May the 4th Be With You! — Star Wars Books

Hey! There’s a new Star Wars trailer out! Check it out, along with all the Star Wars books that you can find at the Prairie State College Library.

My favorite is Luke Skywalker can’t read : and other geeky truths.

Star Wars : Dark empire trilogy
by Veitch, Tom

Six years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, the battle for the galaxy’s freedom rages on. The Empire has been mysteriously reborn under an unknown leader, wielding a new weapon of great power. Princess Leia and Han Solo struggle to hold together the New Republic while the galaxy’s savior, Luke Skywalker, fights an inner battle as he is drawn to the dark side, just as his father…

Star wars: aftermath
by Wendig, Chuck

As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance–now a fledgling New Republic–presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.

Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world–war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is–or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.

Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit–to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies–her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector–who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all. Continue reading “May the 4th Be With You! — Star Wars Books”


New Movies to Check Out and Borrow!

Stop by the Library this semester and check out some of the new movies we got in this semester. One of my personal favorite movies this year was Mad Max: Fury Road but you may also want to check out Dope, where a chance encounter at an underground party leads high school senior, Malcolm and his friends on an adventure in Los Angeles. Other notable movies include the HBO documentaries The Jinx, which reexamined the  strange life of Robert Durst or Going Clear which scrutinized the organization of Scientology. If these aren’t enough for you, you might want to try out some of their book companions listed below.



Marvel Universe at the Library

With Avengers: Age of Ultron releasing this weekend it is as good a time as any to stop by the Library and browse the Marvel Books that we have available for checkout.

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
Sean Howe
PN 6725.H69 2012

For those of you who are interested in Marvel Comics, check out Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe.


An unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws.

For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939; Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; and Jack Kirby, the World War II veteran who’d co-created Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company’s marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debates.


You can also find out more about any Marvel character by checking out Marvel’s Online Encyclopedia.

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

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)
Get the Movie

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

Get the Book
Get the Graphic Novel
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by Veronica Roth In 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:


Get the Book
Get the ebook
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The Maze Runner
by James Dashner Thomas 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 ebook
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

Don’t Get Left Behind: Check Out These Movie and TV Tie-ins Ebooks with 3M

BannerWe 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, like last years Oscar Nominees, American Hustle (The Sting Man) and 12 Years a Slave, to upcoming releases like FX’s The Strain and the David Fincher directed, Gone Girl all for free using the Library’s eBook service 3M Cloud Library.

If you are new to using 3M you can find a detailed description on how to use it here, in our article 5 Steps to Checking Out Ebooks. After you download the App you can read any of the books on your PC, Tablet, or E-Reader with the simple touch of a button. So go on and say, “yeah, that show was okay, but you should check out the book”, there is nothing stopping you.

You can also find more Movie and TV Show Tie-Ins in 3M or if you want see what else we have in the collection you browse our shelves here.


These are a Few of my Favorite Things!

I’ve always loved going to my local library.  As a child, my sisters and I took advantage of the summer reading programs.  We’d bring home our tracking sheets and write down every book we read, desperately trying to get to 100 titles so we could win the ultimate prize, a gift certificate to a nearby ice cream parlor.  Many people have great memories of using the library as a child, but forget that libraries can be just as much fun for adults.  Here are a few of my favorite things about the Prairie State College Library:

Fiction Collection – PSC Library’s fiction collection includes award winners, urban fiction, and graphic novels.  Come find the perfect book to read on the beach or by the pool.

DVDs – Did you know that PSC Library has a DVD collection?  Click here to browse.  The collection includes documentaries and educational videos, as well as more recent popular titles like The King’s Speech and The Artist.

Great Online Databases Anyone visiting the library can use the computers in the Computer Lab to access our online databases.  Students and faculty can also access these databases at home with a username and password.  Be sure to visit my two favorites, ARTstor and Films on Demand. ARTstor is a digital image library that provides access to beautiful images of art, sculpture, photography, and architecture.  You can either browse the collections, search for a specific work, or look up all the work by a specific artist.  Be warned, this database is as addictive as Pinterest.  My other favorite, Films on Demand, is a collection of videos that cover a wide range of topics.  View footage of TedTalks, plays, famous speeches, documentaries, and more.

Make sure to take advantage of all PSC Library has to offer this summer.  If you ever need help, stop by the reference desk or give us a call at (708) 709-3552.