Category Archives: Uncategorized

Bestselling Author Jennifer Holland at Chicago Library Today

Discussing her new book Unlikely Heroes, –which can be checked out through I-Share– bestselling author Jennifer Holland will be at the Harold Washington Library Center today from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Through Chicago’s “One Book, One Chicago” program, Holland will be conversing with radio show host Susan Frank about personalities of animals that are not well-known. Concluding the program, Holland will be selling her newest book,  Unlikely Heroes, and will be available for meet and greets.




Tired of Presenting with the Same Old Software? Learn Prezi, Haiku Deck, and Google Sites at Crown Library this Thursday!

Are you tired of using the same old software for meetings and presentations? Looking for a new way to present information to your colleagues?

We are offering one last Prezi/Haiku Deck workshop this semester.
These free tools are easy to use and will help you create dynamic and effective presentations.

The workshop is on Thursday, March 19 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Crown 111.

We also have workshops and webinars on Google Sites and other free web site building tools this month.  See the workshop calendar for more information.


Hoax Wikipedia Articles

With anyone from the public being able to edit its pages, Wikipedia reaches a wide range of viewers, and not always in the best way. Various articles have been found on Wikipedia that contain highly false information, and are considered hoaxes. Wikipedia states that a hoax is “a clear or blatant attempt to make something up.” Thankfully, Wikipedia made a list showing all of the hoax articles that have been found on their website; but of course, these are only the ones they know about. This list contains over 150 articles found that contained clear or blatant misinformation, with the longest hoax lasting 9 years and 8 months. Be careful of where you are finding your information, and stay alert for any articles that might be a hoax.

Proceed to Hoax List 


Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons: @giuliaforsythe:

10 New Math Books Added to Our Collection

Check out these new books at Rebecca Crown Library and gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Math is the common theme, but each book covers a unique and interesting topic. Explore how we interact with calculus everyday with Oscar E. Fernandez’s Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All Around Us. Go back in time and read about how the ancient Egyptians used math in Count Like An Egyptian: A Hands-On Introduction to Ancient Mathematics by David Reimer. Explaining Beauty in Mathematics: An Aesthetic Theory of Mathematics by Ulianov Montano provides a mathematical approach to aesthetics and will interest math enthusiasts as well as artists.  Challenge yourself and learn what’s new in the world of math by reading one of these titles. Enjoy!

All  of these books are currently shelved at the new book shelf next to Crown 111

  • Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World by Amir R Alexander

Learn about the history of infinitesimals and how they caused a shift to a more informal and practical reasoning in mathematics.

  • How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg

This book explains how math is not only taught to be taught, but rather to promote structure, deep understanding, and abstract thinking.

  •  Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All Around Us by Oscar E. Fernandez

This book describes how we use calculus in everyday activities, and contains an appendix with equations for all levels.

  •  An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure by James Franklin

This book discusses the Aristotelian philosophy of mathematics and how it relates to the real world. The author presents different arguments and viewpoints and discusses 10 different proofs.

  •   Taming the Unknown: History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century by Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall.

Learn the history of algebra with this detailed work taking the reader from the Ancient Egyptians to the 20th century

  •  Explaining Beauty in Mathematics: An Aesthetic Theory of Mathematics by Ulianov Montano

The author describes the beauty in mathematics. The book discusses the “aesthetic process” which combines different theories.

  •  Transcendental Numbers by M. Ram Murty and Purusottam Rath.

This is a new work on transcendental numbers that presents existing theories and proofs as well as new research by the authors. This book is for higher level students.

  •  The Calculus Diaries: How Can You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse by Jemmifer Ouellette

How can calculus change one’s understanding of life? This book explains how to use calculus to improve the quality of life.

  •   Count like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics By David Reimer

Go back to Ancient Egypt and learn math!

  •   Do I Count?: Stories from Mathematics by Gunter M. Ziegler tr. by Thomas von Foerster

This is a book of mathematical essays covering topics such as cardinal and ordinal numbers, adopting the Gregorian calendar, and the lack of skepticism for quantitative information.

Image Credit

Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum Location to be Announced this Month

The Barack H. Obama Foundation was created in January 2014. This non-profit organization is in place to create programs, expand projects, and define initiatives. These acts are pursued through public service of the President and the First Lady, subsequent to President Barack Obama leaving the White House in January 2017. Partnering with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Barack H. Obama Foundation is taking on the Presidential Library and Museum as their first major project. Post-presidency, the President and the First Lady have the opportunity to continue their benevolent activities through the creation of this project.

The 1st Presidential Library was that of Franklin D. Roosevelt. With belief that American history should be both preserved and public, President Roosevelt donated his Presidential papers and historical material to the federal government in 1939. Thanks to the NARA and Roosevelt’s inspiration, there are now 13 Presidential libraries and museums. For the 14th, Barack Obama states that the Presidential Library and Museum is being created in hopes of “expanding economic opportunity, inspiring an ethic of citizenship and promoting peace, justice and dignity throughout the world.”

The location of this library and museum will be decided by First Lady Michelle Obama in March 2015. The finalists for the location are the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii. Regardless of where the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum is located, it will bring many opportunities, knowledge, and spirit to not only it’s city, but it’s country. 

See also:

Michelle Obama to pick Obama library location: report

Photo Credit:

Fair Use Week

Fair Use Infographic

The limitation and exception of the right for the public to use copyrighted material without the owner of the work’s permission is defined as “fair use.” Around the world, online material is viewed for various reasons. With the internet now possessing an infinite amount of information and resources, people including scholars, authors, scientists, and children are able to use it to their advantage, criticize it, or even quote the works of others.

According to the Association of Research Libraries,“Fair Use Week” is February 23rd to February 27th  and is an international celebration of the limitations that protect authors and their work. Copyright law is in place to promote creativity and essentially endorse the progress of cultural and scientific expansion. This week is used as a time for understanding and explanation of fair use, as well as to encourage conversations about what opportunities arise from it.

Without fair use, there would be no critique or commentary, no new technologies or advancements, and people would be unable to quote any resources that they might find. Being a fundamental right, fair use supports the purpose of copyright and these laws allow commentary, parody, quotation, and criticism in the United States. This doctrine is an important part of America and is therefore celebrated during this week of February.


Photo Credit forFair Use Logo:

Books Made Into Movies

The library brings you its Readbox, featuring books that were made into movies.  See, and check out, The Great Gatsby and the 2013 movie version starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  Perhaps a less obvious pairing is Hamlet and The Lion King.  Look for these, and other books made into movies, on our 1st floor display shelves.  Bring the book and/or DVD case to the circulation desk for checkout.  They’re free!