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Escape with a Book

On March 2nd, we celebrate reading awareness with Read Across America.
March 2nd was selected since it is the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Here at the Central Penn Library, we will not be donning our Cat in the Hat hats, nor will we be serving Green Eggs and Ham, but we will be celebrating our love for books all month long. We are hoping that you will come by the library and take out a book and escape from your studies for a mini-vacation. On the display shelf on your right as you enter the library, we have books for your escape reading. The librarians can help you find more in our stacks. If you know that there is no way you can take time from your studies between now and the end of the term, ask us about borrowing items over the term break.

Here is a list of books that are great for an escape!


Hawkins, Paula The girl on the train [ 823.92 HAW]


A psychological thriller that has been made into a movie. Rachel observes something shocking on her routine train ride. She goes to the police and gets very much involved with the case.


Moriarty, Liane Big little lies [ 823.92 MOR big ]


Recently released as a movie. A murder… a tragic accident… or just parents behaving badly? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads of their lives. A good read!


Young, William The Shack [ 813.62 YOU]


Another book that has just been made into a movie being released this month. Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend


Ackerman, Diane The zookeeper’s wife : a war story [ 940.531 ACK]


Yet another book that has been made into a movie that is being released this month. Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.
Patterson, James 15th Affair [813.542 PAT]

On the New York Times Best Seller list from 2016 is this thriller. It is the newest book in the Women’s Murder Club series. No, the women involved in the club do not murder but solve murders. Our library has 10 books in the series. Really good escape reading.


Whitehead, Colson The Underground Railroad [ 813.54 WHIT ]

Appearing on the New York Times Bestseller list for 28 weeks is this fictional account of a Cora, a slave from Georgia. She embarks on a harrowing flight aided by the Underground Railroad as she heads north state by state, seeking true freedom.


Moore, Christopher Lamb : the Gospel according to Biff, Christ’s childhood pal [ 813.542 MOO]

Presents a humorous imagining of Jesus Christ’s life, told by his longtime friend, Biff, taking a fresh look at his relationship with Mary Magdalene, the roles of the disciples, his crucifixion, and the Resurrection.


Sparks, Nicholas Safe haven [813.54 SPAR]

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards– and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven”


Green, John Looking for Alaska [813.6 GRE]

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.


Adams, Douglas Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [823.9 ADA]


Join Douglas Adams’s hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You’ll never read funnier science fiction.
Evanovich, Janet Stephanie Plum series [813.54 EVAN]

Our library has 16 of these wildly entertaining books about Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. You will be laughing out loud reading these.


Billingsley, ReShonda Tate Mama’s Boy [813.6 BIL]

When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him. This is a drama filled novel.
Chernow, Ron Alexander Hamilton [ 973.4 CHE]


A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton! Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. I will admit that this is not light reading but it is on my “want to read” list



Thought that picture of money might get your attention! As a college student, do you feel you are broke and probably will be broke forever? There is help and let me share various resources the library has.
I just gathered some books on Financial Literacy for the library’s display shelf on your right as you enter the library. The National Financial Educators Council defines financial literacy as: “Possessing the skills and knowledge on financial matters to confidently take effective action that best fulfills an individual’s personal, family and global community goals.”
As I was gathering the titles, I was first struck with the fact that so many of the authors make the assumption that you have money to invest. Then I came across some titles that seemed more helpful. They suggest that you identify your goals and prioritize how you spend your money. Peter Sander, who wrote Personal Finance Handbook [332.024 Sander] wants to help you control day to day finances. Carl Richards who wrote The One-Page Financial Plan [332.024 RIC] wants you to be clear on where you are financially and where you want to be. He suggests that you prioritize your goals and realize that you will need to make trade-offs to realize those financial goals.
In my searching, I learned that April is Financial Literacy Month. There is a website at run by Money Management International. They offer a 30 step path to help you manage your money. The steps may be started at any time. I did peek and saw that the first step is to commit to change. Yes, change is good! If you do commit to change you will have more change in your pocket. Oh, that was poor but it is true!



Love your Library Contest



I am going to assume that when you think of Valentine’s Day you don’t immediately think of how you love your library, but I am asking you to give it some thought.

What does the library mean to you?
How has the library/ librarians helped you?
What aspects of the library do you find helpful?

The questions are just to get you thinking about how you love your library.
Feel free to be creative and you can tell us in a poem or add an image to your love note to us
Post your entry on the library’s FB page
Post it by midnight, February 10th
We will be selecting a post to win a $25 cash prize.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to improve your college experience???

Perhaps you don’t feel the need to make New Year’s Resolutions but a New Year gives everyone the opportunity to think about improving their lives.
Do you feel as if you are making the most of your college days? Hopefully you have made a resolution to improve your college experience, here are some ways to improve your college success.

