As this Spring 2018 semester hits the halfway point, all the friendly folks at your TCC Northeast Campus Library would like to share this reminder about Library service hours during the upcoming Spring Break:
- The NE Campus Library will be OPEN for our normal business hours (7:45 a.m. — 9 p.m.) on Fri, March 9, and Sat, March 10, while Weekend College classes are still in session.
- We will be CLOSED on Sun, March 11, due to planned power outages across the entire campus. There will be NO SUNDAY CLASSES this week.
Effective at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 — ALL Tarrant County College Libraries and District offices will be CLOSED in observance of the annual Spring Break.
The J. Ardis Bell Library on NE Campus will re-open for our normal business hours at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018.
Of course, our online databases and research guides are always available 24/7, and may be accessed from anywhere, if you log in with your current TCC Student ID credentials at library.tccd.edu. Many local public libraries are also open throughout the week, and will be available to help our students/users with any springtime research needs.
Once we return on Monday the 19th, our “normal” schedule of service hours will resume:
Monday – Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m
Friday & Saturday: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy your vacation!! Until we see you back in the Library again, here are some tips on how best to enjoy a safe and healthy spring break:
Spring Break Health and Safety Tips
(adapted from: www.cdc.gov)
If drinking alcohol is part of your break, remember that it can impair your judgment and actions. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes. Don’t drink and drive. There are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives.
You’ve probably been sitting most of the year working at the computer, studying, or in class. During the break, take the opportunity to start a fitness program. Do a variety of fun activities like walking, dancing, playing volleyball, swimming, and more. It doesn’t need to be hard to be beneficial. Avoid injury by starting any new activity slowly. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.
Plan a successful trip.
If you are going on a trip, be prepared. Are vaccinations required? Are there special food, destination, or other things you need to consider ahead of time? If you are taking medications, do you have enough for the trip? Know what’s happening en route or at your travel destination.
Love is all around, and so are sexually transmitted diseases. The only 100% sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy is by not having sex. If you choose to have sex, using latex condoms and having a monogamous, uninfected partner may help lower your risk.
Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence than men. Women who experience both sexual and physical abuse are significantly more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. Take precautions and avoid situations or persons that may place you at risk for harm.
Watch your step.
There may be temptations on your break that involve different or high-risk activity. Think twice before putting yourself at risk for injury. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear before venturing out, such as seat belts, life vests, or knee pads. Remember that unintentional injuries kill more Americans in their first three decades of life than any other cause of death. In fact, injuries (both unintentional and those caused by acts of violence) are among the top ten killers for Americans of all ages.
Protect your eyes.
If you wear contact lenses, practice healthy wear and care tips, even when you’re on vacation. Carry a spare pair of glasses and contact lens supplies with you so you can take out your contacts safely when you need to. Remove contacts before swimming, as exposing contact lenses to water can lead to painful, sometimes blinding eye infections. Always take your contacts out before bed, even if you’re up late or traveling. Sleeping in contact lenses has been linked to serious eye infections.
Know the ropes.
When swimming and boating, know what’s expected and what you can do to prevent injury or death for yourself and others. Know how to swim. Wear your life jacket while boating. Avoid alcoholic beverages while boating. Complete a boating education course. Participate in the vessel safety check program.
Protect yourself from the sun.
After a cold winter, it’s tempting to stay in the hot sun all day. Although getting a little sun can have some benefits, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature aging, changes in skin texture, and skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15. For eye protection, wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection.
Having fun takes energy and fuel. Be sure to eat a variety of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products. Also include low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and legumes. Drink lots of water and go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fat. Good nutrition should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, not smoking, and stress management.
Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Just 20 minutes after smoking that last cigarette, your body begins a series of positive changes that continue for years. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for yourself and others.
If you or a friend has an alcohol or drug problem, has thoughts of suicide, or is in crisis for any reason, get help. Call 911 for emergency services, 1-800-662-4357 for substance abuse help, and 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
In Just For Fun, NE Library, Observances, Student Services, TCC
Every year, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (yes, that’s a real thing) appoints one particular date in the month of July as National Hot Dog Day, and hungry Americans across the country sit down at the dinner table to celebrate. For 2017, the prestigious holiday falls on Wednesday, July 19th and – as a result – the delicious dogs are everywhere. Several different restaurants are offering discounted or free hot dogs, and many of our NE Campus students are taking advantage. (Students – Click HERE to see a list of where you can go for a free frankfurter!)
