Preview Shelf: July 2017

July 27, 2017

Back to School

By Jessica Mondy

Once again, back to school season is upon us! CDPL has many wonderful resources for parents, teachers, and students of all ages to prepare for the transition to the new school year. We have many new titles tailored to specific educational needs, and two in particular caught my eye.

In the midst of shopping for new clothes and supplies, yearly physicals at the doctor, and settling into a new routine, it is easy for parents to feel overwhelmed. During this busy time of year, the last thing a parent wants to have to worry about is not getting along with their children’s teachers. Robert Ward, a Los Angeles based English teacher with twenty-plus years of experience, has written a book full of advice for parents who want to be on the same team as the teachers responsible for educating their children. The book contains such chapters as, “Motivation is Always the Answer,” “The Parent’s Perspective,” “The Teacher’s Perspective,” and “Diffusing Conflicts between Parents and Teachers.” Ward’s advice boils down to the concept of students having four basic needs: “Firmness, which provides safety and structure; Fairness, which fosters the students’ needs of community and recognition; Fascination, which delivers the students’ needs of purpose and passion; and Facilitation, which furnishes the students’ needs of strategic, differentiated assistance and feedback.” He suggests that when these needs are met both at school and in the home, children will thrive.

If you are a parent who is looking for mutual respect with your child’s teacher in order to accomplish the shared goals of raising and educating a successful citizen of society, check out Robert Ward’s A Teacher’s Inside Advice to Parents: How Children Thrive with Leadership, Love, Laughter, and Learning today! It can be found on the new nonfiction shelf, with the call number 371.19 War. Don’t hesitate to ask at the reference desk if you need assistance locating this title!

The second back to school book on my radar is titled Getting In by Standing Out: The New Rules for Admission to America’s Best Colleges by Dr. Deborah Bedor, CEO of College Admission Central, and advisor to pre-college students for the past twenty-five years. The process for college admissions is stressful for any applicant. In the past, there have been a large variety of guides to essay application questions, along with books about other admission advice. This book combines the two, and offers suggestions to strengthen application essays, and how to stand out among thousands of college applicants. Bedor recommends highlighting your personal interests as well as academic achievements. Colleges today are interested in accepting well-rounded students to their programs. Good grades and high test scores will always be important to admissions boards, but they also want to know what makes a student unique among a sea of other high academic achievers.

This book is a quick read, at under 200 pages, with clearly labeled sections. If you or someone you know is applying to college this year, I highly recommend checking out this book. You can find it on the new nonfiction shelf, at 378.1 Bed.

The library’s collection has a wide variety of other education-related resources, with those materials intended for children located in our children’s department, and those resources intended for adults and older children located on the library’s second floor. Our staff would love to help you find what you’re looking for, so please stop in soon!


July 20, 2017

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Jodie WilsonBy Jodie Wilson
Choosing a career is a very important life decision, but is one we can change throughout our lives. Changes may involve additional education, or relocation for training, but the most important step is to first carefully study and consider possibilities to determine if the outcome will be worth the time, money, and effort invested. To make it easier for students just beginning to plan their careers, or those residents considering a career change later in life, CDPL has a large number of useful resources.

The Career Information Center set located in the library’s second floor reference collection (REF 331.7 CAR) includes multiple volumes examining careers by type. Each volume features an overview of careers, and includes related jobs. For example, in Health Science, the information includes job summaries from Acupuncturists to Urologists, with median pay, growth rates for the career field, and the educational level required. Summaries include job duties, work environment, what education is necessary to work in the field, and the job outlook. Job demands are summarized to help candidates decide if the given career would be a good match for their skills, talents, and personality.

Another resource in the library’s reference collection is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This 2016-2017 resource discusses each career field with duties, work environment, work schedules, training, important qualities, pay, job prospects and contacts for more information. When deciding such an expensive step as seeking specialized education, it is wise to view many different resources about the same career area to be certain that what you’re reading accurately reports the opportunities and rewards available with the specified degree or program.

Our new 2017 College Blue Book reference set provides listings of colleges with descriptions including enrollment numbers, faculty ratios, fees, entrance requirements, and community environment. Degrees offered by each college are listed, and also degrees offered by subject, listing all schools to offer that specific area of study sorted by state. A separate volume lists all the schools offering occupational training with details. The final two volumes list scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans as well as details on distance learning programs. A similar resource, “College Handbook” by College Board, may be checked out and taken home (378.73 Col). The library has many scholarship and grant handbooks as well (378.3).

CDPL also has a large assortment of testing preparation materials such as the the TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion for high-school equivalency, SAT and ACT college-entry tests, and even occupational testing such as real estate licensing exams, police officer exams, NCLEX nurse testing, and more.

For those interested in job searches or career changes, “What Color is Your Parachute: 2017” by Richard N. Bolles (650.14 Bol) is one of the top resources for recommended reading. This book details how and why the job hunt has changed since 2008’s Great Recession, and what that means for you, with advice on how to change your strategy to prove your worth to today’s employers. There’s even a teen version of this resource, written by Carol Christen (650.14). Books such as “Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type” by Paul D. Tieger and “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success” by Dan Schawbel (650.14 Sch) are general guides worthy of some study.

