Tis the Season!

Can you believe it ?! Crunch week is next week and finals the week after! How can you destress and stay calm during this time of year?

Thankfully our awesome library marketing assistant Abby has the following post to help you de-stress and stay calm!

Take it away Abby!


Finals are approaching quickly, and with them, comes absolute panic. I know that my number 1 way to relax is popping in a good movie or reading a good book, curling up under a comfy blanket, and eating my favorite comfort foods (mashed potatoes).

Be sure to take a look on Catalion to see if we have any titles that interest you.




Easy A

The Smurfs


Crazy, Stupid, Love

Love, Actually

She’s the Man

13 Going on 30

The Devil Wears Prada

The Proposal

Mamma Mia!

10 Things I Hate About You

Legally Blonde


What a Girl Wants

John Tucker Must Die

Pitch Perfect

Hotel Transylvania

Inside Out



The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Attachments (Rainbow Rowell)

Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

Persuasion (Jane Austen)

Orlando (Virginia Woolf)

Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson)

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (Kathleen Rooney)

The Young Widower’s Handbook (Tom McAllister)

Flâneuse (Lauren Elkin)

The Red Car (Marcy Dermansky)

The Wangs vs. The World (Jade Chang)

Small Great Things (Jodi Picoult)

The Versions of Us (Laura Barnett)

Girl Meets Boy (Ali Smith)

All We Ever Wanted (Emily Giffin)

Marriage Vacation (Pauline Turner Brooks)

How to Walk Away (Katherine Center)

Everyone Brave is Forgiven (Chris Cleave)

Relativity (Antonia Hayes)

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Interested in Politics/Current Events?

It’s that time of the year when the weather turns! What better way to spend a cold night than with a book or movie! Are you interested in politics and current events? If so our awesome intern Abby has created a list of books and DVDs in the library that feature politics or current events. Check them out in Catalion

Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Lincoln starring Daniel Day Lewis

The West Wing Complete Series

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Richard III by William Shakespeare

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Roots by Alex Haley

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How Will Capitalism End? by Wolfgang Steeck

Bad Feminist Essays by Roxanne Gay

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The Benefit of Banned Books

Are reading banned books good for you? Let’s hear our marketing assistant Abby’s take!

When thinking of Banned Books, the benefits of reading them is always brought up as a question. I compiled a list of the benefits that come along with reading banned books.


  1. Insight into the literary canon
  2. Feeling super cool by doing something “bad”/against the rules
  3. Help develop feelings and opinions surrounding topics that may not be discussed in school
  4. Explore different view of the world
  5. Read some of the classics
  6. Be informed in discussions of censorship
  7. Open up your mind
  8. Challenge what you “know”
  9. Realize the true power of words
  10. Share and share and share the knowledge you gained from reading them

Read banned books, they’re good for you.



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Dealing with Back to School

Our awesome marketing assistant Abby has crafted a blog post about the start of the semester! How do you deal with your stress?

Back to School Blog Post


Welcome back! With this August heat, our school days can feel like a mirage. But it is real! With the start of the semester comes events, recruitment, deadlines, and rising stress levels. I know coming back for my junior year definitely caused me to make a lot of panicked phone calls to my mom. While my first POPs weekend as a POP was incredible, I couldn’t shake the feeling that my time here is going far too fast.

Week 2 is already wrapping up. How do you stop feeling like days are only minutes long?

I compiled a list of 15 activities that I utilize to deal with the stress of college:

  1. Take a 15-25 minute nap
  2. Pop some bubble wrap
  3. Go to Glow Yoga (first Friday of every month!)
  4. Go to the library and pick up some DVDs you enjoy
  5. Color in a coloring book
  6. Paint on a canvas
  7. Free write in a journal for 15 minutes
  8. Put on music and dance it out
  9. Make a meal with healthy ingredients
  10. Call your mom
  11. Read more books than you did in 2010
  12. Meditate for 10 minutes, notice how you feel
  13. Try to make 3 people smile per day
  14. Declutter one spot in your dorm
  15. Make lists of countries you would like to visit.

Even though this list may not fit everyone, it does contain short, easy tasks that anyone complete if they take the time to try.


Best wishes for the school year,



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Banned Books!

Welcome Back Albrightians!! We here at the Gingrich Library hope you had a great summer! The Gingrich Library Marketing Assistant Abby Gray was asked to write a post about what banned books mean to her. The Gingrich Library will be hosting its 7th Annual Banned Books Read Out on Wednesday, September 26th at 12:45pm. Everyone is invited to come out and read from their favorite banned book and enjoy soft pretzels!

Now for Abby’s post take it away Abby!


Banned books are a hot button topic in today’s literary world. With classic literary assignments like Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, and To Kill a Mockingbird making the list almost every year, I wonder why we live in a world where people want to limit what young minds are reading. Now, I want to make a disclaimer, my mom is a librarian and so I am used to reading anything and everything (for Pete’s sake, I read Harry Potter 1-6 in second grade). Banned books are nothing new to me, I practically jumped at the opportunity to take ENG236 (Banned Books in Literature) the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. This class made me examine the history of censorship and banning books and create my own theories and opinions about books that were banned/censored/challenged.

I really feel that several of the books that end up on this (unfortunately massive) list are books whose content is misunderstood.

This year’s Banned Books (BB) week is September 23-28, 2018. My challenge to you, reader, is to find 2 books on the BB list that you read when you were younger. Take those two books and think about what you learned from that book.


I’ll start.

Book 1: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor wrote the Alice series. This is a depiction of a young girl’s journey through middle school all the way through her adulthood. I started reading these books when I was in fourth grade and from the very first page, I found a friend. Alice is awkward, funny, anxious, and all-around relatable. Re-reading this series as I got older made me feel confident in how I approach my life and choices.


Book 2: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous changed my life. I read this book for the first time in middle school. Since then, I’ve only been able to re-read it a handful of times because of how emotionally charged it is. This book (written diary-style) is meant to depict one young girl’s venture into drug addiction. Even though this book was published in 1971, it still speaks to audiences today. This book started a slew of similarly written novels depicting different issues that teens may be wondering about, from anorexia to sex work. While these are very difficult topics, they are so important to discuss. Reading this book and ones like it when I was young definitely helped me work through some of the struggles I saw my friends facing.


The Gingrich Library is holding their annual read out on Wednesday September 26th. Come out, read a banned book, enjoy some soft pretzels.


Thank you and take care,


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