September 29, 2015

More Free Library Success Seminars in October at the Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge, and Royal Oak Campus Libraries

More Free Library Success Seminars are coming up in October at the Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge, and Royal Oak Campus Libraries. These sessions cover a variety of topics to help you more successfully use the OCC Libraries. Ask your instructor about extra credit for attending any of these seminars.

Auburn Hills Campus
(see all Fall 2015 seminars for Auburn Hills)
All Auburn Hills Library seminars are held in the Auburn Hills Library room D206

Orchard Ridge Campus
(see all Fall 2015 seminars for Orchard Ridge)
Royal Oak Campus Library
  • Research Help:  Finding Books and ebooks
    Monday October 5, 4-5pm
    Royal Oak Campus Library room C202

September 23, 2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read! Banned Books Week is Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

The American Library Association’s 2015 Banned Books Week is Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

Established 33 years ago, Banned Books Week highlights the importance of our freedom to read. Every year many books and other library materials are challenged by individuals and groups who think these titles should be removed from school and public libraries because of inappropriate content. According to the American Library Association (ALA), 311 challenges to library materials were reported in 2014. Among the most frequently challenged titles were The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, and, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.
Why should you care about the issue of banned books? Banning a book from a library collection is a form of censorship. Past Honorary ALA Co-chair of Banned Books Week, journalist Bill Moyers eloquently states the dangers of censorship in a video essay on the importance of freedom of expression:
“Censorship is the enemy of truth, even more than a lie. A lie can be exposed; censorship can prevent us from knowing the difference.”
Interested in finding out more about Banned Books Week and Censorship?

September 14, 2015

Constitution Day is Thursday September 17th

The Orchard Ridge Campus King Library is a Federal Depository Library and provides free access to print and electronic documents created by the United States Government. While supplies last, the Orchard Ridge Library will be giving out free pencils and sticky note pads in honor of Constitution Day. Be sure to check out our display table featuring government publications and books about the United States Constitution.
Want to learn more?
Use the OCC Libraries Search Everything to locate books or articles related to U.S. Constitution, or take a look at the resources on the OCC Libraries Government Research Guide. For more information about accessing the Government Documents collection, visit the reference desk at any OCC campus library for assistance.
Finally, you might be interested in the Student Life Constitution Day sponsored events going on at the OCC campuses September 15-17. See the flyer for more information.