Volume 2, Issue 1

September 2017
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Student in front of Accokeek takes advantage of the sunshine to study.

Greetings from the Director

Welcome to the first issue of Bookends, Volume 2! We took a little break in the summer, but we’re back and even better. Since our last issue and because of realignment, we have new members to our family. We are no longer just the Library, but Library and Learning Resources (LLR). The Learning Resources portion consists of the Mathematics Learning Center, Marlboro Individualized Learning Lab, and the Tutoring and Writing Centers. We will feature an article from each area in subsequent issues. Meanwhile, look for workshops and events from all of LLR on the events calendar, website slider, posters, and Facebook.


Blast from the Past:
Archive Collection

Psi Beta Induction Ceremony - 2016
Enjoy these photos from The Digital Archive Collection, which is currently under construction, housed and managed by the Library.  This month's photos feature a couple of the events that have been held in our Thomas Gwynn Room 221.

Once it’s up and running, use the Archives to:
  • Conduct research for assignment, papers, and projects
  • Learn more about the history of the college.
  • Learn more about individuals associated with the college
The best part about the Digital Archive Collection is that you can participate!
2016-17 Bookbridge discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me.
If you have materials to donate to the collection or can identify people or events that we feature, please contact the Research/Information Services Desk in the Library at 
(301) 546-0476 or

Books and Such:
From The Collection

Enjoy one of the books available for check out in the Library’s collection, with a selection of new arrivals, staff picks, and classics, available in print and/or electronic form. Get your copy today!

This month’s pick:

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
Square Fish, 2007
Get a head start on the
PGCC Reads’ and Book Bridge Project’s selection for the fall semester! L’Engle’s award-winning science fiction novel, originally published in 1963, tells the story of the Wallace children and the search for their missing father. Along with their friend Calvin, Meg and Charles travel through space and encounter curiosities, strangers, and the forces of good and evil. Will they succeed?
For information on other acquisitions visit, The New Books Guide.
New Books LibGuide

Checking In: Library Staff

Every library has someone responsible for making sure that patrons can actually find materials. The Library at Prince George’s Community College employs wonderful librarians as teaching faculty. We are proud to introduce John Bartles, our cataloging and systems librarian, who’s primarily responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the computerized system.

Bookends: Tell us a little about yourself.

John: I’ve been here [in the Library] for 32 years. Prior to this, I was a bartender. I enjoy playing golf, being with my close friends, and enjoying all that life has to offer. 

B: When did you know you wanted to work in a library?

JB: My strong subjects were always in the Humanities: English and philosophy, particularly. I went through a career vocational boot camp when I was a young man, took a battery of tests, and I scored high on teaching, which was in the realm of librarianship. I started working here [in the Library] as a student assistant in 1985. As I acquired my academic credentials, and as opportunities presented themselves, I was fortunate to be able to grow into my current position. 
And the rest, as they say, is history.

B: What is your favorite part of working in a library?

JB: I really, really love who I work with and I really, really love who I work for. But my favorite part is being able to apply my skill set in cataloging our materials. I feel very much at home here at Prince George's Community College, and I'm grateful to have spent my professional career here. I enjoy the responsibility of being a custodian of information, and connecting people to the vastness of human knowledge.

B: What are you currently reading?

JB: Living by Henry Green. I call him the Faulkner of Britain. He writes in local and regional dialects. Challenging, but worthwhile.

B: What’s your favorite book of all-time?

JB: If I had to name one and only one, it is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It captures a senseless and horrifying tragedy and renders it in beautiful sorrow. It doesn’t have an unhappy ending, but it doesn’t have a happy ending either. But it’s difficult to say I have only one all-time favorite. Like others, I have many. However, this is in the top 3 of my top 10, and it is the one I go back to the most.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Starting the Semester off Right
Monday, September 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Accokeek Hall, Room 109

Critical Thinking
Thursday, September 14, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Accokeek Hall, Room 109

Grammar Clinic: 
Verbs: The Powerhouses of the Sentence

Wednesday, September 20, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Accokeek Hall, Room 109

Book Swap
Thursday, September 21, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Laurel College Center, Room 402

Elevating My College Experience:
What Resources are Available to Me?

Monday, September 25, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 
University Town Center, Room 130

How to Ace Your Research Paper
Tuesday, September 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Accokeek Hall, Room 109
Fall 2017 Calendar

Check It Out:
Library Happenings

Want to know what’s going on at the library this semester? Not only can you can come to Accokeek Hall for the many workshops, screenings, book club meetings, and other events hosted by the Library, but we can also come to you!

This month we’re featuring:

Book Swap
When: Thursday, September 21, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Laurel College Center, Room 402

More: Remove those dusty and unwanted books from the shelf and exchange them for new ones, for free! Books can be from any genre, shape, or size, as long as they’re in good condition. Please note: Textbooks will not be accepted.

You can also visit our permanent Book Swap corner in the Library on the main campus (see below for the article).


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Hours of Operation
Fall Semester

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

The More You Know:
Getting to Know Your Library

PGCC Library Book Swap

One of the great things about libraries is that people can have access to free books. But have you ever wanted to get a great book for free and keep it? Well, look no further than the Prince George’s Community College Library’s Book Swap.
What Is It?
As you walk by the front corner of the Library, you can see a cozy nook labeled The Book Swap. Located in in the Research Information Services (Reference) area are a variety of books available from romance to nonfiction. The Book Swap is a chance for anyone to come in and get a book to keep at no charge. This means that even if you’re a student who’s not taking classes during the summer or a community patron, you can still enjoy a great read.

What’s the Catch?
We only ask that for every book you take, you bring one in exchange (or more if you like). We also ask that no textbooks be included in the book swap and that the books be relatively free from damage. The Library holds a formal Book Swap event every semester (the next one is scheduled for September 21st at Laurel College Center), but patrons are welcome to swap at any time during the Library’s operating hours.
So come on into the Library and enjoy a great read at the Book Swap.

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