World Down Syndrome Day

“World Down Syndrome Day is observed annually on the 21st of March. This date is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Why this date?  Because it is the 21st day of the 3rd month. The numbers represent the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”

There are many organizations that help “raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”

A recent indie film, My Feral Heart, gives a positive portrayal of a young adult with Down syndrome.








The 2016 election may have helped propel Orwell’s 1984 to Amazon’s bestseller list.  The book, published in 1949, continues to be read especially at this time when everyone’s talking about fake news and ‘alternative facts’.

The MVCC library contains an interesting array of formats of 1984.

A visual history of the book covers of 1984.

View the Apple 1984 Super Bowl Commercial.


The 75th Commemoration of the Pearl Harbor Attack

It has been 75 years since a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii.  The air strike claimed the lives of more than 2,400 people and injured hundreds of people.  The Pacific fleet was severely damaged by the Japanese air force.  Franklin Roosevelt stated the “date which will live in infamy,”prompted Congress to declare war on Japan.

Click here for more information on Pearl Harbor

Click here for video of the actual attack.

The Return of the Green-Eyed Refugee


refugeeThe refugee crisis has been in the forefront of world news for the last two decades. The flow of people escaping from war and poverty numbers in the millions.  Today one of these refugees, made famous by National Geographic, was arrested.  This 12-year old girl was pictured on the June 1985 cover of the magazine and “captured the world’s attention.” Her story, like many of the refugee stories, was a combination of horror and bravery.   Read her story and perhaps you may want to find out more information on this world-wide problem. The MVCC library has an interesting selection of books and articles that address this issue.