Spotlight on our new Librarians


In this issue we would like to introduce to you our new part-time Librarians: Elizabeth Kerscher and Sarah Ellsworth-Hoffman. As you may well know by now,  library staff is one of our most valuable library resources. The knowledge and unique cultural background they bring in is in high demand when it comes to research and assistance to our patrons. If you like, you can share your thoughts under the post. We’d love to hear from you! (just click on the comments link under a post). Also, see a sample of the new DVDs,  popular Christmas reading, and new fiction and non-fiction books we have recently added to our collection.

Elizabeth Kerscher – Evening Librarian

 

What do you do at the library?
A little of this, a little of that, and a little bit more over here. I am always ready to help students with assignments, research, or various computer problems. I’ve also been working extensively on resource lists for our juvenile collection and am starting to work with the Education and Early Childhood Education Faculty on various projects and resources.  

Where does your expertise come from?
I have a BA in Elementary Education from Purdue University and my MLS, with a focus on school/children’s librarianship from IUPUI. In addition to Ivy Tech, I’ve worked in several school and public libraries and have taught an after-school elementary study group, so I’ve got quite a bit of experience when it comes to children’s literature or education-related subjects. I am currently spending my mornings in an elementary school library before I come to Ivy Tech – and the experience is always enlightening.

What is unique about you that could be of service to the Ivy Tech community?
I’m familiar with juvenile and young adult fiction and authors, so I’m a good resource if you’re looking for something to share with children (or just want a good read for yourself). I know quite a bit about our juvenile collection, and what I don’t know, I’m usually able to find through a search. I also have experience planning storytimes – so I might have ideas about how you can use the books you check out.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside the library?
Reading, certainly. I read a lot of juvenile and young adult chapter books to keep up with the kids at the elementary school. When I look for adult books, I tend to gravitate towards science fiction or fantasy. I also enjoy playing computer and video games with my boyfriend, or baking and decorating something sweet to share. And I will drop just about anything when Doctor Who comes on the television.

Recommend a book to us that you enjoyed.
I have a minor addiction to checking books out of the library. I have a small mountain at home that I’m trying to get through! But some good ones I’ve read and would always recommend are:

If you’re looking for a picture book, I love The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (or anything else by William Joyce!), or for a more seasonal title, Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan Nelson is great and gives kids an entertaining activity.

A good children’s (4th-5th grade age, most likely) chapter book right now is A Hero for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi (the second book in a series that starts with The Search for WondLa).

For more adult reading, I really enjoyed Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, with all of its references, and I’ve never been able to put down anything by Neil Gaiman, one of my most favorite authors ever.

And one non-fiction to round off the list: 3500: An Autistic Boy’s Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles. It’s a quick read, but a fascinating and heart-warming story.

Enjoy!

Share a website
http://www.mousecircus.com/

Mouse Circus is focused on Neil Gaiman’s works for children. Best of all, it has videos. Of Neil. Reading Coraline. Alright. To be fair, he just reads Chapters 1 and 13. He gets other amazing people to read the others for him.

Sarah Ellsworth-Hoffman – Morning Librarian

Name: Sarah Ellsworth-Hoffman
Position Title:  Morning Librarian
Worked at the Library: Since September 2013
Contact Info: sellsworthhoffm@ivytech.eduor phone 260-480-4176
What do you do at the library?
Since I am still fairly new I feel that every day I am learning the nuances of the Northeast Library. I have to start somewhere, even the little things – such as finding printer paper – are elements of the job :).
Every day, I help students with their assignments and answer research questions. I have also taken on some of the previous librarian’s (Jen Traore) event responsibilities, such as helping organize library events like the Edible Books Festival.
Where does your expertise come from?
Two years after receiving my Master of Library Science degree, I now have my first real academic librarian position. Previously, I have worked in Information Services for a medical office, did cancer research and developed a web resource with Indiana University, and shadowed and interned at the University of Saint Francis and the Allen County Public Library. I have always worked in positions where I provide information and assistance to people.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside the library?
There is not one thing, but I can list a few. 🙂 I love hanging out with my husband, especially Sunday morning breakfast/brunch. We both work multiple part time jobs and Sunday morning is a time when nothing feels urgent. I am in a folk rock family band called CLUSTERFOLK, I sing and do a variety of percussion. And when there is time, I like arts and crafts projects. Last year for Christmas, my husband and I made 40+ piñatas for our family members as presents.

