Be a Book Giver During World Book Night 2014! Applications End January 5!

October 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Posted in events, news | Comments Off on Be a Book Giver During World Book Night 2014! Applications End January 5!

wbn_2014We are proud to announce our participation in World Book Night U.S. on April 23, 2014.  World Book Night is an annual event that celebrates the love of reading, by creating opportunities for person-to-person contact through books.  Publishers print special editions and authors waive their royalties in support of this literacy effort.  On April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. will go out into their communities to distribute books.  Last year more than half a million free World Book Night paperbacks were given to light and non-readers and Galvin Library had more than a dozen local participants.

This year once again, Galvin Library will serve as an institutional site where volunteer book givers can pick up their books to distribute in the community, and we also pledge to be an active advocate for both World Book Night U.S. and to spread the love of reading through person to person contact. Couldn’t be any easier for us, but we need you and your support.

We need YOU to volunteer to be a book giver (application here) and share your love of reading and books with folks who don’t read or don’t use libraries.  The deadline to apply to be a book giver is January 5, 2013.  Book givers can choose from more than 30 titles, and they include all genres – mysteries, romance, science fiction, fantasy, classics, poetry, humor, autobiography, and young adult books.  Note there are not book titles for small children on the list, because many programs exist to encourage small children to read, WBN U.S. has the goal of encouraging reading in the adult population, especially those who may not have access to printed books for economic reasons or geography.  Volunteer book givers can seek out adult readers wherever they are, in public settings or in places from nursing homes to food pantries, low-income high-schools to mass transit stations, wherever light or non-readers can be found.  Book givers select a favorite title to distribute, and the list includes classic titles from Heller, Maupin, and Christie, but the list also features more recent authors like Michael Pollan, Walter Dean Myers, and John Flanagan.  See the whole list here.

Why participate in World Book Night U.S.?  From the WBN home page: “Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read.  Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness.   Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.  Or more simply put, books are fun — and they can be life-changing.”

Be ready with some ideas of where you would like to distribute your book – location is crucial to the success of WBN.  If you’re unsure of locations but want to participate, contact Lynne Meyer in IIT’s Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning ( or 312.567.3160.)  She’ll have some great suggestions for places to pass out books to those who need to read.  If you need them, here’s more FAQS on World Book Night U.S.

Galvin Library welcomes the participation of IIT students, faculty, and staff in World Book Night.  Sign up to be a giver today!

Friday Reception to Feature Collections: Graphic Novels, Anime, Comics, Role-Playing Games

October 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Posted in events, news | Comments Off on Friday Reception to Feature Collections: Graphic Novels, Anime, Comics, Role-Playing Games

comics_2013On Friday, October 25 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Galvin Library invites you to a reception to introduce the campus community to our collections that feature graphic novels, Japanese film and anime, comic books and role-playing games. Over the years Galvin Library, working with student organizations and from small donations, has slowly built collections that can be enjoyed by fans within the IIT community. We have more than 220 comic books, more than 125 anime and animation DVDs, a small but robust collection of role-playing manuals and handbooks, and in our leisure reading collection, a rotating collection of graphic novels. Better still, we will show attendees how to use I-Share and interlibrary loan to dig deep into the depths of other library catalogs to order additional DVDs, graphic novels and other items.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by for an opportunity to view our collections close up, enjoy a few snacks, and discover a wider community of gamers and graphics lovers. The reception will be held on the upper level in the northeast corner. Are you headed for a Halloween party later in the day? Costumes are welcome with this crowd!

New Furniture Purchased from 2013 Student Gift Arrives!

October 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Posted in furniture | Comments Off on New Furniture Purchased from 2013 Student Gift Arrives!

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Many of you have seen the new furniture because it’s been here for a few weeks now, but after the September 25th dedication of the 2013 Student Gift, we can officially announce that the new furniture on the upper level, purchased from funds given by the 2013 Student Gift, has arrived!

There are new square tables and chairs on wheels, new soft seats with privacy backs, a tablet arm and they’re on wheels, and there is a new high-top table with high chairs for a different type of seating option. Anything on wheels can be configured or moved to a spot of your choosing. Like to sit at the end of the shelves and look out the windows? Just move tables and chairs to suit your liking. Like to sit in the open northeast? Pull up a few chairs and a table and get comfortable.

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Another purchase we made, while not technically furniture, but very useful, is what we call “power towers” and you will too! They are short, maybe just knee-high, but they allow you to plug-in multiple devices in the electrical sockets and USB ports provided. While small and seemingly mobile, the power towers should NOT be moved. However, we do plan to buy more so keep an eye out for their late fall arrival. There is also additional furniture still on order that should arrive before finals.

The staff of the Paul V. Galvin Library would like to thank the Student Gift Committee and Institutional Advancement for all their support to bring the 2013 Student Gift to Galvin Library.  Now we invite the Illinois Tech community to stop by, and move a few chairs around before finding the spot just for you!

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