Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Meet the author!

In The Darkness Under the Water, author Beth Kanell explores a little known side of 1920s American history: the eugenics project that took place in Vermont. The book is a fictionalized account of life just over the NH border, in Waterford, Vermont, focusing on those of Abenaki and French Canadian heritage, and gives us a glimpse of what life was like during the construction of Moore Dam.

On Tuesday, January 5, at noon, the author will be on campus to answer questions and discuss the book.

Copies of the book are available for loan in the library.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Finals and Winter Break Hours

For your cramming pleasure, during the week before finals (Monday through Thursday Dec. 7-10), the library will be open until 10 p.m.

During the WMCC winter break (December 19th through January 18th), the library's hours will be as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Holidays (Dec. 25, Jan. 1 & 18)

Have a safe & happy holiday season!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A book of a different color

Set in Norway in the 1940s, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson is a reflection of youth, and how one event can shape a lifetime.

Copies of the book are available in the library.

The lunchtime book discussion will take place on Wednesday, December 9th from 12:10-1. Bring your lunch!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Perfect Storm

Join us on Wednesday, November 4th at noon in the library for our lunchtime book group meeting, when we will be discussing Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New books!

This summer and fall, the WMCC Fortier Library has added over 350 new books to our collection, ranging from business, to culinary, child care, education, the environment and everything in between. If you're looking for something by title, author, or by subject, check out our catalog, or browse our shelves. And if we don't have what you're looking for, chances are we can get it from another library. Just ask!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Introducing ProQuest

The WMCC library is pleased to announce a new addition to our databases family: ProQuest.

ProQuest is a research database with over 8,000 titles in full text. You can search by entering a key word(s), by topic, or by publication. Resulting hits can be narrowed down by scholarly journals, dissertations, books, newspapers, trade publications, and magazines as well as by clicking on suggested subject headings.

Listed with our other research tools, a link to ProQuest may be found on the Library's homepage, using the Databases link. The username and password necessary to access it remotely are available from the library staff.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Laptops in the Library

Thanks to the WMCC Student Senate, the library now has 2 new Dell Latitude E5400 laptops!

These two laptops are wireless, and print to the HP LaserJet P4014 printer (outside the library office), have Office 2007 and Open Office 3.1, CD/DVD burners, and even have SD card slots. They will be available to WMCC students to use in the library only, and will have to be checked out, the same way reserve materials are. They'll be available on a first-come, first served basis.

When all other library computers are busy, ask a member of the library staff if you can check out a laptop!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Welcome Back Students!

Whether you're brand-new or returning as a WMCC student, stop by and
visit the library when you have a few minutes between classes. We've got new and improved computers and some amazing databases to help with all your research needs.

Our regular hours are Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
and Saturday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Don't hesitate to ask for help!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Three Cups of Tea

For the September meeting, the lunchtime book discussion group will be talking about Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin.

"In Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time, Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin, recount the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan's K2, the world's second highest mountain, to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan." From the authors' website

The discussion will be on September 11th at noontime. Copies of the book are available in the library--bring your lunch!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fall Lecture Series

This fall, the WMCC Fortier Library is once again teaming up with the Berlin Public Library and the NH Humanities Council to host an evening lecture series open to the community. Each of the three events are on Wednesdays and begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the WMCC Fortier Library. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

The first is on September 16th, Edie Clark will present a lecture titled "Baked Beans and Fried Clams"

On October 7th, Cheryl Savageau will present "American Quilt Traditions"

And on October 28th, Rebecca Rule will present "That Reminds Me of a Story"

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Electronic Databases

The WMCC Fortier Library is pleased to announce the addition of two new electronic databases: Credo Reference and StatRef.

With over 400 reference books in electronic format in its collection, ranging from culinary to history to biology (and everything in between), Credo Ref should be your first stop for every research assignment.

StatRef is a great database for nursing students, or anyone with a medical question, and comes in three parts: Anatomy TV, RN Database, and STAT!Ref Database. STAT!Ref and RN have the full text of medical and nursing books in electronic format.

From the library homepage, Credo Reference and STAT!Ref can be accessed electronically using the links at the Databases menu; contact the library staff for usernames and passwords to access both from off-campus. Usernames and passwords are not required on campus in Berlin and Littleton.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Computers

Thanks to the WMCC Student Senate, the library now has five new Dell desktop computers with flat screen monitors. Also, two new wireless Dell laptops can be used in the library by our students.

Ask a member of the library staff for assistance!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer Hours

During the summer, the library's hours are:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The library will be closed on weekends and for holidays, and are subject to change.

If you have any questions, please call us at (603) 752-1113.

Our regular hours will resume when fall classes start, August 31st

Thursday, May 14, 2009

WMCC Library News as RSS Feed

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds allow a user to see new entries (from a blog or news feed) through their feed reader of choice (Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, etc.). With RSS feeds, you can access new content from your favorite blogs without actually going to the blog itself, but by going to a central source (such as your email).

To take advantage of this feature, go to your email, or other feed reader, and enter this URL address:

You may need to look at your email provider's help to find out how to do this.

Happy reading!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bellows Falls

Join the discussion on Bellows Falls, by Archer Mayor, on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m.

Set in Vermont, this mystery about police corruption takes the reader all over the state--and into the waters of Lake Champlain too!

