Thursday, March 19, 2020

Important Library Information

In light of the campus, state, and national response to COVID-19, and with support of Monmouth College, Hewes Library will be closed until further notice.

Please note that library staff will be monitoring communication during closed hours and will assist patrons as much as possible.
Have questions? Librarians will be available, remotely, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
  • Call: 309-457-2190
  • Email:
  • Chat with a librarian. When chat is offline, you'll be prompted to email.
  • Text a librarian:  309-204-9275. When service is offline, texts will be answered the next business day.

Please monitor the library website for current information, and visit this FAQ for students and faculty. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this extraordinary time!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Spring Break Hours- UPDATE

Due to the campus schedule change next week, Hewes Library has updated hours. Please monitor our website & social media, or contact us with questions.
3/9 Monday - 3/13 Friday (8am - 4:30pm)
3/14 Saturday CLOSED
3/15 Sunday CLOSED
3/16 Monday (8am - 4:30pm)
3/17 Tuesday (8am - 4:30pm)

The campus COVID-19 update page:

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Art Exhibition, Connections, Open

A new exhibition titled, Connections, is now open through April 3, 2020 in the Everett Gallery of Hewes Library.

About the artist:
Guadalupe Lanning Robinson is a quilt-maker and ceramic artist from Huntsville, Alabama.

She writes:

A great fascination with different-colored clays and the textures that can be produced with stoneware has led me to experiment with and study clays for the past thirty years. Continuous respect for the material is a factor I try to maintain in my work. I also have a great reverence for the idea of “craftsmanship” and it is a strong element when creating my work. My work has developed from the respect I have for clay and the joy I experience when working with it.
                I was born and grew up in Mexico City, a place with strong cultural ties and great tradition, full of sights, energy, sounds and flavor. Bringing together my Mexican heritage with the richness and tranquility of the Deep South has enriched my life. This constantly moves my work toward blending the two cultures.

This exhibition is part of the Visions & Verse program: celebrating collaborations between Artists & Poets.  Poet, James Miller Robinson, will join Guadalupe for special presentations and class visits in April.

The exhibition's  reception will take place on April 3rd 3pm-4:30pm. All are invited.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Thursday Free Film Showing: Detroit 48202

Please join the Office of Intercultural Life, Hewes Library, and the Center for Civic and Social Change for the final movie and discussion event of Monmouth College's Black History Month activities.

Thursday, February 27 @ 7PM

Barnes Classroom, Hewes Library

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Recreational Reading Titles

New ScotsRead titles are available for your recreational reading pleasure!

This collection, found on the main floor of Hewes Library, contains best sellers and intriguing just-published titles spanning autobiography, non-fiction, mystery and fantasy - even cookbooks!  Check them out for two weeks and renew up to three times.

The newest ScotsReads include:

The Black Jersey, by Jorge Zepeda Patterson
The Bodies in the Library, by Marty Wingate
Definitely Hispanic, by LeJuan James
This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto, by Suketu Mehta
What Happened That Night, by Deanna Cameron
Deep State: Trump, The FBI,  and the Rule of Law, by James B. Stewart
Death and Other Happy Endings, by Melanie Cantor
Jet Girl, by Caroline Johnson
A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee, by Danny Fingeroth
Edison, by Edmund Morris
Blue Moon:  A Jack Reacher Novel, by Lee Child 
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers, by  Andy Greenberg
Let Justice Descend, by Lisa Black
Coached To Death, by Victoria Laurie

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hewes Hygge - what's that?

Stop by Hewes Library on Friday, February 21 between 2pm-4pm and enjoy a hygge
(More on the concept here and here.)

Hewes Hygge (HOO gah) will feature a roaring virtual fire, free cocoa, tea and treats.
Stop by to read, converse, construct a puzzle with new friends and relax!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Boyz N the Hood Showing 2/13

The Monmouth College Office of Intercultural Life and The Center for Civic & Social Change present a showing and discussion of director John Singleton's 1991 film "Boyz N the Hood". 

Thursday, February 13th
Hewes Library, Barnes Classroom (lower level)
Everyone is invited!

Below is a bit of background on Singleton from the African American Almanac available on the Hewes Library CREDO Reference resource:

"Singleton was soon approached by Columbia Pictures to sell the film rights to Boyz n the Hood, his original screenplay and college thesis. Singleton agreed, but only if he could be the movie's director. The movie was released in July of 1991 to mixed critical reviews. Although its first showings were marred by movie-house violence, the film garnered Singleton an Academy Award nomination for best director. He became the youngest director and the first African American to be so honored."

View additional library resources on the film, cast and director.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Writing Workshop: Idea Generation

The Monmouth College Writing Center will host the second in a series of semester workshops in Hewes Library this week. All students are welcome!

Wednesday, February 12th and Thursday, February 13th
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Main Floor of Hewes Library, Room 124

This workshop will provide tools for generating and keeping track of ideas. The session will help students brainstorm for topics. Students can bring their own prompts or use the example prompts at the workshop.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Get Cozy in the Library

Join us for Hewes Hygge right here in the Library on Friday, February 7th!

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is the Danish art of comfort, contentment and connection.  Students are invited to come and relax, put together a puzzle, have conversation, browse a book, and watch a soothing fireplace.  Bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Find the hygge on the main floor, by the east entrance. Bring a friend and decompress!

Writing Workshops 2/5 & 2/6

The Monmouth College Writing Center will host the first of a series of semester workshops in Hewes Library this week. All students are welcome!

Wednesday, February 5th & Thursday, February 6th, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Main Floor of Hewes Library, Room 124 

This workshop will focus on understanding the writing prompts that students receive from instructors. The session will help the students in understanding the assignment requirements for a current assignment in particular, and for future assignments in general. Students can bring their own prompts or use the example prompts provided at the workshop.