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LaGuardia Library eBook of the Week: Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader edited by Michael Edmonds

"Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader documents the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, when SNCC and CORE workers and volunteers arrived in the Deep South to register voters and teach nonviolence, and more than 60,000 black Mississippians risked everything to overturn a system that had brutally exploited them.

In the 44 original documents in this anthology, you’ll read their letters, eavesdrop on their meetings, shudder at their suffering, and admire their courage. You’ll witness the final hours of three workers murdered on the project’s first day, hear testimony by black residents who bravely stood up to police torture and Klan firebombs, and watch the liberal establishment betray them.

These vivid primary sources, collected by the Wisconsin Historical Society, provide both firsthand accounts of this astounding grassroots struggle as well as a broader understanding of the civil rights movement."

From the publisher's website

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LaGuardia Library Books of the Week: SOS—Calling All Black People

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SOS—Calling All Black People A Black Arts Movement Reader edited by John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst

"This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers and had a presence in practically every community and college campus with an appreciable African American population. Black Arts activists extended its reach even further through magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is, and on radio programs...
SOS—Calling All Black People includes works of fiction, poetry, and drama in addition to critical writings on issue of politics, aesthetics, and gender. It covers topics ranging from the legacy of Malcolm X and the impact of John Coltrane’s jazz to the tenets of the Black Panther Party and the music of Motown. The editors have provided a substantial introduction outlining the nature, history, and legacy of the Black Arts Movement as well as the principles by which the anthology was assembled.”
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Water damage in the library

The library is drying out from a flood which occurred over the weekend. We are open if you need reserve books, reference help, copying or the computer lab but use the Library Annex in E-111 if you need study space.

LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Edge Becomes the Center

The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century

The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century by DW Gibson

"In this impressive and multifaceted oral history, Gibson (Not Working) explores “how gentrification affects lives” by interviewing a wide range of people living and working in New York City. As the author makes his way through the gentrified and gentrifying portions of Brooklyn (Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook) and Manhattan (the Lower East Side, Chelsea, Harlem), he interviews real estate agents, contractors, landlords, renters, housing lawyers, community organizers, city government workers, architects, artists, a squatter, a drug dealer, and an investment banker, among others.

Common themes include displacement, the contradictory class positions people occupy, the rising homeless population and their “criminalization,” the declining stock of affordable housing due to buyouts and deregulation, the way universities (particularly NYU and Columbia) have become some of the biggest landowners in the city, the ballooning waiting list for public housing, absentee landownership, and the forces of capitalism versus democracy. Central to this work are the distinctive voices of the New Yorkers Gibson interviews, the niches they carve out for themselves, and the myriad ways they are molding, and being molded, by their neighborhoods. Gibson manages to capture a global city in flux, in grave danger of losing its diversity—and hence all that makes it special—with its focus on capital investment over the needs of its people."

"The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century." Publishers Weekly 23 Mar. 2015: 61. Academic OneFile. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.

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College and Library Closed Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24

Saturday, January 23, 2016 and Sunday, January 24, LaGuardia Community College will be closed. LaGuardia Community College Day and Evening classes are canceled and administrative offices will be closed.

Please continue to check http://www.laguardia.edu for updates and view detailed information on the Emergency Information page, http://www.laguardia.edu/Emergency-Info.



LaGuardia Library Books of the Week: Obama’s America

Cover of ''Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity''

Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity by Ian Reifowitz

"Our national identity is defined by what it means to be an American and whom we include and why when we talk about "the American people." A country's national identity is fluid, and Ian Reifowitz argues that President Barack Obama, by emphasizing the ideals Americans hold dear, hopes to redefine ours in a fundamental way. Obama's conception of America emphasizes two principles of national unity: First, all Americans, regardless of their heritage and cultural traditions, should identify with America as their country, based upon shared democratic values, a shared history, and a shared fate. Second, America should embrace all its citizens as active participants in one "family." Reifowitz explores Obama's belief that strengthening our common bonds will encourage Americans to rectify the injustices and heal the racial divisions that still plague our country.

We have the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that a society of many races and cultures can truly become one people. In facing terrorism, violent fundamentalism, and other security issues, Obama's response centers on a powerful, inspiring, and truly inclusive American narrative. By bolstering America's identity as diverse yet unified, he aims both to counter the anxieties and fears that radicalism stokes and give proponents of religious and political freedom a model they can defend. The stakes couldn’t be any higher in determining America’s future."

from the publisher's website

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Guns Across America

Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights

Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights by Robert J. Spitzer

"Spitzer (chair, political science dept., State Univ. of New York Cortland; The Politics of Gun Control), a gun control advocate, provocatively challenges the "gun myth" of American history. Guns, the author argues, were an integral part of America's past, but gun control laws were equally a fundamental characteristic of American history. Colonial and state governments enacted thousands of gun-control measures over the past 200-plus years, many much stricter than today's measures. From 1791 through 2007, none was overturned for violating the Second Amendment. Today's relaxation of gun control laws, Spitzer strongly asserts, clearly reverses the history of strong regulation of firearms in America. Similarly, the concept of individual gun rights in the Second Amendment and "Stand Your Ground" laws create new rights that never existed before in American history. The author presents convincing research that shows that death by guns tends to be the lowest in states with the strongest gun control laws. By building his own legal assault rifle in New York (where gun laws are very restrictive), he seeks to demonstrate that strong laws are not impossible obstacles to gun ownership

Jones, Mark. "Spitzer, Robert J.: Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights." Library Journal 1 May 2015: 91. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

"Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges-large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student's efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma."


