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Come Join us for World Book Night!

Want something fun and social to do tho month? Come hang out with us during two different events as we celebrate World Book Night. What’s WBN?

World Book Night is an international event where publishers, libraries, and book lovers come together to celebrate and pass on the love of reading. The publishers have printed special event versions of favorite books and your library has some free ones to give out! Join us in two locations to hear readings and presentations of some of our favorite books:

Yuba College World Book Night Event

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 12 – 1 pm in the Yuba College Theatre. Featured presenters: Dr. Aya Ueda, Brian Condrey, Susan Ramones, and Walter Masuda. Come and see what they have to say about their favorite books!

World Book Night

The second event will be held at the Eating Well Cafe (part of the Harmony Health Family Resource Center), on April 24, 2012 from 5 – 7:30 pm. The Eating Well Cafe can be found at 1908 N. Beale Rd. Ste. B, Marysville, CA 95901.

Come join us for either or both of these fun events and celebrate and share the joy of a favorite book! It will be a great evening.

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Library Research Workshops!

Attention all students! We are hosting a round of library research workshops at the WLDC (Room 1251A) this semester.

They will be held thursdays at 2 pm.

All workshops are approximately 50 minutes in length or less. Please arrive 5 minutes early to register with the WLDC.

DATABASES FOR RESEARCH – Be introduced to the many databases to which the Library subscribes for research and answer all your questions about how to access them and what kinds of information can be found using them. Scheduled for March 1 and repeated April 5. 

MLA FAQ – Learn the basics of citing sources with MLA formatting and the easi-est way to cite your sources properly. Scheduled for March 8 and repeated April 12. 

AVOIDING PLAGIARISM – Learn to identify various forms of plagiarism, the basics of properly citing your sources, common ways that plagiarizers get caught, and the ways to avoid plagiarism. – Scheduled for March 15.

USING GOOGLE FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH – Sharpen your search skills to quickly locate quality resources using Google, Google Scholar, Google Books and more. Scheduled for March 22

 

So mark your calendars and set an alarm on your phone – these workshops will be so helpful!

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Banned Books Week: Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2011

Banned Books Week, an annual campaign promoting the intellectual freedom to read that has been held in the United States since 1982, is occurring this week from September 24 – October 1, 2011.  Banned Books Week not only draws awareness to First Amendment rights and intellectual freedom, but also to the issues of censorship, free access to information, and real attempts (both successful and unsuccessful) to ban books in the United States.   At the core of Banned Books Week lies the principal that books containing controversial or unpopular content should remain accessible and available to all people who wish to read them.

Many events take place each year during the last week in September to highlight Banned Books Week in the United States.  Events such as read-outs, in which people gather to read passages from banned books, are a popular way to draw attention to the issue of book censorship.  Adding a twist to the traditional read-out, this year the American Library Association (ALA) and its cosponsors are holding a Virtual Read-Out event in which people are encouraged to submit short videos of themselves reading passages from banned books, which will be featured on the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.  Additionally, many library’s plan events and create displays each year for Banned Books Week.  The official Banned Books Week website provides a list of events occurring in libraries in the United States throughout the week.  However, since this list is in no way exhaustive, we encourage you to contact your local libraries this week to learn about the Banned Books Week events that are occurring near you.

To inform the public about the the facts relating to challenged or banned books, the American Library Association provides lists of the top ten challenged books of the 21st century (2001-2010), the top ten challenged authors of the 21st century (2001-2010), statistics relating to the challenges to books per year (1990-2010), the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-1999, the 100 most frequently challenged books from 2000-2009, and the most frequently banned or challenged classics.  How many of the challenged or banned books included on ALA’s lists have you read?

In honor of Banned Books Week this week, read a banned book, attend a Banned Books Week event, and support your local libraries.  You can show your support for the precious freedom to read by reading those books on ALA’s lists that have been challenged or banned in the past.  Which banned book will you be reading this week?

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Why Math and Poetry Matter

Coming in April, the library will host the annual Math Poetry Contest. Students are invited to craft an original poem with a mathematics theme and submit it to the library for prizes and awards. The deadline for submissions is March 17.

Math and poetry might seem like an odd pairing. In school, they are often treated as separate entities, requiring different mechanisms in the brain that are either present or not. Math is seen as logical, straightforward, numerically oriented, and clearly defined. Poetry, on the other hand, seems irrational, relies heavily on symbolism to extract meaning, and produces no clear answers. But in this apparent contradiction, math and poetry are actually close allies, inspiring the same levels of frustration, yet a strong desire to be figured out.

According to Joel Cohen’s piece in The American Scholar, which examined the commonality of the two subjects, poetry and math have an apples and oranges type of relationship. True, they are different but they also fundamentally share the fact that they are both pieces of fruit and perform essentially the same function. Says Cohen, “poetry and applied mathematics, with mysterious success, both use symbols for beautiful, economical pointing and patterning. Pointing establishes a relation between symbols and a world beyond the domain of symbols. Patterning establishes a relation between symbols and other symbols in the same domain. Poetry and applied mathematics fall along a continuum between pointing and patterning.”

In other words, whether you are telling a story or solving a calculus problem, you are relying on symbols to express ideas and the patterns between those symbols to assign meaning to your work. The answer might be different (apple v. orange), but how you arrive there is similar.

Math is a timely subject to be championing. President Obama has repeatedly called on students to focus their studies on math and science, in order to have access to steady job opportunities and the ability to contribute to American innovation.

However, this contest is not just a celebration of math, but also a celebration of self-expression in the poetic form. So students, whether of math or literature or somewhere in between, let us have an opportunity to read your beautiful, economic patterns of symbolic glory!

Good luck to all of the entrants! (And take a look at last year’s poems).

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