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Family Reading Night will be held on November 13th


(click on photo to see slide show from last year’s Family Reading Night)

Save the Date!!

The 9th Annual IMSA Community Family Reading Night will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

This year’s theme is “Reading is out of this World!!!.”

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to attend. For program or registration information email or call 630 907 5075.

Please join us for an evening of reading, science, crafts and just plain fun!

Author Event in the IRC This Friday

CarlHeinePosteremailPlease join us in the IRC to celebrate the publication of Carl Heine’s book, “Teaching Information Fluency,” from 11:35 a.m. until 12:30 p.m on Friday, January 24, 2014.  Carl is a member of the Strategy and Innovation Department at IMSA.

Refreshments will be served and attendees will have a chance to chat with Carl.

IMSArtExpo 2014 in the IRC

IMG_4293Blogging live from this year’s Art Expo in the IRC, held on Friday, January 10, 2014.

IMG_4299IMSA students prepared and served the finger food and ice cream that was served at this year’s event as part of IMSA’s Intersession week of special classes. As is true every year, the homemade ice cream station always has a waiting line. The students involved with the food preparation and presentation were part of “Food to Share.”

IMG_4294IMSA student photography, ceramics, glass blown objects, graphic novels and illustrations were displayed and available for sale during the IMSArt Expo, which was held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the IRC.


Music students sang and played for attendees’ listening enjoyement.

IMG_4298Jean Bigger, IMSA IRC Technical Services Supervisor, along with Jonathon Besancon, a faculty member of IMSA’s World Languages Dept., organized a superb event. Jean takes a moment at the start of IMSArt Expo to thank all involved in the event.



These are just some of the books that were challenged or banned from libraries last year. All are available for check out from the IRC.

A Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich

The Kite Runner, Hosseini Khaled

500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, Elizabeth Martinez

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls

Feed, M.T. Anderson

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

During the week of Sept. 22nd, known as Banned Books Week, we celebrate more than thirty years of the freedom to read what we choose and to select our reading from a full array of possibilities.

This year, Banned Books Week recognizes the need for a day of awareness regarding banned websites, which is Wednesday, September 25th.

Over the years, Banned Books Week has come to be known as an educational and awareness tool surrounding the issue of banned or challenged books, but there is a growing censorship issue of overly restrictive filtering of educational websites that reaches  beyond the requirement of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

According to the American Library Association, students, teachers and school librarians are frustrated daily when they discover legitimate educational websites blocked by filtering software installed by their school.  Filtering websites don’t allow students the opportunity to develop skills to evaluate information from all types of sources. ALA states that relying on filters does not teach digital citizens how to be savvy searchers or how to evaluate the accuracy of information.

During Banned Books Week, take a minute to look at the following from the American Library Association website, and imagine a world without forums for information and ideas.

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month


Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian-Pacific encompasses the entire Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month recognizes the history, concerns, contributions and achievements of Asian Pacific Americans and their role in this country’s history. The Asian Pacific American experience has its roots in the Asian continent and islands across the Pacific Ocean, but like so many other communities in America, Asian Pacific Americans worked to expand American’s frontiers, forging the rail road tracks that linked sea to shining sea. They shed blood to defend the nation and stood up to preserve its cherished values, in classrooms and courtrooms, in legislatures and in the streets.

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called on the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Information for this blog post was obtained from the Smithsonian website and a website containing information from the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Thanks to IMSA students Simona Stancov ’15, who created the beautiful IRC bulletin board pictured in this entry and Nicole Schubert ’15, who selected books and videos for the library display.

National Library Month

Celebrate National Library Month by stepping outside your media consumption comfort zone and check out something new!


If you’re looking for a good book to read, check out the selection of recommended books from IRC staff and volunteers that are displayed under our beautiful new National Library Month banner. The new book display, which is near the west IRC entrance,  is also chock full of good reading.


EarthDayAcross from the recommended books display is a table of books and DVDs related to our celebration of Earth Day, which is April 22nd.


NewDVDSDon’t forget to stop by our display of new DVDS on the circulation desk, many of which were nominees or winners at this year’s Academy Awards. See the “Rave Reviews” section of this blog for a short description of the movies.

NaNoWriMo ~ November is National Novel Writing Month

On your mark, get set, go!
November is your month to write a novel – “thirty days and nights of literary abandon.”

To support your literary pursuits, the library has set up a display in the library with books about creative writing and also books by published NaNoWriMo novelists.

Jean Evans has also created a NaNoWriMo Research Guide with library and Internet resources.

Election 2012: supporting an informed decision

In early October, the Information Resource Center created a display of library resources related to election topics that included: the Electoral College, electronic voting, the voting age, and the histories of past presidents. Students were encouraged to read, discuss, and debate current issues with their classmates and then vote in a student mock election that was held in the library on Friday, November 2nd.

The results are in, and the winners are …
184 Barack Obama / Joe Biden – Democratic
34 Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan – Republican
21 Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala – Green Party
12 Gary Johnson / Jim Gray – Libertarian
1 Ron Paul Write-in
1 Harry Potter / Ronald Weasley Write-in

Thank you to all who participated. We had an overwhelming 253 students vote in this year’s election! In 2008, 88 students participated.