Book Club Kick-Off!

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Well, you survived the first week of classes. Congratulations! Now that you’ve gotten into the swing of things it’s time to start incorporating fun campus activities into your schedule. We always have a ton of things going on around campus and you should do what you can to participate in all the things that interest you.

One thing that’s going on this week is the kick-off meeting for SCC’s Between the Covers Book Club! The Book Club is sponsored by SCC’s Multicultural Programming Committee. It meets in the LRC Information Commons (the area in the back of the library by the Help Desk). The kick-off will be this Wednesday, August 26, at 2:30. There will be food, coffee, a giveaway, and the chance to meet new people from around campus!

Between the Covers is a book club open to students, faculty and staff. The club averages three books a semester, so it’s doable to work it in to your busy academic schedules.

We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Fall 2015 Book Club

#TravelTuesday – Rick Steves Edition

Happy #TravelTuesday!

Rick Steves is something of a travel guru. He is all about experiencing new places and encourages people to get out and see the world around them. You can check out his books, his website, his Twitter feed, and his show on PBS to get his travel tips and experience his joy for wandering the globe.

We’ll leave you with one of his TED Talks. It might inspire the travel bug in you ;)

Welcome Cougars!!!

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Alright guys, it’s here! The Fall 2015 semester is officially upon us and we are pumped!

We’re so glad you’re here at SCC and want nothing more than to see you succeed.

The library (also known as the LRC) is here to help you with all kinds of things. We have computers you can access to look up your schedule, get started on homework, or check Twitter between classes. We have magazines and academic journals for you to peruse in your downtime. You can read them for fun or to immerse yourself in your field of study. Not to mention the fact that we have TONS of books available for check out. We have titles that can help you with your studies in addition to plenty of books to read for fun. PLUS we have hundreds of DVDs for you to peruse. We have documentaries, Oscar winners, musicals, and more!

All 4 (yes, 4!) of our Reference Librarians are here to help you. Feel free to stop in and say hi! Plus you can get in touch with a librarian via phone (636.922.8620) or chat on our website as long as the library is open (that means until 10 p.m. tonight).

If you have questions about the library you can always check out our FAQ section.

Here’s to a great fall term! Just know that the library is here for you :)

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#FridayReads – A Little Story Time…

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We made it through another week! Today we thought we’d take a different tactic with our #FridayReads and we’re going to look at reading in a slightly different way.

Remember how much fun it was being read to as a child? The appeal is still there today in the pleasure you get from things like listening to audiobooks and podcasts. When someone has a great reading voice it evokes a unique kind of comfort and a different appreciation for the written word. That’s what makes Storyline Online such an awesome resource.

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This site is sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. The Foundation “records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos” to go along with those stories.

If you have the chance to read aloud with the children in your life, by all means do so. It’s a great experience to share with them and it helps encourage a love of reading. But if you happen to be busy and still want to provide a “storytime” experience, that’s when this site can come in handy.

And hey, you don’t need to have a kid around to appreciate being read to. We won’t tell if you take advantage of this site just for yourself. Enjoy being read to by the likes of Betty White, Al Gore, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, and more.

We’ll send you off with one of the stories on the site, Library Lion (we couldn’t resist):

#ThrowbackThursday – Hitchcock!

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August 13 is Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday, which inspired today’s #tbt. This master of suspense is responsible for numerous classic films (think “Psycho,” “North by Northwest,” “Vertigo,” and “Rear Window“). If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out a Hitchcock film, now is the time to remedy that.

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We have a lot of books about this famous director. Feel free to stop by and check some of them out!

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We’ll leave you with this entertaining Saturday Night Live reimagining of the filming of Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.”

#WednesdayWisdom – Know Your Library

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The Fall semester is JUST around the corner so our #WednesdayWisdom is to remind you to “know your library.” This can be interpreted in a number of ways:

  1. Know where we are! The library is also known as the LRC on campus. We’re the building with the three flags in front of it. You can’t miss us ;)
  2. Know when we’re open! Beginning on Monday, August 17, our regular library hours resume. We will be open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The library is closed on Sundays.
  3. Know how to get in touch with a librarian! There’s always at least one Reference Librarian (who are they? Ying, Theresa, Kelly, and Julia) sitting at the reference desk on the first floor. You can visit a librarian in person, via chat/text on our website, or on the phone (636.922.8620). All of these options are available as long as the library is open.
  4. Know what you can do here! The library is a place to study, research, write papers, check out books, check your email, use a group study room, hang out, get IT help, get research help, find new books, read magazines and academic journals, and so much more!
  5. Know we are here for you! Your college experience is whatever you want to make of it. The library can be your place of refuge when you need some down time or when you need to hunker down and study.
    If you need a quiet space to get some work done, head to our second floor or check out one of our study rooms. If you’re working on a group project we have tables all over the first floor (plus the study rooms upstairs). This is your library, use it.

We’ll look forward to seeing you… :)

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#TravelTuesday – U.S. National Parks

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Happy #TravelTuesday! We thought today would be the perfect time to embrace the beauty of our national parks. These parks encompass more than just the “big” names that everyone knows: Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Acadia… There are hundreds of national parks, including many here in Missouri.

These parks have considerable natural and historical value and at least a few of them should make it onto your list of “must-see” places. Especially because a lot of them make for perfect road trip destinations!

In 2016 the National Park Service is turning 100 and they’ve started a Find Your Park campaign. This campaign is all about exploring national parks in person and online. The parks offer opportunities “to learn, discover, be inspired or simply have fun.”

For more information about our national parks you can check out the curated New York Times page, the National Parks Foundation site, and/or the National Geographic parks page.

We also have lots of resources here in the library for you to peruse. Including:

The National Parks

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea [documentary]
E 160 .N385 2009 — DVD

The National Parks an Illustrated History

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan
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National Parks: The American Experience by Alfred Runte
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Complete National Parks

Complete National Parks of the United States by Mel White
E 160 .W47 2009

Discover America

Discover America: The Smithsonian Book of the National Parks by Charles E. Little
E 160 .L57 1995

Now is the perfect time to get out and explore. Let us know your favorite spots!

#MediaMonday – Boyhood

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Today’s #MediaMonday is to remind you that we have all kinds of films available here in the library, including award-winning features. “Boyhood,” a film that came out in 2014 to much acclaim, received numerous awards including Golden Globes for Best Picture, and Best Director, an Academy Award for Best Actress (Patricia Arquette), and the BAFTA Award for Best Picture.

Whether you’re looking for something good to watch over the weekend or looking to check out a documentary related to a paper you’re working on, we have lots of options here in the library.

#FridayReads – Political Debates

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Today’s #FridayReads are inspired by the GOP Debate that took place last night (8/6/15). Things are really getting underway for the upcoming 2016 Presidential election. Regardless of which direction you’re leaning, it can be helpful to have a good understanding of the value and the history of the debates and the election process in general. That’s where the following books come in:

The Candidate

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win, and Hold, the White House
by Samuel Popkin
JK 524 .P63 2012

The First Modern Campaign

The First Modern Campaign: Kennedy, Nixon, and the Election of 1960
by Gary Donaldson
E 837.7 .D66 2007

Inside the Presidential Debates

Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future
by Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay
JK 524 .M563 2008

The Podium the Pulpit and the Republicans

The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential Candidates Use Religious Language in American Political Debate
by Frederick Stecker
JA 85.2 .U6 S74 2011

Presidential Debates

Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High-Risk TV
by Alan Schroeder
JF 2112.D43 S37 2000

Selecting a President

Selecting a President
by Eleanor Clift and Matthew Spieler
JK 528 .C55 2012

The campaign process has gotten more and more “entertaining” over time, so it’s nice to be able to put things in context and see how we’ve gotten to where we are today.

You can get more information on all the candidates at “Who Is Running for President?” courtesy of The New York Times.

Happy reading!

#ThrowbackThursday – Remembering the Card Catalog

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Most of you might be too young to remember today’s #tbt. But back in the day libraries used a card catalog. Now the library catalog is available online and you can easily search for books and movies by title, subject, keywords… all kinds of ways. But before it became electronic, searching in the catalog required a certain amount of finesse. Information about materials in the library collection were placed on small index cards that were shelved in drawers for you to browse through:

Card Catalog Drawer

We held on to our old card catalogs and have them safely tucked away serving other purposes.

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We still get a little nostalgic for them and it has actually become pretty trendy to repurpose these pieces of furniture and use them for interior decorating.

Repurposed card catalogs

So here’s to the card catalog. We miss you, but we’re glad we’ve moved on ;)