Monday, March 30, 2009

Big Read 2009: "The Great Gatsby"

Would you enjoy reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, along with the entire community? If so, get ready for April's Big Read Program! Sponsored in conjunction with the Easton Area Public Library, the Big Read is a national initiative encouraging communities to read a book of their choosing and celebrate the book together.

Northampton Community College is hosting three events centered on this year's Big Read selection:
  • Monroe Campus Panel Discussion: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in Room 150. Three panelists -- Associate Dean Hazel Fisher, Assistant Professor Karen Britt (Business) and Assistant Professor Beth Wheeler (English) -- will discuss different aspects of The Great Gatsby.

  • Main Campus Panel Discussion: Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the Kiva. Four new panelists -- Jim Benner, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning; Assistant Professor Judith Buenaflor (Education); Assistant Professor Cara McClintock-Walsh (English); and Instructor James Reibman (History) -- will share their perspectives on the novel.

  • Main Campus Book Discussion: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Room CC-440 (Library Conference Room). Join faculty, staff and students as we discuss Fitzgerald's work.
In addition to these engaging college activities, the Easton Area Public Library has arranged other community happenings involving The Great Gatsby. Check out the Big Read web site for information on a 1920s-style fashion show, a speaker at Lafayette College, and a dance workshop at the YMCA. The NCC Libraries have the original text of The Great Gatsby on reserve for Big Read participants, and the main campus library also offers the material in audiobook and graphic novel formats. We hope you join our community by reading The Great Gatsby and taking part in these exciting events!

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Leisure Reading Titles

Hopefully, last week's Spring Break gave you a chance to catch up on some pleasure reading! Take a look at some recent additions (just arrived this week!) to our McNaughton Leisure Reading Collection.

While you're here visiting our blog, don't forget to tell us about some of your favorite authors and book genres so we can make this collection more enjoyable for you! Click here to take a brief survey that will help us in this mission.

A Journal for Jordan
by Dana Canedy

Grand Finale
by Janet Evanovich

Still Life
by Joy Fielding

One Second After
by William Forstchen

Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
by Gil McNeil

by Karen Robards

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This Day In History: Tennessee Williams

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tennessee Williams is remembered tomorrow on the anniversary of his birth in 1911. Williams is best known for the plays A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, both featuring Southern characters who struggle with difficult relationships made worse by the repression of post-World War II society. Williams is also notable among American playwrights of this era for being one of the first to openly address homosexuality in his writing.

Students of both literature and theater will appreciate Williams' classic plays, which are populated by complex, emotional characters. Stop by the NCC Libraries to find more information about Tennessee Williams and his works.

The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams
PS 3545 .I5365 A17 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

by Tennessee Williams
PS 3545 .I5365 A6 2006 Stacks

The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia
by Philip C. Kolin
PS 3545 .I5365 Z459 2004 Stacks

Plays: 1957-1980
by Tennessee Williams
PS 3545 .I5365 A6 2000 Stacks

Tennessee Williams (from the Bloom's Major Dramatists series)
by Harold Bloom
PS 3545 .I5365 Z843 2000 Stacks

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [DVD]
Film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman
PS 3545 .I5365 C3 1999 Media Tower

Readings on "The Glass Menagerie"
by Thomas Siebold
PS 3545 .I5365 G539 1998 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Streetcar Named Desire [DVD]
Film adaptation starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando
PS 3545 .I5365 S873 1997 Media Tower

Tennessee Williams: A Study of the Short Fiction
by Dennis P. Vannatta
PS 3545 .I5365 Z857 1988 Stacks

Photo credit: "Tennessee Williams." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Vol. 16. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2004. 306-308. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Northampton Community College. 18 Mar. 2009 .

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

National Cleaning Week: March 23-27

Do you still need to pack away your winter sweaters, clean behind the fridge, and vacuum the entire house? Are you ready to get organized, manage your finances, or even prepare your taxes? National Cleaning Week is the perfect time for spring cleaning and organizing. Not inspired to use the weekend to get your house in order? Don't feel bad -- nobody is expected to love cleaning as much as the lady in this 1959 advertisement! Fortunately, the NCC Libraries can help you find tips to make cleaning go faster, while causing less harm to the environment.

