River Forest Librarypalooza Tonight

The 6th annual Librarypalooza is tonight, April 10th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the River Forest Public Library. Community members that attend the event will get to experience multiple performing acts and will receive free prizes and food. Festivities at Librarypalooza this year include: free ice cream, a balloon artist, a magician, a photo booth, games, prizes, bowling, a dance floor and a DJ! Join the River Forest community library at this welcoming event.

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Author Gives 1.25 Million Dollars to School Libraries

Well known thriller author James Patterson recently announced a donation of $1.25 million to school libraries around the country. To individual institutions, grants from $1,000 to $10,000 will not only be administered, but doubled. James PattersonThe Scholastic Reading Program pledged to match each grant given by Patterson to the schools of his choice. A nomination for these grants can be made for any school that provides education to preschoolers through 12th graders. These schools may be nominated by anyone; from a community member to a teacher, through a simple online process.

The reason behind Patterson’s contribution to libraries is his determination for schoolchildren to be able to obtain bound books, not simply electronic books. He states that finding a book in person has benefits because of human interaction. It is previously known that school libraries have a tight budget and are often neglected financially. The donations from Patterson and the Scholastic Reading Program are intended for libraries to update their books, technology, and reading programs. Small and large donations like Patterson’s are the beginning to preserving a sound environment for learning in both schoolchildren and their school communities.



Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/03/09/james-patterson-wants-to-give-1-25-million-to-school-libraries/

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/books_authors/5268143326/

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.


Source: http://www.chipublib.org/browse_program/one-book-one-chicago/


Dominican Adjunct Professor Gives TED Talk

Gathering and sharing experience and knowledge is what TED talks are all about. Standing for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, these conferences are in place to explore how the three broad subjects connect and form the world. Topics that are generally discussed include global issues, science, business, technology, and the arts. Each TED talk is 18 minutes and may include performances and presentations. Many of these talks are subsequently made available on the internet. Audience from around the world may also view these conferences online via live-streaming video. TEDxIIT is a student organization created with goals to host TED, a world class event, on their campus and spread the experience to neighboring communities. 

Dominican University’s own Dr. Kate Webster was selected to give a TED talk at the TEDxIIT event on April 12th, 2015 in the IIT Auditorium. She will be discussing how “we can believe in ourselves and connect mind and body to communicate authentically” through her presentation “Quiet Power: The Key to Speaking Up.” The theme for TED talks in 2015 is X-Fusion. What is fusion? According to TEDxIIT, fusion is “combining things together to form something new. The range can be from technology to culture; from the subatomic level to the global economy. The idea could have already been done in the past, doing it now or will be doing so in the future. The idea could be in the field of technology, humanity or basic needs.” TED talks have a wide based audience and bring up important topics to the public eye thanks to its vastly knowledgeable speakers.

Proceed to get a TED talk ticket


Sources: https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization and http://www.breakingthrubarriers.com/

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxiit/13899345074/in/photolist-

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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/8174197748/

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.

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