Glacier Gals

The Glacier Gals were an organization of women associated with Moraine Valley Community College and its purpose was to promote friendship.

It was active from 1969-1974.

In 1971, the Glacier Gals created a children’s doll house which they donated to Little Company of Mary Hospital.

To learn more about the Glacier Gals and the activities they did while the organization was active go here: Glacier Gals Online Exhibit or visit the physical exhibit in the Library Lounge.

Remembering Toni Morrison

In the New York Times obituary for celebrated American novelist Toni Morrison, who passed away on Monday, Morrison is remembered as a writer of “luminous, incantatory prose” with a style “resembling no other writer in English.”  President Obama remembered her writing as a “beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination.”

Morrison was successful critically and commercially throughout her career. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the Nobel Prize in Literature–and her four of her novels were selected for Oprah’s Book Club. 

Whether you are a long-time fan or are new to Morrison’s work, there are a range of titles available at the library, from her novels and essays to her Grammy Award winning spoken word album.

“I Heard You Paint Houses”- One of the Coldest Lines and Book Titles in History

In Mafia terms, to paint a house is to kill a man. The paint? The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. Over the course of three decades, Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran claimed to have painted over twenty five houses. His story is now becoming a movie.

Sheeran’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and the Closing of the Case on Jimmy Hoffa,  is the basis of Martin Scorsese’s newest movie, “The Irishman” to be released on Netflix this fall. To tell this story, Scorsese is reuniting with his all star cast of Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci.  In what will probably be the trio’s final film together, “The Irishman” is the coda to a legendary series of gritty films (all based on true stories) they have created over their careers. Past endeavors include: “Goodfellas” based on the book Wiseguys, Casino based on the book of the same name, and Raging Bull based of the 1970 memoir, Raging Bull: My Story.

So as the world waits for the release of the Irishman, you can binge everything Scorsese, DeNiro, and Pesci with the help of your library.

Here are their classic collaborations:

Raging Bull (Hoopla or DVD) – Robert De Niro won a Best Actor Oscar in this acclaimed masterpiece as Jake LaMotta, the controversial 1940s prizefighter whose brutality transcended beyond the ring. Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci co-star.

Goodfellas (DVD) – Based on the book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi. Based on a true story. Details the rise and fall of Henry Hill, a Brooklyn kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” from his neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero. In his teens, Hill distinguishes himself as a “stand-up guy” by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his partner Tommy, he rises through the ranks to become Paulie’s lieutenant. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters.

Casino (ebook and eaudiobook)- The true story behind the Martin Scorsese film: Focusing on Chicago bookie Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal and his partner, Anthony Spilotro, and drawing on extensive, in-depth interviews, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Mafia classic Wiseguy-basis for the film Goodfellas-Nicholas Pileggi reveals how the pair worked together to oversee Las Vegas casino operations for the mob.

It’s Sharkweek! Checkout this List of Awesomely Bad Shark Movies that You Should Stream on Hoopla!

Hoopla is your source for all shark related materials! We have the educational documentaries, and the awesomely bad movies to make this Sharkweek, your best ever!

Decide for  yourself! Is  Sharknado: Heart Of Sharkness a bad movie, or an underrated cinematic classic? What about Mega Shark Vs Crocosaurus?  Is 2 Headed Shark Attack more suspenseful than 6-Headed Shark Attack? I mean the shark has four more heads! It has to be. Personally,  I’m excited to watch House Shark, but I don’t want to neglect the genius that is Psycho Shark or Sharkenstein.

Intrigued? Click here for everything shark related on Hoopla!

Pitchfork Music Festival

Curious about the bands playing this weekend? Hoopla and the Moraine Valley Library are your guides to all things Pitchfork. Preview the artist’s albums on Hoopla before you go. Here is just a small sampling of all the Pitchfork music you can stream for free.

Amber Mark – 3:33am

Bitchin’ Bajas- Faceplant

Cate Le Bon – Reward

Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel

Clairo – Diary 001

Grapetooth- Grapetooth

Robyn- Honey

Dreezy- No Hard Feelings

Earl Sweatshirt-Earl

Freddie Gibs- Piñata

Jay Som- Pirouette

Jeremih- The Chocolate Box


Julia Holter- Loud City Song

Kurt Vile- God is Saying This to You…

Lala Lala- Sleepyhead

Mavis Staples- We Get By

Neneh Cherry- Woman

Pusha-T – Daytona

Ric Wilson – Ric Wilson on Audiotree Live

Rico Nasty- Nasty

Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My Time

Soccer Mommy- Soccer Mommy on Audiotree Live

Valee- Runnin’ Rich

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Real Robots & Real Science: STEM Opportunities for Students On Campus

Paula DeAnda-Shah and Rob Schwein join Tish and Troy for a discussion related to the One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. This discussion is a preview for the 2019-2020 One Book program. Visit

You can visit the STEM Center website at:

Summer is the Time for Rejuvenation

Summer is a time for reading, reflection, self improvement, but most importantly, it is a time for rejuvenation. It is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a respite from the cycle of papers, exams, work, and classes that make the academic year so strenuous. It costs nothing to take a moment and walk through the 1,300 trees on campus, check out a book or magazine like Breathe from our library, view an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” at the gateway, or view the cosmos at the G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck. As with so many other life lessons that classic literature teaches us, embrace the feeling that life begins again with the summer.

*** Update***Swank Off-Campus Access RESOLVED

Update — Swank access has been restored. For any questions, please ask a Librarian.


Update — a temporary fix to has been implemented for Swank videos. To access Swank videos off-campus, please use this link. When the issue has been resolved, this post will be updated again.


Off-campus access to Swank is currently is currently being disrupted. In the interim, access to Swank using on-campus computers is still working. Please use the Swank Landing Page to do so. For any questions, please ask a Librarian. This post will be updated when this issue is resolved.

Robot umpires and I, Robot

Robots will become a familiar word on the MVCC campus this school year. The One Book One College is I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. There will be numerous faculty panels, guest speakers, classroom discussions, and podcasts that will center on the implications of A. I. in our world.

These two links show the pros and cons of Robot Umps calling balls and strikes on baseball players at the plate. You may be able to use this topic in one of your classes next semester. Robots…they are everywhere.

Don’t Risk Viruses from Illegal Downloads, Stream Entire Albums for FREE on Hoopla

Stream all these albums for FREE on Hoopla.

Let’s Rock – The Black Keys

÷ (Deluxe) – Ed Sheeran

Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)- Queen  

Cuz I Love You – Lizzo 

Thank U, Next -Ariana Grande

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Soundtrack)- Various Artists

Happiness Begins- Jonas Brothers


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