Summer 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
These short (1-2 minute) tutorials are designed to help you get started with your research and familiarize you with library services and resources.
Help on finding books and other materials in the library catalog
Using Library Databases to find articles
Using Boolean logic; subject vs. keyword searching
Library Fast Facts
Orientation to Belk Library and Information Commons
2013 Summer Reading Book Selection
American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar has been selected as the Summer Reading Book for 2013.
American Dervish will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Appalachian, and Ayad Akhtar will speak to members of the campus community and others during Convocation in the Holmes Center on campus, September 10. Akhtar also will participate in other discussions on campus and in the community, on September 11.
2012 Summer Reading Book Selection
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
by Novella Carpenter
"Novella Carpenter loves cities-the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a twenty-four-hour convenience mart mere minutes away. Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop."
Belk Library, Room 136