Friday, February 26, 2010

This Day In History: First National Bank Chartered in 1791

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the charter of the United States' first national bank in 1791. The bank was established to help fund debt that was left over from the Revolutionary War and to introduce a stable national currency. This concept created much debate and hostility between the two political parties (sound familiar?), and the nature of the national bank is still a hot topic in today's struggling economy.

This drawing is a picture of the First National Bank, which was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For more information on the history of the banking system and the Federal Reserve, check out these books from the NCC Libraries:

The Federal Reserve System: A History
by Donald R. Wells
HG 2563 .W3626 2004 Stacks, Main

Banks and Their Customers
by Margaret C. Jasper
KF 975 .J37 2004 Stacks, Main

The Future of Banking
by Benton E. Gup
HG 1601 .F88 2003 Stacks, Main

Encyclopedia of Banking and Finance
by Charles J. Woelfel
E-BOOK (Online)

Pennsylvania, Birthplace of Banking in America
by Belden L. Daniels
HG 2611 .P4 D35 Stacks, Main

Financing American Enterprise: The Story of Commercial Banking
by Paul B. Trescott
HG 2471 .T7 Stacks, Main

Banks and Politics in America, From the Revolution to the Civil War
by Bray Hammond
HG 2472 .H3 Stacks, Main

Works Cited:
Banks and banking. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009 <>.

"Bank of the United States." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009 <>.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Leisure Reading Titles

Here are some of the newest titles in our leisure reading collection. Take some time out from the stress of school or work, and enjoy a fun read today! Click on the link to read a review of each book at

House of Versace
by Deborah Ball

Final Exam
by Maggie Barbieri

Girl Who Fell From the Sky
by Heidi W. Durrow

Mr. Monk in Trouble
by Lee Goldberg

U Is for Undertow
by Sue Grafton

Winter Garden
by Kristin Hannah

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession
by Julie Powell

Brava, Valentine
by Adriana Trigiani

Big Girls Do Cry
by Carl Weber

Best Friends Forever
by Jennifer Weiner

by Stuart Woods

Domino Pattern
by Timothy Zahn

Monday, February 22, 2010

Reminder: Book Discussion Group Meets Tomorrow!

Just a friendly reminder that the Library Book Discussion Group will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room (CC-440). Tomorrow's book selection is The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan. Bring your lunch, bring a friend, and enjoy this lively discussion about an interesting book!

The next Book Discussion Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. The book selection is Different, by NCC's own professor of English, Javier Avila. This novel was recently turned into a Spanish-language film entitled Miente. Join us at Northampton Community College's Lipkin Theatre for the premiere of Professor Avila's novel-turned-film on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6 p.m.

Friday, February 19, 2010

This Day In History: Friedan's Book Sparks Women's Liberation Movement

Today is the anniversary of the release of Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book The Feminine Mystique. This controversial book was published in 1963, a time when most women stayed at home to care for family and house. The Feminine Mystique discussed how women were unhappy with their limited options and helped incite the "second-wave" feminist movement. Friedan was also a co-founder of the National Organization of Women (NOW), which is still active in working for gender equality.

If you're taking a class in the Women's Studies concentration or just doing some research on the feminist movement, be sure out check out the NCC Libraries' research guide on women's and gender studies.

For other NCC Library resources on Friedan's life and work, check these out:

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

The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America
by Ruth Rosen
HQ 1421 .R68 2006 Stacks, Main

Life So Far
by Betty Friedan
HQ 1413 .F75 A3 2000 Stacks, Main

The Women's Liberation Movement in America
by Kathleen C. Berkeley
HQ 1421 .B47 1999 Stacks, Main

Moving the Mountain: The Women's Movement in America Since 1960
by Flora Davis
HQ 1421 .D385 1999 Stacks, Main

Faces of Feminism: An Activist's Reflections on the Women's Movement
by Sheila Tobias
HQ 1426 .T64 1997 Stacks, Main

The Fountain of Age
by Betty Friedan
HQ 1064 .U5 F753 1993 Stacks, Main

The Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan
HQ 1426 .F844 1983 Stacks, Main

Works Cited:
"Friedan, Betty." Britannica Book of the Year, 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009 < >.

