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Holiday Weekend Hours

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Oesterle Library will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  The library will be open regular hours Saturday and Sunday.

Finals Week/Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

The Oesterle Library will be closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24th and will remain closed through the Thanksgiving Weekend.  The Library will reopen on Monday, November 29th at 8 a.m. Visit the Library Website for a complete listing of hours.

Good Luck with Finals and have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Library Closed Labor Day

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Oesterle Library and the North Central College campus will be closed Monday, September 6th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The library will re-open at 8am Tuesday, September 7th.

Holiday Weekend Hours

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Oesterle Library will be closed Sunday, July 4th and Monday, July 5th in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  The library will be open regular hours from 8 am to 8pm on Friday, July 2nd and 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, July 3rd.

Library Hours during Easter Weekend

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Beginning at noon on Friday, April 10th, Oesterle Library will be closed for Easter Weekend. The library will be closed on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th.

Normal Spring term hours will resume on Monday April 13th. For a complete listing of library hours please see the library’s website.

Feliz Navidad: Las Posadas in Mexico

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The celebration of Christmas and the birth of the Christ child begins more than a week before December 25th in Mexico with Las Posadas.  Mexican friends and families gather together on each of the nine nights before Christmas and act out the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem.  They walk together from house to house, singing songs and asking for a place to rest, but the travelers are turned away from each door as Mary and Joseph were.  At the end of each evening’s journey, a festival is held with dancing and delicious food as well as a pinata for the children.

 Smithsonian Global Sound, one of the streaming music databases at Oesterle Library includes a selection of carols that are sung during the Las Posadas.  More information about the holiday may be found by searching Academic Search Premier.

Santa Lucia Day

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Early on the morning of December 13th each year light overcomes darkness as the daughter of a Swedish household dons a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles.  She wakes her family while singing, serving saffron Lucia buns, in honor of Santa Lucia Day, also known as Sankta Lucia or St. Lucy’s Day.

Santa Lucia Day is celebrated today in Scandinavia and areas of the United States with Scandinavian populations along with Italy.  It is one of the few saint’s days celebrated in Scandinavia; the observance also has pre-Christian roots due to its proximity to the winter solstice.

For more information on St. Lucy, see the Oxford Dictionary of Saints, available full-text in NetLibrary.  For more information on Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, visit Credo Reference, a collection of 100 reference books available via the library’s website.

Holidays at Home and Around the World

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is traditionally known as the Holiday Season in the United States, and almost everyone celebrates at least one holiday during that time.  The staff of Oesterle Library began celebrating December 1, when we decorated the library for Christmas.

Throughout the month of December, check out this blog for stories of holidays that are being celebrated around the world and right here in Northern Illinois.  We’ll also suggest resources that you can use to research holidays and cultural events all year long.  Finally, I encourage you to use the comment link below each entry to share highlights of your holiday season and to teach us at Oesterle Library and across the NCC campus about your own holiday traditions.