Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!


Have a safe and fun holiday today! If you're interested in a few spooky reads, check out our Halloween blog entry!

Reminder: Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) takes effect this weekend. Remember to change your clocks back this Sunday at 2 a.m., in order to gain an extra hour of sleep!

Some fun facts about Daylight Saving Time:

Benjamin Franklin first proposed Daylight Saving Time in 1784 -- as a way to save candles.

During World War II, the Roosevelt Administration ordered the country to observe Daylight Saving Time -- called "War Time" -- for three years straight.

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.

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!

New McNaughton Titles

Here are the newest additions to our McNaughton browsing collection. Stop by the Libraries to check one out!

The Memorist
by M.J. Rose

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars series)
by James Luceno

The Purpose of Christmas
by Rick Warren

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chilling Reads at the Library!

With Halloween swiftly approaching, have you found yourself craving a good terror tale? The following fear-drenched titles can all be found in the Mack Library!

H.P. Lovecraft
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.

Stephen Dobyns
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.

Neil Gaiman
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.

Thomas Tryon
Harvest Home

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.

Arthur Machen
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.

Stephen King
Duma Key

PS 3561 .I483 D86 2008

The latest King novel - this one makes revenants from the deep scary again! The library has the audiobook version.

Shirley Jackson
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

This Day in History

Where would we be without the Internet? You probably wouldn't talk to friends as often. You couldn't get instant news or weather updates, or watch hilarious video clips on YouTube. You'd have to find a newspaper or use the phone to find a movie show time, and there would be no online shopping. You would have a more difficult time conducting research. Worst of all, you wouldn't even be able to read SpartaBlog! ;)

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.

"History of the World Wide Web."
Wikipedia. 8 October 2008. Wikimedia Foundation. 9 October 2008.

New Online Library Video Tutorials

The librarians at NCC are committed to providing quality library services to all NCC students, whether they attend classes in person or online, or use a combination of learning methods. One exciting new way we can help students with research -- no matter where they are located – is the Libraries’ collection of online video tutorials.

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 Literature Resource Center.

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

Library Book Discussion Group

Library Book Discussion Group

at Northampton Community College
All Are Welcome!

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

October 28- Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan

Mack Library
College Center
4th Floor, Room 440

For information, call Olga Conneen, 610-861-5358.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Do You Remember "Where the Sidewalk Ends"?

Authors of children's books can make a huge impact on the worldview of impressionable young readers. One of the most memorable authors is beloved children's poet Shel Silverstein, whose works were recently featured in our Banned Books Week display. Selections from his treasured poetry collections have been banned from school or public libraries due to content that some believe is inappropriate for children. If you have never read Silverstein's work, or if it has been a long time since you visited "Where the Sidewalk Ends," check out one of these titles from the NCC Libraries and judge for yourself.

Runny Babbit : A Billy Sook
PS 3569 .I4722 R86 2005 Juvenile

Where the Sidewalk Ends : The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

PS 3569 .I4722 W48 2004 Juvenile, Main and Monroe

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

This Day in History

"Go medieval" and remember Geoffrey Chaucer a day before the anniversary of his death, October 25, 1400. Chaucer is another celebrated British author who is often studied in NCC's British Literature course. Chaucer's best known work, The Canterbury Tales, features humorous stories told by characters like The Knight, The Friar and The Wife of Bath (that's Bath, England -- not Bath, Pa.!), who tell listeners about their lives and work as they travel together on a religious pilgrimage. The image of the Wife of Bath you see here was taken from a 15th century woodcut.

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
PR 1924 .L38 1993 Stacks

Geoffrey Chaucer
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

Politician Betrayed, Murdered by His Own Friends at NCC

Don’t worry, it’s not anyone currently running for office! The assassination victim here is ancient Roman dictator Julius Caesar, who was stabbed to death by conspirators he believed to be friends, on March 15 -- in the year 44 B.C. William Shakespeare transformed this “true crime” story of political intrigue, jealousy and betrayal into the classic play in 1599.

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

On Film:

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

Election Day Library Display

Not sure whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential election? Want some information about the candidates? Or perhaps you'd just like to read up on how the American political system and government work. The Mack Library is currently featuring an Election Day display with some information on the nominees in the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as a number of books related to the political system.

