Between the Covers Book Club Reads: Noggin!

It’s hard to believe February is already here! Now that you’ve gotten adjusted to the spring semester it’s time to reintroduce some extracurricular fun into your academic lives 😉 What better way to do that than by participating in SCC’s Between the Covers book club?!

The first book up for discussion is Noggin by John Corey Whaley. Book club will be meeting to talk about it on Wednesday, March 1 at 2:30 in the Information Commons of the library. We’ll have coffee and treats PLUS the chance to win our second title, Calvin by Martine Leavitt.

Here’s a brief book summary so you know what kind of fun you’re in for:

Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

Hopefully we’ll see you there!

AND if you want to read the book but the library copy is checked out, ask a Reference Librarian for help requesting it from another library. We got you. 🙂

New Year, New You!


We know the “New Year, New You” tagline is cliché but it’s true!

The 2017 Spring Semester has officially begun and we’re so glad you’re here! Make the most of all that SCC has to offer!

We *obviously* have to promote the library, so this semester make it your spot! We’re here to help you succeed. Not only do we have reference librarians, thousands of books, tons of databases, and lots of computers – we also have our second floor that houses our private study rooms and the official quiet study space for the library.

You should also pay attention to what’s going on AROUND campus. Student Activities does a great job hosting events and bringing fun things to campus (Comedy Night is coming up! plus SCC’s Between the Covers book club, to name a few) – it’s a great way to meet people and to really get that “college experience.”

Take advantage of your professor’s office hours! Ask questions if you have them and get to know these people who are here because they love teaching and they love their disciplines. Fostering relationships with your teachers only makes the academic experience that much more enjoyable.

There are so many more things we can throw out there: ACE Tutoring Center! Disability Support Services! Academic Advising! we could go on and on.

SCC is here for you! Make the most of your experience 🙂

2017 Spring Semester!

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*old school Kanye is glad you’re here*

Happy 2017!!!

The library will resume regular hours on the first day of classes, January 17. Those will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Until then the library hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and we’re closed Saturday and Sunday.

We know you guys are going to have a great semester – remember that the Library is YOUR place. We’re here to offer you the environment and resources you need to succeed at SCC.

See you soon!

Library Winter Intersession Hours

December is halfway over and that means you’re one step closer to finishing the Fall 2016 semester!

We know most of you are in the midst of studying for Finals and writing papers BUT we wanted to keep you on top of the library hours which are changing as the semester break begins on December 19.

We’ll resume regular hours on January 17 when the Spring 2017 semester begins. Until then our hours will be as follows:


Between the Covers – November Title

The last book club for the semester is meeting on Wednesday, November 30, in the LRC Information Commons. The meeting will take place at 2:30 and we’ll be discussing Derf Backderf’s graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer.

There’s no question that our students have a lot on their plates. Finals are just around the corner. BUT it helps to take a break from academics and do something fun for you! So come discuss this title with us – we’ll provide snacks, coffee, and conversation 🙂

The book club is a great place to meet new people on campus. Come visit – and get excited for next semester when we’ll have three new titles for you to read and discuss.



Check Out Library Editions!


Hear ye, hear ye! View the new issue of Library Editions now! Learn more about:

  • new FitDesks & TVs in the library
  • new resources—Oxford Music Online, MLA citation guides, & Statistical Abstract of the U.S. eBook
  • Between the Covers book club

Also read about award-nominated books, interesting web sites, and most-challenged books!!!

Library Editions is the biannual newsletter of the Paul & Helen Schnare Library at SCC.

Artist Spotlight: Chuck Close

Chuck Close in action

The other day there was a lengthy profile on artist Chuck Close in The New York Times Magazine. While his name might not seem too familiar, the odds are pretty good you’ve come across images of his work. Close is known for his amazing large-scale paintings done from photographs.

His work falls in the category of art known as photorealism – this style is known for its extreme detail in rendering a photograph in another artistic medium (yes, the images below are all paintings – shout out to one of our library databases, ARTstor, for providing access).

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This noted artist started out as a community college student (!) before continuing on with his art studies. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright and National Endowment of the Arts grants and has had exhibitions all over the world.

If you’re interested in learning more about Chuck Close we have a number of options for you in the library. Here are just a few:

Remembering Elie Wiesel

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This weekend the world lost Nobel Peace Prize winner, Holocaust survivor, and noted author, Elie Wiesel. If you’re not familiar with his work and his legacy, please take the time to check out the titles we have here in the library. He’s probably most famously known for his Night trilogy.

You can get brief overviews of Wiesel’s life from obituaries published in The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and The Washington Post.

MLA Update: Citations are Changing!

We know that when you are working on a paper or presentation, the Works Cited page isn’t always your favorite part. It’s easy to get hung up on what goes where and if you should be typing a period or a comma. But the point of citations is to give credit where credit is due and allow those who might be reading your work to find the sources you used if they so choose.

A good way to think of this is by viewing your work as part of a scholarly conversation. You want people to know that the points you’re making are valid and so you’re providing them with the information to go back and see the materials that led you to make the conclusions you did. This “conversation” can continue if your work inspires someone else to do some research of their own.

Jimmy Fallon Thank You Note

Well, with all that being said, if you’re used to using MLA style when writing your papers there are a few things that have changed. The newest edition of The MLA Handbook was just released and it’s approaching citations in a slightly different way. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too drastic. In fact, it might make things a little easier for you when it comes to that Works Cited page.

Check out What’s New in the Eighth Edition on the MLA website to get a feel for the updates that were made. The SCC Library will be updating our Citing Your Sources page soon. We just wanted to let you know what was coming down the pipeline so you’re ready 🙂