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One Book, One Harper presents Appalachia Meets Chicago: Banjos and Blues Concert   Leave a comment

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

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 We’re selling all of our withdrawn books and audiovisual material in the book sale next week, holding a recycled book contest for people to be creative with old and seemingly unusable books,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.

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.

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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


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