That is what humanity has been so obsessed with for all of time. Whether it was oral tradition passed down generation to generation or some of the first ones written down like Gilgamesh, humanity has been so fascinated by stories. Think about even the boring epics you have to read in class, when you hear the condensed version suddenly a whole world in brought to life and it’s suddenly interesting. Even now one of the biggest industries in the world, Hollywood, does nothing but tell a tale that sucks us in and has us talking for weeks. Think about most of your conversations with friends, what are they? Often times we are telling each other stories about our experiences or even the experiences of others.

Tolkien picked up on this in his book the Twin Towers: “Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We’re in one, of course, but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards.” Stories stick in our heads. I think this is why Jesus told stories. When we think about the words of Jesus it is so easy to bring back the prodigal son or the story of the seeds that grew and the ones that did not. Even the Bible as a whole tells us a story. When we share the gospel in essence what we are doing is telling people the greatest story ever. It’s amazing. storyThe library is full of great biographies of people’s life stories. The amazing things they have done. Or even fiction novels that are some of the greatest stories ever written.  So I challenge you, find a story. Write one, read one, or maybe for the first time discover your own. If Lit and Arts has taught me anything it’s long after we are gone the stories will live on.

~Billy Holland

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LexisNexis, for up to date news

Students constantly come to the library looking for sources for assignments or just to investigate in topics of interest to them.  One of the Masland Library’s databases, LexisNexis offers insight to “hot topics” in the world today. Specifically, the database has published numerous articles on the Zika Virus, a disease hitting headlines daily here in the US and throughout the world.

The virus starts from an insect bite and causes fever, rashes, and joint pain, yet what may even be worse than these bad sensations are the effects it has on newborns when the virus is spread from mothers to fetuses. Babies infected with the virus are being born with microcephaly, a defect in which the baby’s head is abnormally small and effects the brain.


Students should take advantage of sources such as LexisNexis because they inform us of issues happening all around the world today.  If it wasn’t for articles I found I wouldn’t know about this dangerous issue going on throughout various nations. These resources provide us with information about politics, weather, health, and so much more. Once you know about all that’s going on it’ll make you want to do something about it, even if it’s something as simple as raising awareness through sharing the information with people you know. Don’t waste time being uniformed, get into the world and experience what’s really going on in it.

Other databases with news:

ABI Inform, Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times, and Newspaper Source

Kaitlin Smith

Things You Didn’t Know about Your Cairn University Library

Well friends, you have a great resource at your fingertips. Unfortunately there are those who have no desire to use it or have no idea how to use it. Your Cairn University Library has the ability to increase the value of your education, to which you give so much of your time, effort, energy, and money. I am saddened to meet people on campus who have never checked out a book, spent any amount of time studying in the library, or even have no idea that the school gives you free prints to use in the library printers. I have met graduating seniors who have never even set foot in the library. This scares me. So, in light of this catastrophe, I am making a “did you know” list for our beloved “bibliotheque . ”

1. Your prints.

Oh yes, Cairn student, you are given free prints to use during the semester. This seems
obvious, but there are some people out there that have no clue. So maybe you knew you had
prints, but maybe you didn’t know the copier upstairs is the only place you can print with color?

Sure maybe you knew that too, but I’ll bet you didn’t know that you can print your paper and
have the PRINTER STAPLE YOUR WORK FOR YOU. Yes. With a simple click of a button on
the print menu, the Multifunction printers (MFP) (aka the big copiers downstairs and upstairs)will staple things for you right in the machine. Easypeasy.

2. There are records, and a record player.

This is for all you hipsters out there. Let’s say you were down at Sunday Breakfast or some
other local thrift store and you saw a killer vinyl for just a couple bucks. You have a phonograph at home, but home is oh so far away. Problem solved!

3. During finals week, there is free coffee.

That’s right. Your heard me. Free coffee. ‘Nuff said.

4. Rare book archives.

This one is actually pretty cool, and it’s what I do every day, so ask about it! We have a large
collection of rare books, some even dating back to 1700. Let’s say you’re working on a project and trying to come up with a unique angle to impress your prof. You can find sources from the 1800’s and see what the theologians of that time thought and compare it to what you’re learning in your classes today. The possibilities are endless. These sources must stay in the library, but you can come during office hours (84:30) and get special permission from a full time librarian to use a certain book. You can find titles by searching on the website just like any other book.

5. There are study rooms.

If you have a group project, or maybe need to find an even quieter place than the library, these rooms are spacious and allow you to spread your homework out in a private space.

