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News from the Pingree Learning Commons - Winter 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

Read 12 books in 12 different categories in 12 months!

Be sure to track your progress with a reading journal, on Goodreads, or even download this printable.

What are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

Zzz Zone

In the Learning Commons at the University of Manchester, students can take a break from their desks with a new sleeping pod. The Zzz Zone allows users to have 20 minutes of rest with ambient music and relaxing lighting. How can napping encourage the brain's ability to learn and retain information?

"Book"ie's Pick of the Month

Each month, a Book Club member arranges a display of their favorite books in the Pond Room. Many thanks to Martina Rethman '18, Lydia McGinn '18, Nicolas Hansen '18, and Hanna Stasiuk '16 for sharing in the first semester.

What are some of your favorite books that you would display?

4716C educational robot

12 Google Search Tricks You May Not Know

See these 12 helpful tips from the The Gooru for cool search tips. Did you know that you can use asterisks for words you can't remember? Also, using a subtraction symbol can exclude certain words from your results.

Bonus: Ask Google to "flip a coin" and see what happens!

Learning Commons Team

Tammy Conrad - Director of Technology

Chris Grenier - Writing Center Director

Ann Lyons - Educational Resource Center Director

Dave Medvitz - Technology Educator

Bob Ogden - Network Administrator

Meg O'Neill - Learning Commons Director