LLCC Library donates Lincoln biographer’s book collection to ALPLM

Photo of Dr. Benjamin P. Thomas and books from his collectionThe LLCC Library today presented a collection of 133 books owned by renowned Lincoln biographer Dr. Benjamin P. Thomas to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“This is a collection that was donated to us some time ago and will add to the scholarship of those who study the Dr. Charlotte Warren at donation ceremonylife and times of Abraham Lincoln,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC, at a brief ceremony at the LLCC Library. “I commend our Library dean and her staff, who have determined that this collection is best suited to a research institution. And what better one than our own Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, right here in Springfield.”

Tammy Kuhn-Schnell, dean of the LLCC Library, explained why the books are a perfect fit for a research library such as the ALPLM.

“Their value is in the scholarship that they bring to Dr. Thomas’s body of work,” said Kuhn-Schnell. “We feel the collection will be more widely used by patrons and researchers at the ALPLM, expanding access to those who seek it.”

Ian Hunt, acquisitions chief of the ALPLM, gratefully accepted the gift on behalf of the presidential library.

“In the world of Lincoln scholarship, Benjamin P. Thomas remains a significant figure,” Hunt noted. “These books from the personal library of Dr. Thomas include numerous handwritten notes and observances that could be invaluable to current scholars seeking to understand his vision of President Lincoln. This gift will complement the Thomas family manuscript collections already on hand at the presidential library, and Lincoln Land Community College should be applauded for its outstanding generosity and commitment to scholarship.”

Kuhn-Schnell said the donation is indicative of the cooperative nature of the library community. “LLCC is pleased to contribute this collection to a renowned research institution, in addition to enhancing access to Thomas’s scholarship and materials.”

She said that Thomas lived in Springfield from 1932 until his death in 1956. During that time, he presided over the Abraham Lincoln Association’s research program and was a businessman and farmer. His wife, Salome, a Springfield native known for her generosity, donated his personal book collection to the LLCC Library prior to her death in 1999.

Dr. Thomas’s most known works include “Abraham Lincoln: A Biography,” first published in 1952; “Lincoln’s New Salem,” first published in 1934; and “Lincoln, 1847-1853, Being the Day-by-Day Activities of Abraham Lincoln,” first published in 1936.

LLCC Library to donate Lincoln biographer’s book collection to ALPLM this morning

The LLCC Library will present a collection of more than 100 books owned and used by Lincoln biographer Benjamin P. Thomas to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum this morning at 10:30 a.m. in the LLCC Library. Speakers Tammy Kuhn-Schnell, dean of the LLCC Library, and Ian Hunt, acquisitions chief, ALPLM, will discuss the history and significance of the gift.

New sharing agreement with Lincoln Library in Springfield

Are you looking for more popular reading materials, audio books, DVDs and CDs?

The LLCC Library has established a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Lincoln Library, the public library of Springfield. LLCC students, staff and faculty who live outside of Lincoln Library’s district will now have access to Lincoln Library’s circulating materials free of charge as non-resident reciprocal members.

To obtain a reciprocal library card, LLCC students and employees will have to present an LLCC ID and a signed Confirmation of Good Standing form at the Lincoln Library. The Confirmation of Good Standing form is available at the LLCC circulation desk, and our circulation staff can help with this. The Lincoln Library reciprocal card will be active for one year and is renewable for those eligible. LLCC students, staff and faculty who already live within Lincoln Library’s district will be granted a regular public library card.

LLCC students and employees will not have access to Lincoln Library’s off-site electronic resources or to interlibrary loan privileges. Also, the reciprocal agreement does not extend to family members of LLCC students or employees.

If you are interested in becoming a reciprocal member of Lincoln Library, stop by the LLCC Library to find out more and pick up your Confirmation of Good Standing form.