1. Are you tired? Of course, you are sleep deprived, you are in college! However, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do to improve your grades. Attempt normal sleeping patterns. Pulling an “all nighter” does not qualify as being normal.
2. Eat a brain-healthy diet. OK, those cookies over break were delicious but your brain doesn’t need that sugar. The brain also doesn’t need many items found at fast food places. Try to eat unprocessed fresh food. I agree it is not easy!
3. Exercise. Physical activity boosts blood flow to the brain. Hey, that brain needs all the stimulation it can get. The brain would like you to work out at least 20 minutes a day; even a brisk walk around the campus counts.
4. Break your social media habit. When you should be studying, do you find your mind wanting to check Facebook or twitter or some other site? If you don’t have the self control not to check sites during times you should be studying, there are apps to block your access to the Internet or certain sites.
5. Stop procrastinating. Oh, easier said than done but try breaking down large tasks into parts and setting a deadline for each part. Your assignment will be so much better than one thrown together at the last minute. Professors will easily recognize the difference between a well-planned project and a last minute one.
6. Get to know your professor. Don’t pester them but don’t be shy about approaching them. Take advantage of their office hours. Let them know that you are making an effort.
7. Stop complaining. Are you one who spends as much time complaining about an assignment as it would take for you to simply do it?
8. Use the resources available to you here on campus. Use the library! Check out our display this month on books to improve your college success. Use the Writing Center. Use the math tutor. Central Penn wants you to do well.
9. Resolve to keep your resolutions. Write them down so you will be reminded. If you have taken the steps to get more sleep; eat right; exercise; have stopped procrastinating and are planning ahead, you should feel as if you have more control over your life. That in itself is extremely rewarding.

Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library


Yes, the name of the Central Penn College library, “The Charles T Jones Leadership Library”, is a mouthful but we are grateful to Charles T Jones for his support.
Fifty years ago, Charles “T” Jones founded Life Management Services in Mechanicsburg and then traveled the country as a motivational speaker and teacher of leadership. He wanted people to improve their lives through reading. He also made a generous donation to our library knowing that we could provide a venue for both the importance of reading and leadership. The entire library bears his name but within the library there is a leadership room that houses books about (yes, you guessed it) — leadership!
A couple of months ago, I was glancing at the Harrisburg Patriot News and noticed an article in the supplement of “Make a Change”. The article, “To climb the ladder, Be Visible, Involved” was written by Caroline Banton. She pointed out that it takes more than hard work to advance in a career. One suggestion she made is to improve your leadership skills. She said that studies have shown that leaders are made; not just born that way. Since no one leaves the hospital nursery with critical thinking skills or problem solving or team building skills, one must search for ways to develop their own leadership skills.
As you can guess, we hope that you include developing your leadership skills as part of your Central Penn College experience. Yes, make a visit to the Charles T Jones Leadership Library and see how we can help you reach your potential with our leadership books.

Research paper due? Check out CREDO.

You have a report due, where do you start to find background information on the topic?

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Why do I want to access CREDO Reference?
CREDO is a great place to begin your research, with dictionary definitions and encyclopedia entries from a variety of reliable reference sources. It provides you with lots of background information. It also guides you in your research by helping you narrow broad topics and find related material.
How do I access this platform?
Go to Blackboard, click on Library. There you will select “Find Journals/ Other Online Resources” and among the options you will see CREDO. In the CREDO box, you can click to learn more about CREDO or you may go straight to the CREDO platform and begin searching. I do recommend looking at the how to use CREDO page. No, it doesn’t hurt to read the directions/recommendations!
How do I get started in my search?
Type your search term or phrase into the basic search box. The results page will have the topic pages listed at the top of the page, if a topic page has been created. There are oodles of topic pages. Topic pages in CREDO link you directly to other library online resources, such as EBSCO and Gale databases, Opposing Viewpoints, and Ebrary. If your topic doesn’t have a topic page, it will still have links to research articles. You are able to apply filters to narrow your results. To save time, use the quick view eye symbol on the right and you will have a preview of each article. Chances are there will also be related books and resources shown. You can click on the related resource and you will leave the CREDO site and be in a new database that we subscribe to but there will be no need to retype the search term.

I am a visual learner, can CREDO help me?
Yes, CREDO has the Mind Map as one of the options on the basic search page. The Mind Map provides a visual image of your topic and the concepts related to it to help you narrow broad topics and find related material.

How do I cite the information I find on the site using the APA style?
The bottom of every CREDO Reference entry includes a citation that you can copy and paste into your paper.
CREDO is available 24/7. If you need help in using it, please get in touch with the library! Go to Blackboard then Library and then Welcome! There you will find our hours and the various ways to contact us.

Your Vote Does Make a Difference!






