De-stress Yourself

With finals in full swing, I’m sure many of you are feeling stressed out right now.  The library has many materials that can help you relax.

We have many books, ebooks, DVDs, and CDs on the topic of stress and stress management that are available for checkout.

Studies show that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve health.  Even though it’s cold outside, go take a walk in one of our many local forest preserves.  Here are some books on that topic.

We also have plenty of magazines, movies/TV shows, and fictional books available for checkout.   You can find our magazines in and near the coffee bar.  Our movies can be browsed virtually here or by going to the lower level of the library and looking for the call number PN1997.  One place to browse for fun books would be in our After Class Collection.  You can browse it virtually here, or you can find the collection in our library lounge (big open area of the library near the front doors).  Our graphic novels, comic books, and manga can be browsed here or by going to the call number PN67 in the lower level of the library.  I’m personally a fan of reading children’s books for fun.  You can search through them virtually here, or go to the lower level of the library and look for the call number PZ7.

Items checked out during finals week will be due back the first week of January.  You can always renew by calling or by logging into your library account and renewing them there.

As always, if you need help, you can always ask a librarian.

 

Tuesday, 12.19.2017–Library System Maintenance Scheduled

Access to library resources, including the catalog and subscription research databases will be down Tuesday, 12/19, beginning at 2 am and lasting throughout the day so we can perform important library system updates.

Service throughout the day may be intermittent.  We will update you when the process has been completed.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian for assistance.

 

Dr. John Donahue, former Board of Trustees Chairman

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“What we focused on was making sure the community knew they could get a quality education here.”

Former Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. John Donahue speaks about the college’s 25 year plan and how the college has become a tremendous asset for the suburban community. A good board, teachers who care about their students, and quality education are reflected in a great student body.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Dr. John Donahue, former Board of Trustees Chairman

Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award Again

Author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for her newest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. It’s the story of a family in rural Mississippi that has drawn comparisons to The Odyssey and examines the brutal history of the South.   Ward gave a fantastic interview on the book to NPR’S Terry Gross on Fresh Air, which can be listened to or read here.

Although Ward is only 40, this is the second time she’s won the prize.   In 2011 she won for the outstanding Salvage the Bones. It also examines issues of race, poverty and family in Missisippi, but this time the action centers on Hurricane Katrina.  Ward herself grew up in Mississippi in a town that her family has lived in for generations called DeLisle (in her fiction it’s called Bois Sauvage).  The author examines the role the places plays in her fiction in this fascinating article called Writing Mississippi.

 

 

Student Podcasters Giving Voice to Issues

Have you caught the recent wave of podcasts on the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel? They are great! You can listen at the links below or subscribe in many podcasting apps.

Here are direct links to the recent podcasts:

Women Musicians Transcending Boundaries

Seven Minute Radio: Diversity in Music and Art

AB Podcast: Topics of Domestic Violence and Gentrification

The Art of Being Muslim

Middle Eastern Artists and Their Audiences

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

Meet some of the women who have shaped Moraine Valley over the last 50 years. They tell their stories of overcoming many challenges as they worked to establish this college as a nationally recognized institution.

As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

360 video: Petra Jordan

The New York Times’s online Travel section has a great series entitled, “The ‘New Seven Wonders of the World” which provides a 360 degree view of amazing locations around the globe. The video on Petra Jordan is just stunning.

Description: The city of Petra was built by the Nabateans, who lived in the Wadi Musa valley for more than 400 years, in a spot strategically located along early silk and spice trade routes. The city fell to the Roman Empire in A.D. 106.

The Hellenistic facades are carved directly into the canyons and use the natural terrain as guides. Today, the monuments are vulnerable to flash flooding in the Wadi Musa and continuing erosion from wind and rain.

The number of visitors to Petra has decreased in recent years, in part because of instability and violence in the Middle East.

360 Video: Seven Wonders of the World, Petra Jordan