Want to write a novel in November?

Come to the JJC Library’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Kick-Off event on Saturday, November 1st, noon-3pm @ the library, A-2002. There will be fun and helpful advice, a getting started kit and other inspiring goodies to keep you writing throughout the month. Check out the library’s corresponding display featuring published novels from past NaNoWriMo and writing resources to get you started and help you become a published author.


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Online Genealogy Research: Brown Bag Lecture @ Romeoville Campus

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:00pm, Debbie Halley will give an engaging talk on genealogy research utilizing free resources. This lecture will take place at the Romeoville Campus Conference Room 26/28.

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Happy Birthday, Sylvia Plath.

“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.”

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) is one of the most influential women poets. Her confessional poetry gave a voice to women in the 1950s and 1960s when women’s liberation was beginning to take flight. Plath challenged the stereotype of the mid-twentieth century housewife who could not seek a career outside the home and whose success depended on her husband. Her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar is a modern coming of age classic that chronicles the downward spiral of depression. Plath’s writing explores the struggles women face, depression, marriage, relationships and self. Plath paved the way for women today, and the beauty of her words are timeless. The Bell Jar (FIC P696S B4131), Ariel (811.54 P696A) and The Colossus and Other Poems (811.54 P696C) can be borrowed from the Joliet Junior College Library.


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Reference Question of the Week: How can I renew the books I have checked out?

You can renew the books you have checked out from the JJC Library and books you requested via I-Share with just a few clicks. Go to the library home page: jjc.edu/library and click on ‘Renew Materials’ at the center of the page. Log into your account with the username and password you created for I-Share. (Note: If you haven’t created an account, click on ‘Create New Account’ and follow the steps). Once you are in your account, you can click on ‘Checked Out Items’ from the right hand menu. Click in the corresponding boxes for the items you want to renew and click ‘Renew Selected Items’. Your due dates will update. For assistance, please contact the library at (815) 280-BOOK.

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Throwback Thursday: Stephen King

Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers publishing 55 novels, 6 nonfiction books and nearly 200 short stories. In total, 350 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. Here is a look at his early writing including Firestarter (1980), Cujo (1981) and Different Seasons (1982). Books can be borrowed from the JJC Library for four weeks with a JJC ID.
Firestarter: Eight-year-old Charlie was born with the most destructive personality power. (Location: FIC K580 F5148).


Cujo: The family dog turns into a vicious killer in King’s canine classic. (Location: FIC K580 C896)

Different Seasons: A collection of four novellas including “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” which the film “The Shawshank Redemption” was based. (Location: FIC K580S D5686)


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Are you working on a group project? Need a spot to study with your classmates?

The JJC Library has group study rooms available. These study rooms are furnished with tables, chairs and dry erase boards. Students may reserve a room at the circulation desk in advance with a current student ID or you can sign-up for one on the spot if rooms are available. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. The study rooms can be reserved for up to two hours at a time. You can also borrow a laptop from the circulation desk to use in the study rooms. For more information or to reserve a room, stop in the library or give us a call at (815) 280-BOOK.

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Want to Write a Novel in a Month?

Mark your calendars! November is National Novel Writing Month, and JJC Library is hosting a NaNoWriMo event on Saturday, November 1st, noon-3pm in room A2002. There will be helpful advice from former participants, a getting started kit and other inspiring goodies. Learn more at nanowrimo.org.


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