Library News

Spring Break! March 18-24, 2019 Library Hours: 8-4:30 Monday-Friday, CLOSED Saturday/Sunday

We’re halfway through the semester, spring is finally awakening after the coldest winter ever, and that means Spring Break arrives next week, Monday, March 18- Sunday, March 24, 2019. As you finish up your midterms and wrap up your first half-term 8-week classes this week, there’s still time to register for second half-term 8-week classes, … Continue reading Spring Break! March 18-24, 2019 Library Hours: 8-4:30 Monday-Friday, CLOSED Saturday/Sunday

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March 2019 Book Display

We celebrate the month of March as Women’s History Month. Come learn more about the interesting lives and stories of the “fair gender” at the Todd Library.

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Aurora Downtown Campus Library Hosts First Friday Arts Event 6-8:30 p.m. on March 1, 2019

Waubonsee Community College, 18 S River St., will be open with “A Night of Arts – Ceramics, Jazz, and More.” The Aurora Downtown Campus Library will host the High School Invitational Ceramics Exhibition and will be joined by Oswego East and Kaneland High School Jazz Combos. Wheel throwing and tile painting will be available in … Continue reading Aurora Downtown Campus Library Hosts First Friday Arts Event 6-8:30 p.m. on March 1, 2019

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Featured New Books

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

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There goes the neighborhood : how communities overcome prejudice and meet the challenge of American immigration

This approach to the immigration debate takes the reader behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity. Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, interviews nearly fifty local and national leaders from law enforcement, business, immigrant, and faith communities to illustrate the challenges and opportunities they face. From high school principals to church pastors to sheriffs, the author reveals that most people are working to advance society's interests, not exploiting a crisis at the expense of one community. As he shows, some cities and regions have reached a happy conclusion, while others struggle to find balance. Whether describing a pastor preaching to the need to welcome the stranger, a sheriff engaging the Muslim community, or a farmer's wind-whipped face moistened by tears as he tells the story of his farmworkers being deported, the author helps readers to realize that America's immigration debate isn't about policy; it is about the culture and values that make America what it is. The people on the front lines of America's cultural and demographic debate are Southern Baptist pastors in South Carolina, attorneys general in Utah or Indiana, Texas businessmen, and many more. Their combined voices make clear that all of them are working to make America a welcome place for everyone, long-established citizens and new arrivals alike.

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The bigot : why prejudice persists

"Stephen Eric Bronner is a prolific author, activist, and one of America's leading political thinkers. His new book presents bigotry as a systematic, all-encompassing mindset that has a special affinity for right-wing movements. In what will surely prove a seminal study, Bronner explores its appeal, the self-image it justifies, the interests it serves, and its complex connection with modernity. He reveals how prejudice shapes the conspiratorial and paranoid worldview of the true believer, the elitist, and the chauvinist. In the process, it becomes apparent how the bigot hides behind mainstream conservative labels in order to support policies designed to disadvantage the targets of his contempt. Examining bigotry in its various dimensions-anthropological, historical, psychological, sociological, and political-Professor Bronner illustrates how the bigot's intense hatred of "the other" is a direct reaction to social progress, liberal values, secularism, and an increasingly complex and diverse world. A sobering look at the bigot in the twenty-first century, this volume is essential for making sense of the dangers facing democracy now and in the future"-- Provided by publisher.

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Queer (in)justice : the criminalization of LGBT people in the United States

Draws on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy to present an examination of the gay experience, illustrating the continuing punishment of gay expression in the United States and illuminating strategies for change.

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Library Hours

This week's library hours.

Sugar Grove
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  • Mon: 8am - 4:30pm Spring Break
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