Thursday, May 28, 2009

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to all of this year's graduates! You have worked very hard to get to this moment. Best of luck in the future! The NCC spring commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Spartan Center.

The NCC Libraries would like to remind you that we operate on a special schedule during the summer, effective May 26 through August 24 (when fall classes begin).

Here is the summer schedule:

Main Campus
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: CLOSED

Monroe Campus
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: CLOSED

SpartaBlog! will be taking a break this summer. We'll see you at the start of the Fall 2009 semester! Enjoy your summer vacation!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Happy Anniversary, SpartaBlog!

With close to 200 posts, SpartaBlog! celebrates its one-year anniversary today!

The NCC Libraries' blog was started with the mission of providing NCC students, faculty and staff with information about Library news, programs, services and displays. New Library resources, such as books and databases, are also regularly introduced on SpartaBlog! We also enjoy featuring campus events, such as theater productions or the Study Skills Marathon, that can be connected back to Library resources. We've even showcased winners of library raffles and conducted a survey to make our leisure reading collection more enjoyable to our users.

Using a blog format gives the Library staff a fast, easy way to connect with others -- on campus and beyond. You can view SpartaBlog! by clicking on the link at the Library's website or by typing our URL address into your Internet browser bar. The blog is updated three times a week, or more often if there are exciting events or new resources to report.

We hope you find SpartaBlog! informative, helpful and entertaining. If you have suggestions for blog entries, or have an unanswered question about the Library whose answer would benefit others, please feel free to write us via the Ask the NCC Librarian form. Make sure you mention "SpartaBlog!" in the e-mail.

We invite you to continue reading SpartaBlog! when we resume publishing in the fall semester. Have a fantastic, safe summer!

"Fireworks." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 23 April 2009 <>.

Monday, May 18, 2009

This Day In History: Malcolm X

Tomorrow marks the birth anniversary of political activist Malcolm X (May 19, 1925). After a difficult upbringing, during which his father was possibly murdered and his mother eventually committed to a mental institution, he changed his course in life. He adopted religion, joined the Nation of Islam, and became an outspoken leader of a militant faction of the Civil Rights Movement. He was eventually assassinated while delivering a public speech in 1965.

Malcolm X's views often clashed with the nonviolent resistance philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm famously urged his followers to fight for freedom "by any means necessary." For more information about Malcolm X and the Civil Rights Movement, visit the African American Experience database. Then stop by the NCC Libraries for these resources:

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography (cover pictured here)
by Andrew Helfer
BP 223 .Z8 L5745 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Brother Minister [DVD]
documentary directed by Jack Baxter
E 185.97 .L5 B768 2005 Media Tower

Betty Shabazz: A Remarkable Story of Survival and Faith Before and After Malcolm X
by Russell John Rickford
BP 223 .Z8 R53 2003 Stacks

The Malcolm X Encyclopedia
by Robert L. Jenkins
BP 223 .Z8 L573 2002 Reference, Main and Monroe

Growing Up X
by Ilyasah Shabazz
BP 223 .Z8 L5772 2002 Stacks

Malcolm X [DVD]
feature film starring Denzel Washington, directed by Spike Lee
PN 1997 .M348 2000 Media Tower and Monroe

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Alex Haley
E 185.97 .L5 A3 1999 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Friday, May 15, 2009

Titles We'll Be Reading This Summer

Summer 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 Summer Book Discussion Series!

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

Book Schedule:

May 26:
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

June 23:
In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike

July 28:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

August 25:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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

To register:
Call Olga Conneen at 610-861-5358.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Reading Ideas

Are you ready for summer? If you're heading out on vacation or are lucky enough to lounge on the beach, you'll need a few books to keep you entertained. Check out the Mack Library's Beach Reading Display for a variety of genres.

