Leisure Books Collection

The wait is finally over! The Library has a new collection of books! Formerly called the “Popular Collection,” many “Leisure Books” are now available to be checked out for your reading pleasure.

popular collectionThese new books can be found in the front of the main campus Library, and also at the Northeast Regional Center Learning Commons and West Regional Center Learning Commons. New books are coming soon to the Northwest Regional Center Library.


Please stop in and see what’s available. Look for the green label!

green labelled books

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Trial Database – Library PressDisplay by PressReader

Image for Library Press Display DatabaseThe College Library has a trial to Library PressDisplay by PressReader, which displays digital editions of newspapers from around the world, with access to over 3000 newspapers, from 100 countries, in 60 languages.

Features of this database include:

• Front-page News – categories such as Top News, Business, Sports, and the World in Pictures.
• Multi-title searching — search across all titles and a 60-day rolling archive.
• Full-page and custom area printing for all titles — print page images, in addition to article-level printing.
• Multilingual Interface —  available in English, French, Russian, Italian, German, and Arabic.

The trial ends April 8, 2015. Visit the Trial Databases page (on campus) for access.

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Maker event at WERC Learning Commons

making bookmarksStop by the Learning Commons at the West Regional Center today, Friday Feb. 13, and make a Valentine’s Day bookmark for your Sweetie!!

bookmarks in the LC

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Learn the Cherokee Language (Mango Languages)

cherokee  Now available through the Community College of Philadelphia Library: online Cherokee language resource.

Students and faculty can now learn about Cherokee, an endangered language, and be a part of its preservation with an online and mobile-accessible language course from Mango Languages.

Visit the library’s website today (http://library.ccp.edu) to get started learning Cherokee and any of over 60 other languages courses available from Mango Languages.

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Medcom Nursing Video Collection (EBSCOhost)

Medcom LogoThe College Library has a trial to Medcom Nursing Video Collection, through EBSCOhost.

Medcom® provides streaming nursing videos, through a specially designed learning management system, provides users with high-quality online nursing education to fulfill education and training needs.

Content Includes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basic Clinical Skills
  • Fall Prevention
  • Infection Control
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Legal Aspects of Nursing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medication Administration
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Safety
  • Wound Care
  • and more…


  • 24/7 access to almost 200 nursing videos
  • Immediate test results
  • Supports tablets and mobile devices
  • View entire programs or desired sections
  • Closed captioning available
  • Works with Mac and PC

Please visit the Trial Databases page for access. The trial ends on February 28, 2015.

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Trial Database – Military Transition Support Center (EBSCOhost)

The College Library has a trial to the Military Transition Support Center, available through EBSCOhost, through February 28, 2015.

Military Transition Support Center LogoCoverage of the Military Transition Support Center spans a broad range of topics critical to military transition support including the following:

  • employment
  • college and education
  • technical career
  • entrepreneurship
  • personal financial management
  • health and well being
  • family wellness
  • wounded warriors

Content includes:

  • Nearly 2,000 full-text magazines, journals and trade publications
  • Over 20 e-books to assist with learning in career, financial management and more
  • Nearly 250 videos covering interviewing techniques, workplace etiquette, being a good employee, etc.

Visit the Trial Databases page for more information (you must be on-campus to access).

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Book Review

booker T washington coverBooker T. Washington; The Architect of Progressive Education. Dr. Donald Guy Generals. Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co., 2013.

In this book Dr. Generals describes the work of Booker T. Washington in developing progressive educational philosophy at Tuskegee Institute at the turn of the last century. Washington opened Tuskegee in 1881 and ran the school until his death in 1915. He developed a unique brand of education focused on practical, project based learning that directly involved African American students in identifying, describing, and constructing solutions to actual problems of social and economic realities in their lives. For students of education, or anyone with a deep interest in the impact of education in our lives, this book is a primer for understanding the radical and transformative work of a great American thinker. Generals says, “Booker T. Washington has not been adequately, or fairly, portrayed, nor has he been given an appropriate place in history.” (p. 2)
Generals gives a comprehensive background on the development of Washington’s educational philosophy and the construction of a unique and revolutionary curriculum at Tuskegee. Beginning with a brief biographic sketch of Washington’s life, he goes on to delve into the beginnings of progressive educational ideas, and then lays out the critical reaction of the educational and social milieu of his time. Considerable effort is spent delineating the Washington/Dubois debate over their contrasting philosophies about the best ways to promote Black educational, social and economic progress. Key to Washington’s idea was that “education was never to be a static entity housed within the confines of the conventional educational institution. It was to be a dynamic force spreading throughout the social landscape for the purpose of releasing human potential.” (p. 85)
I very much enjoyed reading this book and learned a great deal about the roots of the progressive educational movement in America. Students and faculty at the Community College of Philadelphia will greatly benefit from the wealth of knowledge and insight found in this book. A shorter version of the work can be found by searching our library database for General’s article “Booker T. Washington And Progressive Education: an Experimentalist Approach To Curriculum Development and Reform.”, published in the Journal of Negro Education Vol. 69, Issue 3, 2000. A quick search of EBSOhost from our library website will allow you to download and read this article, which is foundational to the book.

General’s book can be found in the library of the Community College of Philadelphia, and checked out by current students and faculty. He is currently serving in his first year as our 6th president, with his formal inauguration to be held on May 1, 2015.




– Andi Sibley, Librarian at WERC Learning Commons

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