Complete Google’s Security Checkup Today and Add 2GB to your Google Drive

Google is promoting a quick and simple security checkup in honor of February 10th’s Safer Internet Day. Not only does this security checkup allow users to review the devices connected to their Google account, it also allows its users to review the locations they were recently active in. In addition, users can update all of their recovery information—recovery email, security questions, and phone numbers—in case of an account intrusion.

If you are not sold yet,  completing this checkup by February 17th comes with benefits. Google will permanently add 2 extra gigabytes to your Google Drive storage plan! A simplistic security check taking under 3 minutes is a great opportunity to assure your own privacy and gain some extra storage.

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American Heart Month

The human heart is looked at as a symbol of love by many Americans in the month of February. However, many people do not realize that their symbol of love is at risk of disease if it is not treated with care. American Heart Month is every February and it is the perfect time for people to show their hearts some love by keeping healthy.

Being the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, cardiovascular disease is quite a threat. It prohibits millions of Americans from daily activities and causes many physical disabilities. American Heart Month opens people’s eyes to risk factors and prevention of an unhealthy heart.

Controlling your risk factors for heart disease is the first step to a healthier life. Some risk factors that the individual can control include diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; all of which can be conquered with determination.

Start off your February strong and healthy by obtaining new habits. Exercising for 30 minutes every day, reducing the intake of alcohol and tobacco, consuming a healthy diet, and reducing blood pressure are great ways to prevent cardiovascular disease. In honor of American Heart Month, join American by getting healthy to make your heart happy.

For more information on American Heart Month visit the following websites: and


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Spring Break Library Hours

It’s never too early to think spring.  Dominican’s spring break is March 8 – 14.  The library is open at the following times that week:

Sunday March 8: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Monday March 9: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday March 10: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday March 11: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday March 12: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Friday March 13: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday March 14: CLOSED (Benefit Concert)

Our regular hours will resume Sunday, March 15.

February is Black History Month

Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”  -Carter G. Woodson

February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, and is a time to celebrate the achievements and acknowledge the inspiration of African Americans in the United States. Around the world; countries such as Canada and those in the United Kingdom also dedicate a month to celebrate African/African American history. Unlike those countries, the U.S. began celebrating Black History Month in 1979. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded by University of Chicago graduate Carter G. Woodson in 1915, and was the first step to creating such an important commemoration. The ASALH initiated the first African American History Week in February, 1926. This week was selected because it included the birthdays of two important and influential figures in African American history, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, President Ford and the ASALH expanded African American commemoration by the creation of African American History Month. The importance of African American figures is celebrated throughout February to honor their roles and contributions to the United States.

For more information on Black History Month visit our previous blogs commemorating important African American figures:

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Student Athletes Involved with the Reading Community

Seven student athletes headed out to Holmes Elementary school on Friday, January 23 in Oak Park to read to first grade students during their annual Rocket Into Reading program. Every year during the month of December, all of the classes compete by determining which class reads the most books. During this Reading to Holmes Elementary Schoolprogram, classes are read to by people such as a local newspaper publisher, the police chief, the fire chief, and the mayor. Dominican’s student athletes went into this project ready to read with open minds, welcoming hearts, and their favorite childhood books.

On a mission to inspire these children through reading, McKenzie Goyert, Kelli Iovino, Kaitlin Barajas, Sarah Conway, Eli Claudio, Brooks Neverly, and Zachery Sinn read to an ample amount of first graders. After reading books, the children proceeded to ask questions to our student athletes about their collegiate life. The Dominican staff members that attended are Jessica Mackinnon, Carlos Carrillo, and Ken Trendel.

Jessica Mackinnon started working with this program five years ago by sending student athletes to Holmes Elementary School annually. Expanding this experience to a wide range each elementary schools is foreseen by the Dominican faculty. With hopes to continue broadening the program, Carlos Carrillo finds it beneficial, “it is a good way of giving back and inspiring kids.” Inspiring the children of Holmes Elementary School is the first step the Dominican University Athletic Program is taking to the beginning of extending a positive influence through books.

What goes best with a bright new semester? A NEW BOOK!

You read right! 2015 is here and with that, Spring semester has officially begun for all you students out there. I’m certain you all have studiously, devotedly, and faithfully begun preparing for your new classes… heh… ~*AHEM*~ Even if that’s only *partially* true, why don’t you go on ahead, and grab a nice book or two to help ensure your sanity throughout the semester!

The Popular Literature section in the Rebecca Crown Library is popping with mystifying and eternally intriguing titles for diverse personalities to enjoy!

For those who love Mystery and Thriller books, feel free to thrill your bones with titles such as:


Raven Black by Anne Cleeves:

The strangled body of teenager Catherine Ross is found resting upon the calm, white snow one cold, winter morning in Shetland, Scotland. Fiery suspicions begin to rise over the small island town as locals begin to adamantly point their fingers at the one man they are most certain committed the heinous crime: Mr.Magnus Tait. Known to be a loner, Tait had been a previous suspect for the disappearance of a young girl that happened years before. However, detective Jimmy Perez is not so convinced Tait is the killer… Follow Detective Perez on his thrilling journey as he attempts to discover the true killer.

Raven Black is the first novel in the Shetland series. It was voted the best crime novel of the year and thus won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award.


