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Connect & Communicate Series: Unique PA Academic Library Book Clubs

May 16, 2018



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C&CS Series Presents

Unique PA Academic Library Book Clubs:

Food For Thought and Brew Pubs

May 30, 2018– 1pm

Online Zoom Session

Register Here!


Join us as we learn about these two programs from HACC Gettsysburg and Susquehanna University. Through a strategic grant, HACC’s Gettysburg Campus has offered Food for Thought sessions to help students become academically, socially, and emotionally successful.  The Book Club was started in the Spring of 2017 as a way to promote leisure reading, especially for our developmental reading population. Books were originally selected based on their movie adaptation to entice readers with the reward of watching a movie after the group discussion.  

Susquehanna University’s Brew Pub Book Club is an off-campus collaboration between Blough-Weis Library, the Student Library Advisory Committee and a local, award-winning brewery located in downtown Selinsgrove, PA. Monthly meetings over the past two academic years have focused on high-quality, thought-provoking pieces that are short but still engaging enough to spark meaningful conversation. Librarians will discuss the importance of providing students an opportunity for leisure reading, highlighting diverse stories and authors and why holding the event off-campus with community members has been integral in improving town-grown relations. We will hear from these panelists describe their sessions in more detail, and allow time for discussion.


Katherine Furlong (Susquehanna University)

Katherine Furlong has been University Librarian at Susquehanna since 2014. Her career has been centered on liberal arts college libraries, working at Lafayette College and Gettysburg College. She has written and presented extensively on library administration, management and instruction.

Ryan Ake (Susquehanna)

Ryan Ake joined Susquehanna University as Outreach & Collection Development Librarian in January 2015. He is responsible for all outreach activities of the library and oversees all print and electronic collections. His main areas of interest include ancient Mediterranean history, local & genealogical research, collection assessment, community outreach and digital humanities research.

Kathleen Heidecker, HACC

Kathleen earned a Bachelor’s of Art in English/Writing from Goucher College and her Master’s in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has worked as a librarian at a four-year residential college, an elementary school, and a public library before discovering the perfect fit at the Gettysburg Campus Learning Commons in 2008. She usually teaches about forty classes a semester, advises the campus Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and is involved in college governance.

Wendy Brubaker, HACC

Wendy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Master’s in Reading Education and worked as a public school educator for six years before joining HACC in 2006.  She continues to teach developmental reading, integrated reading and writing and Foundational Studies courses since that time. For five years, Wendy was the Gettysburg Campus advisor of Phi Theta Kappa and has served as a health career advisor since 2012.  Wendy has received the Outstanding Student Service Award – HACC Gettysburg Campus in 2016, the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award – HACC Gettysburg Campus in 2015 and the Paragon Advisor Award – PTK 2011. As of April 30th, Wendy will begin a full-time position as the Campus Director of Student Development and Multicultural Programing.



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