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5 Things Your Library Friends Like

Weekly updates from the Good Library

Zoom meeting screenshot of library staffWelcome back GC Community! We enjoyed putting these weekly updates together for you last spring, so we thought we start them up again now that we are back on campus.

Each week we will feature a few things that we are enjoying that week, some will be virtual, some will be in person. We may even try to sneak in a research tip or two.

As always if you have questions or comments, feel free to email us at library@goshen.edu, or come stop by the library. We would love to chat with you from 6 ft away.

May 7, 2021

Poetry Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted a poem to our contest for National Poetry Month in April. While there were a lot of great poems, we ended up selecting one winner and two runners-up. 

First place - Laura Miller “Lessons From a Frog”

Second place - Caleb Shenk “Caminante Reflection”

Third place - Peace Muhagachi “Blackout Poem”

To read the winning poems, check out our Instagram @goodlibrary or stop by the library. -- Abby

Melanin Library

The Melanin Library is a curated collection of books by Black authors that feature Black and Brown main characters. Developed by author and publisher Chelsea Lockhart, the collection includes (of course) books by Lockhart’s publishing company, but also a wide range of black authors beyond the Melanin Publishing. Lockhart also has a great YouTube channel with book reviews and interviews. -- Eric

Songs from the ages

The Mennonite Historical Library has a wide variety of religious songbooks dating back centuries! Musicians out there would enjoy seeing what people were singing in the 1600’s as well as hymnals from other denominations. Curator Joe Springer is well-versed (ha!) in knowledge of old Ausbunds (the hymn book still used by the Amish). We also have the current magazine “Hearts and Voices”, featuring new hymns and other songs, and tips about how to write them. Does anyone remember the Medical Mission Sisters? How about Daybreak? Additionally we have the songbooks from the Mennonite World Conferences, in many languages! Come, find a new song to sing! -- Beth

Want to read the New York Times for free?

Guess what you can! All Goshen College students, staff, faculty (and retired faculty) can sign up for a free digital subscription to the New York Times. All non-students do need to renew their account annually, so take a look and sign-up today. -- Abby 

Beleaf in yourself!

As a new-ish plant parent, I’ve been finding so many great plant resources and activities! For some light reading and tips on how to reuse your veggies, check out Regrow Your Veggies (FYI, green onions are so easy and fast!).  For tips on how to take care of and propagate your favorite plants, definitely have a look at Plant Parenting. For fun, try the Terrarium app to grow all your favorite digital plants, fruits, and veggies. And lastly, if you are already a lover and owner of plants but can’t ever remember how or how often to water them, check out the Planta app to start a schedule with notifications! -- Kelsey

April 30, 2021

Need a Break from Reality? (In Four Parts)

So the paper you’re trying to write is threatening you with a pounding migraine? Take a break with another one of these four long-running and reliable Fantasy Online Comics and give your brain some rest and relaxation.

Part Three: Wilde Life is the story of one Oscar Wilde (no, not that one) who moves to a small town in the Midwest on a sudden whim to change his life. But this “ordinary” town is anything but Ordinary! It’s a good thing Oscar’s okay with the ghost “haunting” his new home--And that’s just for starters. If you’ve always wanted a Teen-Age Werewolf for a friend, this comic’s for you! -- Esther

News from the Past

Ever wonder what your Goshen College alumni relatives did when they were here? Curious about events during a certain year? Staff in the Mennonite Historical Library can help you peruse the stacks of Goshen College Records and other publications to see when Men’s Volleyball started, who the baseball players were in 2001, how short the basketball team uniform shorts were in 1985 and who directed the choirs in 1969. -- Beth

May Madness is Back

Every year you wait with bated breath for the librarians to unleash their wacky, weird and otherwise worldly out of context quotes upon you. Well good news to our legions of fans, once again you can determine the fates of 16 quotes taken away from their contexts and forced to compete against each other for your enjoyment. How to participate you ask? Easy, my dear reader, just follow along in the Communicator to vote every week day during May term. -- Abby

Summer Reading

Need a book to enjoy for the summer? Take a look at our Summer Reads book display on the wall next to the front desk. Feel free to take one (or more) to check out for the summer! --Kelsey

