Friday, April 29, 2016

National Parks

With summer just around the corner, fun-filled vacations may be in your future. With the help of Google Maps, you can now explore the National Parks from the comfort of your own home. While this surely is no substitute for the delight of seeing these beautiful landmarks in person, it can help you decide between destinations. 

Don't stop your research at the online tour.

Celebrate the birth of the first National Park in the United States (and quite possibly the world). Yellowstone Park has been a protected land for the last 140 years. National Geographic is commemorating this landmark occasion in their latest edition of the magazine (available online). Learn about volcanoes and Grizzly Bear attacks as well as environmental issues that continue to plague this large natural reserve.

Or, broaden your horizons, by learning more about the origins of the National Parks in the book: America's Public Lands: from Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond
by Randall K. Wilson
Rowman and Littlefield, 2014

Southwestern College Library
Stacks: Call Number: HD216 .W48 2014

This book is available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Check It Out

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah.
New York: St Martin’s Press, 2015.
Main Stacks: Call number: PS 3558 .A4763 N55 2015
Books may be checked out for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card.

A novel has got to be something really special to actually bring me to tears! Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is set in Paris and its surroundings just as World War II is spreading across Europe. Isabelle and Viann Rossignol (which means Nightingale in French) are two sisters with very different personalities, lives, and coping mechanisms. Part spy epic, part romance, part gut wrenching historical fiction this novel is hard to put down. As rations become scarce and German soldiers are billeted in family homes it becomes clear to everyone that the life has forever been changed. You will find yourself berating characters for choices they made without the benefit of our historical vantage point. Whichever sister you find yourself identifying with The Nightingale will have you asking yourself what you would risk to protect your child, your country, and humanity. 

Review by Sarah Way, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More open hours coming soon!

Beginning May 9, you will have more time to study at the Library. We will be open earlier and stay open later.

See you at the Library!

May 9 - May 25, 2016:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Monday, April 25, 2016

Interested in criminal justice?

Learn more about SWC's Police Academy program at the SWC Otay Mesa Library!

In addition to highlighting information about SWC's program, the Library's exhibit steers you toward excellent resources as you prepare for this career.

We have books, e-books, videos, articles, and more!

See you at the OM Library!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Get help even when we're closed!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Photos/Videos from B.A.R.S.

Weren't able to make it to B.A.R.S. II: Black Arts Rap Session today? Here are a few photos and videos.

Special thanks to DaVonté Roberts, Dr. Rachel Hastings, and the Black Student Union for co-hosting the event with the Friends of SWC Library.