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New Oxford Bookworms in the Graded Readers Collection

We've just added a new set of readers to our collection: the Oxford Bookworms Collection.
Each book contains a collection of unabridged short stories-- both classics and contemporary tales-- from well-known writers. These stories are a great option for our advanced English language learners or anyone looking for a good, short read.

And All for Love: Short Stories by Diane Mowat and Jennifer Bassett
What sad, appalling, and surprising things people do in the name of love, and for the sake of love. These short stories give us love won and love lost, love revenged, love thrown away, love in triumph, love in despair. It might be love between men and women, children and parents, even humans and cats-- but whichever it is, love is a force to be reckoned with.
PE999.O836 A53 2001

Crime Never Pays: Short Stories edited by Clare West
Murder: the unlawful, intentional killing of a human being-- a terrible crime. But murder stories are always fascinating. Who did it? Or why? And was it murder, or just an unfortunate accident? Who will triumph, the murderer or the detective? This collection contains a wide range of murder stories from the astute detection of the famous Sherlock Holmes, to the chilling psychology of Ruth Rendell.
PE999.O836 C756 1993

A Tangled Web: Short Stories edited by Christine Lindop and Alison Sykes-McNulty
Deception is usually frowned on as morally unacceptable, but is it always wrong? Can hiding or distorting the truth sometimes have good effects, adding to the sum of human happiness? These ten stories are full of secrets and lies, from a light-hearted bit of fun to dark and desperate deceit ; but whether harmless or evil, deception can sometimes lead to quite unexpected complications.
PE999.O836 T265 2005

A Window on the Universe: Short Stories edited by Jennifer Bassett
What does the future hold in store for the human race? Aliens from distant galaxies, telepathic horror, interstellar war, time-warps, the shriek of a rose, collision with an asteroid-- the unknown lies around every corner, and the universe is a big place. These nine science fiction stories offer possibilities that are fantastic, humorous, alarming, but always thought-provoking.
PE999.O836 W563 2010

The Eye of Childhood: Short Stories edited by John Escott, Jennifer Bassett
What does it feel like to be a child? Learning how to negotiate with the unpredictable adult world, learning how to pick a path through life's traps and hazards, learning when the time has come to put away childhood things. The writers of these short stories show us the world as seen from the far side of the child-adult divide, a gap that is sometimes small, and sometimes an unbridgeable chasm.
PE999.O836 E94 2000


Campus Closed at 5:00 PM Due to Severe Weather Threat

Due to reports of potentially dangerous storms this evening, the College of DuPage Glen Ellyn campus (including the Library) will close at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, and classes are canceled. Regional centers will also close. The College will resume normal operations tomorrow morning.


New Library Materials

Essential Academic Vocabulary : Mastering the Complete Academic Word List by Helen Huntley.
PE1128 .H827 2006

McGraw-Hill's Conversational American English : The Illustrated Guide to the Everyday Expressions of American English by Richard A. Spears
PE2839 .S634 2011

Oxford Wordpower : [English-Arabic dictionary A-Z]
PE1130.A8 O947 2011

ESL Grammar : Intermediate & Advanced by Mary Ellen Munoz Page
PE1112 .P243 2013

The Kiss : Love Stories from North America retold by Jennifer Bassett
Oxford Bookworms LibraryLevel: Stage 3 with CD
PE999.O843 K577 2013

The Girl with Green Eyes by John Escott
Oxford Bookworms Library Level: Starter w. CD
PE999.O839 G575 2012

Shirley Homes and the Cyber Thief by Jennifer Bassett
Oxford Bookworms Library Level: Stage 1 with CD
PE999.O84 S4552 2013

The Mystery of Manor Hall by Jane Cammack
Oxford Bookworms Library Level: Starter w. CD
PE999.O839 M978 2013


New Speech Research Guide

If you or your students have visited the Library's Research Guides recently and clicked the link for "Speech/Communications" you may have noticed the guide's new look. I hope that the new guide will be easier for you and your students to navigate and that information presented here will be up-to-date and clearly presented. This "Latest News" blog is just one new way for me to share the information from the Library that you need, when you need it.

For the time being, legacy pages (guides with URLs beginning with,, or will still be available, though not linked from the Research Guide directory. Eventually, however, these pages will be taken down. Please bookmark the new guides and update links in Blackboard.

Also, I must admit that during the process of moving pages from our old platform to the new pages, I have done some housecleaning-- if you find that a page you have relied on in the past is no longer linked from the Research Guide, please let me know.


Summer 2013 in the Library

The Library is now located on the 3rd floor of the SRC where all of our collections are fully accessible.
The newly renovated space includes group study rooms that can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 12; several feature Mediascape connection pucks, allowing users to collaborate easily and share information on laptops to flatscreen monitors in the rooms.

During the final phases of the Library renovation project, we will have two classrooms available for Library instruction:

  • SRC 3104: a laptop classroom with seats for 20
  • SRC 3114: a traditional classroom with seats for 35

As with the construction project of the previous year, these classrooms will only be available for librarian-led instruction sessions. Computer classrooms are likely to be scarce over the course of the next few semester, but I'm confident that we'll be able to accommodate your research instruction sessions and library orientations.
To manage these constrictions, here are some research and instruction options for you and your students:

  • Schedule your library instruction sessions as early as possible.
  • Have a librarian visit your classroom. Perhaps your students only need an introduction to research or don’t need time for hands-on computer work. I can come to your classroom anywhere on campus or off.
  • Schedule a computer lab with your division office. Earlier is better, but this may be your best option for student research time when you don’t necessarily need a librarian present.
  • Consider a synchronous online session. We’ve been using Adobe Connect to provide online introductions and tutorials for Library services and online tools—you and your students can meet with me in the Library’s virtual classroom for live demonstrations or question & answer sessions.
  • Students can now schedule reference appointments with me online. If you can’t fit a library or librarian visit into your schedule, send your students to me directly. I’m using a service called to allow students to schedule appointments to meet with me in my office or online in the Library’s virtual classroom. Of course, anyone can always email me, visit my office or call.
  • Put library research handouts in Blackboard. In addition to the Research Worksheets and Handouts available online, you can find many assignment-specific handouts linked from my Research Guides. Provide links to these resources or contact me for PDF versions. I am also happy to create research guides, tutorials and assignments for your students-- just let me know.

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