Types of Scientific Papers

Academic writing is a wide field that varies from discipline to discipline. This comic by XKCD really captures some of the best types of papers, including these titles: “We figured out how to make this exotic material, so email us if you need some,” “This task I had to do anyway turned out to be hard enough for its own paper,” and “Check out this weird thing one of us saw while out for a walk.” Read the full comic here. -- Abby

April 23, 2021

When Stars are Scattered

This graphic novel biography tells the story of Omar and his brother Hassan who grow up in a refugee camp in Kenya. Written by Omar Mohamed and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson, this book emphasizes the humanity of refugees, while not getting mired in pity. Highly recommended for middle school to adult readers. You can find it in our newly created Juvenile Graphic section downstairs in the Royer Reading room. -- Abby

Need a Break from Reality? (In Four Parts)

Still can’t face the sight of yet another mind-numbingly boring text without wanting to burst into tears? Then meet another one of these four long-running and reliable Fantasy Online Comics, and feel refreshed!.

Part Four: Gaia is more of a standard fantasy (dragons, wizards, magic, etc.), but like the others already mentioned in the last three weeks, it’s a great read--And there are no exams to take afterwards, not even about Magic.

And remember, all four of these Online Comics are updated on a regular basis, and Free! -- Esther

Returned books make librarians happy

As you breathe a sigh of relief and wrap up spring semester, give your library books a much deserved break too by returning them! You can return your Good Library and Mennonite Historical Library books to the front desk of the library, or if the library is closed use the book drop to the right of the front doors. This is especially important if you are headed off campus for May term. Any questions about your books and their due dates? Contact us at library@goshen.edu. -- Abby

Shipping News

Ever wonder how your European ancestors got to the United States? The Mennonite Historical Library has volumes of Passenger Lists, including the names of the ships and the dates of travel! Ships left from different ports and made multiple stops. Actually, just paging through the ship manifests is fun--see the names and ages of passengers and the towns or districts from where they came. Staff can help you identify your immigrant ancestors’ names and show you how to use an online database like Ancestry.com to find names and locations. Maybe you’ll find you have royalty in your genealogy!? Visit the Mennonite Historical Library on the third floor of the Good Library, -- Beth 

Poetry Unbound 

Need a moment of time to stop and reflect on the world? I certainly do, and one of my favorite ways to do that is by listening to Poetry Unbound, a radio program hosted by Irish poet and author Pádraig Ó Tuama. Listen to a wonderful voice read a contemporary poem, reflect on it, and then read it again. Each episode is about ten minutes of unhurried time for contemplation. If listening isn’t your preference, there are also full transcripts of each episode. -- Tillie

April 16, 2021

Interlibrary Loans: Did You Know?

So, if you read my last bit on this subject fairly closely, you may be asking yourself--

“What do you mean by ‘...usually free of charge’?”

No Need to Worry--Most libraries participating in Interlibrary Loan do not charge for materials they loan this way, either to their patrons or other libraries. And like regular check-out and a myriad of other wonderfully convenient and well-nigh essential services libraries provide, it’s already paid for, either with taxes (Public Libraries) or tuition (Academic Libraries)--Something good to remember when doing your tax returns or facing those student loans!

However, there are some libraries, which, for one reason or another, do charge for their ILL loans, and the good news for you is that the Good Library will cover up to $15 of such fees when this happens. After checking all the free-of-charge libraries available, if the only library with the needed material happens to charge more than that, we will always contact you before agreeing to pay, and ask if you wish to cover the extra expense. 

NOTE: Due to COVID, we are now paying the entire extra fee for you! But again, we never agree to any payment beyond the initial $15 without checking with you first. ~Esther (Interlibrary Loan Processor)

Creative Dating on campus

Have a favorite book from the past? Has your significant other read it? Want something new neither of you has read? Try checking out a popular or junior fiction book from the Good Library (new “new books” displays!!) and reading it aloud to one another. Share snacks, discussion and memories, and make new ones! -- Beth

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

This is another phenomenal book that has earned 5 stars on my Goodreads. This book gives a first hand look at what the author has gone through as a black person growing up around white people--the things that white people will say and do whether they know they’re being racist or not, and how we can be better. Joseph goes over how to be antiracist, and gives tips on how white people can slough off the ole “I don’t see color” philosophy and be intentional about inclusivity and equality. If you liked How to Be an Antiracist or You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up. -- Kelsey

