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Lincoln Readers’ Theatre: A Birthday Celebration   Leave a comment

Come join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (1809-1865) at the William Rainey Harper College Library (second floor) on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at noon. There will be a Readers’ Theater evoking the spirit and legacy of the sixteenth President of the United States, presented by the Harper College Library and the Harper College Speech Team.

Refreshments will be served (including Lincoln cookies!). Also, test your knowledge of Lincoln by competing in the trivia contest (and the chance to win some amazing prizes). To help you prepare for the contest, check out our Research Guide on Lincoln.


New Research Guide on the Beat Generation   Leave a comment

If you haven’t checked out the library’s research guides, I’d highly recommend doing so. They give handy tips on how to find books, articles, and other resources at the library on a variety of topics. We even have research guides tailored to particular classes.

There’s a new (as in hot off the presses) research guide on the ever popular Engl 102: The Beat Generation taught by Kurt Hemmer. Even if you’re not taking the class, take a look at the research guide to check out the books, articles, and media we have on authors such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and others.

And if you’re interested, you can browse through the more than fifty other guides on topics ranging from chemistry to Martin Luther King, Jr. to psychology and more.

New in the Library   Leave a comment

One new feature that you’ve probably noticed on the library’s website is the “New in the Library” link under “News and Events.”

Instead of coming to the reference desk to ask us what’s new in the library (although we wouldn’t mind if you did), you can quickly and easily find out for yourself by going to the library’s website. There are lists for fiction, non-fiction, and video—and you can get a quick glimpse at the book and DVD covers while you’re at it (perfect for the visually inclined).

Since the “News and Events” section is always changing, you can also go to the “New in the Library” link in the “Library Information” section. It’ll take you directly to the catalog, and you can narrow your search by selecting if you want to see all of the new books that have come in to the library within the past several weeks or months (or yesterday, if you’re so inclined).

Happy browsing!

Holiday viewing, listening and reading guide from the Harper College Library   Leave a comment

Looking for a favorite holiday book or DVD?
How about an audiobook of seasonal stories
or some holiday music?

The Harper College Library has a number of holiday stories for kids and adults:

DVDs (1st floor of the library)

DVD PN1997 .N554 2000 Tim Burton’s The nightmare before Christmas

DVD PN1997 .C4757 2007 A Christmas carol (1935 version with Alastair Sim)

DVD PN1997 .C475 1999 A Christmas carol (1984 version with George C. Scott)

DVD PN1997.2 .F26 2006 The family Stone

DVD PN1997.2 .E43 2004 Elf

DVD PN1997 .C478 2003 A Christmas Story

DVD PN1997 .C4785 2003 Christmas vacation

DVD PN1997 .F7 1998 Frank Capra’s it’s a wonderful life

DVD PZ7 .G46 1997 George Balanchine’s The nutcracker

DVD PZ7 .P65 2005 Polar Express

DVD PZ7.J34 Wi 2001 Winter holiday stories

DVD M2085 .C51 2002 Christmas with Chanticleer

DVD PN1997.2 .F922 2009 Frozen river


(2nd floor of the library behind the Info Desk)

PR9199.4.J336 K575 Knit the season / Kate Jacobs.

PS3563.A2364 P47 The perfect Christmas / Debbie Macomber.

GT4985 .H78 2009      A simple Christmas : twelve stories that celebrate the true holiday spirit / Mike Huckabee.

PS3623.R539 C484       Christmas jars reunion : a novel / Jason F. Wright.

PS3561.E3755 C48        A Christmas blizzard / Garrison Keillor

PS3555.V259 C49         The Christmas list / Richard Paul Evans.

PR6068.O1964 P75      The price of love and other stories / Peter Robinson.

SF445.5 .M97 2008        Dewey : a small-town library cat who touched the world / Vicki Myron


(2nd floor of the library)

PS3568.O243 G54 2004          The Gift/ Nora Roberts

PS3561.A678 S47 2003a       Shepherds abiding : a Mitford Christmas story / Jan Karon.

GT4986.I3 B46 2005                Season of joy : Chicago celebrates the holidays / Jim Benes.

M1629.3.C5 I78 2004           Irving Berlin’s White Christmas / designed by Bruce Gore.

PS3556.L26 R44 2004b     A redbird Christmas : a novel / Fannie Flagg.

PS3563.O594 S78 2004     The stupidest angel : a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror / Christopher Moore.

PS3552.A74146 S54 2006       The shepherd, the angel, and Walter the Christmas miracle dog / Dave Barry.

PS3559.S4 C47 1999            Christmas stones & the story chair / Justin Isherwood

GT4985 .L57 1999              The little big book of Christmas / edited by Lena Tabori

PS3570.H56253 C47 1996       Certain poor shepherds : a Christmas tale / Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

PN6120.95 .C6 L58 1992        A Literary Christmas : great contemporary Christmas stories

PR4557 .A35 1987                    Christmas books / by Charles Dickens

PZ 1 .B847 Pe 4                          Pearl S. Buck’s book of Christmas

PN6071.C6 B77 1967            Behold that star : a Christmas anthology / edited by the Society of Brothers.

PN6071.C6 W2                         The fireside book of Christmas stories


(2nd floor, next to the Info Desk)

CD PR6066.E693 C4 2005           A Christmas guest [sound recording] / by Anne Perry

CD PR6066.E693 C465 2007     A Christmas beginning [sound recording] / Anne Perry.

