Friday, November 14, 2014

Foster Angel Tree





Changing the Day

The holiday season is the busiest time for America’s charities as the holidays remind us of our comforts and charitable organizations across the country are making the big push through to December 31st.  We all have our favorite charities and concerns, and Americans nationwide, as well as folks here at HCC can take pride in all they do in their communities.

For several years now I have been asking everyone at HCC to participate in the Foster Angel Program, and the response has always been enthused and generous.  As we gallop toward Christmas, I’m encouraging you to once again participate in this straight forward effort.  After all, they aren’t asking for money, you know where your gift goes, they operate with all volunteer workers and this program is making a difference for children who live and go to school right here in Hillsborough County.  Read the wish lists on the angel tags and you’ll see many dream requests for a specific doll, or a bicycle, but often you see a request for a child with special needs who’ll benefit from educational toys or something to improve their physical well-being. It’s a direct action with direct result.

I know the giving and spending season can be wearying, but if you’re Christmas shopping anyway, include an angel from the tree.  It's now lit up and all shiny right here in the LRC with all the Angel tags waiting for you! And early enough for holiday sales! 

Ultimately, Christmas Day is just another day, but what a different day it can be with such a small gesture.

~Laurie






Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Books!

 

New titles are in for the holiday season, including more in the popular series from Ken Follett and Lee Child and J.D. Robb.  The highly anticipated new novel by by Haruki Murakam, author of Kafka on the Shore. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage should please readers with a taste for his surrealism.  New titles in Non fiction continue to stream in as we add to the collection, so whatever your reading taste please stop by and see what we may have for your reading pleasure.

The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane
The Liar's Wife by Mary Gordon
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; translated by Philip Gabriel
Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
Close to Home by Lisa Jackson
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Festive in Death by J. D. Robb
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory
Fighting Chance: A Gregor Demarkian novel / Jane Haddam.
The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron
Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
World Order by Henry Kissinger
Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley
The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly
The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
Close to the Bone by Lisa Black
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong


The Lease Book Collection is made possible by the generosity of the HCC Brandon SGA.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Days of Remembrance






 Both of these images are of children surviving in the streets. 
However, they're taken 75  years apart.  Can you tell which is from current news 
and which is from 1939?*


April 27- to May 4

The Holocaust and Days of Remembrance: 

The mass killings of 1938-1945 remain the most heinous crime of modern history, but we also need to consider the world shattering effect of a potential Nazi victory. Hitler's plans for the entire western world were well planned, and due to great sacrifice, unsuccessful:

           Invade:
 Central and Eastern Europe, allied with the Japanese against the West.
Capture Asia and Africa with the aid of Italy and Japan.

·         Deportation and Extermination:
Deport Jews and exterminate those left behind and those in occupied territories. Murder  
 'unproductive' people, starting with the handicapped, mentally ill disabled German veterans of World War I, and those disabled in current wars as they progressed, to avoid a 'burden' to society. Exterminate the Slavs as they're conquered.

·         Birth Control
Sterilize those who might produce 'inferior progeny' and those in forced labor, increasing 
Europe’s Aryan population while weakening occupied Eastern European populations.

·         Ethnic Control: 
 New laws determined who could be married, 
and children in other territories that looked German 
would be stolen by the thousands and raised by German families.

·         Maintain desirable populations
Laws to allow for polygamy as male numbers decreased in
 the wars of conquest and were needed for future wars. Monetary 
awards to those reproducing 'desirable' offspring.

        Eliminate: 
All Religion, as it would oppose such practices and clash with Nazism.

·         New World Order: 
Europe and Great Britain would be under German rule, with Berlin re-named Germania, 
as a seat of power like Rome. Scandinavians would be assimilated as 'Germanic.' 
Asia and Africa would be divided three ways, with a share to Italy and Japan. 
The “racially inferior” Americas, would be economically exploited.

The Result: 
Hitler would completely re-order the governments 
and races of the world, for the singular purpose of Nazi Rule. 

The cost of preventing a Nazi Victory?

                                                       10 Million Exterminated
                                                       11-20 Million Displaced
                                                   70-80 Million Killed by the War
                                                  78,000 Americans still Missing 


The stakes were higher than anytime in history, and many events in today's news often echo those years.  So now, more than ever, we must remember the Second World War and the Holocaust, so that we do not repeat them. 


