Monday, July 14, 2014

Parkland Library receives ACRL Award

In April the Library Director Anna Maria Watkin was notified that the Library and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning were to receive an award for the project SPARK (Scholarship at Parkland).

If you're unfamiliar with SPARK, it is the College's open-access digital repository for scholarly and creative work.  It makes visible examples of student success and contributes to the growth of our intellectual development as a learning community.  Visit for more information or to browse student works.

On June 27th, 2014 Anna Maria Watkin and Dean of Learning Support Erika Hackman received the award at a ceremony in Las Vegas, during the 2014 Annual ALA Conference.  The Library was awarded the CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources award, in the Community and Junior College Libraries division.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New Summer Hours Just Kicked In!

New Summer Hours

June 16th - August 10th
Monday - Thursday
7:30am - 7:00pm


Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th isn't particularly rare by itself, we usually see it happen 1-3 times a year.  It happened twice in 2013, once in 2014, and will happen three times in 2015.  There are a abundance of superstitions associated with the number 13, particularly when that date happens to fall on a Friday.  Many of these existing superstitions have been amplified by the entertainment industry, particularly films such as Friday the 13th, Hocus Pocus, Paranormal Activity, etc.

However, today also marks the full moon in the lunar cycle during the month of June.  The Farmers' Almanac lists the name of each month's full moon and describes its' significance.  June is called the "Strawberry Moon," or sometimes also called the "Rose Moon," or "Honey Moon."  The Farmers' Almanac attributes this name to the fact that strawberries are typically harvested in June.  Another explanation for using the terms "Rose Moon" or "Honey Moon" are attributed to the orange hue exhibited during the full moon in June.

So what makes today so special?  The intersection of these three factors makes today a rare occurrence.   The three factors are:
1 - Friday the 13th.
2 - Full moon in the lunar cycle.
3 - The June full moon is also called the Honey Moon, Strawberry Moon or Rose Moon.
See?  It doesn't seem quite so scary when you break it down.  It is fascinating to see these three events overlap, and is sure to result in a magnificent sunset/moonrise!

While folklore tells us to stay away from black cats, mirrors, ladders, etc. on this 'unlucky' day, astronomy and logic says there's nothing to fear.  Our advice?  Whether you consider your day to be lucky or unlucky, make sure you go outside this evening to enjoy the view!

For further reading, check out these articles...
Creepy Full Honey Moon Fills Sky This Friday the 13th
An Astronomical Eloping: How Rare is a "Friday the 13th Honey Moon?"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day.

In the Midwest, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and the opening of pool season. Many people also take advantage of the three-day weekend to travel, visit family, or celebrate with a BBQ.

Officially, Memorial Day is a day to recognize men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Not to be confused with Veterans' Day, which recognizes the service of all U.S. military veterans.

From The Dictionary of American History:

The practice of decorating graves of war dead began before the close of the Civil War. However, an officially set day was established in 1868 when Gen. John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued an order naming May 30 as a day for “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” The day became known as Decoration Day, but as it was extended to include the dead of all wars, it took the name Memorial Day.

Learn more about Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend at the Memorial Day page.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Friday, May 16, 2014

End of the Semester

Congratulations Graduates!  Best of luck to those of you who are moving on to universities, as well as those of you moving on to the workforce.  We will certainly miss seeing your faces on campus.

For those of you sticking around this summer, our hours will vary slightly during the summer months.  Check here, our Facebook page, the student portal or the library's website for any important changes.

May 19th through June 13th we will be...


Monday - Friday 

8:00am - 5:00pm


Saturday - Sunday

Summer Semester hours will begin on June 16th. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Congratulations Graduates!

There have been 46 commencement exercises before your turn in the green cap and gown, all beginning with the first one on June 17, 1968.

On this date, Parkland graduated 21 students who earned certificates for one year programs in Dental Assisting, Office Services, Electronics, and Data processing.

Take a look at this picture from the ceremony, in which President Staerkel is presenting a Parkland student with her certificate. Their smiles are big and genuine, and one can’t help but get the impression that both parties are extremely proud of their accomplishments. In addition to the efforts of the student herself, imagine the efforts behind the events that led up to this ceremony – the formation of the college itself!

The Parkland Archives wishes you great success in your future, and we hope that you are every bit as proud of your accomplishments as those that participated in the first commencement!

The Parkland Archives is always looking for ideas to feature in our Wayback Wednesday series. If you have a question about Parkland's history, send us an email!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Finals Week = FREE Coffee & Tea in the Library!

Come into the Parkland Library during Finals Week (May 9th and May 12th-15th) for a cup of FREE coffee or tea!

Have a cup? Bring it! Be green. (We have cups on hand too.)

Good luck with your finals from the faculty & staff at the Parkland College Library!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Closing out a successful National Library Week

We've closed the book on National Library Week for 2014.  It was a great week and we were thrilled to see so many friendly faces celebrate with us. 

Tuesday, April 15th there was a Poetry Celebration in the Reading Lounge.  Students, faculty and staff gathered together to share their favorite poems and read original work.  Pictured below are Will Reger, John Hayes, and Jessica Reed.

 Wednesday, April 16th a most noble contest was held in the College Center, the Cupcake-A-Book contest.  Resurrected this year, 13 participants turned literary tales into frosted masterpieces. Passersby donated spare change or dollar bills to the cupcake display they like the most. 

 A few fan favorites:

Overall the event was a huge success!  $370 was raised to be donated to the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, created by Jan Thom, was the grand prize winner.  Jan won a Parkland drawstring bag, t-shirt, and water bottle - courtesy of the Parkland Bookstore.

Thursday, April 17th we unveiled the 10th READ Poster and announced the Parkland Reads book for the upcoming year.  Marva Nelson introduced the Parkland Reads book, which is The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.

Afterwards the library director Anna Maria Watkin revealed our 10th READ Poster.  Linda Moore was present to say a few words about this year's poster candidate, John Eby.  John chose the book Stonewall by David Carter.  And for the first time, this year's candidate brought party favors for everyone in attendance...READ pencils.  John explained his fascination with collecting pencils and encouraged everyone to take one.

John and his mother
Anna Maria Watkin and John Eby
Thank you all for making this National Library Week one for the books! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wayback Wednesday: A Parkland Library Scrapbook

In honor of National Library Week, here's a digital scrapbook celebrating the history of the Parkland College Library created with records from the Parkland Archives.

Click the button on the lower right of the frame to enlarge.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

10th Annual READ Poster Unveiling

Every year the Parkland Library carefully selects a faculty or staff member to represent Parkland College on the year's READ Poster.  These posters adorn the walls of the Library.  2014 marks the 10th year the Library has upheld this tradition.  We hold this event each year during National Library Week.  It is one of the many ways we celebrate the Library, literacy, and learning.

As always, we have guarded the identity of this year's READ poster with the utmost secrecy.  This year's candidate has served the student population for so long, it is difficult to release any clues without giving away too much.  You'll just have to join us on Thursday, April 17th at noon to find out who it is!

Please encourage friends, faculty, staff and students to attend and support the library during this time of celebration.