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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


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.


And the winner is…..   Leave a comment

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Edible Book Contest! Fifteen creative, innovative, and imaginative entries!
Congrats to each participant:

  • The Little Engine that Could–submitted by Marie Eibl
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest–submitted by Carole Gallo
  • The Tell-Tale Heart–submitted by Melissa Tiltges and Phil Kane
  • Tao Te Ching–submitted by Jeffrey James
  • The Monster Book of Monsters–submitted by Jeff McDonald
  • Atlas Shrugged–submitted by Alyssa Coonen
  • The Ballad of the Sad Cafe–submitted by Sonya Arko
  • Cliffor the Big Red Dog–submitted byWade Adams and Jeff Cesar
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom–submitted by Kendra Kelley
  • Best Friends Wear Pink Tutus / All Tutus Should Be Pink– submitted by Rachel Weide
  • Breaking Dawn–submitted by Caroline Brennan
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown–submitted by Britt Wanek and Genic Lazzar
  • Cat in the Hat– submitted by Cheyne Hanoski
  • Treasure Island– submitted by Sarah Engebergh
  • The book from the restricted section in the 1st Harry Potter book– Kaitlin Todd

Grand  prize winner
Jeff McDonald
The Monster Book of Monster’s

Most Creative
Carole Gallo
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Most Literary
Kaitlin Todd
The Book from the restricted section in the 1st Harry Potter book

Most Edible (tie)
Melissa Tiltges and Phil Kane
Tell-Tale Heart

Most Edible (tie)
Britt Wanek and Genic Lazaar
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

2nd Annual Edible Book Contest   1 comment

2nd Annual Edible Book Contest!



by the

Harper College Library


Create a piece of edible art that has something to do with books
Friday, November 20, 2009
Entries are due in the library from 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Judging begins at Noon
Entries will be eaten after the winners are announced
All participants and their entries will be photographed
Please include a sign denoting the title of the book your entry represents.


Everyone is invited to participate!


Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Grand Prize
  • Most Literary
  • Most Creative
  • Most Edible


Entry deadline:
A completed entry form must be received at the Harper College Library no later than Monday, November 16, 2009.



16th Annual Children’s Book Drive   Leave a comment

Give a child the gift of reading!
16th Annual Children’s Book Drive


For the month of October, Harper College Library is collecting new and gently used children’s books that will be donated to the District 214 Community Education Program and the Elk Grove Village Township.  You can help give a child the gift of reading by bringing donations into the Harper College Library, or by putting them in donation boxes we have in L building – Liberal Arts Division Office, X building – Health Careers Division Office, F building – Academic Enrichment and Language Studies Division Office, M building – Wellness and Human Performance Division Office, and W building in the employee lunchroom.

Help us reach our goal of donating 1,600 books for the 16th anniversary of the Children’s Book Drive.

Posted October 23, 2009 by Michele Ukleja in Library events, news

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Banned Books Week @ Harper College Library– September 26-October 3, 2009   Leave a comment


 Attend a Banned Books Week Lecture
at the Harper College Library

Bldg. F
2nd floor


Monday, September 28

  • 3 pm Communist Manifesto
    presented by Sean Noonan and Dave Richmond

Tuesday, September 29

  • 11 am “Igniting the Fires of Hate : Origins and Implications of the Nazi Book Burnings”

presented by Kim Jaeger

  • 2 pm “Comic Books, Censorship, and the  Comics Code Authority”
    presented by Brian Cremins

Wednesday, September 30

  • 10 am “The Myth of Eva Peron”
    presented by Veronica Mormino
  • 1 pm “Banning Resistance”
    presented by Seema Kurup

Thursday, October 1

  • 12 noon  “Alison Bechdal–A Dyke to Watch Out For”
    presented by JJ Pionke

Posted September 21, 2009 by Michele Ukleja in Harper College events, Library events

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