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Tastes of Summer!


Following the Culinary Arts Month theme, here are some recipes that are taste tested and simple and give you the flavor of summer. 

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze (Food Network). These come out light and flavorful. The glaze provides a sweet/tart aspect.  Great for a Sunday morning with coffee or tea.

Rhubarb Pie (Allrecipes). If you think you don’t like rhubarb, think again! This super simple and old fashioned recipe firms up well and is great with whipped cream or ice cream.


Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta (Epicurious).  This fresh and easy recipe can be adjusted to any serving size. Add in some red pepper chili flake for a kick, or some anchovies for umami. I use bucatini pasta instead of spaghetti as is has a thicker density and holds the sauce well. Serve with a side salad and garlic toast.

Mojito (Allrecipes). You can make this with or without the rum; just adjust to add more lime or soda. It is very refreshing and you can adjust the recipe to add watermelon, or make it with cucumber and basil.  The lime-ier, the better!

pizza-814044_1280Grilled Pizza (Simply Recipes). This recipe provides you with the process of grilling a pizza.   Use your favorite homemade or store bought dough (here is a good recipe if you haven’t done this before), and add any type of toppings that will use up your summer produce. Pizza grills quickly and gets a nice, chewy char, so keep an eye on it.

Watermelon-Feta Salad (PBS). Refreshing on a hot day and a great way to make a salad ahead for a group gathering.  You can leave out the onions and it is just as good.  Be sure to not over-mix; you want the feta to maintain some of its integrity.melon-1606061_640.jpg

Do you have a favorite summer recipe? Share in the comments!

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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.


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



Life of Pi

National Parks Exploration Series

Voyage to the Galapagos

Australia Revealed

Wonders of the African World


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

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

June is LGBTQ Pride month


What is LGBTQ Pride Month?


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.


LGBTQ Graphic Novels Bibliography from ALA

Book awards:

In the ECC Library:




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

Need help citing? Try these resources!

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Make your life easier by checking out the citing guide options below.




NoodleTools is an online tool that can assist you in organizing your research, including notecards, sharing, and creating your bibliography/works cited page. See the NoodleTools Research Guide for step-by-step instructions.

The Write Place offers writing assistance. They are located in Building B, Room B274. Any student or ECC employee can use this service.  Stop by Building B, Room B274, or call 847-214-7480 for information. Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget that you can also get personalized citation help from the ECC Librarians. We are available during all of our library hours (many nights until 10 p.m.) and have experience in the various formats.  Contact us by email, chat, text, phone, and in person.

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

Fake news pic

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…

f5334a7d9827850cb76db6e96becdd372e82815485dcf6d020d14140baaab050….a study room!

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.