2020 Census – What is it and Why it matters

You have probably been hearing about the U.S. Census the past few months – and you may or may not have been interested in it! or you may not know exactly what it is. But you most definitely should be a part of it,  as it will have a huge impact on our country over the next decade.

The U.S. Census is completed every 10 years and it takes a count of every single person in the United States – it is mandated by our U.S. Constitution to happen once a decade. The data collected from the census determines how federal money is spent in your community – it funds roads, hospitals schools, fire stations. It directs funds towards community health initiatives, assistance programs, and school lunch programs. The statistics collected also determine the number of electoral college votes and congressional seats for each state. For a quick look at the kinds of data the U.S. Census Bureau keeps track of – here is a look at the most recent data on San Antonio. To learn more about how the census affects us here in Texas, take a look at the Texas Counts website

Completing the census is actually required by law  and  San Antonio ranks 4th in the nation in terms of strongest census response rates!–  lets make sure to keep our standing! The deadline to respond has been extended due to the corona virus and there are several ways to complete the census – learn more here

If you don’t complete the census you may be getting a knock on your door from an actual person who works to collect census data – maybe in this time of social isolation this is a welcome visit!

Of course the library has many resources to help you understand the U.S. Census better – here are just a few:

What is a census? 

What is the history of the U.S. Census?

Research Guide created to help you find Statistics and Demographics

As always, we are here to help you with any of your research needs – just send us a chat and we will gladly help you find the best, most credible information out there!


Juneteenth and History

The month of June commemorates major historical events that have shaped our country and world.

  • June 5, 1968 – Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded while leaving the Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles.
  • June 6, 1944 – D-Day, the largest amphibious landing in history.
  • June 12, 1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • June 13, 1971 – The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a collection of top-secret documents exposing U.S. strategy in the Vietnam War.
  • June19, 1865- Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, the Black Fourth of July.

Today the NVC library is celebrating Juneteenth. But what is Juneteenth?

During the war plantation owners moved their “property”, slaves, as far west as possible in an effort to shield them from the influence of the north. Two long years after Abraham Lincoln declared slaves free in the Emancipation Proclamation, word finally reached the southwest. Juneteenth (a combination of the month of June and Nineteen) is a day that commemorates the official emancipation of slaves in the southern state of Texas. It is the name for a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, when Union troops led by Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. The day when all slaves were declared free. General’s order three, spread word to the last remaining Confederate sympathizers that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Proclamation. It is widely perceived as Black Independence Day.

It is an important historical event because it was the first step towards freedom in the African American struggle. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate, honor, and partake in African American history. To share in the triumphs of a beautiful culture and acknowledge the hundreds of years of resistance and survival.

History is beautiful because it allows the reader to step back in time and grasp the world from their eyes. Reading a history book, is like having a conversation with someone from the past about their life, dreams, struggles, and accomplishments in rich detail. Here are a couple of insightful, and informative historical books the NVC library has to offer.

      Included are descriptions and classifications of different aspects of African-American folk culture in Texas; explorations of songs and stories. https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/768334712

Commander of U.S. troops in Texas, his actions sparked the “”Juneteenth”” celebrations of slavery’s end, which continue to this day. https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/902684620

   Insightful book about constitutional law and slavery. https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/793206898

  Lincoln issued a proclamation intended to free all slaves throughout the Confederate states. https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/173766019

The NVC library also offers several databases that focus solely on the discipline of History. Databases provide access to high-quality peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, dissertations and other sources. These databases have been especially chosen for this subject area and are used for historical research to provide an overview of important concepts, events, and figures.

  • American History in Video

Streaming video access to commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries for the study of American history.


  • Daily Life through History

Provides details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful from their modern-day perspectives.


  • U.S. History In Context

Provides a complete overview of our nation’s past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people. Includes primary sources.



Access to many scholarly journals in the arts, literature, botany, ecology and the social sciences. The most recent 3-5 years of each journal title are NOT available here.


History supplies a depository of information that helps the world understand people and societies. Historical information gives perspective to the past, present, and future. The NVC library understands the importance of history and has resources available to help aid students and faculty research the past.

Happy Juneteenth!!!

Coronavirus – how does this affect your summer?

