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Recommended Watching & Listening

play-30619_640The library has created a Research Guide called Recommended Watching/Listening dedicated to media viewing and listening. It offers review websites, podcasts, audio and video database resources, and more to help you decide what to watch or listen to whether on your commute, studying a topic for school, or at the beach.

You can also check out last year’s Summer Listening, Podcast Edition blog post here.

Summer Reading–from your ECC Library staff & librarians!

Each year we do a post on books we have enjoyed and suggest for summer reading.* Here are some old and new favorites! Items available in the ECC Library collection are noted.

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. It is a graphic novel memoir that is both funny and sad about the challenges of taking care of aging parents. I was surprised at how much it made me laugh considering the topic.–Stacey Shah, Distance Learning Librarian. Available at ECC Library811CNUyahEL

LaRose by Louis Erdrich. A tragedy almost destroys neighboring families but an arrangement based on Ojibwe tribe tradition acts as a catalyses to help them heal and come to a new appreciation of each other.  Rich storytelling from a renowned Native American author. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Ficton. –Barb Evans, Reference Librarian. Available at ECC Library

 The Girl Before  by JP Delaney. In my constant search for reading all books with “girl” in the title, I just finished this fresh thriller. It takes place in a minimalist, state of the art, high tech smart house built by an eccentric architect.  The occupants have to agree  to some unusual rules to be able to live there.  Throughout the history of this fabulous   home a few unexplained deaths have happened. The story keeps you guessing until the end!  –Kristy Yemm Pemrich, Library Clerk.

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.  A fateful summer in his youth colors the rest of Trond’s life in this memoir-like story of life and loss by Norwegian author, Per Petterson. A short but powerful story.   –Barb Evans, Reference Librarian. Available at ECC Library

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. This seaside tale features several women who are amateur scientists in 19th century England.  One particular woman, poor and uneducated Mary Anning, has a unique gift to spot fossils no one else can see.  When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton, she causes major upsets in the religious and scientific communities of the day. –Barb Evans, Reference Librarian. Available at ECC Library

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Design for Dying and Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrick. Totally frivolous and an easy read, but a decent option to take to the beach if you like mysteries, strong female characters, and 1930s Hollywood. —Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

The Portable Dorothy Parker. Containing poetry, articles, stories, and letters, this collection still resonates as snarky and caustic today. My favorite collection is the poetry missive Enough Rope, which was published in 1926 and is both hopeful of love and yet aware of the pain it inevitably had caused.  –Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian. Available at ECC Library

Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren. From the Amazon description: “In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.”Jen Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian.

Hillbilly Elegy  by J.D. Vance. A great memoir/insight into working class culture, particularly those in Appalachia who ended up in what is now the Rust Belt (Ohio, Pennsylvania, some Michigan)–Jen Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian. Available at ECC Library

Homegoing – A work of fiction about how slavery altered the course of two family lines.–Jen Schlau, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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The Nix by Nathan Hill. This sprawling novel grabbed me from the beginning. Hilarious skewering of higher education, and lots of heart to boot! I loved this book. –Julie Keating, Reference Librarian. Coming soon to ECC Library!

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. I was emboldened by Shonda Rhimes’ journey to embrace herself while she tackled motherhood, anxiety, feminism, weight issues, work, and marriage. Sometimes, as women, our hardest challenge is learning to say “yes to no”. –Kristina Howard, Reference/Instruction Librarian

 
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. A beautifully written account of a Russian aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest in one of the most glamorous hotels in Moscow. –Julie Keating, Reference Librarian.

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White, Jr A new biography of our 18th President.–Julie Keating, Reference Librarian. Available at ECC Library

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. This work “takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.”-Julie Keathing, Reference Librarian. Available at ECC Library

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin BoysinBoatOlympics by Daniel James Brown. From Amazon: Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.–Julie Keating, Reference Librarian

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. A heartbreaking story about music, language, and love. A group of terrorist hold their hostages for several months. Many of them do not share a language, but they all share a love for Roxane Coss’s (a famous opera soprano) singing. It is her music that creates a space for compassion and love.–Kristina Howard, Reference/Instruction Librarian. Available at ECC Library

*Other summer reading suggestions can be found here under the Book Review tag, or view the 2015 and 2016 Summer Reading posts for more titles.

