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What's New at the Library

May through Fall

The CCBC Library will be closed for renovation. Staff will be happy to assist students with E-resources and procuring materials at our temporary location in Building 1 on the ground floor. 


In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the CCBC Library will showcase an exhibit and program about African masks Jan. 23 at noon. Dr. Cynthia Marshall and CCBC staff members will share their collections and discuss the role masks play in African culture. All are welcome. For more information, please call the library at 724.480.3427.



Food for Fines is back for the month of December. Library users are encouraged to donate food for the Salvation Army Food Bank or pet supplies forr the Beaver County Human Society to receive fine forgiveness for overdue fees. The library is partnering with the Beaver County Library System with this annual project. Stop and see the library's Christmas display of a fireplace, snowman and village, all made from books.


The final book discussion of "Jerusalem" for the Common Book Project will be conducted Nov. 8 at noon.  A Food Drive to Benefit the Campus Food Pantry will be conducted Nov. 13-Nov. 17 in the library. In celebration of Native American History Month, Storyteller and Flute Maker Bob Stenger of Darlington will tell traditional tales and play songs on Nov. 21 at 12:35 to 1:15 p.m.   To alleviate pre-final jitters, TDI Reading Therapy and Search and Rescue pooches Nitro and Cadeau will visit with students from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 28.  Studies have indicated that petting an animal reduces stress hormones. In addition, Kathy Boyde, certified massage therapist and owner of the Healing Place, will tout the benefits of massage and essential oils in stress reduction. Boyde will perform hand massages.


The library showcased an evening discussion for the Common Book Project October. 11. 

The library also partnered with Phi Theta Kappa to collect donations for Glimmer of Hope, Wexford,  during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  A tree exhibit dedicated to Breast Cancer Warriors was decorated with 60 pink ribbons with names and wishes by friends and family of those battling the diesease.


The library events calendar is brimming.  It is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Stop at the circ desk to find out all the freebies available in the community you can get by flashing your library card. The CCBC Library and other partner libraries in the Beaver County Library System. Here is what is in store: 

Sept. 14 at 11:10 a.m., Constitution Day was celebrated in the library with a historical presentation by Professor Brady Crytzer, history professor and author.  In addition, visitors were invited to sign a replica constitution with a feather quill and natural ink.  (Update: 70 people signed, more than the original signers.

Sept. 20 at noon, all are welcome to the discussions - whether they plan to read, have read a chapter or the whole Armstrong tome.  Free study guides are also available. Those participating are invited to participate in a Study-Away trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC on March 12. Details about the trip are available by contacting the reference desk at (724) 480-3427.  The project is an initiative by the college's Diversity Council.

Sept. 26 from noon to 6 p.m., the council will also celebrate International Day of Peace as a day of prayer and meditation in the library for community and campus members. A presentation, "Spreading Hummus not Hatred, Meet Your Muslim Neighbor," will be showcased at 12:35 p.m. in the library classroom.


The library joined the nation with eclipse mania.  A display was created in the entry windows and 500 pair of safe-viewing glasses were distributed. Viewers on campus on eclipse day ranged from toddlers to senior citizens.

Library staff conducted outreach on campus to encourage card sign-ups.


The Library hosted an art display of sketches by Sela Palmieri of 1930s and 1940s stars of the Silver Screen. Palmieri was an artist from the Aliquippa area and a Korean war veteran.  The library would like to thank Professor Donna Bogle who loaned the works to the library.  The library also created a complimentary Books-that-became-Movies exhibit of films available for borrowing from the library.  Check out new books in the collection!


It's the month to celebrate fathers! The library is showcasing an exhibit of handpainted neckties created by CCBC English Professor Joseph Onesta, accompanied by books featuring essays Fatherhood by CCBC CIS Professor Doug Lauffer and College President Chris Reber.

In addition, the library hosted the first meeting to discuss the book "Jerusalem" by Karen Armstrong, the college and community common read.  Copies are available in the library system for check-out for the public, book clubs or campus members. Dates for fall discussions will be Sept. 20 at noon, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at noon in the library. All are welcome to the discussions - whether they plan to read, have read a chapter or the whole Armstrong tome.  Free study guides are also available. Those participating are invited to participate in a Study-Away trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC on March 12. Details about the trip are available by contacting the reference desk at (724) 480-3427.  The project is an initiative by the college's Diversity Council. The council will also celebrate International Day of Peace Sept. 26 as a day of prayer and meditation in the library for community and campus members.


