Library News

Early Closing on Tuesday, December 18 at Aurora Downtown and Fox Valley Campus Libraries

Hours at the Aurora Downtown Campus Library and the Aurora Fox Valley Campus Library on Tuesday, December 18 will be 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The two libraries will close at noon for a Library Staff In-Service. Todd Library in Sugar Grove will be open 8-4:30.  

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Next Week’s Library Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday, December 17- Friday, December 21, 2018)

Classes end this week!  Enjoy your holidays, and please note that the library will be closed during Winter Break, from Saturday, December 22, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Starting Wednesday, January 2 through Monday, January 21, 2019, Library Hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, closed Saturdays. Regular Library Hours … Continue reading Next Week’s Library Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday, December 17- Friday, December 21, 2018)

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December 2018 Book Display

Happy Birthday Illinois! 200 years of history to discover through the Todd Library and places to visit on your own.

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Featured New Books

Take a look at these new arrivals in the Waubonsee libraries.

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The consolations of physics : why the wonders of the universe can make you happy

"The Consolations of Physics is an eloquent manifesto for physics. In an age where uncertainty and division is rife, Tim Radford, science editor of the Guardian for twenty-five years, turns to the wonders of the universe for consolation. From the launch of the Voyager spacecraft and how it furthered our understanding of planets, stars and galaxies to the planet composed entirely of diamond and graphite and the sound of a blacksmith's anvil; from the hole NASA drilled in the heavens to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the endeavours to prove the Big Bang, The Consolations of Physics will guide you from a tiny particle to the marvels of outer space"--Publisher's description.

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Alone : Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk : defeat into victory

"Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk. In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of World War II, [this book] brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. For, indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated."--David McCullough.

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Polarized : making sense of a divided America

Many continue to believe that the United States is a nation of political moderates. In fact, it is a nation divided. It has been so for some time and has grown more so. This book provides a new and historically grounded perspective on the polarization of America, systematically documenting how and why it happened. Polarized presents commonsense benchmarks to measure polarization, draws data from a wide range of historical sources, and carefully assesses the quality of the evidence. Through an innovative and insightful use of circumstantial evidence, it provides a much-needed reality check to claims about polarization. This rigorous yet engaging and accessible book examines how polarization displaced pluralism and how this affected American democracy and civil society. Polarized challenges the widely held belief that polarization is the product of party and media elites, revealing instead how the American public in the 1960s set in motion the increase of polarization. American politics became highly polarized from the bottom up, not the top down, and this began much earlier than often thought. The Democrats and the Republicans are now ideologically distant from each other and about equally distant from the political center. Polarized also explains why the parties are polarized at all, despite their battle for the decisive median voter. No subject is more central to understanding American politics than political polarization, and no other book offers a more in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the subject than this one--Provided by publisher.

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Library Hours

This week's library hours.

Sugar Grove
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Tue: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Wed: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Thu: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Fri: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Sat: Closed
Aurora Downtown
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Tue: 8am - 12pm In-Service
  • Wed: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Thu: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Fri: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Sat: Closed
Aurora Fox Valley
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Tue: 8am - 12pm In-Service
  • Wed: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Thu: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Fri: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Sat: Closed
Plano
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: 7:30am - 10pm
  • Tue: 7:30am - 10pm
  • Wed: 7:30am - 10pm
  • Thu: 7:30am - 10pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • Sat: Closed