A variety of hot dog eating contests are held annually, including the world-famous event in Coney Island, New York, sponsored by Nathan’s Hot Dogs every 4th of July. This year, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut defended his first-place title, downing 72 hot dogs in under ten minutes. Mr. Chestnut is currently the world’s record holder in this “competitive eating” contest.
The exact origins of the hot dog are hard to pinpoint, as there are multiple claims to who came up with it first. The name “frankfurter” itself comes from the town of Frankfurt, Germany, where pork sausages similar to the modern hot dog came from. These sausages, known as “Frankfurter Wurstchen,” have been traced back to the mid-13th century, when they were given to the common people who attended public events like imperial coronations.
Hot dog vendor carts started appearing on street corners in American cities like New York, Chicago, and Saint Louis in the 1870’s and 1880’s. Since then, they have become one of the most commonly eaten foods in this country, particularly in the summer months. According to the NHDSC, Americans consume more than 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day every year… with a total of 20 billion hot dogs eaten annually.
Cooking methods and choice of condiments vary widely from region to region, across the country. In Chicago, Illinois, for example, you’ll find people topping their dogs with tings like tomato slices, sweet relish, dill pickle spears, and whole peppers… In New York, meanwhile, you’re more likely to see hot dogs with sauerkraut, onions, and spicy mustard.
For more information on the history of this international delicacy, check out the following books from your TCC Library… and for an assortment of *unusual* hot dog recipe ideas, click here. 🙂
- Sausage Making: The Definitive Guide, by Farr & Battilana
- Street Food Around the World, by Kraig
- Famous Nathan, by Handwerker
- Putting Meat on the American Table, by Horowitz
Happy Hot Dog Day, everyone! Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we’ll see you at the Library this fall!
In History, Just For Fun, NE Library, Observances, Special Events
Since it’s North American launch on July 6th (just over a month ago), the new Pokemon Go! game has quickly become the most used smartphone app in history. As of this writing, the interactive AR (Augmented Reality) program that has its users roaming around their neighborhoods, collecting 150 different “pocket monsters,” has been downloaded and installed more than 100 million times across 30 countries, breaking numerous records in the markets for both Android and iPhone… and many TCC students are playing it all over campus – all the time!
According to a recent news report from CNBC, the app — created by Niantic, and co-owned by Nintendo — has generated over $200 million in net revenue, just from in-game purchases during its first 30 days. Pokemon Go! sees more than 24 million users logging into the game daily. By comparison, that’s approximately 5 million more daily users than Candy Crush had at its peak.
Using this augmented reality structure, the game places Pokemon all over the “real world,” for players to interact with. They can be captured, trained, and used to battle other players’ pokemon at local arenas called ‘gyms.’ Trainers can also replenish their supplies at different sites called “poke-stops.” These stops are generally found at cultural sites around the community, such as libraries, museums, public art & statues, and different places of worship.
TCC-Northeast has 10 (yes, TEN!) poke-stops on our campus grounds, as well as 2 gyms. There are also half-a-dozen others close enough to be within walking distance, including the NRH2O water park, and the North Richland Hills Public Library, just to name a couple.
One of the most popular poke-stops on NE Campus has been the J. Ardis Bell Library. Throughout July, students have been congregating in and around our front lobby entrance, doing their best to “catch ’em all.” Many players who will be in one spot for a while activate pokemon lures, which will attract wild pokemon in the area to a particular poke-stop, making them easier to capture for everyone in the vicinity.
The game has also changed the way that local businesses – and non-profits, like libraries – market themselves and their services, according to a recent article from Inc. Magazine, and this blog post from an ALA site.
People of all ages are getting involved with this new take on the Pokemon craze that began back in 1999. More than that, however… Pokemon Go! has started drawing gamers and technophiles outside and given them a cleverly-disguised reason to exercise in the fresh air. One of the game’s features encourages players to walk or jog, in order to hatch new and different pokemon from eggs they collect throughout the game. Set in increments of 2, 5 and 10 kilometers, the more you walk, the stronger your new pokemon will be. Some colleges are even building the game into their curriculum for the coming school year – using the game’s popularity to their advantage, as they develop outdoor classes for their kinesiology and P.E. programs, etc… Click here to read more about one such program at the University of Idaho.
