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Weekly updates from the Good Library

Welcome back GC Community! We started this series in April 2020 as a way to stay in touch when we couldn't be in person.

Turns out it was so much fun and so many of you enjoyed it that we have kept the tradition going.

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 Ask Desk at the library. We would love to chat with you and answer your questions.

November 18, 2022

Meet Our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Brenton is returning for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

My favorite thing that I did over the summer was visit two theme parks with my brother and friends. My favorite moment was winning a $15 plush for $5 from a claw machine. 

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

My favorite way to read is through print books. Nothing beats holding a physical book and flipping through its pages. Owning print books is just nicer and feels more substantial than getting an ebook or audiobook would. 

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

I don't think I've ever named a car or bike or anything really besides my dog Alvin. 

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Brenton! And check us out on Instagram - Kelsey

Congrats to Cake Day 2022 Winner…Julie Reese! 

Now a two time Cake Day champ, Julie Reese won for her decadent salted caramel chocolate cake. Second place went to Olivia Krall and Emma Zuercher for their delicious chocolate mousse cake with raspberries and third place went to Cynthia Good Kauffman’s classic lemon poppy seed bundt cake (it was gluten-free to boot!). A huge thank you to all our bakers and our amazing panel of judges, Linda Boling, David Pacheco, and Emma Gingerich. – Abby

Rejected Princesses 

Rejected Princess is a series of researched historical women whose stories wouldn’t make the cut for animated kids’ movies, all illustrated in a contemporary animation style. The project may be on indefinite hiatus, but there are five years worth of fascinating entries to look at (you can browse by geographic origin, date of origin, and many other factors). I recommend starting with this favorites list. – Tillie

Ready for a New Social Media Platform?

I am probably not the best qualified person to speak on this, considering that I walked away from most social media after a little incident in 2016, but given the substantial changes at Twitter and Meta (parent company of Instagram and Facebook) it never hurts to shop around. While there are plenty of clickbait lists to shop from, check out reviews on the trendy Mastodon from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, or consider the Matt Hancock app. Developed by a British politician to reach out to his local constituency, it has unlikely developed into a possible Twitter alternative. – Eric

Winter Poems

There may be snow on the ground, but I’m not quite ready to embrace winter… yet. I’d best remind myself of the beauty of the cold, dark season by seeing what poets have to say about it! The Poetry Foundation’s collection of winter poems is doing the trick for me - check them out if you need a nudge to think of winter as a welcome thing. My favorites are iconic The Snow Man (Wallace Stevens), Winter Solstice Chant (Annie Finch), and White-Eyes (Mary Oliver). – Tillie

November 11, 2022

Meet our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Caleb is returning for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

Going to NYC and Boston for the first time! Loved seeing Central Park and a Red Sox game with friends.

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

I love reading print books. I enjoy remembering where on the page or in the book I read a certain passage, and I think having a tactile copy helps me remember more. 

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

Nope, never named my bike. Perhaps I should. 

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Caleb! And check us out on Instagram - Kelsey

Unexpectedly Fun YouTube Videos: A Potential Series

Ukuleles can be fun instruments to play and beautiful solo instruments. However, did you know there is also a Ukulele Orchestra? Based out of Great Britain, I recently discovered their cover of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It is amazing. Watch it here. – Abby

Squirrels Are Awesome

Want a few minutes of edutainment concerning our favorite campus creature? Check out Mark Rober’s YouTube channel to see what a mechanical engineer does when squirrels steal all his birdseed, and then watch him go a bit overboard as he constructs scenarios to better his understanding of squirrel behavior and ability. And then watch his “Backyard Squirrels Series” to see what interesting things his neighborhood squirrels get up to when faced with his amusing contraptions. The commentary on the squirrel olympics is particularly inspired. – Tillie

Writing Jam is Coming!

Feeling overwhelmed by the end of the semester papers? Need some help? The Academic Success Center and the amazing writing mentors are hosting a Writing Jam on Nov 17, 6-9pm. Drop in and sign up for a slot and get help with your paper. Plus there will be snacks! – Abby

What If….?

