Poetry Contest Winners!

April 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry | Leave a comment
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The winners for the Third Annual Morton Library Poetry Contest were announced Friday at the open reading.

The winners are as follows:

1st Place:  Kristiana Sanchez-Jorge



Disposition of  delicate Words

float soundless

in the air

Immersing with eloquent


Unspoken by the raw flesh

of language

It is a beauty only found

behind the lips of

Unwritten memoirs

from  voices

of the quiet

A  poets last


Is a paramount of wondrous


and the breaths of life

that are silent in the loudest


2nd Place: Jodian Rivera

 The Birds and Humans

The birds…The human’s

A bird will fly not ever thinking twice,

Living its life in peril and in fun.

It will commit to its own jocund life,

Nourishing the strong blessed wings of freedom.

A human will love forgetting one’s mind,

Living their life in pain and in ennui;

Committing to their partners, seeking signs

Of youth’s promised world that they hope to see.

A bird will compose beautiful music

That will leave many struck in profound awe.

A human will cry till their heart is sick,

Leaving their heart sick till this time next fall.

The bird will always continue to fly;

Much like the human’s continuous cries.

3rd Place:  Kora Macias


As closed lips whisper and winter snows fall

God chose me, oh to soon, to beckon my call

For in the morning you awake

And all the nights darkness the sun does take

You’ll think of me and eyes will fill with tears

Of all the burden and sorrow over the years

But my loves I ask of you not to cry as you did today

Or think of all the things we never got to say

For all you have to do is close your eyes each time you think of me

And I’ll hear all your whispers, and you’ll know, safe in God’s arms I’ll be

If I could have lived just one more day, even just awhile

I’d embrace you and say I loved you, maybe see you smile

But I know this could never be

And emptiness and memories will take the place of me

I tried not to think of the things we both would miss tomorrow

But when I did my heart had filled with sorrow

For on that fateful day, an Angel came to me and said

That my place was ready, they had laid my bed

I walked through heaven’s gate; God told me I had been faithful and true

Even though I did things I knew I shouldn’t do

He told me I was forgiven, he held my hand and asked me

To join in his life of peace, joy, and eternity

So when you wake tomorrow, and we feel so far apart

Don’t be saddened, but think of me, and know I’m in your heart


Thank you to everyone who participated!

And remember- continue to submit your poems to the Morton Literary Journal by emailing them to reference@morton.edu.

The deadline for submission is August 31.

The next edition will be available in the fall semester.


Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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pocket_logoThursday, April 18 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Poetry fans all over the country celebrate National Poetry Month on this day by carrying around their favorite poem in their pocket to share with others.

Don’t have a poem in your pocket?

The Morton Library is handing out free pocket poems all day.

                                         Stop by the library poetry display or look around campus to find one!

World Book Night

April 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Events, Good Books, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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wbn     Celebrate World Book Night with Morton College on Tuesday, April 23.

     Just like thousands of other book-givers world wide- we’ll be handing out free books after 3pm.

     This year, our selected title is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

To read more about World Book Night visit: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/about-us

To learn more about Fahrenheit 451, ask a librarian!

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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April is National Poetry Month.

Below are 6 ways to get into the spirit of poetry!

1.  Write a poem.

The deadline for the poetry contest has passed but the library is always accepting submissions for the

Morton Literary Journal, published each year in the Fall Semester.

Email your submissions to reference@morton.edu

2.  Read a poem.

Morton has an excellent collection of poetry.

Check out a book today by a favorite poet, or explore new poets.

3.  Attend a poetry reading.

Check the Poetry Foundation for a listing of current local events.

Or plan on attending the Morton Open Reading on April 26 at noon in the Library

4.  Share a poem.

Carry your favorite poem around with you on April 18, which is Poem in Your Pocket Day.

5. Poem Tweets.

Read new poems everyday posted by POETSorg and others on Twitter.

Better yet- Tweet your own poems!

6. Poem Apps.

Always wanted to impress your friends with your wise words?

Learn poems by heart with a new poety app by Penguin books.

Open Poetry Reading 4/26

April 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry | Leave a comment
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Open Poetry Reading

Caroline Johnson will be reading from her new work

Poetry Contest Winners will be Awarded

on Friday, April 26 at 12:15pm.

All poets are welcome to read from their work following the award announcements.

Musician Steafan Hanvey Performs at Noon Today

March 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Please join us today at noon in the Cyber Cafe for a performance by Steafan Hanvey.

Steafán Hanvey is a well-known musician and singer promoting his new album, Nuclear Family (Mixed by Cardigans producer, Tore Johansson), due for a February 26 release. Ireland’s music bible, Hotpress, called is album “A rare delight of impressive quality”. He is touring colleges, cultural centers, music venues and libraries across the US and Canada with his multimedia performance.

Author Reading December 5 @ 3:15

November 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Events | 2 Comments
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Join us in the Library on Wednesday, December 5 at 3:15pm for a reading and discussion with Morton instructor Karolis Zukauskas.  Zukauskas, who often writes under the pen name Gint Aras, will be reading from his recently published essay Displacing Forces.

