Friday, October 31, 2008
During World War II, the Roosevelt Administration ordered the country to observe Daylight Saving Time -- called "War Time" -- for three years straight. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7779869
The semi-annual ritual of changing clocks forward and back is not observed everywhere in the United States! Hawaii and parts of Arizona use standard time all year round. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/daylight1.html
We're always lamenting that there "aren't enough hours in the day" for all we need to do -- so take advantage of this once-a-year phenomenon and enjoy your "extra" hour on Sunday!
by M.J. Rose
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars series)
by James Luceno
The Purpose of Christmas
by Rick Warren
Thursday, October 30, 2008
PS 3523 .O833 A6 2005
Lovecraft's eccentric tales of cosmic dread are essential reading.
Manly Wade Wellman
The Voice of the Mountain
PS 3545 .E52858 V6 1984
This folksy, humorous and scary novel about a guitar-slinging wanderer of the Appalachian mountains was written by one of the all-time masters of the weird tale.
The Church of Dead Girls
PS 3554 .O2 C48 1997
Atmospheric terror set in a small town. The scene describing the "church" of the title will lurk uneasily in your mind's eye for a long time to come.
PS 3554 .O2 C48 1997
The creator of the legendary "Sandman" series here contributes a "Young Adult"-rated horror, but it's really a dark fairy tale for all ages.
PS 3570 .R9 H3
In the 1970s, Tryon wrote two essential horror novels: The Other and Harvest Home. Trivia alert: Tryon played the "alienated" husband in the 1950s sf / horror gem I Married a Monster from Outer Space!
Bill Pronzini, ed.
The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
PS 648 .H6 A73 1981
"The Girl with the Hungry Eyes" by Fritz Leiber and "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner are just two of the many high points in this collection.
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural
PR 6025 .A245 A6 1964
"The Great God Pan" is a classic tale of the supernatural. Machen's style was much admired by H.P. Lovecraft.
PS 3561 .I483 D86 2008
The latest King novel - this one makes revenants from the deep scary again! The library has the audiobook version.
The Haunting of Hill House
PS 3519 .A392 H3 1987
One of the best haunted house stories ever written and the basis for both movie versions of The Haunting, by the author of "The Lottery."
Of course, you could also delve into the classics. Did you know that Bram Stoker's Dracula is told entirely via methods of communication that were considered high-tech in the late 1800s? Or that Frankenstein (written by 18-year-old Mary Shelley) begins on an icebound ship in the arctic wastes? And sure, you were probably forced to read "The Raven" at some point, but have you ever sampled Edgar Allan Poe's utterly gruesome tales "The Black Cat" or "Berenice"? So read 'em and scream -- and Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Computers have come a long way since the early days of the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), developed during World War II (see photo). So if you enjoy using the Internet, join the NCC Libraries in celebrating the 1969 creation of the World Wide Web! Yes, you read that correctly: the Internet started over three decades ago. Begun as ARPAnet, this system was established by the U.S. Defense Department so scientists and other professionals could communicate with each other. This World Wide Web is completely different from the Internet we know today.
Tim Berners-Lee is usually credited as the creator of the modern Internet. He first brought HTTP, HTML and the earliest Web browser to the public's attention in the early 1990s. Slowly, Web pages started popping up, talking over a distance was easier, and more people began contributing to the Web.
Now it's hard to imagine a world without the Internet. Many NCC students have grown up with the Internet from a young age, and can't remember a time when it didn't exist. Just take a look at Google's 2001 search engine, which they posted as part of their 10-year anniversary celebration. Try searching for some things that you're familiar with now -- they probably weren't there just seven short years ago!
