Locations and Hours
Learning Resources Center
Loan Desk: 415.485.9656
Spring 2016 Hours
Mon - Thurs: 8 am - 8 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Indian Valley Campus
1st Floor, Room 124
415.883.2211 ext. 8505
Spring 2016 Hours
Mon, Tues: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Wed, Thurs: 8 am - 4 pm
What's Happening at COM Library
Friday Author Series: Joshua Davis - Spare Parts
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream is the story of four Latino teenagers, who in 2004, arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much--but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert to build an underwater robot. Their robot wasn't pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition--and yet, against all odds… they won!
Joshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired, and cofounder of Epic magazine. In 2014, he was nominated for a National Magazine Award for feature writing. The movie Spare Parts is based on his reporting. He lives in San Francisco, California. Read more.
The Nihilist: A Philosophical Novel
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:30 AM to 12:25 PM
Faculty Speaker: Dr. John Marmysz, Professor of Philosophy
Inspired by real-life events, as well as by classic philosophical novels such as Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea, Albert Camus' The Stranger, Yukio Mishima's Confessions of a Mask, and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, The Nihilist tells the story of a philosophy professor caught in the grips of nihilistic despair. Following the death of his mother and the increasingly bizarre deaths of his closest friends, the nameless main character is afflicted with a mysterious malady that forces him to confront the absurdity of his own meaningless existence. Brain parasites, scatological dreams, punk rock, and spontaneous human combustion appear alongside the ideas of Heraclitus, Socrates, Diogenes, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger. The result is a wryly humorous philosophical allegory of hopelessness and resignation in the face of the void.
Friday Author Series: Melissa Cistaro - Pieces of My Mother
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 1 PM to 2:30 PM
From the events coordinator of San Francisco's amazing Book Passage comes Pieces of My Mother, a provocative memoir that explores the complex emotional landscape of a child abandoned by her mother
One summer, Melissa Cistaro's mother drove off without a word. Devastated, Melissa and her brothers were left to pick up the pieces, wondering why their mother abandoned them. Decades later, Melissa finds herself in Olympia, Washington with her dying mother and just days to find out what happened that summer and confront the fear she could do the same to her kids. She never expects to stumble on a cache of letters her mother wrote but never sent her, which could hold the answers she seeks. Haunting yet ultimately uplifting, Pieces of My Mother reveals how our parents' choices impact our own and how we can survive those to forge our own paths.
Melissa Cistaro is an events coordinator at Book Passage, the legendary San Francisco Bay Area independent bookstore. A writer and mother, she has been published in numerous literary journals, as well as in two anthologies alongside Anne Larnott, Jane Smiley, and others. She lives in San Francisco. Read more.
COMmon Read Book Discussion
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 2 PM to 4 PM
Indian Vallery Campus Library, Humiston Reading Room (Emeritus Center, Building 10)
Share your impressions of Becoming Dr. Q and hear how others are responding to it. All are welcome – students, staff, faculty, and community members. Note that this event will be held at Indian Valley Campus. Sponsored by ESCOM’s IVC Book Forum.
Friday Author Series: William Petrocelli - The Circle of Thirteen
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Set in a turbulent futuristic society, The Circle of Thirteen follows one woman’s investigation into the dark forces unleashing chaos around the world—a thrilling ride that will mesmerize until the end.
The Circle of Thirteen's gripping narrative weaves back and forth in time, from an act of domestic violence that created the disturbed personality of the Patria mastermind, to the two weeks leading up to the bombing at the UN, to events half a century before the bombing that directly influence it. The strong, relatable women and the unbreakable bond between them provide an emotionally grounded window into the future's unforgettable history.
Bill Petrocelli is the co-owner, with his wife Elaine, of the famed independent San Francisco Bay Area Book Passage bookstores. As a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and a poverty lawyer in Oakland, Petrocelli has long been an advocate for women’s rights. The Circle of Thirteen is his first novel. Read more.
Join us for COMmon Read: Becoming Dr. Q
August 2015 to May 2016
COMmon Read is a shared reading program taking place throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to read Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa. The goal of the program is to foster a sense of community, encourage an exchange of ideas, and promote disciplines across campus through a variety of events and activities. Several events will feature the College's very own writers and thinkers. And this year's COMmon Program will culminate with Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa speaking at the College's 2016 commencement ceremony! Unless otherwise noted, events will take place in the William Keith Room in the College of Marin Library at Kentfield. Read more about the COMmon Read Program!