Audiobooks!

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The PSC Library now offers several books in audio format. Using the Cloud Library app (the same app used to read ebooks), you can download audiobooks using your computer or mobile device so that you can listen to your book anytime/anywhere – such as on a long drive, while doing laundry, cooking dinner, etc. You’ll have 21 days to listen to the book and you don’t have to worry about returning it – the app will take care of that for you!

The only information you need to start checking out audiobooks is your 14-digit barcode number located on your ID card, which begins with “22783.” But, please note that you must have a library account set up in order for the app to work. So if you’ve never checked out a book before, please stop by the Circulation Desk to set up your library account.

By the way, signing up for a library account and checking out an audiobook are two challenges you can easily complete in order to enter our Library Challenge contest! Suggest an audiobook that you think the library should have and you’ll complete another challenge.

Below are just a few of the titles we offer in audio format. If you have any questions about using the Cloud Library app or accessing audiobooks, please ask us. Happy listening!

History in and Around Chicago!

Learn more about Chicago and Illinois history over the summer by checking out a book and visiting some of our cultural institutions.For its 2015-2016 season, the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s One Book, One Chicago, selected Thomas Dyja’s book, The Third Coast, which offers a detailed account of Chicago history. His narrative of Chicago includes many historical landmarks that we can still visit today. Themes included in the book are politics (of course!), architecture, urban planning, the arts, and race. The Chicago Public Library hosts many events during the One Book season.

The 2015-2016 season is now over, but the 2016-2017 season is forthcoming. No matter, The Third Coast would make a great summer read!

And in between reading, make plans to visit some of these local institutions: The Pullman State Historical Site , DuSable Museum  , National Museum of Mexican Art, and Heritage Museum of Asian Art (reopening late summer of 2016.)

Below is just a small sample of titles in the Prairie State College Library collection. So stop by to check out some of these great Chicagoland stories (fiction and non-fiction included!), and ask about our college archives!

Check These Books Out!

Need something to read between classes?  The Prairie State College Library is always acquiring new books for our patrons.  The selections below, and many others, can be found on the shelves located outside our Quiet Reading Room.

       
       
       

Science Fiction and Fantasy. What is the Difference?

Applied Science and technology are central to the Science Fiction genre. Science Fiction is also called Speculative Fiction because it is written with the question in mind, “What if?” (Seed 2). Common settings are: Earth, near space, or the interior of the Earth, and narratives may emphasize historical or political events. Narratives may also be spiritual (Star Wars), and even didactic in some cases. Protagonists can be human or alien (Films: E.T. the Extraterrestrial and District 9.)

Science Fiction may be set in dystopian or utopian societies (Snowpiercer and The Hunger Games series.) Often, a narrative can begin with a utopian society that actually turns out to be dystopian for some of the characters involved (Films: Elysium, and After Earth.) Dystopian narratives can fall under the Post-Apocalyptic fiction genre (The Road), but there are differences still between Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic fiction (See Prairie State Library resources for further details.) Post-Apocalyptic fiction is usually set in a world after some catastrophic event.

On the other hand, Fantasy authors often construct worlds of their imagination (Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series.) Think dragons, fairies, and witches ( A Game of Thrones.) Fantasy can also include darker, more horrific characters such as orcs, vampires or werewolves (Interview with the Vampire and True Blood: The Sookie Stackhouse series.)

Both genres can include elements of the other, and rely heavily on the tension between the light and dark nature of existence.

Want to read from the Science Fiction or Fantasy genre? Want to use this as a research topic? Prairie State Library has the resources that you need!

Source: Seed, David. Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Print.

Check This Book Out! Man Booker Prize Winner 2015

Set in 1970s Jamaica, author Marlon James’s third novel explores crime, corruption, and the attempted assassination of Reggae music legend, Bob Marley. This epic tale is narrated in several voices: from the young street hustler to the most powerful in Jamaican politics, from woman to man, and from Jamaican dialect to English. James crafts a powerful tale that is sure to capture the reader’s imagination.

Check out this novel and other new books in our collection:


 

Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read

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During the week of September 27 to October 3, we’re celebrating Banned Books Week and the freedom to read along with schools, bookstores and libraries across the nation.  You might not believe it but books still get challenged and banned today.  There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, here’s a list of the 10 most challenged titles of last year.  Check out which books you’ve read from this list of the most frequently challenged books of the past two decades.  You might even be surprised which books have been challenged and why.

Here are a few titles you can check out that have been challenged:

 
 

Check this book out! Four: A Divergent Collection

The latest novel in the Divergent series from bestselling author Veronica Roth will be sure to satisfy Divergent fans.  Four is a companion novel that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes all as told from Tobias’s point of view.   If you’re a fan of the series or a have just discovered the novels, you’ll be sure to enjoy this companion novel that takes you further into the character’s experience.

Check out this novel and other books new to our collection:

The Ultimate Chicago Reading List

If you’re looking for an engaging summer read, why not pick up a novel set here in Chicago?

Whether you grew up in the city or love to visit, you’ll enjoy recognizing the streets, neighborhoods, and landmarks that make up this beautiful city while turning each page.

Here are 12 must-reads that everyone who lives here needs to read!