Green Housekeeping: In Which the Nontoxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family While You Save Time, Money, and Perhaps, Your Sanity
by Ellen Sandbeck
TX 324 .S25 2008 Stacks

When Organizing Isn't Enough: Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life
by Julie Morgenstern
HF 5386 .M76225 2008 Browsing section (McNaughton Leisure Reading collection)

Don't Throw It Out
by Lori Baird
TX 303 .B25 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Naturally Clean Home: 121 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Nontoxic Cleansers
by Karyn Siegel-Maier
E-BOOK (Online)

Unclutter Your Home: 7 Simple Steps, 700 Tips & Ideas
by Donna Smallin
E-BOOK (Online)

Time Management From the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule -- And Your Life
by Julie Morgenstern
HD 69 .T54 M66 2004 Stacks

Get Organized in the Digital Age: Use Technology to Save Time, Simplify Tasks, and Stay Sane in a High-Speed World
by Lucy H. Hedrick
E-BOOK (Online)

Photo credit: 1959 Singer Vacuum Cleaners advertisement.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Library Book Discussion Group Today!

Library Book Discussion Group

at Northampton Community College

All Are Welcome!

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David Wroblewski

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
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.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Break Hours

The NCC Main Campus Library will run on a modified schedule during spring break. Be sure to check out our hours below. This information is also listed on the right side of the blog, under the section "Library Hours."

Sat. 3/14-Sun. 3/15: Open regular weekend hours

Mon. 3/16-Fri. 3/20: Library open 8 AM to 5 PM

Sat. 3/21-Sun. 3/22: Library closed

Mon. 3/23: Resume regular hours

Welcome, Spring!

Today we not only say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, it is also National Agriculture Day. As the ground begins to thaw, farmers in the Northern Hemisphere can rejoice in the growth of new crops.

Agriculture is a hot topic in the media, with much attention being given to food shortages, fertilizers, genetically modified plants and organically grown food. Read up on the current controversy by looking at some of these resources from the NCC Libraries:

Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis
by Rowan Jacobsen
SF 538.3 .U6 J33 2008 New Books section, Main and Monroe

Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa
by Robert L. Paarlberg
S 494.5 .B563 P33 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty
by Mark Winne
HC 110 .P6 W54 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Future of Food [DVD]
by Deborah Koons Garcia
TP 248.65 .F66 F89 2007 Media Tower and Monroe

Seeds for the Future: The Impact of Genetically Modified Crops on the Environment
by Jennifer A. Thomson
SB 123.57 .T494 2007 Stacks

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
GT 2850 .P65 2006 Stacks

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto – The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
by Peter Pringle
S 494.5 .B563 P74 2003 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Coming soon:
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
by Michael Pollan

Photo credit: North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This Day In History: Medical Ethics

On this day in 2005, Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was removed. Schiavo had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years, following a heart attack that caused brain damange. This resulted in a long legal battle between her husband -- who wanted her removed from life support -- and her parents, who believed she was still conscious and should remain on life support. The case made it through various Florida courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Florida. The U.S. Supreme Court refused four times to hear the case. Schiavo ultimately died on March 31, 2005.

The controversial topics of euthanasia, assisted suicide and the right to die are often assigned for CMTH102 (Speech Communication), and various Philosophy and Ethics classes. The NCC Libraries have many books on these subjects, as well as a variety of helpful online resources such as the Opposing Viewpoints, and CQ Researcher databases.

The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life
by Arthur Caplan
R 726 .C357 2006 Stacks

Death and Dying: End-of-Life Controversies
by Sandra Alters
R 726 .D42 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

To Die Well: Your Right to Comfort, Calm and Choice in the Last Days of Life
by Sidney H. Wanzer
R 726.8 .W36 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Health Care Directives
by Margaret C. Jasper
KF 3827 .I5 J3 2007 Stacks

Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America
by William H. Colby
R 726 .C637 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die
by M. Pabst Battin
R 726 .B329 2005 Stacks

Photo credit:
Jost, K. (2005, May 13). Right to die. CQ Researcher, 15, 421-444. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from CQ Researcher Online,

Monday, March 16, 2009

Freedom of Information Day

On March 16, celebrate Freedom of Information Day and your right to know! The American Library Association commemorates this day to call attention to the importance of "public access to government information" and "the public's right to know." This year will mark the 43rd time Freedom of Information Day has been celebrated. The event falls around the birthday of former president James Madison, who was known as the Father of the Constitution and called for an open government. Madison authored the First Amendment to the Constitution, which gives Americans the right to free speech.