"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it," 
George Santayana, The Life of Reason Volume I


*The Photos: Top photo is from Poland's Warsaw Ghetto in World War II. 
The bottom photo is from Kiev, Ukraine 2013







Monday, February 3, 2014

New Titles!



Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding
Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis
Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
Accused by Lisa Scottoline
Winners by Danielle Steel
No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Innocence by Dean Koontz
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner



                                                                                              


New Non-Fiction 

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston
The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat by Charlie Crist & Ellis Henican

The Lease Book Collection is made possible by the HCC Brandon SGA

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Attention eBooks/Audiobooks Users!


Are you a NetLibrary eBook or Audiobook user?


Your eBooks and Audiobooks are moving to EBSCOhost in July 2011!

Please read these important instructions regarding your favorites, checkouts, holds, and notes before we move.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

iHockney!

David Hockney, British artist of the Pop Movement, (now 73 years of age) is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and he's found a way to paint without paint, paint brushes....or getting out of bed. In 2008 he discovered his iPhone's Brushes Application. Now, using only his right thumb he creates about 10 to 20 images a week and e-mails them to friends and relatives. (Sometimes he forgets it's digital and wipes his thumb on his clothes). So far he has created about 1,000 images, which went on display this October in Paris. All are shown on iPad and iPhone screens. The images could eventually be streamed to museums or collected into apps for everyone with the technology at hand. So, if you've been thinking about engaging in some more creative activities and you're in line at the grocery store, sitting in the airport or chilling on the beach you might look to Mr. Hockney for inspiration.~Laurie

It's an iHockney! Image Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre

Getting to Happy by Terry McMillian

The Lease Book Collection is made possible by the generosity of the Brandon SGA


Friday, September 24, 2010

New in the Library

We're now one month into the Fall semester and our SGA sponsored Lease Collection is adding new titles each week. The new items now in include Ken Follett, Daniel Silva and Florida favorite, Carl Hiaasen. Since last Spring the LRC has aquired a large screen television, which is used to post important campus information as well as bring attention to upcoming observations such as Labor Day, the various holidays in September and Banned Books Week. So please stop by, pick out a book for the predicted rainy week ahead and find out why someone was always trying to ban Lolita or Catch-22. Laurie~

Burn by Nevada Barr

Scarlet Nights by Jude Devereaux

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

Fall of Giants ar Island by Carl Hiaasen

Search by Nora Roberts

The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker

Trials of Zion by Allen M. Dershowitz

Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris

Three Stations by Martin Cruz-Smith

Legacy a Novel by Danielle Steel

Monday, June 7, 2010

Animal Cruelty Prevention Month/ New Books

In the midst of the present environmental crisis and other events world wide it is difficult to see the point in worrying about one dog or another cat. However, the Humane Society of the United States estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom some 3-4 million are euthanized. If those numbers were applied to humans we’d call it a Holocaust, every year. No, dogs and cats are not endangered. They’re not exotic. Their environment is not threatened and they do not require special foods to survive. But they also cannot speak out, and they did not bring this misery upon themselves, and like so much of the suffering in the world, it can be avoided. It’s true that you cannot personally stop the oil leak in the gulf now threatening animal life. You can't always hop on a boat and stop dolphin slaughter in Japan, or stand down hunters killing baby seal, but you can do something about this, while improving conditions in your neighborhood. Prevent animal cruelty and over population. Spay, neuter and care for your pets. Report cruelty and neglect when you see it. Donate when you can. Inform and educate others. Free the resources for those other battles, and make a difference for you, your community and animals in need. ~ Laurie

For a $20 special on spaying and neutering your feline go to actampa.org and click on "specials and grants."

New Books, Courtesy of SGA:

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
BedWetter By Sarah Silverman
Private Life by Jane Smiley
Blue-eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker
The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King
61 hours by Lee Child
Secret Affair by Mary Blough
The Girl Who Kicked a Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The library goes Mobile!

Now you can access the library site from any mobile device. This site optimized for most mobile phones and is accessible from the library website or directly at: http://www.hccfl.edu/library/mobile.

If you have a smartphone (such as iPhone, Droid or Blackberry) you shouldn't have problems accessing the main library website.