Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Feel the Beat: It's International Dance Day!

Get out there and show us your best moves: it's International Dance Day! Ready to share your dance talent with the NCC campus? Join Acta Non Verba, the student dance club. Or select a credit or non-credit dance class to take -- such as Ballet, Ballroom Dancing, Swing or Country Western Line Dancing -- by visiting the Course Search section of the NCC web site. Be sure to designate whether you are interested in a credit or non-credit course.

To really get into the groove, check out some of these Library resources on the history of dance.

Before, Between, and Beyond: Three Decades of Dance Writing
by Sally Banes
GV 1599 .B36 2007 Stacks

Social Dancing in America: A History and Reference
by Ralph G. Giordano
GV 1623 .G56 2007 (2 vols.) Stacks, Main and Monroe

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
by Barbara Ehrenreich
GT 3940 .E47 2007 Stacks

Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance
by Marcia B. Siegel
GV 1785 .T43 S54 2006 Stacks

Denishawn: The Birth of Modern Dance [DVD]
by June MacLaren Reed
GV 1783 .D46 2006 Media Tower

Tango: The Art History of Love
by Robert Farris Thompson
GV 1796 .T3 T46 2006 Stacks

New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout 1& 2 [DVD]
by Peter Martins
GV 505 .N49 2006 (2 vols.) Media Tower

Photo credit: "Poster from original production of West Side Story." New York: Artcraft, 1958. Artcraft poster collection, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Exhibition: West Side Story: Birth of a Classic. 27 April 2009. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/westsidestory/introduction/

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Online Learning Students: You Must Contact Library To Schedule Final Exams!

ALL online learning exams, both paper and computer-based, MUST be scheduled in advance at the Mack Library Testing Center.

Advance scheduling will be done between April 27 and May 11. Failure to make your exam appointment by May 11 will require you to make other testing arrangements with your instructor.

To schedule your appointment at the Main campus library, please phone 610-861-5329.

To schedule your appointment at the Monroe campus library, call 570-620-9221 ext 229.


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 and time.

If you're taking courses on campus, take a look at the Spring 2009 Final Exam schedule. Be sure to note the date, time and room location for each exam -- they may not match the time and location of your class during the semester.

Upcoming MAIN CAMPUS Library Hours for Spring 09 Final Exam Week:

5/12 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5/13 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5/14 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5/15 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5/16 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5/17 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
5/18 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Upcoming MONROE CAMPUS Library Hours for Spring 09 Final Exam Week:

5/12 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5/13 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5/14 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5/15 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5/16 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
5/17 CLOSED
5/18 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Big Read" Book Discussion Group Today!

Library Book Discussion Group

at Northampton Community College

Special April Title for the Big Read Program

All Are Welcome!


The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald


When
: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 -- 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Where:
Mack Library
College Center
4th Floor, Room 440

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

New Leisure Reading Titles

Here are the newest additions to our McNaughton Leisure Reading Collection. Click the blue links to read reviews, then stop by the NCC Libraries to check one out!



Turn Coat by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files series)










Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini









Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson








Diary by Eileen Goudge










World in Half by Cristina Henriquez









Might as Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond








Love or Something Like It by Deirdre Shaw









Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern









Killer Keepsakes by Jane Cleland









Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas









Life Without Summer by Lynne Griffin









Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice







The Way We Were by Marcia Willett


Friday, April 24, 2009

"Hot L Baltimore" at Monroe Campus Tonight!

If you’re interested in classic American drama, you won’t want to miss this event! Starting tonight (Friday, April 24) at 7:30 p.m., the Monroe Campus Community Room will host a student production of Lanford Wilson’s play The Hot L Baltimore.” The NCC web site describes the play:

This Pulitzer Prize winner focuses on the residents of a rundown hotel (so seedy that it has lost the “e” from its marquee). This “day-in-the-life” drama records their everyday encounters, both human comedy and tragedy. The resulting mosaic becomes a poignant, powerful call to America to recover lost values and to restore itself in its own – and the world’s – eyes.

To find out who will be appearing onstage, click here for the cast list.

For more information on Lanford Wilson and his other plays, stop by the NCC Libraries for these resources:

Collected Works
by Lanford Wilson
PS 3573 .I458 A6 1999 (3 vols.) New Books section

Burn This: A Play
by Lanford Wilson
PS 3573 .I458 B8 1988 Stacks

Best American Short Plays, 1996-1997
contains Wilson’s play “Your Everyday Ghost Story”
PN 6111 .B47 1996-1997 Stacks

Lanford Wilson, Playwright [VHS video]
from the “Harold Clurman Seminar on Theater” series
PS 3573 .I458 Z468 (2 vols.) Media Tower

You can also visit the North American Theatre Online database for more information on Wilson and his works.