Friedan, Betty. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009 < >.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Study Skills Marathon Today!

Don't miss the Spring 2010 Study Skills Marathon!

The action takes place in the Spartan Center (Main Campus) today, Wednesday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This event packs many great student resources all into one place. Brush up on your study skills, learn techniques for reducing stress and meet a variety of people who can help you on your path to academic success! Representatives from student clubs, like Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and College departments, like the Learning Center and Counseling office, will be on hand to chat with you.

Looks like the students in the top photo from a previous Study Skills Marathon were getting quite a workout with the exercise balls -- you'll have to show up on Wednesday to find out what's in store for this year's event!

While you're making the rounds in the Spartan Center, be sure to visit the NCC Libraries table to learn about our services (that last photo on the right shows two of our librarians enjoying the Fall 2008 Marathon). You'll also have the chance to enter a drawing to win a flash drive. You can see the winner of last semester's flash drive giveaway here.

If you're still not convinced that you should stop by, here's another selling point: free food and beverages!

See you in the Spartan Center!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy President's Day!

Let's take a moment to remember two of our nation's
most important leaders: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Without the guidance of these two presidents, America would be a much different nation today. The NCC Libraries contain many resources on the fascinating -- and in many ways, controversial -- lives of these two men. Since we will be open, why not come in and check out one of these books?

In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation
by Francois Furstenberg
E 310 .F97 2006 Stacks
, Main

George Washington: The Founding Father
by Paul Johnson
E 312 .J67 2005 Stacks, Main

Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge

by Thomas J. Fleming
E 234 .F58 2005 Stacks
, Main

His Excellency: George Washington

by Joseph J. Ellis
E 312 .E245 2004 Stacks, Main

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

by Henry Wiencek
E 312.17 .W6 2003 Stacks, Main

George Washington: A Biographical Companion

by Frank E. Grizzard
E 312 .G88 2002 Stacks
, Main

Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon
by Philip B. Kunhardt
E 457.2 .K86 2008 Stacks, Main

Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World
by Eric Foner
E 457 .O97 2008 Stacks, Main

Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race
by George Fredrickson
E 457.2 .F786 2008 Stacks, Main

Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

by James L. Swanson
E 457.5 .S993 2006 Stacks, Main

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
E 457.45 .G66 2005 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Lincoln in "The Times" : The Life of Abraham Lincoln, as Originally Reported in the New York Times

by David Herbert Donald
E 457.15 .L535 2005 Stacks
, Main

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America

by Allen C. Guelzo
E 453 .G9 2004 Stacks, Main

Friday, February 12, 2010

This Day In History: Judy Blume

If you were a girl growing up in the 1970s, 80s or 90s -- or if you know a girl who's growing up now -- you've probably heard of author Judy Blume! Readers and librarians around the world are celebrating her birthday today.

Judy Blume has written a great number of books for children and teens, which are entertaining but also call attention to coming-of-age issues. Because of her frank discussion of these sometimes sensitive topics, attempts have been made by community organizations to challenge or ban Blume's books from schools and libraries.

Join us in appreciating Judy Blume -- and your freedom to read -- by picking up some of her classic books at the NCC Libraries.

