Laptops due back to the library on December 15

Do you have a laptop checked out from the GRCC Library? Now that the semester is winding up, don’t forget that laptops are due back to the library on December 15. You can return them to the circulation desk at the library located at 140 Ransom Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Here are our hours for the next few days:

Tuesday, December 13: 7:30am-8:00pm

Wednesday, December 14: 7:30am-8:00pm

Thursday, December 15: 7:30am-8:00pm

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

Phone: 616-234-3872

Email: library@grcc.edu

Text: 616-201-4841

Or visit our website for more information: grcc.edu/library

Laptops will be available for checkout for the Winter 2023 semester on January 3, 2023.

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Exam Cram 2022

Come to the library during the week of December 5-10 to enjoy free snacks, coffee, and tea to fortify you while you study! We have lots of cozy study spaces, computers, printers, and friendly GRCC faculty and staff to help you prepare for your exams! Forgot your charger or headphones? No worries! Stop by the circulation desk to check some out. End the semester strong at your library!

Our hours will be: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7:30am-8:00pm

Friday 7:30am-5:00pm

Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm

Go to grcc.edu/library for more information!

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GRCC Votes!

A laptop open to the GRCC Votes webpage with a sign next to it that says "GRCC Votes, Register to Vote here, https://subjectguides.grcc.edu/Vote It's easy! 1. Register to Vote 2. Make your voting plan 3. Vote"

Are you registered to vote for the next election on November 8? Have you made your voting plan? It’s not too late, and GRCC Votes! is here to help. GRCC Votes! is a cross campus collaboration to help and empower the campus community with the information they need to register and vote this November.

From now until the election on November 8, there is a kiosk on the first floor of the GRCC Library and Learning Commons where you can access information about the upcoming election including links that will help you register to vote online (until October 24), find your polling place, see what will be on your ballot, and more!

You will also find members of the GRCC community popping up around campus with laptops so you can register and get more information about the upcoming election. We’ll also have coloring sheets and fun swag, so if you see us, stop by and say hello and talk about all things voting!

If you would like to check your registration status or learn more about the upcoming election and how you can participate, checkout our GRCC Votes! Libguide or go to the Michigan Voter Information Center to learn more.

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New Resource Available

Digital Theatre+

Digital Theatre+ provides access to over 600 streaming full-length performances from the stage, including Shakespeare, modern dramas, musicals, operas, and adaptations.  Also includes over 800 interviews, lectures, and behind-the-scenes documentaries, as well as teaching and learning resources to facilitate a deeper understanding of the productions and texts.   

Highlighted production companies and venues in the collection include the Royal Shakespeare Company, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Association of British Theatre Technicians, Glyndebourne Opera House, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. 

This streaming collection will benefit classes in theater, communication, and English literature. To access Digital Theatre+ click here

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Observing Banned Books Week

The GRCC Library has several displays in recognition of Banned Books Week

Movements to ban books have increased recently and are even happening in West Michigan. In August, voters in Jamestown, Michigan, chose to defund the township’s library rather than allow certain books to be read.

Banned Books Week, September 18-24, 2022, celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

In a time of intense political polarization, library staff in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. The American Library Association (ALA) tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals — the highest numbers the ALA has seen in the 20 years it has compiled these numbers. The preponderance of books targeted were about Black or LGBTQ+ people.

The theme for Banned Books Week 2022 is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities.

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