Family Reading Night Is November 17, 2016

frn-posterThe 11th Annual Family Reading Night at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is scheduled for Thursday evening, November 17, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8 p.m.

This year’s theme is “There’s Energy Hiding in Your H20,” and the event is sponsored by IN2/ComEd. Families in the Aurora area will get together at IMSA for an evening of story time, crafts, science and just plain fun!

Last year over 150 grade school students and parent(s) from Aurora school districts 129 and 131 were excited to attend.

Every child in attendance will receive a book, a t-shirt, a backpack, candy and a water bottle. Oberweis Dairy of North Aurora provides an ice cream treat for each attendee. The Aurora Public Library and SciTech also participate in the nights festivities.

Parents can take a tour of the school or hear about other programs offered at IMSA.

Raffles will also take place during the night and include scientific toys, movie passes, restaurant gift cards, East and West Aurora High School basketball family game passes and other goodies.

To attend Family Reading Night, students must pre-register. Please contact Angela Richardson @ 630.907.5075 or for more information or to register.

(Written by Angela Richardson)

Fantasy book display in the IRC

001IMSA Sophmore Miriam Francis has set up a display of fantasy books on the table near the Reference Desk in the IRC. One of Miriam’s favorite genres is fantasy, and she has created this display to share her interest with others at IMSA.

People can share their favorite books with others by writing the title and author of a book they recommend and dropping it into the box on the fantasy books display table.

All books in the display can be checked out of the IRC.



Banned Books Week is September 25th – October 1st

067BANNED  BOOKS  WEEK is SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 – OCTOBER 1, 2016, and this year’s theme is “STAND  UP  FOR  YOUR  RIGHT  TO  READ.”

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

065By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

This year we have set up the Banned Books display a little early so that we have plenty of time to bring attention to this issue. The books featured in the display have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools around the country.

066While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens because of the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. As part of the display, we have included a poster with suggestions for getting involved.

All the books in the display can be checked out.

Recommend Your Favorite Book

064IMSA student Urvi Awasthi wants to encourage others to read by recommending her favorite book, and she hopes other students will join her by recommending their favorite book(s).

Urvi set up the display shown above in the IRC to help get the process started. She hopes readers will pick their favorite book from the display or the library shelves and write down recommendations of books they’ve enjoyed.

If the books that are recommended are part of the IRC’s collection, they’ll be put on the shelf in the display, and any reader can check them out.

Any of the books on the display can be checked out.



Glennette Tilley Turner Read In will be held in the IRC

Adrienne Coleman is planning a Read In featuring author, Glennette Tilley Turner on Friday, Sept. 30 from Noon to 12:30 in the IRC. All are welcome to attend.

The following information about the author is from the  website:

Biographical and Professional Information

Glennette Tilley Turner is an author, historian and educator. In 1955, Turner earned her B.A. at Lake Forest College. After college she wrote advertising copy for a woman’s dress store. It was during this time that she wrote her first book, Surprise for Mrs. Burns. Regardless of her work in advertising, her heart was in education. After marrying and starting a family she went back to school to get her teaching credentials and began teaching elementary school.

Turner taught in the Chicago Public School System, the Maywood-Melrose Park Public School System and, in 1968, she began teaching in the Wheaton-Warrenville Public School System, where she remained for twenty years. In 1979, Turner earned her master’s degree in History and Juvenile Literature at Goddard College.

As a teacher she wrote skits with bios and these turned into her books, Take a Walk in Their Shoes and Follow in Their Footsteps. During this time she also wrote a monthly biographical sketch in Ebony, Jr! magazine. Not long after, Turner started researching and writing about the Underground Railroad publishing the books, The Underground Railroad in Illinois, Running for Our Lives and An Apple for Harriet Tubman.

Now retired, she devotes much of her time to writing. The Underground Railroad has been the focus of much of her historical research. She also writes biographies which include: Fort Mose: and the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America, Billy the Barber’s Mirror, Take Walk in Their Shoes: Biographies of 14 Outstanding African Americans , Follow in Their Footsteps and Lewis Howard Latimer.

She was a contributor to In Praise of Our Fathers and Mothers, Encyclopedia of Chicago and Women Building Chicago: 1790 – 1990. Excerpts of her work have been included in reading materials published by Open Court, Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin, and Scott Foresman.