Dandelion Spring Salad With Simple Garlic Oil Dressing

Dandelion salad is perfect for summer days. Leave some in the yard for the bees though! Here is my favorite recipe. -- Cynthia

Ingredients

  • 1 TB avocado oil

  • 1 tsp juice from a lemon

  • 1 tsp raw honey

  • 2 tsp chopped garlic scapes if you don’t have access you can mince about a half clove of garlic

  • ¼ tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp pepper

  • 2 cups dandelion leaves rinsed and pat dry (I like to tear mine in half)

  • A few dandelion flowers rinsed and pat dry

  • Slices of radish to garnish

Instructions

  • Whisk the oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. You can taste it for salt/pepper if you wish.

  • Put the dandelion greens in the bowl and toss to combine. Serve with radish slices and dandelion flowers to garnish.

Gravity Points

Gravity Points is a gravity simulation. You have these tiny particles that zip around. Then you can add a bigger object to see what happens.  The bigger objects collide to make even bigger objects.  Basically, it's a really neat representation of gravitational force.  Note: you can keep the big objects from colliding and you can control the number of particles on the screen. -- Fritz

April 9, 2021

Broadsides 

Did you know that GC has its very own poetry publication? Broadside Publishing selects about ten poems each year written by students, faculty, staff, and connected community members and creates prints of the poem with accompanying illustrations. You can get hard copies of these beautiful works in your campus mailbox by emailing lymiller@goshen.edu and asking to be added to the mailing list. If you’re interested in seeing your own poetry in print, watch the Communicator for open submission times and go for it! You can also look through past Broadsides here. -- Tillie 

Need a Break from Reality? (In Four Parts)

So you’re still missing Spring Break (even when it’s in February?) Here’s the continuing introduction to four long-running, reliable (not even COVID slowed them down!) Fantasy Online Comics that will give your mind a rest and exercise your imagination.

Part Two: Namesake is a very original and vibrant look at the many worlds of Fairy Tales, including modern classics like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, and what happens when Magic is real and Stories write themselves. I know I will never see The Wizard of Oz the same way, thanks to this comic! (Plus, I adore the various unexpected Romances, too.) ~Esther

Spring is the time!

Foraging for your meal is so fun. Tender dandelion greens, morel mushrooms, mustard and purslane are just a few delicious things to find in the Springtime. Here are three ebooks from the Good Library to get you started. -- Cynthia

In Pursuit of Wild Edibles : A Forager's Tour, by Jeffrey Greene 

Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants by Bradford Angier

Browsing Nature's Aisles : A Year of Foraging for Wild Food in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown and Eric Brown

Interlibrary Loans: Did You Know?

This is probably old news to most of you by now, but just in case you’ve never heard of “ILLs,” and have always wondered just what the heck we at the GC Library were talking about, let’s begin with this Basic--

“I need information on this subject for my class, but I didn’t find anything on the shelf at the Library, not even the book I was looking for! What’ll I do!?”

Don’t Panic. No library is large enough to contain every book on every subject, so to make up for that, libraries all over the world often participate in an Interlibrary Loan Program to cover what they might lack, loaning materials in both print and electronic forms to each other for patrons’ use, sometimes even internationally. And here at GC, it’s Easy-Peasy--Just log on to the Good Library website, click on “Services” at the top of the page, scroll down to “Request Materials”, and fill out the form with the info of the item you were looking for. Or, if you find something in the Library Catalog, but we don’t own it, click on the “Request It” button, and ask for a copy. Then relax and let us do the rest, usually free of charge. If it’s out there, we promise not to rest until we’ve found what you need! ~Esther (Interlibrary Loan Processor)

Combusting women as acts? 

This is only one of many unique stories you can find on Apex Magazine, an independent fiction magazine. Read a sample of their writing here. --Thanks to student Patrick Webb for this find!

March 26, 2021

Children’s Book Contest Winner!

Thanks to all of your voting, this year our two finalists were

Jamberry by Bruce Degen Nominated by Mary Rose Norell

You Are Special by Max Lucado Nominated by Emma Henderson

And when the polls closed late last night the winner was You Are Special!