Photo credit: Lanford Wilson. "2008-2009 Season Preview: Talley's Folly." McCarter Theatre Blog. 23 April 2009. http://www.mccarter.org/blog/index.php/archives/date/2008/07

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reminder: Big Read Event Today!

If you were unable to make Tuesday's Monroe Campus Panel Discussion on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, don't worry! A similar event is being held on Main Campus today.

The Main Campus Panel Discussion takes place on 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.

Even if you attended the Monroe Campus Panel Discussion, you will hear new information and perspectives at this second panel!

Northampton Community College is hosting three events as part of Easton Area Public Library's Big Read Program. EAPL is one of this year's grant recipients for the Big Read initiative.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day by doing something to help the environment! You've heard the scary stories about global warming, overflowing garbage dumps and materials that cannot be recycled. Today is the day to reflect on what can be done to change things for the better.

Recycle your plastic water bottle -- or better yet, use a refillable, washable mug to transport water. Ask your professor if he/she will accept a research paper printed on both sides of the sheet, to conserve paper. Find someone to carpool with by using NCC's online RideShare program. If we all take these tiny steps, it will make a positive impact on the entire world.

To get involved in environmental issues on campus, join students and faculty in NCC's Environmental Task Force. This fantastic organization meets monthly, and has launched campus initiatives like recycling and the RideShare program.

The NCC Libraries contain many books on environmental issues, going "green," earth-friendly careers and climate change. By borrowing books from the Library, you're reusing resources -- what could be easier? Here are some titles that are perfect for Earth Day:

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- And How It Can Renew America
by Thomas L. Friedman
GE 197 .F76 2008 Display shelf

Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy
by Jay Inslee
HD 9502 .U52 I536 2008 Stacks

MySpace, OurPlanet: Change Is Possible
by Tom Anderson
GE 195 .A53 2008 Display shelf

Greenjobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment
by A. Bronwyn Llewellyn
GE 60 .L54 2008 Display shelf

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

Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style
by Christie Matheson
GE 195.7 .M38 2008 Display shelf

Go Green: How to Build an Earth-Friendly Community
by Nancy H. Taylor
GE 195 .T39 2008 Display shelf

U.S. National Debate Topic 2008-2009:Alternative Energy
by Paul McCaffrey
TJ 808 .U82 2008 Stacks

With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change
by Fred Pearce
QC 981.8 .C5 P415 2007 Stacks

The Hot Topic: What We Can do About Global Warming
by Gabrielle Walker
QC 981.8 .G56 W35 2008 Stacks

The Environment: A Revolution in Attitudes
by Kimberly Masters Evans
TD 172 .E58 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Photo credit:
"Plant and Tree Collection." Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. 21 April 2009. http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/index.shtml

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Calling All Library Users: Take Our Survey!

At the NCC Libraries, we want to provide our users with the best possible resources and services. To accomplish this goal, we use a survey to collect comments from students, faculty and staff.

The Library survey is being conducted this week (April 20-24), so if you didn't already fill out a paper questionnaire, be sure to click here and answer the brief list of questions online.

The Library staff values your input, so don't miss this opportunity to tell us what you think. Thank you for your comments!

Reminder: Big Read Event @ Monroe Today!

Have you finished reading your copy of The Great Gatsby? Even if you haven't gotten around to it, learn about the life and times of the book during the Big Read Panel Discussion!

The Monroe Campus Panel Discussion takes place today (Tuesday), April 21, 2009 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in Room 150 at the Monroe Campus. 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, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Northampton Community College is hosting three events as part of Easton Area Public Library's Big Read Program. EAPL is one of this year's grant recipients for the Big Read initiative. Stay tuned to SpartaBlog! for future Big Read announcements!

Monday, April 20, 2009

This Day In History: Charlotte Brontë

Tomorrow commemorates the birthday of famous 19th-century novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816). This British author is best known for her book Jane Eyre, but also wrote the novels Shirley and Villette. You may recognize the name of Charlotte's sister Emily, who wrote another novel considered significant for this period, Wuthering Heights. Charlotte aspired to open her own school and worked as a governess (tutor) in the homes of wealthy families. Unfortunately, after achieving moderate success with the publication of her books, she passed away after a difficult pregnancy.