For more information on the author and his works visit his website Liquid Ink at: http://gint-aras.com/

Event: Irish Books, Music & Song

October 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Please join us  Friday, October 12 at noon in the theater to hear Michael and Catherine Sands, of Ireland, present: How Music Reflects a Society.

 There will be time for Questions & Answers at the end of each performance. Thank you!

About the Performers:

Husband and wife and parents of Katie 10, and Tóla 3, Michael and Catherine are well known in folk and traditional music circles in Ireland.

Michael, originally from Newry, was brought up listening to the songs and stories of the world renowned Sands Family Folk Group.  However, it was not until a concert featuring a certain Steve Cooney that he got his calling to traditional music.  That night inspired him to explore the tunes and their accompaniment and there was no going back.

He is now a highly respected and busy accompanist to many musicians all over Ireland.  He also plays and teaches banjo from home in Ballyvoy, near Ballycastle, Co Antrim.  He has also written his first novel.  See www.nuthollow.com for details.

Catherine Sands (nee McLean) is one of Co Antrim’s most sought after flute/whistle players and tutors.  Playing since childhood, she has been part of a wealth of sessions and has taught a legion of pupils.  Inspired by her late father Pádraig, she is a light in the glens of Antrim for all wishing to learn about traditional Irish music.  She uses her vast experience to pass on the secrets of traditional music’s many wonderful mysteries.  In latter years she has also returned to her first instrument, the accordion and can be heard regularly in the Antrim area and beyond.

Together Catherine and Michael have played with their band Divil the bit and various line ups all over Europe, Ireland and Britain.  In 2007 they represented traditional musicians from the North of Ireland at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington.

Learn More About the Eastland Disaster

March 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Events, Hawthorne Museum | Leave a comment
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Marianne Aanstad felt uneasy as she boarded the steamship Eastland docked at the Clark Street bridge on the Chicago River. Born in Norway, Mrs. Aanstad was familiar with ships, and something about this one didn’t feel right. Still, she boarded with her two daughters and her brother, Olaf, an employee at Western Electric’s Hawthorne Works in Cicero. Tragically, Mrs. Aanstad’s concerns turned out to be very real. Within a few short minutes, nearly 900 people would be drowned in the river’s murky waters.

The Aanstads were just one family among nearly seven thousand passengers boarding five steamships chartered by Western Electric for its annual company picnic The entire Hawthorne Works, normally open six days a week, was closed that Saturday, July 24, 1915, so that employees, their families and friends could enjoy the outing across the lake to Michigan City, Indiana.

The Eastland, a thirteen year old vessel with a history of listing (tipping off balance), began boarding at about 7 AM. Over two thousand men, women and children eagerly climbed the gangplank, strolled about the top deck or went below to view the ballrooms and cafes.  As it filled with passengers, the Eastland listed to starboard, toward the dock, but then listed back to the port side, toward the middle of the river. Noticing the tilt, people on the top deck moved away from the port side railing, but the ship remained off balance despite the crew’s attempts to fill ballast tanks to right the vessel. The list worsened, and panicky passengers swarmed up stairways and across the top deck. Finally, at about 7:28 AM, the Eastland rolled over on its port side, throwing hundreds into the water and trapping hundreds more on its lower decks. Horrified onlookers rushed to the rescue, but they could do little to save those inside the capsized hull.

The disaster devastated the tight-knit Hawthorne Works community and the towns of Cicero and Berwyn where most of the victims lived. The Aanstad family survived intact, but twenty-two entire families, parents and children, were lost. The final death toll rose to 844, almost three times the number who perished in the Chicago Fire of 1871. In Manufacturing the Future: A History of Western Electric, the authors note that the “Eastland did not claim the famous and wealthy, as did the Titanic. Nor were any of Western Electric’s executives killed. Rather, this was a tragedy of the working class . . . More than half (of the victims) were women, most of whom were single and worked in the factory.”

To read through the victims obituaries is to begin to grasp the depth of the tragedy. Story after story tells of lost loved ones, of solitary survivors left without any family, of households left without a breadwinner, or of twists of fate that placed unlucky souls on the Eastland that drizzly July morning.

Today, the Eastland tragedy is nearly forgotten. Unlike the sinking of the Titanic, it has not been immortalized on film or in the popular memory. Perhaps its impact was so great that survivors could not tell the story, or perhaps a century of history filled with two world wars and whirlwind changes overshadows a single day’s events. But the Eastland’s victims deserve to be remembered. Their story sheds light on a time when life was harder, but connections between people were deeper, and we can draw inspiration from their ability to care and carry on.

If you are interested in learning more about the Eastland Disaster, join us at a reading and signing of the new novel about the Eastland, Merely Dee, on Monday, March 19 at 1pm in the Morton College Library.

The author of Merely Dee, Marian Manseau Cheatham, will be reading from her story about the 17 year old Dee, a Hawthorne Works employee and her harrowing  tale.

For more details on the event visit:


Poetry Reading- Monday at 12:30

April 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry | Leave a comment
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Join us for a poetry reading in the Library Cafe on Monday, April 18th at 12:30pm.  All students are welcome to read original or borrowed poems.  Visit the library’s Facebook page (Events: Aloud) to sign up, or just show up!


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