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: 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


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Discover Diversity in Nursing–Brown Bag Lecture, Tuesday, October 14, Noon, @ the JJC Library

Nursing students Christian Rangel-Robles and Meghan Miskell will present their research-based method that incorporates the expansion of diversity into the nursing practice. There is a corresponding display of books about diversity in healthcare. Books can be borrowed for 4 weeks with a current student ID.

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Our next Brown Bag Lecture is Online Genealogy Research, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Romeoville Campus Conference Room 26/28.

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Reference Question of the Week: Where can I find books and articles on poverty and minimum wage in America?

Required reading for English 102 includes the book The Working Poor by David Shipler which makes poverty and the minimum wage popular research topics. The JJC Library has many resources on these topics that you can access from the library web page: For books, search the Online Catalog. Books can be borrowed for 4 weeks with a current student ID. There are also eBooks that can be accessed online, 24/7, from the catalog. A good database to search for articles is CQ Researcher (available under ‘Databases’ on the left hand column of the library web page). CQ Researcher provides excellent material on poverty and the minimum wage in addition to other current social issues. For extra assistance, there is a Research Guide created by JJC Librarians specifically for Shipler’s The Working Poor: You can also work with a librarian on researching your topic by stopping by the reference desk or giving us a call (815-280-2344). We look forward to working with you!

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Halloween Haunts

Halloween Haunts celebrates horror fiction with daily blog posts about Halloween, horror writing, story excerpts, book giveaways, and more from some of horror’s top writers. Presented by the Horror Writers Association, this month long event will take place on the HWA’s Dark Whispers Blog:


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