Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wayback Wednesday: Parkland and... Roger Ebert?

Champaign-Urbana is a mecca for those in search of a connection to Roger Ebert. There is, of course, Ebertfest, beginning today. While you’re there, have a seatnext to Roger himself. You might hop over to University of Illinois and trace his undergraduate steps at Gregory Hall. Or, you can go way back (see what I did there?) and drive by his childhood home on WashingtonStreet in Urbana. But did you ever stop to wonder, does Parkland have a connection to Roger Ebert? 

Wonder no more.  

From the June 7, 1966, Board of Trustees meeting minutes: 

So, the next time someone asks you if Roger Ebert ever had anything – anything at all – to do with Parkland College, you’ll be prepared with an answer. 

Mr. Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself is available at Parkland College Library.

Read more about the naming contest here. 

Wayback Wednesday is a feature of the Parkland College Archives. If you have ideas you'd like to see in future posts, email us at The Archives is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public by appointment.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

National Library Week is Upon Us!

April 12-18 is National Library Week.  Very simply that means it's a time each year when we celebrate libraries, librarians, library employees, library patrons, and library-enthusiasts!

This year we are celebrating with Cupcake-A-Book on April 15th and our annual READ Poster Unveiling on April 16th.

For Cupcake-A-Book, participants create a cupcake diorama that is representative of their selected book.  These will be on display in the college center from 10am-2pm on Wednesday, April 15th.  Donate cash and change to your favorite cupcake arrangement, all donations benefit the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland.  The entry with the most donations wins a prize!

The READ poster is a Parkland Library tradition.  On Thursday of National Library Week at noon each year we unveil the new READ poster.  Last year John Eby represented Parkland college with his book selection, "Stonewall, the Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution."

Each weekday of National Library Week we will be giving away a book, come see us to find out how to enter!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Welcome Shoorim Shin!

On Tuesday, April 7th the Department of Institutional Advancement at Parkland College hosted a welcome reception in the International Lounge.  Dr. Soorim Shin is a visiting scholar from South Korea, and specializes in Career Development.  Several faculty and staff came to greet Dr. Shin and offer their support during her stay.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Librarian Starts Today

We are pleased to announce that our new Librarian Gladys starts today.  Gladys comes to us from the Alabe Crafts Company where she worked with Albert Carter and Abe Bookman.

"Many libraries are turning to technology to serve our communities," said Anna Maria Watkin, Library Director and longtime friend of Gladys, "I think having a librarian like Gladys will make us more diverse than ever."

Some have criticized Gladys for her abrupt answers, seemingly only responding with simple solutions instead of a detailed analysis of the issue.  "You just have to know how to talk to her.  Once you get to know Gladys, she's really quite lovely," says Maggie Taylor, Information Services Librarian.  "I actually find her brevity refreshing, she's very efficient."

Gladys enjoys trivia with friends, salsa dancing, and of course reading.  Her favorite genre is humorous fiction, but she specializes in all fictional literature.  Gladys is available to answer questions 24/7 through her own personal online service here.

Stop by the desk to say hello and welcome our newest librarian to the team!


While Gladys is making a guest appearance today, she will not be joining us permanently.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cupcake-A-Book back for National Library Week

Cupcake-A-Book 2015 - Wednesday, April 15th

Cupcake-A-Book is one of our favorite events.  What better way to celebrate National Library Week than by combining two things we all love?  Books and cake!  Download the entry form here to get started.  On the day of the contest, choose your favorite by donating cash (coins or bills are fine) and the entry with the most donations at 2pm wins a fabulous prize!  All donations will be given to the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland.  Questions?  Contact Sarah Meilike in the Library.
Entry forms must be received by
Monday, April 13th at 3pm.
Here are the rules:
-Cupcakes must be used in some form.
-Cupcakes can be store-bought or homemade.
-The design must be homemade.
-The design should reflect the book's title, plot, theme, or characters.
-All entries must be smaller than 12"L x 12"W x 12"H 
-Non-edible elements may be used for embellishment.

Your design can be as simple or as intricate as you want.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Who will it be?

