Monday, February 20, 2017

Which Founding Father Are You Most Aligned With?

The interests of the Founding Fathers heavily influenced the framing of the Constitution. Much like representatives today, each came to the convention prepared to defend their right to conflicting benefits.

Not only did each of their personalities differ greatly, but their opposing ideas also largely came from what they envisioned for the United States, their ideals, experiences and even geography played a significant part in their decision-making and arguments.

Take this Oxford University Press quiz to see which Founding Father you most align with. After you've taken the quiz, let us know the results.

Information from the Oxford University Press blog

Celebrating Presidents Day Today

Today is Presidents Day, a day originally designed to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the first president of the country, but is now viewed as a day to celebrate all United States Presidents.

Starting in 1800, a year after Washington’s death, it was decided to celebrate his birthday every year on February 22. It became a federal holiday in 1870, the first holiday honoring the life of an individual.

The date changed in the late 1960s when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which combined Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 with Washington’s birthday on February 22 and the single holiday was changed to the third Monday of February.

Trivia: George Washington’s farewell address has been read in Congress every year on February 22 since 1862.

Today, many people think of Presidents Day as a day off work providing a three-day weekend since most schools and offices are closed. However stores are open because Presidents Day is a big sale day with most sales lasting all weekend.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Looking for a DVD? It's Probably Here!

Have you discovered a new TV series and want to catch up on previous seasons? We probably have it here. Heard about an Oscar-nominated film but didn’t get to see it when it was out in the theater? It’s probably here (current Oscar-nominated films are not all out on DVD yet). What about that hard-to-find foreign film or the documentary you really want to see? There’s a good chance we have it.

The Yocum Library has the largest collection of DVDs in the area including feature films from around the world, TV series, and documentaries. Genres include the usual drama, comedy, action, and foreign. We also have musicals, sci fi, horror, GLBT, cult, Western, military, and many other genres.

DVDs are on the second floor. Turn left after you pass through the security gates. They are shelved alphabetically within genres. Don’t forget to check out our new DVDs which are shelved on separate racks. You’ll see them if you make a right after passing through the security gates.

You can check out a maximum of five DVDs. There’s a two-week loan period for TV series, a four-week loan for documentaries, and a one-week loan for all other DVDs.

If we don't have what you're looking for, one of the other Berks County Public Libraries might have it. You can put it on reserve and have it sent to The Yocum Library for your pick up.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrating African American History Month: On This Day in History

1923: On this day Bessie Smith made her first recording, "Down Hearted Blues," which sold 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.

1957: Actor Levar Burton was born in Landsthul, Germany. Burton won fame for his acting in the television movie "Roots," which was based on the novel by Alex Haley. His popularity surged again for his part in “Reading Rainbow” and then in the 1980s and 1990s for his recurring role in the "Star Trek: Next Generation" series and movies.

1970: Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Quotable Facts About America's Libraries

You spend time in The Yocum Library and, more than likely, at some of the other locations of the Berks County Public Library System. Check out some interesting statistics about academic and public libraries.

The following facts come from Quotable Facts About America's Libraries published by the American Library Association.

  • Academic libraries held approximately 252.6 million e-books and public libraries held more than 87.2 million in 2012. The "2013 Digital Inclusion Study" reported 89% of libraries provide access to ebooks.
  • Academic librarians provide information services for almost 38 million people each year – reaching almost six million more than attend men's college basketball games.
  • College libraries receive fewer than three cents of every dollar spent on higher education.
  • Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 6.6 million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questioners would span from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska.
  • Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more than three times as frequently as they go to the movies.
  • There were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, more than all Major League Baseball and NBA games combined.
  • In 2013, there were 1.5 billion in-person visits to public libraries across the U.S., the equivalent of more than 4 million visits each day. That’s 2,854 per minute.
  • There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. – a total of 17,566 including branches. Nearly 100% of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Have You Heard About Hoopla Yet!

Would you like to instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card? You can, thanks to the Reading Public Library's subscription to a new digital service called Hoopla.

Hoopla has hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more. It is simple to access and use. Once you sign up for Hoopla, you can borrow up to 10 items a month. The items are automatically "returned" on the due date.

The Yocum website has been revised to include links to Hoopla which are found under both the "E-Books & E-Magazines" and "Streaming Films & Music" bullets. When you register for Hoopla, choose “Reading Public Library” as your library. Your library account must be linked to either RACC or Reading Public Library so contact us if you are registered at another county public library.

If you'd like to play the movies on your television instead of the computer, go to Hoopla's Help page for more information.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Local Black History Month Event at Hopewell Furnace: Music of the Underground Railroad

The deep woods around Hopewell Furnace harbored many fugitive slaves. Immerse in the sounds of the era with talented historian, Joe Becton, who will weave stories about the Underground Railroad with a special emphasis on the music of the period. Mr. Becton, a retired Park Ranger, continues to relate history to delighted audiences as a tour guide, musician and lecturer. 

Location: Visitor Center
Date: February 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Fee Information: No fee. No reservations required.

Information above from Hopewell Furnace.

More detailed information about Joe Becton and his program can be found at Berks Mont News.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Looking for E-books?

E-books are books in a digital format that are accessed via the Internet. Whether you're looking for sources for your research work at RACC or you're looking for a book to read for personal enjoyment, there's an e-book collection for you. 
Note: Some of the e-book collections listed below are available only to RACC students, staff, and faculty. Watch The Yocum Library's Facebook page and blog for more detailed information about some of these e-book collections.