The NCC Libraries contain a variety of works by and about Charlotte Brontë:

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
PR 4167 .J36 2005 Stacks (also available as an e-book)

Jane Eyre [film adaptation]
Produced for the television series “Masterpiece Theatre”
Starring Toby Stephens, Ruth Wilson and Francesca Annis
PR 4167 .J363 2007 (DVD) Media Tower

Villette
by Charlotte Brontë
PR 4167 .V5 1998

Emma Brown
by Clare Boylan
PR 6052 .O9193 E47 2004 Browsing section (McNaughton Leisure Reading Collection)
This book is based on an unfinished manuscript that was discovered after Charlotte Brontë’s death. Another author finished the novel.

Understanding Jane Eyre: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

by Debra Teachman
PR 4167 .J3 T43 2001 Stacks, Main and Monroe (also available as an e-book)

Charlotte Brontë: The Evolution of Genius

by Winifred Gérin
PR 4168 .G4 Stacks

Charlotte and Emily Brontë

by Norman Sherry
PR 4168 .S36 1970 Stacks

British Women Fiction Writers of the 19th Century

by Harold Bloom
PR 868 .W6 B75 1998 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Source consulted:

“Brontë, Charlotte.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 11 Feb. 2009. <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-856>.

Illustration credit:

“Brontë, Charlotte.” Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 11 Feb. 2009. <http://search.eb.com/eb/art-15595>.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Your Library Helps You Shop Smarter During Consumer Awareness Week!

Take the weekend to prepare for Consumer Awareness Week! During this uncertain economy, it's more important than ever to choose wisely when making purchases. Visit a past SpartaBlog! post, "Why Did I Buy That?", for a peek at what goes through the minds of consumers. Also visit the web sites listed below for coupons, industry information, money-saving shopping tips, and advice to help you avoid being ripped off.

Consumer Behavior News (ScienceDaily) -- Ever wonder how -- or why -- advertising works? Do you know how much influence children have on their parents' buying decisions? Why do you feel less of an urge to buy something if you keep your hands off the merchandise? These questions and more are answered by this column on the Science Daily web site.

Consumer.gov -- This web site compiles safety, health and consumer protection information from a variety of government agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and many others. Don't miss the Scam Alert! feature, which provides warnings about online fraud, identity theft and other crimes that target consumers.

ConsumerWorld -- If you want to compare prices before you buy, look for discounts, research brands and find amazing new ways to save money, you've come to the right place!

The Consumerist Blog -- A forum for wary shoppers (some of them a wee bit angry!) to share information about how they've been fleeced -- so you don't have to fall into the same trap. No wonder they call it the web site where "Shoppers Bite Back"!

Consumer Behavior: The Psychology of Marketing. Lars Perner, Ph.D., University of Southern California -- For some scholarly research on why consumers buy what they do (even if they shouldn't), visit this web site. The author is the Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing at the Marshall School of Business, U.S.C.

Coupons.com -- The name of this web site says it all. Print your own coupons to save money on your favorite brand-name products.

MyCoupons -- This coupon site can be searched by the type of product you're buying, or by the name of the store. Includes national chains like WalMart, Staples, Best Buy, Toys"R"Us and more.

Coupon Cabin -- Before you order anything online, visit this web site first! Click the web coupons to save money on your entire order. Includes stores like Target, Home Depot and K-Mart, as well as services like flower delivery, tax preparation and Weight Watchers.

Photo credit:
"2009 Lincoln Cents." The U.S. Mint. 7 April 2009. http://www.usmint.gov/kids/coinNews/cents/

Thursday, April 16, 2009

LibGuides: Facebook Meets Library Research!

The NCC Libraries are experimenting with LibGuides, a new web-based format for organizing and distributing information on library resources. The online LibGuides system could replace traditional paper handouts, saving money and natural resources.

Each LibGuide is designed to give you a customized description of library resources in a specific subject area. So far, the NCC librarians have created five LibGuides:

Biology – Yeast & Fermentation
Literary Criticism
Locating Resources for Your Argumentative Research Paper
Principles of Sociology
Psychology

All are available from the “Guides and Tutorials” page of the Library’s web site, which is listed under Research Guides.

Please take a look and tell us what you think! You can send the librarians feedback by answering the survey located on each LibGuides page.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Don't Forget: Taxes Are Due Today


This is just a friendly reminder from your NCC librarians: taxes are due today! Did you completely forget about turning in these forms? Go to the
Internal Revenue Service web site and get information about payment plans or filing an extension.

If you've already filed your federal tax return electronically, you can check the status of your refund by going to the IRS' "Where's My Refund?" web page.

For state tax forms, filing instructions, and information about requesting an extension, go to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue web site.