Here's a sample of some books you'll find on display:

YAO: A Life in Two Worlds by Yao Ming (Sports)

Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook by Paula Deen (Cooking)

The Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton (Mystery)

One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell (Women's fiction)

The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais (Crime ficti

S Is For Silence by Sue Grafton (Mystery)

Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (Contemporary fiction)

Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin (Women's fiction)

Mr. Monk Is Miserable by Lee Goldberg (Based on the television character)

Monday, May 11, 2009

National Police Week

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Police Week, an annual celebration honoring past and current police officers, and their commitment to protecting the safety of the nation. If you're in Washington D.C. this week, you'll have plenty to do! Events include memorial services, seminars for family members of fallen police officers, fundraisers, and an honor guard competition. National Police Week is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

If you'd like information on criminal justice, law enforcement or corrections, stop by the NCC Libraries and pick up some resources:

Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing
by Andrew Millie
E-BOOK [Online]

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

The Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement
by Michael Newton
HV 8133 .N49 2007 Reference, Main and Monroe

Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors
by Stephen E. Lambert
HV 8143 .L335 2007 Stacks

Police Women: Life With the Badge
by Sandra Wells
HV 8023 .W45 2005 Stacks

Illustration credit: "Honor of the Force." Artist: Joseph Getsinger. Pennsylvania State Police Historical, Educational & Memorial Center. 1 May 2009.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Summer Reading For Children

If you will have young ones at home this summer, encourage them to read! It helps build their vocabulary and critical thinking skills, and keeps them focused on academic habits so they will be ready for the next school year.

If your children are old enough to read independently, they are sure to enjoy the summer reading program at your local public library. Kids keep track of how many books they've read, and earn prizes and r
ecognition. If you have infants and toddlers, reading a book aloud to them can encourage development of their speaking skills and cognitive thinking.

Here are some picture books that have just been added to the children's literature collection at the NCC Libraries. They cover several popular themes:


Hooray for Reading Day
by Margery Cuyler
PZ 7 .C997 RE 2008 Easy Readers section

Born to Read
by Judy Sierra
PZ 8.3 .S577 BOR 2008 Easy Readers section


This Jazz Man

by Karen Ehrhardt
PZ 8.3 .E297 TH 2006 Easy Readers section

The Blues of Flats Brown
by Walter Dean Myers
PZ 7 .M992 BN 2000 Easy Readers section



by Barbara Lehman
PZ 7 .L5217 TRA 2008 Easy Readers section

The Goodnight Train

by June Sobel
PZ 8.
3 .S692 GO 2006 Easy Readers section


Twenty Heartbeats

by Dennis Haseley
PZ 7 .H2688 TW 2008 Easy Readers section

My Chincoteague Pony

by Susan Jeffers
PZ 7 .J3645 MY 2008 Easy Readers section

Photo credit: "Welcome, Parents!" Reading Is Fundamental. 1 May 2009.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Resources in Early Childhood Education

If you're a student in the Early Childhood Education program -- or if you have young children in your family -- this announcement is for you!

The NCC Libraries have recently acquired a selection of new materials in the Early Childhood Education field. At the Mack Library, these activity books and DVDs are housed in the Media Tower, located in the "Early Childhood Education (ECE)" section, near the children's literature. Here is a sampling of new titles in the ECE Collection:

Read! Move! Learn! : Active Stories for Active Learning
by Carol Totsky Hammett
LB 1140.35 .C74 H3 2007 ECE Collection

Far Ago and Long Away: Innovative Storytelling [DVD]
from the NAEYC Child Care Collection series
LB 1042 .F37 1999 ECE Collection

Math in Minutes: Easy Activities for Children Ages 4-8

by Sharon MacDonald
QA 135.6 .M33 2007 ECE Collection

The Giant Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6

by Kathy Charner
QA 95 .G469 2007 ECE Collection and Monroe Library

Stories on the Move: Integrating Literature and Movement With Children, From Infants to Age 14

by Arlene Cohen
LB 1042 .C468 2007 ECE Collection

Unplugged Play: No Batteries, No Plugs, Pure Fun

by Bobbi Conner
GV 1203 .C584 2007 ECE Collection

New Games for Child Care Settings [DVD]
from the NAEYC Child Care Collection series
GV 1201 .N48 2006 ECE Collection

The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities: For Children Birth to 3
by Kathy Charner
LB 1139.35 .A37 E53 2006 ECE Collection and Monroe Library

Music Play: Bah-bah, Be-bop, Beethoven [DVD]
from the NAEYC Child Care Collection series
MT 920 .M86 1999 ECE Collection

Photo credit:
"Play: Child Development." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 23 April 2009 <>.

