Season’s Readings.




The fall semester is coming to a close.  The holidays are approaching fast.  Hopefully, between your work and celebrations, you will have some time for a little light reading.  We have books about winter fun, holiday histories, and classic holiday tales.  Stop by the library and check out some seasonal stories for you or your family.


Getting Ahead: 5 Books to Read Before You See the Movie



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We live in an age where movie studios and TV networks love to adapt new shows and movies from previously established books. From big blockbuster ratings smashes, such as Game of Thrones to smaller Indie flicks like The Fault in Stars, books have found their way into the mainstream of the industry. The good news is that you can find a lot of these books and movies for free using the library!

Snowpiercer vol 1 & 2
written by Jacques Lob and Ben LeGrand
illustrated by Jean-Marc RochetteCoursing through an eternal winter, on an icy track wrapped around the frozen planet Earth, there travels a train that never stops. This is Snowpiercer: one thousand and one carriages long. From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a complete hierarchy of the society we lost. The elite, as ever, travel in luxury at the front of the train – but for those in the rear coaches, life is squalid, miserable and short. Now the poor have had enough: it’s time to seize control of the engine – and their future!

Basis for the movie:


Get the Books (vol 1 & 2)
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All You Need is Kill
by Hiroshi SakurazakaWhen the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally–the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

Basis for the movie:

Live, Die, repeat: The Edge of Tomorrow

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Get the Graphic Novel
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by Veronica RothIn a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Basis for the movie:


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The Maze Runner
by James DashnerThomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in “the glade” for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change.

Basis for the movie:

the maze runner

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get the movie

Hunger Games: MockingJay
by Suzanne CollinsAgainst all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol wants revenge … and President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe!

Basis for the movie:

Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1 & 2

Get the Book
get the first two movies

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

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!

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!

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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