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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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Reserved—Ms. Mollica
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Nina Mollica COM041 (20) NO INSTRUCTION, reserve 12 computers

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Reserved—Ms. Mollica
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Nina Mollica COM041 (10) NO INSTRUCTION, reserve 12 computers

7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Reserved—Mr. Uhrich
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Mr Uhrich COM121 (15) NO INSTRUCTION, RESERVE 12 COMPUTERS

Word of the Day

 \ FRIV-uhl \  , verb;  
1.to behave frivolously; trifle.
2.to spend frivolously (usually followed by away): to frivol away one's time .
Definition of frivol| See synonyms| Comment on today's word| Suggest tomorrow's word

Why waste time with costly courtship? Why frivol ? Why fuss?
-- Robert William Chambers, "The Green Mouse" , 1910

My friend kept his countenance admirably; and well he might, for five minutes later we arrived, always by the purest of chances, at a place where we could play cards, and also frivol  with Louisiana State Lottery tickets.
-- Rudyard Kipling, "From Sea to Sea" , 1889

Frivol  is a back formation of the word frivolous  which arose in the 1860s. Frivolous  comes from the Latin word frīvolus  meaning "worthless."


This Day In History - April 23

April 23, 1564:
Birth and death of William Shakespeare celebrated

Historians believe Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564, the same day he died in 1616.

Although the plays of William Shakespeare may be the most widely read works in the English language, little is known for certain about the playwright himself. Some scholars even believe the plays were not written by William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon but by some other well-educated, aristocratic writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Shakespeare's father was probably a common tradesman. He became an alderman and bailiff in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Shakespeare was baptized in the town on April 26, 1564. At age 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, and the couple had a daughter in 1583 and twins in 1585. Sometime later, Shakespeare set off for London to become an actor and by 1592 was well established in London's theatrical world as both a performer and a playwright. His earliest plays, including The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew, were written in the early 1590s. Later in the decade, he wrote tragedies such as Romeo and Juliet (1594-1595) and comedies including The Merchant of Venice (1596-1597). His greatest tragedies were written after 1600, including Hamlet (1600-01), Othello (1604-05), King Lear (1605-06), and Macbeth (1605-1606).

He became a member of the popular theater group the Lord Chamberlain's Men, who later became the King's Men. The group built and operated the famous Globe Theater in 1599. Shakespeare ultimately became a major shareholder in the troupe and earned enough money to buy a large house in Stratford in 1597. He retired to Stratford in 1610, where he wrote his last plays, including The Tempest (1611) and The Winter's Tale (1610-11). Meanwhile, he had written more than 100 sonnets, which were published in 1609. Although pirated versions of Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet and some other plays were published during Shakespeare's lifetime, no definitive collection of his works was published until after his death. In 1623, two members of Shakespeare's troupe collected the plays and printed what is now called the First Folio (1623).


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ ih-MIS-uh-buhl \  , adjective;  
1.not miscible; incapable of being mixed.

Yosil is with me now, our borders overlapping in unhappy swirls, like immiscible  fluids.
-- David Brin, "Kiln People" , 2002

The youngest one wore its hair in a style popularized by a sitcom that took as its subject three roommates of seemingly immiscible  temperaments and their attempts to make their fortune in this contusing city.
-- Colson Whitehead, "Zone One" , 2011

Immiscible  is derived from the prefix im-  which is a variant of in-  meaning having a negative force, as in the words immoral  and indefensible . The word miscible  means "capable of being mixed" and is used primarily in chemistry and physics.


Free Earth Day Event - Gasland Part II

The Yocum Library is sponsoring the showing of the documentary film Gasland II on Tuesday April 22nd (Earth Day) at 2 PM and again at 7 PM at the Miller Center.

 The film (about 125 minutes) concerns the environmental and health effects of drilling in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

 Karen Feridun from Berks Gas Truth will be available after the film to answer questions about pipeline construction activities in Berks County. You and your classes are invited to attend.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Reserved—Ms. Gieringer
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Dawn Gieringer COM051 (20) NO INSTRUCTION -- reserve 12 computers.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Reserved—Ms. Gieringer
Where: Yocum Instruction
Description: Ms. Dawn Gieringer COM051 (20) NO INSTRUCTION -- reserve 12 computers.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Reserved—Mr. Fidler
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Mr. John Fidler COM131 (18) Using lit databases presented by Ms. Brenna

Free Earth Day Event - Gasland Part II

The Yocum Library is sponsoring the showing of the documentary film Gasland II on Tuesday April 22nd (Earth Day) at 2 PM and again at 7 PM at the Miller Center.

