Poetry at Clermont: A Guide to Writing Poetry

Did you know Clermont College Librarypoetry has a Poetry at Clermont research guide for students?

What’s on the guide?

  • links to poems
  • databases that connect to a variety of poetic information
  • a list of books available for check out
  • reference sources
  • websites that aid in writing and understanding poetry
  • information about the annual haiku contest
  • proper citations

The guide also gives the poet a source for inspiration from other writers’ work as well as links to poetry associations.

Happy Poetry Month!

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

Guest Poet, Adam Day

Clermont College Library will be hosting a poetry reading in collaboration with the English, Languages, and Fine Arts departments. Adam Day, guest poet, will be in the library on April 6 at 1:25 to read from his writings, including his latest book, ModeDay.MODELCITY.web_-692x1024l of a City in Civil War. We’ll also host a reception, book signing, and Q & A session immediately following.

Adam is the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, a PEN Emerging Writers Award, and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.

We hope you will join us for this wonderful event.

Penny McGinnis

Technical Services Manager

Clermont College Haiku Contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Clermont College Library is sponsoring its 5th Annual Haiku Contest.

Clermont College students will have the opportunity to write up to 3 haiku and submit them for a chance to win a $50 gift card.  Professors Cassie Fetters and Michael Hampton will serve as our esteemed judges.

We have complete contest guidelines and submission page online. You may begin submitting entries on March 16.

The entry deadline is April 8th.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services ManagerHaiku poster for guide

















Medical Resources at UC Clermont College

Where do you find medical information when you need it? There are some great websites such as MedlinePlus.org, PubMed.gov, WebMD.org and the MayoClinic.org, but as a student, faculty, or staff member at UC Clermont, you have much more available to you!

Medline with Full Text (EBSCO)Ebsco is different from the website MedlinePlus. If you’re familiar with the searching capability of the EBSCO databases, you will be able to search Medline with Full Text. It covers the full text of 1,370 medical journals from 1965 to the present (with no embargo—meaning they don’t hold back the most recent issues for paid subscribers).

Also within the EBSCO group are other important medical databases: CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and Health Source: Consumer Edition.


Kathleen Epperson, Librarian

Quacks for Stacks is Back!


Quacks for Stacks is happening again this year at Clermont College Library.

Try your luck, buy a duck — it’s just a buck.  We’ll draw the winning duck from a kiddie pool on March 31 at Clermont College’s Spring Fling event.

This year, you can come to the library to buy your duck OR enter online for a chance to win an Asus Transformer Book 2-in-1 laptop generously donated by Fifth Third Bank.  Each duck purchased = 1 chance to win.  All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit your 21st Century Library Transformation.

Katie Foran-Mulcahy
Library Director

A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small-Dr. Seuss

Dr.Seuss and I go way back. When I was a child my mom subscribed to the I Can Read It All By Myself book club. I loved receiving a new book and reading Dr. Seuss’s crazy tales. I shared those same books with my children and as a children’s librarian to hundreds of kids. The man helped thousands of children learn to read with Hop on Pop and The Seuss bookCat in the Hat. He even directed our attention to the environment through books like the Lorax. And then there’s the beloved How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

So Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss and thanks for bringing fun to reading!

Clermont College Library owns Theodor Seuss Geisel by Donald E. Pease  PS3513.E2 Z794 2010  Check it out.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Mananger

Get to Know the Clermont College Library Staff: Penny McGinnis

Penny McGinnis, Clermont College Library’s Technical Services Manager

IMG_0087-flat-120I’ve worked in libraries for over twenty years. I started out at the Lynchburg branch of the Highland County District Libraries as a children’s librarian. Then I moved to Lynchburg-Clay public school and worked in K-8 and K-5 libraries. In 2006 I started working in technical services at Clermont College Library.

A favorite part of my multi-layered job is sharing library information through social media. The library uses Facebook, Twitter, and our LiBlog in the social media world. I enjoy connecting with our faculty, staff, and students.

When I’m not at work, I write for my own blog where I review books, share devotional thoughts, poetry, photos, and art. My husband and I enjoy sports, hiking, and spending time with our children and grandchildren.

You might be surprised to know that I coached high school volleyball for two years, while my youngest daughter played. That surprised me too!

A few of my favorite things:

Books-the Bible, cozy mysteries & anything set on the east coast, especially Maine

Music-Casting Crowns, Matt Redman, and 70s pop/folk

Movie-You’ve Got Mail & Letters to Julia

TV-NCIS & Gilmore Girls


We’re here to help!

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

Children’s Books at Clermont College Library

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

library lightsNeed an escape from your studies? Do you want to go through a wardrobe into another world, fall down a rabbit hole or see the wizard?oto

You can do all this and more on the second floor of the library. There you will find our selection of children’s literature in the PZs. You might even discover some new friends while reconnecting with old ones!

Check them out at Clermont College Library.

Natalie Winland
Public Services Manager

Get to Know the Clermont College Library Staff: Katie Foran-Mulcahy

Katie Foran-Mulcahy, Clermont College Library Director

IMG_0258-flat-120I have worked in libraries for almost 12 years.  My first library job was as a shelver at the Lexington Public Library.  After graduate school Iaccepted a full-time Instructional Services Librarian job at Berea College, where I worked for two years.  My next job was as a librarian at the Clermont County Public Libraryin Amelia where I focused on Adult Services and Reference.  I loved working in Clermont County but missed the academic setting, so I applied for an opening at UC Clermont’s library in 2010.  After working as a Reference and Instruction Librarian here for a few years I became interested in library leadership and served as the Interim Director for 18 months.  The Dean appointed me as Director in July 2015.

I love planning and thinking about the future of library facilities and services.  Despite huge changes in the information landscape, libraries continue to focus on providing engaging spaces, promoting access to information, and teaching critical thinking skills.  All of the library staff tackle these jobs together, and it’s incredibly rewarding!

In my spare time when I’m not at work, I like to cook, watch documentaries, enjoy live music, and hang out with my husband and our dogs.

Something that might surprise you about me is that I am a huge fan of hip-hop, particularly from the 1990s.

A few of my favorite things:

Book: Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Music: Beach House

Movie: Royal Tenenbaums

TV Show: Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, and Chopped


We’re here to help-

Katie Foran-Mulcahy
Library Director

Get to Know the Clermont College Library Staff: Kathleen Epperson

Kathleen (Kathi) Epperson, Clermont College Librarian


I have worked in libraries for over 30 years. I began working part-time at our local library. After a few years, I became a full time library staff member.  My children literally grew up in the library!  As the children grew older, I went back to school to get my Master’s in Library Science, which would make me an “official” librarian. While I was in library school, I became interested in academic libraries, and worked as an intern at UC’s DAAP Library. The library director was a wonderful mentor to me, and we’re still good friends. I enjoyed guiding students and assisting faculty to find resources. I worked in two other colleges before I came to Clermont College in 2007.

As Reference Librarian, I love to help students find what they need for their projects. I especially like to surprise them by showing them the many resources the library has to offer.  I try to be as friendly and helpful as I can, so they remember they can come to the library as a space and if they require assistance, there is a friendly person to help them.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my grandchildren, especially when we draw, paint and read! Okay, I might have to include playing Dance Revolution, too!

Something that might surprise you about me is that my brother and I were once protected by Pinkerton guards.

Now for a few of my favorite things:

Ohh! So many to choose from!

Book: Mama Day

Music: Eric Clapton

TV Show: Mad Men


We’re here to help-

Kathleen Epperson