Category Archives: WWLD

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

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions: WWLD?

Now that you’re back from break, don’t forget about the resolutions you made at the New Year! What would librarians do to stay on top? Use the library, of course! Here’s a list of some common resolutions and how the library can help you succeed at them this year!

1. Eat Healthy Food

The goal to lose weight can be achieved by working on a healthy diet and committing to exercise, which are the top two resolutions on this list. Here are some books to give you a head-start on eating healthy:

The Dorm Room DietThe Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz





The VeganistVeganist by Kathy Freston




2. Fit in Fitness

Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method  30-Day Method by Tracy Anderson





Bob Greene's Total Body MakeoverTotal Body Makeover by Bob Greene





3. Quit Smoking

You can do it! This year is the year that you quit and your friends and family can be relieved of the worries and the risks. Here’s a DVD suggestion for motivation:

Lighting UpLighting Up: Grusome Facts about Cigarette Smoking  [DVD]




4. Work on Personal Finance

Here are some resources that can help you sort out all your money situations:

Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow RichMoney Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich by Laura D. Adams





The 250 Personal Finance Questions for Your 20s & 30sThe 250 Personal Finance Questions for Your 20s & 30s by Debby Fowles





You can look at more resources on financial literacy and other college topics such as success and financial aid on the General Resources for Students library page.

5. Get Organized

Organizing Plain & Simple  Organizing Plain & Simple  by Donna Smallin





Organizing Hints & TipsOrganizing Hints & Tips by Cassandra Kent





6. Prepare for the Launch of your Career

Jobs that Matter  Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service  by Heather Krasna






Do What You AreDo What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron



7. Learn Something New

Want to try out yoga? Need a new game to play with friends? There are a variety of things you can try out in 2012, here are some suggestions from the library.

Yoga for Every Room in Your House  Yoga for Every Room in Your House by Jinjer Stanton





Apples to ApplesApples to Apples [Game]




Complete Digital Photography  Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long





8. Help Others

700 Places to Volunteer700 Places to Volunteer Before You Die by Nola Lee Kelsey





25 Ways to Win with People  25 Ways to Win with People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks by John C. Maxwell and Les Parrott





9. Do Better Research

The library has created a few tutorials to help you do better research using ebrary, Hoover’s, and Google Scholar. Check them out on our Online Tutorials library page.

10. Read More

The library is the easiest and CHEAPEST way to succeed in reading more! :)

REMEMBER: All the resources listed in this article can be found at Charles “T.” Jones Leadership Library. Contact the library if you have any questions at


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!

Netflix’s Rising Prices: WWLD?


I read an article on Yahoo! News this morning about disgruntled users of Netflix who are upset about the company’s decision to raise its prices, again! (You can read the article yourself here.) As a loyal Netflix subscriber, I was not too concerned. $16 a month doesn’t seem to be too much if I watch at least 4 DVDs a month. However, if the price gets any higher, I may reconsider my loyalty. When it comes to such publicized issues such as this, it is important for people to ask the critical question: What Would Librarians Do? (WWLD?)

Have no fear! Marian the Librarian is here!

I have spent the past two weeks working closely with the DVD collection in the Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library, so let me explain to you about how you could seriously get the free hook-up at a library near you! My examples come from the collection right here at Central Penn College!


Last weekend, I visited the battlefields of Gettysburg for the first time with my family and currently have this strange fascination with the Civil War now. Lucky me, the library has the famous movie Gettysburg starring Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, and Martin Sheen right here for check-out at the library! Awesome!

Honestly, though, I’m not a full-time history buff. I also have a respect for classic literature and I find the film versions of these stories satisfying when I need a break from reading. Academic libraries always have these DVDs in stock, especially for students who are reading them in their literature courses. Classics such as The Scarlet Letter and Pride & Prejudice are two of my faves. I find Keira Knightly is so classy. I also must say that Much Ado About Nothing makes me smile, so does Denzel Washington but that’s a whole other story.

Finally, there are some nights where I just want/need a good laugh from a movie like Monty Python and the Holy Grail or a good cry from a blockbuster like Seven Pounds.

The library has you covered for free, so there’s no need to concern yourself with Netflix’s attack on your bank account.

Enjoy Viewing!
Marian the Librarian

P.S…Hey Central Penn College! Want to know what other DVDs we have? Check out the Library Catalog and search the call number for “DVD”. Or just come into the library; our display shelf is right next to the fireplace and we even having a viewing area where you can preview the film or watch something in between class and studying.