Tag Archives: Special Interest

Census 2020: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

The library has a new guide called Census 2020, compiling resources in both English and Spanish, answering your questions and stressing the importance of your participation in the U.S. Census.

Did you know that the Census:

*Is mandated by the Constitution?

*Helps determine representation in the House of Representatives?

* Can change how the boundaries to districts are drawn in your area?

See Census 101 for more.

The guide has direct links to the U.S. Census site, as well as resources such as books, databases, and websites.

You will want to be sure to participate! Your information is confidential, but can be important as to monies received from the government toward important services and programs in your community.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Study rooms can provide added quiet for finals week and all year!

One of the library’s many study rooms

Need to work on group projects, or a quiet place to study during finals week? The library’s study rooms and the library’s 2nd floor 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;
  • Are not soundproof, so noise should be kept to a quiet, normal speaking voice;
  • Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Remember that the 2nd floor of the library is designated as the “Quiet Floor” so noise is kept to a minimum there as well (it is not a “silent floor” however). There are plenty of study tables and a few computers you can use on 2nd floor, too.

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

Turtles All the Way Down Book Review

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles all the way down
John Green
Fic G7968t, Children’s short stacks      

That John Green – of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

In this one, the author explores his own struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which he’s dealt with since childhood.  This novel has been long-anticipated – his first in five years – and it is darker in some ways than some of his other dark topics.

–Submitted by Mary Spevecek, Reference/Instruction Librarian

#TBT: History of Elgin

Always wondered about your community? Check out some of these books on the history of Elgin.

Some of the books in our collection!

South Elgin, a history of the village from its origin as Clintonville

Hispanics in Elgin: A Brief History/ Los hispanos en Elgin : una breve historia

Black pioneers of Kane county, and Elgin, Illinois 1855 to 1880 : a genealogy and history

Elgin time : a history of the Elgin National Watch Company, 1864-1968

Old Elgin: A Pictorial History

Elgin : an American history, 1835-1985

Silent city : a history of Elgin’s city cemeteries

You will also want to explore the Elgin Community College Digital Image site, or contact the Archives for even more on ECC’s history!

From the Elgin Community College History: Digital Images of the Institutional History of Elgin Community College

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Librarians Maria Bagshaw and Jen Schlau present at the IPSA conference at College of DuPage

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Maria Bagshaw and Jen Schlau presented two different talks as part of a panel presentation for the Illinois Political Science Association. The panel focus was pedagogy in the political sciences.

Maria’s talk focused on bridging the gap between high school students and college instructors’ expectations as far as research ability. She discussed the Big 6 theory, I-SAIL standards, ACRL framework, and how we can introduce information literacy more closely in grades 6-12 in order to prepare students better for success.

Jen’s talk profiled ways she teaches in the classroom using the ACRL Framework as a guide. She documented challenges students have with researching and how campus-wide efforts and documented collaboration between teachers and librarians can help us all support students.

Other panelists discussed the following:

Liebig’s Law of the Minimum, Prairie Schooners and the Donner Party by       Paige Sullivan, Aurora University

Bridging the Chasm of Students’ Lack of Participation by Chris Newman, Elgin Community College

Curriculum and pedagogical methods of teaching American Government and U.S. History in the middle school, high school, and college levels by John Paris, College of DuPage and David White, McHenry County College

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Interlibrary loan: the free service you need for research and life

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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.

The Poet X Book Review

The Poet X

The Poet X              
Elizabeth Acevedo        
Fic A174p, Children’s low stacks

Elizabeth Acevedo, an Afro-Dominican National Poetry Slam Champion, was awarded both the 2018 National Book Award and the Pura Belpré Award (given to Latino/Latina writers) for her debut novel.

Her character, Xiomara, pours all her frustrations and passion into her poetry, but when asked to join a slam poetry club, wonders if she can defy her mother and the laws of the church in order to perform her poems aloud.

–Submitted by Mary Spevecek, Referrence/Instruction Librarian