Need Textbooks?

Did you know that you can check out many of the textbooks used on campus from the Library?  You can look textbooks up here by course number, course name, or you can try a keyword search.  Then take your student ID to the Library Circulation Desk and tell the person at the desk what you need.  Most textbooks check out for 3 hours at a time (some longer).  Be sure to get the book back on time so other students can use it too.

If you need help looking up your textbooks, or if you have any other questions, please be sure to Ask a Librarian.

COMPLETE: Tuesday, 12.19.2017–Library System Maintenance

12/19/17—-4 PM —-UPDATE:

Scheduled maintenance on the library system is complete–you can once again access the library catalog and research databases.

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Access to library resources, including the catalog and subscription research databases will be down Tuesday, 12/19, beginning at 2 am and lasting throughout the day so we can perform important library system updates.

Service throughout the day may be intermittent.  We will update you when the process has been completed.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian for assistance.

 

De-stress Yourself

With finals in full swing, I’m sure many of you are feeling stressed out right now.  The library has many materials that can help you relax.

We have many books, ebooks, DVDs, and CDs on the topic of stress and stress management that are available for checkout.

Studies show that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve health.  Even though it’s cold outside, go take a walk in one of our many local forest preserves.  Here are some books on that topic.

We also have plenty of magazines, movies/TV shows, and fictional books available for checkout.   You can find our magazines in and near the coffee bar.  Our movies can be browsed virtually here or by going to the lower level of the library and looking for the call number PN1997.  One place to browse for fun books would be in our After Class Collection.  You can browse it virtually here, or you can find the collection in our library lounge (big open area of the library near the front doors).  Our graphic novels, comic books, and manga can be browsed here or by going to the call number PN67 in the lower level of the library.  I’m personally a fan of reading children’s books for fun.  You can search through them virtually here, or go to the lower level of the library and look for the call number PZ7.

Items checked out during finals week will be due back the first week of January.  You can always renew by calling or by logging into your library account and renewing them there.

As always, if you need help, you can always ask a librarian.

 

Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award Again

Author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for her newest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. It’s the story of a family in rural Mississippi that has drawn comparisons to The Odyssey and examines the brutal history of the South.   Ward gave a fantastic interview on the book to NPR’S Terry Gross on Fresh Air, which can be listened to or read here.

Although Ward is only 40, this is the second time she’s won the prize.   In 2011 she won for the outstanding Salvage the Bones. It also examines issues of race, poverty and family in Missisippi, but this time the action centers on Hurricane Katrina.  Ward herself grew up in Mississippi in a town that her family has lived in for generations called DeLisle (in her fiction it’s called Bois Sauvage).  The author examines the role the places plays in her fiction in this fascinating article called Writing Mississippi.

 

 

360 video: Petra Jordan

The New York Times’s online Travel section has a great series entitled, “The ‘New Seven Wonders of the World” which provides a 360 degree view of amazing locations around the globe. The video on Petra Jordan is just stunning.

Description: The city of Petra was built by the Nabateans, who lived in the Wadi Musa valley for more than 400 years, in a spot strategically located along early silk and spice trade routes. The city fell to the Roman Empire in A.D. 106.

The Hellenistic facades are carved directly into the canyons and use the natural terrain as guides. Today, the monuments are vulnerable to flash flooding in the Wadi Musa and continuing erosion from wind and rain.

The number of visitors to Petra has decreased in recent years, in part because of instability and violence in the Middle East.

360 Video: Seven Wonders of the World, Petra Jordan