Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Trail of Tears Event @ NCC Tomorrow

To commemorate Native American Heritage Month, Northampton Community College will host a traveling exhibit entitled "Trail of Tears: The Journey of Survival and Success."

Be sure to stop by Laub Lounge (main campus) tomorrow to view "historical illustrations, photos, literature, video documentaries and authentic artifacts, which explore the beauty of the unique culture of the nations of the Cherokee, Iroquois, Seminole and Navajo."

If you'd like more information about Native American history, the NCC Libraries offer a variety of resources on the topic.

The American Indian Experience database contains full-text articles, images and primary source documents pertaining to Native American heritage and culture.

Native Americans
by Noël Marino
E 98 .S67 N38 2008 New Books section, Main

Invisible Indians: Native Americans in Pennsylvania
by David Jay Minderhout
E 78 .P4 M63 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America
by Peter Rhoads Silver
E 77 .S573 2008 Stacks, Main

Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America
by Michael Johnson
E 76.2 .J64 2007 Reference, Main

Speak Like Singing: Classics of Native American Literature
by Kenneth Lincoln
PS 153 .I52 L55 2007 Stacks, Main

Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country: The Native American Perspective
by Frederick E. Hoxie
F 592.7 .L496 2007 Stacks, Main

Encyclopedia of American Indian Literature
by Jennifer McClinton-Temple
PS 153 .I52 E53 2007 Reference, Main

Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian
by Michael Eugene Harkin
GF 501 .N37 2007 Stacks, Main

A Song for the Horse Nation: Horses in Native American Cultures
by George P. Horse Capture
E 98 .H55 S66 2006 Stacks, Main

Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust by MariJo Moore
E 91 .E37 2006 Stacks, Main

The Tipi: Traditional Native American Shelter
by Adolf Hungrywolf
E 98 .D9 H85 2006 Stacks, Main

Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their Lands
by Lindsay Gordon Robertson
KF 228 .U5 R63 2005 Stacks, Main

American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia
by Suzanne J. Crawford
E 98 .R3 C755 2005 Reference, Main (3 vols.)

Image courtesy of:
“Trail of Tears, The”. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 4 Mar. 2010 <>.

Monday, March 29, 2010

National Cleaning Week

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, Main

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, Main
HD 69 .T54 M66 2000 Stacks, Monroe

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.

Friday, March 26, 2010

This Day In History: Tennessee Williams

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tennessee Williams is remembered today 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, or search the Literature Resource Center database.

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

by Tennessee Williams
PS 3545 .I5365 A6 2006 Stacks, Main

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

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

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

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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. 18 Mar. 2009. Web.>.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This Day In History: Tuskegee Airmen Cleared for Takeoff

Around this date in 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen were activated for combat duty in World War II. This unit of the U.S. Army Air Corps (the precursor to the U.S. Air Force) was the first group of African Americans to fly in battle for the United States military. The participation of the Tuskegee Airmen in the war's European theater was crucial to American success; not a single bomber plane escorted by the all-black Ninety-Ninth Pursuit Squadron was lost to enemy fighters. The unit's impeccable reputation contributed to the end of racial segregation in America's armed forces.

For more information on this groundbreaking team of aviators, check out some of these materials available at the NCC Libraries:

Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History
by Von Hardesty
TL 539 .H285 2008 Stacks, Main

The Tuskegee Airmen [DVD]
produced by PBS Home Video
D 790 .T8 2004 Media Tower, Main

Double V: The Civil Rights Struggle of the Tuskegee Airmen
by Lawrence P. Scott
E-BOOK (Online)

A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman
by Charles W. Dryden
E-BOOK (Online)

Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
by Pat McKissack
D 790 .M333 1995 Stacks, Main

You can also search the African American Experience or History Resource Center databases for articles, photographs and primary source materials.

Works Cited:

"Tuskegee Airmen." Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 15 Dec. 2009 <>.

Tuskegee Airmen: war bond poster. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. Dec. 2009 <>.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Reminder: NCC Book Discussion Group Meets Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder that the Library Book Discussion Group will meet tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23, 2010), from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room (CC-440). Tomorrow's book selection is Different by NCC's own professor of English, Javier Avila. This novel was recently made into a Spanish-language film entitled Miente. 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, April 27, 2010. The book selection is American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, by Marie Arana.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Break Library Hours

The NCC Main Campus Library will run on a modified schedule during spring break. Be sure to check our hours below. This information is also listed on the right side of the blog, under the section "Library Hours." SpartaBlog! will also take a break next week. Enjoy your time off!

Sat. March 13 - Sun. March 14: Open regular weekend hours

Mon. March 15 - Fri. March 19: Library open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat. March 20 - Sun. March 21: Library closed

Mon. March 22: Resume regular hours

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This Day In History: Harriet Tubman

Today 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 more about this inspiring woman's life, take a look at these materials at the NCC Libraries:

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, Main

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

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

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 and articles about her.

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

Monday, March 8, 2010

Snoozing in Class? Find Out Why During National Sleep Awareness Week

Students, are you feeling drowsy? Yawning or nodding off during class? You may not be getting enough sleep!

On average, teens need 9.25 hours of sleep each night. How much sleep have you been getting lately? Without proper, restful sleep, many health and mental problems can occur, including sleep disorders, forgetfulness, aggressiveness and a run-down immune system. Take time during National Sleep Awareness Week (March 7-13) to discover ways to improve your sleep habits.

For advice on getting a good night's sleep, take a look at this selection of materials from the NCC Libraries:

Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents: The Facts

by Gregory Stores

RJ 506 .S55 S76 2009 Stacks, Main

Nightmares: The Science and Solution of Those Frightening Visions During Sleep

by Patrick McNamara

BF 1099 .N53 M46 2008 Stacks, Main

Easyflow Meditation: Guided Relaxation for Nourishing Sleep and Instant Stress Relief
[sound recording]
by Monique Danielle

BQ 5630 .D36 2008 Media Tower

Sleep Disorders Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information About Sleep and Sleep Disorders

by Amy L. Sutton
RC 547 .S536 2005 Stacks, Main and Monroe

A Woman's Guide to Sleep Disorders

by Meir H. Kryger

E-BOOK (Online)

Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams

by Paul Martin

QP 425 .M345 2004 Stacks, Main

Restless Nights: Understanding Snoring and Sleep Apnea
by Peretz Lavie

RC 737.5 .L3813 2003 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Dreaming: An Introduction to the Science of Sleep

by J. Allan Hobson

QP 426 .H6285 2002 Stacks, Main

Works Cited:

National Sleep Foundation. "Teens and Sleep." 7 December 2009. Web.

"Sleep." Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 7 Dec. 2009. Web.

Friday, March 5, 2010

This Day In History: Who Put the "Penn" in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvanians, rejoice! Yesterday marked the anniversary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being deeded to William Penn, our founder. Government was established in Pennsylvania on March 4, 1681, after King Charles II gave the land to Penn as a way of repaying a debt the king owed to Penn's deceased father. Penn planned to make Pennsylvania into a sanctuary of religious freedom for Quaker refugees.

Stop by the NCC Libraries to read more about Penn's life and the history of our state:

Promised Land: Penn's Holy Experiment, the Walking Purchase, and the Dispossession of Delawares, 1600-1763

by Steven Craig Harper

F 152 .H38 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Freedom Seeker: A Story About William Penn

by Gwenyth Swain

E-BOOK (Online)

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth

by Randall M. Miller

F 149 .P366 2002 Stacks, Main and Monroe

William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania, 1680-1684: A Documentary History

by Jean R. Soderlund

F 152.2 .W53 1983 Stacks, Main

Also available as an e-book (online)

William Penn, Politics and Conscience

by Mary Maples Dunn

JC 153 .P4 D8 Stacks, Main

The History of Pennsylvania, in North America, From the Original Institution and Settlement of That Province, Under the First Proprietor and Governor, William Penn, in 1681, Till After the Year 1742

by Robert Proud
F 152 .P7 Stacks, Main
(2 volumes)

Penn Pictures: The Founder of Pennsylvania
by Irwin Richman
F 152.2 .R57 Stacks, Main

William Penn's Holy Experiment: The Founding of Pennsylvania, 1681-1701

by Edwin B. Bronner

F 152 .B84 Stacks, Main

William Penn: A Biography

by Catherine Owens Peare

F 152.2 .P34 Stacks, Main

Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims

by William Penn

E-BOOK (Online)

Works Cited:

"Penn, William." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009.>

"Penn, William." Online image. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 7 Dec. 2009.>

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Student Wins Flash Drive @ Study Skills Marathon!

Congratulations to Mary Longacre, winner of the NCC Library's raffle contest!
Held at the Study Skills Marathon on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, all visitors to the Library table were eligible to win a two-gigabyte flash drive. That's a lot of storage!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Write It Right on 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 some time tomorrow 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 Adult Literacy collection of books and audio CDs, devoted to assisting students for whom English is a second language. These ESL materials are located in our Browsing collection behind the display of current magazines. For help with grammar, try one of these titles:

Just Enough English Grammar Illustrated
by Gabriele Stobbe
PE 1112 .S76 2008 Browsing (Main) and Stacks (Monroe)

The Bedford Guide for College Writers: With Reader
by X. J. Kennedy
PE 1408 .K49 2008 Stacks, Main

That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers and Editors
by Evan Jenkins
PE 1460 .J46 2007 Stacks, Main

A Glossary of English Grammar

by Geoffrey N. Leech
PE 1112 .L44 2006 Reference, Main

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

by Patricia T. O'Conner
PE 1112 .O28 2004 Stacks, Main

Plain Style: A Guide to Written English

by Christopher Lasch
PE 1408 .L3195 2002 Stacks, Main

English Grammar for the Utterly Confused

by Laurie Rozakis
E-BOOK (Online)

The Good Grammar Guide

by Richard Palmer
E-BOOK (Online)

Monday, March 1, 2010

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 secure civil rights for slaves and women.

To learn more about the early days of American feminism, check out some materials related to this topic, including the NCC Library's Research Guide on women's and gender studies. 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

The Ladies of Seneca Falls: The Birth of the Woman's Rights Movement
by Miriam Gurko
HQ 1412 .G85 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.