Scare Up a Good Movie! Check Out the Library’s Horror Films for Halloween.

The library has many horror films if you’re looking  for spooky Halloween viewing. This list includes some great ones, but to find additional scary movies in our collection, use the Films/Video Search Tab on the library homepage to search for the title of the film you want. For a general list, type in: “horror films.”

To check out a film, use the call number (e.g. Popular Collection DVD 2524) to find the DVD case, shelved in numerical order on either side of the Reference Desk.  Then take the case up to the Circulation Desk and enjoy!

Check Out Rocky Horror Picture Show, Popular Collection DVD 978


October’s Display Shelf – LGBT History and DVAM

October is a busy month. The semester is well underway, and there are exams and midterms and projects and papers and don’t forget Halloween! But, did you know that October is also:

LGBT History Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) ?

We’ve pulled some library materials that relate to LGBT history and domestic violence, for our new library display kiosk near the Reference Desk. Please check them out!

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LGBT History Month:

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions. []

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM):

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

—Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.



Rosetta Stone — 30-day trial

Want to sharpen your language skills? Learn foreign phrases or words? Practice a new language? Are you preparing to travel/study abroad? Try out Rosetta Stone’s new interactive online software. The library currently has a 30-day trial for level 1 of all 30 languages.You will need to create your own personal account using your email and password of your choice. Try one language, or several. And let us know what you think.

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Popular Reading Collection Gets a New Look

The Popular Reading collection has gotten a make-over with brand new shelving! Both academics and entertainment have a place at Purchase. The Library’s Popular Collection features bestsellers, popular fiction, and nonfiction designed for leisure reading and general interest. The Popular Collection is now located in new, expanded shelving on the First Floor of the Library, next to the Graphic Novels/Manga Collection (across the central stairwell from its former location).

If you find a book in the Library Catalog with “Popular Collection” as its call number, just come over to this section. Books here are shelved alphabetically by author’s last name. From Harry Potter to the Hunger Games and from Sports to Steve Jobs, the popular collection has something for everyone.

Are you looking for our “fiction” section?  There are works of fiction in the Popular Collection and also in the P section of the Main Stacks on the Lower Level, aka the Literature section. Use the Books/Media search box on the Library Homepage to search for a specific book.

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David Sedaris Comes to Purchase: Sun. 10/12 3pm @PAC

“An Afternoon with David Sedaris” will take place Sunday October 12th, 3:00pm in the Concert Hall, The Performing Arts Center

The humorist and bestselling author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One DayHolidays on Ice, Barrel Fever, and Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls brings his sardonic wit and penetrating social observations to the Concert Hall. There will be a book signing after the show.  For a little preview, listen to David Sedaris on this episode of NPR’s This American Life which aired earlier in 2014.

You can check out books by Sedaris from the Library, including:


Check out Atomic Learning: Your go-to source for thousands of video tutorials!

Do you need to use software like Moodle, Excel, SPSS, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, or InDesign for your classes?  Through Purchase College’s partnership with Atomic Learning, you now have access to an online platform with thousands of short, focused video tutorials covering applications like Microsoft Office, Moodle, Google Drive, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, and more!

You probably already know that CTS and the Library offer access to many software applications in our computer labs, but we also provide access to thousands of training videos to help you learn to use this software through a service called Atomic Learning. Atomic Learning also goes beyond tech-training to bring you tutorials on topics like plagiarism prevention, career skills, designing effective presentations, developing online courses, and citing in APA, MLA, and Chicago style.

Atomic Learning online training resources are:

  • Available  anytime, from anywhere, 24/7, to all Purchase College students, faculty, and staff.
  • Clear and concise! Designed to answer frequently asked “how do I?” questions.
  • Expansive! The library of resources includes videos on Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Moodle, as well as “soft skills” like making an effective presentation or job hunting.
  • Easy to access! Simply login with your Purchase College username and password.
  • Simple to search! Use keywords, specific applications, versions and/or platforms to find the trainings and tutorials that you need.

How do I find Atomic Learning?

Go to You can also find links to Atomic Learning under the Campus Resources menu on the Current Students portal on the college website, on the Library homepage, or in the menu at the top of Moodle pages.


How do I login to Atomic Learning?

Simply login with your Purchase College username and password.

What will I find there?

Our subscription to Atomic Learning includes over 60,000 step-by-step tutorials on common software programs and workshops on emerging topics such as plagiarism prevention, citation, presentation skills, and career skills. The videos are very short and split into bite-sized chunks– many are less than one minute!– to help you learn at your own pace. Atomic Learning is available 24/7, from on- or off-campus, so you can use it whenever and wherever you need it!

How do I share links to tutorials in Atomic Learning? What are easy links?

You can share Atomic Learning tutorials with classmates, colleagues, or yourself using Easy Links.  For more info, see this FAQ:


How can instructors integrate Atomic Learning tutorials into Moodle courses?

Check out this quick video tutorial to learn how to use the Atomic Learning External Tool in Moodle:

Questions about Atomic Learning? Just ask a librarian for help!  Email us at or Text Us at (914) 873-1711. For faculty, get help using Atomic Learning in classes from your subject liaison librarian or email the TLTC:


Junot Díaz Coming to Purchase Tues., 10/7 @ 4:30 in PAC

Acclaimed writer Junot Díaz will be reading his work, giving a lecture, signing books, and speaking with students, faculty, and staff at Purchase on Tuesday. Díaz has received the MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the National Book Award for Fiction. He is the author of two collections of stories, This Is How You Lose Her (2013) and Drown (1997), and the best-selling novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008).

