About the Library
The Columbia College Chicago Library fuels discovery, sparks creativity, and ignites your future.
The mission of the Columbia College Chicago Library is to support Columbia College Chicago and its academic programs by providing access to information resources and teaching students to evaluate and use them. Our Library has a teaching mission, and is committed to preparing our users to be lifelong learners in an information rich society. It is a gathering place for intellectual and artistic freedom and expression, where we consistently surprise and delight our community with a fierce dedication to coloring outside of the lines in support of lifelong learning.
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LIBRARY INVOLVEMENT IN THE BIG READ
The Columbia College Chicago Library has been a four time participant of The Big Read, a nationwide reading initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to "revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment". Participants in The Big Read are provided grant funding to develop community-wide reading programs designed to encourage reading and discussion, to educate participants and to specifically engage non-readers through a month-long series of programs focused around a single book and its major themes. Programming includes book discussion groups, and departure points such as film screenings, lectures, public readings and art exhibitions.
The Library first participated in The Big Read in partnership with the Center for Asian Arts and Media and featured the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. In 2009, the Library submitted its own grant, and received funding for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Our third Big Read was held in the spring of 2011 for The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.
This year, The Big Read features In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, a work of historical fiction based on the lives of the four Mirabal sisters who participated in underground efforts to topple Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's three-decade-long dictatorial regime in the Dominican Republic. Three of the sisters - Patria, Minerva, and MaríaTeresa - were slain on Trujillo's orders on November 25, 1960.
Past Columbia College Chicago Big Reads:
The Joy Luck Club (2008)
Fahrenheit 451 (2009)
The Things They Carried (2011)