Congrats to Emma Henderson for nominating a book that clearly resonated strongly with campus. Watch for more library contests next month for National Poetry Month -- Abby

TikTok for Eagles?!

Once plentiful in our part of the US, bald eagles saw their numbers sharply decline in the late 1800’s because of the draining of wetland habitat. By 1900, there were none left in Indiana. Their plight became even more dire throughout the 20th century as DDT and other pressures drove them close to extinction. But after nearly 50 years of conservation efforts, bald eagles are making a comeback, and more pairs are returning to northern Indiana year after year. One pair nests at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility in St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, and researchers have placed a 24-hour live eagle-cam in their nest. Head on over to https://environmentalchange.nd.edu/resources/nd-leef/live-bald-eagle-cam/#in-nest-cam to check it out—the eggs will be hatching any day now! -- Kyle

Another Digital Video option

Figuring out how to show videos in class is extra complicated right now, but the library has recently purchased some credits with Docuseek. Docuseek includes a broad range of documentary films that can be licensed for $100-$150 a year. Once licensed these films can be show in class or embedded in Moodle for outside viewing. Check out this libguide to learn more or browse to see what is available. -- Abby

I’m so ignorant and how I’m trying to be better

I knew next to nothing about being undocumented, and when I came across the book, If I Tell You the Truth by Jasmin Kaur, not only did I learn how nearly impossible it is to gain citizenship in a timely fashion (or ever), but this book also touched on the #metoo movement. While this is a fiction novel, the truth of this situation is evident.  

Kiran, a young Punjabi Sikh woman, moves to Canada for school...but more so to flee from her fiancé's brother--the man who raped her and got her pregnant. Determined to raise her child and be an independent woman in a new country, Kiran works to gain her citizenship. However, after 18 years of jumping through hoops, working day and night without rest, and fearing every day that she might be deported, Kiran is still right where she started, albeit with a family she loves. This heart-wrenching story gives ignorant people like me a look at the everyday struggle and fear of being undocumented and the politicians in power who want to keep it that way. -- Kelsey 

Need a Break from Reality? (In Four Parts)

If your brain feels a bit overwhelmed by scholarly facts and research papers, and you’re mourning the loss of a proper Spring Break, here’s an introduction in four weeks to four long-running, reliable (not even COVID slowed them down!) Fantasy Online Comics that will give your mind a rest, exercise your imagination and maybe even give you a Reason to Live, again (Well, at least through the end of the semester.) Each boasts fantastic art, excellent writing, humor, excitement, tears--And characters that you’ll come to Love, Hate, and always Remember, long after the story is over. Oh, and they’re all Free!

Part One: Gunnerkrigg Court is about a learning academy that mixes Science and Magic, and aside from some superficial resemblances, it’s not anything like Hogwarts at all! But it’s just as much fun, even without Voldemort. And watch how the art changes over time, getting better and better with the growing experience of the comic’s creator, Tom Siddell. -- Esther

March 19, 2021

“What’s the point of singing if you’re not using your voice to move mountains?”

Over winter break, I picked up a phenomenal Greek myth retelling, Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera.  A few weeks later, it dawned on me that our theater department is putting on the  production of Orfeo ed Euridice, the inspiration for this realistic fiction story of love, loss, and hope. I love a good modern retelling, and this one absolutely delivered! Ignore (or adore!) the YA trope of “popular guy falling for the awkward, there's something wrong with her, new girl.” I loved their relationship. I loved the element of magic with Eury's history. This book hit on mental health, cultural identity, diversity, grief, and true love. This story has it all, and I didn't even really realize the connection to Orpheus until the end. Not only does this story blow retellings out of the water, it’s also told as #ownvoices. You can check this book out from our Orfeo display in the front lobby! -- Kelsey

Updates to Digital Video - Kanopy 

Figuring out how to show videos in class has been extra complicated this past year. While there are very few good solutions in this world, we are excited to announce that Kanopy can now be used as a tool to license films for 1 to 3 years. While these licenses are expensive, once purchased they allow you to show the film in class or embed it in Moodle for students to watch on their own time. To find out more check out this guide -- Abby

Are you a sun sneezer? 