There seems to be a common occurrence among college students that their votes do not make a difference. Shannon Gendreau has listed three reasons why it is important for students to vote.
Shannon’s first reason is that you may not care now, but you will later down the road. She points out that voting for a candidate that shares the same views as you increases your chances for a better life once you graduate. If you feel it doesn’t affect you now, think of how it may affect you in four years.
Now you may be wondering how to learn more about the candidates and their views. I recently made up a guide that has links to websites to help you make informed voting decisions. The guide also has links to information about registering to vote and obtaining an absentee ballot. I especially likes the two “Quiz Yourself” links where you can see how your values compare with the candidates.
Back to Shannon’s three reasons students should vote, her second reason is that college students can be a powerful force. If all college students voted, they would make up 20 % of the voting population. Twenty percent can change an election.
Shannon’s final reason is that it is your future! We are fortunate to live in a country where we have a say in how the government is run. Let us exercise that right!

Happy 229th Birthday!


On Friday, September 16th, there will be Constitution Day Constitution Signing Event in the lobby of ATEC from 10 to 12. You will be able to sign a Mock Constitution. With signing, you will be entered to win a cash prize.
Seeing the poster for this event got me thinking about the Constitution and its importance.
The United States Constitution will be 229 years old on September 17th. When the Constitution was signed in 1787, the young nation had just won the American Revolution four years earlier. The United States did have a constitution but the Articles of Confederation was weak. The Articles had been ratified in 1781 and it allowed each state to operate like an independent country. In 1787, it was realized that a stronger constitution was needed and Alexander Hamilton invited representatives from all 13 states to meet in Philadelphia for a constitutional convention. There were 55 delegates from 12 states who spent a hot summer debating issues. The end product, our Constitution, devised three branches of government—executive, legislative and judicial – and a system of checks and balances so no one branch would have too much power.
The Constitution has 4400 words. It is the shortest and oldest Constitution of any major government in the world.
It does not set requirements for voting. In 1789, only male property owners could vote. African-American men would be allowed to vote with the 15th Amendment and all women with the 19th Amendment.
There have only been 27 amendments added to the original Constitution.
There was concern that the large states would have too much power and the small states too little. The Great Compromise saved the Convention. The Compromise called for proportional representation based on population in the House and one representative per state in the Senate. This was later changed to two representatives from each state.
There was a question as to how to address the President. The Senate proposed “His Highness the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties. “ As is often the case, a compromise was needed (!!!) and it was decided to call him the “President of the United States.
Here’s a trivia fact that I hope you know. The Central Penn Library has books about the Constitution. A number of them are on display on the top shelves of the book shelves on your right as you enter the library.

Let’s head to the Beach!



I was just looking at the August Activities Calendar and the all- day beach trip on August 1st certainly caught my attention. My mind started wandering and I found myself splashing in the waves. I had to quickly get it back to the Central Penn Library and I continued looking at the activities calendar. If you aren’t able to go on the beach trip, you do have other opportunities during the month to enjoy summer. There will be Water Wars at the pool on the 4th; a picnic on the 10th; sand volleyball the evenings of the 10th and 24th and a dance on the 26th with the theme of “A Night in the Tropics.”
Just as there are a wide variety of summer activities for you here on campus, there are a wide variety of books here at the library for both your reading pleasure and for increasing your brain power. Keeping with the beach theme, we have The Beach Book: Science of the Shore [552.457 HOB]. I also found another ocean science book in the Atlas of Coasts and Oceans [577.512 HIN]
I found a true crime book in our collection entitled Palm Beach Murder [364.1523 COL]
In our history section, I found The War for all the Oceans: from Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo [940.274] Oh, how many wars have been fought on the high seas.
Going into books that are more like beach reads ( pun intended), I found the Beach House by Jane Green that takes place is Nantucket [ 823.914 GRE] and Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. [823.92 STED]   In Light between Oceans, a lighthouse keeper on an island off of Australia has a small boat wash up onto the shore with a baby inside. The event changes his life.
The library has a nice group of books for your laid back summer reading. I think of them as beach reads although of course, they all don’t have the word Beach in the title and you don’t need to be lounging on a beach to read them. The librarians will be glad to show you where our literature section is and to point out some “beach reads” to you.

10 new laptops for the library —Thank you CP Education Foundation!

laptop cropped pic

Need to borrow a laptop? The library has recently added 10 new laptops, thanks to the Central Penn Educational Foundation. You may borrow a laptop and keep it for one week. When it is due, you may renew it unless someone has requested it. The library is thrilled to have more laptops for you to use. In the past, often all of our laptops were in use and we could not accommodate everyone who wished to borrow one.
Personally I am amazed with computer technology. Perhaps it is my age – yes, my birth certificate says I am old—but I never imagined what can be done today using a computer. When I was a librarian here at Central Penn in the late 1990’s, the internet was only available in the librarians’ office, not for general student use in the library. There is no way one could imagine borrowing a laptop and using it anywhere.
It seems as if computer technology is everywhere, but it wasn’t always this way! The library has a display of books on the history of computers. The display is just on your right as you enter the library. The display shares the area where we have the new books and DVDs.
Come to the library to check out the display or one of our new laptops or a book or DVD or video game or board game….