Welcome to The Yocum Library of Reading Area Community College's Blog!

For many years we have published a print newsletter for the RACC community that provided information on the library's staff, resources, and services. In order to provide information on a more timely basis, we decided to switch to the blog format. We hope that you enjoy learning more about The Yocum Library of RACC.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

8 a.m. - 9:30 am Reserved-Mr. Walentis
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Al Walentis COM 121 (20) Reserve the 12 instruction computers without library staff  instruction.

6 p..m - 7:30 pm Reserved-Mr. Walentis
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description:Al Walentis COM 121 (20) Reserve the 12 instruction computers without library staff  instruction.


Word of the Day

 \ POHL-ter-gahyst \, noun;  
1.a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises, knockings, etc.

"Do you know what a poltergeist  is, Mr Arkwright?" Mr Arkwright allows a scornful interval to pass, while he slowly mops the counter. His silence does not connote hesitation. "Yes, sir."
-- Iris Murdoch, "The Sea, The Sea," 1978

I didn't want to foresee death or slide backwards in time or even do something so mundane as trigger poltergeist  activity.
-- Susan Howatch, "The Wonder Worker," 1997

Poltergeist  comes directly from the German word of the same spelling which entered English in the 1850s. The term comes from the German word polter  meaning "to make noise, knock, rattle" and Geist  meaning "ghost."


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

9:05 a.m.  • 10 :05 a.m. Reseerved-Ms.  Marabella
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Dr. Diane Marabella ORl102 (28) Intro to Library PowerPoint presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

10:1O a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Reseerved-Ms. Marabella
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Dr. Diane Marabella ORl102 (28) Intro to Library PowerPoint presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Nina  Mollica
Where: Yocum instruction area
Description: COM 051 (20) reserve computers + individual questions facilitated by Ms. Brenna Corbit.

For our Regular Patrons - The Yocum Library Survey

Help us help you.

Please take this short survey to help us evaluate RACC's Yocum Library services and resources.

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The survey will take about 5 minutes. There are 8 questions.

Here is a regular link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCHBCWJ

Word of the Day

 \ KLOI-ster \, verb;  
1.to confine in retirement; seclude.
2.to confine in a monastery or convent.
3.to furnish with a cloister or covered walk.
4.to convert into a monastery or convent.
1.a covered walk, especially in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade usually opening onto a courtyard.
2.a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or convent.
3.any quiet, secluded place.

That's when I began to cloister  myself, when I saw her strength, her determination to pull me out of my brooding.
-- Manil Suri, "The City of Devi ," 2013

Was it right to cloister  himself on this mountain?
-- Tami Hoag, "Dark Paradise ," 1994
Cloister  comes from an Anglo-French blend of cloison , meaning "partition," and clostre , from the Late Latin word meaning "enclosed place."


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Reserved-Mr. Walentis
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Al Walentis COM 121 (20) Reserve the 12 instruction computers without library staff  instruction.

9:30 a.m. - 1O:50 a m Reserved--Mr. Reirnenschneider
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Mr. Jerald Reimenschneider COM121 (13) Reserve 12 instruction computers only

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reserved-Mr.Walentis
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Al Walentis COM 121 (20) Reserve the 12 instruction computers without library staff  instruction.

Word of the Day

 \ oh-DON-toid \, adjective;  
1.of or resembling a tooth; toothlike.

In most cases, the radiological examination of the cervical spine in sports injuries starts with plain radiographs, including frontal, lateral and odontoid  projections.
-- Edited by F.M. Vanhoenacker, M. Maas, and J.L. Gielen, "The Spine in Sports Injuries," Imaging of Orthopedic Sports Injuries , 2007

In young patients, a significant force is required to cause a fracture of the odontoid .
-- Edited by Andrea Donovan and Mark E. Schweitzer, Imaging Musculoskeletal Trauma , 2012

Odontoid  entered English in the early 1700s from the Greek word odontoeidḗs  meaning "toothlike."


Library Humor

Hmmm, read that again. reading as in a book and Reading as in PA.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

2 p.m. -  4 p.m. Nina Mollica
Where: Library Instruction area
Description: COM 051(20)individual genealogy questions facilitated by Ms. Brenna Corbit.

Word of the Day

 \ KWIK-hach \, noun;  
1.a wolverine.

Thereafter the rich American sent swiftly by cable for a beast which he called a quickhatch , and whose name the trappers of the Rocky Mountains use when they want to call any one by a worse name than devil.
-- F. St. Mars, "On Nature's Trail ," 1912

Sabine, who replied in his usual sententious manner— "A Scotchman would call it a ' quickhatch ,' an Indian an 'okelcoo hawgew,' and a Canadian a 'carcajou."' "And what do you call it?" "A wolverene, ma'am," returned Sabine…
-- Jules Verne, Translated by N. D’Anvers, "The Fur Country ," 1873

Quickhatch  comes from a Native American language called East Cree spoken in what is now Canada; the word was spelled kwi˙hkwaha˙če˙w . It entered English in the 1670s and was earlier spelled quiquahatch.


Millions of Historical Records Added to MyHeritage

Genealogists.com is pleased to announce that our partner MyHeritage has just added millions of new records to their database. The new collections include birth and death records, church records, electoral rolls and more from around the globe to help families everywhere explore their past.

The new records come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Russia and other countries to help discover more about your ancestors from around the globe.

The collections include:

England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844-1952: With over 4.5 million indexed names, this collection contains register lists, organized by Polling District, Parish and Street, for those who had the right to vote in Norfolk.

