FREE Valentine’s Day Cards!

Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday, and if you’re feeling unprepared, never fear: Crown Library has you covered. We’ve got tons of romantic books for you to check out in our display area on the first floor, near the women’s bathrooms.  While you’re there, you can admire our beautiful “Love Is Love” poster.  The Love Is… comics were started by artist Kim Casali in the 1960s, and have delighted readers ever since.  Jessica Barth, our media center coordinator, designed this updated version for us.


Plus, from now until Valentine’s Day, we’re giving out free Valentines for you to take and share!


We’ve got cards to appeal to any Valentine, from nursing and Physician Assistant students…


…to science students,


music students,


library science students,


and your library crush!


Stop by the library today and see all of your card options!


Upcoming Free Workshops & Webinars

Did you know the library provides free workshops and webinars to students, faculty, and staff on a variety of technologies that can be useful for your success at Dominican and beyond?

Check out workshops on free online technology to create websites, presentations, and bibliographies; as well as on how to search the web for your research.

You can sign up for upcoming workshops and webinars through the Rebecca Crown Library website . Please register prior to attending.

A Crown Night of Mystery…Includes Pizza and a Murder

The Rebecca Crown Library is hosting a Murder Mystery Event for Dominican University students starting at 7PM on September 30th. There is limited spots (50 openings) so make sure you arrive early. Be ready to solve the case!

Sign up to reserve a spot through the following link:

Any other questions: Contact Patrick Hussey at either or 708-524-6881



Prosthetic Hand Made with 3D Printing in the Media Center

Did you know you can print medical models, surgical implants, and prosthetics with 3D printing? These objects can be used to facilitate visualization and learning for students and researchers, as well as in some cases, serve patients.


The Library Media Center has created a working left prosthetic hand using .STL files from the Cyborg Beast which can be found on The limb costs no more than $15 to make for material alone, and the total print time was about 11 hours.

Dr. Jorge Zuniga, a professor at Creighton University, published his design for a prosthetic arm on Thingiverse for anyone to use under Creative Commons. He combined his profession of crafting prosthetic limbs for children and young adults with 3D printing technology, and published his design for the public to adapt and create.

For this particular object, the gauntlet was customized to reflect the X-Men Wolverine color stem. We download the gauntlet into a 3D modeling software (Tinkercad) to add the X-Men circle and Wolverines traditional black stripes. Once we were happy with that look, we scaled all the finger, digits, palm and gauntlet up 125% percent to make it fit a small limb before printing it in the desired color. The last step was to assemble the prosthetic limb. Dr. Zuniga provides videos and a pdf manual to assist in assembly. Presto! We now have a completed, fully functional prosthetic limb.

In the future, we would like to make some alterations to the limb which will increase its durability and customize the limb to suit the needs of the patient. Customization would add to how long the object would take to print, but not add much to the cost to make the object. The added print time would increase the sturdiness of the prosthetic limb and add to the satisfaction of the patient.

It’s the marvels of modern technology. Things that used to take weeks if not months of development can be made in a fraction of the time with the fraction of the cost. The true marvel lie not just with the technology, but also with the community of people who come together and allow for the shared use of intellectual designs to help make the world a better place.

The Media Center is located in the lower level of the library and open to students, faculty, and staff. Check out the Library’s Media Center page for more information about 3D printing.

Thank you to Jess Barth for contributing.


Read Your Favorite Magazines on Flipster

Browse your favorite magazines online through the library’s Flipster database – Ebony, Glamour, Bon Appetit, Rolling Stone, GQ, Wired and more.

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Magazines can be downloaded to Android and Apple devices and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.

Access Flipster through the library’s A-Z list of databases.

Learn more about Flipster in this video.

At Home in Hemingway’s World

“At Home in Hemingway’s World,” the 17th International Ernest Hemingway Conference, put on by The Hemingway Society, is underway at Dominican.  It started on July 17th and will run until July 22nd.  Hemingway scholars from all over the world attend conference sessions on campus and visit Hemingway sites in Oak Park.  (The author was born in Oak Park and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School.)

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See photos of the visit to Hemingway’a boyhood home and of author Tim O’Brien’s keynote address on Dominican’s Facebook page.

Be sure to stop by the library to see our display of works by and about Hemingway, and works by O’Brien.

More information on the conference and the authors are available on our library research guide.


Three Publications from Sr. Mary Ellen O’Hanlon now Available Online

You can now read three publications of Sister Mary Ellen O’Hanlon (1882-1961), revered and renowned professor of botany at Rosary College in the mid 20th century.  Sister O’Hanlon focused her research on using “an enlightened, scientific approach to human differences to combat racism and prejudice” (Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, page 645), advocated for racial justice, and was very active in the civil rights movement.  Sister Diane Kennedy explains Sister O’Hanlon’s writing as extremely important in “guiding college students, workers and others toward the civil rights movement.” (Dominican Magazine Fall 2013, page 10.)

The three publications are:

Racial Myths
Somewhere there is recorded an Arabian proverb in which the author distinguishes three classes of human beings – “those who are immovable, those who are movable, and those who move.” This very terse and pithy classification of mankind does not coincide with the more popular but much less profound distinctions which are offered by the physical anthropologist; because a proportionate representation of all three of these classes, according to the Arabian philosopher, would undoubtedly be found in each of the various “races” or groups which are distinguished by the anthropologist. Because of their popularity and the exaggeration of their significance, these less fundamental and quite superficial distinctions designate but also confuse the meaning of the concept of race.


The Heresy of Race
This booklet is designed to answer some of the current questions which are almost certain to be asked whenever the subject of race relations is proposed. The reception of RACIAL MYTHS and the continuous call for it from many types of organizations, institutions and individuals seem to indicate that this sequel to it will meet a similar response and may be of some help to the many sincere souls who are rightly disposed toward social justice and Christian charity.


Three Careers: Highlights and Overtones
Introduction by Sister Benvenuta Bras, O.P.: Sister Mary Ellen O’Hanlon, a member of the Rosary College faculty during the first 30-some years of its existence existence, a demanding professor of botany, was well-known in college and professional circles. Characteristic were her imperious bearing, her confident statements of opinion, her strong and perhaps domineering manner, and with that, her friendly and engaging personality. Members of the Rosary faculty knew her well. Yet for many of our younger sisters, her name means only a prayer on the list of our deceased sisters. I expected to find therein data for a “curriculum vitae,” with appropriate dates, lists of publications, professional memberships and possibly some correspondence, and, in her obituary, an account of her last days. What I did find changed my plans completely. Sister Mary Ellen left a typed autobiography, THREE CAREERS, clearly intended for publication. My astonishment and delight increased exponentially as I read, and I knew at once that her own presentation was infinitely superior to any summary I could make. Therefore the following pages offer THREE CAREERS as she wrote it, beginning with a table of contents and a list of illustrations for her proposed work.



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