 The library joined the celebration of the college's 50th anniversary with a timeline exhibit of CCBC history.  Star Wars was also promoted with a "May the Fourth be with You" exhibit featuring campus library and Beaver County Library System resources. New Books were added in May! Top titles from "Hillbilly Elegy" and "Hidden Figures" to the newest in subjects from gardening and electronics to geography and HTML and more are on the new books shelf.


This month, the CCBC Library celebrates National Library Week April 10-13 with a stellar line-up for the campus and community. On April 10, back by popular demand, Writer, Scholar and former Librarian Sam Allen will present "Fire and Ice," a one-man show showcasing iconic American Poet Robert Frost. The presentation will be featured at 11:15 am. in the Health Science Building Auditorium. On April 11 from 12:35 to 1:15 p.m., the library will showcase a new program, "The CCBC Human Library." The event will spotlight a dozen faculty members as living books or "human" resources.  The faculty members may be signed out by students or community members for conversation about their specialties, hobbies or expertise for 10 minutes. The line-up ranges from a Buddhist Priest, guitarist, seamstress and single mom to a police officer, outdoors enthusiast , hypnotherapist and Jr. Olympic Swimmer and more. Discussions are not to be about class or assignments. Bring your library card and borrow the best resources at your library. On Wednesday April 12, the library brims with activity.  Headstart Storytime will be held at 10:15 for Block-building and the telling of tales. At 12:35 to 1:15 P.M. Therapy Dogs International Reading Dogs Cadeau and Nitro will be here with their handler reading specialist Dawn Goulait.  The day will be topped by a screening of "Aspie Seeks Love," an award-winning film about David Matthews, a local man and library regular, who has Asperger's Syndrome. On April 12, it will be Libations in the Library. Library staff will offer visitors a variety of hot and cold drinks. All events are free to the campus community and public. Celebrate libraries!!!!!


Because of the positive response to Blind Date with a Book program in February, the library has instituted an ongoing mystery book selection at the circulation desk. Patrons are invited to read out of their comfort zone by signing out a book wrapped to disguise its title. A selection will be kept at the check-out area at all times for those readers who want to adventure to new genres. And readers are taking their chances! The library is partnering with the Beaver County Library System's 52 Book Challenge, a program which encourages the participants to read a book a week over the next year and to track their literary entries. Prizes will be awarded. Turn those pages. Sign-up is available through March 31 at the Reference and Circulation Desks.


An antique  typewriter display by Professor Kim Revay and Author Fred Durbin is being highlighted in the library display windows. Durbin, an American Library Association-recognized author, will stage a reading in the library February 28 from 12:40 to 2:30 p.m.  During the month of love and Valentines, the library staff has also resurrected Blind Date with a Book program. Patrons are invited to read out of their comfort zone by signing out a book wrapped to disguise its title. In addition, the library has transformed the annual holiday tree, built of tomes, into Jerusalem's Western Wall to spread the word of the campus and community reading of "Jerusalem." The wall features a photo exhibit of Israel and Palestine. Per tradition of the Western Wall, students are invited to place prayer requests amidst the books.


The Library received funding for a wonderful array of Eastern European resources from the “Bridging Cultures with Community Colleges” program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). New arrivals range from films, fiction and history to multiple copies of the campus Diversity Read, "Jerusalem."  The library also partnered with the Tull Family Theater, a new non-profit theater, opening February 17 in Sewickley by showcasing an Indie film exhibit, which will be one of the new facility's offerings.  In addition, an exhibit of August Wilson's cycle, highlighting "Fences," was also in the spotlight.   


The Library is again accepting Food for Fines through Dec 19.


The Library showcased Veteran's Day and men's cancer awareness month.  No Shave November's contest winner was CCBC Student Eric Popovich.  Instructor Joe Onesta was a featured speaker at Brown Bag Lunch and taught students, instructors and staff about hypnotherapy. 


