Indeed, the time has come for MVCC students and staff to use their MV Connect information to gain access to the library’s databases. While a window will appear automatically asking for a sign-in, database users may find that logging into MV Connect at the onset might make the process smoother.

Just remember that you can always get help at the Reference/Information desk of the library in person, on the phone, in an email, or chat. Please refer to the library’s webpage and click on Ask a Librarian at the top of the page in the blue banner.The chat box is there as well as the phone number and the email address.


If you have been following my blogs, you know that when I tout a magazine, I am most often writing about a magazine in paper format! Today, we will look at the September, 2018, issue of Wired.

Found in the magazine racks in the coffee bar, Wired is an entire kaleidoscope of news with a look at some of the technological issues at risk, development, fiendishly or cleverly utilized.

  • Remember the worm, NotPetya, just about a year ago? It was the costliest bit of malware we have seen. Writer Andy Greenberg gives us a perspective from one company that suffered greatly, Maersk.
  • How about the situation in Puerto Rico after the hurricane? Who has been there all this time to help?
  • Technology is also helping to save lives in Syria. The civil war seems to be continuing and innocent lives are being lost.

While Wired is not found in any of our electronic databases, it is online. There may be some fees attached to getting all of the articles online, but lucky for us, we have the PAPER format.



This last January, an MVCC former faculty member and dean passed away at age 86. Back on June 17, 1968, according to the Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Moraine, the college hired Irene Hale Brodie as assistant professor. Here she taught and administered for several decades.

Irene Brodie was a gifted individual. She and her husband began as educators; but after his untimely death in 1966, Irene received her Master’s Degree in education from the University of Chicago. Tragedy continued with the death of her daughter in 1976. From 1986-2013 Irene was the mayor of Robbins, Illinois, a village she dearly loved, and in the 1990s she obtained a doctorate in education.

Throughout her life, Irene found her calling and success in public service of one kind or another. Additionally, she did not stint with her resources. Moraine, the Village of Robbins, and her church, Great Hope M. B. Church, have received of her generosity.

Interested in getting more information about this “Nationally-esteemed Educator, Philanthropist and Public Official” (from the book cover)? Check out the book entitled The Inheritance of a Dream: The memoirs of Dr. Irene H. Brodie by Irene H. Brodie, Ed.D, with Vincent Williams. The call number is     F 549.R58 B76 2015


Now that Justify has won the Kentucky Derby, we can all look forward to the Preakness Stakes on May 19, and the Belmont Stakes on June 9. These three races constitute the Triple Crown. The horses are three-year-old thoroughbreds.

Triple Crown Winner Secretariat 1973


Click here for a link on last Saturday’s race.

Click here to see what the MVCC library has about horses.

Finally, are you a horse lover who wants to ride a horse from time to time? This part of Cook County has some wonderful opportunities. There are riding stables close-at-hand; you can just Google horse stables southwest suburbs of Chicago

What is the federal budget? How much does the government collect in income taxes?

Have you ever wondered what the federal budget looks like? One of the services of the MVCC Library is a list called RESEARCH GUIDES on the Library website. Click here to go to it.

Federal Documents Basic Collection and Governmental Information Research Guide are two Research Guides that can get you started. Look for the links on the lists to the federal budget.

Now for the money that the federal government receives. Go to the Internet and type in U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Once on this website, check out the menu at the top of the page that says DATA.

Click on Receipts and Outlays.

Getting back to taxes, type in federal income tax revenue by year into a search engine and several websites will give you information on income tax revenue.



This is an image of a dead seabird that ate some of our trash that has been floating in our oceans.

Did you know that China has been the garbage dump of the world for the last 20 years? I thought you wouldn’t know. Well, they have had enough, and now the rest of the world is scrambling to get rid of its trash. Read this  article from the Huffington Post. Click here to see how our love, especially for plastics, is going to have to be addressed.



Okay! So this article from  Atlantic magazine is a bit on the long side, but for you board game enthusiasts, it is truly informative. Gain some insight into the German fascination with this phenomenon or fad, if you like. Take a read here.

Do you know that the MVCC Library has board games on reserve at the Circulation Desk (first desk on your left as you enter the library)? I typed in “board games” in the catalog and scrolled down a bit for the list of what the library owns. Click here to get to the catalog.

Finally, check out the current board offerings on the web. Just get yourself to Google and type in “board games”. There are many board games for any budget. Some websites actually have an Amazon link to facilitate purchase of your favorite game.



Happy Birthday, Thelonious

On October 10, 2017, we will celebrate the centenary of Thelonious Monk who died in 1982. Who was this jazz musician? See for yourself. Let’s start with what Moraine Valley C. C. library owns, a mostly-media collection, which can be checked out for three weeks and is located on the library’s lower level. Click here to see our holdings. Notice also in this list, that the library has a streaming video of the documentary entitled, Thelonious Monk: straight, no chaser, originally produced in 1988. Your laptop or PC might be the best way to view this video.


If you want a faster idea of this giant of jazz, get yourself to YouTube. You will find there a small excerpt of the documentary mentioned above. There are over 300,000 hits, so you have no excuse for not introducing yourself to his style.

And now, (insert a Drum Roll here): The most recent database acquisition at Moraine is one entitled Naxos Music Library: Jazz. It is in the Art & Music grouping of databases and get to it quickly by clicking here. Bring your headphones with you to school and enjoy this database of music.

Finally, there is the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with offices on the east and west coast. See what they have to offer, especially if you happen to be a lover of jazz.

So Happy Birthday, Thelonious, and thank you for sharing your talent with us.