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Participants Needed for Banned Books Read-Out

Banned Books Read-OutThe Lewis University Library and the Office of Multicultural Student Services invite you to join us in celebrating the freedom to read!


What: Banned Books Read-Out

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Where: Student Union Commons

**Arts & Ideas Credit!**

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Banned Books Week is an annual, nationwide event celebrating the freedom to read, and this year’s theme is diversity. Books with diverse content (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities) are generally overrepresented among banned and challenged books; in fact, in 2016, the five most-challenged books all fell into this category.

To bring awareness to this national week of advocacy, and to commemorate Latino/a Heritage Month, we are hosting a “read-out” featuring banned and challenged books, and we’d love for you to participate!


A continuous public (or virtual) reading of a single or multiple banned books. (Check out these examples on YouTube.)


Select your favorite Banned Book (get ideas here!); either bring your own copy or borrow one of ours; and read aloud from it for 5-10 minutes.


Check out this list of Banned Books with diverse content. We’re confident you’ll find something that resonates with you!

Sign up here to read at the Read-Out!

Questions? Contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli(at)lewisu(dot)edu or (815) 836-5672.

Kick Off the School Year at Back to the Books Bash

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Looking for a way to celebrate (almost) making it through your first week of the new semester? Mark your calendars for the Lewis University Library’s first annual Back to the Books Bash, coming up on Thursday, August 31 from noon to 3 p.m.

Join us on the Library Veranda for free food and games of every kind–board games, lawn games, giant games, and more. We will also be firing up the button maker if you’re feeling crafty.

(If the weather is bad, look for us in the Library Media Classroom.)

For more information about the Back to the Books Bash, contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli (at) lewisu (dot) edu or ext. 5672.

We hope to see you there!


Win Your Own Study Room during Super Study!

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**Update: Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. And the winner is … Jacob Kreiss!**

This semester during Super Study*, get the VIP treatment from the Lewis University Library: win your own study room on the day of your choice!

Beginning Monday (4/10), follow us @lewisulibrary on Instagram and Twitter and watch for our official contest announcement. There are two ways to enter:

  • Retweet the official contest announcement (Twitter)
  • Like the official contest announcement photo (Instagram)

Do both to increase your chances of winning!

We will randomly select one winner from all entries received by midnight on Wednesday (4/12). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email, Twitter direct message, or Instagram mention on the morning of Thursday, 4/13 and must respond by 5:00 p.m. that day. If they do not respond, a new winner will be selected.

The winning student will have until midnight on Tuesday, 4/18 to select their preferred study room reservation date and time (any 12-hour period during library hours between Sunday, 4/30 and Friday, 5/12).

Enter to win on Twitter and Instagram starting tomorrow: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

*Super Study takes place during the last 2 weeks of each semester (for Spring 2017, that’s Sunday, 4/30 through Friday, 5/12) and includes extended service hours and expanded academic support for Lewis students. For more information, visit www.lewisu/superstudy

What’s So Super about Super Study?


Super Study begins Sunday, Dec. 4!

This two-week event features expanded academic support services, extended hours at many campus locations, and stress-relief activities and study breaks.

Here at the Library, highlights include:

  • Extended hours (open 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and until 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Stress Relief Room (games, puzzles, coloring, and more, open from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on weekdays)
  • Visit from Tippi the therapy dog on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Stress and Time Management workshops, offered Tuesday, Dec. 6 through Thursday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. by staff from the Center for Health & Counseling Services
  • And everyone’s favorite: Free coffee and hot chocolate (while supplies last)

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter for more information about each day’s activities and services.

Best of luck on your finals!

