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.


Not too many people in the Houston, Texas, area will forget August 26, 2017! Just as forecasted, Hurricane Harvey made landfall bringing with it a lot of rain and wind, and spawning many tornadoes. The devastation is enormous.

Want to give a helping hand by means of a donation? Check out this article by The New York Times. There are any number of groups or associations that are providing assistance. Even a modest amount such as $10 will help someone who perhaps has lost everything. Click here for the link to the article.

Popular Science Magazine….Again!

This magazine, Popular Science, is one of my favorites. This is at least my third blog on the good stuff I find there.

The May-June issue is about big machines. You can find out where the second U.S.S. Tripoli is being built on page 69.  The photo is of the finished product; so, it is an artist’s rendering.

When the oil boon dries out, what is Dubai planning to do? Pictures and big ideas for Dubai’s future begin on page 58.


Our perception ability is discussed on page 92 when we look at two orange circles and decide which one is bigger. What’s behind optical illusions? Read the article to find out.

Finally, Tommy Dunne, armorer and weapons master for Game of Thrones, explains on page 84 what it takes to build weapons from Roman and Medieval siege weapons to look and act real, but keeping in mind their safe use for the filming.

Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink.

Although this statement is roughly from the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the residents of Flint, Michigan, might have said the same thing just a few years ago.

The March/April, 2017, issue of Popular Science, is devoted to water, and there are graphics and some text that show the use of water, drinking and otherwise, around the world. The graphics are excellent for those of us who love visual learning.

This magazine/periodical is located in the magazine racks by the Circulation Desk and Café of the library. Additionally, the articles are available in the Academic Search Complete database in either HTML (retyped) format or the PDF format that resembles the printed page. This last format has the graphics and is in color. For a quick link to Academic Search Complete, click here. For person-to person help, stop in and speak with a librarian at the circular desk known as Information/Reference.