Summer is here and some of the best reading can be found in the Oviatt Library’s Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC). What’s better than buying a book? Checking one out for free! It doesn’t get much better than that.
You can re-visit classics of yore (“A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Little Prince”), or catch up on some contemporary “must reads” (“Twilight,” “The Hunger Games”). Perhaps a childhood favorite? We even have some graphic novels. TCC’s collection has something for everyone, including a wide variety of picture books perfect for the younger set or even for you. Stop in and check out, “Pete the Cat,” the “Elephant & Piggie” series, or even “Officer Buckle and Gloria” – books so entertaining that you’ll want to read them again and again (and enjoy their playful artwork). We also have a great selection of books on CD to keep you entertained on those long, cross country drives. Imagine having the complete “Harry Potter” series read to you as you navigate the highways and byways!
Silly or serious, fact or fiction, we’ve got your number and it’s unlimited. What could be finer than sitting poolside or seaside, sipping cool lemonade, wearing shorts, shades and flip flops while taking in the antics of “Huckleberry Finn” or “Ramona the Pest”? And don’t forget about, “Al Capone Does my Shirts” (we thought you’d be intrigued). If you have a current CSUN ID card, you hold the passport to a myriad of destinations.
Let reading transport you. For fun, excitement, adventure, or just a mental scenic getaway, you don’t have to go very far, come to the TCC – it’s the start of any great vacation.
- Mara Houdyshell
Have you ever heard the story of the Ugly Duckling who turns into a beautiful swan?* The Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) has recently undergone a similar transformation. It has traded in its older furniture for a more modern look and function. The TCC now has moveable tables, chairs, and white boards which create a dynamic work space. Students can rearrange the study area to suit their needs and create an environment that truly belongs to them; it also allows for both individual and group study. And that’s not all! The TCC also added a “study bar” suitable for use with laptops and easy access to the electrical outlets. In our reading area, we have new lounge chairs with back screens for privacy and small tables for your coffee, laptops, and (of course) books. When you exit the elevator to access the TCC, you will encounter the TCC New Item Display. Our display area went from a repurposed desk to bookcases that serve to highlight our collection. The TCC study area has also been repainted; the new lively yellow “Baby Chick” wall color will brighten up your day. All improvements have been made possible by the Students’ Campus Quality Fee.
So what do the students think? They love it! They say that the new paint color wakes them up in the morning and keeps them energized. One student said “It is brighter and that makes the environment seem more welcoming.” “I really like the new furniture. It is moveable for study groups! I also like the study bar! Thank you” says another. Other feedback we received: “The area looks clean and organized. I can imagine coming down here to study and work with a group.”
Matadors are discovering and talking about the new TCC. Hopefully library patrons continue to discover the TCC. We’re glad to be serving and satisfying the needs of our students.
*If you haven’t read the story come to the TCC, we have it here!
- Gabriel Castaneda
Come to the Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC)! While the department’s name may sound intellectual and stuffy, it is actually a friendly place- and space –for all students to research, study, and create. It is an open work area for aspiring teachers, future business bigwigs, or perhaps a mechanical engineer.
Among its many offerings, the TCC houses materials for those working with children, grades K-12. Its collection includes a variety of items: instructional kits, games, CDs. DVDs, puppets and lesson plans. It also features a collection of over 5,000 children’s and young adult books. If you are looking for Rainbow Fish, Hop on Pop, Harry Potter, or The Hunger Games, they are all available for check out.
But wait, there is more! Many are not aware that the TCC is a fantastic multi-use area that allows for individual or group study, bulletin board construction, and poster presentation creation. It has a die-cut machine which can be used to cut out letters, numbers, animals, and geometric shapes to add spark to your artistic designs. The three large white boards can be used for a wide variety of purposes: working out mathematical formulas or diagramming flowcharts. Students needing to practice the dance steps for their Children’s Music class can do so in the TCC. Need to rehearse your speech for your public speaking course? The TCC is the place for you.
The TCC is located on the Garden Level of the Oviatt library (enter through the library’s main entrance). Come and check it out!
- Mara Houdyshell