For military-related resources, we have everything from the ASVAB study guides (355.0076 Arm) for those considering entry into the military, materials to prepare for the officer candidate tests once eligible (355.0076 Ost), and even for veterans moving into civilian life (650.1086 Hil).

Interested in researching colleges, scholarship, or career information? These resources are just a few of the materials in the library’s collection. Please stop by CDPL soon; we’ll be happy to help you find just what you need.

July 13, 2017

A Night of Dance

By Angela White

Ballroom dancing has made a noticeable comeback thanks to its exposure on reality television. Not only is it fun and entertaining for viewers and participants alike, it’s also really good exercise. What’s more, people of any age can do it.

So strap on your dancing shoes and start practicing your best dance moves because the Crawfordsville District Public Library along with the Carnegie Museum is holding its first ballroom dance fundraiser. The generous instructors at the local dance studio, Dancing Raine Studios, have offered to donate their time and skill to give a lesson and help us host this exciting ballroom dance fundraiser. You can learn more about Dancing Raine Studios at their website:

Now don’t fret, you do not need any ballroom experience or even a partner to attend. Ballroom dance does require a bit of movement on the floor so your shoes are important. Ballroom dance shoes or any leather-bottomed or felt-bottomed shoes will fit the bill nicely. No need for a tux or fancy gown, business casual is dressy enough. Just make sure you can move freely in your clothes. In addition to social dancing, guests will enjoy light refreshments, good music, and champagne for those attendees 21 years of age or older.

The event will be held at the main gallery of the historic Carnegie Museum on Friday, July 21st, 2017. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Dancing Raine instructors will give a dance lesson from 7pm-8pm. Then the dance floor will open up from 8-10pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and are currently available for sale at three locations for your convenience: at the circulation desk in the library, at the gift shop in the museum, and at Dancing Raine Studios at their new Crawfordsville location: 119 S. Washington St., Suite 200.

All proceeds go to fund programming at the library and museum. Please join us for this very exciting Night of Dance. Have questions about the event? Please contact us for more information at 362-2242 ext. 117.


July 6, 2017

“Paddle” Faster, I Hear Irish Bagpipes!

By Dianne Combs

“Paddle–A Long Way Around Ireland,” by Jasper Winn, is a little gem of a travel book recently acquired at CDPL. I’m a sucker for a great travel diary, and this one is right up my alley. Jasper Winn begins his story by telling about his first kayaking journey around Ireland that he was well prepared for, but alas, it did not end well. He had practiced kayaking, worked out, eaten well, and done all the things he should have. He started out on his original great journey with his girlfriend, Elizabeth, paddling along happily beside him. The story takes a bad turn, though, when he is stricken with gallbladder issues, and spends two weeks “in hospital.” He is determined to continue, and a year later, with no planned exercise, training, or really knowing what he was getting himself into, he starts out again, but this time alone on his round-Ireland kayak adventure.
He starts out on the southern coast of Ireland, near Castletownshend, and continues up the western, or Atlantic, side of the isle. He quickly finds that his lack of sea-kayaking experience is going to cause him some troubles. He has previously paddled from near Dublin, through England, and down through France, mostly on rivers and streams, and had used ferries to cross the sea. Now, paddling into the wind, into waves and far from shore, he gets bored and starts counting strokes. Once he figures he’ll complete at least one MILLION strokes on his travels, he gets a bit overwhelmed!
In the evenings, Winn makes for shore and a comfortable place to sleep, and perhaps a hot meal. Sometimes he ends up sleeping on the wet beach after eating rain-soaked rice and some weak tea. Other nights he ends up in the town, at the pub, and with a front seat to enjoy some raucous Irish music played by the locals for the tourists. He occasionally strums along on a borrowed guitar.
One of his first traveling companions, the Dingle dolphin, is quite an attraction in that western (Dingle) peninsula, and has raised income for the locals significantly. “Fungi,” as he is affectionately called, has his image emblazoned on shirts, on cups, and wooden carvings of him abound in the shops. Along the way, Winn also meets up with Sam, an American, who is traveling the same route. They enjoy a few pints while swapping stories and viewing Winn’s videos of basking sharks he has encountered during his paddle that day. Winn has a few planned meetings with friends, which gives him the little push he needs to continue on his long journey.
I love his descriptions of all the interesting places and people he meets. I found myself “googling” along with his trip, finding Malin, Giant’s Causeway (which I visited in 1981), the Blaskets, Innismurray, and many other lovely Irish places.
If you love first person travel books, we also have “Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe” by Bill Bryson, and Frances Mayes’ “A Year in the World.” Or if you’re planning your own escape, CDPL has many travel guides to help you plan your trip. Please stop by and look over our section on travel materials on your next visit to the library.