Wednesday, November 26, 2008

NCC Libraries Closed for Holiday

The NCC Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30, and will reopen for their regularly scheduled hours on Monday, December 1.

If you're hosting family and friends this year, and need turkey-related advice, the Butterball Turkey company has a help desk staffed with real cooks who can talk you through any preparation situation! Naturally, their phone number is 1-800-Butterball.

And for those who are traveling, whether it's across the country or around the corner, the staff of the NCC Libraries wish you a safe, relaxing and fun Thanksgiving Day. See you in December!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This Day in History

If you've ever used a public library, chances are you've seen a portrait of this man hanging on the wall. Today is the birth anniversary (1835) of this famous businessman, Andrew Carnegie.

Carnegie made his fortune in the steel industry and had a huge impact on society. In his later years, after selling his business, he became a philanthropist, donating a large portion of his fortune to help libraries, schools and other educational institutions. He helped build over 2,500 libraries, giving away over $56 million.

Public libraries wouldn't be where they are today without the aid of Andrew Carnegie, so celebrate his important contributions by borrowing some Library materials about this fascinating man's life:

Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel
by the History Channel
HD 9520 .C3 A52 2005 (DVD) Media Tower

Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

by Richard Tedlow
HC 102.5 .A2 T43 2001 Stacks

Andrew Carnegie
by Joseph Frazier Wall
CT 275 .C3 W33 Stacks

The World of Andrew Carnegie: 1865-1901
by Louis Morton Hacker
HC 105 .H13 Stacks

Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie
by Andrew Carnegie
CT 275 .C3 A3 Stacks

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Little Slice of Heaven

Thanksgiving dinner just wouldn’t be the same without the traditional slice of pumpkin pie at the end – and there’s no better breakfast than leftover pie the next morning. But maybe you’d like to spice things up a bit this year, with an exciting new dessert recipe to share with family and friends. The NCC Libraries can help!

Just take a walk down the TX call number aisle of the Stacks, and you’ll find a variety of cookbooks containing recipes for all occasions (and skill levels). The best cookbooks for beginners are those featuring detailed illustrations, so it’s easy to see how your project should look.

Don’t let the idea of making pie crust intimidate you -- the secret is using the proper equipment. Just lay a piece of waxed paper on the counter and dust with flour. Use your rolling pin (or even a clean glass bottle) to flatten out the pastry, starting from the center and pushing out toward the edges, rotating the waxed paper as you go, like spokes on a wheel. When the crust is big enough to cover the inside of the pie plate, slide your hand under the waxed paper and carefully flip the dough into the pan. Gradually peel the waxed paper away from the crust, and trim the edges.

For more cooking tips and delicious recipes, try one of these titles:

Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
TX 714 .N468 2005 Stacks

Bubby's Homemade Pies
by Ron Silver
TX 773 .S497 2007 Stacks

Good Housekeeping Great Baking: 600 Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Breads, Pies & Pastries
by Susan Westmoreland
TX 763 .G66 1999 Stacks

Joy of Cooking, 75th anniversary edition
by Marion Rombauer Becker
TX 715 .R75 2006 Stacks

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
by Martha Stewart
TX 763 .S74 2005 Stacks

The New York Times Dessert Cookbook
by Florence Fabricant
TX 773 .N46 2006 Stacks

Pure Chocolate: Divine Desserts and Sweets
by Fran Bigelow
TX 767 .C5 B49 2004 Stacks

Friday, November 21, 2008

This Day in History

Have you ever heard of British novelist George Eliot? He was a great writer, you say? What if you found out that he is actually a woman using a pen name? Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans used a male pen name back in the 1800s so that she could be taken seriously as an author. During that time period, it was difficult for women to have their own career outside of the home. This tactic proved successful, because Eliot's books are now considered classics.

The NCC Libraries have Eliot's novels and criticism of her works. For more information on George Eliot and other authors of her era, be sure to visit the Literature Resource Center database.

Novels by Eliot

Silas Marner
PR 4670 1962 Stacks

The Mill on the Floss
PR 4664 .A1 1962 Stacks

Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life
PR 4662 .A1 1967 Stacks

The Best-Known Novels of George Eliot
PR 4653 1940 Stacks

Criticism of Eliot's works
George Eliot
by Harold Bloom PR 4688 .G37 1986 Stacks

Tragedy in the Victorian Novel: Theory and Practice in the Novels of George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Henry James

by Jeannette King PR 878 .T7 K5 Stacks

A Psychological Approach to Fiction: Studies in Thackeray, Stendhal, George Eliot, Dostoevsky, and Conrad

by Bernard J. Paris PN 3499 .P3 Stacks

George Eliot: A Collection of Critical Essays

by George R. Creeger PR 4688 .C7 Stacks

Middlemarch: Critical Approaches to the Novel

by Barbara Nathan Hardy PR 4662 .H3 Stacks

The Novels of George Eliot

by Jerome Thale PR 4688 .T5 Stacks

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Online Learning Students - Final Exam Information

For Fall 2008 Online Learning FINAL EXAMS, you must schedule an appointment in advance in order to take your exam at the Mack Library Testing Center. This includes both paper and computer-based types of exams.

