The library staff has an idea for a new art competition and we need your help to determine if there is enough interest. In lieu of the Library's participation in the University-wide art competition, it was suggested the Library sponsor a book art competition.
What is book art?
There are so many types of book art out there and we have included some for you to see here in this blog. Masland Library's definition of book art is: Art that is either designed or created using books as the main creative element.
Sculptures, origami, architecture, and so many other styles can be used.
Are you interested?
If you are can you please comment here or on Facebook after this post.
I have two words for you: Book Sale. We have had the book sale going on at the library for a while and it is continuing until the end of the semester. The prices are $1 for hardback and $0.50 for a paperback, and however many you can fit into a plastic bag is $5.
We have a wide selection of books. We have ones for the theology buff in your family as well as the history buff. There are some books on art. There are others on marriage and other family ties and more. Maybe you would find one that interested you.
Why the book sale? Where else are you going to find books in good condition for this price and not have to deal with shipping rates? Especially since it is right on campus on the lower level of the library, you do not have to journey off campus looking for that special gift.
So come on out and see what the book sale has to offer you and your loved ones. Once you have filled your bag or gotten your selection, take them to the front desk to pay for them. Then enjoy your Christmas break knowing you have completed part of your Christmas list.
~ Elisabeth Smith
Hello, college students! We all have those cravings as the semester gets farther on. The more projects we have, the later we stay up, and the hungrier we get! The commuter (or student) lounge is a great spot to get some snacks with the convenience of the vending machines. Even the new 'keurig-esque' coffee maker has 'pods' available in the vending machine for a quick blast of caffeine! With all the studying that goes on, munchies are a constant companion to homework, along with music and Facebook. However, when you get the urge to bring some snacks with you to your next big study session in the library (because let's face it, you can't discipline yourself well enough in the dorm lounge to get work done), I urge you to please hold back!
Our library is an awesome place with tons of books and resources that will save your life when all those research papers and projects come up. And that is why we have a 'No food' rule in place. You are free to eat in the back stairwell or the front lobby, but not out in the actual library where the bookshelves are. If you can resist bringing in your latest meal from Wawa, or that bag of pretzels that always gets you through a bind, you will be keeping bugs and other yucky insects from coming in and spoiling the peaceful, quiet study environment that is the library! Drinks are always welcome, as long as you have a lid, so we don't spill on our nice carpet. But please, if you get the craving for some munchies, leave the library to eat your latest snack. That way you don't distract the others around you with yummy food, and you won't bring in bugs! Yay!
Summer has past and Fall is upon us. Colorful, crisp falling leaves, warm sweaters and boots, pumpkin spice everything, and fresh chilly air that nips at your nose and fingers. To me, this is the most beautiful time of year because of the contradiction of warm colors and cool air. This is also the time of year for Fall festivals and farmers markets that showcase all of the wonderful colors and flavors that fall has to offer. Bucks County has many events planned for this fall and most events are already in full swing.
Did you know that the library page now has a LibGuide with all sorts of information about what to do in this area? Well it does! I was very excited to find this out especially since I am always looking for inexpensive breaks from homework and the daily bustle of life. So if you are looking for a break from homework or just need something to do on the weekends to celebrate the beautiful season of Fall I would encourage you to follow this link http://libguides.cairn.edu/what_to_do and check it out!
Happy Fall Ya’ll!
As college students, we have very busy schedules. Every minute there is something new begging for our attention and sleep is typically the first thing we put to the wayside. With all of the classes, homework, jobs, sports, intra-murals, ministries, and other commitments it becomes easy to become completely engulfed in what is immediately going on around you. The danger with this is that we manage to completely lose touch with the outside world and major events that are going on around us. The biggest example recently has been what is going on in Syria.
As Syria continued in their two year long civil war, around 1,046 Syrians were killed with chemical warfare, over 400 of which were children. Obviously everyone was very upset about this and attempted to figure out what should be done. The U.S. almost took action but was able to make a deal with the help of Russia avoiding a war. Here is an article that explains in more detail what happened in Syria and why we almost went to war, much better than I ever could: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/29/9-questions-about-syria-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/.
So, in the midst of a possible war, over a thousand innocent people had been killed and a great majority of students here had no idea that anything was even happening. I understand that news is not always the most uplifting thing, but it is so important to understand what is taking place in the world around us. Having such a busy schedule makes it near impossible to sit down and physically watch the news, but there are many other ways to keep track of what is going on! With smart phones it is easy to download free news apps, such as the BBC world news, and receive notifications when major events take place. Although I appreciate my BBC app, my favorite way to keep in touch with what is going on is through the Wall Street Journal, located in our very own library.
YES! The library has newspapers that are updated daily, four of them to be exact. These newspapers are located in the lobby on a wooden display case. From local to world news, you can sit and glance through all they have to offer. Some articles are more lighthearted, but they also contain crucial information about the intense situations that are going on across the globe. I encourage you to use these newspapers while you have them at your disposal. Once you graduate these newspapers don’t come cheap. Seize the opportunity you have now. As you read pray for those who are suffering, and pray for our leaders as they make difficult decisions.