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

Batter Up! Hit a Home Run @ NCC Libraries

Philadelphia Phillies fans will be cheering tonight when the first game of the 2008 World Series starts at 8:00 p.m. After our “boys of summer” triumph (just keeping a positive outlook here!), the NCC Libraries can keep baseball fans busy until spring with a terrific selection of books about our national pastime. And don't miss the History Resource Center: U.S. database, where you can learn more about the early days of baseball and its inventor, Abner Doubleday (that's him in the photo).

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
by David Maraniss
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

This Day in History

The English language has many colloquialisms, sayings and quotes that we hear and use without knowing their origins. Take these two lines, for example:

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

Did you know they came from the famous poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge?

Today is the anniversary of Coleridge's birth in 1772. Visit the NCC Libraries to enjoy some of his poems, or to pick up literary criticism of his works. Books, books, everywhere, and plenty for you to read!

Works by Coleridge:

The Annotated Ancient Mariner
PR 4479 .A1 1965 Stacks

The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost
edited by Harold Bloom
PR 1175 .B4566 2004 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Coleridge's Notebooks: A Selection

Inquiring Spirit: A Coleridge Reader
PR 4472 .C6 1951 Stacks

Literary Criticism:

Coleridge: A Collection of Critical Essays
by Kathleen Coburn
PR 4484 .C57 Stacks

Coleridge and the Pantheist Tradition
by Thomas McFarland
PR 4484 .M23 Stacks

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
by Harold Bloom
PR 4484 .S26 1986 Stacks

Twentieth Century Interpretations of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
by James D. Boulger
PR 4479 .B6 Stacks

Wordsworth and Coleridge, 1795-1834
by Herschel Maurice Margoliouth
PR 5883 .M3 1966 Stacks

Friday, October 17, 2008

New McNaughton Titles

Here are the newest additions to our McNaughton browsing collection. Stop by the Libraries to check one out!

American Wife

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Christmas Star

Thomas Kinkade

Espresso Shot

Cleo Coyle

Last Kiss
by Luanne Rice

Rogue Warrior: Dictator's Ransom

Richard Marcinko

Tomorrow's Promise

Sandra Brown

This Day in History

Today is the anniversary of the birth of world-renowned American playwright Arthur Miller, born in 1915. Most students will recognize him as the author of the dramas The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, widely studied here at NCC -- but they may not know he was one of Marilyn Monroe's husbands.

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)

Literary Criticism:

Arthur Miller : Bloom's Major Dramatists series
Harold Bloom
PS 3525 .I5156 Z5142 2000 Stacks

Arthur Miller : His Life and Work
Martin Gottfried
PS 3525 .I5156 Z66 2003 Stacks

Critical Companion to Arthur Miller : A Literary Reference to His Life and Work
Susan C. W. Abbotson
PS 3525 .I5156 Z51 2007 New Books, Main and Monroe

Readings on Arthur Miller

Thomas Siebold
PS 3525 .I5156 Z865 1997 Stacks

The Temptation of Innocence in the Dramas of Arthur Miller
Terry Otten
E-BOOK Online

Understanding "The Crucible" : A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources and Historical Documents

Claudia D. Johnson
PS 3525 .I5156 C7345 1998 Stacks

Understanding "Death of a Salesman" : A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources and Historical Documents
Brenda Murphy
PS 3525 .I5156 D4358 1999 Stacks

Audiovisual Media:

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

Request library items from Main Campus

If you're a student at the Monroe, Fowler, or any other campus aside from the Main Bethlehem campus, here's a document that will teach you how to request library materials from the Main Campus. Be sure to substitute the name of your own campus in the "Comment" box when following these instructions. Please note that your requests are received by the Library staff on the morning of the next weekday after you send them; if you send a request on a Friday evening, for example, the Library receives it on Monday morning. If you need assistance, please call the Library's Reference Desk at 610-861-5359.

This Day in History

Today marks the celebration of both Dictionary Day and the birthday of the dictionary's famous creator, Noah Webster (born in 1758). Known as the "Father of American Scholarship and Education," Webster played a crucial role in disseminating a love of words to the public. The first edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1828.

For more information on Noah Webster, check out this library book:

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

Prof. Avila Reaches Readers in Two Languages

Join the NCC Libraries in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by reading a memoir, novel or poem by your favorite Latino or Latina author. Why not start with a book written by one of our very own faculty members, Javier Avila?