Monday, April 13, 2009

We Love National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week! The American Library Association's annual celebration honors the nation's libraries and librarians. This year's theme is: Worlds Connect @ Your Library. The NCC Libraries provide free Internet access at both locations, so take a moment to appreciate the fact that you can connect to your friends, family and loved ones no matter where they are in the world. Exercise your right to access information by visiting the NCC Libraries to use the computers, relax with the newest issue of a magazine, or pick up a book to read. Some facts about libraries and books:


  • There are more than 120,000 libraries in the United States. This figure includes public libraries, school (grades K-12) libraries and academic (college/university) libraries. Did you know that there are also many special libraries? Medical libraries, law libraries and corporate libraries are just a few examples. Librarians also work in archives, museums and historical societies, and help with genealogical research.

  • There are more than 130,000 professional librarians in America, who hold a master's degree in library and information science. There are also close to 200,000 paraprofessional library workers across the country, who may have undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines or other job training. Northampton Community College offers a specialized diploma program, available via online learning, for students who would like to work as Library Technical Assistants. Tuesday, April 14, is National Library Worker's Day, so be sure to tell your favorite NCC Library staff members how much you appreciate what they do!

  • Looking for some classic books to read? Check out Time magazine's choices for the Top 100 Novels of All Time.
Want to read some interesting books about librarians and the library profession? The NCC Libraries have some titles for you!

Quiet, Please: Dispatches From a Public Librarian

by Scott Douglas
Z 720 .D68 A3 2008 New Books section

The Library at Night
by Alberto Manguel
Z 721 .M25 2008 New Books section

Dewey: A Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron
SF 445.5 .M97 2008 New Books section

Library facts courtesy of:
American Library Association.
Number of Libraries in the United States. Fact Sheet 1. Jan. 2009. 04 March 2009. http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/hqops/library/libraryfactsheet/alalibraryfactsheet1.cfm

American Library Association.

Number Employed in Libraries. Fact Sheet 2. Jan 2009. 04 March 2009. http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/hqops/library/libraryfactsheet/alalibraryfactsheet2.cfm

Illustration credit:
ALA-Allied Professional Association. "National Library Workers Day 2009." 7 April 2009. http://www.ala-apa.org/about/ideas.html

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Library Hours for Easter Holiday

Please note that the NCC Mack Library has a change of schedule for the Easter holiday weekend:

April 10 (Good Friday): Open regular hours,
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April 11 (Saturday): Open regular hours,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

April 12 (Easter Sunday): Library CLOSED

Best wishes for a happy holiday!


Photo credit:

"Pysanky: Easter Eggs." The Ukrainian Museum, New York. 6 April 2009. http://www.ukrainianmuseum.org/pysanky.html

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

This Day In History: William Wordsworth

April is National Poetry Month, so it's the perfect time to celebrate the birth anniversary of 19th-century British poet William Wordsworth. Famous for his poems "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tinturn Abbey," "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud," and "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," Wordsworth is often studied in British Literature classes.

The NCC Libraries have a wonderful selection of materials about William Wordsworth's life and writings. Even more information is available from the Literature Resource Center database. For off-campus access instructions, or to get help with any Library database, contact the Reference Desk at 610-861-5359 or by sending us an e-mail.

Wordsworth: A Life
by Juliet R.V. Barker
PR 5881 .B27 2005 Stacks

William Wordsworth: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide
by Harold Bloom
PR 5888 .W454 1999 Stacks (also available online as an e-book)

Wordsworth: A Collection of Critical Essays
by M.H. Abrams
PR 5888 .A27 Stacks

Wordsworth and His World
by F.E. Halliday
PR 5881 .H23 Stacks

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

William Wordsworth: His Life, Works, and Influence
by George McLean Harper
PR 5881 .H3 1961 Stacks

William Wordsworth, a Biography
by Mary Trevelyan Moorman
PR 5881 .M6 W5 (2 vols.) Stacks

Poetical Works
by William Wordsworth
PR 5850 .F50 Stacks

Poems of William Wordsworth
E-BOOK (Online)



Illustration credit:

"Wordsworth, William." Encyclopedia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 3 April 2009. <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9077470>.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Explore Career Options @ Your Library!

Today kicks off Explore Your Career Options Week! If you're an NCC student, chances are you've decided on the kind of job you're looking for and are getting some excellent training for your future. Or perhaps you fall into another category -- you're still trying to figure out what you want to do "when you grow up," so you're attending NCC to explore the options. Either way, it's important to examine your skills and interests -- as well as your likes and dislikes -- while researching the career fields that you interest you.

The NCC Libraries have some great resources to help you explore careers, but you'll also want to visit the Career Services office for help with writing resumés, employment listings and career aptitude tests!