Doctor Sleep by Stephen King:

In the bone-chilling sequel to The Shining, Danny Torrance returns as a grown man, still traumatized by the events that transpired at the Overlook Hotel. Attempting to get his life back on track after a severe relationship with alcohol , Danny settles down in New Hampshire and joins an AA group. As Danny grows sober, his psychic “shining abilities” return. He uses them to give comfort to those in need and earns the title “Doctor Sleep.” It is not long before Dan experiences an unusual psychic connection with the young Abra Stone, and over time a bond of friendship grows between them. One night, Abra unintentionally witnesses a serious crime committed by the True Knot; an organization that hunts people with “shining” abilities in order to ingest the “steam” that occurs when they are slowly eliminated. Before long, the True Knot makes Abra a target. Danny and Abra must work together if they hope to save Abra’s life from the faithless True Knot organization.


For those who get swept off their feet by lovely Romance novels, be ready to swoon while reading titles such as:


Angels Fall by Nora Roberts:

Sole survivor of a brutal and viscous attack back home, Reece Gilmore attempts to start a new life in Angel’s Fist, Wyoming. However, constant panic and terror seem to have followed her everywhere since then, and she tries to ease her mind with exercise. One morning, resting at the top of a mountain after a long hike, Reece finds herself witnessing something not meant for her eyes: a murder. She panics and runs. She manages to find Brody down the way and frantically describes what she’s seen. Before long, the police are called, yet they find no signs of foul play at the site of the murder… Reece is certain of what she saw and tries to convince the town there’s a murder in their midst, but no one seems to believe her except Brody. Reece and Brody must work together if they want to catch the killer, before the killer decides to come after them.


Veil of Night by Linda Howard:

Wedding planner, Jaclyn Wilde, slowly loses patience with bride-to-be Carrie Edwards. The purest definition of “bridezilla,” Carrie has been driving everyone mad with her derisive comments and tantrums. Imagine everyone’s surprise when Carrie turns up brutally murdered. It is not long before accusations and suspicions run rampant, for everyone had their own motive to off the nasty bride. Detective Eric Wilder is called in to investigate, yet finds himself at a crossroads when Jaclyn turns out to be a suspect, for Wilder and Jaclyn shared quite the romantic evening the night before… As Wilder and Jaclyn attempt to keep their feverish feelings in check, a killer plots to strike again.


For those who love Adventure and Fantasy, prepare to be launched into another world by reading these titles:


A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin:

Following the aftermath of a war that nearly destroyed the Seven Kingdoms, tension still runs rampant, trust is extinguished, and the lands are burned. In the north, Jon Snow is revisited at the Wall, preparing to face an enemy he doesn’t understand. In Slaver’s Bay, Daenerys Targaryen attempts to rule a ruined city of liars, thieves, and killers- none of whom want her there. Across the Narrow Sea, Tyrian Lannister finds himself traveling an epic journey in an attempt to find the young queen Daenerys, herself. However, his traveling comrades are not all as they appear. In Braavos, Arya Stark intensively trains with the Faceless Men, a band of assassins. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister attempts to gain freedom from her imprisonment, yet finds herself having to sacrifice more than she anticipated.

Follow a total of eighteen different character perspectives in A Dance with Dragons in order to uncover the full story.

A Dance with Dragons is the 5th book in the Song of Ice and Fire Series.


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins:

Katniss Everdeen has survived the games, but life has not gone back to normal. If anything, it has gotten worse. She’s constantly haunted by the Games. People look at and treat her differently. Even her family hesitates around her. Most disconcertingly, there are rumors that she kick-started a rebellion against the capitol. None of these things are what she ever wanted, yet they infect her like a plague.  As if things couldn’t get worse, the annual Victor’s Tour was vastly approaching. One day prior to the tour, Katniss came home to find President Snow in the study. Her heart sank and her suspicions rose. He explaiedn to her that she still held the responsibility to convince the capitol of her unconditional love for Peeta and in doing so, put the threats of rebellion to rest. If she could not convince him, the consequences would be dire. Inside her, a fire burns. A fire of anger, and hatred, and fight. The futures of her family and friends lies in the palm of her hands; yet, she is uncertain of what the future has in store for her.

Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.


These titles are just a few of many that Rebecca Crown Library has just sitting… waiting… dreaming for YOU to come snatch them from their captive shelves. Come save them and they will reward you with adventure, love, and mystery! At the very least, they sure will help make the semester a tad more enjoyable. ;)

That’s all for now!
See you all again in two weeks with my next entry. Perhaps I shall *WoW* you with some curiously insightful information as to how the act of ~reading for pleasure~ (meaning, reading what you actually like) can BENEFIT you! Hm… Yes… On further consideration, I think I shall. Who wouldn’t want to learn more about how reading what you want can actually increase intelligence and well-being?

Goodnight, readers.

With love and admiration,

~*Barb Posinger

Graduate Student Reference Assistant; Rebecca Crown Library

National Union Catalog Christmas Tree 2014


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.

Tips for a Green Christmas:

  • Check out this great tips page with fun solutions to making Christmas a greener family events.
  • Pinterest has a wide variety of craft ideas, check out some ofthese pins for fun solutions to making a festive and low waste holiday home.

Alternatives to a traditional Christmas tree:

  • Books aren’t the only materials around your house that can be turned into a Christmas tree.  Here is a list of DIY trees to fit many styles and budgets.

Sustainable Gift Wrappings:

Green Gifts:

  • When it comes to gifts, some of these suggestions are not only a very personalized but some are just as much fun to make/find as they are for the recipient to receive them!

Our tree was designed by Bryan Deziel and constructed by Jill Bambenek, Elena Maans, Isabelle Ryan and Bryan Deziel using over 500 volumes of the 754 Pre-1956 Imprints.  The National Union Catalog Tree is a good example of repurposing materials to create a sustainable tree for the Crown Library.  The volumes of the Union Catalog used to create this tree will be returned to the collection after the holiday season.


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