Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Winter Break Hours

Hewes Library will be open during winter break Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm beginning Thursday, December 13th, closed on weekends and December 24 – January 1.

Regular hours resume when classes begin, Monday, January 14th, 2019.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Access Popular Periodicals Remotely via Flipster

What's the next best thing to visiting Hewes Library and perusing a popular periodical? Accessing digital magazines via Flipster!

Flipster is a digital platform available via web browser and Android / iOS app. 

Eight titles currently available: 
American Scientist, Bloomberg Business, Discover, France-Amerique, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Time

How do I access Flipster?  

  • Android or iOS device:  see "Flipster Digital Magazines" in the app store.
    • To initialize the Flipster app for the first time:  1) You must be on campus with a networked computer OR on the campus wifi  2) Download and open the app  3) Allow Flipster to access your location, OR manually search for Monmouth College  4) Select Monmouth College from the list of libraries and tap "Log in"

  • Personal Computer (web browser)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Return/Renew Materials

Here are some tips before you leave for winter break:

1. Return library materials 24/7 with the exterior bookdrop on the west-side exit of Hewes Library. You'll see the little metal bookdrop door in the brick wall just outside the door.

2. Check your library account to make sure everything has been returned. To do so, login to your library account, click "Checked Out Items" for a list.

3.  Renew library materials, both Monmouth and I-Share, via your library account
Photo courtesy SMU Libraries Digital Collections via Flickr Commons.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Collaborations: New Art

Collaborations is now open in the Len G. Everett Gallery in Hewes Library, comprised of final projects from art majors and minors in the Contemporary Art course.

The students' final project was to research an artist and engage in a “collaboration” with that artist to create a new work of art. This year, Brian Baugh, who teaches the course, invited the art faculty to complete this project too.

A cookies and coffee reception will be held on Monday, December 10th from 3:00-4:30.
Please stop by as a break from finals and grading, have a cookie, and enjoy the art.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Celebrate Illinois Authors: Bicentennial Exhibit

In celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial (December 3, 1818), a new exhibit on the main level highlights a "celebration reading list" curated by the Illinois State Historical Society. A selection of titles by Illinois authors is listed below and available as a handout at the exhibit.

Also on display are writings by instructor Kevin Roberts' ENGL 180 students, writing in the style of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. 

The exhibit will be available through the end of the year. It's a great study break and a way to celebrate 200 years of Illinois statehood!

ILLINOIS CLASSICS: A Celebration Reading List Compiled by John E. Hallwas of the Illinois State Historical Society

Black Hawk, Black Hawk: An Autobiography (1833). Famous in its own time, it was the first native American autobiography. A remarkable self-portrait of a complex individual.

Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology (1915, 1916). An American classic of poetic monologues, in which dead village residents reflect on their lives and struggles.

Eliza Farnharm, Life in Prairie Land (1846). Engaging account by a traveler and settler, who came to central Illinois in the 1830s. She depicts the natural world as well as people.

Edna Ferber, So Big (1924). Winner of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize, this novel, set near Chicago in the 1890s and early 20th century, depicts a widow who supports herself and her son.

Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House (1910). A superb autobiography, in which the famous social activist recounts her early years and the social work at Hull House.

Carl Sandburg, Poems of the Midwest (1946). Selected poems by the famous poet and Lincoln biographer taken from Chicago Poems and Cornhuskers.

Richard Wright, Native Son (1940). An acclaimed, powerful novel, about a black youth in Chicago, who is brutalized and depraved by powerful forces, and condemned to die.

Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems (2006). A volume of compelling poems, often about the black experience, by the celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago poet.

Studs Terkel, Division Street: America (1967). One of several best-selling books by Terkel. His oral interviews about Chicago become very insightful social commentary.

Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems (1996). This volume won the Pulitzer Prize. She deals with her cultural and family history, the value of love, etc.

William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980). An acclaimed short novel focused on youth, memory, and personal loss. It reflects Maxwell’s youth in Lincoln, Illinois.

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (1984). A celebrated short novel, with chapters like prose poems, about a young woman in a Chicago Latino neighborhood.