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Need a reason to stay this weekend?

One word: Library.Campus Shots 040

You asked for Saturday hours, and we’re delivering. But if you don’t show up, we won’t have a reason to show up next term.


Come fill these cCampus Shots 029omfy chairs. They’ll be waiting for you between 1pm and 5pm on the following Saturdays:
November 16th
November 23rd
December 7th
December 14th


Do you REALLY have something better to do this weekend?
I didn’t think so. Now, get thee to the library…


The Central Pen’s Summer Flash Fiction Contest

Hey, you. Yes, YOU! Have you heard about The Central Pen’s Summer “Flash Fiction” contest? It‘s going to be great, and there are prizes for the winner and the runners-up!

Now, here’s all you have to do…

1. Write a story of 500 words or less (choose your words carefully!).
2. Submit according to the contest rules (see the Flyer below) by August 11th.
3. Wait for an announcement about the winners.

Need more information?
See the flyer below, and then read more about the contest and about flash fiction at The Central Pen!

Flyer for The Central Pen's Flash Fiction Contest

Click on flyer to zoom in!

Celebrating Women in March

Maybe you’ve already seen today’s Google Doodle, which celebrates International Women’s Day, but do you know why we celebrate women internationally today? And did you know that the month of March is Women’s History Month?

International Women's Day Logo

We asked our very own Professor Melissa Wehler to tell us what these celebrations of women mean to her. Here’s what she shared with us:

“The most wonderful aspects to International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month is that when we celebrate women, we celebrate ourselves: our shared intellectual heritage, our belief in community, our promise and progress, and our belief in diversity.  International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month gives us an opportunity to look back at the many women who have helped to shape not only our lives, but the world around us: grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, and friends.  It also offers us an opportunity to share in those around us now including our mentors and confidantes, and thank them for their commitment to our future.  There are many ways to celebrate women’s history–read a book by a beloved female author or someone you have never read before, educate yourself on the progress of women’s rights both in your community and abroad, attend events celebrating women and diversity–but this year, I am celebrating women by writing thank you letters to those who have inspired me to be my best self, and I would encourage everyone, women and men, to think about that special woman in your life that challenges you everyday to seek new opportunities to succeed.”

Learn about Women’s History Month, and about the struggles and the triumphs of American women, at the Women’s History Month site.

You can also watch some of the wonderful video messages available on the International Women’s Day site.

Want to take Professor Wehler’s suggestion and read a book by a female author, or about women in our country and around the world? We’ve pinned a selection of books and DVDs that are available in the library to our Women’s History Month pin board on Pinterest. You can also stop in the library and browse our Women’s History Month display across from the Circulation Desk.

Here are just a few of the selections:

The Woman Reader by Belinda JackThe Woman Reader by Belinda Jack 
On a college campus, it’s hard to imagine not having the freedom to read whatever we choose…or the freedom to read anything at all. Jack discusses women’s literacy and reading tastes through the ages.

Michelle Obama, a Biography by Alma Halbert BondMichelle Obama, A Biography
The first African-American First Lady, Michelle Obama is a wife, a mother, a professional, beautiful, classy, and strong. A role model for us all!

My Beloved World by Sonia SotomayorMy Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
First female Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice (and the third female ever appointed) describes her amazing journey from a childhood in which all odds seemed to be stacked against her, through her years at Princeton and Yale Law School, and in the years of professional practice leading up to her appointment.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Half the SkyWorldwide (DVD)
Eva Mendez, America Ferrera, and other activists introduce viewers to individuals who dedicate their lives to empowering women in developing countries.

A Little Friendly Competition to Start Things Off Right

Lately we’ve been feeling like library instruction in Freshman Seminar classes hasn’t been much fun. We like fun. So we decided to steal an idea from a couple of librarians in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to kick off our Fall Freshman Seminar library instruction.

What’s the Idea?

Everyone loves a little competition, right? We thought it would be fun to have our 4 Freshman Seminar classes vie for a tasty meal served up by the library in Week 11. So every week, we’re sending a library challenge out to all Freshman Seminar students. The challenges are based on the library instruction the classes receive, and they get progressively more difficult. The class with the highest score in Week 10 wins breakfast or lunch, depending on the time of day the winning class is held.

The winning team–and its professor–also gets bragging rights. And that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?

In addition to having a little fun, we hope that the competition will help students learn to use the library more effectively, and in ways that will benefit them at Central Penn, in their personal lives, and in the workplace, where the ability to find quality information gives employees a real edge.

If the competition goes well and we feel it’s been a success, we hope to expand it into other courses. We have an eye on IDS 105, College Success Seminar, in particular!

Giving Credit Where It’s Due.

We’re always telling students that they have to cite their sources, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the sources behind the idea for this competition.