The 2015 READ poster will be unveiled on 

Thursday, April 16 at noon 

during National Library Week.  Who will be featured on this year's poster?

Last year John Eby was chosen and selected the book Stonewall: the Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter.  John had the special honor of being our 10th READ poster.  The 10th anniversary poster was designed by Paul Young and Tim Stiles Graphic Design class as their final project.  Katrina Reed's design was selected from a pool of more than 20 projects.

The featured person(s) on the READ poster select their book, usually a title that holds special meaning for them.

Dr. Zelema Harris, Terri Adcock, Brian Nudelman, Kaizad Irani, Yvonne Meyer, Coby the Cobra, Larry and Anita Taylor, Billie Mitchell, and Charles Larenas with Club Latino also have READ posters on display in the Library.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Sale this week only!

The Library's book sale is back for a limited time!  This week, March 16-20, we have hundreds of used books for sale near the Library entrance.

Books are just 50¢ each, Monday through Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday come back for our bag sale!  Pay one price, leave with as many books as your bag will carry!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Find Information @your Library - Answers

Parkland College Open House and Majors Fair

March 13, 2015

If you stopped by the Library table at the Open House and participated in our Find Information quiz, here are your answers!  Participants who got all 5 answers correct will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Ruby by Cynthia Bond, previously featured on this blog!

Everything on the internet is true.  False.  Our librarians can help you sort out what's credible and what's not.

This redheaded singer/songwriter just rose to the Billboard Top 40 #1 slot with the song "Thinking Out Loud."  Ed Sheeran is a British singer/songwriter.  Before his own rise to fame he co-wrote songs with the likes of Elton John, Taylor Swift, and One Direction.

What do you need to borrow items from the Library?  Your Parkland Student ID doubles as your Library card.  It also grants you access to the Center for Academic Success in D120.  They have tutors available in a number of subjects, a writing lab to help refine your papers, and help with academic planning.  Visit their website here.

In the 1980 movie Friday the 13th, who was the killer?  Jason Voorhees is the famous psychopath associated with Camp Crystal Lake

What is NOT a way to contact a Librarian?  Yodeling may have seen it's heyday in 1830s Europe, but if you do it in the Library you'll likely just get funny looks.  Call, text, email, and in person in the Library are all socially acceptable ways to contact a Librarian with your questions.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wayback Wednesday: By Women For Women

In publication since 1968, Prospectus has consistently featured articles that reflect the times. This is no more evident than in the very first years of the student newspaper (and Parkland College). Issues relating to race, Vietnam, the environment, and the energy shortage regularly made the front page and editorials sections. 

Women were also speaking up. Amid the photos of Parkland College Princesses and the occasional “just because” photo shoots, Parkland saw its first female sports editor, Ginny Patton, in 1970, whose column was called, “I’m for Real.” Similarly, the editorial, “A Column By and For Women” began its run in November, 1973. Introduced by Norma Campbell, it was continued after her graduation by one piece authored a mysterious writer named “J”, and, finally, Sue Donley. The column ran for just over a year until Prospectus began taking a decidedly more… “Disco” feel. 

Here is the inaugural editorial from October 26, 1973. It is a plea for communication among women, which, interestingly, was echoed in the last article of the series.  In the communication-filled era of today, have the themes in this piece changed, or are there issues that remain?


Wayback Wednesday is a feature of the Parkland College Archives. If you have ideas you'd like to see in future posts, email us at The Archives is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public by appointment. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cynthia Bond recognized by Oprah

Ruby by Cynthia Bond has been named as Oprah's Book Club 2.0 4th Selection.  Bond is quickly establishing herself as an author to be remembered.  She has an obvious passion for writing, and her debut novel Ruby has received praise from numerous sources, including Oprah herself.

about-cynthia“If Maya had been alive I would have called her before I finished this and said, ‘Oh, my God, you’ve got to read this book and finish it with me,’” -Oprah Winfrey LaCrosse Tribune

So what's Bond's connection to Parkland?  Cynthia Bond's mother, Zelema Harris, is a former Parkland College President!  Dr. Harris served from 1990-2006.

Ruby is available on Kindle right here at the Parkland Library.