"The supposition that intelligence can be measured, that success can be predicted, and that the combination of the two creates happiness is rightly exploded in this sharply observed and deeply felt book. In deconstructing the college admissions process, Frank Bruni exposes the folly by which enfranchised people measure their own lives. He speaks with a voice of urgent sanity."

—Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity


Both excerpts from publisher's web site.

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The Library is Open

Welcome to Fall II!

The Library is open! Come in and say hello!



Library Closed Dec. 18-Jan. 3

Please note that the Library will be closed for renovation work from December 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016.

During this time, books may be returned to E111, the Library Annex. Books requested before Monday, December 21, 2015 from other CUNY schools can be picked up in E111.

We're very sorry for any inconvenience.

We'll see you back in the Library January 4 for the start of Fall II!



LaGuardia Library Books of the Week: World AIDS Day

AIDS: Between Science and Politics AIDS: Don't Die of Prejudice

AIDS: Between Science and Politics by Peter Piot

"AIDS Between Science and Politics is a compelling, expert analysis from the founding director of UNAIDS. A must-read for anyone interested in the international AIDS response and the ongoing social, political, and medical challenges posed by HIV."

—Nicoli Nattrass, author of The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back

AIDS: Don't Die of Prejudice by Norman Fowler

Norman Fowler who was instrumental in the remarkably enlightened approach to the crisis in the 1980s , punctures any complacency we might have developed by showing how , through a combination of bigotry and ignorance, worldwide the disease still remains a major and growing scourge."

Belfast Telegraph

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LaGuardia Library Books of the Week: Gratitude

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The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

"A heartfelt, thoughtful, and entertaining read on how we can bring more gratitude into our lives. It’s like The Happiness Project meets Thanksgiving—a guided tour through the science and experience of appreciation."

—Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

Gratitude: An Intellectual History by Peter J. Leithart

"This is no 'gratitude lite' approach with its blending of philosophical, theological, political, and social sciences perspectives. Leithart persuasively makes a case for why gratitude is intrinsically interesting."

—Robert Emmons, co-editor of The Psychology of Gratitude, and author of Thanks! and Gratitude Works!

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Dollarocracy

Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America

Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney

"Nichols and McChesney (coauthors of The Death and Life of American Journalism and cofounders of Free Press, a media reform group) are both despairing and hopeful in this incisive account of what they see as corporate America's hijacking of the election process. While the $10 billion spent in the 2012 presidential election was unprecedented, America's plutocrats have long been determined to make their vote count. Though contesting this trend is a deeply rooted American tradition, it's troubling to read about dismantled restrictions against corporate dominance, beginning with Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell who, in 1978, laid the groundwork for the problematic 2011 Citizens United decision. As the authors note, unchecked out-of-state donations ensure that elected officials hold no loyalty to their constituents. Their examination of media involvement proves less precise. It remains unclear whether they are positing that media conglomerates collude with business by narrowing coverage in order to rake in billions in political advertising, allow advertising .to drive the story, or roll over and play dead. The hopefulness here is in the authors' prescription: encouraging the growing movement to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United; a call for more robust public broadcasting; and an appeal to make voting a Constitutional guarantee. They conclude with a fervent call to all citizens to 'refuse to be ridden by a booted, and spurred favored few.'"

"Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America." Publishers Weekly 22 Apr. 2013: 45. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.

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Speaker Event: What Is College For?

Brought to you by the Library Media Resources Center at LaGuardia Community College:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

Join us in a talk led by Dr. Andrew Delbanco (The Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies, Columbia University) that will address important questions about the idea of college including:
• How can college help students become active citizens?
• How do we know if college is effective?
• How do students know they are making the most of their opportunities?

20 autographed copies of Dr. Delbanco's book, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be, will be raffled to LaGuardia students in attendance.
Register now to reserve your seat: https://college2015.eventbrite.com

LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights

Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights

Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights by Christine Knauer

"Today, the military is one the most racially diverse institutions in the United States. But for many decades African American soldiers battled racial discrimination and segregation within its ranks. In the years after World War II, the integration of the armed forces was a touchstone in the homefront struggle for equality—though its importance is often overlooked in contemporary histories of the civil rights movement. Drawing on a wide array of sources, from press reports and newspapers to organizational and presidential archives, historian Christine Knauer recounts the conflicts surrounding black military service and the fight for integration.

Let Us Fight as Free Men shows that, even after their service to the nation in World War II, it took the persistent efforts of black soldiers, as well as civilian activists and government policy changes, to integrate the military. In response to unjust treatment during and immediately after the war, African Americans pushed for integration on the strength of their service despite the oppressive limitations they faced on the front and at home. Pressured by civil rights activists such as A. Philip Randolph, President Harry S. Truman passed an executive order that called for equal treatment in the military. Even so, integration took place haltingly and was realized only after the political and strategic realities of the Korean War forced the Army to allow black soldiers to fight alongside their white comrades. While the war pushed the civil rights struggle beyond national boundaries, it also revealed the persistence of racial discrimination and exposed the limits of interracial solidarity."

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