To schedule your appointment time, please phone the Testing Center at 610-861-5329 (Main Campus) or 570-688-2475 ext. 229 (Monroe Campus) between Monday, December 1, 2008 and Friday, December 12, 2008.

Seating is limited. Note that the earlier you schedule your appointment, the greater the likelihood that you will be able to take your exam on your preferred day / time.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hidden Gems: Snapshots of America

Nothing captures the essence of an event or place quite like a photograph, snapped at the perfect moment to record forever the beauty of nature, the horror of war, or the surprise of unexpected emotion. Today’s “Hidden Gems” in the NCC Libraries’ collection all feature photographs -- evocative, timeless, astonishing images and memories saved on film.

Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes
by Kyle Cassidy
TR 680 .C385 2007 Stacks

This book will demolish any preconceived notion you may have about the “typical” American gun owner. Arranged like a family photo album, this series of portraits links the faces of real people to the hotly contested meaning of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

A Handful of Dust: Photographs of Disappearing America
by David Plowden
TR 654 .P57 2006 Stacks

Photographer David Plowden has spent his career documenting the landscape of an America that is gradually vanishing before our eyes: quaint downtown scenes of Main Street; small, family-owned farms; the muscle-bound brawn of heavy industry. For a glimpse of more unique perspectives on our homegrown architecture, check out two more titles by Plowden: Bridges: The Spans of North America and The American Barn.

Juke Joint
by Birney Imes
TR 654 .I42 2002 Stacks

The simplicity of the title says it all: you won’t find any blinking neon, polished wood or shiny chrome in these “hole-in-the-wall” neighborhood bars along the Mississippi River. People come here for two things: to drink a cold beer and hear traditional blues music, which has influenced every popular music style from rock `n’ roll to soul to hip-hop.

Route 66: Images of America's Main Street
by William Kaszynski
E 169.04 .K38 2003 Stacks

Route 66 has taken drivers from Chicago to Los Angeles since the early days of automobile travel, when many sections were not even paved. This legendary roadway meanders through small towns, desert landscapes, and the wide-open spaces for which the American West is famous. So drop the rag top on your imaginary convertible and cruise back to the past, before mechanized cooking in identical chain restaurants replaced the quirky roadside diners that attracted customers with their goofy signs and delicious homemade meals.

Times of Sorrow and Hope: Documenting Everyday Life in Pennsylvania During the Depression and World War II
by Allen Cohen
F 154 .T56 2003 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Great Depression is often associated with images of farmers displaced by drought conditions in the midwestern Dust Bowl, but this book documents the effect of this economic disaster on ordinary Pennsylvanians. Featuring work by some of America’s best known photographers, including Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, this book remembers how coal miners, steelworkers, farmers and industrial workers struggled to survive during a dark period in our country’s history.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New McNaughton Titles

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

esus: A Story of Enlightenment
by Deepak Chopra

Dashing Through the Snow
by Mary Higgins Clark

The Leader in Me
by Stephen Covey

Just After Sunset
by Stephen King

Wedding Belles
by Haywood Smith

Odd Girl Out
by Timothy Zahn

This Day in History

Did you know that November 18, 1928 is widely considered to be the "birthday" of Mickey Mouse? That day, he debuted in a short film entitled Steamboat Willie -- thought to be the film that jump-started Walt Disney's career. Mickey Mouse and the Disney empire now stretch across the entire world, with their beloved animated characters featured in movies, books, games, video games, theme parks and many other products.

NCC students in the Hospitality program have the option of participating in two courses involving Walt Disney World: the Disney College Program (HOSP 223) and Disney Advanced Internship (HOSP 224). For course descriptions, click here.

Celebrate Mickey's birthday with some Library materials related to him and his creator:

Walt Disney: Conversations

edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson
NC 1766 .U52 D52 2006 Stacks

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

by Neal Gabler
NC 1766 .U52 D5375 2006 Stacks

Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Race and Sex in Disney Entertainment

by Douglas Brode
PN 1999 .W27 B77 2005 Stacks

From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture

by Douglas Brode
PN 1999 .W27 B76 2004 Stacks

Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy

by Janet Wasko
PN 1999 .W27 W37 2001 Stacks

Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney

by Russell Merritt
NC 1766 .U52 D548 1993 Stacks

Disney's Art of Animation: From Mickey Mouse to Beauty and the Beast

by Bob Thomas
NC 1766 .U52 D568 1991 Stacks

The Art of Mickey Mouse

by Craig Yoe
N 8224 .M47 A4 1991 Stacks

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Monday, November 17, 2008

November Book Discussion Group

Library Book Discussion Group

at Northampton Community College
All Are Welcome!

Inheritance by Natalie Danford

Tuesday, November 25th
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mack Library
College Center
4th Floor, Room 440

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

National Education Week

Join in the celebration of American Education Week, brought to you by the National Education Association. This event recognizes the importance of public education from kindergarten through college. The NCC Libraries provide tons of books related to education; topics include practical applications, educational theory, hands-on activities for the classroom, equality and access in the educational setting, and much more!

We also subscribe to several education-related databases and electronic journals (contact a librarian for home access information):

EBSCOhost Professional Development Collection (database)
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center (database)

The Chronicle of Higher Education (e-journal)

Council for Exceptional Children (e-journal)

Equity and Excellence in Education (e-journal)

Everyday TLC (e-journal)

The Future of Children (e-journal).

Friday, November 14, 2008

This Day in History

Today marks the birth anniversary of William Steig, children's book author and Caldecott Medal winner. Why would NCC, a college, care about an author who wrote for children? For many reasons!

The NCC Libraries maintain a collection of children's literature, which contains picture books, easy readers, juvenile fiction and young adult titles. This collection is a great resource for our Early Childhood Education majors, who need to prepare lesson plans and story time programs, and aspiring graphic artists who would like to study the technique of well-known illustrators. It is also open to anyone who wants to check out a book to bring home to a young reader. Don't forget to make an appointment to visit our special Dornish Collection, a room housing more than 1,000 children's books that are signed by either the author or illustrator.

If you've heard of Shrek, you're probably familiar with William Steig's other works as well. Check out some of these titles that are available at the NCC Libraries:

The Art of William Steig
by Claudia Nahson
NC 1429 .S583 A4 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
by William Steig

PZ 7 .S8177 SY 1980 Easy Readers, Main and Monroe

Toby, Who Are You?
by William Steig
PZ 10.3 .S816 TO 2004 Easy Readers, Main and Monroe

Potch & Polly
by William Steig

PZ 7 .S8177 PO 2002 Easy Readers, Main

Abel's Island
by William Steig

PZ 7 .S8177 AB 1988 Juvenile, Main

Brave Irene
by William Steig

PZ 7 .S8177 BR 1986 Easy Readers, Main

Doctor De Soto
by William Steig

PZ 7 .S8177 DO 1982 Easy Readers, Main

The Amazing Bone
by William Steig
PZ 7 .S8177 AM Easy Readers, Main


by William Steig
PZ 10.3 .S816 DO Juvenile, Main

Amos & Boris
by William Steig
PZ 10.3 .S816 AM Easy Readers, Main

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hidden Gems: Aloha!

In 1959, Hawaii entered the union as our 50th state, but aspects of its diverse South Pacific culture had already been popular across the mainland United States for years. Military personnel stationed at Pearl Harbor and other bases returned home after World War II, bringing their memories of Hawaiian food, music and fashion with them.

For example, who would have thought that sailors living on rations of Spam (a canned pork product) would actually want to continue eating it after the war? But it’s true: there was something so exotic and romantic about the island chain that recipes containing Spam, pineapple and other tropical ingredients became popular in cookbooks published in the 1950s. Even today, residents of Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands consume more Spam than any other U.S. state or territory. For more wartime recipes, check out:

The American History Cookbook
by Mark H. Zanger
TX 715 .Z36 2003 Stacks

Pennsylvanian James Michener contributed to the Polynesian craze with the publication of two novels: Tales of the South Pacific, published in 1947; and Hawaii, released in 1959. Tales was later adapted for a Broadway musical, South Pacific, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Tales of the South Pacific
PS 3525 .I19 T3 1981 Stacks (Large Print version)

PS 3525 .I19 H3 Stacks

A Hawaiian-inspired tradition popular in the 1950s that continues today is the aloha shirt – the perfect outfit for backyard barbecues and summer beach parties. Who can resist their vibrant colors and wild floral prints?

The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands
by Dale Hope
GT 617 .H3 H66 2000 Oversize Stacks

No visit to the Big Island would be complete without experiencing the authentic hula dancing practiced by native Pacific Islanders. Every hula gesture conveys a story; this film recounts the legend of the Hawaiian deity Pele.

Holo Mai Pele
produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications
GR 110 .H38 K36 2004 [DVD] Media Tower

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

This Day in History

Born on Veteran's Day in 1922, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was a celebrated -- but controversial -- author. Vonnegut's experiences as both a soldier and prisoner of war influenced his writing. His dark humor made him a popular figure in the counterculture movement of the 1960s. A variety of his work is available at the NCC Libraries, including:

Armageddon in Retrospect, and Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace

PS 3572 .O5 A85 2008 Stacks and Monroe

Cat's Cradle (Audiobook)
PS 3572 .O5 C37 2007 Media Tower
Also available in print at PS 3572 .O5 C3 Stacks

A Man Without a Country

PS 3572 .O5 Z473 2005 Stacks

Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

PS 3572 .O5 B34 1999 Stacks

Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works

PS 3572 .O5 A6 1998 Stacks


PS 3572 .O5 T56 1997 Stacks

Slaughterhouse-Five, Or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death

PS 3572 .O5 S6 1994 Stacks

Hocus Pocus
PS 3572 .O5 H6 1991 Stacks

PS 3572 .O5 G3 1985 Stacks

Slapstick: Or, Lonesome No More!

PS 3572 .O5 S6 Stacks

Mother Night

PS 3572 .O5 M6 Stacks

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: Or, Pearls Before Swine
PS 3572 .O5 G6 Stacks

Player Piano
PS 3572 .O5 P57 Stacks

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

Today, America honors past and present military veterans: those citizens who have served in some branch of the military and who may even have fought in a war. This date is also Armistice Day, which is sometimes referred to as Remembrance Day, when countries around the world agreed to end World War I in 1918. (The agreement happened in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.)

The NCC Libraries offer many resources related to veterans, the military and war, including:

Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq (DVD)
by Ellen Goosenberg Kent

DS 79.76 .A3924 2007 New Books and Monroe

Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out
by Steve Estes
UB 418 .G38 E77 2007 Stacks

The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
by Tom Bissell
DS 557 .B57 2007 Stacks and Monroe

Ground Truth (DVD)
by Patricia Foulkrod

DS 79.76 .G7686 2006 Media Tower

While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront
by Kristin Henderson
DS 79.76 .H46 2006 Stacks

Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace
by Maxine Hong Kingston
PS 508 .V45 V48 2006 Stacks

Winter Soldier
by Winterfilm and Vietnam Veterans Against the War
DS 559.2 .W56 2006 Media Tower

The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
PS 3565 .B753 T48 2003 Media Tower

Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement
by Gerald Nicosia
DS 559.62 .U6 N53 2001 Stacks

War in the Gulf, 1990-91: The Iraq-Kuwait Conflict and Its Implications
by Majid Khadduri
DS 79.72 .K52 2001 Stacks

Monday, November 10, 2008

Always Leave Them Wanting More

When you have finished everything a favorite author has written, it can be difficult to decide what to read next. Luckily, the NCC Libraries have just the thing to help you make the right selection: NoveList and NoveList Plus.

The NoveList database contains summaries of more than 150,000 fiction titles, as well as reviews from reliable sources like Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. NoveList Plus provides information on 50,000 nonfiction titles.

Both databases feature lists of “Author Read-Alikes” -- books similar to those you already know and love -- that can be searched by the author’s name. Let’s say you have read every title by mystery writer Tony Hillerman, and would like to find more novels featuring Native American characters. The “Author Read-Alikes” list will point you in the right direction, toward authors such as Margaret Coel and James D. Doss.

For access to NoveList and NoveList Plus, start at the NCC Libraries home page and click on the link to the EBSCOhost database. At the next screen, where you would ordinarily select “EBSCOhost Web” to search for journal articles, scroll down the list of options to find the NoveList family of databases. If you need assistance, talk to a librarian at the Reference Desk or call us at 610-861-5359. Happy reading!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hidden Gems: Behind the Wheel

Today we’re launching a new SpartaBlog! column called “Hidden Gems,” which will feature interesting items in the NCC Libraries’ collection that most people never notice. Every library owns odds and ends – materials that are quirky, unusual, funny, even weird – that you might not find unless you know where to look. Think of “Hidden Gems” as your treasure map!