A versatile wordsmith, Professor Avila has composed poetry in Spanish and crime fiction in English. Stop by the New Books section to browse these recently acquired selections:

Criatura del Olvido
(Creature of Oblivion)
PQ 7440 .A84 C74 2007

PS 3601 .V55 D53 2006

The Professor in Ruins
PS 3601 .V55 P76 2006

La Simetria del Tiempo
(The Symmetry of Time)
PQ 7440 .A84 S5 2005

Vidrios Ocultos en la Alfombra
(Broken Glass Under the Carpet)
PQ 7440 .A84 V52 2004

Library Open During Fall Break? You Betcha!

Many students have been asking whether the NCC Libraries will be open next Monday and Tuesday (October 13 and 14), during Fall Break. The answer is "YES!" The Libraries will be operating on their regular schedules, which can be found on our Web site under "About the Library." So come on in, we're ready to help with your mid-term research projects!

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!

Dancing With the Real Stars

Do you enjoy watching athletes, comedians and other amateurs do the cha-cha on "Dancing With the Stars"? When you're ready to see how professionals work, check out these DVDs showcasing the talents of the true superstars of the dance world.

Balanchine: The Father of American Ballet
features George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet

GV 1785 .B32 B335 2004

features Margot Fonteyn and the music of Sergei Prokofiev

GV 1787 .C56 2004

Denishawn: The Birth of Modern Dance
features Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn

GV 1783 .D46 2006

Don Quixote
features Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre

GV 1790 .D66 M55 2003

The Glory of the Kirov
features Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev and the Kirov Ballet

GV 1786 .K57 G56 1995

Holo Mai Pele
features traditional Hawaiian hula dancing

GR 110 .H38 K36 2004

Martha Graham: In Performance
features Martha Graham and the music of Aaron Copland

GV 1790 .A1 M37 2002

The Nutcracker
features Rudolf Nureyev and the music of Peter Tchaikovsky

GV 1790 .N87 2000

Teen Read Week

Join the NCC Libraries in celebrating Teen Read Week, an annual event sponsored by the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) division of the American Library Association. Every year, YALSA chooses a theme for Teen Read Week and encourages young adults (those between the ages of 13 and 19) to read for fun! This year's theme is Books With Bite @ Your Library! This theme can be interpreted in a number of different ways. Read up on subjects like:
  • 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
Find a reading list with suggested titles for each of these topics here. Stop by the NCC Libraries -- don't forget to browse the Young Adult section -- and pick up a fun book today!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Swap & Share at the Paperback Rack!

If you enjoy swapping and sharing books, then we have a treat for you! The NCC Libraries recently set up a display rack in Laub Lounge (College Center, main campus). On this rack, you'll find paperback novels that are no longer being used by the Library collection. Instead, we are offering these books to you, free of charge!

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

Reactions to the Library's Banned Books Display

Many students expressed interest in the Library's display for Banned Books Week, as well as feelings of anger, frustration and confusion. After spotting a favorite childhood book in the display, many students asked, "Why would someone want to ban that book?" Others were simply unsure as to whether they were allowed to sit in that section! The Library staff is pleased that students have responded to the display, and appreciate the chance to have a conversation with all of our patrons about banned and challenged books. We invited students to leave their opinions (anonymously) at the display. One student (or professor, staff member, community member?) summed up his/her feelings this way:

"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."

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:
  • 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

Meet Your Library Director!

Name and title: Olga Conneen, Director of Library Services

: 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

This Day in History

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library organization in the world. Today marks the anniversary of ALA's founding in 1876. This professional association represents librarians, library technicians, institutions and other interested parties, and provides a means for library workers to network, share ideas, give support and develop the future of our field. ALA also holds annual conferences, which promote reading, community service and freedom of information. Oh, and we have some fun, too -- check out the book cart drill team competition!

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

Mystery Series Week

October is the perfect month to curl up with a good mystery book! Some of the best mystery novels are part of a series featuring recurring characters. The author builds their backstories throughout the series, so readers feel a closer connection to them. Get to know some of these characters during Mystery Series Week (10/5-10/11) by borrowing a title from the Library's McNaughton Leisure Reading collection.

Death Swatch: A Scrapbooking Mystery
by Laura Child
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

: Stephanie Plum

PS 3555 .V2126 F43 2008

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovi
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

: Bill Brockton

PS 3602 .A8475 D48 2008

Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

Character: Eve Dallas

PS 3568 .O243 C74 2007