Monthly Archives: October 2009

The pumpkin….fruit or vegetable?

halloweenHA! It’s a FRUIT!! According to’s “All About Halloween” website, ” Pumpkins are fruits. A pumpkin is a type of squash and is a member of the gourd family (Cucurbitacae), which also includes squash, cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.” Next question…what’s a gherkin??

If you’re looking to kill a little bit of time before Saturday, be sure to check out all of the cool facts and quizzy items on’s Halloween website. You can learn about the history of the Jack O’Lantern, get spooked by some true (?) stories of hauntings, learn about superstitions, see how Halloween is celebrated throughout the world, discover more fun pumpkin trivia, print out stencils to make your carved pumpkin the coolest in the neighborhood…..and more! So, if you run out of candy when you’re passing it out this weekend, you can always impress the neighborhood kids with your knowledge on the topic!

In England, people used to carve WHAT instead of pumpkins? Apples? Beets? Potatoes? You’ll have to go to to find out!

Think PINK–Breast Cancer Awareness Month

pinkribbonFrom NFL football players sporting pink athletic gear ranging from mouthguards to hat brims, to an Illinois bus driver suspended for wearing a pink tie to work, people everywhere are donning pink gear and pink ribbons to increase awareness about breast cancer. Heck, even NASCAR is going pink! If you get a chance, check out Rentschler Library’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” Display and learn more about prevention, treatment, and support for cancer survivors. (Pink ribbon image copyrighted by Bobbie Peachy)





How long has it been since you had a decent meal?

“Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.” ~ Jacques Diouf, FAO wfd

This Friday, October 16th, is World Food Day–“a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger” (U.S. National Committee for World Food Day). So, as you grab that pop tart on your way to class–or cruise through that drive-through for a cheesburger on your way home–this is a good week to think about where your food comes from and to remember those who aren’t as fortunate. If you’re bored between classes or trying to kill a little time at home, go to to play a little vocabulary game. You benefit by building your vocabulary a bit, and they’ll donate 10 grains of rice for each correct answer you get. Warning–the game can be a bit addictive!

If you want to learn more about hunger issues in the world today, check out some of the library’s resources listed below. Better yet, check around town to see if there is any way you can get involved locally to combat hunger right here at home.


Who wants a FREE 1GB flashdrive or earbuds?

kpfFUC2Make sure you pick up your “Frequent Users Card” the next time you stop by Rentschler Library!  Each time you use our services, we’ll mark your card–get ten marks, and you get to pick your prize!  What’s the catch? Well, we’ll only mark your card once per day, and the offer is only good for as long as we have prizes remaining.  Soooo….get to the library & get your card!

Win BIG at Rentschler Library