Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week is September 21-27, 2014

Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.       –Stephen Chbosky

The JJC Library has a display of challenged books–start reading one today to practice your First Amendment Rights. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom shares the 10 most challenged books of 2013:

1. “Captain Underpants”, by Dav Pilkey (Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence)

2. “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison (Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence)

3. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group)

4. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James (Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group)

5. “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins (Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group)

6. “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl,” by Tanya Lee Stone (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit)

7. “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group)

8. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group)

9. “Bless Me, Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya (Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)

10. “Bone”, by Jeff Smith (Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence)


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Today is Read an eBook Day!

We have  thousands of eBooks available and free apps for reading them on your own device. Be a part of the festivities by borrowing a Nook, Kindle, or your favorite eBook from the JJC Library http://jjc.edu/services-for-students/academic-resources/library/Pages/Ebooks.aspx

Enter to win a free eReader at http://readanebookday.com/


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Check Out JJC Library’s New Web Page

JJC’s librarians have spent the last several months redesigning the library web page. The process involved critiquing notable college library web pages, meeting with students to determine the best way to organize content, creating a test version of the page, conducting usability tests with students, using student feedback to tweak the page, putting on the finishing touches, and finally, making the new version live to the JJC community. We hope that you will find the new design visually clear, current and easier to navigate: jjc.edu/lrc.

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Remembering 9/11

The JJC Library has a display of books and films in remembrance of 9/11/2001. We share these lines from the poem “The Names” by Billy Collins dedicated to the victims and survivors.

Names written in the air

And stitched into the cloth of the day.

A name under a photograph taped to a mailbox.

Monogram on a torn shirt,

I see you spelled out on storefront windows

And on the bright unfurled awnings of this city.


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Reference Question of the Week: How does printing work at the JJC Library?

The library has black & white and color printers. After you print, a box will pop up on the bottom right hand corner of your screen that says your document is being held in a queue. You can go to the print room in the library which is located down the hallway from the Circulation Desk behind the yellow painting (see below). Log into a machine with your JJC username and password and the documents you printed will show up on the screen along with how much you owe (it costs 15 cents per double sided B&W page, 10 cents per single sided B&W page, 40 cents per double sided color page, 25 cents per single sided color page). Payment can be made at the coin machine next to the printer. You can also load money onto your print account with a debit or credit card at the web site myprint.jjc.edu.
Helpful tip: To conserve paper, your documents will automatically print double sided. If you want to print single sided, you can change to that option on the print menu.

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Student Worker Spotlight: Larisa Hurley

Hometown: New Lenox
Major: Engineering
Career goal: Electrical Engineer working in the solar power industry
Favorite book: “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini. I named my dog Saphira (pictured with Larisa below) after the dragon in this book! That’s how much I Iike it!
Favorite music: Alternative Rock
Favorite quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”–Aristotle
Hobbies and interests: DIY projects, reading, crafting, gardening, pool, photography and music
Job duties as a student worker in the library: EVERYTHING. Technical processing-I stamp every book six times, put stickers on them and wrap the books in tape or a plastic cover. Shelving books as well as pulling books students request though ILL. I just started shelf reading this week which consists of making sure that the books on the shelves are in the library’s catalog.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned at JJC? Calculus or Physics
What advice would you give to new students? Wow, new student, you found the library’s blog?!? Dear new students, remember you decided to go to JJC to further your education, so try to gain as much knowledge and experience to better yourself as you can.
What is a little known fact about you? I have brown hair and green eyes.


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Happy Birthday, Richard Wright.

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all.”

Richard Wright (1908-1960) is best known for his memoir Black Boy and his novel Native Son which both focus on the plight of African Americans in the early twentieth century. Wright’s exploration of race relations motivated others to share their stories of racial inequality, and his courageous voice helped influence the Civil Rights Movement. Black Boy (call number: 921 W935A) and Native Son (call number: FIC W930R N2139) are available at the JJC Library.

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