 The film (about 125 minutes) concerns the environmental and health effects of drilling in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

Karen Feridun from Berks Gas Truth will be available after the film to answer questions about pipeline construction activities in Berks County. You and your classes are invited to attend.

Word of the Day

 \ LEV-er-it \  , noun;  
1.a young hare.

Caterina moved through all this joy and beauty like a poor wounded leveret  painfully dragging its little body through the sweet clover-tufts...
-- George Eliot, "Adam Bede" , 1859

Underline the correct word: As calf to cow, so leveret  to hare. As flock to deer, so school to whales. I had circled a number of triangles and squared some circles, done underlining and filled in the answer on the dotted line.
-- Hilary Mantel, "An Experiment in Love: A Novel" , 1995

Leveret  comes to English from the Anglo-French word which is a diminutive form of levre  meaning "hare."


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


History - Easter

*Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, is Christianity's most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn't fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.

The exact origins of this religious feast day's name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time.

Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.

Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is a last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins.

The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus' ascension into heaven.

In addition to Easter's religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday.


Word of the Day

 \ ag-NAHYZ, AG-nahyz \  , verb;  
1.to recognize; acknowledge; own.

Well, I do agnize  something of the sort. I confess that it is my humour, my fancy — in the forepart of the day, when the mind of your man of letters requires some relaxation…
-- Charles Lamb, "Essays of Elia" , 1823

I do agnize / A natural and prompt alacrity I find in hardness…
-- William Shakespeare, "Othello" , 1604

Agnize  is rooted in the Latin word agn(ōscere)  which meant "to recognize." It shares a root with recognize .


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ DAHY-ad \
1.a group of two; couple; pair.
2.Biology . a. a secondary morphological unit, consisting of two monads: a chromosome dyad. b. the double chromosomes resulting from the separation of the four chromatids of a tetrad.
3.Chemistry . an element, atom, or group having a valence of two. Compare monad, triad (def. 2a).
4.Mathematics . two vectors with no symbol connecting them, usually considered as an operator.
5.Sociology . a. two persons involved in an ongoing relationship or interaction. b. the relationship or interaction itself.

1.of two parts; dyadic.
Definition of dyad| See synonyms| Comment on today's word| Suggest tomorrow's word

The novel burrows into the separate and often separated perspectives of this strange dyad , Dial and Che.
-- James Wood, "Notes from Underground," "The New Yorker" , March 3, 2008

...she stayed close by imitating his distance from her with an equal and identical distance from him and, extending out into the world beyond the father-daughter dyad , from all of humanity.
-- Matthew Sharpe, "The Sleeping Father" , 2003

Dyad  is derived from the Greek word dyad-  which meant "pair, equivalent."


Free Magazines Online - Zinio Digital Magazine

Berks County Public Libraries  (BCPL) and RACC have chosen for the Zinio digital magazine platform.  RACC’s titles are now included on the platform



When you arrive you can create an account by using you Reading Public Library card numbers.  After you sign in you can look at the list of genre or type the name of the magazine you are interested in.

To checkout a magazine to your Zinio account, simply click on the magazine of your choice.

Zinio Collection - New Magazines Added

The following magazines have been added to our Zinio collection:



Country Living

Family Handyman

Field & Stream

Food Network Magazine

Good Housekeeping

Marie Claire

Martha Stewart Living

Natural Health

O, The Oprah Magazine

Popular Science


Reader's Digest


Smithsonian Magazine

Taste of Home

Us Weekly

Women's Health

Friday, April 18, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ an-al-fuh-BET-ik, an-al- \  , adjective;  
1.not alphabetic: an analphabetic arrangement of letters .
2.unable to read or write; illiterate: analphabetic peoples .
3.Phonetics . of or constituting a system of phonetic transcription, as the one devised by Otto Jespersen, that for each sound indicates by separate sets of symbols the articulator, the point of articulation, and the size and shape of the mouth opening.
1.an illiterate person; analphabet.

In your atrophied eyes, the letters read like a line of alien hieroglyphs. Bizarre analphabetic  randomness. English has no such series.
-- Richard Powers, "Plowing the Dark" , 2000

One of the stout Polish cleaners, friendly, mute, and virtually analphabetic  in English, is emptying the trash can behind the bench.
-- Scott Turow, "The Laws of our Fathers" , 1996

Analphabetic  comes from the Greek word analphábēt(os)  which meant "not knowing the alphabet." The concept of an alphabet has existed since at least 1500 BCE.


