National First-Generation College Celebration, Nov. 8th

Library display about first generation college students

All this week we are celebrating first-generation college graduates. This includes many of our Ivy Tech staff, and graduates.

We have a display of selected books by famous first-gens, including neurosurgeon Ben Carson, First Lady Michelle Obama, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas, General Colin Powell, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. The books are already getting checked out, so come take a look soon!

The most recent data available (from 2016) shows that 24% of all college students are first-generation. At community colleges, the percentage is 64%. Data also shows that while most first-generation students get financial aid, they do not partake of other college services like academic support and counseling at the same rates as other students (US Dept. of Education). As these helps are often crucial to success in college, this gap is concerning.

College is a new culture, no matter how academically prepared one is. We are having some fun with this by asking people to write down words or phrases that they had to learn – or learn a new meaning of – when they started college. My favorite is “citation”! (I’m sorry, Officer …)

What are some college words you had to learn? Leave a comment here, or come in to the library and help us out with this.

November 2019 Children's Books

Aalfred and Aalbert

By Morag Hood
Call Number: PIC HOO
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Two aardvarks who lead solitary lives, Aalbert by day and Aalfred by night, sometimes wonder if they would like to be part of a pair.

Once Upon a Goat

By Dan Richards
Call Number: PIC RIC
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When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.

I’m Trying to Love Math

By Bethany Barton
Call Number: QA40.5 .B38 2019
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In a book for those who dislike mathematics, an alien explains the many areas in which math is used, including baking, music, navigation, and measurements.

Our Favorite Day

By Joowon Oh
Call Number: PIC OH
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Follow Papa and his granddaughter as they spend another Thursday together.

Parrots Pugs and Pixie Dust: a book about fashion designer Judith Leiber

By Deborah Blumenthal
Call Number: TT505.L46 B59 2019
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Trace the life of fashion designer Judith Leiber, who used inspiration from her life to create extraordinary and fantastical handbags.

Horse and Buggy Paint It Out

By Ethan Long
Call Number: PIC LON
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Horse is all set to paint a mural his way, oblivious to Buggy’s suggestions that a bit of planning might be a good idea. But as the Horse knocks over paint cans and sends brushes flying, he relents and accepts some help from Buggy.

Stone Sat Still

By Brendan Wenzel
Call Number: PIC WEN
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Told in rhyming verse, a stone is considered from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives, surrounded by grass, dirt, and water, an unchanging certainty in the world.