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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Lovers Are Totally Obsessed With This Website

* Last year, Random House quietly gave away Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, for free for one week. Millions of readers were unaware of the week-long giveaway.

A select group of readers did take advantage of the promotion, though. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time. BookBub notified nearly 1 million readers of the free Da Vinci Code deal last spring.

“It’s the Groupon of books,” Dominique Raccah, the publisher of Sourcebooks, told The New York Times about deal sites like BookBub. “For the consumer, it’s new, it’s interesting. It’s a deal and there isn’t much risk. And it works.”

Why did Random House give away a bestselling ebook that usually retails for $9.99? The company’s goal was to hook new readers on Brown’s thrillers and drum up interest in his new book, Inferno. The free ebook even included the prologue and first chapter of Inferno.

“It makes it almost irresistible,” Liz Perl, Simon & Schuster’s senior vice president explained to the The New York Times. “We’re lowering the bar for you to sample somebody new.”

Book lovers have now become practically obsessed with BookBub. In many cases, they’ve downloaded hundreds of books that publishers and authors have promoted on the site.

“I now have more books than I can read in a lifetime,” said Suzie Miller of Auburn, Wash. She said she has downloaded more than 350 free books using the service.

For readers, part of the appeal of BookBub is that it does not list every single free ebook on the market. Instead, BookBub’s expert editorial team selectively curates only the highest-quality ebooks to feature in their email and on their website. In most cases, the deals can be purchased for any ereading device, including Kindle, iPad, Nook, and Android.

Readers can select which genres they would like to receive, so each email is matched to their preferences. BookBub features more than two dozen genres of books, including mystery, romance, literary, historical fiction, nonfiction and more.

With millions of readers using BookBub’s service, this type of promotional concept seems to be resonating with both publishers and readers alike. To find out more about the service, go to www.bookbub.com.

* http://thebookinsider.com/one-website-book-lovers-cant-miss/

Word of the Day

 \ OOR-shprah-khuh; German OOR-shprah-khuh \, noun;  
1.a hypothetically reconstructed parent language, as Proto-Germanic, the ancestor of the Germanic languages.

He might have been speaking Ursprache , for all that I understood. I was firmly in the present, watching the starlings cavort over and under the telegraph wires and the wind shimmer the young leaves into a muzzy Monet.
-- Will Self, "My Idea of Fun ," 1993

Kabbalists, Hermetics, Hasidic students of the Torah and the Talmud tried to reconstitute the Old Speech, the Ursprache , from these lost fragments.
-- A. S. Byatt, "Babel Tower," 1996

Ursprache  came to Enlgish in the 20th century from the German prefix ur-  meaning "earliest, original" and Sprache  meaning "speech."


Library Hours for Fall 2014

Library Hours for Fall 2014
August 3 - January 1
Days                   Hours
Sunday               1:30pm - 4:30pm
Monday              8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday              8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday         8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday             8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday                 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday             9:30am - 1:30pm

Staff/Faculty Development Day: Friday, August 22
Labor Day Weekend:  Sat.-Mon., August 30-September 1
Library Retreat: Sunday, October 12
Thanksgiving Break: Thurs. – Sun., November 27-30
Winter Break: Closed December 14, 20, 21, 24-28, 31 & January 1

Change In Hours:
Thanksgiving Eve: Wed., November 26 the Library closes at 5:00 p.m.
Winter Break: Dec. 15-19, 22-23, 29-30 the Library is open from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Library Humor

Attention New Students

The faculty and staff welcome you to the Yocum Library of the Reading Area Community College.

If you have a Berks County library card  you will need a current computer access sticker identifying you as a student.

Please come to the Service Desk on the second floor of the Yocum Library with your card and show your current course schedule to receive this sticker. The sticker is need to identify you as a student which gives you access to the computers in the library. If you have a card, but cannot find it, you will receive another at no cost.

If you do not have a Berks County library card and never had one, please go to the Service Desk on the 2nd floor in the Yocum Library to sign up for your library card. You’ll need  a PA driver’s license or PA ID and class schedule.

