Archive for February, 2008

The Birth of Black America: The First African Americans and the Pursuit of Freedom at Jamestown

Friday, February 22, 2008

birth.jpgBy Tim Hashaw

The voyage that shaped early America was neither that of the Susan Constant in 1607 nor the Mayflower in 1620. Absolutely vital to the formation of English-speaking America was the voyage made by some sixty Africans stolen from a Spanish slave ship and brought to the young struggling colony of Jamestown in 1619. It was an act of colonial piracy that angered King James I of England, causing him to carve up the Virginia Company’s monopoly for virtually all of North America. It was an infusion of brave and competent souls who were essential to Jamestown’s survival and success. And it was the arrival of pioneers who would fire the first salvos in the centuries-long African-American battle for liberation. Until now, it has been buried by historians.

Four hundred years after the birth of English-speaking America, as a nation turns its attention to its ancestry, The Birth of Black America reconstructs the true origins of the United States and of the African-American experience. (Description from Call number: F234 .J3 H295 2007

Theories of Childhood

Friday, February 22, 2008

theories.jpgBy Carol Garhart Mooney

Find solutions and guidance in your classroom today by looking at the theoretical foundations of early childhood care. An intensive look at the ideas of five groundbreaking educational theorists, Theories of Childhood examines the work of John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky in relation to early childhood. Each theorist¹s ideas are presented to help teachers and students look to the theoretical foundations of early childhood care for solutions and guidance in classrooms today.

An easy-to-learn overview of the theorist opens each chapter. Author Carol Garhart Mooney then distills their work to reveal how it relates to child care and children. Dewy examines the realtionship of curriculum to life; Montessori, the need for carefully prepared classroom environments; Erikson, an approach to making children healthy and comfortable; Piaget, the knowledge of children¹s thought processes; and Vygotsky, the importance of teachers and peers in learning.

Each point is then examined in detail, including examples and stories of how the theory applies in child care. Discussion questions and a recommended list of resources for further reading close each chapter.

Perfect for undergraduate programs, community college courses, and training workshops, or to help keep your staff aware of the theory behind good child care practice. (Description from Call number: LB1139.23 .M64 2000

Comprehensive Stress Management

Friday, February 22, 2008

comp.jpgBy Jerrold S Greenberg

This engaging and easy-to-read text helps students identify, understand, and combat the stressors that most affect their lives. In an informal, anecdotal style, author Jerrold Greenberg discusses the latest research findings on the physical, psychological, sociological, and spiritual aspects of stress, as well as the appropriate coping skills. (Description from Call number: BF575 .S75 G66 2008

Five Good Minutes in the Evening: 100 Mindful Practices to help you Unwind from the Day and Make the Most of Your Night

Friday, February 22, 2008

five.jpgBy Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine

What’s a typical weeknight like for you? Do you leave your workplace, endure the evening commute, putter around the house, race through dinner, and collapse into bed-only to discover that it’s time to go to work again? That’s no way to live! After working hard all day, you need to relax and enjoy a pleasurable and restorative evening. And now this little book can show you how to do it in just five minutes a day.

This attractively priced book, the second in New Harbinger’s Five Good Minutes series, offers 100 engaging practices that can help transform a hectic day into a peaceful night. These mindfulness exercises, positive visualizations, and affirmations can turn five minutes each evening into a powerful force for change in every reader’s life. In no time at all, the five good minutes readers give to themselves in the evening can transform the mundane into the extraordinary and renew their vitality and passion for life. (Description from Call number: BF637 .M4 B726 2006

The Little Book of Stress Relief

Friday, February 22, 2008

stress.jpgBy David Posen

A practical guide to help change fundamental thinking and habitual lifestyle choices, organized into 52 short chapters, one for each week of the year. Detailed but accessible advice and tips to improve life quality. (Description from Call number: RA785 .P68 2004

Elementary Probability with Applications

Friday, February 22, 2008

prob.jpgBy Larry Rabinowitz

Rabinowitz’s (mathematics, College of William and Mary) textbook is designed for use with non-math majors in a one semester or one quarter course in discrete probability. The text focuses on how probability models with underlying assumptions can be used to model real world situations. Coverage includes basic probability concepts; conditional probability and the multiplication rule; combining the addition and multiplication rules; random variables, distributions, and expected values; sampling without and with replacement; and simple statistical tests. (Description from

100 Best Books for Children

Friday, February 22, 2008

books1.jpgBy Anita Silvey

Drawing upon 35 years of experience in the publishing industry, Silvey offers a list of 100 best books for children. Aimed at parents and booksellers as well as librarians and educators, the guide provides plot summaries and background information on books appropriate for readers in each of six age ranges. Also included are lists of books to match particular interests. (Description from Call number: Z1037 .S575 2004

Beyond Moral Judgment

Thursday, February 21, 2008

moral.jpgBy Alice Crary

What is moral thought and what kinds of demands does it impose? Alice Crary’s book Beyond Moral Judgment claims that even the most perceptive contemporary answers to these questions offer no more than partial illumination, owing to an overly narrow focus on judgments that apply moral concepts (for example, “good,” “wrong,” “selfish,” “courageous”) and a corresponding failure to register that moral thinking includes more than such judgments. Drawing on what she describes as widely misinterpreted lines of thought in the writings of Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin, Crary argues that language is an inherently moral acquisition and that any stretch of thought, without regard to whether it uses moral concepts, may express the moral outlook encoded in a person’s modes of speech. She challenges us to overcome our fixation on moral judgments and direct attention to responses that animate all our individual linguistic habits. Her argument incorporates insights from McDowell, Wiggins, Diamond, Cavell, and Murdoch and integrates a rich set of examples from feminist theory as well as from literature, including works by Jane Austen, E. M. Forster, Tolstoy, Henry James, and Theodor Fontane. The result is a powerful case for transforming our understanding of the difficulty of moral reflection and of the scope of our ethical concerns. (Description from Call number: BJ1408.5 .C73 2007