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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.


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


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:

Check This Book Out! Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

The Supreme’s at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is a mildly humorous, but touching, story about the lives of three close friends.  Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean grew up together.  As a result of their closely knit friendship, they have become known in their small community as the “Supremes”.  Each week, they meet for dinner at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat cafe. However, their visits to Earl’s is not solely about food.  Earl’s has become a place where they can feed their minds, bodies, and soul with laughter and great conversation. This is something they all learn to appreciate as they face the most challenging year of their lives.

Written by Chicago native Edward Kelsey Moore, this story is about true sisterhood.  These women help each other through difficult situations by sharing wisdom, faith, and hope.  Similar to the  movie Soul Food, this book highlights the many wonderful traditions that unites African Americans within their communities.

Come check out this and many other new books from our new book display right next to the graphic novels!

Check This Book Out! Lifehacker by Adam Pash

Frustrated by the daily deluge of information that flows through email, texts, your computer, and your phone?  Does your To Do list grow rather than shrink?  The technology that helps us find reliable directions, stay in touch with friends, and keep up with current events can also be a cause of stress.  Lifehacker offers practical advice for managing our digital, and daily, lives.  Get tips on how to efficiently organize your email, computer documents, and data transfer between devices.  Discover the secret to creating a realistic To Do list, and learn how to effectively manage your time at home and at work.

Adam Pash, the author, is also the editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to “Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.”  After you’ve finished this book, check out the Lifehacker Blog and Open Forums for more tips on staying organized and saving time.

Lifehacker and the books shown below can all be found on the NEW BOOKS DISPLAY at the Prairie State College Library.

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The Winner Is … Award Worthy Books on Display

“I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work — a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before. So this award is only mine in trust.”

William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1949

Guess what? We are celebrating award-winning books and authors this month. When you stop by the Library’s main book display, you will be able to find titles featuring writers and novelists who have been bestowed with the prestige of lifetime achievement (Nobel Prize in Literature) along with other famous scribes who have been told that a book they produced encapsulated what it meant to live the American Life (Pulitzer Prize).  We will also have recent winners like The Tiger’s Wife (Orange Prize), in addition to titles that transcended a medium (Watchmen; Hugo and Eisner Awards), authors with awards from other countries (Haruki Murakami and Yu Hua), books with upcoming movie adaptations (The Invention of Hugo Cabret; Caldecott Medal), and much, much more.

Of course, to fail to win an award is not a sin, as classics, such as Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse 5, did not even garner one statue or plaque, while other authors such Nelson Algren never seemed to recapture the critical acclaimed they received from an award-winning book (The Man with the Golden Arm, National Book Award).

Regardless, you can take the time this month to stop by the Library and find out for yourself why these title have found critical acclaim or you can continue reading to some links for other popular awards.

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