Monthly Archives: November 2011

Enter the Library’s NaNoWriMo Contest!

Enter the WHAT?

November is National Novel Writing Month, and we challenge you, Central Penn students, to write an original novel (the goal is 50,000 words) by November 30th.

We encourage all you writers to bring your laptops to the library’s Leadership Room or to our conference table between 8PM and 11PM Monday through Thursday to write with reckless abandon! Don’t have a laptop? No problem! Bring your flash drive and write your novel on a computer in our computer lab. Not a Summerdale student? Still no problem! You can write your novel ANYWHERE!

When your novel is finished, send the completed document to Include your full name and your student ID in your email. The deadline is November 30th! We will review all novels and award prizes before the end of the term.

The higher the number of SERIOUS entrants in the contest, the higher the prize will be! Prizes to be announced.

Have questions? Send them to

We’re already 8 days into November, so there’s no time to waste! We can’t wait to see what you’re going to write!

Busting Boredom: WWLD?

November has hit us! Do find yourself dazing off? Are you daydreaming in your spare time? We know you’re busy studying, but we also know that there are just times when you need some free time. With the winter’s chill approaching fast, where can you go to bust your boredom? The Library, of course! Well, at least, that’s our answer to What Would a Librarian Do (WWLD)!

Let’s state the obvious: there are so many fascinating books to read!

If you’re into popular novels, we have books like:

  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Books by John Grisham
  • Books by James Patterson
  • Books by Stephen King

If the winter is driving you to cook, we have resources like: Cook This, Not That: Kitchen Survival Guide

  • Cook This, Not That by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding
  • How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
  • 30 Minute Italian by Fran Warde

Need to get yourself organized by the end of the semester? Try out:Organizing Hints & Tips

  • Organizing Hints and Tips by Cassandra Kent
  • Organized to be the Best by Suzanne Silver
  • Journal entitled The Organized Executive

Okay, well what if you’re more into games? Did you know that you can check out games at the library? We have a bunch to choose from. I highly recommend:

  • Apples to ApplesQuelf
  • Quelf
  • Cranium
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Monopoly
  • Twister
  • Scattegories

Maybe you are the stay at home and lounge around in your PJs bored?  Don’t forget, as I showed you in my previous post, we have a bunch of DVDs to check out for free. Some of our new ones are: The Aviator

  • Joe Versus the Volcano
  • The Aviator
  • The Age of Innocence

Finally, you can enjoy a magazine in the library from our selection of:Ebony

  • Ebony
  • Jet
  • Cooking Light
  • Travel Weekly

Our college library has plenty of educational materials, of course. But, now you know we have plenty of boredom busters!