If you'd like more information about the Internet and World Wide Web, check out these Library resources:
Designing Web Navigation by James Kalbach
TK 5105.88 .K34 2007 Stacks
Online Matchmaking by Monica T. Whitty
HQ 801.82 .O55 2007 New Books
Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe by Jean N. Jeanneney
ZA 4234 .G64 J4313 2007 Stacks and Monroe
The Internet Revolution by Kevin Hillstrom
TK 5105.875 .I57 H54 2005 Stacks
The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle
HD 9696.8 .U64 G663 2005 Stacks and Monroe
The Technology Revolution: The Not-for-Dummies Guide to the Impact, Perils, and Promise of the Internet by J.R. Okin
ZA 4201 .O44 2005 Stacks
The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia by Hilary W. Poole
TK 5105.875 .I57 I5372 2005 Reference (3 volumes)
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld
TK 5105.88 .R67 2002 Stacks and Monroe Festa, Paul.
"Newsmaker: Turning on the World Wide Web." CNet News. 10 December 2001. CNet. 9 October 2008. http://news.cnet.com/2008-1082-276771.html
"History of the World Wide Web." Wikipedia. 8 October 2008. Wikimedia Foundation. 9 October 2008. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_World_Wide_Web
To view the tutorials, visit the “Guides & Tutorials” section of the Library’s Web site. In addition to traditional PowerPoint presentations that help you begin your research, and teach you to search for books and journals, you’ll find links to our new video tutorials – they really kick research skills up a notch! Just click the link to hear a real NCC librarian describe each step of the research process, while showing actual database searches being performed.
Start with our first video tutorial, “Finding an Article in ProQuest,” which teaches you how to do some basic searching in this general periodical database. ProQuest contains articles from magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers, all of which are helpful to most any research paper. Watch an actual search being performed in ProQuest and learn how to navigate the results screen. Some helpful hints about narrowing your search results are included in this fantastic video.
Now you’re ready for some advanced research techniques. Our second video tutorial, “Finding and Recognizing an Original Research Article,” is designed for students in science classes. Whether you’re taking a course in biology, nursing or psychology, you will probably be required to find an empirical study or original research article. This wonderful video helps you recognize the parts of an original research article and walks you through the process of searching for one of these articles in ProQuest.
If you’re taking a literature course (such as English II), you won’t want to miss our next video tutorial, “Finding Literary Criticism Resources.” This video defines literary criticism and shows you, step-by-step, how to locate critical articles in three different literary criticism databases, including the popular
All three video tutorials are embedded on a Web page (similar to YouTube) and do not require any downloads. Watch them as often as you like, or pause and rewind your favorite parts to get the most out of the video. The librarians are already planning future video tutorials, so feel free to suggest any research topic that you’d like us to explain. We also love to hear feedback -- if you’ve viewed a video tutorial, please take our short survey. Stay tuned for more library research video tutorials, coming soon to a computer near you!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
at Northampton Community College
All Are Welcome!
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
4th Floor, Room 440
For information, call Olga Conneen, 610-861-5358.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Runny Babbit : A Billy Sook
PS 3569 .I4722 R86 2005 Juvenile
Where the Sidewalk Ends : The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
A Light in the Attic
PS 3569 .I47224 L5 1981 Juvenile, Main and Monroe
The Giving Tree
PZ7 .S588 GI Easy Reading
Coming soon to our collection:
Don't Bump the Glump! : And Other Fantasies
Friday, October 24, 2008
The NCC Libraries have many resources that discuss Chaucer's life and work, including:
The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer
by Piero Boitani
PR 1924 .C28 2003 Stacks
by Peter Ackroyd
PR 1905 .A25 2005 Stacks and Monroe
Chaucer and His Readers: Imagining the Author in Late-Medieval England
by Seth Lerer
by Harold Bloom
PR 1874 .G45 1999 Stacks
Readings on “The Canterbury Tales”
by Don Nardo
PR 1874 .R43 1997 Stacks and Monroe
Thursday, October 23, 2008
NCC’s theater students will debut their production of Julius Caesar today at 11:00 a.m. in Lipkin Theater, followed by several other performances over the next two weekends. For more information about show times, read this story from Northampton NOW.