I was 50 years old before I realized that not everyone is a sun sneezer. All members of my family are sun sneezers and I thought everyone was. A co-worker said, “I have a sneeze waiting to come out.” I said, “look at the light”. My co-worker looked at me like I had lost my mind. So, I came to realize that looking at a bright light or the sun didn’t make everyone sneeze. I just wanted you to know about sun sneezing before you lived half your life not knowing this obscure but important fact. -- Cynthia

Two Beloved Children’s Books, Only 1 Winner

All month long you have helped select the winner of our March Children’s Book Contest. Now there are only two books left, go find out which are the final two books and vote for which one you think should win. http://bit.ly/2021BoB -- Abby

Zoom Quilt

Go to this link, sit back and take a trip! Note: NOT recommended if you are currently taking anything that makes you say things like “far out” or “wild” or “be one with the universe, dude.” -- Fritz

March 12, 2021

Battle of the Children's Books

Another week closer to the end of our campus wide endeavor to pick a favorite children’s book. We started with 16 books nominated by GC faculty and staff and now only our Fabulous Four remain. You can stop by the library to see the books in question and click on this link to vote. http://bit.ly/2021BoB -- Abby

Meet our Student Workers: Olivia!

We have a few returning student workers this year and quite a few new ones! Get to know them by following along on our Facebook or Instagram (Free Instagram account required to view) -- Kelsey

Meet Olivia: “I'm a class of 2023 math major and graphic design minor. My favorite thing about working at the library is poking around the stacks during shelving shifts and discovering new books that I never would have known about– my reading list never stops expanding! And, when I want to sit down and devour a good book, there's always a cozy corner with a comfy chair to settle into.

I love hiking, embroidery, and D&D, and my weirdest talent is that I can hear water boiling from a room away, even when I'm not paying attention. Many years of making mac and cheese have trained me well. My favorite candy is Kit Kats, so much so that I have an emergency stash in the bottom of my calligraphy box.”

Saving the hedgehog from extinction

This is an article about a village in England which is working to have all private and public spaces linked by holes in fences specially designed for hedgehogs to traverse. I found it interesting because I think hedgehogs are adorable (think Beatrix Potter). I am also impressed by the people’s dedication to not allowing hedgehogs to go extinct. -- Cynthia

Do You Know “Firefly”?

This is one of those TV shows that has persevered against all odds (and Soulless Network Executives), much like the various and sundry characters within its quite unique Western/Science Fiction World. Although this series only ran for 14 episodes before being canceled, it was so popular that it went on to become a near heart-stopping thrill-ride of a theater movie, “Serenity,” (No hyperbole--It’s really that exciting!), and yet still refused to die! Now the story continues with a series of excellent graphic novels that pick up where Serenity left off, and the GC Library has Volumes 1-5 in our Graphic Novel Collection for you to enjoy, even if you’re not already a fan. -- Esther

Need some help with a paper? Have a burning research question?

Stop by the Ask desk to meet with a friendly librarian or writing mentor. No question is too silly and no paper is too far gone, we can work with you wherever you are at. Most college students get help from the Ask desk at some point in their college careers, so why shouldn’t you? You can drop in during M-F 10am to 5pm and S-TR 8-10pm, or sign up ahead of time at tutorcal.goshen.edu -- Abby

March 5, 2021

Motivation Ideas from the Academic Success Center

Our friends at the ASC put together an excellent list of speeches, practices, and other great tips and tricks on getting yourself through the mid-semester slump. My personal favorite is the 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes. Where else can you see Aragorn followed by Patrick Stewart, a classic indeed! Check it out here. -- Abby

March Merriment Book Contest

Our original 16 children’s books selected by GC faculty and staff have been winnowed down to our Elite Eight. Check out the pairings here and place your vote!. http://bit.ly/2021BoB -- Abby

Meet our Student Workers: Adam!

We have a few returning student workers this year and quite a few new ones! Get to know them by following along on our Facebook or Instagram (Free Instagram account required to view) -- Kelsey

Meet Adam: “I’m a junior in ASL and Theater. I will graduate in 2022, and my favorite thing to do at the library is reading! I enjoy reading popular fiction as well as informal books. Working at the library allows me to find time to read a good book and organize books on the shelves. I enjoy playing games and one weird fact about me is that I can clap with both of my hands...one-handed. My favorite food is chicken pot pie, and I like having conversations about a variety of topics. I can't wait to see you in the library!”

