Manifest Activities in the Library

Artwork by Melanie Vazquez Familia, 2017 5'x3' Acrylic on wood panel

Will you be joining in the Manifest activities tomorrow? Don’t forget to stop by the library for t-shirts and fantastic exhibitions!

Hack Your T-Shirt

12-4:30pm, Library 2nd Floor, 624 S Michigan

Deconstruct a vintage t-shirt and add your own personal flair. The Library will provide tools and decorative supplies for your creations.

CBMR Open House: Black Music Speaks to Civil Rights

1:30-3:30pm, Center for Black Music Research (Suite 600), 618 S Michigan

We’ll spin some vinyl, listen to some peace and protest music, and discuss the relationship between music and social justice.

Familia: BA Fine Art/A+D Manifest Showcase

For viewing: 10am-8pm; Reception: 2-3pm, Library 2nd Floor, 624 S Michigan

Works by BA Fine Art / A+D students from the Art and Art History Department. Hollis Sigler Manifest Award to be announced at 2:45pm.

Book to Art: Grimm Anthology Launch

5-7pm, Library 1st Floor, 624 S Michigan

Join us in celebration of the culmination of this year’s Book to Art selection project: miscellany of visual art and writing inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Art, writing, and more …. get your very own copy of this limited edition anthology project, featuring the work of students, staff, and alumni.


Artwork by Melanie Vazquez
Familia, 2017
Acrylic on wood panel


Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover!

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Are you interested in hearing real-life stories exploring how members of the Columbia community were able to overcome discrimination in gender, religion, sexual preference, race, class, identity, age, lifestyle choices, or disabilities? If so, you need to check out the Human Library this Wednesday, April 18, 12 – 3 p.m., in the Columbia Library, 624 S. Michigan, 3rd Floor North. Available books at Columbia’s first-ever Human Library include: Multiracial Blended Family, Disabilities, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Civil Rights Activist, Vietnam Vet, Synesthesia, and Body Issues.

The Human Library is a place where real people serve as “human books” to share their stories and experiences with “readers” through one-on-one conversations. The Human Library provides an opportunity for people to challenge stereotypes and prejudices. Participants walk away with a mutual understanding of being human beyond a single identity.

The Human Library was developed in Denmark in 2000. It has become an international movement taking place in over 70 countries. The Human Library Chicago, which brings regularly scheduled Human Library events to the Chicago area, is always looking for volunteers to tell their story. For more information visit


Image from The Human Library.

Research Consultations


Did you know?

The library offers appointments for personalized in-depth consultation services to support the research needs of Columbia College faculty, students and staff. This service is intended to give you in-depth assistance in identifying and locating the resources most useful for the project at hand.

During a research consultation you will have a one-on-one, in-person meeting with a librarian. Meetings typically last 30-45 minutes and can focus on navigating library resources and databases to find books, articles, statistics and demographic data, images, and more.

Common research consultation requests include guidance for:

  • WRII research papers/projects
  • Theses
  • Capstone projects
  • Faculty research and literature reviews

To schedule a research consultation with a Columbia College Chicago Librarian, please complete the request form on the library website:


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Rey Andújar: Exploring Dominican Poetry

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Chicago performance artist, poet and scholar, Rey Andújar is scheduled to appear at the Columbia Library, 624 S. Michigan, on Thursday, April 25, 7 – 9 p.m. What he’ll actually do is anyone’s guess, according to Columbia College instructor, Jesus Macarena-Avila. In theory, Dr. Andújar will present a lecture on Dominican Poetry to Macarena-Avila’s Caribbean Art, Literature and Music class and the public. In practice, Macarena-Avila says, “It could be a lecture, a performance, or something completely unexpected.”

Macarena-Avila says. “It could be a performance based on poetic literature inspired by Buddhism or street urban culture. With Dr. Andújar, expect the unexpected. It can open a discussion on the contemporary literary pathways that Dominican writers are exploring.” The program is co-sponsored by the Columbia Library, and Illinois Latino Voice, a local social media organization focused on Latina/o/x community affairs and Poesia en Abril, a program initiated by Contratiempo, a local literary journal focused on Latin American writers and Latina/o/x cultural criticism.

Dr. Andújar is a true Renaissance man. He is the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Saturnalia, a short story collection that captured the Ultramar Literature Prize NYC in 2010, Candela, a novel, won the PR Pen Club Awards in 2009, and Amorcidio, a short story collection, was conferred the FIL-Santo Domingo Fiction Award in 2006. Dr. Andújar is also Artistic Associate at Aguijón Theater, where he wrote and performed the critically-acclaimed play, Adverses. His 2006 performance work Ciudadano Cero was part of the prestigious Festival Internacional de Teatro Santo Domingo. Another performance piece, Antípoda, was presented in Santo Domingo, Paris, and various U.S. cities and Mexico.

Dr. Andújar was born in the Dominican Republic, lives in Chicago, and teaches Latin American History and Literature at Governors State University. He holds a PhD in Caribbean Literature and Philosophy. His research and performances explore the connection between body, language and literature. He is inspired by a multitude of sources: Caribbean traditions, mediation, and urban culture has influenced his performances.

Macarena-Avila uses his class to bring prominent individuals and scholars on Caribbean, Latin American and Latina/o/x art, literature, music and crossing over to other fields of study such as cultural anthropology to Columbia. Following Dr. Andújar’s presentation, there will be a Q&A session and book signing of Saturnalia. Light Cafecito refreshments will be served.