If you’ve never seen a Shakespeare play performed live, don’t let the Elizabethan-era language intimidate you. Prepare to watch the play by reading some background information about the plot and characters beforehand, so you’ll know what’s going on. Another option is to watch a film of the play, to get used to hearing English spoken in Shakespeare’s dramatic style. The NCC Libraries have a variety of resources that can help you get the most out of this exciting theatergoing experience.
In the Reference section:
Shakespeare for Students: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Plays and Poetry
(highly recommended by NCC Librarians)
PR 2987 .S474 2007 Reference, Main and Monroe
Shakespeare’s Characters for Students
by Catherine Dominic
PR 2989 .S53 1997 Reference
A Theatergoer’s Guide to Shakespeare
by Robert Fallon
PR 2987 .F35 2001 Reference
In the Stacks:
Julius Caesar: A Guide to the Play
by Jo McMurtry
PR 2808 .M38 1998 Stacks
Readings on the Tragedies of William Shakespeare
by Clarice Swisher
PR 2983 .R38 1996 Stacks, Main and Monroe
Understanding Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: A Student Casebook
by Thomas Derrick
PR 2808 .D47 1998 Stacks
Julius Caesar [performance]
Starring Charles Gray, Richard Pasco; directed by Herbert Wise
PR 2754 .B86 J85 2000 (DVD) Media Tower
Shakespeare's Soliloquies [performance]
Contains two famous speeches from Julius Caesar.
PR 2879 .S52 2002 (VHS) Media Tower
Speaking Shakespearean Verse [documentary]
Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Trevor Nunn, David Suchet and the Royal Shakespeare Company
PR 3091 .S63 2004 (DVD) Media Tower
Here is a sampling of some items you can find in the display; stop by the Library to view more titles!
Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns by Erika Falk
HQ 1391 .U5 F35 2008 Display (at Main) and Monroe
Guide to the Presidency by Michael Nelson
JK 516 .C57 2008 Display (at Main) and Reference (at Monroe)
Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future
by Newton N. Minow
JK 524 .M563 2008 Display (at Main)
The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House
by Garrett M. Graff
JK 526 2008 .G73 2007 Display (at Main)
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
E 901.1 .O23 A3 2006 Display (at Main) and Monroe
(also available in audiobook format)
Faith of My Fathers by John McCain
E 840.8 .M467 A3 1999 Display (at Main)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
by Leigh Montville
GV 865 .R8 M56 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
PS 3014 .T32 C3 2003 Easy Reading (Children’s Literature), Main and Monroe
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
GV 865 .C45 M355 2006 Stacks
Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
by Carolyn M. Trombe
GV 865 .C65 T76 2005 Stacks
A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball
by Peter Morris
GV 863 .A1 M654 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe
"I Will Never Forget": Interviews with 39 Former Negro League Players
by Brent P. Kelley
GV 865 .A1 K425 2003 Stacks
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
by Jonathan Eig
GV 865 .G4 E54 2005 Stacks
The 1964 Phillies: The Story of Baseball's Most Memorable Collapse
by John P. Rossi
GV 875 .P45 R66 2005 Stacks
October Men: Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and the Yankees' Miraculous Finish in 1978
by Roger Kahn
GV 875 .N4 K36 2003 Stacks
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
by Jonathan Eig
GV 865 .R6 E35 2007 Stacks
Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line
by Adrian Burgos
GV 863 .A1 B844 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe
The Psychology of Baseball: Inside the Mental Game of the Major League Player
by Michael A. Stadler
GV 867.6 .S73 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
by Curtis Sittenfeld
by Thomas Kinkade
by Cleo Coyle
by Luanne Rice
Rogue Warrior: Dictator's Ransom
by Richard Marcinko
by Sandra Brown
The NCC Libraries have a variety of materials related to Arthur Miller's life and works, including the following titles. Another great source of information is the Literature Resource Center database, located on the "Research Databases" page of our web site.
