Monday, June 18, 2012

Welcome Upward Bound and ETS Students

Summer brings us a change of pace at OCC and also brings 100 high school students to campus for classes.  Welcome Upward Bound and ETS students.  Stop by the library when you get a chance and check us out!

Summer Session Library Hours

Library hours for the summer session are 7:30 AM -- 4:00 PM Monday -- Friday.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Spring Break library hours

Have a great Spring Break! The library will be open but have reduced hours--7:30 AM - 4:30 PM. We will close at noon on Thursday, March 8 for a webinar with other IECC Library Directors and staff.

If you need assistance when we are closed, please remember to use Ask Away which is available to you 24/7. Go to the library web page and click on the Askaway link. at

Our hours will be reduced after Spring Break also. We will close at 6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. We close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday &. Friday as usual.


Monday, January 09, 2012

Second Semester -- Here we come!

Welcome back, everybody. We are glad you are back and ready to finish up second semester. Don't forget our library hours:
7:30 AM -- 8:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
7:30 AM -- 4:30 PM Wednesday & Friday


the resources and help we have for you after hours. Text us at 66746 or login to AskAway where you can chat with a librarian 24/7 and get help.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Mobile Vet Center Presentation

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
12:15 pm -- 1:00 pm
Room KW102

The Mobile Vet Center staff will give a presentation on tips and pointers for staff and faculty on how best to facilitate the veteran as he transitions from active duty back into civilian and student life.

The Mobile Vet Center will be located outside the OCC Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the OCC Veterans Coordinator at 618-395-7777, ext. 2008.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Lee Martin Author Visit a Hit!

Many thanks to Lee Martin for sharing his expertise with OCC students, IECC Board Members Marilyn Wolfe and Brenda Culver, CEO Terry Bruce, staff, and faculty Friday, Sept. 30th. Special thanks to Deanna Ratts for helping arrange this visit, Carl Sager and Mona Nease for set up, Brittany Bass for single-handedly covering the library, Bev Zeigler and staff for smoothly handling lunch. Introductions by OCC President Rodney Ranes and Dean of Instruction Jeff Cutchin were awesome.

Lee's insights into his writing methods, his inspirations, and his comments about the use of the midwest region as source material for his novels captured the attention of his audience and gave them food for thought. Participants were totally captivated by his readings from his works and audibly sighed when he talked about throwing away 200 pages of the first version of his novel, The Bright Forever.

We were all mightily impressed with our former OCC graduate.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Bright Forever

Have you read Lee Martin's book, The Bright Forever? This book draws from a real event that happened in Lawrenceville, IL in the 1970's. Good books are often based partly on facts or events that have occurred in a region known to the author. Remember, the advice -- "Write about what you know"-- is really true.
This book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 and it is REALLY good! Once you start reading it, you may be up all night, not able to put it down until the last page.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lee Martin's From Our House: A Memoir

I just read Lee Martin's From Our House: a Memoir this past weekend in getting ready for his visit Sept. 30. I don't know how I missed it before, but it is a gripping account of his early life. I had to put it down several times to think and to get my balance back after some of the events he describes. It is a sharp picture of rural America, especially our region, and illustrates his talent in describing people, relationships, and consequences of their actions and events that happen to them. Check it out at the Anderson Library at Olney Central College.