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An Overview of the eBooks Available Through the IRC

001Just in time for the winter break, Connie James-Jenkin, the Collection Development and Reference Librarian in the IRC, held an overview session to explain how easy it is to download eBooks and audio books from the Magic Wall, which is on the IRC’s website.

Anyone who missed Connie’s presentation on Thursday, December 17, 2015, can get the directions from Connie or visit Connie in the IRC and she’ll answer any questions. The IRC’s collection of eBooks is easy to get to. Just click “eBook collection” in the first column on the website and then click “Magic Wall.”

“There are 27,000 items in the collection,” said Connie. “There is an excellent selection of fiction, nonfiction and audio books.”

002To access the collection, users will need to download an app onto newer devices. Connie can help those with older devices, and she has a handy sheet of directions and one of FAQs available for anyone who would like one.

There are current best sellers, classics and audio books in children, teen and adult fiction and nonfiction titles. Users can browse through the titles and if something appeals, just click on the title to see a synopsis. The IRC is a member of a consortium of over 100 libraries in the eRead Illinois program, which provides access to the eBook collection.

A click on the options listed on the left side of the screen brings users to very specific categories or genres. A click on the “Language” selection lets users know if the title is available in a language other than English. Currently, there are many items written in Spanish.

During the overview, Connie mentioned that users can borrow five titles at a time, and check out each item for a three week period. To return an item before it is due, just hover over the title and click “return.”

When users are browsing titles, they may notice an item that is shaded in gray. This item is checked out, and a user can put the item on reserve. An email notice will be sent to let the user know when the item is available for download.

Stop by the IRC before it closes for winter break on Wed., December 23, 2015, and ask Connie for assistance in downloading the app that will allow you to check out any item in the Magic Wall. If you’ve already downloaded the app, happy reading!



Super Sundays in the IRC on Dec. 6th and 13th!

As the semester wraps up, finals week and the deadline for class papers is fast approaching. Have no fear, IMSA students, because Super Sundays is back in the IRC!

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, and Sunday, December 13, 2015, the IRC will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to accommodate students who wish to study, research, print or check out library items.

IRC staff will be available to help with research and technical support. This is a great opportunity to work on a class project or study for finals. Hope to see you there!

LGBTQA Display and Read-In

001Gay Pride month is June, but IMSA students are done with school at the beginning of June, so Spectrum and PME have claimed December as LGBTQA month. They are tying this recognition to Worlds AIDS Day, which is December 1st.  (Spectrum is the IMSA LGBTQ student group and PME is Peer Multicultural Educators at the school. LGBTQA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Androgynous.)

002Spectrum, PME and IRC staff have created a display of fiction, nonfiction books and DVDs for LGBTQA month. Classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction written by authors Virginia Woolf, Rita Mae Brown, Jennifer Finney and Drew Ferguson, among others, are part of the display. Memoirs, featuring stories of growing up gay and lesbian, and anthologies are also included in the display. All the items in the display can be checked out.

003On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, there will be a Read-In in the IRC at 4:20 p.m. IMSA students, faculty and staff will read from their favorite authors’ works or their personal writing, and refreshments will be served.

Tenth Annual Family Reading Night will be held on November 19, 2015

2015 FRN Posteremail-1The tenth annual IMSA Community Family Reading Night will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is, “Read, Think and Go Green @ IMSA!”

Students from Aurora school districts 129 and 131, and children of IMSA employees, will be in attendance to enjoy an evening that includes a scientific demonstration by the SciTech Hands on Museum, which is located in Aurora. During the evening the children will participate in crafts, science activities and book readings held during the IMSA staff story time. Parents can take a tour of the school led by IMSA student volunteers.

A raffle will be held and prizes include puzzles of the rain forest and the ocean, movie tickets from Cinemark Tinseltown movie theater in Aurora, and coupons for a local Pizza Hut in Aurora. Back packs filled with goodies and a t-shirt will be handed out to every child who attends.

Oberweis Dairy will provide ice cream treats during the evening.

Dart Container is this year’s event sponsor. Student volunteers from the IRC, Admissions and Allies departments of IMSA will help prepare and oversee crafts for the event, painted faces and other activities throughout the night.

For more information, please contact Angela Richardson at or 630 907-5075.

Banned Books Week is September 27, 2015 – October 3, 2015

001Banned Books Week brings attention to the books that have been banned or challenged by groups or individuals. This year the focus of Banned Books Week is on banned or challenged Young Adult books.

002The display in the IRC has challenged or banned books from the library collection and a list of additional Young Adult books that have been challenged or banned that are not part of the library collection. There are also printouts explaining why some of the books have been challenged or banned throughout the years.

003Stop by to learn about books that have been banned or challenged and exercise your freedom to read by checking out one of the books on display. There are also free “Banned” bookmarks on the table for anyone who is interested and in need of a bookmark.




Retired Astronaut Michael J. Massimino Will Speak at IMSA

003On Friday, September 18, 2015, former astronaut Michael J. Massimino, will speak at a midday assembly.

The retired astronaut is now an engineering professor at Columbia University, and will look familiar to “The Big Bang Theory” television show watchers. Massimino appeared as himself in the series when Howard went to space several seasons ago.

Massimino, who has M.S. and PhD. degrees from MIT and a B.S. degree from Columbia University, is a former NASA astronaut who went on two space shuttle flights to repair the Hubble Telescope. His space flights took place in 2002 and 2009.

The PBS program, “NOVA,” followed Massimino and the other astronauts who took the Atlantis to work on the Hubble space station in 2009.  During an interview with PBS before the “NOVA” program aired, Massimino said that “NOVA” followed the astronauts for a year and a half, covering the training for the Hubble mission, the astronauts getting ready for the flight and   their activities on the mission.

“We changed batteries, changed gyroscopes and repaired some instruments on Hubble,” said Massimino in the PBS interview. He also mentioned that he took five space walks, one of which was five hours long, on the Hubble mission.

002Follow Massimino on Twitter at: @Astro_Mike, where he writes about all things space and science. Or explore space and Hubble by checking out any of the space related books on display in the IRC near the Reference Desk.

Display created by Jeanette Clark and Connie James-Jenkin.


This Saturday, September 12, 2015, the IRC will be open as part of Parent Day. Students are welcome to use the library from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

On Parent Day, parents follow a mock class schedule of their child for a half day. Not only will parents get the feel of being an IMSA student, they can also get a taste of the classes their child is taking this semester.

While the library is open for this half day event, stop by to spend some time studying or check out the latest book, DVD or CD.


eBooks and Audio Books Available Through the IRC

001Sometimes it’s just too much trouble to physically go to the library and check out a book. Now it’s easier than ever to find something to read or listen to without ever leaving your room.

Since late 2014 the IRC has been one of the Illinois libraries that is a part of eRead, which is expanding ebook access across Illinois through the Illinois State Library system. The program is funded by the Secretary of State’s office, and the IRC currently has access to 20,000 ebooks and audio books.

To access the fiction and non-fiction  ebooks or audio books, go to: Click on the check mark at the top left of the screen to see what’s available, click on the “e” in the circle to see what ebooks are available, and click on the headphone icon to see what audio books are available.

In order to download an ebook or audiobook, click on “Download the new Axis360 app” in the lower right hand corner. The app can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, eReader or a Windows computer. Use the IMSA barcode from your picture ID to check out the book.

You can also click on the selections along the left side of the Magic Wall page, “Featured”, “Fiction”, etc. to see what’s available in those categories. When you’ve found a title you’re interested in, put the cursor over the book cover to see how many copies are offered and if any are available. If the copy is in use, you can click on “add hold” to place a hold on the book. You will receive an email when the book is available. The books can be downloaded for 21 days and when that time is up the download will disappear from your device.

The  handy bookmark pictured at the top of this page can be found at the Reference Desk, and Reference Librarian, Connie James-Jenkin, will be happy to help you if you have any questions about downloading an ebook or audiobook.

Michael Reyes to perform in the IRC to Celebrate National Poetry Month on April 28th

002On April 28, 2015, from noon until 12:45 p.m., we will celebrate National Poetry Month with Michael Reyes and all who enjoy poetry. There will be readings and food.

Michael Reyes is described as an artist/organizer on his website, and his “mission is to provide a participatory educational environment through poetry and hip-hop to address issues of social justice and cultural identity.” Adrienne Coleman, an organizer of the National Poetry Month event, chose Reyes, who  performs internationally and facilitates educational workshops on the topic of merging creative expression and critical thought.

According to his website, “Reyes’s background as a field worker in Michigan and a community activist in both Chicago and New York has added multiple layers to his Chican@/Latino identity. His work has been featured on HBO, Latin Nation, PBS documentary Dream Makers, Chicago Public Radio, National Public Radio, Pacifica and WBAI.”

“He has performed at 1,500 institutions including: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, National Council of La Raza, Conference, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Latino Ivy League Conference and the NAACP. He has worked with Dr. Cornell West, Lolita Lebron, Dolores Huerta, Oliver Stone, John Leguizamo, and Kanye West.” Reyes was a featured speaker at the National Council of La Raza LIDERES Conference, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, and the Latino Ivy League Conference.

IMSA students and faculty have been invited to read original poems and poems written by their favorite authors. The food served during the National Poetry Month celebration will be tied to  Cinco de Mayo and feature some food favorites usually consumed on that day.

Come join the fun and celebration in the IRC on April 28, 2015, from noon to 12:45 p.m.


Here’s Your Chance to Let Us Know What You Think of the IRC

007Help us celebrate National Library Week by taking the 2015 survey of IRC collections and services.

At each entrance into the library, you will find handouts with the URL for the 2015 survey. Take a few minutes to log on and let us know how often you come to the IRC and what you do here most often. Let us know what resources you use the most and what you think of the library’s databases, DVD, CD, magazine and book collections.

Everyone who fills out a survey will be entered into a drawing for one of four gift certificates to Starbucks or Oberweis Dairy.

Your constructive feedback is important to us, but you only have until the end of the day Friday, April 17, 2015 to respond to the survey. So hurry in to the IRC and celebrate National Library Week!