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Archive Picture of the Week - October 25th, 2010

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 Homecoming Dance 1981 Image


Homecoming Dance, from the 1981 yearbook

New in the Library - October 2010

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NEW DATABASE! Available from the Thrift Library Database Page

Reference Universe

Have a specific topic that you can’t seem to find any books on? Well, now your problem is solved. Through the newest database, Reference Universe, you can search for sources on topics that do not appear in the title of the work. The database searches through the Tables of Contents and Indexes of sources to find your topic and gives you specific details of the source down to the page numbers applicable.

Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56
LB 41.E48 2007b

By Rafe Esquith

Just by the title, one can tell that this is not your ordinary education book. Through this unique work, the author offers his story of life as a fifth-grade elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. A New York Times bestseller, this book presents the author’s perspective on the power of a teacher to impart the love of knowledge and to transform the lives of his or her students.

How to Sell Yourself: Using Leadership, Likability, and Luck to Succeed
BF 637.C45L877

By Arch Lustberg

This book gives you all you need to know to win over people the easy way. It presents various techniques for use in multiple settings, including public speaking, the classroom, job interviews, and meetings. The author has taught his methods to countless professionals, from elected officials to business executives to attorneys. If you’re looking to convince someone that you are the best out there, this is the book for you.

Public Speaking and Presentations Demystified
PN4121.T395 2010

By Melody Templeton

The number one fear of Americans is death. The number two fear of Americans is public speaking. Through this book, one can break down the process of public speaking, making it simpler and easier. This is an excellent resource for not only learning to overcome one’s fear of public speaking, but also developing the necessary public speaking skills to succeed.

Strengths Finder 2.0
HF5549.5M63R37 2007

By Tom Rath

Have you ever wondered what your true strengths are? If so, wonder no more! Through this book you can explore the thirty-four different strength themes and articulate which strengths are specific to you. After finding your strengths, you will also discover various approaches to putting your strengths to their true potential.


New Display in the Library - October 2010

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 2010 HoF Image


Please come by the library and check out our new display cases, celebrating the 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees!

Archive Picture of the Week - October 11th, 2010

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Girls Basketball 1964 Image


AC Girls sports team, headed to a game. From the 1964 yearbook.




Tuesday Trivia! October 5th, 2010

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Interested in learning a little more on your Tuesday? Use our library resources to try to answer these trivia questions!


1. What is a bucky ball?

2. What was the title of Edgar Allan Poe's first published work?

3. What was the name of Napoleon Bonaparte's second wife?


(Hint: You can find these answers and a lot more in our new Reference Universe database)

New Trial Database - September 2010

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ebrary  - (on campus access only during trial)  - During the month of October the Thrift Library will be conducting a trial of ebrary, an online ebook collection of 47,000 titles.  ebrary is similar in size, scope, and features to NetLibrary.


This collection is available through a variety of pricing  schemes including:

Subscription – around $6,000 per year

Purchase entire collection or any combination of sub collections

Purchase by title

And even a deposit account where you only buy the titles that are used. In other words, you the user, select your own collection on a per need basis.


ebrary provides online support at the following locations.


1.     View our Quick Start video at (please allow a few seconds to load). We also offer a one-page Quick Guide, which includes easy, step-by-step instructions on how to get started with ebrary.


2.     The Quick Guide can be found online at Printed copies are also available upon request.


3.     Sign up for live, online training for you and your library patrons. We offer several different modules at a variety of times to meet your library’s needs. For a description of the modules and to sign up, please visit


4.     Additional training materials, including Flash videos and user guides, are available at


 Your opinions as to the usefulness of this second eBook collection would be appreciated.


Fall Break Hours, 2010

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For the 2010 Fall Break, the library's hours will be:


Wednesday, October 6th - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 7th - Saturday, October 9th - Closed

Sunday, October 10th - 7:00 pm - Midnight


We hope you have a wonderful break!

Archive Picture of the Week - October 4th, 2010

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 Canoeing 1977 Image


AC students canoeing on the Campus Ministries fall retreat, 1977 yearbook

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