Library News

Posted by on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:51pm

Posted on behalf of the University Writing Center

The University Writing Center, located in Belk Library and Information Commons 008, will be open for drop-in sessions only during the week of Final Exams from 10am-3pm Monday, 5/7, through Thursday, 5/10.

Rachel Strickland
Assistant Director
University Writing Center


Posted by on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:49pm
photo of winners

Thanks to the 49 entries in our "Go Green - Guess How Many" Bottles and Cans contest!  We had a great time with this contest!  Guesses ranged from 37 - 70,000 (with the caveat that it was because there is a black hole in the middle of the bag)!  The correct number was 102.

We had 2 winners of the "Go Green" Contest.  The winners are.... Ambrose Young and Samuel Brown (seen below). They BOTH guessed 106 cans (the answer was 102!) Congrats on winning, guys!  The winners won a Belk Library reusable book bag, a reusable coffee mug and a reusable drinking glass... as well as other little goodies inside the bag (i.e. candy!).

Keep your eye out for other fun activities!  And thanks for going green to celebrate 2012 Earth Week in the library!

Posted by on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 12:52pm

The Student Research Lab for Individual Quiet Study is open tonight through final exams in Classroom 026 on the Lower Level of Belk Library.  Computers will be open for student use in this classroom.  Unlike most of the library, there is no food or drink allowed in the classrooms and we ask that it be a quiet (no talking) zone.  This lab will open Sundays – Thursdays from 5 pm until midnight regularly and can be opened if demand warrants it.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 2:39pm

In fiscal year 11-12, the allocation to the Library's collection budget had to be reduced by $400,000, part of the overall $1.8 million reduction in library funding.

Since the library will not know about actual budget conditions until August 2012 or later, the library faculty has identified $400,000 worth of cancellations from the collection expenditures. The library has consulted widely with various groups including Faculty Senate and in depth with the Library Services Committee which has faculty, staff, and student members.

This website gives background information on the budget, the process, and the actual recommended cancellations. Please review this information and send feedback to University Librarian Dr. Mary Reichel ( or John Abbott, Coordinator of Collection Management ( by the end of the semester.

If the budget is not as bad as feared, the library will not make these cuts.

Posted by on Monday, April 16, 2012 - 2:46pm

Earth Week Contest

Guess how many recycled cans are in the bag and you may win a prize!

On April 18, you will see a big plastic bag filled with recycled cans on the first floor in front of the circular reference desk. If you guess the correct number of recycled cans, you will win a prize.

Your Green Library

Find out how green your library is.

Check out our new library guide: Your Green Library

Posted by on Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 2:41pm
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Earth Week Contest to start Wednesday April 18th 9 am - 2 am April 19th!

Come by the Reference Desk on Wednesday, April 18th and guess how many recycled cans and bottles are in the bag and you may win a prize!

On April 18, you will see a big plastic bag filled with recycled cans on the first floor in front of the circular reference desk. If you guess the correct number of recycled cans, you will win a prize. In case of a tie, all the winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing!

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 3:01pm
photo of winners

Congratulations to our Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

Librarian Geri Purpur, Jesse Oates, Matt Paden, University Librarian Dr. Mary Reichel, Librarian Amanda Bird, Eric Spivey & Dr. Mary Reichel

First place was awarded to Jesse Oates for “The Book.”  The Book, an interesting and quick tale about people and their unique relationships with books, was chosen as the winner for its well-crafted realism and descriptive language.  Oates received a $150.00 University Book store gift certificate.

Second place was awarded to Eric Spivey for “Shards.” Spivey received a $100.00 University Book Store gift certificate.

Third place was awarded to Matt Paden for “Partisan Extremis.”  Paden received a $50.00 University Book Store gift certificate.


This was the second annual Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Belk Library and Information Commons.

Posted by on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 2:57pm
book fair poster

Come enjoy the Books Are Fun book fair held at Belk Lbrary and Information Commons

Room 421, Belk Library
Appalachian State University

Thursday, April 12, 2012; 11am - 5pm
Friday, April 13, 2012; 8am - 2pm


Posted by on Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 3:07pm

In celebration of National Library Week, Belk Library is sponsoring a "Food for Fines" drive beginning April 10 at 7:30 am until April 17 at 6 pm.

Starting Tuesday, April 10 we will be accepting one canned food item for every $1.00 (or partial part of a $1.00) owed on fines up to $15.00. NOTE: Fines that have already been sent to Student Accounts are not eligible for this offer. Canned goods cannot be credited toward lost book charges.

Here's what you do:

If you have an overdue fine at the library, bring one can of nonperishable food to the Main Circulation Desk.Tell the staff member that you are going to pay your fines with food. You will be assessed one can of food per $1.00 (or part of a $1.00) of fines up to a total of $15.00.Your account will be cleared up to $15.00. Ask for a receipt.

Distance Education students may participate too, by donating food to a charity of their choosing. Simply email Geri Purpur ( with your name, the name of the charity, and the amount donated. The subject line should read: Food for Fines.

It's that simple! Even if you don't owe fines, we will accept canned foods for donation.

Posted by on Monday, April 2, 2012 - 3:18pm
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Belk Library is launching our new Pinterest site -- just in time to celebrate the upcoming National Library Week (April 8 – 14).  Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networking sites around today.  It combines the connectivity of Facebook with the capability of “bookmarking” all wrapped in beautiful visual imagery.  “Pinning” on Pinterest is like having a room full of bulletin boards--all on different subjects--where the user can “pin” pictures, links to websites, recipes, posters, etc. to the appropriate board to view and refer. Check us our and follow our pin boards at