After three months of quarantining we are faced with, most likely, one of the strangest summers of our lives. Summer of 2020 is one like no other and we all have to find a way to exist in it and maybe even have some fun in it despite all the stress and disorder our world is in. But since COVID cases are on the rise again in San Antonio, we all need to make sure that we educate ourselves about the virus and how to be safe with it in our midst this summer. Knowledge is power and knowledge can make you safe!

We all probably have many questions as to what is safe to do and what is not safe to do – there are many factors to consider when thinking about socializing – some of them to think about are here

Wondering how effective face masks are? How to social distance correctly? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are a credible resource – they are a highly respected governmental entity – remember that WHERE you get your information is SO IMPORTANT!

Because there is a lot of misinformation out there, many not-so-credible news stories and half-truths  – the World Health Organization has created a page that deals with many of these “myths”

And of course your NVC Library has many many credible sources that will help you educate yourself about this virus that is such a big part of all of our lives – Opposing Viewpoints page on Infectious Diseases, Films on Demand film on How the Coronavirus Changed the World in Three Months. Both sides of the issue are addressed in this pro/con topic page on quarantines and travel bans 

It is up to you to make sure that you have all the facts and that they are from credible sources – luckily your NVC Library is here to help you navigate all the huge amounts of information you come across while doing research. The information on the Coronavirus changes every day and it is a bit overwhelming.

Remember that you can always send us a chat and get research help

We are here for you!


Police Brutality, Racism, Protests – Library Resources to Help Understand these Issues

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Protesters along and around 38th Street in Minneapolis on Tuesday after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Wikimedia Commons.

The NVC Library can help you get to credible resources that can help us all who are trying to make sense of all the things we are seeing on the news these past few weeks – finding reliable information that can help us be better able to talk about how society is dealing with racism, police brutality and the protests we are seeing is so important. NVC’s online databases give you access to this kind of credible information.

JSTOR is one of our databases that helps us put things into perspective and spur conversations – their blog posts link to credible content both within the database and out on the Internet. Jennifer Cobbina, a professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State, wrote a post examining whether hiring more black police officers would help reduce police violence – read it here

Also on JSTOR’s blog, there is an entire post for educators and students alike on Institutionalized Racism helping you put what happened to George Floyd in historical perspective.

We have many databases that cover controversial issues and social issues that are in the news – they all have topic pages covering police brutality :

Points of View Reference Center’s topic page in Police Brutality

Gale in Context Opposing Viewpoint’s topic page on Police Brutality

Facts on File Issues and Controversies’s page on Police Brutality

Facts on File Issues and Controversies’s page on Militarization of the Police

Gale in Context Global Issue’s page on Racism and Law Enforcement

We have also created a “Black Lives Matter” LibGuide as a way to guide you to even more credible information.

The NVC Library is here for you – don’t hesitate to send us a chat with any questions you have – just go to the library home page to get started.

Gardening and the library

Gardening is something that may have been a part of your life in the last couple of months – across the country people have been planting outside and inside in record numbers. Gardening helps us feel better on so many levels – but perhaps you are new to gardening or want to learn more – We have created a gardening guide for those of us who are experienced gardeners and those who are new to it too! Check out our “Gardening in South Texas” LibGuide. This guide will tell you what and when to plant , link you to gardening videos and articles, and you can even see some pictures of gardens created by some of the people who work at the NVC Library.

Of course, if you want even more gardens in your life there are tons of books where the garden plays a main character! The most classic of all is “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett – but here are some others  for you to escape into:


Book Jacket  https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/926046854

Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey, landlady by day, gardening writer by night, is set to lose everything. Only the faith in the book she’s writing, and hopes for a garden of her own, stave off despair.

Book Jacket  https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/926721274

The Lost Garden moves along two parallel lines. In one, we relive the family saga of Zhu Yinghong, whose father, Zhu Zuyan, was a gentry intellectual imprisoned for dissent in the early days of Chiang Kai-shek’s rule. After his release, Zhu Zuyan literally walled himself in his Lotus Garden, which he rebuilt according to his own desires. Forever under suspicion, Zhu Zuyan indulged as much as he could in circumscribed pleasures, though they drained the family fortune. Eventually everything belonging to the household had to be sold, including the Lotus Garden. The second storyline picks up in modern-day Taipei as Zhu Yinghong meets Lin Xigeng, a real estate tycoon and playboy. Their cat-and-mouse courtship builds against the extravagant banquets and decadent entertainments of Taipei’s wealthy businessmen. Though the two ultimately marry, their high-styled romance dulls over time, forcing them on a quest to rediscover enchantment in the Lotus Garden. An expansive narrative rich with intimate detail, The Lost Garden is a moving portrait of the losses incurred as we struggle to hold on to our passions.

