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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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Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity is a New Book. New Books are in front of the Reference Desk. Don't forget you can also request books from storage. Instructions on how to request books are here.

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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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Guns Across America is a New Book. New Books are in front of the Reference Desk.

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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.

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania is a New Book. New Books are in front of the Reference Desk.

Don't forget that you can also request books from storage! Instructions on how to do that are here. It takes about a day for books to come out of storage.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



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