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