Flu Shots

Good news for your health, MEC students. The 2012-2013 vaccines for seasonal influenza are ready.  This means that it’s time to get a flu shot!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months of age should get a yearly vaccine.  Since it can take a few weeks after vaccination for your body to develop the antibodies that protect you from the flu, it’s a good idea to get your shot early- before flu season gets into full swing. Visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza page for information about the flu, prevention, treatment, healthcare professional information and more!

Flu.gov from the Department of Health and Human Services is a great place to get started for seasonal influenza information.  Check here for information about who is at risk, caring for those with the flu, prevention precautions and a flu vaccine finder.
Healthcare personnel are especially encouraged to get annual flu vaccinations (that includes you, students!)

Check out the CDC’s Influenza Vaccination Coverage for Health-Care Personnel, the American College of Physicians Policy on Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation for Influenza Immunization of Health Care Personnel Policy Statement.

Don’t forget – the MEC librarians are always here to help you find more information about seasonal influenza and vaccination!

Breaking Dawn

cover of Breaking DawnCan’t wait for Breaking Dawn- Part 2 or The Host to come out in theaters?  Both books are available in MEC Library, along with other Stephenie Meyer favorites and a whole “host” of other bestselling fiction and nonfiction.  New books arrive every month, so check frequently for new reads from your favorite authors.

Here are just a few of our recent additions:



  • 15 Seconds- Andrew Gross
  • And When She Was Good- Laura Lippman
  • Friends Forever- Danielle Steel
  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  • Hundred Flowers- Gail Tsukiyama
  • If I Can’t Have You- Mary B. Morrison
  • Next Best Thing- Jennifer Weiner
  • Wicked Business- Janet Evanovich


  • Amy My Daughter- Mitch Winehouse
  • Brooklyn Zoo, The Education of a Psychotherapist- Darcy Lockman
  • Dearie, The Remarkable Life of Julia Child- Bob Spitz
  • Dream Team How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever- Jack McCallum
  • Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep-  Harvey Karp MD
  • Paterno- Joe Posnanski

Register to Vote by 10/15

Hi MEC community!  Just a reminder that in the state of Virginia, voters must register  22 days before a Primary Election.  This means the last day to register to vote in the Presidential Election is Monday, October 15th for Virginia voters.

According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, to be eligible to register to vote in VA you must:

  • Be a resident of Virginia (A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
  • Be a U. S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

Registering to vote is as easy as filling out a short form.  And the best part is, there are lots of places you can obtain voter registration forms such as:

Make sure you to get your voter registration in by close of business on Monday October 15th, and don’t forget to VOTE on November 6th!

*Important Registration Information:  The League of United Latin Voters will be holding a non-partisan voter registration drive for ALL students interested in voting – regardless of race, ethnicity, or party preference.  The Voter Registration Drive will be Wednesday 10/17 and Thursday 10/18 from 10am – 5pm on the first floor of the MEC Building.

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Libraries and bookstores all over the country are celebrating the 2012 Banned Books Week from September 30th – October 6th.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week which celebrates our freedom to read free of censorship by drawing attention to books that have been banned or challenged over the years for their controversial nature.

Since the inception of banned books week in 1982, over 11,300 books have been challenged! Bannedbooksweek.org has information about censorship and Banned Books Week events throughout the country.  You can attend the Virtual ReadOut on a dedicated YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/bannedbooksweek) where readers like you exercise their First Amendment right to read banned books.

The American Library Association has created a timeline of significant banned books called Celebrating 30 Years of Liberating Literature.  ALA also has  lists of books that have been frequently banned or challenged over the years.

Below are the books listed on ALA’s Radcliff Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that have been Banned and/or Challenged.  If you haven’t already, celebrate Banned Books Week by reading one today!

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
38. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
57. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
66. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Extended Fall 2012 Hours

Good news! The MEC Library has extended Fall 2012 Semester Hours!  You can now stay at the MEC Library until 9pm Monday – Thursday.  What a great way to get a few hours of extra studying or research in!

As of October 1st, MEC Library hours are . . . (drumroll, please!)

Fall 2012 Semester
(August 22, 2012- December 17, 2012)

Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am -1:00pm

Check the Hours page for holidays and special events.