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Visual Storytelling: A Discussion with Erik La Gatutta

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Librarians, Tish, & Troy prepare for the upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium at MVCC by discussing the art of graphic novels and comic books with faculty member Erik LaGatutta. They discuss the Learn more about the Graphic Novel Symposium at http://www.morainevalley.edu/comicculture/

Visual Storytelling: A Discussion with Erik La Gatutta

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-17_2014_checkitout.mp3

Graphic Novels at Moraine Valley and the Graphic Novel Symposium

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Librarians, Joe, Tish, & Troy prepare for the upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium at MVCC by discussing graphic novels in the library’s collection. They discuss a range of graphic novels that include superhero, non-superhero stories, fiction, nonfiction, classics, and non-classics. Learn more about the Graphic Novel Symposium at http://www.morainevalley.edu/comicculture/

Graphic Novels at Moraine Valley and the Graphic Novel Symposium

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-16_2014_checkitout.mp3

James Baldwin, the Activist Voice, and Views on Privilege in Giovanni’s Room

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

MVCC Democracy Commitment Faculty Coordinator, Tamarra Coleman-Hill discusses James Baldwin as an activist with librarians Joe, Tish, and Troy. The discussion has special emphasis on the One Book text, Giovanni’s Room. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/.

James Baldwin, the Activist Voice, and Views on Privilege in Giovanni’s Room

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-15_2014_checkitout.mp3

Services for LGBTQ Students at Moraine Valley

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Counselor Matthew Cullen discusses college services offered for LGBTQ students. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/default.htm.

Services for LGBTQ Students at Moraine Valley

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-14_2014_checkitout.mp3

Defining Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Gender Expression, LGBT, and Queer

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Sociologist Jeffrey McCully joins MVCC librarians, Joe, Tish and Troy to define key terms relating to LGBTQ issues relating to the themes of the One Book program. These terms include gender identity, sexual identity, gender expression, LGBT, and queer. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/default.htm.

Defining Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Gender Expression, LGBT, and Queer

The audio of this discussion is available here: Download the MP3 audio:http://www.morainevalley.edu/library/checkitout/6-13_2014_checkitout.mp3

Review of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (online video and audio)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Moraine Valley Librarians, Joe, Tish, & Troy discuss the upcoming One Book text, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. They consider the literary value of the novel and the historical role Baldwin played in the second half of the 20th Century. Learn more at the One Book site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/default.htm.

Review of Giovanni’s Room & Discussion of James Baldwin

The audio of this event is available below:

The following resources are discussed in this podcast: 

“James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” [streaming video]
http://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb285195

“Africa to America to Paris : The Migration of Black Writers”  [streaming video]
http://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb283140

“Go Tell it on the Mountain” [streaming video] adaptation of Baldwin’s first novel
http://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb283142

Prevalence of male and female same-gender behavior from the Kinsey Institute:
http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/resources/bib-homoprev.html

“Coming Out Under Fire” DVD
http://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb281097

“Before Stonewall” DVD
http://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb286290

American Civil Liberties Union, Repeal of Sodomy Laws
https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights_hiv-aids/history-sodomy-laws-and-strategy-led-todays-decision

Maya Angelou speaks eloquently about Baldwin’s influence in “The Price of the Ticket” [above]

Toni Morrison’s eulogy to Baldwin in the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-morrison.html

Suzan-Lori Parks discusses Baldwin’s influence as she prepares for a staging of her play “Topdog/Underdog” [streaming video]
http://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb283143

Farewell to Librarian, Lizzie Matkowski!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Today we bid farewell to MV public services librarian Lizzie Matkowski!

You may recognize Lizzie from her time spent working at the reference desk assisting patrons with research questions or perhaps you met her in the classroom as she taught your library instruction session.  She was one of our resident experts on digital downloads and did some great work helping with the library’s science fair.

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Lizzie is moving on to a new post at Downers Grove Public Library and we wish her the best.

Congrats, Lizzie!  You will be missed.

Asian Images in American Film: 100 Years

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Anna May Wong, Sessue Hayakawa and James Wong Howe:

The Pioneers

As a child in San Francisco Anna May Wong hung around location shooting in the city and vowed to be a film actress. She achieved that goal at 16 starring in the silent, but two-strip color film Toll of the Sea (1922). She was considered a fashion trendsetter in Hollywood. Other films in the collection featuring Wong include:

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Old San Francisco (1927)
Piccadilly (1929)
Shanghai Express (1932)

Japanese-born Sessue Hayakawa left his study of engineering at the University of Chicago to pursue film acting. In the silent era he rivaled Rudolf Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks as a screen heartthrob. In 1918 Hayakawa founded Haworth Pictures Corporation which produced 23 films over the next three years. See Hayakawa perform with his actress-wife Tsuru Aoki in The Dragon Painter (1919). Other Hayakawa films in the collection include:

The Tong Man (1919)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)  Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
The Geisha Boy (1958)

James Wong Howe moved to the states from his native China at the age of five. In a five-decade career as a cinematographer, Howe worked on over fifty films receiving 10 Academy Award nominations for his work and winning two Oscars. Howe’s film work in the collection includes:

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943)
Picnic (1955)
The Rose Tattoo (1955)  Academy Award for Best Cinematography
The Old Man and the Sea (1958) Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography

      James Wong Howe

 

4th of July Weekend Hours

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here are our hours over the 4th of July weekend:

Thursday, July 3rd: Open until 10pm

Friday, July 4th: Closed

Saturday, July 5th: Open 9am to 3pm

Sunday, July 6th: Closed

Monday, July 7th: Open 7:30am to 10pm

Thanks, Stella! Happy Retirement!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Anyone who has ever browsed a magazine or conducted research on a database in the Library can thank Stella Prapuolenis for making those resources available. After 15 years of service to Moraine Valley, she is retiring on June 27.

Thanks to advances in technology, the serials library technical assistant has seen many changes during her tenure. Prapuolenis started by ordering print magazines and journals as well as microfilm. She is leaving an organized, budget-conscious and well-maintained modernized collection of e-journals and databases.

In the last two years, she has completely overhauled the subscriptions process in the Library—a process she has always been willing to adapt and challenge. She owns a willingness to innovate and make changes focused on students and staff. She knows how to set a vision and get everyone else on board.

“Stella is driven and hardworking. I have a hard time imagining her retiring from anything. I’m sure retirement won’t be restful for her. She’ll be too busy coming up with a new project to work on at home. Everyone in our Library will miss her greatly, and the department will never be the same without her. She will be so very hard to replace,” said Terra Jacobson, manager of Library Services.