The Conversation -- Academic rigor, journalistic flair

From the about page: “The Conversation is a nonprofit, independent news organization dedicated to unlocking the knowledge of experts for the public good. We publish trustworthy and informative articles written by academic experts for the general public and edited by our team of journalists. On this website (and through distribution of our articles to thousands of news outlets worldwide), you’ll find explanatory journalism on the events, discoveries and issues that matter today. Our articles share researchers’ expertise in policy, science, health, economics, education, history, ethics and most every subject studied in colleges and universities. Some articles offer practical advice grounded in research, while others simply provide authoritative answers to questions that sparked our curiosity.” -- Fritz

So many books, so little time!

Did you know that the Good Library orders new books every month? Some books are ordered because of requests, other books are ordered because they are on a “Best of …”list. When books arrive, they are placed on the “New Book” shelves in the alcove just outside of the Reference Room. You are always welcome to look them over there. Here are 3 books that I think look especially interesting this month. -- Cynthia

  • The Talk is written for ages 10 and up. It is a collection of frank discussions about racism, identity and self esteem.

  • Stand Up and Shout Out is about women’s fight for equal pay, equal rights and equal opportunities in sports.  Topics include the politics of sport, sexual assault, pay equality, women in coaching positions and the experiences of women of color and LGBTQ athletes.

  • The Pride Guide is an empowering guide for LGBT teens and their parents.  It explores sex, dating, relationships, puberty and personal safety.  This is a great book that will help a person to be strong and self aware.

February 26, 2021

Little House Off Grid

Has the events of the past year had you reconsidering the way you want to live your life? YouTube will provide you plenty of alternative lifestyle choices, such as nomadic or off grid living options. Four years ago Rob and Carloyn were burnt out with their long work hours and oversized mortgage and decided to live in free campsites in a pop-up camper while working remotely. After three years of traveling they have settled down to the off grid life in a tiny house. Rob’s daily 12 minute videos are fun and informative. -- Eric

Better Than a Movie Version

The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable, by Terry Pratchett, is a very good way to introduce oneself to the Wild and Wacky Discworld Universe, a flat “planet” that travels through space resting on the back of four giant elephants standing on the back of a even larger sea (space?) turtle. And how is this possible?--Magic (of a particular purpley-orange hue), of course! Oh, and a very bent and British sense of humor, as well. 

Taking a number of characters from their own, usually self-contained, story-lines, including Cohen the Barbarian (the “Hero” of the title), Prachett has mixed them together in an all-encompassing story that goes from the Edge of the World (which really does drop off into nothing!), to the underside of the flat world (for a visit with the critters mentioned earlier) and on to Mount Olympus, Home of the Varied and Various Gods (including my Personal Favorite, Bast “....the god of things left on the doorstep or half-digested under the bed.”) And as this is an illustrated novel, the art is WONDERFUL, including some two-page spreads of the various breeds of dragons and, er... gods, plus depictions of many of the better known characters of Discworld, such as Rincewind the Wizzard (that’s how it spelled on his hat), the Librarian (who was changed into an Orangutan, and likes it that way), and Death (who adores kittens, and wishes more people would stop by for tea.)

The GC Library has this book in our Graphic Novels Collection, so whether you’re a Discworld Novice or a Pro, sit back and enjoy! -- Esther

Vote for your favorite children’s book

Join us this month as 16 books recommended by faculty and staff at GC face off in our interpretation of March Merriment. In this first round a few notable books go head to head such as Jamberry v. Big Red Barn and Du is Tak? v. Bloom. Voting is open now through March 4th before we move to Elite Eight. If you want to see these books in person, stop by the library next week. Vote here: bit.ly/2021BoB -- Abby

Meet our Student Workers: Greta!