 

I am drawn to folk elements in Spanish and Mexican culture. I celebrate Dia de Los Muertos and I enjoy listening and dancing to Salsa and Flamenco music. For our first dance at our wedding, my husband and I did a Tango/Flamenco dance to “Bamboleo” by the Gipsy Kings.
Recommend a book to us that you enjoyed.
I graduated from Indiana University with two Bachelor degrees: one in English (focus on Creative Writing) and the other in Folklore, so I tend to lean towards fiction, folktales, and fantasy reading.
I am currently reading The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. It is witty for its age (originally written in 1894) and tells a more interesting story than Disney provided.
Sarah wants to share the a holiday recipe with you today:
These are fun to take to a party AND they are tasty.
 
 (No cooking required!)
Hamburger Cookies
You will need:
A Box of Vanilla Wafer Cookies
A Package Keebler Grasshopper Cookies or Girl Scout Thin Mints
A can of Cream Cheese Frosting
A small bag of Shaved or Shredded Coconut
Green, Red, and Yellow food dye
A small amount of Corn Starch
Sesame Seeds
Water
Tools:
Cookie sheet
Four small bowls
One plate
Basting brush or paper towel
A Fork
Rubber Spatula
This is an assembled cookie recipe so I suggest having all the elements ready:
 Making “Buns”: Separate out all the whole vanilla wafers into pairs of two. Pick the better looking cookies for the “top bun”. Sprinkle sesame seeds on wide plate. In a bowl, quickly mix corn starch and water with a fork to make a liquid-like paste. Take the “top bun” vanilla wafer cookie and lightly dab with a paper towel or brush on corn starch liquid on the rounded side. (Be careful not to over soak cookie!). Then dip “top bun” on sesame seed plate and rest on cookie sheet to dry. The corn starch liquid will help the seeds stick to cookie.
Making “Lettuce”: Put Shredded Coconut in a bowl and add ONE drop of green food coloring. This will go a long way. Mix dye and coconut with fork until all the coconut looks like iceberg lettuce. Set it aside.
Making “Cheese and Ketchup”: Divide cream cheese frosting into two bowls (you may not need to use all frosting). Decide on what “Condiments” you want to use and add appropriate dye. Some people just use one bowl and make a light orange “secret sauce” that is on a McDonald’s Big Mac.
Now to assemble burgers! This can get messy if you do not have enough room, so plan out your space.
“Bottom Bun” – use spatula to put small dollop of “condiment” on top.  “Burger Pattie” – Keebler Grasshopper/Girl Scout Thin Mint on top of “condiment”- so it sticks. Put a tiny dollop of “condiment” on top of “Burger Pattie”. Add “Lettuce”. Take “Top Bun” and use rubber spatula to put a dollop of “condiment” on the under side. Place on  top of lettuce. Gently press to make “Burger” elements stick together and give the image of oozy cheese and sauce. Place all finished burgers on cookie sheet in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving or transporting.

The Supreme Macaroni Company (Valentine Trilogy #3) / Adriana Trigiani

Call number: FIC TRI

For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret. But after the wedding celebrations are over, Valentine wakes up to the hard reality of juggling the demands of a new business and the needs of her new family. Confronted with painful choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: “A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything.” Now, the proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves—the bitter and the sweet of life itself. Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is an unforgettable narrative about family, work, romance, and the unexpected turns of life and fate. (From B&N)

The Right Side of Wrong: A Red River Mystery / Reavis Wortham

Call number: FIC WOR

It’s near the end of 1965 and Constable Cody Parker of Center Springs, Texas, has a frightening sense of gathering storm clouds. His dreams prove accurate when he is ambushed and nearly killed on a lonely country road during an unusually heavy snowfall. The attack leads locals to worry that a terrifying killer known as “The Skinner” has returned. As his nephew, Cody, recovers, Constable Ned Parker struggles to connect a seemingly unrelated series of murders, and the people of northeast Texas wonder why their once peaceful community has suddenly become a dangerous place to live.
Investigating, Ned, Cody, and deputy John Washington cross paths with many colorful characters: cranky old Judge O.C. Rains; the jittery little farmer Isaac Reader; the Wilson boys, Ty Cobb and Jimmy Foxx; and a mysterious old man named Tom Bell. Of course, Ned’s preteen grandchildren, Top and Pepper, are underfoot at every turn. When Cody follows his main suspect across the Rio Grande into Mexico, Ned understands that to save his nephew, he will have to cross more than a river: he will have to cross over to the right side of wrong. (From B&N)

We Are Water / Wally Lamb

Call number: FIC LAM

In middle age, Annie Oh—wife, mother, and outsider artist—has shaken her family to its core. After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Annie has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy, cultured, confident Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.
Annie and Viveca plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers, Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But the impending wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s box of toxic secrets—dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives.

We Are Water is an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist Annie; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest Oh. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.
With humor and breathtaking compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience in vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss. We Are Water is vintage Wally Lamb—a compulsively readable, generous, and uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives. (From B&N)