Urban Fiction, also known as Urban Literature, Street Fiction, Gangsta Lit, Ghetto Lit, or Hip-Hop Fiction, is a relatively new but fast growing genre in the world of literature. Urban fiction excels in its compelling portrayals of modern characters dealing with the gritty realities of life on the urban streets. Its stories and characters help expose problems facing the black community. According to popular Urban Fiction author Teri Woods:
“The content is shedding light on a people who were, for many years, swept under the rug. It’s showing you its world, it’s giving you that whole lifestyle of drug infestation and poverty, which are the two biggest problems in black America. If you want to sweep that exposure under the rug and pretend it doesn’t exist, then it’s not going to fix the problem.”
The gritty reality and topics of this genre are what make it popular. According to Kevin Johnson, a Harlem, New York street vendor, “They are popular because they reflect the reality of the black experience, readers identify themselves with the characters and they can relate to those stories.” In addition to its intense and abrasive story lines, attention grabbing titles and ‘eye popping’ cover art also help in getting urban fiction books selected by patrons.
At PSC we are growing our collection of Urban Fiction novels. Stop by the library to check out our Urban Fiction display and the rest of our collection!
OverDrive is now live for the Prairie State College Community! OverDrive allows users access to the library’s collection of popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks and audiobooks.
Accessing OverDrive is simple! You can either type in the link prairiestate.overdrive.com or, find it on the library’s website, under the ‘All Databases’ icon (http://prairiestate.libguides.com/az.php?a=o):
The next step is to Sign In. All you need to sign in is your library card number, which can be found on your PSC ID. *Note: If you have not already registered your ID card at the library, you will need to do so before using OverDrive.*
After you are signed in, you can browse through the collection by looking at some of the site’s featured titles, by subject, or by collection. If you already know what you are looking for, you may search using the search bar on the top, right-hand corner.
In addition to its basic search features, OverDrive has features that can help keep you organized! By clicking on the book icon, you will be directed to a page that gives you different options to select from.
After clicking on the books icon, you will be directed to the page below.
This page can help you keep track of your loans, items you have added to your Wish List, titles you have rated, your recommendations, and allows you to view your loan history.
If you have any questions or would like further information on OverDrive, please do not hesitate to contact the library!
The American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week will begin on the week of September 24. This year’s theme, “Our Right to Read,” is aimed at putting emphasis on our First Amendment Right, which ensures our right to read.
According to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, there was a 17% increase in book censorship complaints in 2016. This statistic is alarming, as it is the right of each American to make their own intellectual decisions and choose what they would like to read.
When a library or university/college is prohibited from providing certain books or materials, they are hindering an individual or community’s intellectual freedom. It is important to remember that the term “offensive” is subjective- what may be offensive to you may be perfectly acceptable to one of your peers. Because of this, these materials should be made available (if the library so chooses) and individuals should be granted their right to make their decision.
Visit: bannedbooksweek.org for more information!
On August 9, the United Nations celebrates the International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous peoples are arguably one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. Throughout history, the rights of indigenous peoples have always been violated. To fight against this oppression, indigenous peoples from around the world stand together to fight against their common problems and contest for their rights. The theme for this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is their tenth year anniversary. On September 13, 2007, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
For more information on how to get involved, visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/index.shtml
July 18 is marked on our calendars as Nelson Mandela Day. On July 18, 2009, the United Nations unanimously voted to recognize the day-Mandela’s birthday- as a time to commemorate the lifelong service Mandela dedicated to South Africa and the world. This day calls on us to help make our communities and the world a better place.
To find out more out about what you can do to celebrate Mandela Day, visit its website at: https://www.mandeladay.com/pages/what-can-i-do
Also, use the hashtag #ActionAgainstPoverty to share or see good deeds being done in your community.