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Extended Library Hours for December!

Library hours will be extended in December! The Library will be open until 10:45 p.m. from December 2-6 and December 9-13.

You can always view library hours at library.laguardia.edu/about/hours.



MLA/APA Drop-in assistance TODAY

The Library is offering drop-in workshops for students on both MLA/APA. These sessions are designed to provide informal one-on-one assistance to students who are in the process of compiling their Works Cited lists. Please announce in your classes. WHEN: Students can drop in anytime during these 2 hour sessions: Tuesday, November 26th 2:00‐4:00 PM Tuesday, December 3rd 1:00‐3:00 PM Wednesday, December 4th 5:00‐7:00 PM WHERE: Library Classroom (E101-E)

LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Golden Notebook

Cover of ''The Golden Notebook''

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

"Doris Lessing, the uninhibited and outspoken novelist who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for a lifetime of writing that shattered convention, both social and artistic, died on Sunday [Nov. 17th, 2013] at her home in London. She was 94.

Ms. Lessing produced dozens of novels, short stories, essays and poems, drawing on a childhood in the Central African bush, the teachings of Eastern mystics and involvement with grass-roots Communist groups. She embarked on dizzying and, at times, stultifying literary experiments.

But it was her breakthrough novel, The Golden Notebook, a structurally inventive and loosely autobiographical tale, that remained her best-known work. The 1962 book was daring in its day for its frank exploration of the inner lives of women who, unencumbered by marriage, were free to raise children, or not, and pursue work and their sex lives as they chose. The book dealt openly with topics like menstruation and orgasm, as well as with the mechanics of emotional breakdown.

Her editor at HarperCollins, Nicholas Pearson, said on Sunday that The Golden Notebook had been a handbook for a whole generation."

Verongos, Helen T. "Sweeping Aside Convention in Novels and Life." The New York Times. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

This book will be shelved at at PR 6023 .E833 G6 with other books by and about Doris Lessing.

Ask a librarian to help you find resources on this or related books.

See our previous Books of the Week here.



Extended Library Hours for December!

Library hours will be extended in December! The Library will be open until 10:45 p.m. from December 2-6 and December 9-13.

You can always view library hours at library.laguardia.edu/about/hours.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Our Racist Heart

Cover of ''Our Racist Heart''

Our Racist Heart: An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life by Geoffrey Beattie

"Beattie explores the dynamics of prejudice, specifically "unconscious" prejudice and the effect it has on daily social and professional interactions—for example, on hiring practices or maintaining diversity. The book is informed by the author's childhood experiences: he grew up in Belfast, in a poor working-class environment during the "Troubles," and was precocious enough to be chosen as a student in an elite boarding school. Thus, he has a strong interest in his subject. He draws on the assumption that implicit attitudes (often unconscious) can be reliable barometers of racial or ethnic bias that leads to explicit social behaviors. To measure implicit prejudice, the author developed what he calls the Implicit Attitude Test. This test not only measures response to images of various groups but also examines implicit preferences. Beattie skillfully weaves together personal narratives with stringent assessments of discriminatory behavior. This is a book for anyone interested in issues of diversity and the impact of prejudice."

Winchester, D. J. "Our Racist Heart?: An Exploration Of Unconscious Prejudice In Everyday Life." Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 50.11 (2013): 2105. Choice Reviews Online. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

This book will be shelved at at BF575 .P9 B34 2013 once it is not a "New book." Books in this area focus on consciousness, cognition and psychology.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Dust to Dust: A Memoir

Cover of ''Dust to Dust: A Memoir''

In honor of Veteran's Day: Dust to Dust: A Memoir by Benjamin Busch

"Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch—has crafted a lasting book to stand with the finest work of Tim O'Brien or Annie Dillard.

In elemental-themed chapters—water, metal, bone, blood—Busch weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine, and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, as seen firsthand. But this is much more than a war memoir. Busch writes with great poignancy about the resonance of a boyhood spent exploring rivers and woods, building forts, and testing the limits of safety. Most of all, he brings enormous emotional power to his reflections on mortality: in a helicopter going down; wounded by shrapnel in Ramadi; dealing with the sudden death of friends in combat and of parents back home."

From the publisher’s website

This book will be shelved at at DS79.766 .B87 A3 2012 once it is not a "New book." Books in this area are about Iraq. Other veterans memoirs or books about veterans or war will be shelved in other areas.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



Learn About the Library’s Upcoming Expansion

You might have heard that the Library is going to get bigger! We're schedule to go through an expansion that we hope will take around 14 months from when we expect to begin in March. Here are some drawings that will give a sense of what we expect the space to look like when we're done:

An illustration of post-expansion Library study space

Another illustration of post-expansion study space from a different angle

An illustration of expansion from an outside-the-library perspective

As you can see, this is purely study space with lots of connectivity, group study spaces, and media services. The library plans to make laptops available for students to use in all the various kinds of seating arrangements.

This is a huge project and as it draws closer, we'll share new drawings, photos, and information!



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Cover of ''Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined''

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry Kaufmann

"The vexed issues of what great intelligence is and whether it's as crucial to success as we imagine spur this fascinating treatise on cognitive psychology. Psychologist and Psychology Today blogger Kaufman explores the many controversial questions surrounding intelligence and its cultivation. Is it a single thing measurable by an IQ number, or a repertoire of distinct talents? Is it dictated by genes or shaped by environment? Does it foretell creative intellectual contributions or is it just an index of test-taking skills and the result of having a well-heeled family? Can people develop and increase their intelligence--and how? (Practice and "grit," it seems, can move mountains.) Kaufman explores the subject through a smart, lucid, and down-to-earth exposition of the underlying neuroscience and the contentious history of theories of intelligence, and delves into lurid expressions of giftedness: child prodigies; savants with astounding memories; brilliant artists teetering on the brink of madness. He interweaves episodes from his own youth as a decidedly ungifted special-ed kid diagnosed with a learning disability who, through determination and pluck, overcame doubts that he could finish high school and wound up at Yale and Cambridge. Blending incisive analysis."

"Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined: The Truth About Talent, Practice, Creativity, And The Many Paths To Greatness." Publishers Weekly 260.17 (2013): 124-125. Education Research Complete. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.

This book will be shelved at BF698.9 .I6 K38 2013 once it is not a "New book." Books in this area focus on psychology and individuality.

Ask a librarian to help you find resources on this or related topics.

See our previous Books of the Week here.