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

Wiesel Image

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 🙂

Library Intersession Hours

As the spring semester officially comes to an end the library hours will change before the summer term begins.

From Tuesday, May 17, until Friday, June 3, library hours will be as follows:

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Beginning on Monday, June 6, the library will begin “Summer Hours.” Those hours will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED


Shakespeare : 400


To commemorate the 400th year since the death of William Shakespeare (4/23) there have been events going on around the world honoring the man and his work.

The SCC Library has followed suit and if you come in you’ll notice our Shakespeare display behind the Reference Desk.

If you don’t think you have the time to pick up a book (we know you’re getting ready for Finals) you can check out the obituary posted by the New York Times. You can also read his work online thanks to the Folger Shakespeare Library. Plus we have lots more Shakespeare books on the shelves 😉

eBook Excitement: Discover New Poets!


Well, it’s the last “official” week of National Poetry Month (though you know you can celebrate all year long!) so we thought we’d post links to a few eBooks we have in our collection that highlight poets it would be worth your time to explore.

This is just a sampling (in no particular order). Please feel free to browse our physical collection and to search for other poets whose work we might have in eBook form. Links to the eBook titles are provided, and the poet’s name links out to biographical information about them. Happy reading!

Rippling Pages

Slam Poet Saturday


More often than not when people think of “poetry” they think of something that’s “not for them.” It’s too confusing, too complicated, too… something. Well, if you’re looking for a way to try and get past that start checking out slam poetry (also referred to as “spoken word”). There is something so dynamic and captivating about seeing these poets give voice to their words. They can move you to tears, they can make you laugh, make you proud… there’s a power in poetry and they help you to see that.

Below please check out the poem “cuz he’s black” by Javon Johnson. The words hold a power on their own, but hearing them spoken by their creator… you can’t help but be moved.

What Poets Should You Be Reading?


National Poetry Month is well underway and now is an ideal time to start exploring new poets! Sure, you can always just browse the shelves to discover someone new OR you can check out some suggestions of poets in lists that have already been curated for you! Here’s just a taste, click around at your leisure:

Poetry Books for People Who Are Afraid of Poetry

12 Awe-Inspiring Poets to Read in Your Lifetime

50 Essential Books of Poetry That Everyone Should Read

16 Modern Poets You Need to Know About

Tongue Tactics: 9 Afro-Latino Poets Who Get Radical on the Mic

11 Poetry Collections by Black Writers Everyone Should Read

12 Poetry Collections Every Woman Should Read

31 Contemporary Poets You Need to Read

#Actual Asian Poets

14 Brilliant Women Poets…

9 Latino Poets You Should Be Reading

15 Black Women Poets Everyone Should Know

15 Amazing Lady Poets You Need to Know Right Now

Happy reading! And Happy National Poetry Month!


Memorize a Poem Today…


One of many things you can do to celebrate National Poetry Month is to take the time to memorize a poem. You’ll be amazed at how long it sticks with you after you commit it to memory! Julia Wilbers, one of our Reference Librarians, can still recite (at least portions of) “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman which she had to memorize over 20(!) years ago.

Need some motivation? Enjoy watching this 3-year old recite a poem she memorized in a week. You’re welcome 😉

Happy National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month!


April marks one of our favorite times of year – it’s National Poetry Month!

A selection of poetry books will be highlighted behind the Reference Desk in honor of this month. Please feel free to browse through them and check out any that catch your eye.

Poetry often gets a bad rap as being hard to understand or not fun to read… that couldn’t be further from the truth. See what’s out there – you might surprise yourself and find a poet you just can’t get enough of.

And poetry isn’t just limited to the written word. Spoken word poetry is moving, engaging, inspiring, entertaining… you name it. Below please check out Neil Hilborn and his poem “OCD.” Happy National Poetry Month!