Monthly Archives: September 2012

Banned Book Week

September 30th to October 6th 2012 is the 30th anniversary of the Freedom to Read. This is banned book week! This certain week of the year helps support our right to intellectual freedom and the free exchange of ideas. There are many books that have been removed or restricted in libraries and schools across the country. Every year since 1982, one book has been highlighted that has been banned or challenged in that particular year by the American Library Association (ALA). I’m sure you would recognize and may have even read a lot of these titles! They range from children’s picture books up to adult novels.

Check out the timeline to see these highlighted books by the ALA. Check out this link for a list of the most recent books banned/challenged in 2010 and 2011.

Follow us on Pinterest and you’ll find another list of Banned Books!

CHALLENGE TO YOU: Over the break, we challenge you to read one book that has been banned or challenged. When you complete the book, send us your comments via email and we’ll post it! OR, feel free to comment below on the book you read and what you thought!

Practice your right to intellectual FREADOM and read a banned book!


Did you know these books were challenged?






EasyBib…Make it Work for You

So you’ve finished writing your final paper, and the last thing you have to do is cite your sources in an MLA Works Cited page. Everyone says you should just use EasyBib. But how do you get it to correctly create your citations?

Citing sources can cause stress!

citation-induced stress

Here are a couple of tricks and tips for using EasyBib effectively.

  1. Choose the right source type. EasyBib can’t tell what kind of source you’re citing from the URL. For example, if you’re citing a blog entry, pick Blog/Podcast from the “All 59 options” tab. If you’re citing a press release, pick that source type. The information required for a citation depends on the kind of source. It’s not the same for everything.
  2. When citing a book, enter the ISBN from the back cover. If the ISBN isn’t on the back cover, look for it on the back of the title page that contains the copyright date. Using this standard number can help you make sure you cite the right edition of a book.
  3. When citing sources from EBSCO and Gale, skip EasyBib. EBSCO and Gale have their own citation generators that allow you to copy and paste a citation into your Works Cited page. They are very reliable, and since you will have to manually enter the information for an online database article into EasyBib anyway (the URL won’t help you at all in this case), using the citation generator is the easiest way to get it right.
  4. Fill in the blanks! EasyBib can’t always look in the correct fields to find the title, author name, or sponsor of a website. Since this information is required if it’s available, you are responsible for adding it to your citation. That bold red message at the top of your EasyBib page that says “Please confirm or modify the information below! We get our data from outside sources, so please double-check.” isn’t just there to make things pretty!
  5. Check the information! When incomplete and wrong information are entered into fields, it is your responsibility to complete and correct it. See above regarding the bold red message.
  6. Consult the Pocket Style Manual. This book, required for English classes and Freshman Seminar, is an invaluable resource that should be used when constructing your citations for ALL of your classes. Use it to make sure your citations are correct every time, and you’ll become more comfortable citing your sources.
  7. Consult a librarian. There’s one in the library from 8am-11pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8-6 on Friday. You can also email us, text us at 260-227-5733 (260-2ASK REF), or IM us using the widget on the Online Resources page.

    Feeling better!

    Feeling better!

Election Day is November 6th…Are YOU Ready?

Do you plan to vote for the first time in the November election? Have you voted in an earlier election, but not as a Pennsylvania resident? Do you plan to vote using an absentee ballot (will you be in Australia on Election Day)?

If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions,
NOW is the time to act!

Here are a few important deadlines for the upcoming elections:
10/9/12 – deadline for registering to vote
10/30/12 – last day to apply for absentee ballot (but if you’ll be out of the country, don’t wait!)
11/2/12 – absentee ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections (Pennsylvania residents)
11/6/12 – Election Day!

Stop by the Voting Information table on the second floor of ATEC Tuesday through Friday this week for information on voting and to pick up a voter registration form.

If you have questions about the requirements for voter registration, you need to register, or you want to understand how voting will work, visit the College Student page of votesPA.

You can register to vote in person at a county registration office (in Carlisle for Cumberland County) or at PennDOT, or by filling out and mailing in the voter registration application. There is currently no option for registering online.

If you’ll be in Australia on Election Day and you plan to vote by absentee ballot, it’s crucial that you start the process NOW! Check out our Immersion Program subject guide for detailed information on the candidates and the voting process and on registering and applying for your absentee ballot using one form.

Know what forms of ID are acceptable, and have your ID with you when you go to the polls. If you don’t have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID, you may be able to obtain a free photo ID from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation if you can provide the required documentation.

[highlight]Stay tuned…in the next few weeks you’ll learn how your Central Penn student ID will become an acceptable VOTER ID![/highlight]

Know where to vote!
[highlight]Shuttle service will be available to transport you to the polls on Election Day![/highlight]
ENOLA, PA  17025
Get Directions

In the meantime, learn more about the issues and the candidates, try out VoteEasy which may help you determine which candidates are most closely aligned with your values, and learn more about the election process at, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public through information.

Still need more information? Check out the library’s Election Day 2012 subject guide to find answers to all your questions!

Remember September 11th


September 11, 2012 will mark the 11th anniversary of the mayhem that ensued that Tuesday morning in 2001. Four planes hijacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists crashed throughout the east coast; two planes into the World Trade Center buildings in New York City (American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175), one plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia (American Airlines Flight 77) and one in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (United Airlines Flight 93).


REMEMBRANCE. It is important to remember those that lost their life that day. Almost 3,000 people died which included those innocently on the planes as well as civilians and the hijackers. They were travelers on a flight from Boston, Washington and New Jersey en route to the west coast. They were flight attendants serving drinks to their passengers. They were executives and mail room workers in the World Trade Center buildings. They were military staff and visitors at the Pentagon. They were FDNY and NYPD members risking their lives to save others.


REMEMBRANCE. I remember I was a senior at Penn State University and had just woken up in my apartment to hear my roommates talking about a plane crashing into a building in New York City. I really had to think twice; 1) my roommates did get over dramatic at times and 2) was I still dreaming or could something like this actually happen? I did get up to find that our TV was on just to see the second plane fly into the North Tower of the World Trade Center buildings. My over dramatic roommate certainly was not overreacting. Her sister worked in the city so immediately she was on the phone to find out if she was safe.

Within the days that followed, you couldn’t walk around campus without hearing someone talking about where they were that morning of September 11. I heard stories of classes being left out early, people gathering around televisions  in dorms and the student commons as well as anywhere downtown that was broadcasting the news.


REMEMBRANCE. How can you remember? Talk to someone about where you were that day. Reach out to an organization that helps support the reconstruction and recovery of the buildings and facilities around those crash sites. Visit one of the memorials. Read about what happened and how life has changed since September 11, 2001.


Bernstein, Richard. Out of the Blue: The Story of the September 11, 2001  

            From Jihad to Ground Zero.  New York: Times Books. 2002, Print.


September 11 Attacks. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2001. Web. 28 Aug