England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941: Bishops' transcripts for the County of Norfolk arranged by church jurisdiction and in yearly bundles. The collection includes over 1 million baptism, marriage and burial records.

Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840-1845: Russian-language record collection with over 1.4 million index entries of baptism/births, marriages and burials/deaths for Orthodox parishes in Diocese of Kiev.

Iowa, State Census, 1905: Name index of the 1905 Iowa state census with 1.4 million records. The population schedule names every person in the household.

Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979: Over 540,000 records containing card indexes for naturalization records for Northern District (Eastern Division), Illinois.

Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 Images and partial index to records of births and baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials performed by priests of the Russian Orthodox Church in the province of Samara.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945: Evangelical Lutheran and Roman Catholic Church records and transcripts for a portion of historic Pomerania now split between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and Szczecin, Poland. Includes over 180,000 births, marriages, and death records.

Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851-1961: Nearly 100,000 civil marriage registers in Denmark.

Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930-1988: This collection contains two naturalization card indexes from the District Court of Minnesota's 3rd division and 4th division from the NARA facility in Chicago.

South Africa, Methodist Parish Registers, 1822-1996: Baptisms, marriages, and burials recorded in various Methodist parishes in South Africa.

Tennessee Deaths, 1908-1933: Update to an existing collection adding full death dates. This index covers deaths occurred and recorded in Tennessee between 1908 and 1933, including all extant records. The index provides the name of the deceased, county, date of death and certificate number.

Ireland, Griffith's Valuation, 1847-1864: 1.2 million indexed records from the Primary Valuation, the first full-scale valuation of property in Ireland overseen by Richard Griffith.

Our matching technologies make these records even more useful.

You will receive a notification if any record in our database matches a person in your family tree on MyHeritage thanks to our Record Matching technology. Correct matches can be confirmed and new information can be extracted directly to relevant family tree profiles, using the extract information feature. If a record contains information about a relative you never knew existed, you can add that person to your tree directly from the record itself.

To view these records, a data subscription is required. Don't have one yet? Read more about our annual subscription which includes unlimited access to all historical records on SuperSearch and to all Record Matches. There are over 5.5 billion records on SuperSearch and we are continuously growing our collections every week.

Start searching these new collections today. We look forward to hearing about your exciting discoveries.

The MyHeritage team

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ SIG-nit \, noun;  
1.a young swan.

...I'll believe in your relationship when the crow's egg is hatched into a cygnet .
-- Sir Walter Scott, Kenilworth , 1821

How to turn from a cygnet  into a swan on their dreadful food, all meat pies and sausages!
-- Anna Maxted, Rich Again , 2009

Cygnet  is derived from the Greek word kýknos  meaning "swan." The noun suffix -et  implies a diminutive force, as in the word islet.


Meet the Yocum Staff - Helen Rolon

Name: Helen Rolon
Position in Library: Yocum Staff
Educational Background: Reading Area Community College, Liberal Arts Transfer
Favorite Books: The Road (Cormac McCarthy), The Wednesday Sisters (Meg Waite Clayton)
Favorite Movie: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Favorite Area of Library: The tower room
Special Interest: Movies and Books, Missionary work
Hobby: Reading, dancing, music, travel.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Word of the Day

exiguous  \ ig-ZIG-yoo-uhs, ik-SIG- \, adjective;  
1.scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income .

His exiguous  nautical pension is hardly enough to pay for the one cockroach infested room which he inhabits in the slum area behind Tatwig Street...
-- Lawrence Durrell, "Justine ," 1957

There is an exiguous  anthropological plot, concerning some papers improperly filched from a dying missionary, and an even more exiguous  adulterous plot.
-- A.S. Byatt, "Barbara Pym," Passions of the Mind , 1991

Exiguous  is related to the term exigent  and comes from the Latin word exiguus  meaning "scanty in measure or number."


Denzel Washington Venn Diagram

*Denzel Washington loves glasses, hats, and facial hair. Take a look at the Oscar winner's film credits - may as well be a list of a head accessories and mustaches. Matter fact, we're pretty sure that his "Training Day" Oscar was actually for Best New Goatee. This venn diagram sums it all up. (via Maxim)


Meet the Yocum Staff -Troy Bowers

Name: Troy Jonathon Bowers
Position in Library: Library Assistant
Educational Background: B.A. English Kutztown University
Favorite Book: Atlas Shrugged, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Timequake
Favorite Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums, Magnolia, Lord of the Rings
Favorite Area of Library: The parking lot when I'm on my way home.
Special Interest: Comics as Literature, Coral Reef Aquarium Husbandry
Hobby: European Board Games, Reading, Hiking

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

1:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Reserved-Ms. Jackson
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Nancy Jackson ORl102 (31) Intro to Library PowerPoint presented by Ms.
Patricia Nouhra

Word of the Day

 \ klahyn \, noun;  
1.Linguistics . (in systemic linguistics) a scale of continuous gradation; continuum.
2.Biology . the gradual change in certain characteristics exhibited by members of a series of adjacent populations of organisms of the same species.

The cline  of register, then, represents the progression followed by social groups and individuals as the meanings which they exchange develop an increasing cognitive and functional complexity.
-- Helen Leckie-Tarry, "Language and Context," 1995

We can best begin with a concrete illustration: the frequencies of inclusive/exclusive oppositions, which now form a global cline .
-- Johanna Nichols, "Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time," 1992

Cline  is derived from the Greek word klīnein . It entered English in the 1930s.