The Libraries subscribe to three databases related to careers:


  • Chronicle Career Library of Occupational Briefs (available on-campus only): This database provides descriptions of over 650 careers, detailing average salaries, what education is needed to get each job, typical job responsibilities and more.

  • Vault Online Career Library (available on-campus only): Contains a collection of more than 70 e-books, including resumé guides for different industries; guides to jobs around the world; and career encyclopedias, as well as a selection of career profiles.

  • Vocational Biographies: This database features more than 1,000 profiles of careers. Similar to Chronicle Career Library, it provides information on education, recommended courses, training, job benefits, job challenges, working conditions, salaries, and descriptions of a typical "day on the job."
Here is a sample of the wide array of career books available at the NCC Libraries:

Careers and Occupations: Looking to the Future
by Melissa J. Doak
HF 5382.5 .U5 C373 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Careers in International Affairs
by Maria Pinto Carland
JZ 1238 .U6 C37 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Résumés for Scientific and Technical Careers
by McGraw-Hill Companies
Q 147 .R47 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Top Careers in Two Years: Hospitality, Human Services, and Tourism
by Rowan Riley
TX 911.3 .V62 R55 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Top Careers in Two Years: Public Safety, Law, and Security
by Lisa Cornelio
HV 9950 .C67 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Occupational Outlook Handbook
by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
HF 5382 .U53 2008-2009 Reference, Main and Monroe (also available online)

Friday, April 3, 2009

This Day In History: Maya Angelou

Tomorrow, take a moment to recognize the birthday of acclaimed author Maya Angelou, who is best known for her poetry and autobiographies. In 1993, she read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration. Angelou has also written screenplays, and acted in feature films and television movies.

Maya Angelou experienced a troubled path to adulthood, which she reveals in many of her most cherished works. To learn more, check out these materials from the NCC Libraries and visit the African American Experience online database.

Works in print format:

Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
PS 3551 .N464 C45 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories, With Recipes
TX 715 .A5697 2004 Stacks

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
PS 3551 .N464 Z42 2002 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Poems
PS 3551 .N464 A6 1997 Stacks

I Shall Not Be Moved
PS 3551 .N464 I17 1997 Stacks

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
PS 3551 .N464 Z463 1991 Stacks

Gather Together in My Name
PS 3551 .N464 Z464 1974 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Works in audio format:

And Still I Rise [audiobook]
PS 3551 .N464 A8 2001 Media Tower

The Maya Angelou Poetry Collection [audiobook]
PS 3551 .N464 A173 1999 Media Tower

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings [audiobook]
PS 3551 .N464 Z4662 1996 Media Tower

Film adaptation:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings [VHS]
Starring Diahann Carroll
PS 3551 .N464 Z466 1993 Media Tower

Photo credit:

Drew, Bernard A. "Maya Angelou." 100 Most Popular African American Authors' Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. The African American Experience. Greenwood Publishing Group. 30 Mar 2009.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Neil Simon, Live at NCC!

Starting Thursday, April 24, don't miss the NCC Theatre students' production of Neil Simon's comedy Rumors. A brief synopsis from the college web site:

Rumors runs wild with a cast of upper-class New Yorkers gathering for a presumably respectable dinner party. But when the visitors arrive, the hostess is gone, the cook is missing, and the host has shot himself through the earlobe! Is this the remnants of a marital affair and an attempted suicide? What else could it be? As ever-elaborate concealments and confusions mount, mayhem spins into a comedic display of suspicion and obsession. Someone call the police!

If you're interested in studying this play or Simon's other works, or you're preparing for an audition and need to find a monologue, drop by the NCC Libraries for these resources. Additional background information on the dramatist and productions of his many plays, including cast lists, is available from the North American Theatre Online database.

Works by Neil Simon:

Neil Simon Scenes: Scenes From the Works of America's Foremost Playwright
PS 3537 .I663 A6 2000 New Books

The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Volume IV
(includes Rumors and London Suite)
PS 3537 .I663 1998 New Books

The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Volume II (includes Chapter Two)
PS 3537 .I663 A6 1979 Stacks

The Comedy of Neil Simon (includes The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park)
PS 3537 .I663 A6 1971 Stacks

Critical analysis of Neil Simon's plays:

Neil Simon: A Casebook

by Gary Konas
PS 3537 .I663 Z79 1997 New Books


Not-So-Simple Neil Simon: A Critical Study

by Edythe M. McGovern
PS 3537 .I663 Z78 1978 Stacks

Photo credit: The Neil Simon Theatre, New York. http://neilsimontheatre.com/about.php