CD PN6120.95.G45 D37 1994     Dark holidays [sound recording] : a collection of ghost stories.

CD PN6120.95.C6 C47 1993         Christmas classics [sound recording] : stories for the whole family.

Children’s Literature

PZ7.D5455 Gre 2007        Great joy / Kate DiCamillo

PZ8.3.G276 Hq 2007        How the Grinch stole Christmas : a 50th anniversary retrospective / by Dr. Seuss.

PZ7.K292 Pg 2004             Pinkerton & friends : a Steven Kellog Treasury / Steven Kellogg.

PZ7.F9152 Eas 2002         The Easter bunny that overslept / by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich

G530.R68 P45 2002        The Christmas Tree Ship : the story of Captain Santa / Rochelle M. Pennington ; featuring the art of Charles Vickery.

PZ8.3.B865 Su 2002       Snowmen at night / Caralyn Buehner

PZ7.O45344 My 2000     My two grandmothers / Effin Older

PZ7.H3468 So 1992           Sofie’s role / story by Amy Heath

PZ7.M475 My 1982          My big Christmas book.

PZ8.9.B16 Mi 1977           Miss Hickory / by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

PZ 8.3 .M782 Ni 1976      The night before Christmas / by Clement C. Moore

Music CDs

1st floor Library

CD M1629.3.C5 T46 2001       The best of the Temptations [sound recording] : Christmas

CD M1629.3.C5 W56 2001      December [sound recording] : piano solos / George Winston

CD M2006.H363 M477 2001    Messiah [sound recording] : arias and choruses / George Frideric Handel.

CD M1629.3.C5 W55 2001       A Nancy Wilson Christmas [sound recording] / Nancy Wilson.

CD M1629.3.C5 N6 2001         Now that’s what I call Christmas! [sound recording]

CD M1629.3.C5 O9 2001      Our favorite things [sound recording] / Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Plácido Domingo, Vanessa Williams.

CD M1629.3.C5 K69 2001      A smooth jazz Christmas [sound recording] / Dave Koz.

CD M1629.3.C5 A33 2000     Christmas with Yolanda Adams [sound recording].

CD M1629.3.C5 A5 2000       Greatest Christmas songs [sound recording] / Julie Andrews.

CD M1629.3.C5 C7 2000       A merry Christmas with Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters [sound recording] / Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

CD M1629.3.C5 R66 2000    A merry little Christmas [sound recording] / Linda Ronstadt.

CD M1627 .P8 2000        A Putumayo World Christmas [sound recording] / Putumayo World Music

CD M1629.3.C5 L66 2000     This Christmas time [sound recording] /Lonestar.

CD M1629.3.C5 T4 2000  The three tenors Christmas [sound recording].

CD M1629.3.C5 C44 1999      A Celtic Christmas celebration [sound recording]

So, put the Harper College Library on your to-do list and pick up a book, audiobook, or DVD to enjoy over the holiday break!

Happy Holidays!

The Harper College Library faculty and staff

Textbooks in the Library?   Leave a comment

Textbooks in the Library

For the first three weeks of every semester the most frequently asked question in the library is “do you have the textbook for my class?”  Unfortunately the answer is probably no.  Typically libraries do not purchase textbooks for a variety of reasons

  • The library’s role is to buy materials that supplement and expand materials presented in the textbooks.
  • There would be no way to purchase the multiple copies of a text book that would be required on a campus this size.
  • Too many editions; on average a new edition of a textbook is produced every three years.  It would be extremely difficult to be purchasing all these new editions.
  • MONEY!  The average cost of a textbook is $57-$61, students pay close to $900 for textbooks in a year.  If we do some admittedly simplistic math we see that there are 793 courses taught this semester at Harper, at $60 per book that would be $47580 (This figure is only for this semester and doesn’t account for different sections of the same course using a different textbook).  This figure is 21 percent of the entire book budget.

Issues surrounding the cost of textbooks are a big concern on every college campus.  Textbook prices are rising at four times the rate of inflation.  New editions are published rapidly, which harms the used textbook market.  The same problems that plague students are multiplied many times for libraries.

If you are having trouble getting a textbook from the bookstore or you want to try and save some money, there are a few things that you can try.  The first is to check the Library Catalog.  We do have a few textbooks and sometimes you can get lucky.  We also have access to books and other materials from libraries across the state and nation.  It is possible to borrow a textbook from another library using the I-Share catalog or interlibrary loan service.  Be aware, however, that this is not a sure thing.  If the book is available it may take anywhere from 3-14 days to get it and you will not be able to keep it the entire semester.   Ask your teacher to put a copy of your textbook on reserve in the library.  Many times an instructor will have a copy of a textbook which can be put on reserve.  Usually the book would be available for in-library use only, to make sure that the most people have access to it.  Unfortunately there will be many times when you have no option but to purchase the book.   You may wish to checkout online booksellers like or, which has a textbook section on their website, also, has a textbook section.

The future of textbooks looks a little brighter for example, downloadable E-textbooks which could be purchased in smaller units, like chapters.   Classes could also be taught using open source materials freely available on the Internet.  Some courses now are taught using a “coursepack”, a collection of materials distributed in class rather than using a textbook.  Some schools have also developed textbook leasing programs. For now though, issues surrounding textbooks continue to be a big problem for students and the library.

Posted October 14, 2009 by Michele Ukleja in library, Library resources

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