The credit for this idea goes to Sarah Beasley, Coordinator of e-Resources at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Jamie Wilson, Electronic Resources Coordinator at the Free Library of Philadelphia, whose PA Library Association presentation title “Practice Makes Proficient: Learn About (and Steal) Our Electronic Resources Challenge” we took quite literally!

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







Top 5 Places To Read

May is Get Caught Reading month!  This is a program sponsored by the American Association of Publishers (AAP) to encourage people of all ages to read, where ever and whenever!

It’s not always about finding the time to read, but it’s sometimes about finding the right place.  I always struggle with finding a comfortable place, the perfect light or a place where I won’t fall asleep after 5 minutes of reading.  Regardless of what you read; magazines, nonfiction, fantasy or humor, here is a list of 5 places and some books (found at the Central Penn Library) where you can Get Caught Reading!

5) On the Bus

Bus rides can be long and awkward worrying about who may sit next to you and if they’re going to strike up a 30 minute conversation when all you’d like to do is sit.  Reading on the bus can encourage others to give you some space while passing the time!  Don’t get too caught up in your book though or you’ll miss your stop!


Stride Toward Freedom; The Montgomery Story   By Martin Luther King Jr.



Bus Stop and the Influence of the 70s on Fashion Today; A Scrapbook   By Lee Bender



4) On the Couch

“TURN OFF THAT TV!”  I heard that a million times growing up so why not take the advice?  The couch is the best place to stretch out or curl up.  Find a couch with a window for some natural light or turn on the lamp that’s right at your finger tips.  Add a healthy snack and it’s just like watching TV, only the pictures are inside the book!


Shakespeare on the Couch    By Michael Jacobs



Career Opportunities in Television and Cable   By T. Allan Taylor


3) In Bed

Yes, my first concern too was about falling asleep.  But there is nothing wrong with reading before bed.  According to WebMD, reading something calm before bed helps to relax your brain and ready you for sleep.  Use a 15 watt light bulb or less and dim the lights just enough for optimal reading.  Reading aloud to someone or listening helps to slow down the brain too so…snuggle up!


The Painted Bed  By Donald Hall



The Monster Under the Bed: How business is Mastering the Opportunity of Knowledge and Profit   By Stanley M. Davis



2) Outside

Nice days are on the horizon…literally, so take advantage and head outside with a book!  Park benches, picnic blankets and the shade of a tree can be found all over Central Penn’s campus.  The spring offers the best temperature to sit in the sun or under a tree.  Traveling to the beach this summer?  Get a tan while you Get Caught Reading!



The Beach House  By Jane Green



Wilderness in National Parks:  Playground or Preserve  By John C. Miles


1) The Library!

And where would you find all of these great things to read?  At the Central Penn Library of course!  Snatch a good read from the nonfiction, leadership or periodical shelves or check out the new arrivals.  You’ll find cozy chairs and secluded tables to finish up those last few chapters.  Don’t forget on those hot summer days that the library is air conditioned!  Stay cool and Get Caught Reading!

Couldn’t Keep it to Myself: Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters  By Wally Lamb and the Women of the York Correctional Institution


The Social Customer: How Brands Can use Social CRM to Acquire, Monetize and Retain Fans, Friends and Followers  By Adam Metz


National Poetry Month: WWLD?

What Would a Librarian Do this month?
Take out a pen and paper.poetry
I’ve got some poems for you to read
With explanations so you can go deeper!

Did you know that it’s
National Poetry Month?
This is a haiku.
(The syllables of this three-line haiku poem should add up to 5, 7, and 5 accordingly.)

Poetry month is
Often overlooked, but
Everyone can take some
Time to try writing their own poems
Right now!
Yes, you too can write a name poem like this one.
(The first letter of every line in a name poem makes a word that the poem talks about.)

A poem doesn’t even have to follow a standard.
For instance, this poem is written in free verse.
(A free verse poem is written without a fixed pattern that can either rhyme or not.)

Of course, you can get creative.
If you enjoy song lyrics,
A rhyme poem could be most effective
When taking a break from academics.
(A rhyme poem can either have rhyming words at the end of two consecutive lines or every other line.)

You are the poet.
So, you’re in control.
Take a moment to release.
Open up your soul.

Write a poem for Facebook,
Or Twitter or this blog.
Send a love note to a someone
Or talk about your dog.

Get creative and add music;
Drop down a sick beat.
Share your art with the world
Where words and emotions meet.

From my library to your dorm,
I ask you to try.
Take a break from your homework;
Let your poetry spirit fly!

CC Flickr image, “Poetry, Mosaic Ceiling (Washington, DC),” courtesy of takomabibelot (c) 2010

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!