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June is Pride Month!

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Pride Month was initially declared by President Clinton in 2000.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of primary materials you can explore as well. From their website:

The Library’s numerous collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Learn more here.

Wondering about terminology? This site from We are Family provides a glossary of terms that are easy to understand. Here is another, more comprehensive site from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.


This site (also from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual) has some great, printable graphics that explain various concepts around the categories of gender, sexuality, and social justice.


Book awards:

In the ECC Library:




Our institution protects the rights of our LGBTQ community.  ECC has six gender neutral and family bathrooms and transgender students may utilize those bathrooms to which their gender conforms. These bathrooms are located around campus and can also be used as nursing rooms. The bathrooms labeled “family” can be found in A158, C133, K104, and K159. The bathrooms labeled “unisex” can be found in H139, H140, E100.4 and E216.02.

Your Wellness Professionals also provide support and services for the LGBTQ community. One such service is a template you can give to your professor before classes begin about preferred names and pronouns.  Please contact Wellness Services at if you would like more resources, or if you have any questions.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

Earth Day 2018

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and
inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.–Earth Day Network


–Courtesy of this BBC article, December 2017

To get involved:


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:

Library open during Pancake Dinner


Plan your study session or finish up your research paper at the ECC Library (Building C) on December  4 and get a bonus–free pancakes! The library is also open until 10:00 p.m.

When you need a break, enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and coffee dinner from 8-10 p.m. in the Jobe Lounge (Building B), sponsored by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Student Development.

Building B and the F Building Computer labs will also be open until 10 p.m.

Banned Books Week: September 24-30, 2017

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Words Have Power.

How do we know that words have power? These quotes are just an example:

There is only one way to avoid criticism: 
do nothing
say nothing
and be nothing.–Aristotle

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.–Winston Churchill

One day or day one. Your choice. –Anonymous, various

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.– Mark Twain

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.–F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is nothing permanent except change.–Heraclitus

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.– Goethe

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.— Thomas Jefferson

There are no facts, only interpretations.– Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness equals reality minus expectations.– Tom Magliozzi 

What’s being challenged?  See this video from the American Libraries Association or check out the list of Top 10 Challenged Books.  According to the American Libraries Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, there was a 17% increase in book censorship complaints in 2016.*


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Want to continue the conversation or learn more?

Follow on social media @BannedBooksWeek or on Facebook. Use the hashtags #WordsHavePower or see this site to become a #RebelReader.

Search in your local library catalog or at the ECC library for the following Subjects, or do a keyword search on banned books here:

Prohibited Books
Challenged Books
Banned Books Week

*Source: Jacoby, M. (2017). Banned Books Week celebrates our right to read. Retrieved from 
 —Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Jana Porter

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


–Written by Maria Bagshaw, with contributions by Kristina Howard

Get ready to celebrate Black History Month at ECC!

February is designated as African American History Month. The ECC Library has many resources related to black history, culture, and the arts.

Look for works in our catalog with the subject African American; the titles below are some of our newest selections in the past year.

We have a new database titled Slavery in American and the World; it has cases, legal materials, and statutes as well as pamphlets and books written in the era.

If you would like to find something specific, the librarians can help you with choosing biographies, poetry, databases, fiction, and nonfiction works.  Contact us and we are happy to help!

Elgin Community College also has a wonderful month of festivities available to the college community and the public; all are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian