George Ellery Hale was a pioneer in the development of early 20th century telescopes. He developed the telescopes at California’s Mt. Wilson and Palomar Mountain Observatories and the discoveries made there have greatly influenced the science of astronomy as we know it today. This display traces the history and the future of the telescope and especially Hale’s contributions to the world famous Palomar Observatory. For those interested in exploring our universe further, Palomar College offers several CSU;UC transferable astronomy classes in which students can learn about the physical nature of light and the optical principles of a telescope. The campus also boasts a new 138 seat planetarium with shows open to the public.
The display was created by Mary Kira.
The library is celebrating the Day of the Dead/Día De Los Muertos with a display. We welcome anyone in the Palomar community to honor a loved one who has passed by contributing a photo or ofrenda to add to the display. We will copy your photo so you do not have to leave the original.
Palomar College library has many books and DVDs related to the Day of the Dead.
For information about the Day of the Dead or Día De Los Muertos, see:
Looking to de-stress? Check out a movie from our feature films collection. The Escondido Center library has hundreds of feature films in addition to educational films. Films can be checked out for one week at a time, at no cost. Make sure to return them on time to avoid a fine of .50 a day for films returned late.
The library has purchased many new materials for our English as a Second Language (ESL) students. These include readers — books at progressive reading levels — which are located in the circular display near the center of the library. These books can be checked out for three weeks at a time and renewed two more times. We also have a guide especially created for ESL learning. To access it, click on ESL Resources in the left column of the library’s home page. The guide includes tips on finding books and articles and using the library. It also includes a list of eBooks and Apps for Children and Listening & Viewing sites to practice English.
Do your research from anywhere, using this handy app for the library’s EBSCO research databases. EBSCOhost has apps for both iPhone and Android. You can use them to search any of the library’s EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences, Health Source: Nursing, Newspaper Source Plus, Religion and Philosophy Collection and more.
After installing the app on your device, it must be authenticated from an EBSCO database. Open one of the EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Premier, and at the bottom of the page, click on the link iPhone and Android apps, where you will be prompted to enter your email address to receive instructions and a key. For more information on installing the app, click here.
“Finding the Best Font for the Job”, EJA’s new display on typography, covers a few of the high points in the progression of typeface design and usage since the printing of the first book with movable metal type. Typeface design has a nearly 600 year old history going back to Johannes Guttenberg’s famous bible ca. 1450. Over the centuries, typefaces have evolved as their uses have grown from printing books and newspapers to advertising, signage for fast moving vehicles, do-it-yourself desktop publishing and the current explosion of digital devices. The display was created by Mary Kira.
“Less is More vs. Less is a Bore” traces the evolution of architectural styles in the 20th to 21st century – modernism, postmodernism and deconstructivism. Modernism, as exemplified by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Mies Van Der Rohe, eschews ornamentation and is distinguished by simple geometric forms. Postmodernism was a midcentury reaction to the modernist style, with a return to surface ornament, historical reference and a conscious awareness of the surrounding buildings in a neighborhood. Architects in the postmodern style include Phillip Johnson, Robert Venturi and Robert A.M. Stern. Deconstructivism, considered an offshoot of postmodernism, tries to “disassemble” architecture. It rejects postmodern references to architectural history as well as the idea of ornament as mere decoration. Buildings in this style, such as those by Frank Gehry, often feature fragmented or intersecting curves and planes. The display was created by Mary Kira and was inspired by the recent remodel of the Escondido Center.