Columbia College Chicago

April 21, 2014

And the winner is...

The World
United States Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in 1970 and it grew to the point where the United Nations adopted a consensus resolution designating April 22nd as the International Mother Earth Day. As an item on the international calendar, events are held worldwide to demonstrate and promote support for environmental protection.

Today more than half of the world's population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve.

It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Over the next two years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to accelerate this transition. If you care about taking care of the planet, join the call for a new era of green cities.

Around the City
Earth Data: A Sustainable Chicago 2015 CelebrationAlthough we are buried in white and gray snow for a good portion of a year, Chicago has been in the "green city" game for quite a while.

Were you one of the many who turned the lights off  during last month's Earth Hour City Challenge? Well, kudos to you! Chicago beat out 60 other cities and was named the 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund. This was a year-long competition among cities to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change. We will now go forward and compete over the next year for the title of Global Earth Hour Capital. Get the skinny on Rahm's plan at  Sustainable Chicago 2015

You're all invited to Party for the Planet at Brookfield Zoo! It will feature plantings, an eco expo, and a live music performance.

Can't add another thing to tomorrow's "to-do" list? You're in luck as the City of Chicago kicks off its celebration big time on Thursday, April 24th. Look for events in Grant/Millennium Park and Navy Pier.

Like to really get your hands dirty?  Volunteer to help clean up your neighborhood this Saturday, April 26th from 9am - 12pm!  Put yourself on a team at   Parks and Preserves

At Columbia

CLA 2014 finalistColumbia College Chicago is a finalist in the 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, an annual competition among US colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Have fun and support the cause. For instance, you could win a bike in the Bike 2 Campus Campaign which hits streets tomorrow!

Or be on a College Green Team...I think Academics is right up your alley!

Review all of our great Campus Initiatives part of the solution.

Well, got to, bike!

April 16, 2014

A Little Library Humor

It's National Library Week! And if there is one thing librarians don't shy away from it's poking fun at ourselves. So take a minute to celebrate with us by checking out some library humor...

What I Really Do




And, finally...
I like big books and I cannot lie.

April 14, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week, an annual celebration of libraries and library staff across the nation.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to support, promote and recognize the contributions and impact that libraries have on the communities they serve.  Libraries provide key resources as budgets are reduced, speaking out forcefully against book-banning attempts and advocating for free access to digital content in libraries.

Celebrate National Library Week with us!  Here's how....

Lives change @ your library is the theme for National Library Week 2014.  Do you have a story about how the library has impacted your life? Share what your library means to you and you could win a Kindle Fire.

1. Tweet about how a library has changed or made an impact upon your life using the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14. Need more thatn 140 characters?   Add your story to the @ your library story collection.

2. Snap a library selfie that tells your library story with this bubble prop. Send a copy of your photo to, and we will post to our Facebook page!

To be entered in the grand-prize drawing your text or photo library story must be posted to Twitter, Facebook or Flickr using the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14 or added to the @ your library story collection between 9:00 a.m. CDT Monday, April 14 and and noon CDT on Friday, April 18, 2014.

April 7, 2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month

  April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
 - T. S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"

April is National Poetry Month.  We've compiled some resources to inspire you to celebrate.

  • Visit our Pinterest Board featuring just a fraction of the poetry books and anthologies we own in the Library.
Follow CCC Library's board Poetry on Pinterest.
  • In addition to books of poetry, we also have a plethora of resources for writing poetry. Take a look...
Follow CCC Library's board Writing Poetry on Pinterest.

  • is a treasure trove of information including full poems, biographies and selected bibliographies for poets, audio and videos, information on writing and reading poetry, and resources for educators. The site also includes 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month:

A sampling of ideas from

  • Poetry Out Loud  - sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation - is a contest that encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.  Students master public speaking skills, building self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.  Piloted in Washington, DC and Chicago in 2006, the program has grown to involve millions of students across the country.
  • The Poetry Foundation - browse poems and poets, listen to audio and podcasts, download the poetry app, and learn about all aspects of poetry on their website.  
  • Poetry of America - Library of Congress - The “Poetry of America” initiative is part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Through two features, “Poetry of American Identity” and “Poetry of American History,” this initiative explores how poetry connects to the following themes: immigration and migration, work and industry, social change, and peace and war. 
    From the Library of Congress - Poetry of America resource
No matter your interests, you can find a poem on it. Try browsing or the Poetry Foundation for any number of poems on apples to zebras and everything in between. Including basketball...

I seemed to watch myself go up
     effortlessly for the basket,
     and saw the ball drop through the net.  

     - Ray Fleming "One on One in Basketball"

April 3, 2014

Art in the Library Opening and Reception, Tonight

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:00-8:00 pm
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.
3rd Floor North

"Trophy Case", photograph by Maria Murczek, student

Join us for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception, Spring 2014 Exhibition - Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., 3rd Floor North.

Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Art in the Library program exhibits works in all forms of visual arts, including sculpture, painting, drawings, and paper and book arts. Exhibitions by different artists are shown quarterly on a rotating basis.

Untitled mixed media print by Walter Schaffeld, student

For a preview of the show visit the Art in the Library website and view work from some of the artists featured in the show.

The Art in the Library Committee welcomes all Columbia College Chicago artists to submit work for consideration.

Please visit the Art in the Library website for more information including submission guidelines, artwork forms, and examples of current and former exhibits.

Light refreshments will be served.

March 18, 2014

March is Women's History Month

Take a look at some of the Library's great resources  about, by, and for amazing women:

Follow CCC Library's board Women's History on Pinterest.

This Flickr set from the Library of Congress has some amazing photographs - including these gems...

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Penn[sylvania] on the picket line-- 1917, Library of Congress, Manuscripts Division

Also take a look at History Pin, which includes several collections from National Archives: Women's Suffrage, Famous Women, Women in the Military, and Women at Work:

Women Electric Welders at Hog Island Shipyard City Hall Station, 1918, Philadelphia, PA, National Archives

And I stumbled across this comic book treasure: Wonder Woman ran a back-up series called Wonder Women of History featuring real-life female superheroes like Sojourner Truth, Emma Willard, and Marie Curie.

Sojourner Truth - Famous African-American women's rights activist and abolitionist - Wonder Women of History
So celebrate Women's History and take it from Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

March 17, 2014

Our New Library Advisory Board!

We are excited to announce the formation of our Library Advisory Board with student representatives from the Student Government Association. It promises to be a fruitful partnership; the Library learning more about Columbia students and their academic needs and students sharing their ideas and opinions regarding library services.

Hanging out in the new classroom. 

Our inaugural meeting was held on Friday, March 14th with five students representing several academic departments. Highlights included a pizza lunch and a tour of the library.

Testing out the whiteboard wall.
We look forward to future meetings (2-3 per semester) which will include activities like website usability testing, discussions about how to better reach students with library marketing, and much more!