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African American History Month

African American Month Theme

February is African American History Month, so check out some of the great resources available that help celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history.

Here’s just a sample of books available in the Crown Library:

  • 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about African American History by Jeffrey C. Stewart (2006). Call number: E185.S798 2006
  • The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons, and Speech by Shane White and Graham White (2005). Call number: E443.W59 2005
  • The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s by James Edward Smethurst (2005). Call number: PS153.N5 S56 2005

And here’s some great online resources to check out:


2008 Elections Subject Guide


Have you registered to vote? Need to know how? Wondering where candidates stand on the issues you care about? Want to know how to find reliable information about the upcoming primaries and presidential election?

The Illinois Presidential Primaries for both the Republican and Democratic Parties will be held on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008, when the greatest number of states will hold their primary elections.

The U.S. presidential election of 2008 is scheduled to be held on November 4, 2008. The Illinois deadline for registering to vote in the General Election is October 7, 2008.

Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

Instant Messsaging

Get “instant” help from anywhere there’s a computer and Internet access–that means even on the third floor of the library so you don’t have to walk down the spiral staircase to the lower level or from your home off campus! The Crown Library now offers chat reference (or instant messaging) through Meebo, a web-based IM program.

You can chat with a librarian through AIM, MSN, Yahoo! or Google. Our screen name is domreference. Add domreference to your buddy list. If you don’t have an account with one of these clients, just use the Meebo chat box available on the Crown Library’s blog (see, there it is in the lower right of the sidebar) or from the Ask a Librarian section of the Library’s myDU page.

Chat reference is available everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to Dominican University students, faculty, staff, and alumni only. And of course, we are still happy to answer your questions in person, by phone (708-524-6875), or by email (

Banned Books Week, Sept. 29 – Oct. 6


Celebrate your right to read!

  • Participate in the Chicago Read Out, Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1-4 pm at the Pioneer Plaza (on Michigan Avenue between the Tribute Tower and the Chicago River). Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, and the Newberry Library, local Chicago celebrities join acclaimed authors to read passages from their favorite banned and challenged books. Admission is FREE.
  • Visit the Banned Books Week Table in the Lewis Alcove, Monday, Oct. 1 thru Thursday, Oct. 4, from 11am to 2pm. Vote for your favorite banned or challenged book and enter a free drawing to win a Banned Books tote bag.
  • Watch The Hollywood Librarian, the first movie about the real lives and actual work of America’s librarians, premiering during Banned Books Week in libraries across the country. The Crown Library will have two screenings: Mon. Oct. 1 @ 6pm in Springer Suite and Thurs. Oct. 4 @ 7pm in Bluhm Lecture Hall (in Parmer). Click here for ticket information.


The Hollywood Librarian

Hollywood Librarian

The Hollywood Librarian, the first movie about the real lives and the actual work of America’s librarians, is premiering during Banned Books Week in libraries across the country. A unique and charming blend of film clips, humor and critical analysis of the popular image of librarians, The Hollywood Librarian encourages a new-found empathy for the profession by revealing the diversity of individual librarians and the importance of what they do.

The Rebecca Crown Library will be showing two screenings:

  • Monday, Oct. 1 @ 6pm in Springer Suite
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 @ 7pm in Bluhm Lecture Hall (in Parmer)

Tickets may be purchased at the Crown Library Reference Desk.

  • $8 – Adults (ages 12-60)
  • $5 – Children and Seniors
  • FREE – Children under 6, librarians, library staff, and Library School students (but you’ll still need a ticket for entry)

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Crown Library.

For more information about the film including early reviews and a preview clip, check out