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National Library Week Events at Parkland Library

Events help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national observation

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National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States, is now in its 60th year. Parkland College Library has been observing the week for several years, with events designed to get students, faculty, and community members involved and excited about the library.

This year's theme is "Libraries Lead." The public is invited to join the Parkland College community April 9–13 for any or all of the events listed below to celebrate another year of learning!

Coffee Kickoff
Monday, April 9
Join us all day for free coffee and tea in the library. Free donuts starting at 8 a.m. while supplies last. Check out a book or view books for sale.

Cupcake-A-Book Entry Registration Deadline
Monday, April 9, 5 p.m., Library
Forms must be received by 5 p.m.; entries must be submitted between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11.

Library Love Photo Booth  
Tuesday, April 10, near the Library entrance
Take a photo at this daylong event. Post it on Instagram, using #ParklandLibraryLove. We'll repost it and choose a winner!

Let's Read Poetry
Tuesday, April 10, 3 p.m., Flag Lounge
Listen to faculty members Rochelle Harden and Amy Penne read their favorite poems. If you're feeling brave, share your favorite!

 

Cupcake-A-Book Contest
Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., College Center
Cupcake adaptions of popular (and/or favorite) books will be on display. Vote for your favorite design with a donation of any amount to support the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland. 

 

Parkland READ Poster Unveiling
Thursday, April 12, noon, Library Reading Lounge
For the 14th year in a row, Parkland Library has commissioned its own READ poster featuring someone employed at Parkland College and designed by a Parkland College student. It's okay to wonder who's on the READ poster; join us to find out who receives the honor this year!

3D Printer Open House
Friday, April 13, 1–3 p.m., Library's 3D printing area
Stop by and see how 3D printing works, what kind of software we use and how to find or make models. Take home a souvenir! Preprinted items will be available for free, and we will print requests on a first come, first serve basis.

State Universities Transfer Day

IL state university reps will be on hand to answer questions, April 4

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University representatives from across Illinois will be on hand to answer students' transfer and enrollment questions during the 2018 spring State University Transfer Day, set for Wednesday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the college's Student Union. 
  
Representatives from the following colleges will be attending the State University Transfer Day:
 
Chicago State University
Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University 
Illinois State University
Northeastern Illinois University 
Northern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois Chicago 
University of Illinois Springfield
Western Illinois University
 
This free event is sponsored by Parkland College Counseling Services. For more information, contact the center at 217/351-2461. 

Register for Parkland College Summer Classes

Go ahead, get ahead this summer!

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Move closer to an academic degree or certificate this summer! Open registration for Parkland College summer courses begins Monday, April 2; continuing students may register now. Timetables for summer and fall semesters are available at the campus and on the Web.
 
Want full college credit in just a few weeks? Three- to 12-week courses are available, with instruction start dates of May 21, June 18, and July 16. Get intensive college credits in a variety of subject areas, including accounting, computers, English, biology, chemistry, music, public speaking, automotive, math, Spanish, and much more. View pp. 1–3 of our Summer 2018 class schedule for a list of specific courses grouped by start and end date. 

Year-Round Pell Grants Available for Summer

Third disbursement may be available; contact Financial Aid office to apply

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Parkland College students eligible for the Pell Grant may be able to receive a third disbursement of the award, based on a recent Department of Education announcement.

Students who already received a full Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters may now qualify for "Year-round Pell" and thus receive a full Pell Grant during the summer semester as well, the DOE reported.

Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year, so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to earn their degree faster.

According to the new regulation, any Pell Grant received over the summer will be included in determining the student's Pell Grant lifetime limit.

To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, a student:

• must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period
• must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the summer term
• must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Students who have been awarded Pell Grants for the 2017‐2018 academic year are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office at 217/351-2222 or finaid@parkland.edu for assistance with summer 2018 financial planning.

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