Freedom of information can mean many things: access to any type of material, regardless of content; documents that are uncensored; and the freedom of citizens and the press to express all ideas, however unpopular or controversial they may be. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966. This federal law establishes the public's right to obtain information from government agencies, and is often invoked by investigative journalists. For a list of news stories that would have been impossible to report without the help of the FOIA law, visit George Washington University's National Security Archive web site.

The NCC Libraries have a variety of materials related to these issues, including:

Freedom of Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property [DVD]
by Kembrew McLeod
KF 2979 .F744 2007 Media Tower

Censored 2007: The Top 25 Censored Stories
by Peter Phillips
Z 658 .U5 C35 2006 Stacks

Information Ethics: Privacy, Property, and Power
by Adam D. Moore
JC 585 .I59 2005 Stacks

Secrecy Wars: National Security, Privacy, and the Public's Right to Know
by Philip H. Melanson
JK 468 .S4 M45 2001 Stacks

Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview
by the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Information and Privacy
KF 5753 .A315 F7 2000 Reference

Freedom of Information and the Right to Know: The Origins and Applications of the Freedom of Information Act
by Herbert N. Foerstel
KF 5753 .F64 1999 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Friday, March 13, 2009

This Day in History: Albert Einstein

Arguably one of the smartest people in history, Albert Einstein never actually graduated from high school! This genius is remembered tomorrow on his birth anniversary (1879) for his significant contributions to science. From the theory of relativity to the famous formula "e=mc²," Einstein changed the way that physics was studied.

This Nobel Prize winner led a fascinating life, which can be explored through these sources from the NCC Libraries. For more information about Einstein's theories and other concepts in physics, visit the Access Science database.

Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
QC 16 .E5 I7 2007 Stacks (also available as an audiobook)

Einstein's Jury: The Race to Test Relativity
by Jeffrey Crelinsten
QC 173.585 .C74 2006 Stacks

Einstein's Big Idea [DVD]
by David Bodanis
QC 73.8 .C6 2005 Media Tower

Relativity: The Special and General Theory
by Albert Einstein
E-BOOK (Online)

Einstein's Dreams
by Alan P. Lightman
PS 3562 .I45397 E38 1993 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Universe and Dr. Einstein
by Lincoln Kinnear Barnett
QC 6 .B33 1957 Stacks

Photo credit:

"Einstein, Albert." Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005. Credo Reference. 06 March 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hidden Gems: LOL @ the Library

Spring Break is still nearly a week away, and you need a good laugh. The NCC Libraries have got you covered! Take a quick study break with these class clowns -- they’ll put a smile on your face.

Glory Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Novelties [sound recording]
M 1630.18 .G66 2000 Media Tower

This collection includes the classic songs “Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Leader of the Laundromat,” “Purple People Eater,” “Charlie Brown” and that perennial Halloween favorite, “Monster Mash.”

Strictly for Music Lovers [sound recording]
by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
M 1977 .H7 S655 1999 Media Tower

These song parodies, from the 1940s and 1950s, are famous for their goofy sound effects and silly singing contributed by voice actors like the legendary Mel Blanc. You might recognize Spike Jones’ most famous song, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life [audiobook]
by Steve Martin
PN 2287 .M5224 A3 2007 Media Tower

Comedian and writer Steve Martin talks about everything from his first job in show business -- doing magic tricks at Disneyland -- to the heady days of his “wild and crazy guy” character on Saturday Night Live and the explosive popularity of his song “King Tut.” Martin also explains why he ultimately put away the white suit and quit stand-up comedy.