Beatrix Potter’s stories featuring adorable animals have the garden as one of the most important locations – during the heat of our summer visit a quintessential English garden full of adventure.

Take a look at these books that talk about the therapeutic power of plants and nature and the history of plants – to inspire you even more!

Title details for The Aromatherapy Garden by Kathi Keville - Availablehttps://nvclibrary.overdrive.com/media/2666066

Fragrant plants can be as therapeutic as they are intoxicating, and it is easy to add them to gardens large and small. The Aromatherapy Garden reveals the scents, secrets, and science behind fragrant plants, and shows you how to successfully create your own plant-filled sanctuary of health and happiness

Book Jacket https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1043555625

Garden writing is not just a place to find advice about roses and rutabagas; it also contains hidden histories of desire, hope, and frustration and tells a story about how Americans have invested grand fantasies in the common soil of everyday life. Gardenland chronicles the development of this genre across key moments in American literature and history, from nineteenth-century industrialization and urbanization to the twentieth-century rise of factory farming and environmental advocacy to contemporary debates about public space and social justice–even to the consideration of the future of humanity’s place on earth. 

Book Jacket https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/853664816

Today, in a global level, the health sector and social services need alternatives to traditional medical treatment, therapy, rehabilitation, and work training. Green care is the use of agricultural farms and the biotic and abiotic elements of nature for health and therapy-promoting interventions as a base for promoting human mental and physical health, as well as quality of life.

Book Jacket https://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/769263070

Those suffering from dementia often live in care homes and spend much of their time indoors with little provision for them to enjoy one of life’s fundamental pleasures and necessities, the restorative energy of natural light and nature. This important book sets out the argument for helping dementia patients get the most out of the great outdoors and gives a voice to dementia patients who have felt the benefit of getting closer to nature. It explores different ways dementia patients can experience and interact with nature through pursuits such as farming, gardening and walking

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/777375419

People have always grown food in urban spaces–on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks–but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that transforms our national food system. To explore this agricultural renaissance, brothers David and Michael Hanson and urban farmer Edwin Marty document twelve successful urban farm programs, from an alternative school for girls in Detroit, to a backyard food swap in New Orleans, to a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn


Just a little taste of all the wonderful ebooks your NVC Library has to offer – take some time to explore and find your passion! And don’t forget we are here to help you with any of your research or leisure reading needs! Just send us a chat!

Art and Quarantine

Well everyone, we have made it through Spring semester while also surviving the COVID quarantine of 2020 – shockingly we are embarking on Summer and all that that entails. A big part of summer is having extra time to do fun things – like reading whatever we want, travelling, going to parties — but with the uncertainty of these times we are in the Summer of 2020 might mean spending more time at our own homes. Luckily the NVC Library has resources to keep you happy and creative.

Creating art during hard times is a great outlet for those creative types or those who always wish they were the creative type.  Now that you may have more time on your hands why not take a Drawing class? Our database Kanopy has the entire 36 episode “How to Draw” course just waiting for you here:


Or maybe take a painting course – https://nvc.kanopy.com/video/painters-toolkit

We also have tons of ebooks on every aspect of art – here are just a few I found by searching for either “drawing technique”  or “painting technique” and limiting to ebooks in One Search:

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/963667522

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/989818717

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/982011024

Overdrive also has some artistic and creative books –

Title details for How to Become a Video Game Artist by Sam R. Kennedy - Availablehttps://nvclibrary.overdrive.com/media/1153007

Title details for Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn - Availablehttps://nvclibrary.overdrive.com/media/3056445


Maybe you just want to learn about art that has been created during pandemics in history – the library database Artstor has got you covered there! Check out their blog post on pandemics and epidemics here

Journaling is another way to be creative on many different levels – both writing and creating art in a daily journaling practice can help you through difficult times and get you creating something every day –

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/76898570

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/711747326

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1090905799

From an educational view – here is a book that will help teachers and students  with creative journaling –

Book Jackethttps://nvclibrary.on.worldcat.org/oclc/852896322

Need some help getting started with journaling? Here are some great prompts for a sketchbook/journal – https://ledaartsupply.com/blogs/news/15-self-quarantine-sketching-prompts

We are all taking this one day at a time – give yourself some time to create and surprise yourself with what you do! Inspiration is all around us!