The Library partnered with Phi Theta Kappa in spreading Breast Cancer Awareness this month. The library collected money and showcased an exhibit of Bras for the Cause, bras with design themes by CCBC Alumni/Breast Cancer Survivors.

A Mango, the library's exciting new learn a language database/ registration contest was held in  the library. Student Tim Ward won dinner and a movie for signing up to learn Japanese.  


Celebrate Constitution Day at CCBC on September 15!  A historical DVD about the important historical event - the signing of the Constitution Sept. 17, 1787 - will play in LRC Reading Room 215 throughout the day. Snacks will be provided. Copies of the Constitution will be available at the reference desk, along with games and puzzles with a patriotic theme. Also, peruse the library display window dedicated to the document and the constitutional right of voting.

Adult Learners (ANTS)are welcome to meet in Reading Room 215 on Sept. 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for Brown Bag Lunch and discussion of the job search.


Have you registered to vote? Do you know the issues? Here is a libguide with some informational and non-partisan links to help you become an informed voter.

Brown Bag Lunch in the Library  Are you a non-traditional, adult learner? Libraries have changed since you were first shussshed at the shelves. On Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m., stop in the LRC Reading Room 215 to learn about "your" library, meet other adult students and discover services that can help you succeed. Bring your lunch and get acquainted!


Through Professor Susan Allen, the library joined the mission of the “Bridging Cultures with Community Colleges” program, University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies partner grant with CCBC.  Funds from the grant were utilized to add library titles with Eastern European themes from newly-released non-fiction to children’s and young adult books, along with audio and visual materials. The new resources are ready for check-out from the foyer display windows in the library. The exhibit also showcases matryoshka dolls from Russia and the Ukraine, a Croatian stringed prim and some Romanian artifacts. Information on local Eastern European music and dance troupes, Slavjane and Jadran, is also included for those who wish to sample the rich local Eastern European heritage.


For beach and getaway summer reading, the latest from Stuart Woods, Stephen King, James Patterson, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Janet Evanovich are on the hot-off-the-press shelf at "your " library, along with Tolkien's "The Story of Kullervo", some new Marvel comics and the latest in the Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, "Library of Souls."  For those looking for education not escape, new titles "EKG's for Nursing Demystified" "Crime Scenes Staging Dynamics in Homicide Investigation" "Office 2016 Simplified"  "The Complete World of Human Evolution" "The Uncommon History of Common Things I and II" and "Hands-on Mobile App Testing" await perusal. Please visit. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 
George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

    MAY           Library Staff piloted a coffee station with java and snacks for Spring finals week near the reference desk. Student, faculty and visitor feedback was  overwhelmingly positive. The library display windows are showcasing the 50th anniversary theme of Looking Back and Reaching Forward to help kick off the campus year-long celebration. 
    APRIL On April 1, the library will host the campus HeadStart for Wee Build Block Party. Then, celebrate NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK at your CCBC Library! The poetry of Robert Frost will come to life with "Fire and Ice," a presentation by Sam Allen in LRC 9103 April 11 at 11:15 a.m. The library is also highlighting "Conversation about Open Educational Resources" with OER Proponent and Pitt Librarian Paul Bond April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon in 9103.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor, through the College and Research Division ( of PaLA.

    MARCH A Meditation Marathon will be staged in the library March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to raise funds for student scholarships. Dr. Cynthia Marshall, English and Yoga instructor, will meditate in the library window for 8 hours for pledges to the CCBC Foundation to aid with student scholarships. A space will be set aside in the library for those who want to join the marathon of Mantra amidst Dewey. Pledges may be made at the reference desk.


Black History Month Display was recognized in the library with a special CCBC connection. The works of Dr. Martin Luther King were showcased with the essay of Dr. Martin Luther King Oratorial Contest Winner Jayden Norman. Norman is the son and grandson of CCBC Students Van and Michelle Norman.  The library also unveiled its Blind Date with a Book program - books of varied genre festively wrapped to obscure the cover.  Staff, faculty and students joined to read books out of their preferred genre. The feedback: library staff was asked to do the project as an ongoing display.

Keep your eye on the new book section. Through an agreement with the Beaver County Library System, the library now will be providing an expanded array of bestseller fiction upon release. Be the first to read new works @ "your" library.