Thanksgiving Recess: Library Hours/Closures

Photo by Martin Cathrae via CC

Photo by Martin Cathrae via CC

Library Hours for the week of
November 23-29th are:

Monday & Tuesday, November 23 & November 24: 7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Closed: Thursday, November 26-Sunday, November 29

The library will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 30.

Remember that many of our online resources are available to you 24/7 by having your Student ID/Library Card updated through our Circulation Desk.  Please contact 847-214-7337 or before 5:00 p.m on November 25th to update your card. Contact our Reference Desk for other questions.

Giving Thanks…

tgcoverstack_03As we give thanks this season, this resource provides a nice way to think about and share our gratitude to each other.  From the introduction:

The idea is simple: At your Thanksgiving celebration (and yes, it’s okay to use it outside the US), consider going around the table and having each person read a section out loud….

During the ten or fifteen minutes your family spends reading together, millions of people will all reading the same words, thinking the same issues, connecting with each other…

This guide was compiled by Seth Godin.  See his blog here.

Here is the link to the pdf you can download and freely share. Especially in the difficult times we have been seeing all over the world, and that some here in the US endure each day, this can be a gentle reminder that we do share the condition of humanity and that gratefulness happens in many ways unique to each of us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Book Review

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 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
By Gabrielle Zevin
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A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew. (Summary from Amazon).

I read this book on the couch while sick with a head cold. It is a quick read and very sweet. The book starts out right after A.J. lost his wife due to a car crash. He is depressed and surly. And who wouldn’t be upset after losing a close loved one?

However, what I really enjoyed about this book is the change that A.J. went through when his “package,” arrived. I don’t think is too much of a spoiler, but the package is a little girl and she changes the course of his life. I enjoyed the progression of A.J.’s character throughout the book. And though A.J. is a surly main character it works because the cast of secondary characters rally around him.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, is interested in how bookstores work, and wants a quick comfortable read.

–Submitted by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

Resources on the terrorist attacks


Educate yourselves.  We have books discussing terrorism and more at the ECC Library. Check out our online newspaper collections for the latest information, including information on Opposing Viewpoints on terrorism. #ParisAttacks #beirutattacks

Citing and collaborating made easier? YES! Try NoodleTools

NoodleTools is an online site that provides “integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing”, similar to using Google Drive.

The library has created a Research Guide to help you effectively use and navigate NoodleTools. Check it out if you need help getting started with NoodleTools!

To create your works cited/bibliography, you will need to create a free account through the library’s website here.  Then create a project and add your citations, either by typing them into the correct fields (author, title, etc.), or by cutting/pasting them from the database source. This tab in the Research Guide walks you through the specific process of creating and printing your works cited/bibliography.

If you need a quick tutorial, come to the library and talk with one of the librarians.  We are located in Building C, or contact us for more information.

Citing got you down? We can help!

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The library provides quick access to citation guides through the library’s home page. Click on Citing Sources to see what’s available.

Here are the quick links to each citation style:

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Access to the different types of citations (books, periodicals, electronic, etc.) can be found on the LEFT sidebar. Also available are in-text guidelines and sample papers.

If you need assistance, please contact the library at 847-214-7354, text 847-999-0403, chat, or  Or stop on by Building C–we would be glad to assist you!

Go Set A Watchman Book Review

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Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee
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Go Set a Watchman is a straight up story about race relations in the sixties. Jean Louise Finch (Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, now 26 years old) returns to Maycomb County after living in New York to find her hometown isn’t as she remembers it. She begins to see serious flaws in the people she loves, and is hard pressed to accept the racism she sees around her. Aside from humorous flashbacks to childhood anecdotes, the story is basically a treatise on race relations in the south at the dawn of the civil rights movement. Lee’s warm, humorous writing style is still in evidence, and although our previous notions of her father Atticus are challenged in the novel, it is still well worth a look.

keathingSubmitted by Julie Keating, Reference/Instruction Librarian