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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Incendiary Art

Incendiary Art: Poems, by Patricia Smith

Incendiary Art

“One of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today’s literary landscape, Patricia Smith fearlessly confronts the tyranny against the black male body and the tenacious grief of mothers in her compelling new collection, Incendiary Art. She writes an exhaustive lament for mothers of the "dark magicians," and revisits the devastating murder of Emmett Till. These dynamic sequences serve as a backdrop for present-day racial calamities and calls for resistance. Smith embraces elaborate and eloquent language— "her gorgeous fallen son a horrid hidden / rot. Her tiny hand starts crushing roses—one by one / by one she wrecks the casket’s spray. It’s how she / mourns—a mother, still, despite the roar of thorns"— as she sharpens her unerring focus on incidents of national mayhem and mourning. Smith envisions, reenvisions, and ultimately reinvents the role of witness with an incendiary fusion of forms, including prose poems, ghazals, sestinas, and sonnets. With poems impossible to turn away from, one of America’s most electrifying writers reveals what is frightening, and what is revelatory, about history.”

- From the publisher’s website,

PATRICIA SMITH is a National Book Award finalist (2008) and the author of six critically acknowledged volumes of poetry. She is a Cave Canem faculty member, an associate professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member in the Sierra Nevada College M.F.A. program.

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Retro Thursdays: Milking a Cow

Milking a Cow

From the Archives: A Veterinary Technology student milking a cow.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Be Fierce

Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, by Grethen Carlson

Be Fierce

“In this revealing and timely book, Gretchen shares her views on what women can do to empower and protect themselves in the workplace or on a college campus, what to say when someone makes suggestive remarks, how an employer's Human Resources department may not always be your friend, and how forced arbitration clauses in work contracts often serve to protect companies rather than employees. Her groundbreaking message encourages women to stand up and speak up in every aspect of their lives.”

-From the book jacket.

Other recent books on related topics:
Asking for It : The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It / by Kate Harding
Stop Global Street Harassment : Growing Activism Around the World / by Holly Kearl
Gendertrolling : How Misogyny Went Viral / by Karla Mantilla

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Faculty Fridays: Creative Commons Licensing

Assigning a creative commons license to works allows others to share, modify, adapt, or reuse materials with credit given to the original author/creator.
CC licences can be applied to anything that can be copyright-protected, such as teaching materials (see Open Educational Resources), images, music files, etc. Visit our guide to learn about the benefits of creative commons licensing and to explore the different levels of licensing depicted below!

Creative Commons Licensing

Considering publishing a work under a CC license? Use this tool here to for help choosing a license type!

- Post created by Kathleen Fox, MLS student at CUNY Queens College and Health Sciences Librarian at NYC Health + Hospitals / Elmhurst

LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, by David France

How to Survive a Plague

"A definitive, long-awaited and essential account of the plague years—haunting and hopeful, DEVESTATING AND UPLIFTING. Incredibly important..”

–Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.”

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Latin@Rising

Latin@Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction & Fantasy, by Edited by Matthew David Goodwin, Introduction by Frederick Luis Aldama


“Editor Goodwin compares this anthology of “Latin@-penned” science fiction and fantasy to a mixtape or playlist, for younger readers, that ebbs and flows “through the loud and the brash, the quiet and the thoughtful.” Like any good mixtape, Goodwin’s slim volume starts with an attention-grabber, Kathleen Alcala’s “The Road to Nyer,’ which sets the tone for the reader’s journey. Stories range from stunning one-pagers (Pedro Zagitt’s “Circular Photography”) to long, slow-burning, languorously tense tales (“Difficult at Parties,” by Carmen Maria Machado). Fans of Daniel Jose Older will be pleased to see a story from his first collection, and readers looking for some hard sf will find what they seek in Marcos S. Gonsalez’s “Traditions.” Poetry, stories told through images only, and a script show the wide range of storytelling here. Sloughing off the worn veil of magical realism, Goodwin’s anthology amplifies a new generation of Latin@ speculative fiction voices.”

- Ciesla, Carolyn. "Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy." Booklist, vol. 113, no. 8, 15 Dec. 2016, p. 12. EBSCOhost, login.aspx?direct=true&db=brd&AN=120219034&site=ehost-live.

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Faculty Fridays: Academic Writing Month

November celebrates Academic Writing Month. Authors around the world share the strategies that help them cultivate their writing skills to achieve success.

On finding time to write @superwhisperer
On promoting your scholarly articles and on anti-procrastination by @DrHelenKara
On academic blogging by @serenissimaj
On writing a better grant application by @fishhookopeneye and @digiwonk.

Search #AcWriMo on Twitter for more discussions on academic writing, or consider joining The Literacy Brokers' Writing Circle at LCC!

Academic Writing Month

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Circulation Tip: Avoid Fines

Remember when you checked out your book, both Reserve and Circulating. Most reserve materials may be borrowed for two hours, in-library use only.

Visit the Media Desk: Videotaping and Editing Services

The videotaping and editing services form is available in E-201 and online.

LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Playing with the Past

Playing with the Past: Digital Games and the Simulation of History, edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Andrew B. R. Elliott

Playing with the Past

Playing with the Past is an innovative, lucid and engaging collection that strikes a number of carefully constructed and rewarding balances. The tone is both serious and playful. Its analysis and findings are simultaneously rigorous, illuminating and entertaining. Playing with the Past provides a neat summation of the previous work which has explored the relationship between digital games and their interaction with history as a foundation to establish, with great sophistication and clarity, the critical and conceptual terrain for the current and future debates.”

- Stephen McVeigh, Associate Professor, Department of Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University, UK.

Playing with the Past is a far-reaching volume, guiding readers through ancient civilizations, modern wars, and futures premised upon counterfactual pasts. In this reflexively-organized array of essays, game scholars will find both a primer on historiographic inquiry and a series of cogent analyses that are not simply conversant with issues driving the field but also bring new depth and insight to their examination.”

- Gerald Voorhees, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Communication, University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Take Control of Your Budget - Take Control of Your Life!

With the recent breaking news about the data breach at the Equifax credit bureau, we’re focusing on credit. Do your students know what credit is and why good credit is important? How can they build a strong credit history? Please encourage them join us for a workshop with Business & Technology faculty Jennifer Arroyo and Javier Serna. There will be time for questions and, of course, our famous raffle of books about personal finance. Co-sponsored by the Library Workshop Committee.

Take Control of Your Budget--Take Control of Your Life!
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Room E-242


Learn the importance of good credit and how to build a strong credit history. Be the boss of your money! You may even win a book about personal finance in our famous book raffle. Visit the MoneyBoss website for our guide to personal finance resources and future event announcements.

Exhibit: Veterans Portraits from LaGuardia

Exhibit: Veterans Portraits from LaGuardia

Come see this new exhibit dedicated to the women and men in the Armed Forces in celebration of Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11)
Right outside the Library (E-101)

Recent Books on War and Veterans

Recent Books on War and Veterans