What If–The horrors described by H.P. Lovecraft were not just figments of a fevered (and possibly drug-induced) imagination ? What If–A sentient velociraptor became his own Mad Scientist and “Macgiver’ed” time travel using a spatula and crystals? And What If Nikola Tesla did more than just muck about with electricity, and actually invented the first (and only) atomic-powered robot? 

Meet Atomic Robo, an imaginative and amusing web comic wherein Our Hero, Robo, makes a “living” Saving the World from everything that might threaten, be it Nasty Nazis, Extra-Dimensional Vampires–Or that Sir Richard Branson millionaire-guy next door who constantly complains about all the explosions bringing down the value of the neighborhood. Good thing Tesla gave Robo undying patience and a dry wit! – Esther

November 4, 2022

Meet Our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Adena was our summer worker and has agreed to keep working for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

I went to Colorado with my family! We saw the Rocky Mountains and I explored the massive bookstores in Denver!

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

I like reading physical books so I can more easily reference them and take notes. (I especially like jotting notes in the margins if I own the copy).

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

My car's name is Frank (named after Frank the bunny in Donnie Darko), also nicknamed, "The Machine."

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Adena! And check us out on Instagram - Kelsey

Not That Oscar Wilde

The online comic, Wilde Life, is the story of one Oscar Wilde 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

Need a Change from your Music Playlist?

Do you ever feel like you get in a rut with the music you hear on Spotify, iTunes, or YouTube? Consider radio! Sometimes having a human play the latest (or greatest) tunes for you is the right way to break the rut. Radio-locator lists radio stations by format to stream or by location if you want to go old school and get offline. My favorite part of radio is that there are no tracking ads that feel a bit too stalkerish or pleas to purchase Spotify Premium. –Eric

Cake Day is Back!

After a two year hiatus, Cake Day is back at the library. We have gathered a panel of esteemed cake judges, purchased wipeable tablecloths, so all we need now is you! Please show off your baking skills and sign up to bring a cake on Monday Nov 14. If your cake is crowned the winner, you get to pick a cookbook of your choice, one copy for you to keep and one to be added to the library collection. Sign up here! – Abby

No Joke, You Too can Join AARP!

I remember dearly the day my dad got his American Association of Retired Persons membership card in the mail upon his 50th birthday. He was not too thrilled to be joining this elite group of individuals and let us all know about it. However, thanks to inflation, times have changed. AARP, which has limited membership open to anyone 13 years or older, is bringing in a wealth of younger members to enjoy the perks of membership. If you can handle the social stigma of joining, take advantage of the benefits. –Eric

October 28, 2022

Meet Our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Deya is returning for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

I FINISHED reading The Hating Game! And I watched the movie the day after!!! That was my goal before the end of the summer, and I managed to not only finish a chapter book but also watch the movie!

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

My favorite way to read is print books. I like the smell of books, and it's easier to follow along (especially since I like to reread important sections)!!

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

I did actually name my first vehicle and even my second car finally over the summer.  But I'll just reveal the first one--I named it Black Beauty.  It was an average-sized black truck that really deserved the name.

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Deya! And check us out on Instagram - Kelsey

Come Sing Together!

This Sunday afternoon, there is a Community Hymn Sing at College Mennonite to celebrate the new Voices Together hymnal. Songs will be led by Bradley Kauffman, SaeJin Lee and Adam Tice, all of whom were involved in the creation of this new hymnal. So bring your friends and come sing together at 3pm 10/30 in the Church Chapel - Abby

Just One Last Thing…..!

For everyone who just can’t get enough of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Or never read/saw it, but wanna’ know what all the fuss is about), the Library has the 6th (and maybe last?) volume of the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy (really, that’s what it’s called)--

And Another Thing…

–Which not only picks up where the last volume left off, and continues the rather strange misadventures of much of the original bunch of space/time, mostly unintentional, travelers (Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillium, Zaphod Beeblebrox–Yep, that’s his name), but it was written after the arthur’s death(!) Well, the original author, that is–Douglas Adams, well-known for his acerbic, but hilarious SF/Fantasy writing. But Eoin Colfer, better known for his Artemis Fowl series, steps right into it, proving his own sense of humor is just as twisted–and highly amusing. - Esther

Who am I voting for again?...

