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.

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PSC 25th anniversary celebrations in the College Library
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PSC 25th anniversary celebrations in the College Library

 

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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!

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.

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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
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Main Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony 10/2/1972

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!

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.

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Bloom College 1958-1959 Yearbook   
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Favorite Super Bowl snack food?

 

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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

Urban Fiction

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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!

PSC Library Joins OverDrive!

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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):

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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.*

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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.

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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.

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After clicking on the books icon, you will be directed to the page below.

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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!

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Our Right to Read- Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017

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!