Word of the Day

 \ BLET-ing \, noun;  
1.the ripening of fruit, especially of fruit stored until the desired degree of softness is attained.

… the strange fruit was not good if eaten before ageing and bletting , when its taste became like chocolate.
-- Leslie Forbes, Waking Raphael , 2003

This " bletting " is the intermediate stage between maturity and decay, and is that yellowish woolliness of the fruit familiarly known as "mellowness."
-- Dr. Robert Brown, "A Fruit," Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly , 1889

Bletting  comes from the French word blet  meaning "overripe." It entered English in the 1830s.


Sunday, August 31, 2014


Word of the Day

 \ yoo-THEN-iks \, noun;  
1.a science concerned with bettering the condition of human beings through the improvement of their environment.

Yet Burroughs is unwilling, politically, to play the dread game of eugenics or euthenics , outside his private fantasy, which, since his intelligence is aware of the circularity of its Utopian reasoning, invariably turns sardonic.
-- Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), edited by A. O. Scott, "Burroughs's Naked Lunch ," A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays , 2002

By the early 1890s, Swallow began to explore larger issues of the urban environment, such as air and water contamination, and home environment concerns as part of a more integrative science she called euthenics , defined as the “science of controllable environment."
-- Robert Gottlieb, Forcing the Spring , 2005

Euthenics  entered English in the early 1900s from the Greek word euthēn(eîn)  meaning "to be well off, prosper."


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The Yocum Library will be closed for Labor Day Weekend: Saturday,August 30, Sunday, August 31, Monday, September 1.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Floating Library on The Hudson River

* SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 – OCTOBER 3, 2014

The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City for September 6- October 3, 2014.

The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glow and brings together over seventy participants to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming.

The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, and Leading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House.

During this action-packed month, there is free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops that will shine a spotlight on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement.Some highlights include bookmaking with Center for Book Arts and Small Editions, a modular furniture building workshop with Reid Bingham, live recording session with HeritageRadioNetwork, a Sensory Walk Workshop with the Movement Party, Lighght Reading with Ugly Duckling Presse, a multimedia sound performance by Pauchi Sasaki in the Petty Officer’s Room – a space akin to being inside the belly of a whale—, and SeaChange: We All Live Downstream ( a participatory voyage initiated by Mare Liberum and 350.org) will disembark onboard for three days of office hours after traveling for three-weeks on small boats made of paper connecting climate change activists along the Hudson.

Through collective placemaking, the Floating Library intends to recodify how we occupy public spaces by bringing activities that are typically confined within privileged institutional walls— such as reading, writing, researching, questioning and debating—to open space. Resituating these activities to the public sphere is a proposal to dismantle the unequal distribution of knowledge/power. Given the Lilac is America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender and is undergoing restoration, orchestrating the Floating Library aboard an industrial archaeological artifact draws parallels with the balancing act we collectively perform to navigate uncertain times and shifting currents. The project intends to catalyze cultural momentum and foment future coalitions between artists, visionaries, cultural activists and scholars that will outlive the temporary library structure.

While libraries are temples to worship ideas and knowledge production, they have also contributed to social stratification as print culture invented the literate class that possesses esoteric knowledge/power. The Floating Library hopes to catalyze the dismantling of this hierarchy by making education more accessible through free workshops and roundtables that encourage horizontal exchange, stretch the social imagination, and cultivate a public space dedicated to scholarship. The library will engage the public as a laboratory that brainstorms, identifies, develops and experiments with modalities to activate art and education as progressive research for socio-political transformation.

Historically, coffee houses and salons have served as rehearsal spaces for intellectual and cultural movements. Yet, in New York we have lost such places where one can read or converse without loud music, a customer carrying on a phone conversation aloud, and keyboard chatter. Public green spaces are going extinct. Reading on the subway is claustrophobic. Our apartments are chicken coops. We have the Public Library, but the indoor space regulates and censors our behavior and thoughts. Given this dilemma, Floating Library intervenes as an expanded site for participatory practice and civic engagement. It is an antidote to the disappearance of mental and physical space in the increasingly urbanized and cyberized world.