Another election day is around the corner. Do you know who is up for re-election? Ballotpedia allows you to look up who is on your ballot and provides basic information about the candidates. It doesn’t cover every spot, but many U.S. states allow you to look up exactly who is on your ballot and information about voting day or how to vote by mail. –Eric

Free Newspapers!

Tired of hitting paywalls at Wall Street Journal or New York Times? Sign up for your free digital subscription to these two national newspapers and two more. Learn more here. - Abby

October 21, 2022

Meet Our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Olivia is returning for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

My best summer experience was, without question, seeing Lord Huron live at Merriweather Post. They're one of my favorite bands, and I loved being part of a huge crowd, scream-singing "The World Ender" at the tops of our lungs!

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

I'm usually partial to audiobooks, because they let me read while I'm doing other things that I'd rather not have to do, like running errands or cleaning my room. But there are some books that I only like to read in print, so i can curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea and get completely lost in the world. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater is a good example of a series like that--the story is just too captivating to mix with real-world chores.

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

My car's name is Eloise, and she's carried me through some of the best adventures.  When I got her, I bought a stuffed bee to keep her company, who I named Elo-Bees because I have no shame and cannot be stopped!

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Olivia!  And check us out on Instagram - Kelsey

Interlibrary Loans 101 - How long will it take?

Here’s a question that we hear all the time -- “So I requested an item through Interlibrary Loan, but I need it as soon as possible. How long will I have to wait for it?”

Part 3 of 3:

  • For Print Items: Seven to Ten Days, though it may take longer if it’s hard-to-find (like a dissertation) or very popular item (like the latest best seller.)

Any physical item sent from within Indiana comes via a Courier Service set up just for this purpose, which is generally faster than the US Postal Service (or even a Delivery Service such as UPS or FedEx) when coming from inside the state. And since most libraries can’t afford to send Air Mail over land or sea, we don’t ask for anything in print internationally. So, we start with the closest Libraries within Indiana, and move outward throughout the 48 states on the main continent of the U.S. (Alaska is seldom included, due to the extreme distance), checking for Free Loans from as many libraries as possible within the time frame given. 

Once it arrives, it’s processed and ready for pick-up as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours (allowing for weekends, holidays and Library closings, of course) –Esther

The Opportunity Atlas

The Opportunity Atlas is an interesting interactive tool that measures the average outcomes (earnings, incarnation rate, ect) of children based on neighborhood in America. They believe that the neighborhood in which a child grows up has a substantial impact on the opportunities that child will have upon entering adulthood. Caution! Please take this data with a hefty grain of salt! And take a look at the methods before jumping to too many conclusions! – Fritz

Have you been watching the Rings of Power?

And perhaps are a bit confused? What exactly happened during the Second Age in Tolkien’s books? Wait, what are the Silmarils? In addition to his fantastic The Silmarillion Primer (which primarily covers the First Age of Tolkien’s mythology) Jeff LaSala has a fantastic run down of the the Second Age as depicted in the appendices of Lord of the Rings. If you are new to the Lord of the Rings or a long time fan, these helpful summaries can help get you up to speed on what is happening in the Rings of Power TV show. – Abby

Legitimate Researchers on… Bigfoot?

All scientists agree that bigfoot is a mythological creature in the same vein as the Loch Ness Monster, Yeti, or Churubusco Indiana’s giant turtle Beast of Busco, right? Not so fast. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the growing number of scientists and academics who are interested in investigating in bigfoot. Groups such as Project Zoobook and The Bigfoot Mapping Project are applying standard scientific methods to pursue the topic. If they discover anything you might need to start preparing your apology to your uncle. –Eric

September 30, 2022

Meet Our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Emily is returning for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

My favorite thing that I did over the summer was kayaking!

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

I like to read printed books. I love the new book smell!

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

I have never named a car or a bike before!

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Emily! And check us out on Instagram - Kelsey 

Interlibrary Loans 101 - How long will it take?

Here’s a question that we hear all the time -- “So I requested an item through Interlibrary Loan, but I need it as soon as possible. How long will I have to wait for it?”

