He Really Really Scared Me!






Read a Stephen King novel this week.


I was home sick from school, and it could have been a really nice day.  It was bright and sunny outside, and I was relaxing on the couch in my pajamas. I could hear my grandparents chatting in the kitchen as they ate lunch. The front door was open, there was a nice breeze.  I should have been watching Saved by the Bell and enjoying myself and a day of freedom from the 4th grade.  Instead, I was watching Pet Sematary and I was breathless and terrified and probably about to keel over from fright. 

He’s an American classic and he’s been frightening us for decades.   Since he’s so prolific, there’s a work for every terror you can think and every horror you don’t let yourself imagine.   So… what are you afraid of?

Kids? What about a girl who can set things on fire with her mind?   Try it.

Do you wish that all your friends would take their faces out of their cell phone screens? See how evil cell phones can really be.

Are you still having nightmares about The Shining?   Well… it’s not over.  Why don’t you check out the sequel, Dr. Sleep?

Perhaps you just want a few short stories to keep things moving quickly. We have Skelton Crew and Four Past Midnight.

Happy Halloween!

A Century of African Americans in Film in the Library

(Well OK, 94 years really) We start with the directors:

Oscar Micheaux’s silent protest film Within Our Gates (1920) and 1938 musical Swing!
Mr. Micheaux founded his own film studio in 1919 (in Chicago no less) and went on to produce, script and direct 44 films. Read more about this pioneering filmmaker at:  http://www.naacp.org

Sidney Poitier began directing films in the 1970’s including the 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night. Micheal Schulz’s Cooley High (1975) was filmed in Chicago.  Look for Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater founder Jackie Taylor in the cast.

Also: Oz Scott’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide (1982), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) Malcolm X (1992) 4 Little Girls (1997) When the Levees Broke (2006) and Passing Strange (2009) as well as The Films of Spike Lee (1997); Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991) and The Rosa Parks Story (2001); John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood and Robert Townsend’s The Five Heartbeats (both 1991); Charles Burnett’s The Glass Shield (1994) and Warming by the Devil’s Fire (2003); Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta (1998),  Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher (2002), Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls (2010) and Ice Cube’s Something From Nothing (2012).






A Decade of Blogging In Our Library






Today marks the 10th anniversary since our library’s first blog posts WAY back in 2004.

We started learning about and implementing our blogs in 2003 when few people even knew what a blog was all about. Now, a decade later, blogs a common part of media and social media. Today, our blogs feed content to our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts.

Over the years, many of our librarians have written for our blogs. We have written about library services, topics in the news, paper topics, campus events, and many other items. Our blogs are a history of our library and our history. Sometimes questions at the reference desk or questions that student ask us in classes become blog posts.

Read our first posts to our Search Tips Blog here. 

Read our first posts to our Search Tips Blog here. 

Some of Our Most Popular Blog Posts: 

Is there a Salt Mine Under Lake Michigan?  (2012)

Grant Park, Yesterday & Tonight (2008)

Abuse At Abu Ghraib: Selected Sources (2004)

Chicago White Sox History (2005)

What is it like to be Young and Arab in America? (2013)

The anime encyclopedia (2009)

Rosa Parks, 1913-2005 (2005)

Thundersnow is real. Did you hear it? (2011)

Finding Help for Hungry Students (2012)



Local News and The Future of the Patch

We have been keeping an eye on the health and future of local news. Is local news dying? Are we going to be reliant on social media and gossip for local information? In the past we have had local reporters in the library to talk about the issue (listen here: Online Audio: Hyperlocal or Just Hyper? Future of Journalism). We have also posted about the future of the local news website The Patch (see What Does the End of the Patch Mean for Our Area?).

Local news (more specifically, local reporting) matters and has a great deal of value in how we run local government, schools, and community organizations. Understanding the “truth” that is based in sources beyond simple gossip matters.

Recently, the Patch (which has become a local source of information was sold by AOL (see Chicago Tribune: AOL surrenders control of Patch in joint venture). It is still not clear that the local Patch can earn enough money to stay around into the future.

With all this being said, I wanted to share this On the Media piece about the future of Hyperlocal media. Great thinking here about how local media is changing.


Here’s a list of the local Patch sites.

Palos Patch (Twitter: @PalosPatch)
Orland Patch (Twitter: @OrlandPatch)
Tinley Park Patch (Twitter: @TinleyParkPatch)

Inspiring Designs: Our Herman Miller Chairs


“Inspiring designs help people do great things.” (check out the cool video at the bottom of this post)

This quote is from the video below, and it refers to the design work of the Herman Miller company. Our library staff members have long believed that our spaces matter and that having a comfortable environment matters. We hope that our study spaces, lounge areas, and other public spaces offer places to work, to contemplate, and to find inspiration.

Along these lines, we have two flavors of chairs that have won design awards. The first chair pictured here are the Herman Miller Aeron Chairs that are at our computer work stations. The second image is of the classic Herman Miller Chairs that have been in our library since the 1970s.

Both chairs are designed for comfort and to enhance our space. We hope that you take the time to visit us and to have a seat and enjoy the design!  (See video below for a short history of Herman Miller.)











108 years of Herman Miller in 108 seconds

108 years of Herman Miller in 108 seconds from Christian Borstlap on Vimeo.