Pioneers of Television [DVD]
produced by PBS Home Video
PN 1992.3 .U5 P56 2008 New Books section

This documentary includes segments on late night talk shows, sitcoms, variety shows and game shows, featuring early clips of Johnny Carson, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Dick Van Dyke, Flip Wilson, Steve Allen and the Smothers Brothers.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
BD 31 .C38 2007 New Books section

The authors were a big hit on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and they now explain the imponderables of philosophy using the familiar framework of everyday jokes.

Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America
by Richard Zoglin PN 1969 .C65 Z64 2008 New Books section

It all started with a bar, a brick wall and a microphone – the revolution in stand-up comedy that put an end to the “Take my wife – please!” joke format, and replaced it with stream-of-consciousness storytelling that had a political, satirical, often raunchy, attitude. Find out how comedy went from buttoned-down to coked up, then back to family-friendly again, all in a matter of a few decades and millions of dollars.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Leisure Reading Titles

Here are the newest additions to our McNaughton Leisure Reading Collection! Stop by the NCC Libraries to check one out!

Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon
by Nancy Atherton

The Gardner Heist
by Ulrich Boser

Handle With Care
by Jodi Picoult

If you'd like to tell us a bit about your favorite types of books so that we can add those genres to our McNaughton Leisure Reading Collection, be sure to take our survey!

Monday, March 9, 2009

This Day in History: Harriet Tubman

Tomorrow commemorates the anniversary of the death of famed African-American abolitionist and women's right advocate Harriet Tubman (1913). This former slave helped numerous other slaves escape bondage through the network of safehouses known as the Underground Railroad. Tubman even fought in the Civil War as a spy for the Union Army. After her death, she was buried with military honors.

To learn about this inspiring woman's life, take a look at some Library materials:

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
by Catherine Clinton
E 444 .T82 C57 2004 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Bound for the promised land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero
by Kate Clifford Larson
E 444 .T82 L37 2004 Stacks

Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories
by Jean McMahon Humez
E 444 .T82 H86 2003 Stacks

Harriet Tubman
by Sarah H. Bradford
E 444 .T894 Stacks

The African-American Experience: Search the name Tubman to find numerous encyclopedia articles discussing her life. There are even primary sources (documents written when Tubman was alive) and photographs, such as the one pictured above.

History Resource Center U.S.: Run a People search on Tubman to find more biographies, plus articles about her.

Search the general periodicals databases ProQuest and EBSCOhost to find various articles about Tubman that were published in modern magazines, journals and newspapers.

Friday, March 6, 2009

This Day In History: Michelangelo

If someone mentions the name Michelangelo, you'll probably think of the famous artist -- or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Sorry, Turtle fans! Today we're celebrating the birth anniversary of the beloved Renaissance artist, who was born on March 6, 1475.

Michelangelo is one of the most famous artists of all time. He was a painter, sculptor, architect and poet. His best known works include the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican; his sculpture of the Biblical figure David; several versions of the Pieta (depictions of the Virgin Mary with Jesus after the crucifixion); and the design of the dome on Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Stop by the NCC Libraries for some books on Michelangelo's work and the Italian Renaissance:

History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture
by Frederick Hartt
N 6915 .H37 2007 Stacks

Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master
by Hugo Chapman
NC 257 .B8 A4 2005 Stacks, Main and Monroe

I, Michelangelo
by Georgia Illetschko
N 6923 .B9 I45 2004 Stacks

The Renaissance
by Raymond Obstfeld
CB 361 .R372 2002 Stacks

Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
by Jane Shoaf Turner
N 6370 .E53 2000 Stacks

The Unknown Michelangelo
by Matthew Besdine
N 6923 .B9 B47 1985 Stacks

Michelangelo: Paintings, Sculptures, Architecture
by Ludwig Goldscheider
N 6923 .B9 G57 Stacks

Studies in Italian Renaissance Architecture
by Wolfgang Lotz
NA 1115 .L67 Stacks

Picture credit:
Neil R. Bonner, ed., Michelangelo Buonarroti Web site, 14 December 2001,, Inc., <> (4 March 2009), Early Life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

National Grammar Day

Do you know the difference between occasions when you should use the words "well" and "good?" How about "farther" and "further?" Take a moment to improve your grammar by celebrating National Grammar Day!