To enjoy this unplugged zone, library visitors will power-off their mobile devices and vow to respect quiet space. There will also be designated spaces for Reading, Writing & Drawing, Dialogue, Scanning, and Listening. The ship’s main deck will host a quiet reading ambience. Readers can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) or browse the library.

The library afloat on water is always on the verge to sail into the distance just as books contain the magic to transport our minds to unknown terrains. A reader is a dreamer/traveler/pirate as to open a book is to embark on an adventure into the wider world as well as dive deeper into oneself. Given this, the Floating Library celebrates boats and books to map a path towards a waking life, self-organization, citizen autonomy and fertile imagination.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Lilac Preservation Project and the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Floating Library is taking place aboard the Lilac Museum Steamship, an industrial archaeological artifact, berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River. Although we intend to make our public programming as accessible as possible, we are limited by the space, therefore event attendance will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.

Please also remember that you will be entering a ship undergoing restoration. Wear comfortable shoes that you can climb ladders in and watch out for low overheads and for trip hazards.

PHONE POLICY: The Floating Library is a mobile device-free zone to encourage visitors to be more engaged with their surroundings.   Power off your phone when boarding and respect the quiet space.


Word of the Day

 \ OS-kyuh-leyt \, verb;  
1.to kiss.
2.to bring into close contact or union.
3.Geometry . (of a curve) to touch (another curve or another part of the same curve) in osculation.
4.to come into close contact or union.
5.Geometry . (of a curve) to touch another curve or another part of the same curve so as to have the same tangent and curvature at the point of contact.

And the Marquis, whose rough, red beard was trembling with emotion, effusively osculated  the ducal paw.
-- P. W. Wilson, "The Three Young Citizens," Boy's Life , December 1924

A person should be particular whom they osculate  with.
-- “Miscellaneous Matter,” The Critique , 1909

Osculate  is formed with the Latin word for "mouth," ōs , and a suffix used to create English verbs from Latin, -ate . It entered English in the mid-1600s.


Labor Day Hours

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Yocum Library Holiday Closing

The Yocum Library is closed Labor Day Weekend:  

Saturday, August 30
Sunday,August 31
Monday, September 1

The library will reopen Tuesday, September 2 at 8:00 a.m.

Muhlenberg Community Library

Word of the Day,

 \ SWEV-uhn \, noun;  
1.Archaic . a vision; dream.

Thought I, "This is so queint a sweven / That I wol, by process of time,/ Fonde to put this sweven  in ryme…
-- Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400), "The Book of the Duchess"

A grimly sweven  I dreamt yestreen;/ I saw thee lie under the hollins green…
-- Charles Kingsley, "The Red King," 1847

Sweven  entered English around 900. The term picked up a verbal sense a century later, "to dream," but both terms have since fallen out of use.


Free Museum Admission Pass to the Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum
Free museum Admission Pass to the Reading Public Museum
is available at the
The Yocum Library
Check a pass out for 1 week.
Admits 2 adults & 4 children or 6 RACC students.

Free museum passes are available at the Service Desk. There is a limited number of passes. You may want to call before you come in 610- 607-6237.
If there are no passes available at that time you may place one on the holds list and we will call you when one is available.

They may be checked out for one week. You can go to the online catalog to put a pass on hold for the Reading Museum Pass.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ puhl-kri-TOOD-n-uhs, -TYOOD- \,adjective;  
1.physically beautiful; comely.

Jazz buffs with glorious vocabularies wrote long and often boring tributes to the pulchritudinous  Lady Day, her phrasing and incredibly intricate harmonics.
-- Maya Angelou, "The Heart of a Woman," 1981

The years have not appreciably dimmed his pulchritudinous  luster.
-- Evans Peck, "The Many-Sided McLean," Cosmopolitan , 1910–1911

Pulchritudinous  is built on the Latin word for "beautiful," pulcher . The noun pulchritude  entered English in the mid-1400s; pulchritudinous  did not gain traction in the US until the late 1800s.