We have a few returning student workers this year and quite a few new ones! Get to know them by following along on our Facebook or Instagram (Free Instagram account required to view) -- Kelsey

Meet Greta: “Hi am an English and education major with a writing minor. I am a sophomore and will graduate in 2023. My hobbies are baking, making art, and filling my room with little knick knacks from the Depot. My favorite part of the library is all of the cozy places to study and the popular fiction section. My favorite part of working at the library is opening it up on Saturdays and getting to turn on all of the lights! I also love to see all the interesting books people are checking out.

A fun fact about me: I have been journaling for over seven years! My top tip for people trying to start journaling is to start by simply writing down five things you are grateful for every day.”

Looking to get a new pet or rehome a pet?

If you’re looking for a new pet to snuggle up with, or trying to find a new fur-ever home for your pet, check out “Rehome,” https://rehome.adoptapet.com/. For those trying to find a new home for a pet, Rehome is the perfect place to post a bio and photos of your pet and share with people serious about finding a companion.  When you’re able to find a home for your pet through a website like this, it keeps our animals out of shelters where they might otherwise have to be put down. Alternately, when you use Rehome to adopt a pet, you’re helping to keep these pets out of those shelters! -- Kelsey

February 19, 2021

Open Library now searchable in the catalog

We added 99,918 books to our library this week! Boy are we tired. In all seriousness the library added Open Library to online collections this week, findable through our search box. Open Library is an open, editable library catalog that includes links to nearly 100,000 eBooks and audio books. These books can be checked out just like any other library title. -- Eric

Meet our Student Workers: Andrea!

We have a few returning student workers this year and quite a few new ones! Get to know them by following along on our Facebook or Instagram (Free Instagram account required to view) -- Kelsey

This week, meet Andrea: “I'm a senior-year English major and Theatre minor, planning on graduating in May of 2021. My favourite thing about the library is, oddly enough, our organization system - there's something really satisfying about how each book has a specific place where it belongs. Outside of the library, my favourite things to do are writing, drawing, and playing video games. My weird talent, if you can call it that, is that I accidentally trained my cat to knock before he enters a room. My favourite candy is jelly beans, especially the Jelly Belly kiwi, mango, and sour cherry flavors.”

Donate or Shop, the Depot is Open!

Perhaps you have been sorting through things and want to donate your rejects? Or perhaps you are looking for something fresh and new for your closet or house for gently used clothing, furnishings for your living space, craft items, and more. -- Cynthia
The Depot Thrift Stores, has new hours.
Shopping hours are 1 pm - 5 pm, Mon - Fri, Saturday 9 am - 1 pm.
Donation hours are 9 am - 5 pm, Mon - Fri, Saturday 9 am - 1 pm.

Playing With Sand

Who all remembers those neon-colored sand bottles that were all the rage as a kid? Even if you don’t remember them, you’ll still probably like this soothing website where you can dump sand across the screen to create interesting patterns and unleash your inner kid. -- Tillie

Last chance to enter the library haiku contest

Want to test your haiku prowess and have the chance to win two copies of a book (1 for you, 1 for the library)? Write a library themed haiku (3 lines, syllable pattern 5, 7, 5) and send your haiku to kmclane@goshen.edu or fill out a form at the front desk by Feb 22nd. -- Abby

February 5, 2021

The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World

It’s playoff time for the National Football League, while we sit back and enjoy the best of the best battle for a chance to play in and win the Super Bowl. However, American football is not primarily a game of watching Patrick Mahomes throw touchdown after touchdown to Tyreek Hill, but of… punting. Chart Party has taken a witty approach to looking for the worst punt, combining statistical analysis and the push and grind of the game. -- Eric

The (Digital) Quiet Place

Need a brief moment to relax and reset before diving back into the world? Check out the Quiet Place, which offers a short 90-second meditation in a variety of languages to help you take an effective break. -- Tillie

Looking for an inexpensive, fun activity for the weekend?  

Try making your own soft pretzels. (If you are from Pennsylvania, I believe you have done this before.)  Plan ahead by gathering a few simple ingredients. While the dough rises you can play a game or read a very awesome children’s book out loud that you checked out from the Good Library. My suggestions are Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi , Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris or (my favorite) I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black. -- Cynthia

Haikus are easy
but sometimes they don't make sense
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Another month, another library contest! This time, we want you to put on your poetry hats and try your hand at writing haikus. A haiku follows a pattern of three lines, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Send your haiku to kmclane@goshen.edu or fill out a form at the front desk. Deadline is February 22 and the winner will get 2 copies of their choice of book (1 for them, 1 for the library) -- Abby

Meet our Student Workers: Anna!

