Winter’s Gone…Summer’s Almost Here

beachchairsIt always seems that time moves more quickly as we get closer to the end of the semester…especially as we get closer to summer. If you are looking for books to read while lounging on the beach or maybe some travel guides to plan a summer vacation, check out our online and print resources. The library is open essentially all year so if you just want to learn about a topic that you have not had time to pursue or get a head start on next semesters classes…come on by!


Snow and Ice Storms and Frigid Temperatures are all good reasons to…

Driving in heavy snow

Vehicles nose to nose in a snowy line driving home.

Get home safely and stay there! At times like this it makes sense to find something pleasurable to do. Number one on many peoples’ lists is to curl up and read a good book or watch a great movie with the whole family.

Now that Fall semester finals are only a memory and the college prepares for the start of Spring semester make some time to check out our DVDs and our McNaughton book and audio book collection. You will find bestsellers in every genre, mystery, adventure, romance, etc. and a great selection of feature films, TV Series and documentaries. Stay warm and dry and come visit the library!

Why do leaves change color?

Fall Foliage in yellow and orange

Fall Foliage

Fall has come at last and with it the changing of the colors of the leaves. Red, yellow, orange and maroon leaves are everywhere! But, why do leaves not just turn brown and fall to the earth? Why do we get this spectacular display of vivid color? If you want to know WHY, try the links below:

National Forest Service


Science Made Easy

Wikipedia: Autumn Leaf Color




Into the Pool! Summer’s finally here…

Contested Waters includes chapters:

Introduction : “just don’t touch the water”
A “peculiar kind” of bath : the origin of municipal pools in America
“A means of physical culture” : the redefinition of municipal pools during the 1890s
“A good investment in health, character, and citizenship” : municipal swimming pools in the Progressive Era
Interlude : the traumatic early history of Fairgrounds Park Pool
The “swimming pool age” : 1920 to 1940
“One for the white race and the other for the colored race” : the onset of racial discrimination, 1920 to 1940
“More sensitive than schools” : the struggle to desegregate municipal swimming pools
“Alone in the backyard” : swimming pools in recent America
Children swimming in a pool.Conclusion : the promise and reality of swimming pools as public spaces.Young Adult LiteratureSwimmingAnatomy There are books on swimming and pools for all your summer needs. So go jump in the water and enjoy!

Swimming Pools

Designing a Pool in the Backyard

Soccer, soccer everywhere!


Soccer ball goal

Hard hit goal!

This summer’s Soccer World Cup Games in Brazil have created even more excitement than usual locally for kids of all ages! When the United States finally beat Ghana in their first game, hopes got nestled in the hearts of all Americans that the USA might do well this year. If you are not all that familiar with the game of “fut ball,” you might want to check out the book, Inverting the Pyramid : The History of Soccer Tactics by Jonathan Wilson from the library. Cover Image

From the JCCC Archives: Campus Craze

Celebrate the end of the school year by attending Campus Craze Day on May 7th with games, food, and booths where students can learn about different departments and activities on campus. Stop by Billington Library’s booth to learn more about the Library, win some prizes, and learn about JCCC History with materials featured from the  Archives.

Students playing volleyball

Students playing volleyball at Campus Craze Day in 1997

From the JCCC Archives: March Madness

1979 JCCC Women's Basketball game

1979 JCCC v. Washburn Women’s Basketball game

Are you excited about March Madness? The NCJAA Women’s Basketball Championship is returning to JCCC this year, and was founded by JCCC’s first Athletic Director Orville Gregory. The first NCJAA Women’s Basketball Championship took place in 1975 at JCCC, and would remain at JCCC until 1982. In 2000 JCCC won the Division II Championship.

Photograph of Wilma Gregory, John Cleek, and Orville Gregory

Olympian Wilma Rudolph, JCCC President John Cleek, and first JCCC Athletic Director and founder of the NCJAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Orville Gregory accepting an award during NCJAA banquet

True Monuments Men


cover of book

Cover of the book shows Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lady With an Ermine painting being rescued from the Nazi Government

“Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art. America and Her Allies Recovered it”

Have you seen all the ads for the movieThe Monuments Men?  This book is a very visual experience showing the actual men rescuing the enormous number of paintings, sculptures, and other art objects that the Nazi’s stole.

Give me Strength!

Men lifting large  truck tires

Would you like to get started on a physical fitness plan to get you through the holidays? After all, carrying food containers to holiday festivities takes strength! And after the celebrations, you will need a fitness plan to return to your usual awesomeness, so start early! Search the catalog under physical fitness to find books to start you on your way.

Hungry? Crave something different to eat?

A cookbook for earing insects

Call Number: TX746.G67 2013

Ever hungered for a crunchy grasshopper? Are you eager for the fried green tomato horn worm season to begin? Would you like to finish your meal with a chocolate fondue with Mexican grasshoppers on your skewers?  Then you must try out the recipes in this new cookbook…but, please don’t invite me over for dinner. If this isn’t your eating style, rest assured that we have many more delightful cookbooks to choose from in the section marked TX693 to TX840.