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Friday 6/13/14–Library System Down for Maintenance

Monday, June 9th, 2014

system maintenanceThe Library will upgrade its system hardware on Friday, June 13th.

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable beginning at 12:01 a.m., June 13 and continuing throughout the day.

The system should be fully operational by 9 a.m., Saturday, June 14.  We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

Please note: the Library will remain open Friday during regular summer hours: 8 a.m. to noon. 

2014-2015 One Book, One College: Giovanni’s Room

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

We are excited to announce that the 2014-2015 One Book, One College selection is Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Visit our website here: You can join the discussion by reading this novel over the summer. You can checkout copies here in the library or purchase your own in the bookstore.

Giovanni’s Room represents James Baldwin at his best. The prose is complex but accessible interweaving description, dialog, and narration to create a heartbreakingly tragic tone throughout the book. After writing the book in the 1950s, Baldwin could not find a publisher. It was first published in London and eventually in New York. Since that time, the book has received much acclaim for its groundbreaking nature as well as for the craft it represents. As a One Book text, Giovanni’s Room presents a range of timely themes that cross the Moraine Valley curriculum. Most importantly, it challenges the reader to consider love, relationships, and self acceptance.

We are excited for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Pre-Session and Summer Hours

Friday, May 16th, 2014

This is the end of the spring term. The library will be closed this weekend (May 16 & 17). We are starting our pre-session and summer hours. Visit our hours page for details:


Congrats Graduates!

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The library staff would like to congratulate all of the MVCC’s graduates! We are proud of you.

We want to extend a special thanks and congrats to our student worker LaBrea who will be walking across the stage tonight. She will be transferring to Trinity Christian College. Great work, LaBrea and thanks for your hard work and friendship.



Good Bye, Colleen! Congrats!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

We are excited and saddened to say good bye to Colleen Waltman! Colleen has been our morning shift librarian for eight years. Each morning, she has been here at 7am preparing to open the library. Colleen handled printing troubles, network outages, bad weather, power outages, stressed out students, and other needs to just name a few.

Colleen is moving on to become the director at the Blue Island Public Library, and we are very proud of her for making this significant career move. We know she is just down the street, and we look forward to partnering with her.


Beavers, Bogs, and Badlands: The Site and Situation of the Moraine Valley Area featuring Jason King

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The wetland area infested with leeches and mosquitoes surrounding Moraine Valley once made explorers shudder. Formed by glaciers, this swampy and infertile land was not welcoming to Indians or European explorers. But, Jason king will share stories and lessons about why this area, now called Palos, was vital to the settlement of Chicago.The talk was part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event,

Beavers, Bogs, and Badlands: The Site and Situation of the Moraine Valley Area featuring Jason King

The audio of this event is available below:

The Truth about Vaccinations and Herd Immunity (online video)

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Internet is full of information and misinformation around the safety of vaccines. The medical community does not debate vaccine safety, but a vocal communities keep the debate alive. How safe are vaccines? What information is available to make decisions about vaccine safety? This faculty panel will discuss some of the issues and present valuable information. This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.

The Truth about Vaccinations and Herd Immunity

The audio of this event is available below:

Library’s Troy Swanson Featured for Innovation Award

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

A 2014 Recipient of the ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award, Troy Swanson, MVCC’s Library Department Chair, is featured on the Proquest site. Read more here: Meet the Librarian, Troy Swanson

Students Discuss Poverty

Monday, May 5th, 2014

As part of the Act Out Now 2014 Volunteer Fair, students from Mike McGuire’s COM 102 class shared their experience with service learning and research into poverty. Here are the videos from these discussions.


What Matters Film Discussion (online video)

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago our library was visited by three filmmakers who shared their work as part of the Act Out Now volunteer fair. These filmmakers asked us two questions: “What breaks your hear?” “What makes you come alive?”

Here is the trailer from their film and there are two discussions that they held with MVCC students.

Film Trailer: What Matters?

What Matters Films Discussion: Turning Apathy to Action
(Discussion 1)

What Matters Films Discussion: Turning Apathy to Action
(Discussion 2)