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September 2019 Book Display

Come join us in the library as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Books, DVDs, Sculptures and Crafts

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Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month! September 15 – October 15, 2019

Look for related displays and crafts at the library, and check out our Hispanic Heritage Month Library Guide for more resources! Other highlights of Hispanic-Serving Institution Week: “No Hate, No Fear, Immigrants Are Welcome Here” Presentation 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  on Monday, September 16 Location:  Downtown Aurora Campus – Room 160A “Title V Grants and Lessons … Continue reading Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month! September 15 – October 15, 2019

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Library Closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 for Labor Day – Enjoy Your Holiday!

The library will be open normal hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 31, and 1-5 p.m. (Todd Library only) Sunday, September 1, 2019. 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of the Labor Day national holiday, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  President Grover Cleveland signed the holiday into law in 1894, proposing that the … Continue reading Library Closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 for Labor Day – Enjoy Your Holiday!

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Featured New Books

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

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Thin blue lie : the failure of high-tech policing

"American law enforcement is a system in crisis. After explosive protests responding to police brutality and discrimination in Baltimore, Ferguson, and a long list of other cities, the vexing question of how to reform the police and curb misconduct stokes tempers and fears on both the right and left. In the midst of this fierce debate, however, most of us have taken for granted that innovative new technologies can only help. During the early 90s, in the wake of the infamous Rodney King beating, police leaders began looking to corporations and new technologies for help. In the decades since, these technologies have, in theory, given police powerful, previously unthinkable faculties: the ability to incapacitate a suspect without firing a bullet (Tasers); the capacity to more efficiently assign officers to high-crime areas using computers (Compstat); and, with body cameras, a means of defending against accusations of misconduct. But in this vivid, deeply-reported book, Matt Stroud shows that these tools are overhyped and, in many cases, ineffective. Instead of wrestling with tough fundamental questions about their work, police leaders have looked to technology as a silver bullet and stood by as corporate interests have insinuated themselves ever deeper into the public institution of law enforcement. With a sweeping history of these changes, Thin Blue Lie is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand how policing became what it is today."--Amazon.com.

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Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow

"A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind. The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery: if emancipation sparked 'a new birth of freedom' in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? In this new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history that moves from the Reconstruction Era to the 'nadir' of the African-American experience under Jim Crow, through to World War I and the Harlem Renaissance. Through his close reading of the visual culture of this tragic era, Gates reveals the many faces of Jim Crow and how, together, they reinforced a stark color line between white and black Americans. Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a "New Negro" to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age. The book will be accompanied by a new PBS documentary series on the same topic, with full promotional support from PBS"-- Provided by publisher.

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Psychology's ghosts : the crisis in the profession and the way back

Examining popular practices and assumptions held by many psychologists, identifies the four problems with contemporary psychology and discusses solutions that point the way to a better understanding of the mind and mental illness.

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Library Hours

This week's library hours.

Sugar Grove
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Mon: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Tue: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Wed: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Thu: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • Sat: 8am - 4:30pm
Aurora Downtown
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Tue: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Wed: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Thu: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • Sat: 8am - 4:30pm
Aurora Fox Valley
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Tue: 7:30am - 9:30pm
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  • Thu: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • Sat: 8am - 4:30pm
Plano
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: 7:30am - 9:30pm
  • Tue: 7:30am - 9:30pm
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  • Fri: 7:30am - 3:30pm
  • Sat: 7:30am - 4:30pm