We have a few returning student workers this year and quite a few new ones! Get to know them by following along on our Facebook or Instagram (Free Instagram account required to view) 

This week, meet Anna: “I am an environmental science major with an earth and climate concentration and a Spanish minor. I am a sophomore and will graduate in 2023. My favorite thing about the library is sitting in the second floor study area and looking out the big window onto campus, especially when it's rainy. My favorite thing about working at the library is the chill atmosphere. I like to go on bike rides and bake. A quirky thing I can do is burp on command. My favorite candy is Reese's peanut butter cups.” -- Kelsey

January 22, 2021

Is the Ask Desk Still a Thing?

While there have not been as many friendly (hopefully we’re friendly) faces sitting behind the Ask Desk due to Covid restrictions, the Ask Desk continues on virtually. Either drop by chatting with us at the library website library.goshen.edu (scroll and look to your right) or set up an appointment with us at tutorcal.goshen.edu. For writing assistance, research help, and citations the Ask Desk light is on for you! -- Eric

Red Bull Soap Box Derby   

This ain’t your normal soap box derby...it is more of a series of horrid physics experiments. Contestants are scored equally for their time, the “creativity” of their …. Um …. vehicle, and some sort of intro dance performance. My favorite in the race linked here, has to be the pyramid. -- Fritz 

A new way to find stats - Statista

Statista is a new database purchased by the library to help you with your studies. It contains “statistics, consumer survey results and industry studies from over 22,500 sources”. Topics range from business to social media to gaming and health care. Plus once you find the statistic you need, you can easily view the source and download the data in a range of convenient formats. Check it out today, or contact the library to get an introduction. -- Abby

Build Your Own Planet 

Feeling bored or dissatisfied with Earth these days? Try playing around with PlanetMaker, a generator that lets you see what the results of tweaking our planet and solar system might look like. Maybe we need a second moon, or pink oceans? Or perhaps a set of beautiful rings like Saturn? -- Tillie

On Becoming Friends With a Non-Disabled Person

How often do you think about stairs to public spaces or how easy it is to squeeze between crowded tables? This excellent essay by a disabled woman, Kelly Dawson, helped open my eyes to how issues of accessibility are not optional for many people. She also includes a great question to consider asking if you have a friend with mobility issues, “How can I help you do what you’re already doing?” -- Abby

January 15, 2021

New place to find test prep books and materials

Are you studying for the GREs, the LSATs or other graduate school exams? Learning Express Library is a new database full of practice tests, tutorials and more to help you with many Graduate School admissions exams or college placement exams. In order to access the tests, you will need to create a free account through the site. Additionally the print books the library has available can be found in the Reference room in the Career Resources section. -- Abby 

Looking for a new podcast?

If you are interested in the phenomena known as Amish romance novels, or other depictions of Mennonites and other Anabaptist groups in pop culture, check out Just Plain Wrong. Created by three GC librarians (Abby Nafziger, Erin Milanese, and Tillie Yoder) you can find it on iTunes, or wherever you listen to podcasts. -- Tillie, Erin, and Abby

Love of Books Contest

Did you read a good book over break? Tell us all about it by either making an Instagram post (tag @goodlibrary), emailing abigailmn@goshen.edu, or filling out a form in the library. Then, tell us what great book you want to read next! We will randomly select one of you to receive a FREE copy of that new book you want to read, for keeps! We will also purchase a copy of the book for the library. Deadline is January 29. Read on! -- Kelsey

Polygon’s The Sci-fi Best Books to catch up on

Catch up on the best Sci-Fi and fantasy books of 2020 according to Polygon.  They read them all so that you don’t have to! Find something you like, but we don’t have? Consider requesting it via interlibrary loan or request the library order a copy. -- Fritz

Did the Library Cancel The New York Times?

We get this question often, and the answer is No! However, our subscription to The New York Times does require users to renew annually. Thankfully it’s a real straight forward task. Our directions at libraryguides.goshen.edu/nytimes provide short and quick instructions for completing this task. -- Eric