Part 2 of 3:

  • For Electronic Items: Two Days, though it can be as short as 12 hours, or as long as two weeks (If the Lender sends the item in print form due to copyright restrictions.)

So you may be wondering–

Why so much variation in delivery times for things sent electronically? Shouldn’t it get here immediately?

Well, this is where it gets a bit complicated. Items sent over the internet, such as articles from periodicals and chapters from books, still take a bit of time to collect and process, especially if they have to be scanned from a print source. So even if the internet seems instantaneous, posting something there can take a bit of time, and still needs an actual person to do it--AIs are still not quite that autonomous, yet. And not all libraries are equal in size, labor force or availability of materials, so a Request may have to work its way through a long list of possible lenders before it finds someone able to fulfill it.

But the good news is that once it arrives here, we send it on to you as quickly as possible, via email attachment. -- Esther

What are your Information Blindspots?

Where and how you consume your information will greatly determine what news stories you are hearing (and not hearing about). Ground News, a news aggregator developed from a former NASA engineer, has a feature called Blindspot that highlights “Stories from one side of the political spectrum or the other that had little to no reporting.” Blindspot also comes in an email report you can sign up for. –Eric

She Was There

Am I recommending something from Atlas Obscura again? Yes, yes I am. This time it’s the “She Was There” series, a regular-ish column where reporters interview “female scholars who are writing long-forgotten women back into history.” Follow the link to read short, interesting overviews of fascinating women from around the world - the warriors, pirates, suffragists, rulers, and more. – Tillie

All Your Textbooks at the Library!

The library has worked to get nearly every textbook required for Fall courses to give you more access to more classes. These are all print books behind the front desk that you can ask a student worker to check out for you (3 hour checkout/must stay in the library), or eBooks you can access online instantly from the Good Library or the public library. You can either click on a course in Moodle and scroll down the left hand side to the library Moodle box to see what books we have for you, or you can check out this comprehensive list from our website. Stop by the library today and check out a course reserve and don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee from the reference room while you read! —Kelsey

September 23, 2022

Meet Our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Xudong is returning for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

My favorite thing that I did over this Summer was climbing the Himalayas.

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

I love to read print books because it's easier to take notes of it.

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

Nah, I don't even have a car!

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Xudong!  And check us out on Instagram - Kelsey 

Interlibrary Loans 101 - How long will it take?

Here’s a question that we hear all the time -- “So I requested an item through Interlibrary Loan, but I need it as soon as possible. How long will I have to wait for it?”

Part 1 of 3:

Well, that all depends on who’s lending it to us, where it’s coming from and what form it’s in (print or electronic.) Since there are libraries participating in Interlibrary Loan located literally all over the world, this can understandably affect the distance and/or time any item, electronic or physical, must travel, from start to finish. And, a variety of other factors can affect travel time, such as each Lending Library’s turnaround speed and what they're willing/able to pay for transit.

So, generally, we say:

  • For Electronic Items: Two Days, though it can be as short as 12 hours, or as long as two weeks (If the Lender sends it in print form due to copyright restrictions.)

  • For Print Items: Seven to Ten Days, though it may take longer if it’s hard-to-find (like a dissertation) or very popular item (like the latest best seller.)

And don’t forget that these are “business days,” not including weekends, holidays or any time the GC Library is closed. But during the usual five work-days a week, Interlibrary Loans are busy processing your Requests as fast as possible, in spite of COVID-related slowdowns -- Esther

Behind the Seams

Need a new favorite YouTube channel? Mine is Behind the Seams, where film critic and costume enthusiast Gavia Baker-Whitelaw talks about whys and hows of costume design in film and television. Why does Dracula always wear a cape? Why are period dramas set in Victorian times so popular? What makes Disney princesses visually distinct? Why do Star Trek shows still have people in miniskirts? Why can no one design a decent Batsuit? Find answers to all these questions at this wonderful channel. – Tillie

Page Eraser Extension

Are you tired of all the annoying pop-ups on websites? Install the Chrome extension, Page Eraser! This extension allows you to click on anything on a website that is distracting or in the way to completely remove it from the website so you can focus on the content you want to read. Reload the page to put the page back to its original form. Did we mention this is free?? Install this extension now! – Kelsey

Voices Together Exhibit

As part of the new hymnal collection, artists came together and created a range of beautiful pieces to accompany the songs. This touring exhibition is available in the library gallery until Nov 18th. Additionally a number of historical hymnals from the Mennonite Historical Library are on display. Check it out anytime the library is open. – Abby

September 16, 2022

Meet Our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Aiden is returning for another year at the Good Library!