Word of the Day

 \ KRAHY-nohs, KRIN-ohs \  , adjective;  

Clarence Wells at last surrendered To fate's fitful draughy phases, And, one day, sir, with a razor Off he swiped those crinose  daisies!
-- Logansport Pharos-Tribune, 1924

... it must be allowed that the title has not devolved upon a beardless boy; for if crinose  appearance give an imposing air, his Grace has strong  pretensions to consequence on that score.
-- Thomas Brown, the Elder, "Bath: A Satirical Novel," 1818

Crinose  finds its origin in the Latin crinīs  meaning "hair." The suffix -ose  is used in formation of adjectives borrowed from Latin to denote "full" or "abounding in." Crinose  entered English in the 1720s.


ANGEL - Video Tutorials

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It is printed on your Registration sheet and on your class schedule.

If you are logging in for the first time, your temporary password is also your RACC Student ID number.

If your Student ID number starts with a zero, drop the zero.

For example, your RACC Student ID number is 0987654321,
your ANGEL username & password is 987654321.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ RUHS-ti-keyt \  , verb;  
1.to go to the country.
2.to stay or sojourn in the country.
3.to send to or domicile in the country.
4.to make rustic, as persons or manners.
5.to finish (a wall surface) so as to produce or suggest rustication.
6.British . to suspend (a student) from a university as punishment.

He is an honorable idler who loafs, who likes to rusticate , who cultivates the grisette, who pays his court to beauty…
-- Victor Hugo, translated by Charles E. Wilbour, "Les Misérables ," 1862

So alarming did the state of my finances become that I soon realized that I must either leave the metropolis and rusticate  somewhere in the country, or that I must make a complete alteration in my style of living.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle,"A Study in Scarlet," 1887

Rusticate  is derived from the Latin verb rusticārī  meaning "to live in the country." It entered English in the mid-1600s.


This Day In History - August 27

August 27, 1871: Theodore Dreiser is born

*Theodore Dreiser, whose book Sister Carrie helped change the direction of American literature, is born on this day in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dreiser was the 12th of 13 children born to a poor, unhappy family. Except for one brother who became a songwriter, most of the Dreiser children failed to rise above their squalid roots. Starting in his early teens, Dreiser supported himself with menial jobs. A sympathetic teacher helped him get into Indiana University, but he stayed only one year. In 1892, he began working as a journalist for the Chicago Globe. He continued working in journalism while writing his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was published in 1900. The novel was a major break from the Victorian propriety of the time, and the printer refused to promote the book. Fewer than 500 copies were sold.

Dreiser had a mental breakdown in the early 1900s but was nursed back to health by his songwriter brother. He became a successful magazine editor until he was forced to resign in 1910 following a scandal involving an employee's daughter. Dreiser was frequently linked to immoral behavior during his lifetime. Sister Carrie was reissued in 1907 and gradually increased in popularity. Dreiser turned to writing full time. He published several more novels between 1911 and 1915, including Jennie Gerhardt (1911), The Financier (1912), and The Titan (1914).

In 1925, his novel An American Tragedy drew his largest popular success to date. Based on a famous murder trial, the book criticized the U.S. legal system, and Dreiser became a spokesman for reform. In 1927, he visited the Soviet Union and published Dreiser Looks at Russia in 1928. Associated with radical politics and the Communist Party in the 1930s, Dreiser focused on political writing until his death in 1945.


About the Yocum Library

The Yocum Library of Reading Area Community College overlooks the Schuylkill River in Reading, Pennsylvania. The library is open seven days per week including Monday through Thursday evenings.

The library collection includes approximately 75,000 books, magazines, films, music CDs, maps, prints and posters. In addition, the library subscribes to many online databases providing thousands of e-books, magazines, journals, newspapers, music recordings, and primary research materials.

The Yocum Library participates in the Berks County Public Libraries Consortium whose members share a common catalog and library card plus provide access to their collections that total over a half-million items. Information about The Yocum Library resources and services is published daily on Facebook, Twitter, and The Yocum Library Blog.