Double Fudge
PZ 7 .B6265 DO 2002 Juvenile Books, Main

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
PZ 7 .B6265 OT 2002 Juvenile Books, Main

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
PZ 7 .B6265 TAL 2002 Juvenile Books, Main

Estas Ahi, Dios? Soy Yo, Margaret
PZ 73 .B62 ARE 2001 Juvenile Books, Main

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
PZ 7 .B6265 AR 2001 Juvenile Books, Main

Iggie's House
PZ 7 .B6265 IG 2001 Juvenile Books, Main

PZ 7 .B6265 BL 2001 Juvenile Books, Main

Then Again, Maybe I Won't: A Novel
PZ 7 .B6265 TH 1998 Juvenile Books, Main

Photo credit:
"Author Spotlight: Judy Blume." Online photograph. Random House Publishing Author's Page. Web. 8 Feb. 2010.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This Day In History: Nelson Mandela

Tomorrow, we remember Nelson Mandela's long-awaited release from prison. Mandela is a black lawyer-turned-political activist from South Africa. His involvement in the movement to end government-sanctioned racial inequality -- known as Apartheid -- made Mandela a target for those who opposed his efforts. He was put on trial for sabotage and treason, receiving a life sentence in prison. After surviving more than 27 years as a political prisoner, he was released on February 11, 1990. Since then, he has contributed to building a peaceful democracy in South Africa. Mandela eventually served as president of his country and earned a Nobel Peace Prize.

To learn more about Mandela's impressive life, stop at the NCC Libraries for some materials:

A Prisoner in the Garden: The Nelson Mandela Foundation

by Nelson Mandela

DT 1974 .P75 2006 Stacks, Main

Mandela: A Critical Life

by Tom Lodge

DT 1974 .L63 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds

by Nicholas J. Karolides

Z 658 .U5 K37 2006 Stacks, Main

In His Own Words

by Nelson Mandela

DT 1974 .M338 2003 Stacks, Main

Long Walk to Freedom with Connections: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

by Nelson Mandela

DT 1949 .M35 A3 2000 Stacks, Main

Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography

by Nelson Mandela

DT 1974 .A3 1996 Stacks, Main

Nelson Mandela: Determined to Be Free

by Jack L. Roberts

E-BOOK (Online)

Higher Than Hope: The Authorized Biography of Nelson Mandela
by Fatima Meer

DT 1949 .M35 M44 1990 Stacks, Main

Works Cited:
"Mandela, Nelson." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 5 Dec. 2009>.

Mandela, Nelson. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 5 Dec. 2009>.

Monday, February 8, 2010

This Day In History: Jules Verne

Where would the science fiction and adventure genres be without Jules Verne? Today celebrates this French author's 1828 birth anniversary. His famous novel Around the World in 80 Days prompted many real-life adventurers to attempt to travel around the globe in record time. Many of his visionary tales have been made into exciting films -- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea even became a ride at Disney World! But Verne's most significant contribution to science fiction literature may be the inspiration his work gave to succeeding generations of writers and filmmakers.

Stop by the NCC Libraries to check out Verne's novels, or books about his life and work. You can also search the Literature Resource Center or MagillOnLiterature databases for summaries and critical analysis of his works.

Science Fiction Pioneer: A Story About Jules Verne
by Thomas Streissguth 2001
E-BOOK (Online)

The Survivors of the Chancellor
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

The Underground City: Works of Jules Verne
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Off on a Comet, or, Hector Servadac
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Jules Verne, Inventor of Science Fiction
by Peter Costello
PQ 2469 .Z5 C66 1978 Stacks

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
by Jules Verne
PQ 2469 .J6 Stacks

The Omnibus
by Jules Verne
PQ 2469 .O5 Stacks

Works Cited:
Science fiction. Article. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 5 Dec. 2009.

"Verne, Jules." Article. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 5 Dec. 2009.>.

Illustration credit:
"Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Image. Internet Movie Database. Web. 5 Feb. 2010.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Are You Wearing Red Today?

Today is National Wear Red Day, an initiative created by the American Heart Association to draw attention to the prevalence of heart disease, especially among women. In addition to Valentine's Day falling on the 14th, February is National Heart Month -- two more terrific reminders to take care of your heart. So now's the time to learn how to fight heart disease by eating healthy food, exercising, reducing stress -- and, of course, by wearing red!

