Hours for Week of July 4th

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We will have the following hours July 3-6:

July 3, July 5, and July 6
7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

July 4  Closed

All college offices are closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6/2-8/6.

 

Summer Travel-whatever your budget!

travel verb trav·el \ˈtra-vəl\

  1. a :  to journey through or over
    b :  to follow (a course or path) as if by traveling

  2. to traverse (a specified distance)

    —Definition from Merriam Webster

To travel, to journey, to traverse–many of us dream of places we would like to go or things we would like to do or see.  According to this article in Psychology Today, traveling can change our personalities by making us more open and helping us gain perspective. Travel can even cause us to be more agreeable (not so sure about that one…)

In the Chicago area, we are fortunate to have many options close to us to fulfill our wanderlust. We may also want to dream–where would we like to travel farther afield? Here are some options to get you started on your own personal journey!

Near: Chicago is a first class city with so many things to see and do, many for free. From Starved Rock to Springfield to Cantigny, you can also find some great places beyond Chicago that won’t break the bank.

15 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise chicago-cloud-gate-1479046003K70

Hidden Illinois: 208 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Illinois

Things to Do In Illinois

Far: Want to plan a trip? These sites offer choices that may be more affordable than you think!

Travel & Leisure’s America’s Best Cities for Summer Travel

30 Cheapest Places to Travel in 2017

3d-world-globe-1395755666ztfTravel & Leisure’s 13 Affordable Trips to Europe

Travel Canada: Canadian Attractions

Armchair traveler? If you want to satisfy your inner travel bug for free, try these books and films that you can get at ECC Library. Be inspired by another’s travel experience, or enjoy a DVD that can take you into another place and time.

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Eat Pray Love

A Walk in the Woods

Into the Wild

A Year in Provence

The Traveler: an American Odyssey in the Himalaya

Tao of Travel: Enlightenment from Lives on the Road

Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent

A Moveable Feast: Life Changing Food Adventures from Around the World

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Wild

Life of Pi

National Parks Exploration Series

Voyage to the Galapagos

Australia Revealed

Wonders of the African World

Shackleton

Have a favorite destination or travel book or movie? Tell us in the comments!

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—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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.

Check out one of our print magazines!

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Our print magazine collection includes over 100+ titles such as: Bon Appetit, Money, Essence, Latina, Entertainment Weekly, Yoga Journal, Modern Farmer, Newsweek, Radiologic Technology and many more.

The policies for this collection are as follows:

  • Only previous (back) issues circulate (the current issue stays in the library)
  • The checkout period is 7 days, with no renewal

Daily newspapers are still in library use only.

Remember that we have over 68,000 full text magazines available through our online databases. Click on Article Databases from the library’s webpage for a full list of options.

Questions about checking out magazines? Contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337.

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

Library closed for Memorial Day Weekend

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The library will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27- Monday, May 29,  2017.  We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. 

Please click here for regular library hours.