Works by Miller:
The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts
PS 3525 .I5156 C7 1953 Stacks
The Crucible: Text and Criticism
PS 3525 .I5156 C7 1971 Monroe
Death of a Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem
PS 3525 .I5156 D4 1999 Stacks
A View From the Bridge: A Play in Two Acts
PS 3525 .I5156 V5 1960 Stacks (1977 edition at Monroe)
PS 3525 .I5156 Z5142 2000 Stacks
Arthur Miller : His Life and Work
PS 3525 .I5156 Z66 2003 Stacks
Susan C. W. Abbotson
PS 3525 .I5156 Z51 2007 New Books, Main and Monroe
Readings on Arthur Miller
PS 3525 .I5156 Z865 1997 Stacks
The Temptation of Innocence in the Dramas of Arthur Miller
Understanding "The Crucible" : A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources and Historical Documents
Claudia D. Johnson
PS 3525 .I5156 C7345 1998 Stacks
PS 3525 .I5156 D4358 1999 Stacks
The Crucible (film starring Winona Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis)
PS 3525 .I5156 C7 2004 (DVD) Media Tower
Death of a Salesman (film starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich)
PS 3525 .I5256 D4 1986 (VHS) Media Tower
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Noah Webster by John Smith Morgan
PE 64 .W5 M67 Stacks.
Both of the NCC Libraries contain this edition of Webster's dictionary:
The New International Webster's Comprehensive Dictionary of the English Language
PE 1625 .N53 1998 Reference, both Main and Monroe.
For interesting anecdotes about the creation of the massive Oxford English Dictionary, try these fascinating books:
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
PE 1617 .O94 W56 1999 Stacks;
The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
PE 1617 .O94 W558 2003 Stacks. (This title is also available in audiobook format!)
The NCC Libraries have a multitude of other dictionaries, in English and foreign languages. Our database Oxford Language Dictionaries Online contains bilingual dictionaries in Chinese, Italian, German and many other languages, each providing translations to English. There are also numerous specialized dictionaries in our collection, including titles related to business, law, medicine, psychology, history, art and many other subjects.
If you need to find word definitions quickly, try one of these online dictionaries:
Monday, October 13, 2008
If you'll be working on your assignments at home, you can get help from an NCC Librarian by sending us an e-mail. Go to the "Ask the Librarian" page on our Web site and click the link to open the question form. Or you can call us at the Reference Desk (610-861-5359) to chat in person. Either way, the NCC Librarians are looking forward to helping you!
GV 1785 .B32 B335 2004
Denishawn: The Birth of Modern Dance
The Glory of the Kirov
features Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev and the Kirov Ballet
Holo Mai Pele
features traditional Hawaiian hula dancing
Martha Graham: In Performance
features Martha Graham and the music of Aaron Copland
- Big Bites: Prehistoric Creatures and Dinosaurs
- Biting Questions: Philosophy and Religion
- Sound Bites: Listen to an Audiobook
- Books with Byte: Technology
- Bug Bites: Animals and Insects
- Bite-Sized Books: Short Stories and Poetry
- Biting Humor: Funny Stories
- Take a Bite: Food and Cooking
- Bite the Bullet: High Adventure
- Get Bitten: Monsters and Vampires
Friday, October 10, 2008
If you see a title that sounds interesting, feel free to just take the book home with you. If you want to keep the book after you've read it, that's fine. If you'd like to share it with others, bring it back to the rack so it can be passed along!
If you have used fiction paperbacks you'd like to donate to the Library, we accept gifts at the Circulation Desk. If the materials don't fit our collection, we will add them to the Laub Lounge display rack or donate them elsewhere.