6. Free books and book sale.

I meet lots of people who don’t know that the library has a book sale. If you go through the
lobby, down the stairs, and to the right, there’s a table with some hidden treasures at great
prices. And there is usually a cart of free books hanging around the front doors of the library for anybody to take advantage of.


Or maybe your professor didn’t tell you. For a good number of classes here at Cairn, the
professor will put the required textbooks/books on reserve at the library. So instead of spending all those extra bucks, check with the front desk! You can check out reserve books at the front desk and have them for 2 hours. You can simply read, or scan what you need at a copier, send it to yourself, and be ready to go.

P10203838. Movies.

The library also has a collection of movies behind the front desk, and it is a decent selection. Check it out!

9. Online Renewal.

I think this one is most surprising to people. You can simply go to “your account” on the library home page, and renew any books you have, unless you’ve renewed too many times. Just a heads up…

10. Databases.

The library has amazing collection of eBooks, as well as DATABASES. These resources are an incredible asset to writing any paper ever. There is an extensive list that allows you to choose a database that specifically fits the subject of your paper, and then you can do a detailed search. The best part is that these resources are accessible from anywhere. So check them out.

Footnote: Ask your librarians anything. If you have any questions, we love to help if we can, and find out if we don’t know. We also like it when people acknowledge our existence and talk to us,even if it’s a smile. So embrace your library. Learn the ways of the books.

Caitlin Williams

PS: The library has social media. Look them up. Trust me. There are gift card giveaways,
events, competitions with lucrative rewards… Do it.

Keep Calm: It’s Almost Summer

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These are 6 super easy steps to help you stay on track and have a great last couple weeks of the semester! Good Luck!!

1.    Stay Organized and Utilize what is around you

One of the top things with preparing for the end of the semester is staying organized. It is super easy to become unmotivated was the semester comes to an end and the weather becomes warmer. However, it is still important to stay organized and finish strong. It is also important to prioritize your work to make sure everything gets done. (Tip: Do not wait until the last minute to do everything, work ahead and efficiently to avoid unneeded stress.) If you are struggling with any of this or want a few pointers you can always stop on in at the Academic Resource Center. Along with that they are offering a Studying for FInals Workshop on April 26th at 2:00 in BLC 222A and 7:00 in the conference room at Heritage. Another great took to utilize is the writing lab. They are willing to help you out with organizing all those papers you need to write. If you have a research paper, do not be afraid to stop on in at the library and see all databases that might be able to help you out! (Library Assistance are always willing to help you find the one that is best for you topic!)

2.    Study with others

Studying with other people can be really helpful! They can help you stay on track or even remind you of that definition you alway forget. I know sometimes working in a group can be hard because you are not sure where to study at. Well, did you know that the Library has study rooms that are available for your convenience? These study rooms are located on the Main Floor in the library near the back on the right. They are really great places to meet with friends to have a study session or work on a project together. It is a quiet place where you can talk freely with each other and avoid distractions.

3.    Find a good place to study

Finding a place to study is not always easy. You need to find a place where you can stay focused and not get too distracted. This means that it is not a good idea to watch Netflix while studying (I know! I know! The last episode was a real nail bitter and you NEED to see what will happen! But it will not help you study… suggestion: use that next episode as your motivation or break talked about in number 4 and 5.) If you live on campus, you know that the RA’s and RD’s try and help us out by enforcing 24 hour quiet hours during Finals week. However, this is not always helpful. Try studying in a new spot to rejuvenate your mind. Some suggestions are: sit outside (why miss out on the warm weather just because you have to study? Plus, Vitamin C is good for you anyway), find a nice spot in the library (we will have extended hours during finals week), or maybe even try going to somewhere like the Langhorne Coffee House or Panera and get a yummy snack or energizing coffee while you study.

4.    Set Realistic Goals

Setting goals for yourself can be very important. I know that the end of the semester can be hard to stay motivated. Try setting a goal for yourself, but keep it realistic. It might be something like “I want to finish this paper by 3:00 and then I can eat that brownie over there” or “Just a few more days of this and then I can go sit by the pool” or  it might be something more along the lines of “I want to have all of these notecards down by heart so that I can get an A on the exam.” Whatever it is that motivates you and keeps you going, use it! It is really important to have a goal to work towards!

5.    Take a Break

Studies actually show that it is not good to study for a long amount of time. It is really important to take breaks. You brain will get fatigued while you are studying. Therefore, it is best to study for about an hour to an hour and a half before taking a 10-15 minute break. Sometimes it is good to take a bit of a longer break as well. These breaks help to refresh and refocus your mind! As suggested in number 3, this might be the time where you want to want that next episode (warning: this might not be something you want to do if you know you cannot stop after that ONE episode). Some other suggestions of things to do are going for a walk (physical activity is a great stress reliever and it is healthy), take a quick trip to Dunkin Donuts or Rita’s and get a tasty treat (remember to show your student ID because we get a discount at both places!), or even take a 15 minute nap (which will reset your system and make you more alert).

