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Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois! Commemorating the Illinois Bicentennial & Remembering Rev. Billy Graham

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois becoming our 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818, a year that also saw the births of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, civil rights activist Frederick Douglass, and British novelist Emily Bronte.

Alive for almost half the lifetime of the state of Illinois was Rev. Billy Graham, who lived from 1918-2018, and had several ties to Illinois:

A documentary of his life also aired recently, entitled “Billy Graham:  An Extraordinary Journey.”



April is National Poetry Month!

The poem “Locksley Hall” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson notes, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”  This spring we would love to invite everyone to two poetry events, as March goes out, and April showers us with Easter, April Fools’ Day, and National Poetry Month!

From 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, the Aurora Downtown Campus Library will host an Open-Mic Night in partnership with Aurora First Fridays – bring your favorite poetry, short stories, comedy, or music to present, or just listen and enjoy.  Cookies and coffee provided.

Poetry Out Loud! will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at Todd Library in Sugar Grove.  Recite your own, read a favorite, or just listen and enjoy!  Snacks provided.

For details, or to bring a class, please contact Kathy Bartel at or (630) 801-7900, ext. 4626.

Spotlight on Waubonsee Libraries: Far More Than You Expect! Thursday, April 12

Save the date!  Faculty and staff are invited to attend “Waubonsee Libraries:  Far More than You Expect!” 10-11 a.m. at Todd Library or 12-1 p.m. at Aurora Downtown Library on Thursday, April 12.

Please join us for the Support Staff Committee’s Spotlight Session on Waubonsee Libraries to learn about the library, new technology, and how to make the most of library resources to help students succeed!

Hope to see you there!




New! Research Made Easy with One Step “Articles” Search

Check it out!  The library’s new EBSCO Discovery Service will automatically search four research databases, limit the results to full-text, and note the database source for each article.  The four databases are:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • PsycINFO
  • Science Direct

We think it’s a great new resource!  To give it a try, go to the “Articles” tab on the library’s home page, and enter a topic in the search box under the words “Start Your Research:”

For the full A-Z list of research databases, click “Articles-Databases” under “Find” on the library’s home page, or use the direct link here: