Archive for the ‘Friday Fun’ Category

Fresh Popcorn – Right Now!

November 18, 2011

We just popped some corn . . . come help yourselves!

FREE Coffee Day! (Friday)

November 11, 2010

Stop by for FREE Coffee!

Friday, November 12

8:00 – 4:00

BYOM . . . Bring Your Own Mug


Summer Reading Recommendations

May 9, 2008

Not surprisingly, most of us who work in the library also like to read. And summer is a great time for reading — no assignments, more free time, even more light.  Here is a list of books we thought you might enjoy this summer. If you have any recommendations of your own, leave us a comment!

From Dan Daily:

  • The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven
    The Ice Master tells the tragic story of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition. Now, the entire Canadian Arctic Expedition was not marked by tragedy, but the Northern Party of the expedition, which was abroad the vessel Karluk suffered much, lost much, and, perhaps, unnecessarily. Jennifer Niven gives us a gripping account of the decisions, mistakes, heroic efforts, and will to survive that characterized the expedition. While most of the Western world plunged into the Great War, the expedition team, under the absentee-direction of the renown explorer and anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson (Stef), launched into the western Canadian Arctic. Not all would come back; some blamed Stef. Niven, whose own story is perhaps not typical of those who write polar history, gives us a fascinating, carefully researched addition to the history of polar exploration. Among the dozen or so books of polar history that sit on my bookshelves, The Ice Master is the best-told tale.

From Anne Mead:

  • The Appeal 2008 by John Grisham

From Sherri Langton:

From Anita Vogel:

From Greta Grond

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    In this novel, an elderly man recalls his days on a circus train. After dropping out of veterinary school during the Depression, the narrator travels with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, caring for the exotic animals. With robust characters — hey, it’s the circus – and a setting so alive and unique, this book is one you will not soon forget.

If you’re interested in delving into one topic this summer, Anita suggests a collection of Karen Armstrong’s writings about comparative religion. These books are all in Ramaker’s collection:

Have a great summer!

Pop-Up Books . . . not just for kids anymore

April 4, 2008

Ramaker Library recently purchased 3 books that would put your childhood pop-up books to shame.  These books include truly amazing paper engineering.  Yes, paper engineering.  Once you see them you’ll understand why it’s called engineering.

Wikipedia mentions the recent pop-up book revival . . . Traditionally, pop-ups have been seen as little more than children’s books but beginning in the 1990s, they have grown in prominence, chiefly due to the innovations of Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart, and other great paper engineers.

Here is where you can find them if you would like to take a look.

america-the-beautiful.jpg America the Beautiful– PS1077.B4 A8 2004b – Children’s Library (Robert Sabuda, paper engineer)

alice.jpg Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland– PZ7.S1178 Al 2003 – Children’s Library (Robert Sabuda, paper engineer)

Book Cover Dinosaurs: Encyclopedia Prehistorica – QE861.3 .S33 2005 – Children’s Library (Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart, paper engineers)

Get to Know Us – Denise Sneller

March 28, 2008

Hi! I’m Denise and I started working at Ramaker Library when some of you college students were still in diapers! Wow! That’s a long time ago!


18 years ago I decided that I wanted a change from substitute teaching in the elementary schools.  So I was really excited when I was hired for this job and I have loved every day being the Circulation Coordinator at Ramaker Library.  It has been a joy to serve the college community and I especially love getting acquainted with so many college students.  The circulation department in the library makes sure that all library materials are checked out, checked in and shelved properly.  So I have 24 work study students who help me do these jobs well.  Yes, they’re the lucky students you see working at the circulation desk each day!


Let’s see if you can guess which one of these statements is NOT true about me:

1.   I graduated from Northwestern College

2.   I have lived in 10 different cities.

3.   I am an avid Northwestern Red Raider fan.

4.   I love being a grandma.  It’s the best job in the world.

Yes, it’s sad but true — #1 is not a correct statement!  I attended Northwestern College for 2 years, but my Alma Mater is Hope College in  Holland, Michigan.

My father was a Reformed church minister so we moved around the midwest several times when I was growing up.  After I graduated from college, I married a Naval officer and he moved me around the world!  Our oldest son was born in Key West, Florida and our youngest son was born in Sigonella, Sicily.  Yes, that old saying is true – “Join the Navy and see the world”!  We loved it!

I am probably one of the most competitive and enthusiastic Red Raider fans that you can find!  I absolutely love attending all kinds of Northwestern athletic events and you’ll often see me jumping up and cheering when the rest of the crowd is sitting down.  I guess I get carried away sometimes!

I just love to spoil my 4 young grandchildren – 2 in Minneapolis and 2 in Chicago. Come to my office and look on my desk and you’ll see why they’re so dear to my heart.

So now you know a little bit more about the lady who lives in the office behind the circulation desk.  Stop in anytime for a piece of candy!

Get to Know Us – Anne Mead

March 14, 2008

I LOVE BEING A LIBRARIAN!  As a librarian I learn new information everyday whether I’m helping a student at the research help desk or looking up topics for a library instruction class.  My career started in a Seminary Library (that’s how I became a preacher’s wife).  After taking time off to stay home with my kids, I worked in a small university library where I always had to be on my toes and ready for the wide variety of questions that would come up.  Now I’m here at NWC as the Electronic Resources Librarian and I’m constantly learning about new technologies.  Each library job has challenged me and provided me with numerous opportunities to learn new things.  


Here are a few statements about me; can you tell which one is NOT true?

  1. Brian Regan is my favorite comedian.
  2. I graduated from High School in New Jersey.
  3. I threw a rock and broke the windshield of a chauffer-driven Cadillac.
  4. I studied voice in college.

Besides my work as a librarian, I am married and have two children.  I am currently involved in a quilting group at my church and I recently attended a Zumba (dance based fitness) class. 

I learned about Brian Regan from my nephew and have enjoyed his comedy ever since.  I have the DVD “I Walked on the Moon” and his CD “Brian Regan Live” that I listen to in the car.  My favorite sketch is “Hooked on Phonics”.

Yes it’s true, I threw a rock across the street and broke the windshield of a black cadillac.  It was terrifying!  My cousins who were with me disappeared immediately and I was left alone to face the consequences.  My Dad had to pay $100 for a new windshield and that was a lot of money then.

I minored in voice at college because I’ve always loved to sing. When I was growing up I drove my family crazy singing in the car and all around the house.

Statement #2 is not true.   I graduated from High School in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Media and Missiles

March 7, 2008

Greetings from the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) office!  I am the library staff member Dan mentioned earlier, who has experience with missiles.  You can actually find out more about the missile system

tow-system-3.jpg  that I used while I was in the National_Guard, at the link from a  search I did in Google.  (scroll to the bottom of that search page to see more pictures)  Or, you could find even more scholarly information at the link on Ramaker’s website to do a search for the TOW missile,

tow-system.jpg  and come up with the full text results found in EBSCOhost or JSTOR. (I would sort from most recent to oldest)  Of course, it would be best to start your search for missiles in  Ramaker’s current holdings or any of these sites before you submit a request to ILL

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “How does your missile experience qualify you to work in a library?” 

ramaker.jpg  Here’s your answer:  “I don’t know!”  But I will say this.  Using the missile system I used does have a relationship to ILL.  When I fired that missile at a tank,

tank.jpg  I had to keep my sights on that target until the missile reached it.  Otherwise, the missile would have                  flown off into the sky sky.jpg 

                 or into the ground.      ground.jpg 

I couldn’t stop tracking it until the target target.jpg was hit.  When you submit a request for an item through ILL, that item becomes my target.  I stay focused on that target and don’t take my sights off it until it is hit.  If your request comes back unfilled, I fire again at different libraries until that target is reached, or every option is exhausted.  If I didn’t, your request would go off into cyberspace

 cyberspace.jpg  never to be seen again, and I would have missed the target.  So, everytime you submit a request to ILL, think of the book-and-article-requesting “missile system”

tow-system-2.jpg  in Ramaker. (It’s in the office to the left of the circulation desk)  I’m here to help you meet your educational needs and goals college-diploma.jpg by getting you the information you desire. 

 book.jpg   journal.jpg   If you ever have any questions, want to talk about missiles or the military, or about my last job as a high school choir director,

 choir-director-1.jpg  choir-director.jpg  email me or come on over to my office .  My door is always open!   open-door.jpg

 Bryan Van Gelder, ILL and Curriculum Library Coordinator

Happy Leap Day – February 29 – (aka “Ladies Privilege Day”)!

February 29, 2008

     A leap year occurs every 4 years when an extra day is added to the calendar to make up for the fact that a solar year is longer than 365 days.  A year which is not a leap year is called a common year. 

 * In common years, a person born on February 29 may celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1. 

 * The chance of being born on a leap day is about 1 in 1500. 

 * About 4 million people worldwide were born on Leap day. 

Leap Year Postcard

1908 – Leap Day Postcard

     According to Irish tradition, February 29 is also known as “Ladies Privilege Day”.  On this day, women have the opportunity to propose marriage.  It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose.  St. Patrick refused at first but later agreed to allow “Ladies Privilege” once every seven years – St. Bridget resisted his offer and persisted this day be every four years and the tradition was established.  Over the years, this practice was often justified that since the leap year day fixed a problem in the calendar, it could also be used to correct an unjust custom that only let men propose marriage. 

     So what are your thoughts?  Should we continue celebrating February 29 as Ladies Privilege Day” or should women have the privilage to propose to men on any day?  :  )

Get to Know Us – Sherri Langton

February 22, 2008

Guess which one of these statements is NOT true of me,

Sherri Langton. 


a.  I have been to Ethiopia.

b.  I was proposed to in a cow pasture.

c.  I used to teach middle school.

d.  I wear size 10 shoes.

While you think about that, I’ll share a little more about myself.  I am the Cataloger/Library Systems Specialist for Ramaker Library.  So, I catalog all of the books, media, etc. that come into Ramaker Library and the LRC.  I also manage the library’s software.  This software helps us keep track of purchases, checkouts, journals, and many other things.

My husband, Ben, and I have 2 children:  a daughter who is 3 1/2 and a son who is 1 1/2.   They keep us very busy. 

When I am not busy with work or the kids, I enjoy reading and photography. 

OK, time for the answer . . . I do NOT wear size 10 shoes!  I have been to Ethiopia, twice actually.  Both of our children were born in Ethiopia, and we travelled there to adopt them.

Yep, my husband proposed in a cow pasture, and I still said “yes.”  It was a very beautiful cow pasture. 

I taught middle school computer for 3 years and loved it!  My husband got a new job in the Orange City area, and I was interested in learning more about computer support.  NWC had a position that included computer support for the library.  I gave it a try and am still here 7 years later!  Who would have thought that a student who was a “library avoider” would love working in one so much?!

A Few Good Men Wear Bow Ties

February 15, 2008

Recently, I received the summary of my evaluations for HIS 101 Western Civilization to 1789.  Among the comments, a student mentioned I should wear bow ties more often.  When mentioning this at dinner one evening, my high school daughter made it clear to me that the student was making fun of me.  Oh well, I still think bow ties are great. I have been wearing bow ties for nearly 20 years.  The few of us on campus that wear them are in good company.  Consider….

Henry Fonda, in the Academy Award winner, On Golden Pond (1981), wears a bow tie  Fonda co-starred in this movie with Katherine Hepburn, and played the part of a lovable, but cranky retired professor.  Even when at his summer home in Maine, Norman Thayer (Fonda) dons a bow tie for his 80th birthday. That’s class!  On Golden Pond is not among my favorite flicks because of Fonda’s bow tie.  Rather, I love it because its a great story.  Also, in its original form as a play, the story was set in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine.  As a teenager, I grew up in the Lakes region and spent a lot of time at the lakes.  Now, my family and I continue to vacation there nearly every summer.   Trivia question:  Who else on the Northwestern staff spent summers at the Belgrade Lakes?  He was a kid at the time. 

Let’s skip from the movies to everyday life.  C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States, is a bow tie guy.  I became acquainted with Dr. Koop when I served as an archivist at Dartmouth College.  Before I joined the staff at Dartmouth, Dr. Koop had retired to the faculty of the Dartmouth Medical School  I had the opportunity to work with him on a project, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him.  Though a leader in American Christianity during the last quarter century, he remains genuine and humble.