Thursday, October 24, 2013

Come Watch the Film, "Koran by Heart" on Tues., Oct. 29 at 1pm

The next Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys film will be shown in Griffin Gate on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1:00-2:30pm. Koran by Heart is about 100 of Islam’s best young students from around the world come to Cairo for the International Holy Koran Competition. Many are in their late teens, some as young as seven. Koran by Heart follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all ten years old, as they compete against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age. Scheduled during Ramadan, the two-week event is both grueling and exhilarating. Koran by Heart captures the skill, determination, and faith of the young competitors, but never lets the viewer forget that they are children: the solemn girl we watch as she accepts a prize from the president of Egypt is the same high-spirited kid who squeals with delight on her first camel ride. Afterwards, come to the library and take a look at the library's display board, located by the Reference Desk, that shows all the amazing books and films available from this collection. Questions? Contact Nadra Farina-Hess at 644-7283.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

How to Save Big on Textbook Purchases

6 steps to saving big on textbook purchases: 1) See if the Library has what you need in Textbook Reserves. 2) During the 1st week of the semester, go to the Library and request that we purchase a particular textbook for our Textbook Reserves. 3) Rent your textbooks from the Grossmont College Bookstore. Or check out 4) Check free sources, like, 5) Comparison shop at,, and 6) Consider e-texts--Inkling, a free iPad app, offers e-book versions of popular textbooks for as little as 99 cents a chapter.