Hello again! I hope that you had a great winter break. Did you get a chance to relax at least a little? Did you do any reading?
One of the things that your faithful correspondent did was do some reading of her own. I checked out three books from the library here, checked out a couple of e-books from the public library, and bought some books from Amazon. If you’re interested, here’s a little summary of what I read, if you are looking for something to read yourself…
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was a great book, but admittedly a tearjerker. Don’t read this while on public transportation. This book tells the story of a girl who has committed suicide, and mails out a bunch of cassettes to thirteen people, telling them why they are the reasons that she committed suicide. One reader that I know finished this book and told me that it was an amazingly profound book. I tend to agree with her. You won’t let people disappear into themselves again.
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick was another tearjerker. This one is by the author of Silver Linings Notebook. It’s about a boy who, on his 18th birthday, decides to take a gun to school in order to kill his former best friend and then himself. There are strands of hope in this book, if you know where to look for them.
- Paper Towns by John Green didn’t cause me to weep publicly — what a relief. But it caused me to think about the images of ourselves that we put forth to society, whether through Facebook or in real life. This is about a girl who disappears, and the group of friends who try to figure out the mystery of who she is.This one is being made into a movie
Right now I am reading Cat Girl’s Day Off, about a girl who can talk to cats, who is trying to solve a mystery surrounding a movie that is a take of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Ask me, and I’ll tell you how it is once I finish.
A book has been chosen for 2015’s One Book One Campus read. The title is Always Running: La Vida Loca, by Luis J. Rodriguez. It’s about the author’s experiences in the gang scene in Los Angeles. This is a riveting read, and it has earned the 1993 Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and many other accolades.
Mr. Rodriguez was just selected as the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. He will be writing poems talking about the amazingly vibrant city. In his acceptance speech, he spoke about his experiences with the public library.
We are excited to be able to incorporate this powerful book into our college. There will be more information about activities in the coming months.
If you are interested in checking out a copy, it is available in the Main Stacks at HV6439.U7 L77 2005.
Hello! The One Book One Campus committee is asking faculty and staff of Ventura College to vote for one of eight books to be chosen as the 2015 One Book. 2015 is closer than we think! You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VCOneBook2015
Please make your voice heard!
As you may know, the campus is reading the book The Things They Carried for One Book One Campus this year. This is a book that we hope everyone gets a chance to experience this year. It tells of a squadron of soldiers during the Vietnam War, and their experiences. Their stories are all intermingled, telling of their many different experiences, from love to death.
It turns out that, this spring, the City of Ventura is reading this book as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program! In February, March, and April, they will have several different events featuring different aspects of this book. There are art exhibits, readings, even a play. Students are heavily encouraged to attend. Check out the list of events here.
Keep track of the College events for One Book One Campus here. Look for more events soon!
We try to get new graphic novels for the Graphic Novel collection. We recently bought volumes 1 through 6 of the Scott Pilgrim series. Not familiar with Scott Pilgrim? It’s a graphic novel about a boy in a band who meets a girl. The girl has several ex-boyfriends. If the boy wants to date the girl, he has to defeat the ex-boyfriends in combat. Hilarity ensues (as you might expect). This graphic novel series is New York Times best-selling and liked by Joss Whedon as well. How can you resist? You can find it in our graphic novel collection. Check it out!
Hello! A few months ago, the Library received a collection of books and videos called the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The intent of this collection is to increase understanding of the peoples, cultures, histories, and religion of Muslim people here in the United States and around the world.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
These books are available for checkout; the videos can be viewed on any computer within the library.
To support this collection, the Library is hosting a series of events:
- On September 25, the Library is hosting a food tasting at 5:30pm.
- On October 15, Chris Cryer, author of Tolstoy in Riyadh, will talk about The Arabian Nights.
- On October 29, Nooshie Motaref, author of Iran: A Persian Tapestry, will do a presentation on Sufism and Islam.
We hope you will join us!
Finals start next week, and you may be winding up your final papers. Perhaps you’re looking for a little light reading? Come check out our summer reading display! It’s full of books that might entertain you and take your mind off of things like isosceles triangles. Featured books include:
- The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
- Bone by Jeff Smith
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Singing in the Comeback Choir by Bebe Moore Campbell
These books will be on display all through the summer, so if you don’t get to them before the semester is over, you can come back during summer semester and check them out.