Check This Book Out! Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe


jacketWhy do we linger on a news channel’s horrific story or slow down to see a car accident while driving? Why do we pick up gossip magazines to read about a new celebrity divorce rumor?  The past twenty years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions.  Professor Jim Davies’ fascinating book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling.

Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

Find this book and other new books on the shelves outside the Quiet Reading Room in the Prairie State College library!

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Books to Offer Your Children



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A bedtime storyI see many children in the library accompanying their parents and caregivers. You are trying to do your work, and the child needs something to do or be distracted by. Well, this month we are displaying just a few of our children’s books to make you more aware that we have books for your child to look at or read when you bring them in!

For the littlest of children, we have board books – books with pages that they can’t tear so you don’t have to worry about them destroying the books. When they get to the age where they can nicely turn the pages, usually around 2.5 or so, I selected some books to put on the lower shelves that they can reach to browse and view the pictures. Picture books for older children that are learning to read or can read already are on the higher two shelves.

Many of these books are award winners, and all of the ones on display are hand-selected to be diverse and hopefully interesting to some youngsters. Next to the display is a long shelf full of more books for children, including chapter books and novels. Just as you might find books on the shelves with a call number, these books are shelved under JUV for juvenile and then by author’s last name alphabetically.

Not only are these books that the child can browse while at the library, but you can check any of these out with your Prairie State student ID and read them to and with the children at home.

The other good reason to use our collection of children’s books is for our early childhood or education programs. You might take one of these classes: ED 220 Children’s Literature (3), ECED 205 Language Arts for Children (3), EDU 205 Language Arts for Children (3). You can find more about the program here or about the classes here.

So feel free to bring your children next time you have to get work done in the library and show them the benefits of books and libraries! Click on the book covers below to see more about each book. Ask Kelly Mueller or any of the other librarians if you have questions and checkout what we have to offer your little ones!

Green A Ball for Daisy Kitten's First Full Moon My Car
Goodnight Moon Peek-a-boo One Cool Friend Jacob Lawrence in the City
Llama Llama Red Pajama Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match Knock Knock Chowder

Election Day: American Politics & Politicians



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This week Prairie State College is highlighting the mid-term elections by featuring some books on American politics and politicians.  It’s been hard not to turn on the TV or radio lately without hearing commercials advertising who you should vote for.  If you want to know more or are just down-right confused about US politics, candidates and political campaigns, we are here to help!

Want to learn more about how our electoral system works? Check out these books we have:

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Here are some books that you can check out today:

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We also have quite a few e-books available:

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Check This Book Out: Unfamiliar Streets: the photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip Lorca DiCorica


Unfamiliar Streets: the photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip Lorca DiCorica introduces readers to four in-depth profiles of American photographers (listed above) who captured the essence of street photos before the rise of social media.

Brussard also connects the images to their surrounding social histories, capturing more than just the photo. This is a book for both students of photography as well as those just starting out.

Find this book and other new books on the shelves outside the Quiet Reading Room in the Prairie State College library!

October is Breast cancer awareness month




In 2011 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

  • 220,097 women and 2,078 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer.*†
  • 40,931 women and 443 men in the United States died from breast cancer.*†

*Incidence counts cover about 99% of the U.S. population; death counts cover about 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution when comparing incidence and death counts.

†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014.

                   The following books on the topic are available in the library.

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

Mayo clinic breast cancer book

The big squeeze

The Breast Cancer survival manual

The breast reconstruction guide book

How to search for items within the library only


Here at PSC we have a wealth of databases and thousands of peer-reviewed journals to browse and download that are available 24/7 (with your PSC email username and password). However we also have books and DVDs that you can check out from the library, everything from graphic novels to fiction to psychology and beyond!OneSearch

To locate only items within the library (like print books or DVDs), start at the same OneSearch box on the library’s homepage.

Once you have entered your title (or any other search terms) you will need to look at the left side of the page and scroll down to Catalog Only. Click the box to limit your search it our Main Collection.


Then look for the Call No. and that will tell you where the book will be on the shelf. Feel free to ask any librarians for help or visit this previous blog post to learn more about where different sections of the library are!


Where Can I Find…in the Library?



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Welcome or welcome back to the library. A new school year is underway, and the library is here to support you. We have many different resources that we want students, faculty, and staff to be aware of so you can take advantage of them! (Click on the pictures to enlarge them).

DVDsA new and exciting addition to everyone is our DVD display rack. Now you can browse our DVD selection right in the library. Look through the covers, bring the one you want up to the circulation desk with your ID, and borrow DVDs for 7 days! New covers and titles are being added often.

Location: Near the front door of the library, opposite the circulation desk.

ereaderAnother new addition as of this semester is our e-readers. Now you can check out a book from our 3M collection and then check out an e-reader to take home with you for 3 weeks. This way you don’t have to have a phone or other device that you can read it on, and you can take it with you anywhere!

Location: Check books out in catalog, check out e-reader at circulation desk.

reference booksWhat staples do we have to offer you in the library? Besides the usual fiction and nonfiction, we have reference books, graphic novels, books on display, a quiet reading room, study rooms, and more!

Among our reference books are dictionaries, encyclopedias, subject-specific overviews, almanacs. These books cannot be checked out, but you can make limited copies for yourself or use them in the library.

Location: The middle of the library on shorter shelves.

graphic novelsOur graphic novels are very popular in the library, and rightly so I think! I’m a big fan of graphic novels because you can see the characters as the author or illustrator imagined them, and you have to read the pictures just as much as you read the text. They recently moved to being shelved by the fiction but are still pulled out separately.

Location: Back left of the library under the sign that says “Fiction.”

book displayEvery month the librarians put together displays on relevant and/or interesting topics. Our current displays are books on video games and books on back to school. Other displays we have put together include themes like Halloween, Christmas, Going Green, Gardening, the World Cup, Summer Reading, and Poetry Month.

Location: Past the computers, in front of the library classroom.

study room meets quiet roomWe also have a quiet reading room past the circulation desk where there is no talking and you can read or work without distractions. If you have two or more people that want to discuss something or study or work together, there are three study rooms available to reserve for up to 2 hours at a time. This can be done with a student ID up at the circulation desk.

As always, the reference librarians are at the reference desk by the computers ready to help you with your academic needs whenever the library is open. Stop by, interrupt us, and ask away! We’re here for you!


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