Saturday, December 20, 2008

Best Wishes for the Holidays!

The staff and student assistants at the NCC Mack and Monroe Libraries wish you a safe and happy holiday. Enjoy your well-deserved break from classes!

All NCC Libraries and College campuses will be closed from December 24 to January 4. The Libraries will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 5. Click here to see the our modified schedule during the period between semesters.

SpartaBlog! will take a brief hibernation until the spring semester begins. See you in 2009!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Why Did I Buy That?

Over the next few days, many of us will spend a lot of time standing in store lines -- or clicking to buy online. How will we decide what to purchase? Retailers have the psychology of shopping down to a science, and employ many tricks of the trade to encourage us to spend more money than we planned. For example, supermarkets locate the expensive breakfast cereals at just the right height for children in shopping carts to see them -- and beg their parents to buy -- while the cheaper generic products are on the lowest shelf where you are less likely to look.

If you want to “beat the system,” you need to find out what stores know about how our minds work, and the methods they use to appeal to our desire to shop. Check out one of these titles from the NCC Libraries for the inside scoop!

The Call of the Mall: A Walking Tour Through the Crossroads of Our Shopping Culture
by Paco Underhill
HF 5430.3 .U53 2004 Stacks

Hollywood on Hamilton: Remembering Hess’s
produced by Lehigh Valley PBS
HF 5465 .U54 H64 2002 (DVD) Media Tower [click here to view on YouTube]

One Nation Under Goods: Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping
by James Farrell
HF 5430.3 .F37 2003 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture
by Sharon Zukin
HC 110 .C6 Z85 2004 Stacks

Shopping as an Entertainment Experience
by Mark Moss
HF 5461 .M67 2007 Stacks

Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping
by Paco Underhill
HF 5415.2 .U53 2000 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Books at NCC Libraries!

Here is a sampling of holiday titles owned by the NCC Libraries. Whether you pick up a novel or a nonfiction book that discusses the traditions and history of this season, curl up with a good read today!

A Christmas Star: A Cape Light Novel
by Thomas Kinkade
PS 3561 .I534 C475 2008 Browsing

A Cedar Cove Christmas

by Debbie Macomber
PS 3563 .A2364 C44 2008 Browsing

Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham
PS 3557 .R5355 S58 2001 Stacks

A Christmas Guest

by Anne Perry
PR 6066 .E693 C468 2005 Browsing

A Christmas Carol (audiobook)
by Charles Dickens
PR 4572 .C684 2007 Media Tower

Holidays, Celebrations and Festivals of the World Dictionary: Detailing Nearly 2,500 Observances From All 50 States and More Than 100 Nations
by Helene Henderson
GT 3925 .H64 2005 Reference, Main and Monroe

Holiday Symbols and Customs
by Sue Ellen Thompson
GT 3930 .T48 2003 Reference, Main and Monroe

Holidays and Anniversaries of the World: A Comprehensive Catalog Containing Detailed Information on Every Month and Day of the Year
by Beth A. Baker
CE 76 .H65 1999 Reference

The Complete Book of Jewish Observance
by Leo Trepp
BM 690 .T73 Stacks

Celebrating Hanukkah
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
BM 695 .H3 H69 1996 Dornish Collection

Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions: An Introduction to the Religious Practices, Celebrations, Festivals, Observances, Beliefs, Folklore, Customs and Calendar System of the World's Muslim Communities
by Tanya Gulevich
BP 161.3 .G85 2004 Stacks

by Susan L. Douglass
Electronic Book (Online)

Celebrating Kwanzaa
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
GT 4403 .H69 1993 Children's Literature

The Nativity: History and Legend
by Geza Verm├Ęs
BT 315.3 .V47 2006 Stacks

Christmas and Charles Dickens

by David Parker
PR 4592 .M25 P37 2005 Stacks

Christmas Around the World

by Time-Life Books
GT 4985 .C472 2004 Stacks

Navidad Latinoamericana = Latin American Christmas
by Charito Calvachi Wakefield
ML 2881 .L3 W35 1997 Stacks

The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas

by John Matthews
GT 4995 .W55 M37 1998 Stacks

Christmas in America: A History

by Penne L. Restad
GT 4986 .A1 R47 1995 Stacks

The International Book of Christmas Carols

by Walter Ehret
M 2065 .E4 I6 Stacks

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hidden Gems: A Laid-Back Holiday Soundtrack

We’ve all been there. You’d like to play some holiday music to get in the gift-wrapping mood, but if you hear one more replay of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” you'll give an elf a wedgie. What to do? Drop by the NCC Libraries for some alternatives to boring shopping mall music!