Led by scholar Frumie Selchen, and hosted by the Berlin Public Library/White Mountains Community College, this event is sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the Spring series books are available at the Berlin Public Library or the WMCC library.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Stranger in the Kingdom

On Wednesday, May 6, the Berlin Public Library & White Mountains Community College will host the third in their Spring 2009 book discussion series with Craig Doherty at the podium, discussing Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher's A Stranger in the Kingdom.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m., and refreshments will be available.

Copies of the Spring series books are available at the Berlin Public Library and the WMCC library.

This program is sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Overdues are due

Students of White Mountains Community College who have overdue library materials (including those borrowed from other libraries) need to get items back to the library by April 22nd, or a hold will be placed on the student's account*... and no one wants that to happen.

*A hold placed on an account would prevent the student from receiving grades, transcripts, and refunds, as well as registering for future classes.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Meet the Photographer

Recognize this barn and the mountain behind it? (Hint: think Route 16) *

Photographer and historian, Peter Randall, will be visiting the WMCC Library to discuss his photo exhibit New Hampshire, Then & Now, a collection of photographs taken long ago contrasted with photos of the same general locations shot a few years ago by Randall. Please join us Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 5 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

* The barn in the photo is of Tamworth Barn, with Chocorua Lake and Mountain the background. The black & white photo was taken in 1895, and the color photo was taken in 2004.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Next evening book discussion: Flashpoint

Please join us for the next NH Humanities Council-funded WMCC/Berlin Public Library evening discussion of

Flashpoint by Linda Barnes
with discussion leader, Marion Schafer,

on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the WMCC Fortier Library

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Think Spring!

If you find yourself with a bit of time and the inclination now that spring is here officially, we've got a selection of titles that might get you thinking about life after the snowbanks have melted:

* How to know the spring flowers : pictured-keys for determining the more common spring-flowering herbaceous plants with suggestions and aids for their study by Mabel Jacques Cuthbert

* The gentle subversive : Rachel Carson, Silent spring, and the rise of the environmental movement by Mark Hamilton Lytle

* Forcing the spring : the transformation of the American environmental movement by Robert Gottleib

* North with the spring; a naturalist's record of a 17,000 mile journey with the North-American spring by Edwin Way Teale

* Salute to spring by Meridel Le Seuer

And for the kids:

* In the small, small pond by Denise Fleming

* The tiny seed by Eric Carle

* Four puppies by Anne Heathers

* The tree by Gallimard Jeunesse and Pascale deBourgoing

And for those road trips, don't forget about our collection of audio books, on cassettes and cds.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Phantom of the Opera

In 1909, Gaston Leroux published The Phantom of the Opera. Since then, The Phantom has had many incarnations on stage and screen; from silent movie to musical.

The lunchtime discussion group will meet in the library's study room 1 to talk about this century-old literary work on Thursday, April 2nd at noon.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Spring Break 2009

The Library's hours during Spring Break (March 9-14) :
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Due to a scheduled Internet outage, we will be
closed Friday and Saturday

Enjoy your vacation!

Library Closed for Presidents' Day Holiday

In observance of Presidents' Day, the WMCC Fortier Library and the rest of the college will be closed on Monday, February 16th, 2009.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Wicked good time

Frank Baum's classic The Wizard of Oz has been given an extreme makeover in a prequel of sorts, that revolves around the life of the Wicked Witch of the West (whose name is Elphaba, by the way). What was life like in the land of Oz before Dorothy, Toto, and the house which landed on the Wicked Witch of the East? Gregory Maguire offers his version of the tale in Wicked: The Life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The lunchtime book discussion group will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, February 26th at noon in the WMCC Fortier Library's Study Room 1. Don't forget your lunch!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yankee Crime

Our Spring 2009 evening book discussion/lecture series is Yankee Crime -- we'll be reading four books with New England settings:

* Wed. March 18: Primary Storm by Brendan DuBois, led by Craig Doherty
* Wed. April 15: Flashpoint by Linda Barnes, led by Marion Schafer
* Wed. May 6: Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher, led by Craig Doherty
* Wed. June 3: Bellows Falls by Archer Mayor, led by Frumie Selchen

All discussions begin at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Copies of the books are available at the White Mountains Community College and the Berlin Public Library.

Then & Now photo exhibit

New Hampshire, Then & Now: Historical and Contemporary Photographs of the Granite State from 1840 to 2005

New Hampshire Historical Society...

Photographer and author Peter E. Randall created the exhibit, which contains 80 photographs of New Hampshire; 40 from as early as the 1800s, and 40 taken in either the same location or a similar situation, in the 2000s. Click here to go to Mr. Randall's web page.

The exhibit will be in the library until the first week of May.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New printer!

Thanks to the White Mountains Community College Student Senate for a generous donation that allowed the Library to buy a new HP LaserJet 4015 printer, and toner.

The new printer can print 52 pages per minute, and do double-sided printing, too. The paper tray can hold over a ream of paper, so you'll be less likely to run out of paper while waiting for that English assignment to finish printing. No more long lines for the printer (hopefully!).

Other printers in the library will be shuffled around, but in a good way. The new printer and the HP color printer will now sit outside the library office. Study Rooms 1 and 2 will have their own printers, while the small computer lab will have two higher capacity Dell printers.

Printing is free for White Mountains Community College students, and $.10 per page for all other library users. Color copies are $.25 per page for community members.

Stop by and check out the new equipment! Ask for help with double sided printing.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Ever wonder what your dog is thinking?

The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by Enzo, the dog, as he discusses family, life, love, television, and opposable thumbs.

Harper Collins says of the book: "A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it. "

The discussion will be on January 22, at noon, in the library. Bring your lunch!

Copies are available in the library.