduction by novelist Carlos Fuentes.
index (1)Barbarian Nurseries by Héctor Tobar (Main, PS3570.O22B37 2011) Araceli, the live-in maid in the Torres-Thompson household, takes on new and unexpected responsibilities after economic pressures and a dramatic fight between Scott and Maureen Torres-Thompson leaves two of their children in her care. Unable to reach Scott and Maureen, Araceli takes the children on an adventure through Los Angeles to find the only other family member she knows of, Señor Torres, Scott’s estranged father. This is an ambitious, exciting story that blends social and cultural commentary against the backdrop of Southern California.

Smartboard and Brightlink Trainings

Attention faculty and staff — the Library will be offering SMART Board and Brightlink Trainings.

SMART Boards and Brightlink projectors provide new ways to make learning interactive and enhance teaching. Now is the time to learn how to use them in your classroom. Each workshop will demonstrate how to get started with these devices, and will provide the foundation for creating your own lessons that take advantage of the interactive whiteboards.

SMART Board sessions will be held in the Main Campus Library Makerspace, while sessions at the North Hudson Library will be held in the Library Bibliographic Instruction Room (N305).

For questions, please contact John DeLooper at or x4723.

Full schedule is as follows:

Brightlink Training (at North Hudson)

Monday 10/13 at 11 and 4

Friday 10/24 at 9:00 a.m

Monday 11/3 at 4pm

Monday 11/17 at 10 and 4

SMART Board Intro (Main Library Makerspace)

Tuesday 10/14 at 10

Friday 10/17 at 7

Saturday 10/25 at 2pm

Monday 10/27 at 11

Wednesday 10/29 at 10

Advanced SMART Board (Main Library Makerspace)

Thursday 10/30 at 3

Friday 11/7 at 10

Thursday, 11/20 at 12pm