Díaz will be in the Performing Arts Center’s PepsiCo Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  Díaz will be signing books after the lecture. For more information, please call (914) 251-6550.

In the Library, we have the following Díaz works:

We also have:


Own Your Zone– Help Reduce Noise in the Library!

Frustrated by noise in the Library? Don’t suffer in silence! Be pro-active with new “Own Your Zone” reminder cards.

It’s 9pm and you’re doing homework in a library carrel in the Silent Study Zone when you hear someone nearby talking loudly on a cellphone. You’re annoyed by the distraction, but what can you do?  If you hear something, say something!  Use our new “Own Your Zone” cards to self-advocate and reduce noise the library.

Own Your Zone cards serve as a non-confrontational way to ask your peers to respect the study zones. Library staff regularly enforce the noise policies, but we need the help of the entire campus community to keep the Library a calm, respectful environment for all.  This is especially important at night, when fewer staff  are available.

How do Own Your Zone cards work? Own Your Zone cards can be found in holders at the Circulation and Reference Desks and in wall-mounted holders in the Silent and Quiet study areas. If someone is being too loud in a Silent or Quiet study zone, just hand them a card!  The card politely and discreetly reminds the person to quiet down and respect the study zone rules. Please return any cards you have received to the holders at Circulation or Reference so they can be reused.

Why did we make these cards?  We listened to feedback from students and staff. Noise has historically been the most frequent complaint on our biannual Library Survey.  While the Spring 2014 survey showed a drastic reduction in the number of complaints about noise compared to 2012, students and staff still felt like the Silent and Quiet Study areas were too loud, especially at night.  Comments on our survey also revealed that many students are bothered by noise but feel too shy to approach their peers and ask them to quiet down. Library staff consistently check noise levels and enforce the study zones– and we ramp up enforcement during critical times like Midterms and Finals–but we can’t be everywhere at once. We need to empower the entire Purchase community to self-advocate, self-police, and help keep the Library a calm, respectful place for everyone to study.

In short, you don’t have to suffer in silence while someone is disrupting your silent study space!  If you hear something, say something!

What if I can’t find a card/don’t want to give up my study carrel?  You can also text a librarian at (914)873-1711. Report the noise problem and tell us your location, and a staff member will come to address the issue as soon as possible.  After Text Us hours, or in the event of a delayed reply, please tell a staff member at the Reference or Circulation desk.

Here’s what they look like:




Do You Read Banned Books?

It’s Banned Books Week!  From Sept. 21st to Sept.  27th, libraries across the U.S. are speaking out against censorship with displays, events, and other activities supporting books that have been banned.

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Have you read any banned books?  The answer might surprise you.  Check out this list of Banned Books that Shaped America. Twentieth century classics that have been banned or challenged in American libraries include among others: Slaughterhouse Five,  The Great Gatsby, Catch-22, The Color Purple,  To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, and 1984.

Think censorship is a thing of the past?  Check out this timeline of books banned in the last 30 years, from 1982 up to 2012!  Not to mention, this list of books banned in schools and libraries in 2013-2014.  Banned or challenged books include popular Sci Fi/Fantasy series like  The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Golden Compass and Harry Potter which were banned in various school libraries across the U.S. for sexually explicit language, “themes unsuited to age group,” themes related to witchcraft and the occult, and for being “anti-Christian.”  Critically acclaimed YA novels by Sherman Alexie, Neil Gaiman, John Green and Judy Blume are also among the most frequently challenged books.

How can you participate in Banned Books Week?

  • Tweet or Instagram a photos of your favorite banned book using the hashtags #SUNYPurchaseLib and #bannedbooksweek!
  • Do a Virtual Read Out:  In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association is sponsoring a Virtual Read Out in cities across the country.  Listen to students, librarians, and celebrities read excerpts from banned books on this dedicated YouTube Channel for Banned Books Week.  You can add your own Read Out or share your favs with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Check out the Library’s book display featuring “banned” books in the Purchase College Library’s collections. (Just to clarify, Purchase College Library has never banned, censored or removed a book from the collection due to offensive content).


“Bone” comics made the top 10 most-challenged books list in 2013

Top 10 Most Frequently Banned Books of 2013:  Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.  Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James. Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya. Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith. Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

New Display — Gone, But Not Forgotten

We have a new display kiosk located on the main level of the Library near the Reference Desk and the Music Collection. We will be using it to highlight various items in our collection, based on different topics and themes. For our first display, we are remembering great writers who passed away in 2014. Gone, but not forgotten are:

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Maya Angelou
1928 – 2014
Thomas Berger
1924 – 2014
Nadine Gordimer
1923 – 2014
Gabriel García Márquez
1927 – 2014


The books, DVDs, and CDs in this display can be checked out. Please stop by and discover, or re-discover, these amazing authors and artists. And to search for more of their publications, use the Books/Media tab on the Library’s homepage.

Display Kiosk


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