Book of the Month| February | Spring 2018

This month’s recommended read is Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God.

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Ian Stade of LibraryReads provides a summary: “From the author of the National Book award-winning novel The Round House comes an exploration into the possibility of evolution reversing and is told from the perspective of a pregnant woman who is writing a journal to her unborn child. Along the way we meet her adoptive parents, her birth mother, and she reports on society unraveling and detaining pregnant women. Erdrich provides compelling characters and a strong storyline about a near future in this piece of innovative dystopian fiction.”

Or, as the New York Times puts it, ‘What if evolution stopped, and then start running backward?”

Click here to read an interview of Louise Erdrich by Margot Atwood, author of A Handmaid’s Tale. If you like this title, we definitely suggest reading (or re-reading) this modern dystopian classic.

Other readalike authors to try: P.D. James, Sherman Alexie, Isabel Allende, Ian McEwan, Megan Hunter

If you like Future Home of the Living God, you may also like the following three books available for checkout:

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

The Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solmon

Click here to download our flyer with a list of readalike books and authors.

Happy Reading!

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Darwin Day coloring contest at the library!

The 209th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth is this Monday, February 12th, and Prairie State College has cooked up some fun activities to celebrate the scientific method!

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Would you like to win a $5 bookstore gift certificate? Then head over to the library to participate in a Charles Darwin coloring contest! Children of Prairie State students are encouraged to compete in the under 18 category.

On Monday, February 12th, check out the Conference Center for the following:

  • 1 pm and 3 pm: Activities, games, lessons from fossils and what Darwin didn’t know.
  • 2 pm and 6 pm: A presentation and discussion about common misconceptions, led by Biology Professor Angela Hung.

Download the Darwin Day flyer to get a full list of activities sponsored by the PSC Natural Sciences Department, or contact Erica Lannan at 708-709-3720 for more information.

And finally, check out Charles Darwin’s beloved Shrewsbury School; it’s now the Shrewsbury Library!

Favorite Super Bowl snack food?

 

blackboard superbowl snack food

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles in last night’s upset game!  And, just a reminder– PSC’s Fitness Center is available to you after you’ve eaten all that delicious snack food.

Next blackboard question: “What do you want to get this year for Valentine’s Day?” Stop by the library to write your response and to see what others have to say!

Oh no, tax season is here!

Today is the first day you can file your return with the IRS, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Find a provider near you!

You can file your federal tax return for free if you made under $66,000 last year. Click here to access IRS Free File software and fillable forms.

Or, if you’d rather do your return on paper, come to the Prairie State College Library to download and print the tax forms you need. Printouts are ten cents a page.

Federal tax forms

Illinois tax forms

Indiana tax forms

Audiobooks on the go

Prairie State College recently added e-book and audiobook lender Overdrive to the list of resources available at your library. If you have a student ID, you can sign up for a library card and instantly have access. Overdrive can be reached through the library website, or by downloading the free Overdrive app to your phone or tablet. Check out 5 titles at a time, and since items automatically go back to Overdrive when the lending period is over, that means no late fees– ever!

One audiobook to try on your school commute is Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers, by Suze Yalof Schwartz.

 

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