Whether you need to brush up on the rules of the English language, or just want to impress your professor with the correct usage of "which" or "that," everyone should make an effort to correct grammatical errors. Just don't fix someone else's mistakes with spray paint, like the guys from the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL), who were arrested and sentenced to one year's probation for vandalizing a sign at the Grand Canyon!

Both NCC Libraries have resources related to grammar that will help answer your nagging questions about proper usage for writing and speaking. The main campus
Library would also like to remind you of our new Adult Literacy collection of books and audio CDs, devoted to aiding students for whom English is a second language. These ESL materials are located in our Browsing collection behind the display of current magazines. For general help with grammar, try one of these titles:

Visual Grammar
by Christian Leborg
N 7430.5 .L3913 2006 Stacks

A Glossary of English Grammar

by Geoffrey N. Leech
PE 1112 .L44 2006 Reference

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English

by PatriciaT. O'Conner
PE 1112 .O28 2004 Stacks

Plain Style: A Guide to Written English

by Christopher Lasch
PE 1408 .L3195 2002 Stacks

English Grammar for the Utterly Confused

by Laurie Rozakis
E-BOOK (Online)

The Good Grammar Guide

by Richard Palmer
E-BOOK (Online)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March Is Women's History Month

Kick off Women's History Month by learning about the first Women's Rights Convention, which was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in July 1848. It was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two pioneers of women's rights. Stanton (pictured at left) authored the document Declaration of Sentiment, a women's version of the Declaration of Independence. Among other things, it called for the reversal of laws that prevented women from voting and owning property. Of the 300 participants who attended this convention, only 70 women and 30 men signed the Declaration of Sentiment -- but this historic meeting of minds was crucial in the movement toward women's suffrage and women's rights.

Lucretia Mott (pictured below) was one of many proponents of women's rights who also supported the abolition of slavery -- even going so far as to assist in the escape of fugitive slaves. The two women met while Mott was attending a meeting of Quaker abolitionists, and they decided to join forces in their efforts to win civil rights for slaves and women.

Visit the main campus Library's Women's History Month display for more inspiring stories, and check out some materials related to this topic. And don't miss the biographies of other women's rights activists available on the Credo Reference and History Resource Center databases.

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement
by Sally Gregory McMillen
HQ 1418 .M36 2008 Stacks

The Essential Feminist Reader
by Estelle B. Freedman
HQ 1154 .E77 2007 Stacks

The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Vivian Gornick
HQ 1413 .S67 G67 2005 Stacks

The Road to Seneca Falls: A Story About Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Gwenyth Swain
E-BOOK (Online)

Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony [DVD]
by Ken Burns
HQ 1412 .W36 2003 Media Tower

Valiant Friend: The Life of Lucretia Mott
by Margaret Hope Bacon
HQ 1413 .M68 B33 Stacks

Women’s Rights
by Shasta Gaughen
HQ 1236 .W6526 2003 Stacks

Photo credits:

"Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, (1815 – 1902)." The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia. West Chiltington: Crystal Reference, 2005. Credo Reference. 26 February 2009

"Mott, Lucretia Coffin." Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2001. Credo Reference. 26 February 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

McNaughton March Madness!

It’s time for McNaughton March Madness!

Do you read for fun in your spare time? Have you checked out a leisure reading book from the Library’s McNaughton collection of popular fiction, mystery and romance novels? Did you know that there is such a collection?

The NCC Libraries launched the Leisure Reading (McNaughton) collection two years ago, so the time has come to find out how you like it! The books in this collection have green labels and this "M" logo on their covers, and include popular fiction and other bestsellers. For a sampling of recent additions to the McNaughton collection, take a look at this blog entry.

The NCC Libraries want to tailor this special collection to your needs, so we are asking for your help. Please take our brief survey to let us know what kind of "fun" books you enjoy reading. You'll also find a link to the survey on the right side of the blog's screen, in the sidebar. Click the link to head over to our Survey Monkey website, where you can answer a few questions about your reading preferences.

The survey runs until the end of March! We appreciate your time and consideration!