What better way to follow a treasure map than a good, old-fashioned road trip? Your “Hidden Gems” for today are all about cars. Back before airbags, when cars were made of steel and gas was cheap, families would hop in the car for a Sunday afternoon drive – just for fun, not because they needed to go anywhere. A perfect place for that casual drive in autumn was the Pocono Mountains, with their gorgeous array of fall foliage, so let’s start our road trip there.

Better in the Poconos: The Story of Pennsylvania's Vacationland
by Lawrence Squeri
F 157 .M6 S68 2002 Stacks, Main and Monroe

While you’re traveling, how about a good laugh? Pop in these CDs and listen to the hilarious Tom and Ray Magliozzi (a.k.a. “Click & Clack”) dispense car repair advice to fans of their weekly program on National Public Radio.

Car Talk Classics
broadcast on NPR (National Public Radio)
TL 151 .M216 2007 [Sound recording] Media Tower

If the Car Talk guys can’t fix your old heap, give it one last hurrah before the junkyard: run it in the demolition derby. Graduates of Stroudsburg High School or the Pocono Mountain School District may remember local author Bill Lowenburg, a history teacher and librarian, who took the gritty, black-and-white photos of this car-smashing sport.

Crash, Burn, Love: Demolition Derby
by Bill Lowenburg
GV 1029.9 .D45 L6 2005 Stacks

After your car is safely parked, take a trip down memory lane: a nostalgic look at old driver’s education films. Most were corny, some were hokey, a few were even quite gory (presumably to scare new drivers into adopting safe habits). These little film clips, with titles like "Wheels of Tragedy," "Mechanized Death" and "Highways of Agony," will really transport you back!

Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films
produced by Kino International
TL 152.3 .H44 2003 [DVD] Media Tower

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Meet Your Library Staff: Acquisitions Department

Name and title: Evonne Loomis, Acquisitions Librarian

: Bachelor of Science degree in Management, East Stroudsburg University; Master of Library Science degree, Clarion University

Past work experience
: Branch manager, Smithfields Library, Eastern Monroe Public Library system; Reference librarian, Pottsville Free Public Library; Volunteer, Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society; Librarian, Lehigh Valley College

Professional affiliations
: Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA); PaLA Lehigh Valley Chapter, Secretary 2006-2007; American Library Association (ALA); Association of College & Research Libraries

Awards and committees
: Academic Wall of Fame, East Stroudsburg High School; Faculty Senate, Northampton Community College

: Rich Loomis

: My parent's German Shepherd, Gypsy

Other places I've lived
: East Stroudsburg and Grantville, Pennsylvania

Fun fact about myself: The only place that I have ever worked is in a library.

What I'm reading now
: Quilter's Kitchen by Jennifer Chiaverini

Favorite author
: Jennifer Chiaverini

What I like most about working at the NCC Library
: My colleagues!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama Wins!

Hopefully everyone voted yesterday in this historic election. Barack Obama came out the winner of the next presidency. Catch up on all of the election coverage over at CNN.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day!

Help make history today by casting your vote for the next President and Vice President of the United States! Be sure to bring identification and your voter registration card. If you're unsure where your polling place is located, click here to find out. Polls are scheduled to be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hospitality Presentation

For any students currently in the Hospitality program, this presentation is for you! This slideshow covers information related to the Introduction to Hospitality class project on the beverage industry. It details specific sources and shows you where to go for research. Take a look and direct any questions that you might have to the Library Reference Desk at 610.861.5359.

Hospitality Fowler Fall08
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Monday, November 3, 2008

This Day in History

Events are held throughout the month of November to celebrate National Family Literacy Day on November 1st. Literacy is the ability to read and write. Unfortunately, many Americans are illiterate -- unable to read, or with reading skills at only a low level. Take a moment this month to appreciate literacy with your family, by reading a book together, looking over the daily newspaper or making up your own stories. For more information on literacy, borrow some of these books from the NCC Libraries:

Literacy for Young Children: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators
by Priscilla L. Griffith
LB 1140.5 .L3 L58 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Partners in Literacy: Schools and Libraries Building Communities Through Technology
by Sondra Cuban
LB 1028.3 .C813 2007 Stacks

Literacy Development of Students in Urban Schools: Research and Policy
by James Flood
LC 151 .L4821 2005 Stacks

What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy
by James Paul Gee
GV 1469.3 .G44 2004 Stacks

The Young Child's Memory for Words: Developing First and Second Language and Literacy
by Daniel R. Meier
P 118.7 .M45 2004 Stacks

Handbook of Language and Literacy: Development and Disorders
by C. Addison Stone
LC 149 .H36 2004 Stacks

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading
by Esmé Raji Codell
Z 1037 .A1 C58 2003 Stacks, Main and Monroe