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I have tried to gather all of the information you need to make your Learning Commons experience as easy and as useful as it can be!
What will you find here?
Click on Databases/Blackboard to get access to databases from Gale and EBSCO. These are crucial tools in your research kit. You can also access the Mascenic Online Catalog and login to Blackboard from here.
If you click on the Teachers tab, you will find links to teacher websites.
You can request books for library purchase by clicking on Book Requests.
And for teachers looking to reserve the library for classes, check availability and request a reservation by clicking through the LC Availability tab.
LC News and New Arrivals!!
Be sure to check the New To Us section to find out what is newly arrived in the LC!
An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth and within months human life will likely vanish. Yet one detective in Concord, New Hampshire, still feels a compulsion to solve crimes. That's the premise behind The Last Policeman, Countdown City, and World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters. Winters also explores the behavior of people for whom time is running out.
The Learning Commons recently received a donation of every science book nominated for a prestigious award. The donor has asked for anonymity but these books are genuinely remarkable. Check them out today!
The Juicing Bible gives readers the lowdown on the whys and hows of great, homemade vegetable juice, fruit juice, and smoothies.
Earth is a ruined wasteland of poison air and toxic waste. Humanity lives in huge silos below ground. In Hugh Howey's sure to be a science fiction classic, Wool, Sheriff Holston breaks the the one unspeakable taboo. He asks to go outside.
Wool and its trilogy companions, Shift and Dust , are astonishing feats of imagination. There's also a graphic novel version that is wicked cool.
Sarah Vowell is one America's great voices. She has a thing for history and pop culture and writes essays about them with a snarky humor that will make you actually laugh out loud. The Mascenic Learning Commons now has copies of all of her books including Lafeyette in These Somewhat United States, The Cloudy Patriot, and The Wordy Shipmates. The Wordy Shipmates is especially awesome since it brings her keen sense of humor and superb historical skills to bear on the Pilgrims. It's really good!
Marvel has unleashed a second Civil War series. The first Marvel Civil War inspired a lot of heated conversation among students. Start out with Gods of War.
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America describes "the pivotal role of poor whites in American history." (T.J. Stiles). Amy Steinberg explains that, "Nancy Isenberg makes the spirited case that not only have the poor 'always been among us,' but that a feared and despised underclass has been a defining characteristic of America since its earliest settlement."
Understanding the trauma of refugees is difficult because the numbers are huge and those fleeing their homelands are so far away. Ben Rawlence's City of Thorns puts a human face on the refugee crisis through intimate portraits of the lives of nine people living in the world's largest refugee camp.
The 2016 Guinness Book of World Records is here. It's always a fun browse.
See all the new arrivals here!