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Library closed for President’s Day

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The library will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, in honor of President’s Day.

We will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19.

Click here for Spring Semester Hours.


100 iconic love stories from around the world

For your reading list pleasure on Valentine’s Day, we bring you 100 love stories from around the world (courtesy of Kimberly Mays). This list will show you titles from each country with a brief synopsis. Find your love today!

Elgin College History collection highlighted for Black History Month

Courtesy of Illinois Digital Heritage Hub

The Illinois Digital Heritage Hub has highlighted two local collections as part of their celebration for Black History Month: the McLean County Historical Society’s Bloomington-Normal Black History Project and Elgin Community College’s Elgin Community College History collection.

From the post: The Elgin Community College History collection includes images from Elgin-area Black History Month celebrations often involving prominent figures in African American history and culture. In particular, Tuskegee Airman Andrew Lane met with Larkin High School students for Black History Month in 1994.

–Illinois Digital Heritage Hub, https://ildplacollections.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/celebrating-black-history/

You can see the entire post highlighting these collections here.

Thank you to Armando Trejo for his diligent work on digitizing and preserving the ECC story for the future.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Slavery and Anti-Slavery

Students and faculty can gain new insights and context into many subject areas by using the Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive database.

Need a chronology? Looking for primary documents? Want to know more about the key people involved? This searchable database provides a variety of credible and vetted primary and secondary resources, ensuring that students and faculty have the highest quality materials for their projects.

This collection includes 5.4 million cross-searchable pages, including books, manuscripts, Supreme Court records and articles, as well as links to websites and biographies. Strong partnerships with the Amistad Research Center, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Library, the National Archives in Kew, Oberlin College, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and many other institutions make this collection both a unique and particularly extensive resource.

If you need help navigating the collection or have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

February is Black History Month

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

These are specialized databases that can help you explore the issues related to black history:

The new database Biography in Context has great resources on historic and current individuals. One example is Lorraine Hansberry, below.

The Social Justice Research Guide  provides links to databases, books, and information on race relations, white privilege, civil rights, and more. You can also check out one of our recent blog posts on Race and Brutality in YA Literature.

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; most are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.

National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

When you write your first novel, you do not expect it to be short-listed for the National Book Award!  Erika L. Sánchez, a daughter of Mexican immigrants from Cicero, Illinois, at first had her novel rejected because agents found her teenage heroine too angry and sarcastic.


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Call Number: Fic S209i           Publication Date: 2017

When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed. National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, 2017. Tomás Rivera Book Award Winner for Older Readers/Young Adult, 2018

Sherman Alexie* won the National Book Award for his first novel, sort of like hitting a home run during your first at-bat.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Call Number: Fic A384a


Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Readers have laughed and cried through this well-written book that mirrors the author’s life. Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, about 50 miles northwest of Spokane.

*(Sidenote: Alexie has been accused of the sexual harassment of several women and there are ongoing questions. See this NPR article from March 2018). 

Neal Shusterman had a long history in YA Literature prior to winning his award – you may remember the popular Unwind series, in which teens are turned in for their parts!


Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman; Brendan Shusterman (Illustrator)
Call Number: Children’s Collection Fic S5626c

Based partly on the true experiences of the author’s son, who is also the book’s illustrator. For 14-year-old Caden Bosch, his gradual descent into schizophrenia is a quest to reach the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest place on Earth.

–Submitted by Mary Spevecek, Reference Librarian

#BookThatChangedYourWorld : Barb Evans

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
FIC A355Litt

Cover courtesy of Amazon.com

I picked Little Women because it is a lifelong favorite that I have reread at many points in my life. The original edition I read had photos from the 1933 movie starring Katharine Hepburn. I still have that book.The sisters in the book helped change my outlook on how to be in the world.They were striving to be their best and yet to have humility.

I was just turning eleven when I first read Little Women. I found it on a book shelf at home during the summer and read it on our front porch.

The first time I read the book I was struck by the tragedy of Beth’s untimely death at age 19. This quote in the chapter Beth’s Secret was one of the saddest things I had ever read:

“I only mean to say that I have a feeling that it never was intended I should livelong. I’m not like the rest of you. I never made any plans about what I’d do when I grew up. I never thought of being married, as you all did. I couldn’t seem to imagine myself anything but stupid little Beth, trotting about at home,of no use anywhere but there.”

My runner-up title was Jane Eyre.

Barbara Evans

–Submitted by Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian