The Great Read: Celebrating Pop Culture

The Great Read promotes literacy, reading and conversation. Through April 29th, local area libraries including the JJC Library are offering programs, contests, prizes, and of course, books. This year’s theme is Pop Culture and explores how every fad and trend impacts the way we talk, live and perceive the world around us. For a complete listing of events, visit The Great Read website. Please join us for two fun and free events at the JJC Library:

Cartoonists that Changed the World, Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

Take a fascinating look at the lives of visionary artists who created the world of comic art and altered pop culture. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at cartooning as you are guided by an artist through the steps of developing a character of your own. All supplies will be provided. Adults only please. Registration is required: 815-280-1555.

Steampunk Saturday, Saturday, April 11th, 9-11am

Steampunk is a Pop Culture movement that blends the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, technology and creative arts. This program is suggested for 3rd through 8th grade students and will be a hands-on creative morning that will feature Steampunk literature and art. All supplies will be included in this free activity. Parents are welcome to stay.


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NEW–Magazines Can Be Borrowed for a One Week Loan Period

Magazines can be checked out for one week (except the current issue) with your JJC ID. We have a variety of educational, popular and fun titles including Cooking Light, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Midwest Living and many more.



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Mark Your Calendars! Spring 2015 Brown Bag Lectures


The Brown Bag Lecture Series presents programming that sparks thought-provoking dialogue and reflection through the sharing of scholarship and professional interests within the JJC community.

• On Tuesday, January 20 at 12 noon in the Main Campus Library, Rene Allen (Compensation Analyst) will be giving her lecture, The Energy in Humans. She will be discussing what affects the energy flow in human bodies, effective ways to improve vitality, and a psychic shield “Golden Sphere” for daily protection.

• On Wednesday, February 11 at 12 noon in the JJC Planetarium, Dr. Noella D’Cruz (Professor, Natural Sciences) will be giving her lecture, Light Pollution and Astronomy.

• On Tuesday, February 24 at 12 noon in the Main Campus Library, Diana Zilly (Instructor Social & Behavioral Sciences) will be giving her lecture, Empowered Goal Setting. Everyone hears about New Year’s resolutions and how hard it can be to make them happen. Learn about the empowering mindset that comes from hypnotherapy and the philosophy of martial arts so that you can become more effective in reaching your goals. This lecture will include some valuable tools and handouts that you can use right away to get started. Interactive and fun, you’ll leave with an energized outlook on achieving your personal goals. Ideal for people who want to improve their eating, exercise, and organizational habits. Great for people who procrastinate!

• On Thursday, March 5, at 12 noon in the Main Campus Library, Dr. Roya Falahi –Kharaghani (Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences) will be giving a lecture in celebration of Women’s History Month.

• On Tuesday, April 21, at 12 noon in the Main Campus Library, Andy Neill (Professor, Natural Sciences) will be giving his lecture, Legumes and Your Sustainable Future The Fabulous Legumes and Our Proteinaceous Lives!

In the coming days and weeks, the Brown Bag Lectures Series webpage will be updated with our new mission statement, schedule for upcoming lectures, audio recordings, and information for prospective Brown Bag lecturers. So please check back.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

When we think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we think of peace, understanding, love and acceptance. We think of bravery, leadership, sacrifice and change. To learn more about this great man and his contribution to mankind, borrow one of the many books available at the Joliet Junior College Library and be inspired to carry on his message in your life.

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Welcome to Spring 2015!

We hope each of you has an amazing spring semester gaining knowledge and skills for reaching your career goals. The JJC Library is here to assist you in many ways. Our ‘green’ library is filled with natural light, quiet study areas, comfortable seating, computers, printers and group study rooms. Our friendly librarians are available to help with research and using the library’s many resources. We also have textbooks that you can use for up to three hours in the library (a free scanner allows you to email or save pages to a flash drive). We look forward to seeing you!


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The Nutcracker: Watch, Read, Listen

A beloved holiday story, The Nutcracker is about a little girl who falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams her toys come to life. Her favorite toy, the Nutcracker, defends her from the Mouse King and is turned into a prince after she saves his life. Full of beautiful imagery, innocence and imagination, experience this magical tale at the links below. The JJC Library has a nutcracker display down the hall from the circulation desk.



Films on Demand: The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House

Films on Demand: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – A Concise Biography


Nutcracker and the Mouse-king (trans. Mrs. St. Simeon)

“E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker and Mouse King” from Telling Tales: The Impact of Germans on English Children’s Books 1780-1918 by David Blamires

The Christmas Nutcracker – Play (for middle grades) based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale

The Nutcracker: Teacher Study Guide by Stephen and Canan Jackson


No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots of ‘The Nutcracker’ from NPR

Listen to Act Two of The Nutcracker at BBC3 Radio

Soundcloud – Nutcracker

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Throwback Thursday: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was first published on December 17, 1843 and is about the transformative spirit of the holidays that inspires the greedy and bitter Ebenezer Scrooge to express generosity, compassion and love. This classic is available on the web through Project Gutenberg, in print at the JJC Library (call number FIC D554C C4642) and as an audio ebook.


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