Upcoming Events

Come to the library on March 20th at noon to hear Cynthia Huntington read from her latest book of poetry, Heavenly Bodies.  She currently teaches at Dartmouth College and is the author of several books.

The library owns the following titles by the author:

We Have Gone to the Beach: Poems

PS 3558 U517 W4 1996

The Salt House: A Summer on the Dunes of Cape Cod

PS 3558 U517 Z49 1999

The Radiant

PS 3558 U517 R33 2003


On April 11th at noon, join us for a Student Open Reading.

Hope to see you there!


What did you call that?

Pop or soda?  Hoagie or sub or grinder?  Stoop or front steps?  Dinner or Supper?

The final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, volume SL-Z has been released; a culmination of a 50 year project to document our regional diversityNPR has posted a story about the book, which is worth a look.

While the Puksta Library does not own any of the volumes of this title, if your curiosity has been piqued, we recommend these titles from our collection:

Doublespeak Dictionary / William Lambdin

PE 1689 L252

Junk English / Ken Smith

PE 1689 S55 2001

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts / Richard A. Spears

PE 2839 S64 1992

A Word Geography of the Eastern United States / by Hans Kurath

PE 2841 K87

The following are books from our ebrary collection.  To access, do a search for the title in the CCSNH catalog; once you have clicked on the title, be sure to choose the link for River Valley Community College students, faculty and staff.  You will be asked for your EasyLogin information if you are off campus.

–The Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Sound Change / William Labov, Sharon Ash, Charles Boberg

— McGraw-Hill’s Essential American Slang / Richard A. Spears; [illustrated by Luc Nisset]

–McGraw-Hill’s Super-Mini American Slang Dictionary / Richard A. Spears

–NTC’s Thematic Dictionary of American Slang / Richard A. Spears

— Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English / edited by Sonja L. Lanehart

— Talkin that Talk: Language, Culture, and Education in African America / Geneva Smitherman