You may not be familiar with the name of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, but his music will be instantly recognizable -- Guaraldi composed the soundtrack for the early Peanuts animated cartoons, like “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Take home the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Greatest Hits” CD, located in the Library’s Media Tower, and you’ll hear the timeless instrumental piece “Christmas Time Is Here,” featuring a soft brush on the drums that evokes the hush of freshly fallen snow. Guaraldi also arranged a cool jazz version of the holiday standard “O Tannenbaum” (Oh Christmas Tree) that contains some amazing chord progressions on the piano.

If you’re all about the vocals, don’t miss these doo-wop and a capella CDs: “Christmas in Harmony” and “The Ultimate Group Harmony Christmas Collection.” Both feature holiday songs with an early rock ’n’ roll sensibility, performed by groups like the Penguins, the Cadillacs, the Sheps and Jackie Wilson & The Dominoes. And let’s not forget Elvis! The Library’s 3-disc set, “Elvis Presley: Artist of the Century,” contains a number of sweet holiday treats, including “Merry Christmas, Baby.”

If a full orchestra playing lush, dramatic ballets and symphonies is more your style, try out the Classical Music Library database. Your traditional favorites are here: “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky; “Ave Maria” by composers ranging from Stravinsky to Liszt to Brahms to Gregorian chant; “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber. While you’re browsing the thousands of audio clips, why not try some new holiday music you’ve never heard before? Just search for the word “Christmas” in the song title and you’re sure to discover some hidden gems of your very own!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This Day in History

One of the world's most beloved female authors -- Jane Austen -- is recognized on this date, the anniversary of her birth in 1775. Austen, a British novelist, is best known for her stories about the impact of social class on romantic relationships, such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma, among others.

These timeless novels have often been adapted into miniseries and movies; the award-winning 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, starring Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, is just one of many. Austen's works have also been the inspiration for movies with modern-day characters and plots. Did you know that the teen comedy Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone, is a 20th-century twist on Jane Austen's Emma? Contemporary authors have even built upon the stories of Austen's classic characters in their own novels; one good example is Elizabeth Aston, who's written many books that continue the lives of characters from Pride and Prejudice.

The NCC Libraries have a large Jane Austen collection, so stop by and take a book home today!

Works by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice
PR 4034 .P74 2000 (Audiobook) Media Tower

Jane Austen's "Emma"
PR 4034 .E53 J36 1987 Stacks

The Collected Works of Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
PR 4030 .F80 Stacks

Sense and Sensibility
PR 4034 .S4 1961 Stacks

Books about Jane Austen

Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations
by Sue Parrill
PR 4038 .F55 P37 2002 Stacks

Jane Austen (from the "Bloom's Major Novelists" series)
by Harold Bloom
PR 4037 .J28 2000 Stacks

Jane Austen: A Life
by David Nokes
PR 4036 .N65 1998 Stacks

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (from the "Bloom's Notes" series)
by Harold Bloom
PR 4034 .P73 J36 1995 Stacks

Books inspired by Jane Austen

The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler
PS 3556 .O844 J36 2004 Stacks
This book was made into a feature film starring Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello and Jimmy Smits.

Monday, December 15, 2008

New McNaughton Titles

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

Mr. Monk Is Miserable
by Lee Goldberg

Knit Two
by Kate Jacobs

Sarah: Ho
w a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down
by Kaylene Johnson

No Limits: The Will to Succeed
by Michael Phelps

Holiday Books for Children

Help your young ones celebrate the holidays with stories related to Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The following titles are just a sample of the many charming picture books in the NCC Libraries' children's collection.

Olivia Helps With Christmas

by Ian Falconer
PZ 7 .F1865 OLQ 2007 Easy Readers, Main and Monroe

Bear's First Christmas
by Robert Kinerk
PZ 8.3 .K566 BEA 2007 Easy Readers, Main and Monroe

Snowmen at Christmas
by Caralyn Buehner
PZ 8.3 .B865 SN 2005 Easy Readers, Main and Monroe

The Beasts of Bethlehem
by X.J. Kennedy
PS 3521 .E563 B4 1992 Juvenile Books, Main

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
by Steven Kellogg
PZ 8.3 .K33 SAN 2004 Easy Readers, Main and Monroe

Dream Snow
by Eric Carle
PZ 7 .C2147 DU 2000 Easy Readers; Main, Monroe and Dornish Collection

Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas
by Michael J. Rosen
PZ 7 .R71868 EL 19
92 Easy Readers, Main

The Christmas Rat
by Avi
PZ 7 .A953 CH 2000 Juvenile Books, Main

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
by Susan L. Roth
PZ 8.3 .R747 HAN 2004 Easy Readers, Main

Hanukkah: A Counting Book in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish
by Emily Sper
BM 695 .H3 S64 2001 Easy Readers, Main

Hanukkah Lights, H
anukkah Nights
by Leslie Kimmelman
BM 695 .H3 K56 1992 Easy Readers, Main

The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm
by Eric A. Kimmel
PZ 7 .K5648 JAR 2000 Juvenile Books, Main

The Very Best Hanukkah Gift
by Joanne Rocklin
PZ 7 .R59 VE 1999 Juvenile Books, Main

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
GT 4403 .P56 1993 Easy Readers, Main

Kwanzaa: A Family Affair
by Mildred Pitts Walter
GT 4403 .W31 1995 Juvenile Books, Main

Celebrating Kwanzaa
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
GT 4403 .H69 1993 Juvenile Books, Main

by Dorothy Rhodes Freeman
GT 4403 .F74 1992 Juvenile Books, Main

Friday, December 12, 2008

Why We Love the Book Discussion Group

The Spring 2009 reading list for the NCC Libraries' Book Discussion Group has been announced! If you've never belonged to a book club, there are plenty of great reasons to join. Check out these testimonials from NCC faculty and staff members who have participated in our lively discussions!

"I enjoy the group because it encourages me to read books I might not otherwise have read, and I enjoy the exchange of ideas and perspectives from other participants." -- Barbara Love, Reading/Writing Coordinator, Learning Center

"I particularly like the book discussion group because Olga [Conneen, Library Director] does such a nice job. She covers the basics -- plot, characters, setting, voice, strengths, weaknesses -- in a manner that I find refreshing. She obviously spends a lot of time thinking about the book and the questions that she wants to pose. It's a very well-run group."
-- Dr. Jill Hirt, Director of Planning & Institutional Research

"I like talking about literature without having to put grades onto one, eventually, has to in the role of English teacher. It's a pleasure to talk with people who read because they want to." -- Dr. Jim Benner, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning and Academic Assessment

"I have belonged to book discussion groups for many years in many places. I wasn't in one here in the Lehigh Valley, so I joined the NCC Book Discussion Group the minute I heard about it! Belonging to a book discussion group expands your reading list. I read so many books that I know I would never pick up by myself. Some of them I like, others I don't. But each of them adds something to my perspective on the world. Belonging to a book discussion group expands your understanding of other faculty, staff and students. It's so much fun to share opinions with the NCC family, as well as community members. We read all kinds of books. I bet there's something on our list that you'd like to read -- so why not join us?" -- Mary T. Zegarski, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Not only will you interact with other NCC faculty and students, but you will expand your horizons by reading interesting books. Give the NCC Libraries' Book Discussion Group a try and meet with us every 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m., in the Main Campus Library!

Titles Announced for Spring Book Discussion

Spring 2009

Book Discussion Group


Northampton Community College

Open to Everyone!

Do you like to read? Are you looking for a fun,
stimulating book club? Join us for the
NCC Spring Book Discussion series!

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Book Schedule:

Jan. 27:

Blue Angel

by Francine Prose

Feb. 24:

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature- Deficit Disorder

by Richard Louv

Mar. 24:

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

by David Wroblewski

Apr. 28:
The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

(part of the Big Read program)

Mack Library, Northampton Community College
College Center, 4th Floor

To Register Call: Olga Conneen, 610-861-5358

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Philosophy Titles on E-book Database

The Credo Reference e-book database recently added 13 new titles, including these three of interest to students taking philosophy and religion courses:

University of Chicago Press, 2005;

Continuum Publishing, 2005;

Routledge Publishing, 1997.

For off-campus access to the Credo Reference database, contact the NCC Libraries' reference staff by telephone at 610-861-5359, or by e-mail.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This Day in History

If you had to name one famous woman poet, Emily Dickinson would probably come to mind before anyone else. Today is the anniversary of the birth (1830) of this important author. Though Dickinson led a humble life and rarely strayed from her home in Massachusetts, she had a sharp mind and strong sense of observation. Most of her poetry was published after her death.

