Archive News

Founded in 1957 as Bloom Township Junior College, Prairie State College’s (PSC) first classes were held in 1958 in the basement of the First Christian Church. Originally established to offer only transfer liberal arts courses and occupational-technical courses, The College was reorganized in 1967 as a Class I junior college. With the combining of four high school districts into an enlarged territory, Bloom Township Junior College was renamed Prairie State College.

In August 1, 1963, Bloom College Dental Assisting School received full accreditation. It was the first Dental Assisting School in a Community College in Illinois to be fully accredited.

In January 1967, Dental Hygiene Program was approved to to begin classes. In September 1967 it moved from its original location Wallace House to Saint James Hospital.

After a few setbacks due the accreditation process, Dental Assisting Program was reinstated in February 1974 and classes resumed in September 1974.

Today, Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Program is continuing its classes on the new campus on Vollmer Road and Halsted Street.

As part of the Commemoration of 60th anniversary of the Prairie State College, Library Archives will be displaying old photos of the Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Students and Faculty in Room 1222 from June 26, 2018 until July 26, 2018.

Denatl Hygiene Class Date Unknown
Dental Hygiene Class Date Unknown
Dental Hygiene Students Date Unknown
Dental Hygiene Students Date Unknown

Archive News

Prairie State College celebrated its 25th anniversary of becoming a two year Junior College in 1983. Since it started teaching classes in the basement of a Church in Chicago Heights, the College made a huge impact on the economic and social development of the communities it serves over the years. Former History Professor and first Archivist of Prairie State College, Dr. Richard Sherman expresses the challenges and successes the College experienced in his book titled “Prairie State College in its first quarter century 1957-1982: A Community College History” published in 1992.

If you’re interested in learning about this book and other items about the history of the College, you may visit Room 1222 from May 22, 2018 until June 22nd, 2018.

PSC 25th anniversary celebrations in the Library photo 2
PSC 25th anniversary celebrations in the College Library
PSC 25th anniversary celebrations photo1
PSC 25th anniversary celebrations in the College Library


Book of the Month | May | Spring 2018

In honor of Mystery Book Month, May’s book of the month is Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.

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From Dawn Towery: “Readers can imagine the frustration of book editor Susan Ryeland: the final chapters are missing from author Alan Conway’s latest mystery manuscript starring his Poirot-esque detective! Conway’s sudden, suspicious death means that Susan must piece together the ending by interviewing his friends and family; then she realizes that the novel’s characters are stand-ins for real people and that the book may be related to the author’s death. Containing a novel-within-a-novel, suspense, and plenty of details that Golden Age mystery fans will relish, the cleverly plotted Magpie Murders has something for everyone.”

Follow this link to find more mysteries in the Agatha Christie tradition.

Thank you for another wonderful semester at Prairie State College!  If you’ve graduated or are traveling on to another college or four-year institution, we wish you the best of luck in all your future plans. If you’re coming back in the fall, we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Catch your breath, get some sleep, drink water, visit friends and family, and read a book now and then to nourish your mind.

Take care, and have a beautiful summer!

Haiku Time!


Prairie State College Library celebrated National Poetry Month with poetry cranes, displays, magnetic poetry and by sharing your haiku with us on the library chalkboard. A big thank you to everyone who participated and spread the word!

Our next library chalkboard question is, “What are you plans for summer?” Stop by anytime to let us know, we’d love to hear from you.

p.s. The poetry magnets are on the chalkboard by the library carrels. They are there for your use whenever the creative spirit moves you.



Book of the Month | April | Spring 2018

April’s Book of the Month is The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao.

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Book description: “The tale of two sisters who, surrounded by a cast of unforgettable characters, assert their independence and courageously carve a path of their own in 1940s Rio de Janeiro.”

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is available for checkout at the library. If you read it, let us know! Follow the link for a printer-friendly booklist with readalike books and authors. Happy reading!


Archive News

As part of the 60th anniversary of the Prairie State College Archives will be showcasing photos of some of the Groundbreaking and Dedication ceremonies of main campus building as well as various phases of the construction project which started in 1973 and completed in 1976. Original Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on October 2, 1972.

If you’re interested in seeing various old photos of the Campus Construction and Development you may visit the Archives in Room 1222 in the Library from April 21, 2018 until May 21, 2018.

Main Campus Construction Photos
Main Campus Construction Photos Architects: The Perkins and Will Partnership 8/17/1973
Governor R Ogilvie and Board President Mr Griffith at Main Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony October 2 1972
Illinois Governor R Ogilvie and Board President Mr Griffith at Main Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony 10/2/1972
Main Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony 10/2/1972

It’s National Library Week!


National Library Week Chalkboard photo

Libraries Lead is the theme of 2018’s National Library Week, celebrated the second week of April every year. (Check it out– Misty Copeland is NLW’s honorary chair!)

Since Prairie State College educates current and future leaders, we thought we’d ask you what you liked about your library and what you’d like to see in the future. I have to admit, movie nights and free pizza sound like good ideas. 😉

Stop by the library today to write your answers on the chalkboard, ask us a question, or pick up a free poetry crane— the library’s got it all!

“If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?”


It looks like Morgan Freeman is the winner, although he did face a surprising amount of competition from Robert Downey, Jr.

This April, we invite you to write a haiku on the blackboard. A haiku is a three-line poem with 5 syllables in the first line; 7 syllables in the second, and 5 syllables in the third line. It’s all part of our celebration of National Poetry Month happening all month long.

Here goes:

April poetry

tiny thoughts wisely condensed

mightily expressed

We’d love to hear your thoughts on haiku, other forms of poetry, or anything else, so stop on by whenever you get the chance!                                                                                                     

Archive News: Monthly Displays at Prairie State College Archives

Did you know Prairie State College started to offer classes at Bloom High School in 1958 before it moved to its current location on Vollmer and Halsted Streets? To commemorate 60th anniversary of the College, the library will be showcasing historic photos, newspaper clips, awards and the other items that highlight the College’s accomplishments in Room 1222 in the Library throughout 2018. Our first display will exhibit the photos, newspaper clippings, awards and other memorabilia that documents the history of the Bloom Community College. Among the items being displayed are the newspaper articles that announced the dedication ceremony of the new College building that was located on the corner of 10th street and Dixie Highway and yearbooks and other photos.

Bloom Community College September 1958 (2)
Bloom College 1958-1959 Yearbook   
Bloom College Nursing Students
Bloom Community College Nursing Students

What are you going to do on Spring Break? The answers are in!

chalkboard question

… and sleep wins by a mile, but our favorite is *vote.* Illinois Primary Day is tomorrow, so don’t forget to do your civic duty before heading off to class.

Be sure to stop by the library to answer our next Chalkboard question: “If someone narrated your life, who would be your narrator?” Answers are fun, free, and for all to see!