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Welcome to Spring I 2015! We had a very busy Fall II here! In case you missed some of our news:



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: brown girl dreaming

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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Winner of National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Newbery Honor, Sibert Honor

"Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become."

from the publisher’s website

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Chat with a LaGuardia Librarian

We have a beautiful Annex in room E-111 where a Librarian is always present to answer your research questions. But if you can't come to the Library or the Annex, you can still chat with a Librarian! Just click the Research Chat button on any page of our site and you'll be instantly connected to a LaGuardia Librarian—whether you're on or off-campus.

Ask a question today!



Library Annex Open in E111

The Library Media Resources Center is pleased to announce today's opening of E-111 as the Library Annex.

The Library Annex provides LaGuardia students, faculty and staff with research and information services, extra seating, and access to a small bank of computers. Students are also able to use their wireless devices.

The Library Annex hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9AM-7PM and Fridays, 9AM-5PM. Stop in and say hello!

photograph of Library Annex

photograph of reference area



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Black Against Empire

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Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin

"In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with offices in 68 U.S. cities and powerful allies around the world.

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power."

from the publisher’s website

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

"The time for marginal fixes has expired, writes Klein. We will not be saved by toothless international agreements, spurious political bargains, outlandish geoengineering environmental groups in bed with corporations or magical thinking of any kind—and surely not by deregulating the capitalist system responsible for the crisis. Carbon emissions continue to rise, and greenhouse gases dangerously accumulate as the fossil fuel industry ramps up devastating extraction.

In part, Klein's narrative is a personal story about her own awakening to and increasing engagement with the climate issue. But this always-interesting polemic is built mostly on her interviews with experts, environmentalists and activists and her colorful on-site reporting from various international meetings and conferences and particularly from worldwide pockets of resistance to corporate bullying. "Blockadia," she calls these places, where communities have risen to oppose open-pit mining, fracking and pipelines. In them she finds hope for a grass-roots rebellion, a kind of "People's Shock" where push back against the aggressive energy industry can be a catalyst for advancing a range of policies dear to the progressive agenda.

Klein has no time for deniers of man-made global warming, but she credits right-wing ideologues with better understanding the high stakes, the vast scope of the changes necessary to meet the climate challenge. This awareness accounts for their vigorous opposition to the activists' docket and for the movement's consequent loss of momentum for the past decade. The author's journalism won't slow down the fossil fuel companies, but it surely holds out hope for activists looking to avert a disaster, for a widespread people's movement that, if it happens, "changes everything." A sharp analysis that is bound to be widely discussed, with all the usual suspects, depending on their politics, lining up to cheer or excoriate Klein.

"This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate." Kirkus Reviews 82.19 (2014): 206. Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson). Web. 2 Dec. 2014.

Do you disagree with the review or the book? Check Book Review Digest Plus or Academic Search Complete for other reviews and responses to this book.

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section (in front of the Reference Desk). Instructions on how to request books are here.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Saving Normal

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Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Allen Frances

In Saving Normal, Francis …argues that labeling life problems as mental illness has serious long-term implications. It is a well-accepted notion… that disease does not exist until society agrees it does by perceiving, naming, and responding to it. Yet Frances criticizes the proliferation of mental diseases in DSM-5 (2013) and explores the social and personal consequences. He begins with a terse historical review of how "normal" has been defined, but ignores the legal profession's significant contributions to the debate.

Most of the book focuses on how the idea of normal remains elusive and argues that the medicalization of behavior leads to polypharmacy, misallocation of medical resources, multibillion-dollar profits for drug companies, and a lapse of personal and internal accountability for behavior...He asserts that transforming human behavior into the newly invented mental...may diminish human adaptability, diversity, and humanity."

Hamilton, D.B. "Frances, Allen. Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life." CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries Feb. 2014: 1043+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 9 Dec. 2014.

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section (in front of the Reference Desk). Instructions on how to request books are here.

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Free Earplugs at the Reference Desk

box of Library earplugs

We know the Library can sometimes be a bit noisy because of our renovation. To help keep everyone focused, we have free earplugs at the Reference Desk (don't worry — they're individually wrapped). Just make sure you take them out before you go to class!

Thanks to Hunter for the great idea (and for the great box)!



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

As a young Harvard law student testing himself in an internship in Georgia, Stevenson visited death-row inmates and saw firsthand the injustices suffered by the poor and disadvantaged, how too many had been railroaded into convictions with inadequate legal representation. The visit made such an impression on Stevenson that he started the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. One of his first clients was Walter McMillian, a young black man accused of murdering a white woman and imprisoned on death row even before he was tried.

Stevenson alternates chapters on the shocking miscarriage of justice in McMillian's case, including police and prosecutorial misconduct, with other startling cases. The war on drugs and tough-on-crime political postures have resulted in hundreds of juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for nonhomicidal offenses. Among the cases Stevenson cites: a 14-year-old condemned to death for killing his mother’s abusive boyfriend and a mentally ill adolescent girl condemned to life in prison for second-degree murder for the death of young boys killed in a fire she started accidentally. Through these cases and others, Stevenson details changes in victims' rights, incarceration of juveniles, death penalty reforms, inflexible sentencing laws, and the continued practices of injustice that see too many juveniles, minorities, and mentally ill people imprisoned in a frenzy of mass incarceration ien the U.S. A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.

Bush, Vanessa. "Just Mercy." The Booklist 111.4 (2014): 6-7. ProQuest Education Journals. Web. 10 Jan. 2015.

This book is in Leisure Reading (the maroon shelves in Periodicals.) It is shelved under the author's last name (Stevenson).

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess

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Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess''

Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess by Daniel Akst

"At a time when the fallout from reckless spending and unrestrained consumption is fueling a national malaise, Daniel Akst delivers a witty and comprehensive investigation of the central problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want. Temptation reminds us that while more calories, sex, and intoxicants are readily available than ever before, crucial social constraints have eroded, creating a world that sorely tests the limits of human willpower. Referencing history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and economics, Akst draws a vivid picture of the many-sided problem of desire-and delivers a blueprint for how we can steer shrewdly away from a campaign of self-destruction."

from the publisher's website

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Welcome to Fall II 2015!

Looking for a textbook? Ask for it at the checkout desk or check our 14-day loan area.

Looking for something fun to read? Our browsing collection is in the back by periodicals and our new books are in front of the reference desk.

Everything else is still available — you just need to request it first.



Happy Winter Break! Our Intersession Hours…

Library hours are always available on the Library home page and on our Hours page.

  • December 16: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 17: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 18: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 19: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 20: Closed
  • December 21: Closed
  • December 22: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 23: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 24: Closed
  • December 25: Closed
  • December 26: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 27: Closed
  • December 28: Closed
  • December 29: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 30: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 31: Closed
  • January 1: Closed


LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy by Matthew B. Robinson and Renee G. Scherlen

From the preface:

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics"
—Mark Twain, 1907

Actually it is not fair to say that statistics are lies (as Mark Twain claimed), or that statistics lie (as so many others often claim). It is more accurate to say that statistics can be used to lie. That is, they can be manipulated to support any argument, including a knowingly false argument.


"In Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, the authors analyze the Office of National Drug Control Policy's use of statistics when supporting or creating drug policy. Throughout the book, the reader is exposed to many statistical manipulations that created public sentiment, consequently assisting in the enactment of many drug policies still in use today"

Battin, Joshua R. "Lies, Damned Lies, And Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis Of Claims Made By The Office Of National Drug Control Policy." Journal Of Criminal Justice & Popular Culture 15.3 (2008): 117-120. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section (in front of the Reference Desk). Instructions on how to request books are here.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Hip Hop Family Tree

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Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

"The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium ae" the comic book?

From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture.

Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskor's exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail...Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day."

from the publisher’s website

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section. Instructions on how to do that are here.

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Requesting Library Books During the Renovation

Our books are in storage, but you still have access to them! LaGuardia undergraduate students, faculty and staff can request Regular Loan/Stacks books from storage directly through the library catalog or CUNY OneSearch. This follows the exact same process as any other CLICS request from another CUNY Library. For this to work properly you must have a current Library account and a LaGuardia ID that has been activated at the Circulation Desk. Click here for more information.

Certain members of the LaGuardia Community are local patrons (i.e., Adult and Continuing Education students, alumni, affiliated High School students) and are not eligible for CLICS requests. In these cases, there is an alternative request form that can be used.

This form can also be used by anyone to request an item from the Serials collection. Serials are available for in-Library use only.

Picking Up Your Book

You'll receive an e-mail when the item has been retrieved and is available for pick-up at the Circulation Desk. Circulation Staff will retrieve requested materials Monday through Friday. Generally speaking, items should be available 24 hours from time of request with the exception of weekends and delays due to inclement weather.

If you don't pick-up your item within 10 days, it will be sent back to storage. You can sign into your catalog account to track the progress of your requests. A list of requests will show under the Hold Requests link. Under the Request status column the item will say "On hold until: "DATE" when it is available at the Circulation Desk. The DATE is the last day this item will be available. Here is more information on your My Catalog account.

screenshot of My Catalog screen showing when a hold is ready

If problems occur during the request process please visit the Circulation Desk to make sure your Library account is active.