Penn State Berks - HAPPY Video (Pharrell Williams)

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The Yocum Library will be closed for the Spring Break II: Friday-Sunday, April 18-20
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Gov. Tom Corbett speaks. At the Reading Area Community College (RACC) in Reading Wednesday afternoon where PA Governor Tom Corbett and PA Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway were participating in a panel discussion Delivering the Workforce Necessary for the 21st Century on Wednesday April 16, 2014. Photo

The article is from The Reading Eagle-By Liam Migdail-Smith
April 7, 2014

In Reading visit, Corbett links better job training to an economic revival

You wouldn't get the sense that Pennsylvania has a 6.2 percent unemployment rate looking at the state's online job-search database, Gov. Tom Corbett said at Reading Area Community College Wednesday.

Speaking to a small group of education, business and political leaders, the governor noted that the JobGateway site lists more than 200,000 open positions.

The problem, Corbett said, is there's a mismatch between the skills those employers are seeking and the training those looking for work possess.

"There are good, family-sustaining jobs out there that we need to get filled here in Pennsylvania," he said.
Job-training programs, such as RACC's, will be the key to getting workers ready to take those positions and start reducing the number of unemployed, Corbett said. They also play a big role in building a workforce that makes companies want to come to Pennsylvania, he said.
Ultimately, he said, that could mean the state's economic recovery.
"We know we have a clear path of how to get there," Corbett said.
Corbett, along with state labor Secretary Julia K. Hearthway, visited the college's Schmidt Training and Technology Center to participate in a panel discussion about workforce development. He touted the jobs database and the importance of those training programs.
Other panelists, a collection of business and education leaders, talked about the need to match workforce training with what businesses are looking for.
Workers who operate and maintain today's manufacturing equipment have to tinker more with complex computer programs than with a wrench, said Robert Harrop, vice president of East Penn Manufacturing near Lyons.
"We are having a difficult time finding the people out there with that specific skill set," he said.
David Niemkiewicz, technical supervisor of Bayer HealthCare's production facility in Myerstown, said he's facing similar challenges.
"The competition for the best talent is growing and companies are just pulling from each other," he said. "There's a lot of openings out there but we need to find the people with the right skills to fill those holes."
RACC has customized its programs to make sure the skills students are leaving with fit the jobs that are available in the area, said Bonnie Spayd, director of the Schmidt center. That's happened through working with businesses, such as East Penn and Bayer, she said.
RACC and officials from Bloomsburg University and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education also discussed a new program that will allow students to work on a Bloomsburg bachelor's degree while at RACC.
That technical, lab-based education is important to filling the jobs that are available, Hearthway said.
"It's this hands-on practical skill set that a lot of our youth and our labor force need," she said.
Corbett's 2014-15 budget proposal would keep funding for community colleges level with the last three years.
The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has criticized that plan, saying that without more funding, schools may have to increase tuition and won't be able to make all the investments they need to in workforce development programs.
Corbett alluded to the funding debate during his remarks Thursday, saying that colleges can ramp up training programs by using the funding they have in different ways. But he said after the panel discussion that a stronger economy could give the state more money to put into those training programs.
"As we're able to grow the economy, we might be able to respond better to that," he said.
He also responded to criticism over cuts to education funding during his term, saying that reductions were due to one-time federal money that had been used to fund programs going away.
The Schmidt center is getting some attention in the race for governor. Tom Wolf, a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, visited the Schmidt center last month.
Contact Liam Migdail-Smith: 610-371-5022 or lsmith@readingeagle.com.

Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Gov. Tom Corbett speaks.

Word of the Day

 \ MAZ-lin \  , noun;  
1.British Dialect . a mixture; medley.
2.British Dialect . a mixture of different grains, flours, or meals, especially rye mixed with wheat.
3.British Dialect . bread made from such a mixture of grains.
Definition of maslin| See synonyms| Comment on today's word| Suggest tomorrow's word

Another question is whether all crops were sown separately. Some may have been sown as a mixture, i.e. as a maslin .
-- C. C. Bakels, "The Western European Loess Belt" , 2009

I sifted the wheat and rye for maslin  and mixed the sponge.
-- Deborah Noyes, "Angel and Apostle ", 2005

Maslin  is derived from the Middle English word mastlyoun  which came in turn from the Middle French mesteillon  meaning "mixture."

National Poetry Month - William Wordsworth

Art Posters In Yocum Library

 For students needing pictures or posters, featuring the works of an artist they are researching , there are hundreds of prints available in the library.

These item are for circulation and may be checked out. They are located in the reference area on the second floor, in two separate locations.

The library has hanging files for the small prints and the library has flat files for the larger sizes. Yocum Library has many drawing, painting and photography prints available for your use.