–Contributions by Stacey Shah, Maria Bagshaw,  Jennifer Schlau, Barb Evans, Julie Keating, Kristina Howard, Kristy Yemm Pemrick

June is LGBTQ Pride month

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What is LGBTQ Pride Month?

Learn: 

Originally declared by President Clinton in 2000, further proclamations declaring June as LGBT Pride Month have been declared for the past 8 years.  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.

Explore: 

LGBTQ Graphic Novels Bibliography from ALA

Book awards:

In the ECC Library:

Nonfiction

Fiction:

At ECC:

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 studentwellness@elgin.edu if you would like more resources, or if you have any questions.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Summer Hours for ECC Library Announced

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The ECC Library will have the following hours during the summer months:

May 19- June 1, 2017
Monday-Friday

8:00 a.m.-5:oo p.m.

June 5- August 10, 2017
Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m.

CLOSED
Saturday/Sunday May 20 & 21 and May 27 & 28

CLOSED Fridays-Sundays
June 2-August 6

Also 
closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day and Tuesday, July 4,
 for Independence Day.

Please contact the Circulation Desk if you have any questions at 847-214-7337.  Hours and closures can also be found on our website.

Stress Relief Tips for Finals Week

We are a very stressed society, and not all stress is created equal. A quick Google search will give you thousands of ways that you can help yourself deal with stress during finals week, and beyond. We have posted for several semesters various stress relief ideas and resources; see here for some resources in the library on meditation and yoga.

Here are FIVE ways you can work to reduce your stress–and they are pretty easy!

  1. Use your campus resources.  At ECC, the library, Write Place, Tutoring, Wellness Services, and even your professors can help you manage the parts of writing, research, and dealing with any issues and get you started on a positive path.

  2. Exercise. This can be as simple as a walk or doing yoga. See this article for the benefits of physical activity. You can even walk through the connected buildings or use the track or workout facilities when you are on campus!
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    3. If you don’t enjoy exercising, try just watching a sporting event. Disengaging for a short period of time to watch hockey or baseball can help you refocus later, giving your brain a “rest” from the studying at hand.

    4. There’s an app for that: for example, try 14 Stress Management Apps. Set reminders or mantras that will keep you focused and help with time management.
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    5. Eat well. The ECC Cafeteria is open during finals week from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in case you want to grab a quick yet healthy snack. According to this APA article, “Millennials are most likely to report eating to manage stress (36 percent vs. 30 percent of Gen Xers, 25 percent of Boomers and just 10 percent of Matures).” Don’t skimp on your nutrition–try to eat a piece of fruit or choose a salad for lunch. Or do what I do–eat your salad with Doritos or something else not so great so at least you are balancing out your bad with the good. smiley

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    –Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Confused about “Fake News”? We have thoughts…and resources!

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Libraries and librarians are and have always been integral in helping people find balanced, reliable information and evaluating that information for credibility. Rather than using the terms “Fake News”, we like to say “Thinking Critically About the News”, because the idea of “fake” can cover everything from parody, satire, lying, unintentional misinformation, and even news that is biased but contains truth.

Our Thinking Critically About the News Research Guide  (found under Current Events & Controversial Issues) provides reliable and vetted sites to help faculty and students explore the issue of “fake” news and practice their evaluation skills. The guide includes information on bias, exercises, fact checking, a news feed, and more. ” It was created by Library Intern Angela Bouque and compiled and curated by ECC Librarians.

For questions, comments, and additions, or to schedule a library instruction session, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or email libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Need quiet? Get a room…

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Need a peaceful, quiet study space?  Want to work on a group project?  The library’s study rooms are the answer!

Study rooms:

  • Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;
  • Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);
  • May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;
  • On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.