Turner is also a consultant, a historical researcher and lecturer on her knowledge of the Underground Railroad. As a member of the Underground Railroad Advisory Committee of the National Park Service, she testified before subcommittees of the U.S. Senate and House and the Illinois Senate in support of Underground Railroad legislation. Her Underground Railroad program is recognized by the NPS Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. She has made presentations at National Network to Freedom Conferences, written articles about the Underground Railroad for several magazine and newspaper publications, and has been interviewed by C-SPAN and other cable networks. She also narrated the Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Harriet Tubman.

Mrs. Turner has received many awards for her work including: the Studs Terkel Humanities Award, the Margaret Landon Award, The Alice Browning Award of the International Black Writers Conference, the Irma Kingsley Johnson Award of the Friends of Amistad, and was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University. In 2011 she received a lifetime achievement award from Operation Uplift and honored by Top Ladies of Distinction. Most recently, she was the 2012 recipient of Network’s Wilbur Siebert Award from the National Underground Railroad Program of the National Park Service for her extensive Underground Railroad writings and efforts to make this significant chapter of American history known. She is also the 2014 recipient of the DuPage County NAACP Medgar Evers Award.

Published Works

  • Surprise For Mrs. Burns, Albert Whitman, 1971
  • The Underground Railroad in DuPage County, Illinois, Newman Educational Publishers, 1986
  • Take a Walk in Their Shoes, Dutton, 1989
  • Lewis Howard Latimer, Silver Burdett, 1990
  • Follow in Their Footsteps, Puffin, 1999
  • The Underground Railroad in Illinois, Newman Educational Publishing, 2001
  • Running For Our Lives, Newman Educational Publishing, 2004
  • An Apple for Harriet Tubman, Albert Whitman & Company, 2006
  • Fort Mose: And The Story of The Man Who Built The First Free Black Settlement In Colonial America, Abrams Books, 2010
  • Billy the Barber’s Mirror: Reflecting on an Untold Lincoln Story, Newman Educational Publishing, 2014

For more information about the author, visit her website:

Virtual reality and new technology in the IRC

The Student Maker Squad and IRC staff invite all who are interested to stop by the IRC to learn about the new zSpace Virtual Reality tablets from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016,

People who stop by will be able to use simulation to “build a prosthetic are, dissect a human heart or design and customize an electronic circuit.” The presentation will show some of what’s possible with virtual reality and new technology.


IRC is a Quiet Zone

As the new school year gets underway, returning students will notice some changes, both in the physical surroundings and faculty and staff. One of the changes is that the library is now a Quiet Zone.
In an effort to support students who want to study in the IRC, everyone must now be quiet in the main area of the library, where numerous “Quiet Zone” signs are now posted.
Students who wish to study with others or need to discuss a project or paper, should head to the back of the library where the printers are, to talk quietly among themselves.
There is a Group Study Room, which students can reserve. Please ask a library staff member for the sign up sheet to reserve the Group Study Room.
In recent years, there have been frequent comments on the annual IRC survey about noise in the IRC. Please be respectful to classmates who have come to IRC to study and be quiet while you are here or go to a public area outside the library to talk freely with others.


May the Fourth Be With You

002Happy Star Wars Day! In recognition of this special intergalactic day, Connie James-Jenkin, IRC’s Collection Development and Reference Librarian, has gathered Star Wars related library items in a display, which is hanging on the stacks at the back of the library.

001If you’re not familiar with Star Wars, here’s your chance to check out this franchise. Fans will want to pick up one of these items and immerse themselves in the wonderful world of Star Wars. All these items can be checked out.


Super Sundays in the IRC During May

As the semester wraps up, finals week and the deadline for class papers is fast approaching. During May, students can come to the IRC from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th, and Sunday, May 22nd, 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!




Take the 2016 IRC survey this week

National Library Week is a time to think about the contributions of libraries and librarians, and a time to promote library use and support.
We’re celebrating National Library Week by asking patrons to take the 2016 survey of IRC collections and services and tell us how we’re doing. Let us know what we’re doing right and what needs improvement.
Last year more sophomores than any other class took the survey. We’re wondering which class will give us the most feedback this year?
The survey should only take a few minutes, and it’s easily accessible at this website:
After completing the survey, participants will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of four prizes.
The survey is happening this week only, and the opportunity to take the survey and win a prize ends at the end of the day on Friday, April 15, 2016.
We can’t wait to read your feedback, so please participate!