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Common Reading Book - Library Resources   Tags: summer_reading  

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a shared experience with other new students.
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Common Reading Program

“Appalachian’s Summer Reading Program provides an important common experience for entering freshmen, helps develop a sense of community with their new environment and introduces them to the academic rigor of college.”
- Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock


Library Tutorials

These short (1-2 minute) tutorials are designed to help you get started with your research and familiarize you with library services and resources.

Finding Books
Help on finding books and other materials in the library catalog

Finding Articles
Using Library Databases to find articles

Search Strategy
Using Boolean logic; subject vs. keyword searching

Library Fast Facts
Orientation to Belk Library and Information Commons

Librarian Contact

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John Boyd
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Belk Library, Room 136
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2014 Common Reading Book Selection

The 2014 Summer Reading book is Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument


"If you want a Wayne Henderson guitar, you have to prod, cajole, remind, bribe, persuade, wheedle, prompt and entice him. Eric Clapton had done none of that. St. John,  has created a memorable portrait of a likable, self-effacing craftsman at work."

   - Dave Kelly, New York Times


Book Discussions

Book discussions of Clapton's Guitar will take place across campus during August of 2014.

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The Booktalker's Bible - Chapple Langemack
ISBN: 1563089440
Publication Date: 2003-03-30

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Booktalking That Works - Jennifer Bromann
ISBN: 1555704034
Publication Date: 2001-01-01

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Something to Talk About - Ann-Marie Cyr; Kellie M. Gillespie
ISBN: 0810854368
Publication Date: 2006-08-02

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Talk That Book - Carolyn Littlejohn
ISBN: 0938865757
Publication Date: 1999-01-01

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Teen Genre Connections - Lucy Schall
ISBN: 1591582296
Publication Date: 2005-09-01

Belk Library and Information Commons

218 College Street • PO Box 32026 • Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828.262.2186


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