The NCC Libraries have collections of Dickinson's poetry and books that analyze her works (see sample titles, below). Additional biographical information and criticism are available through the online databases Literature Resource Center and MagillOnLiterature Plus. For off-campus access instructions, contact a reference librarian by phone at 610-861-5359, or by e-mail.

Works by Emily Dickinson:

Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems
PS 1541 .A133 Stacks

Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
PS 1541 .A1 1960 Stacks, Main campus and Monroe

Complete Poems
PS 1541 .A1 1960 Stacks

Materials about Emily Dickinson:

Emily Dickinson
by Fernanda Dominguez
PS 1541 .E44 2006 (DVD) Media Tower

Emily Dickinson: Monarch of Perception
by Domhnall Mitchell
PS 1541 .Z5 M58 2000 Stacks

Emily Dickinson (from the "Bloom's Major Poets" series)
by Harold Bloom
PS 1541 .Z5 E38 1999 Stacks

The Emily Dickinson Handbook
by Gudrun Grabher
PS 1541 .Z5 E396 1998 Stacks

Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief
by Roger Lundin
PS 1541 .Z5 L86 1998 Stacks

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Now that winter is coming, we all face seasonal health concerns. Should I get a flu shot? Which medication is better for this sniffle: a decongestant or antihistamine? Is this itchy patch just typical dry skin, or a rash that needs medical attention? Was my upset stomach caused simply by eating too many holiday goodies, or is it food poisoning?

When it comes to your health, don't fool around with unreliable, potentially dangerous information from the World Wide Web. Trust the Consumer Health Complete database, brought to you by the NCC Libraries.

Consumer Health Complete is a module of the EBSCOhost database that provides health information from trustworthy sources such as the Mayo Clinic, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and Harvard University. The database can be searched by the name of a disease, by symptoms, by surgical procedure, or by categories of health care topics such as "mental health," "children's health," "substance abuse" and so on.

In addition to helpful background information on medical conditions, such as a description of symptoms, diagnoses and treatments, Consumer Health Complete also offers detailed diagrams of the affected body systems, videos and animations, pamphlets, and patient guides to prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Consumer Health Complete is easy to use, and is available to NCC students, faculty and staff 24 hours a day. For access instructions, contact a reference librarian by phone, (610) 861-5359, or by e-mail. The NCC Librarians wish you a healthy holiday season!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Course Reserves

It's that time of the semester again, when you are bogged down with papers, exams and projects. Sometimes it seems as though everyone in your class is writing about the same topic that you are interested in. The NCC Libraries anticipate that, so along with your instructors, we have placed many items on Course Reserve.

This means that popular items are placed at the Circulation Desk and must remain in the Library so everyone can use the materials. Most Course Reserves can be checked out for a 2-hour time period so that you may take some notes or make photocopies (which cost ten cents per page) of the information you need. Some Course Reserves for this semester include:

  • Fairy tale criticism

  • August Wilson's Fences text and criticism

  • Books on current, controversial topics.
There are many more materials at the Circulation Desk. Your professor may tell you to check out the Course Reserves or you may notice that the NCC Library Catalog tells you that the item is located at the Circ-Desk, which indicates the item is on reserve. Be sure to bring your student ID card, the title of the item you're interested in or your professor's name, and some change in case you want to make copies!

Good luck with your final projects!

Friday, December 5, 2008

This Day in History

Today marks the birthday of esssayist Joan Didion. Her social commentaries and novels are known for their offbeat perspective and style, which categorized Didion with writers known as practitioners of the "New Journalism." Other members of this movement include Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe.

Pick up one of Didion's pieces at the NCC Libraries to get a true sense of her provocative style of literary journalism.

Works by Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking
PS 3554 .I33 Z63 2005 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Democracy: A Novel
PS 3554 .I33 D4 1984 Stacks

The White Album
PS 3554 .I33 W4 Stacks

Slouching Towards Bethlehem
PS 3554 .I33 S55 Stacks

The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology From the Classical Era to the Present
edited by Phillip Lopate
PN 6141 .A78 1995

Writing Women's Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth Century American Women Writers

edited by Susan Neunzig Cahill

PS 151 .W75 1994

Works about Joan Didion:

The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution by Marc Weingarten
PS 366 .R44 W45 2006

Joan Didion
by Katherine Henderson
PS 3554 .I33 Z68

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New McNaughton Titles

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

The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck

The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook
by Paula Deen

Foul Pla
by Janet Evanovich

Wishful Drinking
by Carrie Fisher

32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business
by "Magic" Johnson

Sing Them Home
by Stephanie Kallos