Food for Fines

April 9-13 is National Library Week, and the LLCC Library is kicking off its Food for Fines fundraiser drive, which continues through the end of the semester. Food for Fines allows patrons (students, faculty, staff or community members) to “pay off” any fines or fees on their account by bringing in donations for the LLCC Food Pantry. Patrons can bring in one non-perishable item to receive $5 off their total fines. For instance, if you owe $20 in processing fees and bring in four donation items, your account balance will go down to zero. Please note that donations cannot be used to pay for lost books. View a list of items that the LLCC Food Pantry is in need of. Feel free to contact Tavis Lawson or Scott Ebbing if you need any more information. Thank you!

Food for Fines begins today

The LLCC Library is hosting a Food for Fines fundraiser drive, starting with National Library Week (April 9-13) and continuing until the end of the semester. Food for Fines allows patrons (students, faculty, staff or community members) to “pay off” any fines or fees on their account by bringing in donations for the LLCC Food Pantry. Patrons can bring in one non-perishable item to receive $5 off their total fines. For instance, if you owe $20 in processing fees and bring in four donation items, your account balance will go down to zero. Please note that donations cannot be used to pay for lost books. View a list of items that the LLCC Food Pantry is in need of. Feel free to contact Tavis Lawson or Scott Ebbing if you need any more information. Thank you!

Food for Fines ends next week

The Food for Fines Program in the Library is ending next week! If you have any Lost Item Processing Fees be sure to bring in a few of the recommended items (found here) to knock off $5 of fees per item.

This program is a great and inexpensive way to get rid of pesky fees on your account, but also a fantastic way to help others in the LLCC Community.

If you have any questions about what fines you might have, or any question about the program in general, call or email Scott Ebbing (786-2358 / Scott.Ebbing@llcc.edu) or Tavis Lawson (786-2270 / Tavis.Lawson@llcc.edu).

It’s National Library Week!

The Library is celebrating National Library Week (NLW) this week with these activities:

Today: Edible Books Contest – Entries are due by 11 a.m. Voting takes place from until noon, then everyone is invited to consume the “books.”
Wednesday: Enjoy a free donut
Thursday and Friday: Participate in a scavenger hunt
Like the Library’s Facebook page and NLW post to be entered into a drawing for a $20 Subway gift card.

In coordination with NLW, the Library’s Food for Fines Program has started. This program, which runs until the end of spring semester, allows all patrons of the Library (students, staff, faculty and community members) to pay off $5 of lost item processing fees for each food donation brought in. To see a list of recommended donations follow this link: http://www.llcc.edu/student-life/food-pantry-list/.

Email tavis.lawson@llcc.edu or scott.ebbing@llcc.edu with any questions.

Therapy Dogs at LLCC Library this MONDAY

therapy-dogsGuess what? Therapy dogs are coming to LLCC Library on Monday, Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and they need YOU to come by and pet, squeeze and snuggle them. Did you know petting a dog helps relieve stress? What a great way for students to let loose, relax, and unwind. Please help us spread the word to your classes, student workers, and other students. Remember, all faculty and staff are welcome to come by and pet the animals, too!

Sue McKinney, a therapy dog owner/handler, will be on campus with her certified and insured dogs as a stress-relief service. They will bring their most experienced dogs for a visit to the library this Monday AND we have also scheduled a visit during finals week, which will take place on Monday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lillian Scalzo artwork on display in Library

motherchild-by-lillian-scalzoSix original works by the late Springfield artist Lillian Scalzo are being displayed in LLCC’s Library.  These pieces are among 18 items recently donated to the collection at the Trutter Museum and include paintings, copper enameled items among others.

In 1929, Miss Scalzo was involved in the development the art department at Springfield Junior College (later SCI and Benedictine) and was instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Springfield Art Association where she came to know the late Phil and Kitty Trutter.

The display coincides with the opening of a new exhibit at the Trutter Museum which opens this Friday, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m.  LLCC students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or anytime by appointment.  For more information, call 6-2217 or click here.