Dog Days of Summer?

Dog Days of SummerAccording to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “the Dog Days of Summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, which coincide with the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest of the stars. This is soon after the Summer Solstice, which of course also indicates that the worst summer heat will soon set in.”

Try lakeside / beach time with your dog (and family?) to “take the edge off”  July heat, or, grab a telescope some night and look for Canis Major (Big Dog) with Sirius shining brightly. And take a look at the Astronomy Subject Guide.


Canis Major

Canis Major



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2nd Summer Session Library Service Hours

2nd summer calendarDuring the 2nd Summer Session (Tuesday June 30 – Tuesday August 18) Library service hours are:

  • Library Services (General inquiries, Circulation, RaiderLoan)
    • MON-FRI: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Reference Services (Ask-a-Librarian, OneSearch Chat, Reference Phone 616-234-3868), or, Text 616-201-4842)
    • MON-THU 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Watch our Virtual Services page for forthcoming services like Curbside Pickup!

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New York Times Online

GRCC’s Library provides FREE access to the New York Times Online; it’s a $110 value. NYTimes  is used in all sorts of classes, including: Business; Culinary Arts; Economics; History; Political Science; Theater; and more!

If you’re new to GRCC, then follow the directions to create your account on our NYT Subject Guide to activate your logon today.  If you’ve already created your logon (it’s good for one year) – take time to stay on top of national and world news.

New York TImes Online platforms

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Happy Belated HVAC Day!

HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, and, Air Conditioning – you may not think about it until you don’t have it!  Maybe that’s why I’m a day late in highlighting the HVAC industry?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified  HVAC to have a 14% industry growth in employment rates of technicians is expected by 2024, so you will want to consider GRCC’s certificate and degree programs as being a great career option. See what HVAC professionals do by viewing Residential Energy Efficiency Projects  from Films on Demand.  Logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

GRCC boiler plant

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Writing Annotations?

Do you need to research and write an annotated bibliography instead of a full-length research paper? Well, you’re in luck – the Library can help with that!  Check out the Annotations Tab on the Citing Sources Subject Guide.    Learn the difference between descriptive and critical annotations, and see examples of each.

If you are not sure of which citation format you should use for this class, check your Blackboard syllabus.  And, if you need help with citing, please Ask-a-Librarian.

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