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Surface Tablets Available

As of today, the Library is happy to announce that it has several Microsoft Surface 3 tablets available for use by HCCC students, faculty, and staff. The loan period is two hours of in-library use for students, and up to twelve weeks for faculty and staff. Surface Tablets are available at service desks in both Libraries (Main and North Hudson).

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Regular Hours Resume

Regular hours for the Hudson County Community College resume Monday, August 15, 2016. Complete hours are as follows:

Main Library:

Monday- Friday 7:00am- 10:00pm

Saturday- 8:00am- 6:00pm

Sunday- 10:00am- 6:00pm

North Hudson Library:

Monday- Friday 8:00- 9:00pm

Saturday- 8:00am- 6:00pm

Sunday- 10:00am- 6:00pm

Books I have read. . . August

BeingMortalBeing Mortal by Atul Gawande  R726.8.G39
Surgeon and author, Atul Gawande, writes this book about end-of-life medical issues. Science has provided the knowledge to extend biological limits, but Gawande looks at the damage doctors do when they do not acknowledge the human spirit while trying to heal the body. He argues that medical interventions are only justified if they serve the larger aim of the patient’s wishes. Not communicating one’s end-of-life desires with loved ones and care givers is a form of denial, that unfortunately, our society accepts. Death is part of life, yet people try to ignore it. Do you have an advanced health directive on file with your care givers? 
ManMonsterThe Man in the Monster by Martha Elliot HV6248.R675E55

The author devoted ten years getting to know the serial killer Michael Ross, already tried and facing the death penalty. The “monster” raped and strangled eight women. While Martha Elliot is firmly against the death penalty, Ross fights for it, wanting to end his life in order to kill the monster within. This is a fast-paced, well written account, revealing how the legal system deals with killers and the internal thoughts of Michael Ross. No matter what your views are on capital punishment or mental illness, this will be a thought-provoking read.

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Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood PR9199.3.A8S86

Atwood describes the story collection as removed “at least slightly from the realm of mundane works and days, as it evokes the world of the folk tale, the wonder tale, and the long-ago teller of tales.” The nine stories in Stone Mattress share a focus on the subjects of aging and mortality, on looking back at one’s past accomplishments and experiences, and a present-day taking account. I tend to enjoy Atwood’s short stories more than her novels, and this is Atwood at her best.

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