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Student Organizations Pumpkin Patch

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 11:47 -- Kelly Bradish

Student organizations, it's time to request a spot in the Library pumpkin patch!

If your group is interested in taking part -- and earning participation points! -- here's what you need to know:

  • one pumpkin per student organization
  • decorating and/or carving OK (in other words, you don't have to carve anything)
  • candles, battery-operated lights or other lighting not permitted
  • a limited number of spots are available; we'll contact you to confirm participation
  • most importantly: you can read more and request a spot here:

Again, a limited number of spots are available, so if your group wants to take part, don't delay.

Of course, there will be voting! Students, faculty and staff can pick their favorite pumpkin(s) from the patch, featured in the Library stairwell display. We'll post pictures online, too.

Voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Library reference desk. Each vote is 10 cents, all proceeds benefit The Nest campus food bank, and yes, you can vote as many times as you'd like. As always, we'll remind you about this ahead of time.

If you have questions, contact Kelly at We have more fun planned for October 31, so stay tuned!!

Also, we've pinned a few decorating ideas for anyone with festive pumpkin plans -- take a look:

Spotlight on Freegal

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:13 -- Kelly Bradish

You might have noticed our lobby display "stage," featuring album covers from artists like Pitbull, Bruce Springsteen, P!nk, Justin Timberlake and Kenny Chesney, plus information about Freegal.

What's Freegal? Freegal is a free and legal (free+legal=Freegal) music download service. That's right: free and legal.

With the barcode number on your Fairmont State or Pierpont ID, you can download three songs per week and keep them forever!

We hope you give Freegal a try! Here are step-by-step instructions.

Also, if you're on Pinterest, follow our Freegal latest and greatest music board for new releases and other tunes you might enjoy.

Questions? Just Ask Us.

Alumni, students and friends: It's Homecoming Week!

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 14:21 -- Kelly Bradish

Leaves are turning shades of orange and red, fall sports are in full swing and it's time for Homecoming! This year's Fairmont State and Pierpont Homecoming theme is "Almost Heaven: A Salute to West Virginia."

Alumni near and far, your college memories are just a click away in our online Mound archive. Each volume is searchable, and you can download and print pages as well.

Lots of events are planned on campus and around the community, including the parade Thursday and football game Saturday.

Here's a roundup of all the events - just click each one for more details.

Happy Homecoming!

Shutdown affecting government websites

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:11 -- Kelly Bradish

As a result of the partial government shutdown, access to online government resources is limited.

For instance:

If you were planning on visiting a government website, note that some are providing access to published content, but no updates are taking place. Affected websites have posted notices explaining what is available. Our Government Documents LibGuide includes links to many of these resources.

More information about the shutdown and updates regarding government operating status are posted at

Charging station now available at the Library

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 16:39 -- Kelly Bradish

Powering up your phone or other device on campus just got easier!

The Library now has a charging table to help you avoid that dreaded low battery.

The table is located near the Circulation Desk, and features these connection options:

  • Apple & older-style Apple
  • USB (for Android & other devices)
  • Electrical outlets (for laptops, your own USB cord, etc.)

As with all of your belongings, please do not leave your devices unattended. Library staff cannot watch your devices, and will not charge devices for you -- no exceptions!

Questions? Ask Us here.


Tech treats: WVDELI updates, Facebook news

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:05 -- Kelly Bradish

We couldn't let the week end without sharing some tech updates we think you'll appreciate!


Time to settle in with a good eBook! OverDrive, which powers the WVDELI, announced some great news this week regarding eBooks from Penguin. More Penguin titles will now be available, AND the manual USB loading requirement for Kindle devices has been lifted.

What does this mean? For one, there will be more eBook titles for you to browse or download from the WVDELI. Also, if you have a Kindle, you'll experience easier downloading of Penguin titles! Check out what the WVDELI has to offer -- and remember, you can read some eBooks right from your web browser. Just look for the OverDrive READ link under "Available Formats."


If you're tired of typos ruining your status update masterpieces, Facebook is rolling out a post-editing update. That's right -- you'll be able to correct spelling errors or typos before your grammar-loving friends have a chance to comment.

Web and Android users will get this feature first, with iOS to follow. (Source: NBC News)

Celebrate your fREADom during Banned Books Week

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 23:21 -- Kelly Bradish

Banned Books Week is here! We're taking part at the Library with displays, buttons, and, of course, examples of challenged books. Stop in and check one out!

What is Banned Books Week? This yearly event is the national book community's celebration of the freedom to read, with displays and other activities drawing attention to book-banning and the dangers of censorship.

Banned Books Week began in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, according to Some of the titles may surprise you!

Learn more about Banned Books Week and see some examples of challenged books on our Pinterest board:

banned book pins


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