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

I have two favorite things! I went to the Chicago Pride Festival and New York!

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

My favorite way to read is either print books or eBooks.

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

The name of my bike is Bud!

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Aiden! And check us out on Instagram: @goodlibrary - Kelsey

Interlibrary Loans 101: Is it free?

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. ~Esther (Interlibrary Loan Processor)

The Sandman Omnibus and Other Neil Gaiman Titles 

Are you liking the Netflix series The Sandman? We have the entire run of Neil Gaiman’s iconic comic series the show is based on here at the library in two beautiful leather-bound volumes. Whether you are reading or rereading them, there is much to enjoy in these lavishly illustrated tales that follow the god of dreams as he wanders the world. We also have plenty of other Neil Gaiman works - several graphic novels and comics, short fiction, children’s stories and more. Check them out at your leisure! – Tillie 

Did you know that congress passed a big climate bill recently?

If you are like me, you knew very little about this and hadn’t really factored it into your hope/despair about climate change. Hank Green, internet creator & bestselling author, created this super helpful 20 minute video that walks you through, briefly, what climate change is, what this bill does and why he feels hopeful for the first time in decades. I found it incredibly useful and a great shot in the arm to keep working to stop climate change. Watch it here. – Abby

Free Public Library Access From the Comfort of your Dorm

All student Goshen College IDs are now ready to work at the Goshen Public Library. You'll use the long number on the back of your ID as the card number and your PIN is: 1234. Through the Public Library, you can check out physical items at the library down the street, or you can download and use Libby or Hoopla to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks right from your dorm!

  • Hoopla allows everyone to check out the same item at the same time, but each person only gets 5 checkouts a month.

  • Libby allows only one borrower at a time, but each person can check out up to 10 items at a time.

Questions or need help getting these set up? Email Kelsey McLane at kmclane@goshen.edu or stop by the front desk at the library! - Kelsey

September 2, 2022

Meet our 2022-23 Student Workers!

Amelia is returning for another year at the Good Library! Here is a short interview with her.

What is your favorite thing that you did over the summer? 

I went to the Outer Banks with my family!

What is your favorite way to read and why? 

I prefer reading print books because I like being able to physically turn pages.

Did you ever name a car or a bike, and if so, what did you name it? 

Once my brother and I named our car Condoleezza!

Make sure to stop by the library and say hi to Amelia! And check us out on Instagram: @goodlibrary - Kelsey

When YouTube DIY Meets Indie Film Horror

The other day I was looking for a DIY video for a house project and stumbled upon #1915House. It is an indie horror film situated within a series of DIY videos on restoring a house built in 1915. This is barely horror and could be called comedy in many ways, but highly engaging. The best part, I still managed to acquire the home repair information I needed! – Eric

Interlibrary Loans 101 - How to use it

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 question:

“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--look for the “Request It” button next to the book or article you want in the library catalog or database you are using and ask for a copy. If you can't find the item you need in the catalog you can also create a request from scratch. Go 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. 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)

Care Packages from On Being Project

I just learned that the wonderful On Being Project has curated digital care packages! These packages bundle together podcast episodes, poetry, and guided meditations to help folks who could use a dose of self-care. Current packages focus on topics like how to have effective dialogue, how to recover from exhaustion, and how caregivers can practice self-care. These and other packages can be found on the On Being website here, and browsable lists on a variety of other topics can be found here. – Tillie 

The Atlantic offers free archive

For a limited amount of time, you can browse the complete archive of The Atlantic online. Full of great writing, you can browse specific issues, or check out recommendations from the editors. Happy reading! - Abby