Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thinking about libraries

We often think about libraries, what they are, what they mean, and what they shall become, but then, we're librarians! Lots of other people have thought about libraries too, and you can find some intriguing and thought provoking quotes about libraries from all sorts of people at Library Quotes.

One example is this, from industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who financed the many "Carnegie" libraries built across the country in the early 20th century.

"There is not such a cradle of democracy on earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Borrowing books

We often are asked questions about borrowing the books and other materials we have in the library. While we're happy to help, if interested the policies are online. For example, if you're an alumnus of the school, or a community resident, click on the link for "Courtesy Cards."

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New carpet!

The library recently had new carpeting installed in the main entry area and it looks quite nice, if we do say so ourselves. Originally this area in the library was not carpeted, as you can see in the photo here from the mid-1970s, but today it is, and it does make it so much more comfortable.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Within Prison Walls...

The freshman reading book this year will be the popular Orange Is the New Black, a memoir of time in a federal prison. For an earlier memoir of prison life, try Within prison walls : being a narrative of personal experience during a week of voluntary confinement in the state prison at Auburn, New York by Thomas Osborne.

 He was a reformer who voluntarily posed as a prisoner and spent a week in the Auburn prison in 1913 to see first hand what it was like. He later was warden of Sing Sing, and his voice helped end the cruelties of flogging and rules of silence then common in prisons.

You can find these books and many more about prisons, criminal justice and so forth by visiting our library page, or asking one of us for help.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It may be summer, but...

We are open, just shorter hours, and certainly are seeing people in the building, and fielding all sorts of questions. Here are a few examples, please, never hesitate to ask us for help!


  • "Printer needs ink;" we're happy to replace ink in the printers, just let us know when one is low.

  • A retired professor needing help with email issues.

  • "Where is 44A?" We get lots of directional questions, don't be shy if you aren't sure where it is!

  • "I need a heavy duty stapler for a really thick article." We have quite a few staplers, including a couple that will staple the thickest article.

  • "Can you find a book for me if I only have the ISBN?" Yes, we can do that in our 'classic catalog.'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Read 2 Million Books Today!

Well, it might take you a little longer than one day, but all ebook fans will enjoy this Online Books Page from John Ockerbloom at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. As the website explains, it is "a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet." Happy reading!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Article link issue

Sometimes if it isn't one thing, it's another. Last post we talked about an issue a patron had with a broken flip flop, now we have an issue with retrieving some articles. There is a way around it, just ask one of us for help.