Archive for March 2010

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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Recycled Book Contest Ideas   1 comment

If you have a stack of old books that are falling apart and you don’t know what to do with them, are good with arts and crafts, and have some time on your hands, consider participating in the Recycled Book Contest during National Library Week at the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15 (5:30pm-8pm). Everyone gets a prize, just for participating.

Here are some ideas to inspire you:

Book Purse

And here’s a link where you can get instructions on how to make one yourself.

Book Beads

Here are instructions on how to make book beads.

Popup Book

Here are instructions on how to make your own popup book.

Recycled Book Lamp

Instructions on how to make one yourself.

Paper Wreath

There are all kinds of wreaths you can make with old books. Here’s one set of instructions, and here’s another.

There are many more ideas to explore…so happy crafting!

For more information about the National Library Week festivities that will take place at Harper College Library, and to learn more about the Recycled Book Contest (and to download an entry form), check out our National Library Week guide.

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.

Photo credit: Günther

Photo credit: Rebecca Nichols

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


The Making of a Book Cover: BLAMELESS, by Gail Carriger   Leave a comment

I always think it’s interesting to see the nuts and bolts of how something is created or how things work. If the same holds for you and you’ve always wondered how a book cover is designed, check out the 1:55 second video of Lauren Panepinto, Creative Director of Orbit Books, designing the cover of Blameless by Gail Carriger. Afterwards, you can read a short interview with the designer.

Posted March 17, 2010 by emailhannah in What's New?

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Women’s History Month   Leave a comment

March is Women’s History Month, and the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have come together to pay tribute to the many women who have made this country what it is today. This year’s theme is “Writing Women Back into History.” They have a well designed website that’s full of memorable images and information:


Posted March 17, 2010 by emailhannah in What's New?

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Tree of Knowledge Book Reviews   Leave a comment

The Tree of Knowledge is an iconic piece of art that usually decorates the Quiet Study area in the Harper College Library. Help us spread your own love of libraries and books by contributing to an online interactive slideshow that will include your favorite book and/or book review.

Here’s how it works:

Using the comment feature on VoiceThread–a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos–you can add text, video, or audio of the following:

* Your favorite Book

* A short book review

* A favorite book quote

* Why you love libraries

Be sure to include your name!

In addition to this VoiceThread, your contribution will be added to a postcard on the Tree of Knowledge during the Library After Dark activities on April 15 during National Library Week.

Add to the Tree of Knowledge VoiceThread here.

Or if you prefer, add your book reviews (or etc.) in a comment. Your contribution will be added to the Tree of Knowledge during National Library Week (April 12-16)

New Fire Science Research Guide   Leave a comment

Calling all future fire fighters (and anyone else interested in Fire Science)– there’s a new Fire Science Research Guide available for your browsing pleasure. In it you’ll find print, electronic, and reference books on fire prevention, as well as audiovisual media, websites, and library databases. Make sure to check it out!

Posted March 2, 2010 by emailhannah in Library resources

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