Upcoming Events Highlight LGBT History, Presidential Election


This fall, the Library is partnering with organizations and departments throughout campus to present several events commemorating LGBT History Month and the 2016 election season.

img_0663As part of the Office of Multicultural Student Services’ celebration of LGBT History Month, the Library will present a screening of the documentary From This Day Forward, which explores how a daughter and her family cope with her father’s transition from male to female. The screening will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Library Media Classroom. Cult & Civ points are available.

img_0662Throughout this election season, the Library has partnered with the Office of Student Development & Leadership and the University’s Civic Engagement Working Group to sponsor a series of election-related programs, including Presidential Debate Watch nights. As Election Day draws near, the Library will host a panel discussion on exploring issues such as first-time voters, race and social justice issues, and media and social media coverage of the election. Panelists will include Lewis faculty members Dr. Steven Nawara, Dr. Christie Billups, Dr. Jennifer Buntin, and Dr. Anne Rapp, as well as a student body representative. The panel will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Library Media Classroom. Cult & Civ points are available.

Finally, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Library will co-sponsor a daylong series of election-related programs and services. The Student Union will become Election Central, with an information table where students can check their registration, find their polling place, and view their ballot. In addition, shuttles will transport resident students to the Romeoville High School polling place on the half hour. Snacks will be available, and the big-screen TV will be tuned to election news throughout the day and into the evening, when we’ll watch the returns come in and fill in our giant electoral map.


Longtime Lewis Librarians Begin Next Chapter


The Lewis University Library saw the departures of not one but two longtime staff members this month with the retirements of librarians Jana Fast and Robert Pruter.

Reference/E-Resources Librarian Jana Fast joined the library staff in 2005 and served the library in several capacities, including as interim library director. Jana was the longtime liaison librarian to the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Staff and faculty from throughout the University gathered for a party in her honor on July 20.

IMG_1300Reference and Government Documents Librarian Robert Pruter joined the library staff in 2001. Most recently, he served as a liaison librarian to the departments of History, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies, and Political Science and Public Administration. In addition to his career as a librarian, Bob is also a scholar in the fields of sport history and African American music history. He has published several books, including Chicago Soul (1991), Doo Wop: The Chicago Scene (1996), and The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930 (2013). His essay “The National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament: The Crown Jewel of African American High School Sports During the Era of Segregation” will appear in the forthcoming book Separate Games (Univ. of Arkansas Press). Library staff, History department faculty, and others from the Lewis community celebrated Bob’s retirement at a party in the Library on July 26.

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Congratulations on your retirements, Jana and Bob, and thank you for your years of service to Lewis and the Library. You’ll be missed.


Library to host “Feminism Inshallah” screening and discussion


Join us at 6 p.m. tonight in the Library Media Classroom for a screening of Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism.

The documentary by Feriel Ben Mahmoud, a writer and filmmaker whose works focus on women’s rights in the Arab world, “recounts Arab feminism’s largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today’s tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring.”

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Christie Billups and members of Lewis’ Muslim student community. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Maria Emerson at or ext. 5380.

“Things We Carried” Event to Explore Experiences of Lewis Veterans


An upcoming Arts & Ideas event will highlight the things soldiers carry–both literally and figuratively–during their military service.

Inspired by Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam-era novel The Things They Carried (click here to hear an excerpt), the event will take place at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 in Room 150A in the Academic Building. Culture & Civilization credit is available for Lewis students.

The event will begin with an interactive activity led by Christine Bespalec-Davis, Education Coordinator at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, that will prompt audience members to compare the things that they carry in their daily lives and with items carried by soldiers in combat.

Following the activity, panel of student veterans from various post-9/11 conflicts will discuss their combat experiences and the things they carried during deployment. There will be time for audience questions following the panel discussion.

In conjunction with the event, a companion exhibition of objects carried by members of the Lewis University veteran community, including staff and students, will be displayed on the first floor of the Library. The exhibition will be on view March 18-30 during regular library hours.

“The Things We Carried” is co-sponsored by the Lewis University Library, Office of Veterans Affairs, and Student Veterans Association.

For more information, contact Lindsay Harmon, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, at 815-836-5672 or

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