6.    CELEBRATE!!!!

Once you have finished all of your papers, projects, and exams, CELEBRATE!!! YOU ARE DONE! IT IS SUMMER TIME! WOOOOO! You might even want to reward yourself with one last Cafe smoothie or even one last lunch of the semester with those friends you might not get to see by going Chick-fil-a and then rewarding yourself with one of their amazing milkshakes!!! (Don’t forget your student ID so you can get the Cairn discount on your meal!) Then head on home, or on your must needed vacation and enjoy the beautiful blessings of summer! ENJOY!!!

Things you may not know…

ï  There are DVDs you can check out.  That’s right; the Masland Library has a collection of DVDs that you can check out as a student.  Here are just some of the movies that are available: Gone With the Wind, Planet of the Apes, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, Downtown Abbey, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Star Wars (episodes 4, 5, 6), and Shakespearean plays.  So, if you want a movie night with some friends, but you’re in need of a good movie, come over to the library and we’ll help you out.

ï  There is an ongoing book sale.  The book sale is down the steps and to the left on the first level of the library.  There are many books as well as some cassettes and VHS tapes.  Everything is very well priced and is worth a look.

ï  There are free books.  FREE?!  Yes.  FREE!  As college students, we love free things; and guess what, you’re in luck.  The library has a section of free books between the two entrance/exit doors.  If you’re looking for a good read and a book you can keep – for free – check out the free book section during your next trip.

ï  There is a color copier/printer.  There are large copiers/printers on the first and second (mezzanine level) floors.  However, the copier/printer on the first floor only uses black and white ink.  If you want to copy or print something in color, make sure you head up to the second floor (mezzanine level) and utilize the large color copier/printer up there.  It works in the same way as the way on the floor, so you should be a pro at operating it.  However, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask one of the library workers.

ï  There is a juvenile section and a curriculum lab.  If you have a love for children’s books or if you’re an education major, this is just for you!  These two sections are located on the second floor (mezzanine level) in the back right.  Feel free to utilize and enjoy them as much as you desire and relive some of your childhood.

ï  There are conference rooms you can utilize.  Are you and your friends (or study group) looking for a quiet place to study?  If so, come to the front desk and ask to check out a key for one of the three conference rooms.  You can check these out in two hour increments any time that the library is open.  You can also renew them if you need to, just not overnight.

Rea Fearson

The Kite Runner Book Review


Kite Runner cover 2003 paperback, we do not own this image, we are merely using it for educational purposes.

The Kite Runner is a book that will capture your attention as well as your heart. Khaled Hosseini is the author of this best-selling novel, which was published in New York City by Riverhead Books in 2003. Set in Afghanistan in 1981, the story is written from the point of view of a young boy, Amir, who witnessed the social and racial injustices that existed in the country. The majority of The Kite Runner consists of Amir’s adult life in America as he wrestles with guilt because of his unwillingness to defend a friend who was of a lower position in life, and attempts to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan despite the dangers. This book is a powerful novel, sure to impact the way you think about world events. The writing style is strong and descriptive, bringing the story to life. I would strongly recommend The Kite Runner, but there are aspects of the book that may not be suitable for a younger audience.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Kite Runner because of the historical aspect of the book. Khaled Hosseini is a reliable source of information pertaining to Afghanistan because he is primarily from the country and has experienced firsthand the events he wrote about in his novel. I learned a lot about the injustices and inequalities that the people in Afghanistan still face today, as well as the terror that the Soviet Union inflicted on them. Though the content of The Kite Runner is difficult to read in that it reveals some painful realities about the condition of the world, it is beneficial to those who do not know much about the horrors that humans are enduring in different places.

Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was the writing style. The author did not use overly ornate or flowery language, but simply wrote to convey his message. It did not seem like he was writing to impress, but was writing about something that is close to his heart. However, Khaled Hosseini did an excellent job in capturing his readers’ attention and ensuring that they were riveted until the end of the book. I never found it difficult to pick up his novel and jump back in where I left off. One of my favorite quotes from The Kite Runner was this: “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night” (Hosseini 313). Hosseini managed to string words together in a simple yet beautiful way that helped the reader connect with the characters in the book on a personal way.

Though the book will impact anyone who reads it, The Kite Runner is not suitable for readers of all ages. As previously stated, the book contains many painful realities and descriptions of horrors in Afghanistan that will be alarming for a young audience to be exposed to. Therefore, I would recommend The Kite Runner for an audience of more mature ages.

