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Ideas to help you de-stress during finals week

Studying for finals, finishing up a paper, parents coming for graduation–all of these things can make you feel oh so stressed!

We all know that it is important for our mental and physical health to handle stress in a positive way. This article from Life Hack by Tiffany Mi provides “40 Simple and Brilliant Ways” to help de-stress. Here are some other ways that maybe you haven’t thought of and would like to give it a try

1. Do a crossword or Sudoku. Maybe even old school, with a pencil and paper. Use a pen if you have mad skills.

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2. Watch something nostalgic that reminds you of good times. Whether this is finding old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks, or The Office, or viewing your favorite movie, it is guaranteed to take your mind of your stresses and put you in a better mood to get down to homework later.

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Image courtesy of Ultimate Comic Con

3. Play a card or board game. This is fun to do with your kids or with friends. What Do You Meme? or Cards Against Humanity are fun for adults, but anyone can play Apples to Apples or The Logo Board Game. The laughter that ensues is a great stress reliever.

4. Disconnect from your social media. Just reading about the world’s woes can start to raise the blood pressure. Take a day (or if you can’t take it, at least several hours) and try something off the grid. Unless you are looking at cute kitten pictures (#cutekittens). Then you get a pass.

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5. Finally, set small daily goals. Don’t decide that you are going to study for your exam for 8 hours, finish two papers, AND volunteer for 4 hours. Guess what? You will feel too overwhelmed, and become even more stressed. Look at your online calendar and SCHEDULE a time each day for both work and play during the final crunch.

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What are your favorite ways to de-stress during finals (or any time)? Reply in the comments below!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian
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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

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

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.

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

National Women’s History Month begins March 1!

NeverthelessThis year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is “NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women.”  
From the National Women’s History Project:

Fighting all forms of discrimination against women takes persistence. The 2018 honorees have all gotten the message to stop, either directly or indirectly, yet they have all continued to fight and succeeded in bringing positive change to the lives of diverse American women.

You can find more about the honorees and nominees here.

Additional Resources on women and politics:

Democracy: Stories of the Long Road to Freedom
America by the Numbers: The New Deciders (DVD)
Eleanor Roosevelt
Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era
Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical 
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography
What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women’s Movement
The President’s Wives: The Office of the First Lady
Makers: Women Who Make America (DVD)
Off the Sidelines: Raise your Voice, Change the World 
When Does Gender Matter?
Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King
Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder

As part of our Global Issues in Context Database, there is a special section on Women and Children you can explore.  This site provides audio, video, news, biographies and more. As part of our HeinOnline database, there is a section on Women and the Law that you can also explore.

Search our library’s catalog for DVDs, ebooks, and more.

Maria2016(2)–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Stay With Me Book Review

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Cover courtesy of Amazon.com

Stay With Me
By Ayobami Adebayo
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Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo  is one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s book Club picks.  I love to get a heads up on a book and am happy to pass along my take on it!
There are a lot of subjects covered within the pretty Matisse inspired cover….
Political activism and protest, family pressures, polygamy and betrayal…  It’s all here.  It is heartbreaking, funny and hard to put down.  It’s definitely worth a look!
This work as also shortlisted for 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for FictionFor more information, customer reviews, and editorial reviews, see this page on Amazon.
–Review by Kristyn Yemm Pemrick, Library Clerk