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Happy Earth Day

Planet Earth image from Wikipedia.

Today is Earth Day and there are a number of things going on around campus:

1:00 p.m. – Free Yoga in the Quad

Bring your mats, blankets or towels for a mid day yoga session outdoors hearing the birds chirping and feeling the breeze on your face as you stretch your body and mediate for some personal wellness.

6:30 p.m. – The New Moo in the Founder’s Court

Enjoy free cookies and celebration on Earth Day with Eco Club who will have information on hand regarding GMO foods and how it affects our environment and our bodies. Nutrition Club will be hosting an alternative milk tasting. Try some of those new milks you have been hearing about, such as almond, coconut, rice, hemp, and the old standard soy. If it is raining, the alternative location is the Parmer Silveri Atrium.

7:00 p.m. – Film Screening of Food Patriots

Join us in watching this moving and inspiring documentary about food and how food can better our bodies and our planet when we grow it/purchase it with Sustainable and Social Justice awareness.

One Earth Film Festival at Dominican

Dominican is once again part of the the One Earth Film Festival, the “Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement.”

On Tuesday, February 18, at 7pm in the Lund Auditorium, we are hosting a free pre-screening of Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America.  A panel discussion with local experts on urban farming will take place after the film.
Before the film, from 6pm-7pm, we will host an indoor farmers’ market in the Fine Arts Building.  Local vendors will be selling coffee, soap, desserts and more.

Be sure to check out the Library Media Center’s booth at the market for information on our collection of films on sustainability, and to take home an upcycled bookmark made from old cassette tapes.

The Film Festival continues with pre-screenings into March and ends with the full festival March 7-9.

Sustainable Christmas Decorations in the Library

In collaboration with 4RFuture, Dominican University’s Sustainability Initiative, the Rebecca Crown Library is proud to present the Second Annual Sustainable Christmas Display.  All items on display have been constructed using recycled or re-purposed materials.


The large snowflakes hanging in the central staircase were constructed from old government maps of Illinois that were withdrawn from the library collection.

NUC Christmas Tree
The tree, featured in a previous post, is adorned with garland made from the recycled covers of 24 volumes of Index Medicus, as well as snowflakes made from the pages of books withdrawn from the collection.  Surrounding the tree are books from our giveaway table that have been wrapped in recycled newspaper and old maps, and bound with ribbon made from old cassette and VHS tapes.

Mini-trees have been placed on all of the study tables in the library.  These trees were made from volumes of Environmental Health Perspectives and Vital & Health Statistics, government documents that were withdrawn from the collection.

Our display was designed by Bryan Deziel, Jill Bambenek, and Elena Maans.  Special thanks to the following library staff and student employees for their assistance with the construction of the display: Bryan Deziel; Sharon Tobin; Kitty Rhoades; Rosa Martinelli; Patrick Hussey; Amanda Jachec; Gabby Vazquez; Jill Metcalf; Miranda Skeehan; Tori Goodman; Imani Davis; Brianna Martin; Maia Martin; Monica Tamrazi; Kelsey Keithly; Kassandra Cruz;  AJ Stites; David McCullough; and Kate Marsh.

National Union Catalog Christmas Tree

The National Union Catalog (NUC) Christmas Tree is constructed from over 500 volumes of the NUC Pre-1956 Imprints, and is a good example of re-purposing materials to create a sustainable tree. The volumes of the Union Catalog used to create this tree will be returned to the collection after the holiday season.

The National Union Catalog (NUC) is a list of all books, pamphlets, maps, atlases and music in the Library of Congress as well as major works in over 750 other libraries across the United States and Canada.  Before the Internet, the National Union Catalog was the only way to find books in nearby libraries for Interlibrary Loan.  Even though these searches can now be done quickly through a library’s website or WorldCat, the NUC is still important because as of 2005, an estimated 27% of books from before 1956 only be found in the National Union Catalog!


In 1901, the Library of Congress began a cooperative program with the New York Public Library, the Boston Library, the Harvard University Library and the John Crerar Library to exchange information about the books and other materials each institution held.  This program quickly grew to include the Newberry Library, the libraries of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, in addition to many others across the country.  In 1963, the Library of Congress decided to publish these records on all materials published before 1956.  The resulting NUC: Pre-1956 Imprints is sometimes referred to as the “Mansell” in reference to the publisher.  The 754 volume set was published over a period of 13 years and weighs around a ton and a half!

The NUC Christmas Tree

The first Christmas tree created from the National Union Catalog was created in 2006 at the University of Aalborg Library in Aalborg, Denmark.  Since then, the tradition has spread with NUC Christmas trees appearing in the libraries of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, the University of Nevada at Reno and Minnesota State University.  The tradition has become particularly popular at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library.

Our tree was designed by Bryan Deziel and constructed by Jill Bambenek, Jason Carter, Elena Maans, Isabelle Ryan and Bryan Deziel.

Read more about the tree’s ornaments and the rest of the Library’s holiday display in future blog posts.