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Our research paper workshop was scheduled for Wednesday, April 23rd. It will be rescheduled for sometime the following week – so look out for updates!

This workshop is good for those who have never written a college research paper before, or for those that need to improve their skills. This session is different from typical library sessions you have with a class – this session will focus on the major hurdles in the research process (stress, time-management, picking a good topic, etc.) and how to overcome them, rather than covering how to use library resources.

There will be free food and drink for participants.

Any questions? Email  or call 413-775-1831 for details.

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The library will be open from 4:30 to 8:30 pm on Monday, April 21st. There are no day classes due to the Patriots’ Day holiday.

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Library Snapshot Day Totals

Published on April 11, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Thank you for participating in Library Snapshot Day! Wondering what a typical day in our library looks like? Here’s what we counted on Tuesday, April 8th:

Number of users:

  • 866 people entered our doors

Number of items circulated:

  • 56 items were checked in and out

Library technology used:

  • 156 people used our library computers
  • Countless other students, faculty, and community members used our free wi-fi on their own personal phones, tablets, and laptops

Programs happening in the library:

  • National Poetry Month book display & magnetic poetry
  • Privacy Week informational emails & handouts
  • Library Snapshot Day photobooth

Community use of library space:

  • Student study groups met in our study rooms

A few favorite quotes from patrons:

  • “I work from home…in the library!”
  • “A place to escape, to dream, to learn, and…to sleep. :-)
  • “You can travel through space and time in the library!”

For photos from the day:

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The Library will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 12th, closing one hour earlier than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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There will be a poetry event in the library solarium this evening at 6 pm, until 8 pm. The solarium will be noisier than usual as a result. If you need a quiet space, the south wing of the library will be unaffected. Thanks!

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Libraries around the country are having various programs and activities in celebration of National Library Week next week (did you know it was National Library Week??). So, what are we doing here at the GCC Library?

We are participating in Library Snapshot Day, along with over 140 other libraries in Massachusetts. We will be tracking statistics for the day and taking pictures in the library (including a library photo booth, where you can take your own photo!) to help illustrate what an average day in our library looks like. We will have candy (yay!), information on library resources (if you are new to us), and, of course, all of the things we always have in the library (computers, books, databases – and librarians to help you figure it all out!). We would love to take a picture of you using our library so if you are willing, please let us know.

Please come help us celebrate both National Library Week and Library Snapshot Day Tuesday, April 8th. Come check out the resources we have available for you, use our library photo booth, and eat some candy!

Thank you and we hope to see you in the library!


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April is National Poetry Month! Join us in celebrating at the Nahman-Watson Library.

We have many great ways to interact with poetry. Try:

  • One of our take-away “How to Make a Poem” prompts on the bulletin board just outside the library entrance. We have several great sources of inspiration for you to write your own poetry.
  • Check out a book of poetry from our display in the library solarium.
  • Create your own magnetic poetry in the library lobby.
  • Attend a poetry reading on campus – there will be several!
    • Wednesday, April 2nd: Poetry Slam & Open Mic, 6 to 8 pm, C208
    • Tuesday, April 8th: Karen Skolfield, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Humanities Studio
    • Wednesday, April 9th: Open Mic & Featured Poet with a social justice theme, 6 to 8 pm, library solarium
    • Wednesday, April 16th: Open Mic & Featured Poet, 6 to 8 pm, C208
    • Wednesday, April 23rd: Open Mic & Featured Poet with a domestic violence theme, 6 to 8 pm, library solarium
    • Thursday, April 24th: George Drew, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Humanities Studio

All of our poetry displays will be up until the end of the month.

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Privacy Week 2014

Published on March 26, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Privacy Week is coming! April 7-11, 2014.

Privacy Week highlights the challenges that students, faculty, and staff may face when protecting their personal information in the ever-expanding online environment.

We will be emailing information daily and also have handouts available at the circulation desk in the library. Stay tuned for more information or learn more at

The culminating event will take place Thursday morning, when GCC hosts the Franklin County Bar Association for their annual Law Day celebration, focusing this year on social media and the decline of privacy rights. Join us Thursday, April 10th, from 9 to 11 am, in the Dining Commons.

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Resuscitated, Reimagined, Retooled: Metalwork by Archie Nahman will be on display from April 15-May 15 in GCC’s Nahman-Watson Library, with an opening reception Thursday April 17 from 4-6pm. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

RESUSCITATED, REIMAGINED, RETOOLED is an exhibit of metalwork created by Archie Nahman.  Nahman is a self-taught artist who uses industrial salvage, metal scraps and found objects to create three-dimensional works that range from the playful to the practical.  Using his skills as a former machinist, he retools these objects by drilling, turning, burnishing and grinding techniques that enable him to reimagine mundane pieces of metal as masks, animals, lamps, furniture, and Jewish ritual objects.  A steam joint might become a worm’s body; discarded optical equipment might become a pair of eyes.  Nuts and bolts, coils and springs of copper and brass and stainless steel become lively and ingenious works of art, many of which reflect Nahman’s Jewish heritage and his early years growing up in Africa.  His work has been in many exhibitions in the United States and is in private collections and synagogues in various parts of the world. He participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. and was a finalist in the Folk and Ethnic Arts Massachusetts Fellowship Program.  His awards include Most Innovative Design from the National Museum of American Jewish History.


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Spring Break Hours

Published on March 12, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Next week is spring break, despite the predictions of snow tonight! We will have reduced hours for the week:

  • Saturday, March 15th : closed
  • Monday, March 17th through Friday, March 21st : open 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday, March 22nd : open as usual, 10 am to 4 pm

Normal semester hours return Monday, March 24th.

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