Monthly Archives: February 2014

March is National Nutrition Month!

If you’ve been up at the ERC this week, you might have noticed the new billboard celebrating National Nutrition Month! As this cold will hopefully melt away into a beautiful spring, it’s never too late to start thinking about what’s in your food. Remember, proper eating habits are the foundation for a happy and healthy life!

For more information (and materials you can share) check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month page.

You can also check out some great resources we have here at the library!

The care and feeding of your brain : how diet and environment affect what you think and feel (ebook)

The college student’s guide to eating well on campus

Contemporary nutrition

Chef Combo’s fantastic adventures in tasting & nutrition (Children’s)

And so much more! With ANOTHER blizzard on the way, grab something to read though this weekend, and think warm thoughts!!

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Check Out Our DVD’s!

You might have noticed the showcase of DVD’s we have available on your right when you enter the library on the way to the cafe. If you haven’t–take a look! There’s a great number of blockbuster films for everyone to enjoy, and the library does its best to keep up with popular films for you to take with you whenever you’d like.

Did you also know that our DVD collection spans BOTH walls of the reading room, located down the hall on the left of the cafe and then on your right? If you haven’t been to the reading room…its HUGE! There are so many DVDs there just waiting for you to watch! Please know though that blue ray and regular editions are being separated out for broader use, so if you have a great DVD in hand make sure to check it for blue ray if that’s something your player can’t accommodate.

With another weekend just hours away, stop in at the library and pick up some entertainment for you and your crew! DVD checkout is good for one week. 🙂

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Things to do on a snow day

Convinced we’ll all be stuck inside tomorrow? Ok, maybe, maybe not–but you know another snow day will show up eventually! Here is a great list of fun things to do while you’re stuck inside. Although some of these are just for kids, it might be fun to live youthfully for a day!

Snow day? 15 things to do when the kids are stuck at home in bad weather

By Geoff Herbert

  • Bake or cook. Bathing suit season isn’t for a few months, so your New Year’s resolutions can wait as you indulge in sweet treats or comfort foods that warm up the house (and your belly).
  • Get an early start on upcoming birthday or holiday cards. Christmas has already passed, but you can make notes and cards for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Grandma’s 76th, Administrative Professionals’ Day, and so on…
  • Fashion shoot. Play dress up with old Halloween costumes, take photos, crank up the dance music and have fun on the hallway runway.
  • Arts and crafts. Besides cards, you could make a birdfeeder (add peanut butter and seeds to any pine cone), paint a masterpiece, make your own Play-Dough or try other crafty ideas.
  • Clean the house. Putting away all those empty boxes, unplayed-with-toys, and dirty laundry will invigorate you and (if you’re lucky) exhaust the little ones to go down for nap time.
  • Play in the snow. You don’t have to stay inside just because the roads are bad. Get creative in the yard like “Calvin & Hobbes” with your snowman art or go sledding — but dress warmly and make sure s’mores and hot chocolate are ready to go after! Also, older kids looking to make a little extra money, can shovel the sidewalk at your or your neighbors’ house.
  • Make snow ice cream. Her View From Home suggests putting 4 cups of clean snow (or shaved ice) in waffle cones or cups and adding 1/2 cups of half & half or whole milk, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Blend the milk, sugar and vanilla together until the sugar dissolves, then mix it all together until it looks like ice cream. Add chocolate syrup, whipped cream and leftover holiday candy as toppings.
  • Puzzles. Going to pieces? Put them together.
  • Board games. Bored? Games like Monopoly, Life, Risk and chess can help with that.
  • Build a fort. Whether you want to build a fortress for an epic pillow fight or have tea inside a princess castle made out of blankets, a fort will keep the kids occupied and make you want to play along.
  • Computer games. Discovery Kids has lots of fun ones, including one where you can build a virtual roller coaster, PBS Kids lets younger ones play with Curious George and Daniel Tiger, and Nick Games has everything from Spongebob and the Power Rangers to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Video games. Between the Wii, Playstation Move and interactive games like Rock Band there’s plenty of arcade options at home to keep your kids moving.
  • Smartphone and tablet games. Check iTunes for free apps for your iPhone or iPad, or try Google Play for fun stuff to play on your Android mobile devices.
  • Make your own game. Play “Calvinball” with your own rules, or get creative online at, where you can build a robot, mix beats like a DJ or race cars.
  • Story time. Get cozy on the couch, by the fireplace if you’ve got one, and read to your kids.


And of course there’s always Pinterest for even more great ideas!

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ERC Upgrade!

Have you ever been to the Educational Resource Center? It’s tucked away on the second floor of the Benoit Education building…and there have been some great changes taking place!

For example, we now offer:

  • A revamped craft wall! Looking for yarn? How about string, tissue paper, odds n’ ends, ribbon, construction paper…the list goes on and on–and it’s all for you, Raiders! Come visit us to utilize this excellent resource for all your project needs.
  • Big Books now on display in the Juvenile section! Whether you’re an Ed student looking for something to read to a young classroom or a parent or aunt or uncle looking for something fun to do with little ones in your life–check these bad boys out!
  • Large Kit Binder–did you know we have large kits that can be used in the classroom by students and alumni alike? Come flip though our new catalog and ask a librarian to help bring something down for you–they’re fantastic ways to bring life to any instructional!

It is always our primary goal to bring you the best possible services available, and we hope these new additions will be no exception! Come join us at the ERC today and have a ball!

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