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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Class Project in the International Lounge

Each semester Wendy Patriquin, Jody Littleton, and Julie Weishar organize a class assignment involving their ESL 095 classes and COM 120 classes.

The assignment is designed to encourage COM students to examine other cultures, and to help ESL students gain experience speaking English with native speakers.  The COM students have a list of questions that they use to interview an ESL student.  Both classes gain perspective and interview skills, which give them the confidence to be more comfortable when talking to people outside their own culture.

To make the experience more relaxed and enjoyable, the instructors provide coffee, tea, and snacks for the students.

The Library is always happy to host class events like this.  If you are interested in reserving the International Lounge for an event, please contact Sarah Meilike.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wayback Wednesday: Snowed in at Parkland

The “snowmaggedon” that dropped on the East Coast this week harkens back to a time when the Midwest fell victim to a blizzard that has not since been matched.  Even though it was thirty-seven years ago, people still talk of it. It’s the great Blizzard of 1978

The storm was so bad that nine people were stranded at Parkland for almost 40 hours. From Prospectus, February 1, 1978:

Eight employees and one student were stranded in Parkland for almost forty hours during the blizzard that crippled the Champaign-Urbana area last week. 

Bruce Bunney, one of the custodians trapped during the storm, said that it was inconvenient but not all that uncomfortable. “We had the furnace checks to keep us busy and there was the pool room upstairs. We watched the weather reports on the T.V. and there were several specials on.” 

Bunney’s son, a Parkland student, was also one of those trapped at Parkland.
Donald Swank, Dean of Instruction, after seeing that all students had left the school, found himself trapped at Parkland, along with two computer center operators, three custodians, a security guard, and a radio station engineer. 

“Unless you have change for a dollar there is no way to buy any food at Parkland,” Bunney said. 

“It wasn’t all that bad but we were sure glad to get out.” The nine were rescued about 1:30 p.m. on Friday when snow removal trucks managed to break through the drifts caused by the 40-60 mile an hour winds. 

This photo from the Parkland Archives
shows a much, much lighter snowfall,
ca. 1977.
In Parkland Works, Sally Foster Wallace noted the January 28 issue of the Champaign-Urbana Morning Courier, in which Dean Swank recalled how the group “realized they were stranded about 11 p.m. Wednesday,” after Parkland had closed due to weather that evening at 8 p.m. Swank’s account downplayed the event, stating that one of the custodians was able to get out once with a four-wheeler and brought back bread, baloney and cheese. The group also regularly checked the teletype machines that had been installed for the new radio station, WPCD, which had been scheduled to air it's first broadcast, but was delayed a week due to the storm. 

The Parkland men’s and women’s basketball teams, coaches, cheerleaders, the Athletic Director and accompanying staff  were also stranded due to the unfortunate weather – in a Danville hotel. 

So, unless you’re a person who REALLY loves snow (and there’s nothing wrong with that), be thankful that we’ve been having such a mild winter, and remember, spring will be here… eventually.  


Wayback Wednesday Bonus: To read more about the impact the extreme 1978 weather had in Illinois, check out Record Winter Storms in Illinois, 1977-1978

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.