Rey Andújar image from Aguijon Theater

The History and Impact of Hip-Hop

dj kool herc

The birth of hip-hop can be traced back to a birthday party in the Bronx on August 11, 1973. While DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) had been developing his signature “break beat” style for several months, the huge crowd at his sister’s birthday party really responded. Today, hip-hop is a global juggernaut that has transformed the world.

Even if you’re not a fan of hip-hop, its emergence as an unstoppable cultural force is a remarkable story you need to discover. It’s a story that touches on everything from cultural imperialism, cultural appropriation, globalization, and geo-politics, to social change, youth culture, black nationalism, feminism, alternative media, and more.

To get the full story, visit the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR), located at 618 S. Michigan, 6th floor. Highlights include:

Pulse of the People: Political Rap Music and Black Politics (Lakeyta M. Bonnette)

When Music Had a Conscience: The Artists, Organizations, and Historic Events that Inspired and Influenced the Golden Age of Hip Hop from 1987-1996 (Tayahhah Lee McQuillar).

Chicano Rap: Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial Barrio (Poncho McFarland)

Hip-Hop and Social Change in Africa (Ni Wakati)

Hip Hop Japan: Rap and the Culture of Cultural Globalization (Ian Condry)

Inventos: Hip Hop Cubana (Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi) — Award-winning film on Cuba

Afro-Columbia Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities (Christopher Dennis)

Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asian America (edited by Ajay Nair and Murali Balaji).

Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop Outside the USA (edited by Tony Mitchell).

Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration (Adriana N. Helbig)

Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World (edited by Eric Charry)

Black, Blanc, and Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World (edited by Alain-Philippe Durand)




Image: Campbell, Clive/DJ Kool Herc from (Public Domain)

Mark Your Calendar: April Events at the Library



5C Comedy Open Mic Night

April 4th, 6-9pm

Have jokes? Need an audience? Come on down to the Library’s 5C Comedy Open Mic night! Sign up at 6 p.m. for a five-minute slot. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Public Domainia: Nature Gone Wrong Double Feature

April 4th, 6-9pm

Out the Vault and Into the Stacks presents a triple feature of films devoted to the beauty of nature gone horribly wrong. Join us for a mini-marathon of works in the public domain, including The Killer Shrews, Creature from the Haunted Sea, and The Giant Leeches. Terrible movies! Snacks! Monster Fun!

Library Signature Showcase: Sam Weller

April 9th, 6:30-8:30pm

The Friends of The Library welcome Sam Weller (Professor, English/Creative Writing) who will discuss and sign copies of the new edition of Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews.  This edition also includes a new final chapter by Weller about Bradbury’s legacy since his death in 2012, and essays by Margaret Atwood and Frank Darabon.

Build Your Art Empire

April 12th, 6-8pm

Join the library and several Columbia community visual artists for a discussion of tactics and approaches to starting and forging a successful art-related business (which is a boring way to say make art, make money, make more art, and have fun!).

The Human Library

April 18th, 12-3pm

Do you want to hear or tell stories about gender, religion, sexual preference, race, class, identity, age, lifestyle choices, or disabilities? Volunteer to be a book or come and check out a book. The Human Library helps build dialogue and understanding in our community. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and audiences ‘read’ the book through one-on-one conversations about that individual’s experience. Contact Norman for information.

Apocalypse, USA Reading

April 20, 6-8pm

Join the library for an evening of readings by Columbia and Chicago community authors. A semester long celebration/elegy of apocalyptic art, media and writing, ranging from the serious to the playful, the reverent to the irreverent.

Rey Andújar: Exploring Dominican Poetry

April 25th, 7-9pm

An informal conversation with Chicago performance artist, poet, and scholar, Rey Andújar. Rey will discuss and read from his book, Saturnalia making connections to contemporary Caribbean culture. Following Dr. Andújar’s presentation, there will be a Q&A session and book signing of Saturnalia. Light refreshments will be served. The program is part of Jesus Macarena-Avila’s course, Caribbean Art, Literature and Music.


Therapy Dogs

students with therapy dog

Have Chicago’s never-ending winters got you down? Are you stressed out about your midterms, relationships, or finances? Do you ever feel like you just need a hug? Well, help is on the way. Therapy dogs from the Canine Therapy Corps return to the Columbia Library on Tuesday, March 6, 4 – 6 p.m., 624 S. Michigan, 3rd floor north. The event also features art supplies to create drawings of dogs for a future library exhibition, as well as a variety of board games.

Therapy dogs are specially trained to provide comfort and affection to individuals in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, veteran centers, and during stressful or challenging situations like natural disasters. According to the Mayo Clinic, therapy dogs can decrease hormone levels associated with stress, lessen depression and fatigue, and improve people’s overall sense of happiness and wellbeing.

Canine Therapy Corps has been providing animal-assisted therapy free of charge in the Chicago area since 1991. Therapy dogs work as a team with their handlers. There are approximately 65 volunteer teams working in the Chicago area for Canine Therapy Corps. According to the organization’s website, they provide more than 1,400 hours of therapy to more than 5,000 individuals in the Chicago area annually.

The organization offers certification tests, and practice sessions, for prospective therapy dogs and handlers. Canine Therapy Corps also tailors its programs to meet the special therapeutic needs of the population being served. Therapy dogs are different from service dogs, which are special training to assist individuals with disabilities.

The Library began bringing therapy dogs to Columbia two times a year in Fall 2014. In 2017, therapy dogs began visiting the library twice a semester. Therapy dogs will return to the Columbia Library on Wednesday May 2, 2 – 4 p.m. during the annual Destress Fest.

For more information about Library events, visit