1. Check and respond to your Cairn email. I’ve missed numerous deadlines (payments, book return dates, etc.) because I either neglected to read my email or just chose not to care, expecting that things would go my way. Entitlement is not an appropriate Christian attitude.
Lesson Learned: Freshman Year
2. Take responsibility. I don’t know about you, but I have weaseled my way out of lots of problems, even at a Biblical university. I like to blame the cosmic forces that are (so, God I guess) for every problem that comes my way. “I’m sorry,” is a much better response than, “I can’t pay that $500 fine for this overdue book because I’m busy and never check my school email."
Lesson Learned: Sophomore Year
3. Work now, play later. Prioritizing your life as a student means that assignments come first. If for some reason they can’t, then you need to re-prioritize so they can. Completing work on-time and completing work well can be an act of worship with the right motivation. Do all things to the glory of God.
Lesson Learned: Junior Year
4. Print assignments early. A lot of folks like to print out papers 10 minutes before their class starts. Waiting in line at the printer can be super frustrating especially if the printer malfunctions (which can happen), and puts you in a poor mood for class.
Lesson Learned: Sophomore Year
5. Accept help with grace. Cairn faculty, staff, and student workers are not out to get you. We want to help because we in fact do know that life is tough, stressful, and out-of-control at times. If you let go of pride and accept help (or let go of pride that things could ever dare go wrong for you) then we can help you more effectively.
Lesson Learned: Junior Year
6. Trust Jesus. Ultimately, a failing grade does not have eternal weight. It may bring shame or disappointment, but your righteousness and approval before God is found solely in Christ. If you truly grasp that, you have the power to go before a professor and admit your mistakes (not hiding them because you fear punishment) and even ask for help. Repentance plays just as important role in human relationships as it does with God and will prevent a lot of problems from getting as bad as you might let them.
Lesson Re-learned: Every Year
Guest Post by Abbie Fehr
The library’s about journals. I wouldn’t be a proper library employee if I didn’t at least give the obligatory nod to some of the other resources the library offers. I bet you didn’t even know this job was an option, but I worked two years as the Serials Clerk—stamping, shelving, and shifting the various periodicals that come into the library. They’re nifty, but most people don’t even know that they exist on the right side of the bottom floor of the library. Check them out sometime, except not literally because they’re set as Library Use Only and taking them from the library would be considered stealing. And that would make me sad. And for goodness sake, please use the online databases sometime. They make your work a whole lot easier and more credible, and you’ll have less to regret when you graduate and have no access to them anymore. At least make the most of the time you have. There’s also CDs and DVDs, including all three seasons of Downton Abbey, which of course you have the time to watch during the semester.
The library’s about studying. I didn’t actually do all that much studying in the library because, as an employee, I invariably got people coming to me with library questions when I was trying to do my homework. I didn’t like the tension between the joy of helping someone and the frustration at being derailed from my train of thought, so I just stayed away. But I’ll still think fondly of how I used the uncomfortable chairs to spur me on to finish my paper faster or how I felt lost and confused when I found that some cruel person had taken my spot at study carrel #42. Sometimes the library felt like an existential time loop, where hundreds of students have written that same eschatology paper in this building over the past 20 years. There’s a strange solace in that kind of solidarity.
The library’s about people. While library patrons are all well and good, the people in the library that will stick with me the most are the librarians. Having worked in both parts of the library—the “downstairs” Circulation department and “upstairs” Technical Services department—I’ve had the privilege of working with all 7 of Cairn’s librarians. (Yes, there are more than just the two you see on a regular basis.) I will miss the quiet kindness that I observed in Gwenn, the teasing I took from Alice, the thunderous theological discussions I had with Melvin, the vegan recipes I stole from Laura, the analysis of period dramas I thought through with Stephanie, the laughter I shared with Nang Tsin, and the polite banter I ventured with Dr. Hui. Those things might have little to do with actual work, but that is not to imply that everyone’s lazy. We’re not. We do a lot more than patrons will ever see, and we like it that way. More than all of the stamping and shifting and shelving that I’ve done in the library, these conversations that happened amidst and around that work will stick with me the longest.
The library’s about Jesus. Mostly, I think, the past four years have taught me that the library’s about Jesus. I mean this on more than the fundamental fact that it’s a theological library at a biblical university. That’s just the obvious part. But through example and explanation, I’ve seen the Gospel play out between those pale pink walls. I was forgiven one day when I completely forgot to show up to work as a freshman and then restored to the point where I was given a key and the freedom to come work on library projects at off hours. There was the time where I sent my boss an email because I was nearing an emotional breaking point and didn’t know if I could keep it together at work—and rather than lecturing me about professionalism—he simply told me that he and his wife were praying for me. From serious talks on Calvinism and church music to advice on how to seduce men with pie, I’ve been convicted, challenged, amused, unsettled, and encouraged by the various people at the library. They’re not perfect. I’m not perfect. But beyond a shared love of books, a shared love of Jesus draws us together in a way that nothing else can.
I’ve learned a lot in these past four years, and the library has been a big part of it. Though gone for less than a week, I already miss it. I will always be grateful.