Less than one month…

hourglass-time-hours-sand-39396.jpegThe semester is winding down…are you on track for success?

If you need help with your research, using the databases, or have brief questions about citations, the librarians can assist you. A few minutes with us can help you find those credible resources and save you significant time.

Find us by email, phone, text, in person, and chat!

Reference Desk

Email: libref@elgin.edu
Phone: (847) 214-7354
Text: (847) 999-0403

Interlibrary Loan

Email: atrejo@elgin.edu
Phone: (847) 214-7141
Fax: (847) 622-3042

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Never Let Me Go Book Review

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By Kazuo Ishiguro
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Ishiguro, 2017 Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, creates a world that seems like a nightmarish mirror of our own. Told from the perspective of Kathy, the novel traces her relationship with both Tommy and Ruth through school and into adulthood where they are groomed to fulfill a special purpose. Although you learn about this purpose fairly soon in the book, the focus here is on the characters and how they react to the future and to their circumstances.

As with The Buried Giant, Ishiguro evokes an atmosphere that is at once realistic and dream-like. This work will make you think about ethical questions and what makes a person human.

There is a movie from 2010 that dramatizes this book, starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightly as the main characters. Although I haven’t seen the movie, I would suggest reading Ishiguro’s work first, as there cannot be a replacement for the way he writes, nor for the atmospheres he creates through his words and descriptions.

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Libraries Lead: Celebrate National Library Week: April 8-14, 2018

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The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Today’s libraries lead their communities and transform lives every day. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your library provides access to the programming and services you need to you reach your potential and grow as

National Library Week colora leader. National Library Week is April 8-14—visit your ECC Library or your local public library today!

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

For faculty (and your students!) Interlibrary Loan

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What is Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.

April is National Poetry Month!

poetry monthNational Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. —Poets.org

Here are some nearby poetry events, from Poets.org.

Write a poem a day for a month!

Visit the American Writers Museum in Chicago!

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

Explore different types of poetry in the ECC Library. If you want to browse, poetry is generally found in the 811 section of the collection, although individual collections of poetry can be found in 808.81. You can also search our catalog for your favorite author.

Follow on Social media: @POETSorg on Twitter , #nationalpoetrymonth on Twitter, Poets.org on FaceBook, and #nationalpoetrymonth on Instagram

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Freedom of Information Day is March 16!

Celebrated on President James Madison’s birthday (one of the Fathers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights), this date is celebrated each year to celebrate and encourage openness of government with the people.

This video from the Department of Justice, explains what the Freedom of Information Act is and provides a detailed look at FOIA.

To share on social media, use #FreedomOfInformationDay.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw

Library will be closed during Spring Recess

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The ECC library will be closed from Monday, March 26-Sunday, April 1. We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, April 2.
Make sure your library card is activated so you have 24/7 access to our online resources over break by contacting the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu. 
Have a safe and relaxing break!