And don’t forget the library is still here for you – you can send us a chat with any questions you have here 

Summer Love Reads

“Summer lovin’, had me a blast. Summer lovin’, happened so fast.”

I’m embarrassed to say, that most students are too young to remember this gem. They’re the lyrics to “Summer Nights” from the popular old school film Grease. A musical about teens who fell in love during the summer.

Summer is upon us here in Texas. From the moment you wake up, until the sun sets, your body cries out drops of sweat, and your skin sticks like honey. Although the heat can be brutal, there is also beauty. Summer brings with it the thrills of summer love.

What is summer love? Summer love is a brief and passionate relationship. Endless fun, longer days, and ultimately more time to read and fall in love with the genre of Romance.

A romance novel is one that entails a love story. The core of the story surrounds two people on a journey of love. Unlike other genres where the elements of affection, passion, and love can be present, these elements in a romance novel are principle to the story. The love story is the main focus. The story-line must entail a relationship amongst two lovers who find themselves in conflicting circumstances. They must work through whatever the conflict to make the relationship work. There can be several subplots, but the main plot has to revolve around the love story.


Common sub-genres of romance include

  • Historical romances, which encompasses a love story and incorporates historical facets. The course of the romance is framed and restricted by the events and customs of the time period.



  • Regency romance involves more of the classical, sophisticated, and elegant style of romance novels. For example, Pride and Prejudice.



  • Romantic suspense is a love story that incorporates a sense of danger. The story is driven by this threat of danger and promise of love. The thrill, tension, and intrigue surrounding this danger drive the perilous undertakings that escalate the romance.


  • Paranormal romance adds supernatural elements to the love story. It blends fantasy, science fiction, and/or horror into the central romance.
  • Contemporary romances have a more modern style, generally taking place in the present. The reader is up to date with the time period, and the details of the story include the behaviors, customs, and trends of the modern world.

big girl panties


  • Erotica romances contain graphic sex. They include graphic passion and strong language, in addition to steamy romance. These books may contain elements of other sub-genres, but the main focus is the sexual interaction between the love interests.

Fifty Shades


  • Inspirational romances involve a strong religious or spiritual element as an important part of one of the main character’s belief system. This religious/spiritual belief system plays a defining role in the character’s life, as well as in the development of the love story. Clean romances are romance books that do not contain explicit sex.
  • LGBTQ romances are romance books in which the characters in the central love story are part of the LGBTQ community.



The NVC library is here to help heat up your romance life. Check out these romance titles available in our catalog and through Overdrive. Relax and pursue steaming love interest that will leave your heart aflutter.


Popular Romance Blogs

Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews http://sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.com/

“Where romance and love have no gender.”

Under the Covers http://www.underthecoversbookblog.com/

Four friends from around the world sharing their POVs on romance books.

Dirty Girl Romance http://dirtygirlromance.com/

Fiction Vixen http://fictionvixen.com/

Harlequin Junkie http://harlequinjunkie.com/

Welcome from the NVC Library – Fall 2018

The Northwest Vista Library would like to welcome you to the Fall Semester of 2018!

The library is located in Redbud Learning Center right in the middle of campus – come stop by and see us!

Click here to learn all about the library and see our Top Ten Questions we get all the time!

And remember to get your Student I.D. – you cannot check out books or use the group study rooms without your Student I.D. !!

Women’s History Month

For most of history Anonymous was a woman.
~Virginia Woolf


The history of humanity has often been told through the words and deeds of men. This one sided tale often leaves people with the impression that women haven’t contributed as much or as profoundly to society as their male counterparts.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

This month, the NVC Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with a display that recognizes and honors the women who have profoundly impacted their societies. From science to sports, women have been present during all of our breakthroughs and all of our triumphs.

Come on by and read/watch the lives of these wonderful and sometimes controversial women!


Hypatia of Alexandra

Hedy Lamarr

Jackie Mitchell


Emilie Du Chatelet