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!

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Haiku Time!

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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.

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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!

 

It’s National Library Week!

 

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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?”

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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:

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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!                                                                                                     

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

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… 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!

Book of the Month | March | Spring 2018

It’s spring break time here at Prairie State, and time to catch up on that most elusive of pastimes for busy college students– reading for pleasure!

Our recommended read for March is Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn.

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Book description: “August returns to Brooklyn to bury her father, and a chance encounter with a friend in her old neighborhood prompts a flood of memories from her youth. Her memories explore what it was like to be an African-American girl (and teen) in the 1970s, what possibilities existed — and what challenges. This tale of friendship, love, and loss cuts back and forth through time.” — Description by Shauna Griffin. 

Another Brooklyn is a 2016 New York Times Notable Book, a Booklist Editor’s Choice for adult and teen fiction, a recipient of the Black Caucus of the ALA’s award for fiction, and a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Another Brooklyn may be checked out from the Prairie State College Library.

If you enjoyed Another Brooklyn, let us know! We also have some readalikes for you:

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson  (JUV WOO)

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (FIC WAR)

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (FIC BAL)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (FIC ISH)

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We hope you are enjoying your time off, but you can still pop in to the library from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during Spring Break, just in case you missed us. Rest up, rejuvenate and read something that’s not part of an assignment. 🙂

Last day to enter the library’s Oscar ballot prediction contest!

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A reminder that today is the last day to participate in Prairie State Library’s Oscar Ballot contest. Every right answer is another chance to win a $5 Marcus Theatres gift card. Getting all the winners right gets you a chance at the grand prize of a $35 Marcus Cinemas gift card. You can fill out the online form or stop by the library until 2 p.m. to cast your ballot. Good luck!

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!

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!