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Library After Dark-Success!   Leave a comment

Thanks to everyone who participated in our National Library Week festivities. About fifty people participated in our Library After Dark Open House– voting for their favorite Recycled Book Contest entry, creating a READ poster of themselves, being interviewed for the new library YouTube video, going on scavenger hunts, finding origami cranes, buying books at the Library Book Sale, eating good food, winning prizes, and having fun!

Here’s a look at some of the entries that were submitted to the Recycled Book Contest:

After some careful tallying of votes by our librarians Michele Ukleja and Jim Edstrom…

Our first place winner was… Mary Warner, with her hand crafted and altered book creation:

Our second place winner was… Carol Thomas, with a photo frame that she created using an old book cover:

Congrats, and thanks again to everyone who participated and helped make this year’s Library After Dark a success. To view more photos of our Library After Dark activities, check out our Flickr photo stream.

Library After Dark Open House   Leave a comment

Come one, come all to the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Harper College Library. It’ll be the capstone event to our National Library Week festivities.

At Library After Dark you can:

What are you waiting for? Come on by!

Photo credit: Jeff Maysh

Books! Books! Books!   Leave a comment

The Book Sale starts today in the Library at 10am (10-6) and
continues tomorrow (10-6) and Thursday (10-8)

Stop in and browse through thousands of books, VHS
and audiocassettes on the first floor of the library (Bldg F)

Prices are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Prices are reduced  during the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday evening (5:30-8)

Cash only.  All purchases are final.

Posted April 13, 2010 by Michele Ukleja in Library events

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Green Living Research Guide   Leave a comment

The library is “Going Green” with our National Library Week festivities, thinking of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We’re selling all of our withdrawn books and audiovisual material in the book sale next week, holding a recycled book contest for people to be creative with old and seemingly unusable books, collecting paper to be recycled and binding them into notepads, etc. We’ve also put together a Green Living research guide to help you live a greener life.

In the Green Living research guide, you’ll find information about reference books, electronic books, and regular books on sustainable living, green architecture, and the environment, among other topics. You can also see the audiovisual materials we own on green living, as well as streaming media through databases like Films on Demand (that you can use to view streaming films on your computer at home). The Green Living research guide also lists a wide variety of websites that might be of interst, and can start you on your way to thinking about ways you can live more green.

The Story of Stuff   Leave a comment

How often do you think about the person who made the jeans you’re wearing right now, or the farmer that grew the coffee beans in the coffee you’re sipping as you read this entry, or everything that went into making the cell phone that’s in your bag? I don’t know about you, but before I watched Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff,” I have to confess that I didn’t give much thought to these things at all. That’s all changed, however. If you have a moment (or twenty minutes, to be exact), I highly recommend that you watch the animated short documentary “The Story of Stuff.” It’s a fast paced, eye opening look at the cycle of production, consumption, and waste, and makes connections to a range of environmental and social issues. You’ll never look at the “stuff” in your life the same.  As we get ready for National Library Week (April 11-17), and as Harper College Library plans activities based on our theme of Going Green, understanding how to break the cycle of unsustainable living beginning in our own lives is a good place to start.

I’ll be blogging in the coming weeks about ways that we can start being more “green.” Also stay tuned for the Green Research Guide that will be published very soon, where you can learn more about the topic of sustainability. In the meantime, hope you enjoy “The Story of Stuff” and start thinking about the things you can do to start living more sustainably.

Posted March 31, 2010 by emailhannah in What's New?

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National Library Week Festivities   1 comment

National Library Week, which takes place from April 11-17, is a weeklong celebration that recognizes contributions that libraries and librarians make to society and raises awareness of libraries within their communities. Harper College Library will be taking part in the festivities in several ways:

Harper College Library Book Sale

Come browse through the thousands of books that will be on sale during the Harper College Library Book Sale. Books will be $1 each or $5 for 6. There will be a special sale during Library After Dark (Thursday, April 15 from 5:30-8pm) when books will be sold by the pound for very, very cheap.  (Did I mention that they’ll be cheap?).

Dates and Times:
Tuesday, April 13th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 14th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday, April 15th from 10:00am to 8:00pm


Photo credit: Mike Baehr

Recycled, Re-imagined, Reused Book Contest

Create something new and fun out of something old. Turn your old books into a unique handcrafted item. And get prizes while you’re at it!

Harper College students, employees, and community members are invited to submit entries for the Recycled Book Contest, which will take place during the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15 (entries are due in the library between 5pm to 6pm that day).

Contest Guidelines
1. Use an old book that is ready for recycling (circulating library books are not to be used or harmed for this contest).
2. Use any creative technique to create your work of art.
3. Deliver and set up your entry on Thursday, April 15 between 5 and 6 pm.
4. Open voting will take place between 6pm and 7:30pm on April 15.
5. Winners will be announced between 7:30pm and 8pm.
6. Award winners receive the following:

  • First place: Library gift bag filled with goodies: 4 movie tickets, library tee-shirt, 2G flash drive, book light
  • Second place: Library tee-shirt, book light, and 2G flash drive
  • All entrants will receive a participation prize.

Go to the National Library Week research guide to download an entry form, which is due no later than 10pm on April 13.  Entries will be judged by popular vote during the Library After Dark Open House.


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Photo credit: Becky Striepe

Art Mural Contest

We are now accepting entries for our blank wall down at the Checkout Desk. The mural panels are 20″ X 24.” The theme is Your Favorite Reading Material. All entries will be voted on during the Library After Dark Open House (Thursday, April 15th, from 5:30pm-8pm). Winners will be notified within a week of judging and all mural panels are to be completed by the end of the Spring Semester. Ask a library staff member for an entry form or download it from the National Library Week research guide.

Library After Dark Open House

APRIL 15, 2010 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Harper College Library

Library After Dark will be a great chance to get to learn more about your library and your library staff. Here are all of the activities that are scheduled:

  • Create your own READ poster
  • Share a favorite memory about libraries/books in the video booth that we’ll set up
  • Vote for your favorite Recycled Book Contest entry
  • Vote for your pick for the Library’s Art Mural Contest
  • Leave your mark in the library with a book review that we’ll hang on the Tree of Knowledge
  • Enter the READ poster scavenger hunt contest
  • Participate in the hidden recycled origami crane contest
  • Enjoy refreshments

FUN! FOOD! PRIZES!!!

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