The NCC Libraries contain many resources about heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases:

Stroke Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information About Stroke
by Amy L. Sutton
RC 388.5 .S856 2008 Stacks, Main

Fitness and Exercise Sourcebook
by Amy L. Sutton
GV 436 .F53 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Heart
by James Peto
QM 181 .P48 2007 Stacks, Main

The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center
by Charles R. Morris
RD 598 .M579 2007 Stacks, Main

Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart
by Donald McRae
RD 598.35 .T7 M45 2006 Stacks, Main

Cardiovascular Diseases and Disorders Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information About Heart and Vascular Diseases and Disorders
by Sandra J. Judd
RC 672 .C35 2005 Stacks, Main

Strong Women, Strong Hearts: Proven Strategies to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Now
by Miriam E. Nelson
RC 682 .N445 2005 Stacks, Main

A Change of Heart: How the Framingham Heart Study Helped Unravel the Mysteries of Cardiovascular Disease
by Daniel Levy, M.D.
RA 645 .C34 L48 2005 Stacks, Main

Image credit:
Heart design postage stamp. Graphic. Zazzle, Inc. Web. 1 Feb. 2010.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Take a Fresh Look at Black History Month @ Your Library

Black History Month is a commemoration of African American contributions to U.S. history, held every February. During this month, we recognize leaders, artists, authors and activists, and the impact that African American history and culture have had on the nation as a whole.

The month-long celebration familiar to our generation is an outgrowth of Negro History Week, which was launched in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson (pictured at left), a Harvard-educated historian whose hope was to focus attention on the long-neglected field of African American studies.

Stop by the NCC Mack Library to see our Black History Month book display, that covers many people, time periods and topics. Click here to visit
last year's presentation by librarian Rayah Levy, entitled The Whole World Is Watching.

Here is just a sample of the NCC Libraries' newest resources on Black History. For more information, search the African American Experience database. For help with using the database, speak to a Reference Librarian or call us at 610-861-5359.

African American Foodways: Explorations of History and Culture
by Anne L. Bower

TX 715 .A2428 2009 New Books, Main

Slave Songs and the Birth of African American Poetry

by Lauri Ramey

PS 310 .N4 R36 2008 New Books, Main

Hog and Hominy: Soul Food From Africa to America

by Frederick Douglass Opie
TX 715 .O548 2008 Stacks, Main

The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves

by Andrew Ward

E 464 .W29 2008 Stacks, Main

The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance

by George Hutchinson

PS 153 .N5 C345 2007 Stacks, Main

Freedom's Journal: The First African-American Newspaper

by Jacqueline Bacon

PN 4899 .N42 F743 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Harlem Renaissance

by Nathan Irvin Huggins

E 185.6 .H858 2007 Stacks, Main

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

GV 884 .A24 A32 2007 Stacks, Main

African American National Biography
by Henry Louis Gates

E 185.96 .A446 2008 (8 vols.) Reference, Main and Monroe

Photo credit:
Woodson, Carter G. Photograph. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Web. 1 Feb. 2010.

Work cited:
Woodson, Carter G. Article. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Web. 1 Feb. 2010.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Groundhog in the Library?

It's that time of year again: will the groundhog see his shadow tomorrow -- predicting six more weeks of winter -- or fail to see his shadow, meaning spring will be here sooner than we think?

This tradition of relying on groundhogs to foresee the change of seasons dates back as far as 1841. Perhaps the most famous groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil, who lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania! Phil has been making weather predictions since 1887, and believers claim that Phil is immortal -- that he is the same groundhog celebrated in Punxsutawney today. Phil apparently takes a sip of an immortality drink each year and even communicates in a secret language to the official human "Inner Circle" president, who translates Phil's predictions into human language. Phil's life is surrounded by lore and has even been depicted in the magical feature film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.

Did you know that the real Phil the Groundhog lives in, and is cared for by, the
Punxsutawney Memorial Library? Visitors to the library are likely to find Phil hibernating in a terrarium that comprises the Groundhog Zoo. If you stop by, try to convince him that we're all interested in an early spring!