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The Merced College Library has been sponsoring several student events and clubs this fall semester. A Pumpkin Story Time for the children at our child development center was very successful, and all children left with a decorated pumpkin grown by our Aggie students as well as books checked out by their student parents. In addition, the Merced College Poetry club is advised by Karrie Bullock and they will coordinate the Poetry Slam on campus in April. The Merced College Book club, advised by Dee Near, recently visited the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. A pumpkin decorating contest provided an opportunity for students to vote on their favorite staff-decorated pumpkin (Happy Owl-O-Ween won.) The faculty librarians are also participating in the Basic Skills Transformation Grant efforts on campus, training in Reading Apprenticeship and Habits of Mind. Two 'circle discussions' presented in the Interdisciplinary Literacy Center by the librarians on "Research for Communication classes" and "Understanding Graphic Novels" gave us a chance to reach the students outside the traditional library sessions.