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November 28, 2007

Critical Encounters event at the Library

Critical Encounters Salon Series: Banker to the Poor by Mohammad Yunus (Discussion about micro-lending and poverty in Bangladesh)

Thursday, Nov 29
Columbia College Library, 3rd floor

Light refreshments will be served

3-D Poetry reading at the Library

Don't miss this poetry event here in the Library tomorrow afternoon!

A Walk-In Book of C.D. Wright
Celebrating the influence of the MacArthur-winning American poet C.D. Wright on our work

Thursday, November 29, 2007
12:30-1:30 PM
Blum Room, 5th floor
Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave

A live, 3D reading experience
Change the way you read a book!

Poetry * Video * Audio * Installation * Projection

Hosted by the Columbia College Experiment in Influence MFA poetry craft seminar: Flynn Dorholt, Arielle Greenberg, Ted Jackle, Thomas Mowe, Meg Reilly

For more information, email Arielle Greenberg at

November 20, 2007

Library holiday hours

Please note that the Library will be closing at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 21st. The Library will remain closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend and return to Regular Hours on Monday, November 26th.

Want better test scores? Read more!

From yesterday's New York Times: Harry Potter, James Patterson and Oprah Winfrey’s book club aside, Americans — particularly young Americans — appear to be reading less for fun, and as that happens, their reading test scores are declining. At the same time, performance in other academic disciplines like math and science is dipping for students whose access to books is limited, and employers are rating workers deficient in basic writing skills.

That is the message of a new report being released today by the National Endowment for the Arts, based on an analysis of data from about two dozen studies from the federal Education and Labor Departments and the Census Bureau as well as other academic, foundation and business surveys. After its 2004 report, “Reading at Risk,” which found that fewer than half of Americans over 18 read novels, short stories, plays or poetry, the endowment sought to collect more comprehensive data to build a picture of the role of all reading, including nonfiction.

Read the whole NYT article HERE

Link to the NEA "To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence" report (.pdf file) HERE

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November 15, 2007

Library staff member gains more recognition as a top designer

Library Circulation Assistant Dieter Kirkwood has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of the area's top emerging fashion designers. His line, DieterBennet, is produced with fellow Columbia College fashion grad Bennett Cousins. Check out the article HERE.

You may remember that Dieter was named "One to watch" in Chicago fashion by the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show back in October.

Congratulations, Dieter!

Welcome new Library staff members

A belated welcome to two new staff members:

Amy Wainwright is the Library's new Circulation Assistant. She has been a student worker here at the Library for the past few years.

Jodie Stauffer is the Library's new Cataloging Assistant.

Both officially began their new positions last month. Welcome, Amy and Jodie!

November 14, 2007

Library staffer Cole Robertson's "After, image: A memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS"

Yet more news related to our talented Library staff. Cole is the Library's Visual Resources Coordinator and the opening of his exhibit corresponds with World AIDS Day.

Center on Halsted Hosts Cole Robertson's "After, image: A memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS"

CHICAGO ­ November 2, 2007 On Saturday, December 1, 2007, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host a visual arts installation, "After,
image: a memorial for those lost to HIV/AIDS", by Cole Robertson. This collection of photographs is meant to serve as a memorial, in the most traditional sense, an aesthetically beautiful gesture commemorating the past.

The images, donated by the family members of those lost to HIV/AIDS, are re-workings of photographs of those lost to AIDS. They are then digitally manipulated and printed on fine vellum. They hang as a testament, as a loving tribute, and as a call to action.

Cole Robertson, an MFA-photography graduate of Columbia College, has exhibited work internationally and nationally and chose Center on Halsted specifically to host the installation. "As I work on this, I feel some empty places in my life...spots that should be occupied by people...people who are gone.

The event begins with a reception at 4:00pm and is followed by a talk back with the artist and others who contributed images to the exhibit. A donation of $10 is requested.

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information or to RSVP contact 773-472-6469, ext. 245 or visit

Contact: Lori King, Center on Halsted, 773/472-6469, ext. 290

Congratulations to Library staffer, Jacob Saenz!

Jacob Saenz, the Library's Acquisitions Assistant, has a new poem, "Sweeping the States," in this month's issue of Poetry magazine. He's also the featured poet on's blog Harriet today.

Jacob is a recent Columbia College Chicago Poetry major graduate (B.A. '06), and was interviewed about this impressive accomplishment on the department's blog:

Congratulations, Jacob!

November 13, 2007

Art of the Library reception this Thursday

We hope you can join us at the next Art of the Library Opening and Reception. While you’re there, take a moment to welcome Jan Chindlund, our new Library Director!

Refreshments will be served ( food!)

Thursday, 11/15/07, 5-7pm

Columbia College Chicago Library, Third Floor

624 S. Michigan Avenue

Art of the Library is an ongoing series (four times a year) of exhibitions featuring the art of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty and staff.

November 6, 2007

Come to the November Critical Encounters salon!

Mark your calendars now for this upcoming Critical Encounters event. Find out more about Critical Encounters and other events on the Critical Encounters web site.

Critical Encounters Salon:

Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the battle against world poverty by Muhammad Yunus

Thurs. Nov 29
12:30-1:50pm Library, 3rd floor, 624 S. Michigan

Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus's memoir of how he decided to change his life in order to help the world's poor. In it he traces the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to fundamentally rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor, and the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen. He also provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in "putting homelessness and destitution in a museum so that one day our children will visit it and ask how we could have allowed such a terrible thing to go on for so long." The definitive history of micro-credit direct from the man that conceived of it, Banker to the Poor is necessary and inspirational reading for anyone interested in economics, public policy, philanthropy, social history, and business. … In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh.

Facilitators: Rob Watkins and Douglas Mann, President, Global Business Assist the Participants include: Students of “Politics of Poverty in Developing Countries” (Social Science class)

New books!

Check out some of these new books! Here's a list of our most recent acquisitions.

The box : how the shipping container made the world smaller
and the world economy bigger

Buy, buy baby : how consumer culture manipulates
parents and harms young minds

Canyonlands : wonders of nature on the Colorado Plateau

And then, you act : making art in an unpredictable world.

E-read any good books lately?

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Check out this article from the New York Times which mentions and discusses the digital book industry. is maintained by Columbia College's Webmaster, Matt McClintock. Way to go, Matt! We heart!

November 2, 2007

7th Annual Library Halloween Costume Cavalcade

View more Halloween costume pix HERE

The tradition of inviting library staffers to commune with their inner child around the Halloween celebration was introduced to the Library in 2001 by then director, Jo Cates. Jo took the high road and came dressed as the Queen. Following her lead were revelers dressed as a clown, a small child and even a Valkyrie (you know, she’s the original "Fat Lady who sings”). Each year since then, a few brave, fun souls have continued to make it a day full of laughs and cries for everyone.

The Costumed Ones carry out their regular duties, so depending on what you were in need of this Halloween, you may have gotten your service from a zombie, a pirate, a biker chick, a slide show, Doris Day, a cave woman or someone’s dad.

Even out of costume, we’re a pretty cool bunch. Almost anytime is a good time to connect up with us via chat, e-mail, or phone…and you never know what fun you will encounter if you just come by!

Thanks to Librarian Shirley Bennett for contributing this news story!