Take advantage of this free program and pick up some good reads today!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
At this point, the author of this quotation ran out of room on the tiny slip of paper. But the Library staff wants you to know that you do have more space to share your opinions about this issue: right here on SpartaBlog! One student has already commented on our original Banned Books Week entry, so we are hoping that others may want to discuss the issue as well. At the bottom of this entry, there should be a link that says either 0 comments or # comments. Click there and add your opinion. You can sign in with your own Blogger account or just type an anonymous comment. Here are some questions to consider:
"It depends on the contents of such books. If a book advocates ideas that are detrimental to society's peaceful co-existence, it should be proscribed. But if a book is based on fact and it advocates a change for a better world, such a book should not be banned. There should be set criteria for banning books. But who are those who must set the criteria? For instance, banning the Bible from public libraries does not make sense to me, unless if we consider the contents of the Bible to be dangerous and subversive. This is just one example out of several others. Truth should prevail, no matter whose ox is gorred [sic]. I wish I had space enough to express my views on this sensitive matter."
- What was your initial reaction after seeing the Banned Books Week display?
- What book(s) were you surprised to see included in the display?
- How do you feel about banning books? Do you agree or disagree?
- Who should be in charge of banning books? Parents, school boards, libraries, etc.?
- Is there an aspect of challenging or banning books that you find unclear?
- Would you like more information or resources about banned books?
Feel free to answer these questions, discuss the anonymous quote mentioned above, or just add any comment about the topic that you'd like to share. The more people add comments, the livelier the discussion will become! We look forward to hearing from you!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Education: Bachelor's degree in English from Penn State University and Master's degree in Library Science from Rutgers University
Past work experience: Bethlehem Area Public Library -- Coordinator of Youth Services, 20 years; Historic Bethlehem; taught school in the Long Beach and Lynwood (California) School Districts
Professional work activities: I've been a member of the Pennsylvania Library Association for over 28 years, and have served on the Board of Directors and as president of the organization. I am also a member of the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Awards and committees: Spartan Tradition of Excellence Award; served on the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee; co-chaired the Institutional Commitment subcommittee of the Diversity Task Force
Spouse: my husband, John B. Conneen
Other places I've lived: Long Beach, California in the late 1960s, where I taught kindergarten for three years
Fun fact about myself: I want to learn how to surf.
What I'm reading now: Just finished Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood and have started Murder at Union Station by Margaret Truman.
Favorite author: I'm always trying to read something someone else has recommended, so I don't run through the works of one author. I do, however, like Hemingway and Faulkner.
What I like most about working at the NCC Library: I can honestly say that I enjoy the people I work with, both in the Library and on campus. I couldn't ask for a better Library staff. Their enthusiasm and dedication is remarkable.
Monday, October 6, 2008
ALA advocates for library-related issues, including these Key Action Areas: diversity, equity of access, education and continuous learning, intellectual freedom, and 21st century literacy. For more information, visit www.ala.org.
Death Swatch: A Scrapbooking Mystery by Laura Childs
Character: Carmela Bertrand
PS 3603 .H56 D44 2008
The Silver Needle Murder by Laura Childs
Character: Theodosia Browning
PS 3603 .H56 S55 2008
The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
Character: Detective Jane Rizzoli
PS 3557 .E687 K45 2008
Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
Character: Temperance Brennan
PS 3568 .E476345 D48 2008
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Character: Stephanie Plum
PS 3555 .V2126 F43 2008
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
Character: Stephanie Plum
PS 3555 .V2126 P57 2008
Mr. Monk Goes to Germany by Lee Goldberg
Character: Adrian Monk
PS 3557 .O3577 M728 2008
Killing Bridezilla by Laura Levine
Character: Jaine Austen
PS 3612 .E924 K56 2008
The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
Character: Precious Ramotswe
PR 6063 .C326 M53 2008
The Devil's Bones by Jefferson Bass
Character: Bill Brockton
PS 3602 .A8475 D48 2008
Creation in Death by J.D. Robb
Character: Eve Dallas
PS 3568 .O243 C74 2007