Monday, May 4, 2009

This Day In History: Health Care

May is a momentous month for the health care field!

This week marks the anniversary of the 1847 founding of the American Medical Association, which is considered the premier professional organization for physicians and medical students. The AMA keeps doctors aware of the latest developments in their field; provides information for students interested in joining the medical profession; is involved in legal aspects of practicing medicine; and does advocacy work. The AMA publishes several scholarly journals, including JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association.

National Nurses Week is also celebrated this month. Starting on May 6, this salute to the history and accomplishments of nurses ends on May 12 -- the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is credited as the founder of modern nursing.
NCC's prestigious Nursing program is a great way for students to enter the health care field. The NCC Libraries have a number of specialized resources to help nursing students throughout their education, and this week is the perfect time to drop by the Libraries to use them!


CINAHL: This database contains full-text articles from more than 500 allied health journals.

PubMed Central: Most of the articles on this database are full-text, and are provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Evidence-Based Resources from the Joanna Briggs Institute: This database is one of the health care modules of ProQuest, and offers full-text information on best practices in nursing and allied health.
*For help using databases from off-campus, please contact a
Reference Librarian.

Specialized E-Journals*

Comparative Medicine

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

The New England Journal of Medicine

Nursing Clinics of North America


Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing

*For help using e-journals from off-campus, please contact a Reference Librarian.

Print Journals
American Journal of Nursing

Geriatric Nursing

Journal of Emergency Nursing

Journal of Practical Nursing

Journal of Professional Nursing

Pennsylvania Nurse

Photo credit: "Career Profile: Registered Nurse." Explore Health Care Careers. 1 May 2009.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rejoice in reading this month!

May is a busy month for readers! Not only is it Get Caught Reading Month, it is also Latino Books Month. Both of these events are sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.

Get Caught Reading Month celebrates the joy of picking up a book, no matter what your age or what types of books you like to read. Latino Books Month encourages Latino communities to read, in addition to highlighting the literary contributions of Latino authors in both Spanish and English.

The NCC Libraries contain books of all types, so jump into Get Caught Reading Month with your favorite genre! We also have adult and children's books by celebrated Latino authors, available in both English and Spanish. Here's a sampling of our Spanish-language adult fiction and poetry titles:

De Amor y de Sombra
by Isabel Allende
PQ 8098.1 .L54 D4 1995 Stacks

Caramelo, o, Puro Cuento
by Sandra Cisneros
PS 3553 .I78 C3718 2002 Stacks

La Casa en Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros
PS 3553 .I78 H618 1994 Stacks

Criatura del Olvido
by Javier Avila
PQ 7440 .A84 C74 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Elegías de Septiembre
by Benito Pastoriza Iyodo
PQ 7440 .P3863 E43 2003 Stacks

Marianela: Novelas de la Primera Época
by Benito Pérez Galdós
PQ 6555 .M2 1995 Stacks

Niebla: Nivola
by Miguel de Unamuno
PQ 6639 .N3 N5 1995 Stacks

Como Agua Para Chocolate: Novela de Entregas Mensuales con Recetas, Amores, y Remedios Caseros
by Laura Esquivel
PQ 7298.15 .S7858 C66 1994 Stacks

Cien Años de Soledad
by Gabriel García Márquez
PQ 8180.17 .A73 C5 1976 Stacks

Photo credit: "Julia M. First Memorial Sculpture." Artist: Nick Edmonds. Sculpture is located at the Theodore Mann Public Library in Newton, Massachusetts. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System, Art Inventories Catalog. 30 April 2009.