Love it or hate it, Pokemon-fever is everywhere… at least for now. How long the fad will last is anyone’s guess… but the game is drawing our TCC students together as members of a campus-community. They are sharing hunting tips with one-another, and building teamwork as classmates and friends join forces to defend their local gym. 🙂
So come by the NE Campus Library, and be sure to bring your Pikachu. We’ve gotta catch ’em all!
In Just For Fun, NE Library, Science & Technology, Student Services, TCC
Are you sick? Hurt? Feeling under the weather? Don’t worry… We’ve got just the thing.
The Health & Wellness Resource Center is just one of the many online databases that the TCC Library System provides for FREE to all Tarrant County College students, faculty, and staff. Published by the GaleNet reference group, this database hosts a wealth of information on all manner of illnesses and injuries and, like all of our subscription Databases, it is always available 24/7, from any internet-enabled device, if you log in with your current TCC credentials.
Were you bitten by a dog and want to see if the wound is infected? Click here. Are you doing research for a class presentation on the dangers of steroid abuse? No problem. Just click here. The Health & Wellness Center covers literally thousands of Diseases & Conditions in their massive database.
If your doctor prescribes a new medication and you have questions about the side effects or intended use, you can pull up the details for just about any meds on the market here. The directory also provides handy information on a wide variety of alternative remedies, homeopathic treatments, and herbal supplements.
The Health & Wellness Resource database also offers access to free online Risk Assessments that you can take from the privacy of your own home. Are you a smoker who wants to evaluate your chances of devevloping lung cancer? Are you worried about Acid Reflux disease, and how it will affect you? Click here to calculate your risks and read about signs and symptoms to watch for.
One of the best features of the H&WRC is that Gale publishes their information in layman’s terms. No medical jargon – – just plain, easy-to-understand language.
Of course, no online database could (or should) take the place of expert advice from a qualified physician. There are LOTS of amazing doctors out there… but you wouldn’t want to trust just anyone with all the decisions over your well-being. So keep yourself informed. When it comes to your health, or the health of a loved one, there’s no such thing as “too much information.”
The next time you’re not feeling so hot, consider consulting with the Health & Wellness Resource Center. You might just save yourself the cost of an office visit.
Be sure to check back later in August and see what our next Database of the Month will be. Until then, stay healthy, and we’ll see you in the library!
In Database Of The Month, NE Library, Science & Technology, Student Services, TCC
As many of you may know, the Northeast Campus has a food pantry available for students and staff. In recognizing that hunger is a part of daily life for many students, the purpose of the Northeast Campus Food Pantry is to get food into the hands of students in need. The J. Ardis Bell Library is very proud to announce that the library is an extension of the food pantry. In addition to serving as a satellite food pantry for emergency meals, the library will also house a donation box for non-perishable foods and basic toiletries.
As the first building to open on campus and the last to close, the library is a natural partner in this effort. The library is open 7 days a week and is often times the only available student service on the weekends. Many of the students know where the library is and our staff is genuinely service oriented and driven. We may even be able to bring in some students who may not have visited the library otherwise.
The library has pre-bagged food available for students at the circulation desk. The bags are prepared by the food pantry folks and delivered as we need them. The bags are not all packed with the same things, but they all are geared towards a small snack or meal in times of need. When students need more assistance or larger amounts of food, they will need to visit the “official” food pantry located at NCAB- 1136-A during their normal business hours, which may vary. Call 817-515-6141 for the current hours.
There is a very small process involved in getting signed up, but the Circulation Crew has everything ready to get the students set-up. So if you are a hungry student or if you know a hungry student, please send them our way. They only need a current class schedule to demonstrate student status, and they can walk out with some food.
If any student has hunger, let them come to us and eat.
TCC-NE Campus Food Pantry Hours may vary.
Call 817-515-6141 for the current hours, or visit them at NCAB- 1136-A to see the posted hours.
J. Ardis Bell Library, NE Campus Hours (NLIB):
- Mon: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Tues: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Wed: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Thurs: 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Fri: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Sat: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Sun: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In NE Library, Student Services, TCC