Reading The Kite Runner is a special experience, one that the reader will not soon forget. It will change the way they think about events happening around the world and will open their eyes to things that have been happening in Afghanistan that they may not have been aware of. The Kite Runner is now on my Top Ten list, and I know that anyone who reads it will be impacted by it as much as I was!

To find this book at the Masland Library, please use this link.

~Emily Tielmann

A New Perspective on the Library (Part III)

libraries are funIn the third and final part of my blog series, I present to you a number of books good for creating and sparking ideas for social entertainment. In the first two parts of the series, I sampled the movies and the music the library offers that students like you may take advantage of for the purpose your social needs and wellbeing. Here I would like to recommend several books as further resources. These books might include game ideas for all occasions, chess winning strategies, jokes,…whatever floats your goat. It may be the best compilation I have made yet to help YOU maximize YOUR FUN!


The Big Book of Team Building Games by John Newstrom and Edward Scannell – HD30.26 .N492 1998

Fun-N-Games compiled by Wayne Rice, Denny Rydberg and Mike Yaconelli – GV 1201 .R44 1977

Play It Again! By Wayne Rice and Mike Yaconelli – GV1201 .P53 1993

100 Bible Games by Edith Beavers Allen – GV1507.B5 A44 1963

202 Best Jokes by The Fun Group – (Juvenile Collection) PN6163 .F86 1993

Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld – GV1451 .C5185 1948

Book of American Indian Games by Paulette Jumeau – E98.G2 M25 1958

Combinatorial Games: Tic-Tac-Toe Theory by József Beck – QA269 .B335 2008

Where’s Waldo by Martin Hanford – (Juvenile Collection) 4 books under PZ7.H1918

Bible Alphabet Word Puzzles by William Hendricks – GV1507.B5 H45 1980

Unlike the other blogs, I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what these books are all about (the titles are a fairly good indicator). Remember that library books are sorted categorically, so search around these call numbers to find more similar fun books!

~Wayne Hailstone

Spring Fever – Being productive while still being able to breathe during Spring Break

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It’s finally that time of the semester. The time when Spring Break draws nigh and the idea of a week away from school makes us drool with anticipation. Unfortunately, beforehand (and even afterwards for some), we have exams, quizzes, papers, and all other sorts of homework to finish. Many times Spring Break is given as a chance to work on projects that would be impossible to handle during the daily rush of things. As such, an important question rises to the forefront of our minds.
How do we get homework done during spring break while still being able to relax and enjoy our break from school?
Well, the answer is simple, but not exactly as easy. Here’s some steps to help you get started:
1. Make a list of MUST-DO assignments. These assignments are ones that are important and need your attention immediately. If you can’t figure out what assignments are ‘must-do’ ones, then look at the syllabus. Must-do assignments often depend on the due date (is it due soon?) or the grade weight (what percentage of the final grade is the assignment?).
2. Space out some time during break specifically for homework. Now, this is not near as easy as it sounds. But pick a time every day where you will get away from family, friends and Facebook and just work on homework.
3. Use your resources. If you need to work on a paper over Spring Break, be sure to check your book out of the library before you leave! Or, check out the eBooks and Online Databases linked on the home page, and find what you need right there on your computer! Searching the online catalog can also bring up books that you can access on your computer while you’re at home. Always be aware of the resources you have!
4. Take a break! Depending on the type of student you are, this might be the most important step. Especially at this point in the semester, we are more than capable of running our poor brains into the ground by overstudying. Burnout is very common during this time of midterms and essays, so be sure to step back and take a break! Your brain doesn’t work nearly as well when it’s worn out as it would if you just took a short break. For my break, I’ll watch an episode of Friends. It’s only 22 minutes long, and I feel refreshed enough afterwards that I can go back to tackling my homework! Once I get something else accomplished homework-wise, I can take another break and watch another episode. This keeps me from getting overly-stressed, and it keeps my brain from shutting down on me.
These steps are only the beginning, and all require discipline. That’s where the hard part comes in. But if you follow these basic steps, then you should be able to be at least somewhat productive and be able to relax at the same time! Just remember not to get TOO burnt out on homework, and to enjoy your family and friends while you’re at home! Also, for any of you staying on campus, please remember that we have adjusted hours for spring break! These can be seen in the ‘hours’ link on the homepage. Good luck everyone, and have a wonderful spring break!
~Rachel Krodel

