News from Bridge to College, ACE and the Library!

Nov/Dec Newsletter 2013

Happy holidays from all of us to all of you!

National GEAR UP week

The GEAR UP program kicked off National GEAR UP week with a series of service learning and kick off celebrations in honor of year 2 of the grant. On September 22, 2013, Eight GEAR UP families and GEAR UP staff volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen preparing and serving Sunday dinner to the community. National GEAR UP week officially kicked off for the NVCC Waterbury GEAR UP Alliance on September 24 with a celebration at West Side Middle School. Over seventy families attended enjoying an afternoon of Zumba dance, African Drumming, and Frankies hot dogs. Two additional events took place on October 3 and October 10 at North End and Wallace Middle schools, celebrating the beginning of GEAR UP Waterbury year 2. Over seventy families attended both events. -Dave Celotto, Bridge to College Program Coordinator

NVCC Library Bans Books?!

To celebrate Banned Book Week (September 22-28), the library staff collected frequently challenged books for a display. Libraries, teachers and community members have worked hard to protect the freedom to read across our country. Read more about Banned Books Week here:

Academic Center for Excellence develops Student Success Stories

Student Success Stories is way to celebrate and promote student achievement. These testimonials demonstrate that hard work and perseverance does pay off. -Rob Sheftel, ACE Director

Library tips and tricks

How do I find a journal by title?

One of the library's newest products is the A-Z Journal Locator. If you want to know if the library owns a specific title in print or electronic format the A-Z Journal Locator will tell you. Should the journal you want be in electronic format, A-Z will tell you which databases have it and the years of coverage for full text articles.

Please view the tutorial below on how to access and search A-Z Journal Locator. The tutorial was written and produced by Gretchen Gallagher and John Leonetti. Please feel free to embed or link to the tutorial in Blackboard.

Limiting your search results in Google

Find out how to limit your search results to government websites.
Written, produced and narrated by John Leonetti, November 2013.

Wintersession Book Club

Tuesday, Jan. 14th 2014 at 12-1pm

Library 4th floor

Interested in a one-session book chat in January? Come one, come all!

Who: You and other fabulous folks.

What: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, by Gretchen Rubin

When: January 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: Library, L410 (serving coffee and dessert; brown-bag lunch).

How: Copies on order, arriving daily – RSVP to to reserve yours (336 pages).

NVCC Child Development Center Visits the Library for Halloween

Spooky stories and sweet snacks were given to the group of children who made their annual Halloween visit to the library! Acting Director Jaime Hammond dressed as Where's Waldo, whom very few of the children recognized, but the college students seemed to enjoy.