Monthly Archives: December 2013

Meet the Authors Event in the IRC


Following on the heels of Eric Smith’s successful book launch at the end of October, another book launch will be held in the IRC on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 11:35 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Lee Eysturlid, Ph. D., will discuss the newly published books, “Philosphers of War: The Evolution of History’s Greatest Military Thinkers, Volume 1 and 2.” Eysturlid is the editor as well as one of the contributing authors, along with fellow IMSA history faculty, Rob Kiely, Clay Skinner and Kirsty Montgomery.

All the authors are expected to attend and there will be a question and answer period after the presentation about the book. Refreshments will be served.

Learn More About Nelson Mandela in the IRC


Connie James-Jenkin, IRC Collection Development and Reference Librarian, has put a variety of material about Nelson Mandela on display in the IRC near the Reference Desk.

“As we all reflect on the the importance of Nelson Mandela to South Africa and the world, we may want to learn more about this great man through his own words and writings,” wrote Connie in an email message about the new display.

The following are among the selection of materials in the IRC:

  • His 2012 title Notes to the Future
  • Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words (published in 2003)
  • His 1995 memoir Long Walk to Freedom
  • His 1986 title The Struggle Is My Life
  • Prisoner in the Garden: Photos, Letters & Notes from Nelson Mandela’s 27 Years in Prison

All are available for  check out in the IRC.


SuperSundaysSmallThe IRC will be open two Sundays in December, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this time for additional hours of quiet study, research for papers or to complete class projects. Printers are available to anyone who needs to print out classwork.

On December 8th and 15th, the IRC will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and a reference librarian will be available to help with research or questions.

Students who are all caught up or looking for bit of relaxation, are invited to check out a  book, magazine, movie or CD.

Suggestions of how to spend Super Sundays are listed on the poster above, along with dates and times.


IMG_0005Connie James-Jenkin, IRC Collection Development and Reference Librarian, has begun wrapping up the year with her display of the Best Science Books of 2013. After perusing suggestions on the “Best of the Best” lists from several sources, including the New York Times, Time magazine and Amazon, Connie has pulled a variety of science books from the IRC collection that are displayed on a table in the Computer Lab area.

Selected titles include:

  • Richard Dawkin’s new title Appetite for Wonder
  • Letters to a Young Scientist
  • Biography of Tesla
  • Eric Schlosser’s new title Command and Control      

All the books are available for checkout in the IRC.

Reading Robots, Family Reading Night 2013


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The eighth annual IMSA Community Family Reading Night was coordinated and hosted by IMSA’s Information Resource Center and student volunteers for area elementary school students and their families on November 14, 2013.

This year’s theme was “Reading Robots,” and during the two hour event, elementary students and their siblings painted ceramic robot banks and participated in an IMSA’s Kid’s Institute science activity. The IMSA Robotics Team presented a demonstration of a robot they had built, and many of the attendees were able to use the remote control to “drive” the robot.

Approximately three hundred students, siblings and their parents from area Aurora elementary schools attended. Participating schools included Oak Park Elementary School, McCleery Elementary School, Smith Elementary School and Hall Elementary School, all from Aurora; and Fearn Elementary School from North Aurora.

In addition to crafts time, face painting, the science activity and the robotics, there was Storytime in the IRC.  Each child who attended was given a free book provided by the Literacy Program of the Junior League of DuPage and Kane Counties .

The IMSA Office of Admissions coordinated student-led bilingual tours of the IMSA campus for parents.

This year Dart Container was the event sponsor, and their generous donation allowed for every child in attendance to leave with a t-shirt/backpack.

Another sponsor of Family Reading Night was Oberweis Dairy, which provided free ice cream to all in attendance.

Raffle prizes were donated by East and West Aurora High School Athletic Departments, Pizza Hut and Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center.