5 Times the Library Is NOT Your Study Buddy

Student stacks
Student workers promote the library; but sometimes even we acknowledge you can have too much of a good thing. Here are some suggested alternatives.
1. You really need sleep, but you should be studying: You’ve been up all night, but all night wasn’t enough, and your eyelids weigh a million pounds, each.
Alternative: stay in your room. Consider sleeping 10-20 minutes. This light sleep cycle is perfect for a mind-clearing power nap, and your best sleep is bound to happen in your own bed, not at a library table.
2. You’re really hungry, but you should be studying: You’ve got a craving for potato chips. You know, and I know, that those chips aren’t supposed to be in here, what with the rustling bag and the oily finger prints.
Alternative: head to the commuter lounge. The noise level is fairly low, there’s couches, tables, computers – you can even buy your chips in the vending machines there!
3. You really want to fight with your friend/significant other, but you should be studying: you can’t seem to stop thinking about how annoying the world is, when you should be figuring out how to end world hunger.
Alternative: walk through the neighborhood. Grab a friend who will listen, or if you feel comfortable, go for a run by yourself. The creepiest people who live in that neighborhood are probably your professors, and the walking will calm your nerves and clear your head.
4. You’re really getting claustrophobic, but you should be studying: Your room, the library, the MAC, yourroomthelibrarytheMACyourroomthelibrary– MAKE IT STOP! You need a car.
Alternative: take the bus to Newtown. From the stop outside Bottom Dollar, to the stop near Starbucks, the trip is $2.25 each way. The ride is a little long, but if you want a place to study all day, that Starbucks is definitely the cutest place to do it.
5. You really want to drop out of school, but you should be studying: forget campus, forget even Newtown – that’s way too close. You might see someone you know. You might think about homework. You might have a flashback to today’s lecture. Help.
Alternative: go home. Sometimes, if at all possible, you just need your family, your room, and some good food before you venture back to the familiar face of the library front doors. And that’s okay! Even the most independent of us need a break from the sterility of library life. Take the weekend, and come back refreshed.
If we’re being honest, there are loads of times the library just isn’t your best friend. That’s okay. Before you waste hours staring at the wall, get your mind and body in the right place. And when you come back, you might actually be able to get things done.

Freshman Survival Guide

There are many things that I have learned from being a student here at Cairn. Some of them I had to learn the hard way. Others were because I listened to some of my professors, friends who were upperclassmen, and other people who were important in my life. Looking back from the senior’s perspective, I wish I had listened to some more thoroughly. I would like to share with you some of the tips my friends and I learned.

1. Stay hydrated:

This may sound silly, but you can be surprised how far a little water can go. When your water intake is low, you may experience headaches or even exhaustion. Water even can help you with your digestion as well as helping your brain function well.

2. Get plenty of rest:

One of the things that you hear about a lot in college is students who pull all-nighters before a test. This may not be your best option. Cramming all that information in your head tires you out, and then your brain has no time to process it. When you sleep, your body and brain are realigning everything from the day. As a result, the person who attempted the all-nighter will not be able to process the questions well on the test that they studied for – if they can read them at all. Several of my friends have not slept like they should and had trouble functioning the entire day sometimes have nearly passed out. Personally, I cannot function well in class or stay awake unless I have had a minimum of 7 hours, but that may be different for you.

3. Eat well:

This one seems like another duh, but when you become busy as a college student, it is easy to skip meals. I really do not recommend skipping meals from personal experience. I had skipped breakfast a few times, and I always felt so hungry by 10am, or I felt sick. Several of my friends also had bad experiences with this.

4. Know your limits:

One of the mistakes that I made sophomore year was that I jumped into too much at one time. My grades showed it. I didn’t fail, but I didn’t do excellently either. If you know you are someone who stresses out too easily, don’t get too involved. There are going to be times where you have to skip an event to finish a paper. It happens.

5. Plan ahead on your assignments:

This one was a killer for me. I was told by a professor freshman year that I should start papers, especially big assignments, two weeks ahead of time. I wish I had listened to him. It would have saved me a lot of grief. Always have a time to study and a place. This helps a lot. For those who would like to study in the library, I am including the regular library hours in this post.

Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Friday 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sunday 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

6. Do not neglect your personal bible study:

This one may seem more like “Why do I have to do this?” I know. I have had that attitude. As a student, we feel saturated with Bible content because every semester we usually have one bible class. At times, I thought it was enough, but it never was. I felt emotionally and spiritually run down faster when I was not reading my bible. There are some things that you cannot get from Bible classes as well. God can speak personally to you through your bible study. There have been so many times this semester already that my bible readings have encouraged me when I was feeling down, or my trust of God was wearing too thin. Your personal time is when God wants to let you know that you can be still and know that He is God.

~Elisabeth (Beth)