Book Club Kick Off!

Between the Covers Kick Off

Wednesday, January 27 at 2:30 is the kick-off meeting for SCC’s Between the Covers book club!

The club meets in the LRC’s Information Commons. At the kick-off the first book club selection will be revealed, treats and coffee will be consumed, and games will be played.

If you made it a resolution to read more in 2016 or if you’re just hoping to meet more people on campus, Between the Covers is a group you want to be a part of.

See you there!

The Spring Semester is Underway!


We’re almost done with the first week of classes – can you believe it?

You’ve survived the cold and the first real snow of the year. Now it’s time to really start digging in to those assignments. Just know you have a great place to study here at the library. We have our open computers on the first floor of the library and the second floor is reserved as “Quiet Study” space. So come grab a spot and get things done!

Library hours are:

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.
Sunday: CLOSED

See you soon!

Looking for a Business Book?

We see a lot of trends at the Reference Desk and lately we’ve been getting lots of requests for “Business Books” that students can check out for a book review they have to do.

It always helps when we have an idea of what you’re interested in so we can point you in the direction of a title that will most appeal to you. But if you’re wide open to trying anything we’ve compiled a list of business books that cover a wide range of areas and topics that we hope will lead you to something that you will both enjoy reading and that will give you lots to write about.

Check out the list and if you have a specific area of interest come talk to a Reference Librarian and we’ll see if we can find something that speaks to you :)

Happy reading!

Library Editions is Here!


The fall issue of Library Editions is here! Library Editions is the biannual newsletter of the Paul and Helen Schnare Library at SCC.

In this edition:

  • see our new Lego sets in action
  • meet our new cataloger
  • learn to create EBSCO reading lists in Canvas
  • see photos from our #SCCBookface contest

Also learn about our newly upgraded library database, award-winning books and websites, and more!

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SCC Book Club reads “The Shining”

Book Club

SCC’s Between the Covers book is meeting again at the end of the month (October 28!) and this time we’ll be reading The Shining! We think we timed it pretty perfectly for Halloween AND to coincide with the Scary Movie Marathon (films will be shown in the SSB Auditorium 10/26 – 10/29).

In addition to our book discussion, there are a few events the week prior you should participate on. October 21 there will be a panel on The Shining at 1 p.m. in the SSB Auditorium. At 6:30 that evening, also in the SSB Auditorium, the film will be shown. It’ll be a great way to see if you think the movie measures up to the book.

This is a perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit and/or expose yourself to Stephen King if you haven’t had a chance to read him before.

As always, there will be coffee and snacks at book club. We meet in the Information Commons of the library at 2:30 on October 28. See you then!

Read Banned Books!

September 27 – October 3 is Banned Books Week and you might have noticed our display has been up all month long in preparation for it.

So what is Banned Books Week all about? Well, the American Library Association explains that it’s “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. . . By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.”

And what can you do to celebrate Banned Books? Read them! We have lots of titles on display here in the library. Plus you can check out the “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” and try to read some of those. Or you can check out the Banned Books Virtual Read Out:

Come in and grab a book off our display. Celebrate your freedom to read what you want. Who knows, you might find out that one of your favorite books was banned or challenged at some point.


#MediaMonday – “The Imitation Game”


Happy #MediaMonday! Sure, a few months have gone by since the Oscars, but that doesn’t mean you got around to watching all the 2014 Best Picture Nominees.

If you haven’t already, you should check out “The Imitation Game.” It was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it won the award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.

The film is based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. So, what’s it about?
“A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936– the concept of a universal machine– laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program– all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.”

If you’re one of those people who likes to read the book before you see the film, you’re in luck because we have both on hand!

When you come in to pick up the movie, make sure you browse our collection of DVDs to see if anything else catches your eye.

We’ll leave you with the movie trailer. Enjoy!

#tbt – William Carlos Williams

Today, September 17, is the birthday of poet William Carlos Williams. We figured he’d make for a perfect #tbt and it would give us the excuse to highlight his work.

Williams was a unique voice in American poetry. He received the National Book Award for poetry in 1950 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1963. In addition to being an accomplished poet, Williams was also an essayist, playwright, novelist, and a practicing physician.

It’s always a great experience to hear a poet read their work. Fortunately PennSound makes this a possibility with Williams. You should definitely take a minute to go listen to some of the recordings they have.

You’ll also want to check out the 1964 interview with the poet from The Paris Review.

There is some great biographical information and literary criticism available through our ARTEMIS Literary Sources database. Not to mention the books we have upstairs in our collection. Titles like:

So happy birthday to this engaging poet. We’ll leave you with one of his more well-known poems, “This Is Just To Say

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Between the Covers Reads: Clybourne Park!

Book Club

Man, it has been a while since our last blog post! BUT we’re coming back with something good – a reminder that SCC’s Between the Covers book club is meeting to discuss the play Clybourne Park in one week!

On Wednesday, September 23, at 2:30 the book club will be meeting in the library’s Information Commons for the first book club discussion of the Fall 2015 semester. Like always, there will be coffee, snacks, and the chance to enter a drawing for prizes. It should be a great conversation!

And SCC’s Center Stage Theater is presenting “Clybourne Park” in the Fine Arts Building Theater September 30 – October 4. Tickets to the play are *free* for SCC Students who show their ID. So read the play, talk about it, and then see it on stage!

Happy reading!

Fall 2015 Book Club