Monthly Archives: July 2016

Slowing down for summer

With less than a month before the start of fall semester there is still time to slow down and relax with a good book, maybe put down your Internet device. Our mobile phones and tablets are wonderful time-saving devices, but critics say that the interconnected, 24/7 life they enable leaves little time for reflection and slow digestion of the news. With that in mind, here are just a few of the titles from Rentschler Library’s collection that you can substitute for your device!

futureMindsRichard Watson, in “Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds” says that “we have developed a culture of instant digital gratification in which there is always something to do – although we never seem to be entirely satisfied with what we end up choosing.”  Watson says we should even try and work less, take 1-2 days off per week, and take device-free vacations.

shallowsNicholas Carr’s  book”The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an an expansion on his 2008 article “Is Google Making us Stupid,” published in Atlantic Monthly magazine. Carr decries how using the Internet made it more difficult for him to read and absorb longer, more challenging texts.


InternetAnxietyDoes the Internet Increase Anxiety? is a collection of essays in Greenwood Press’s “At Issues” series of books. There are chapters on multitasking, online gaming addiction, how social media can increase social anxiety disorders, and even something called “mobile device separation anxiety.”  It isn’t all doom-and-gloom, there is a chapter on how using technology mindfully can reduce anxiety from digital overload.

July is National Ice Cream month!

Out of all the food-related month long celebrations for July 2016 – Horseradish, hot dogs, baked beans – I think we can all agree that ice cream is the best one on the list. July is also National Anti-Boredom Month, National Picnic Month, and National Grilling Month, in case you were wondering.

We have Pres. Ronald Reagan to thank for designating July as National Ice Cream Month, acc. to the International Dairy Foods Association. The average American eats 5 1/2 gallons of ice cream every year, and more ice cream is sold in July than any other time of year.

IceCreamThough you would undoubtedly rather eat it than read about it, you can check out “Ice Cream Social: the Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s” from Rentschler Library. We only ask that you NOT spill any ice cream on the pages! If you’re really intrepid, try this recipe for ice cream that doesn’t require an ice cream maker.

Library closed Monday, July 4

flag4thThe library will be closed Monday, July 4th, 2016 in observance of the holiday. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, July 5th. Have a great weekend!