While spring has not really sprung here in Illinois quite yet, today (April 22nd) we celebrate Earth Day! According to Earth Day Network’s website, today is the 45th anniversary of the environmental awareness day. “The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.” If you search MVCC’s library website for the subject “environmental protection” many resources result, including MVCC’s own Sustainability Manager Stephenie Presseller’s streaming video and podcast, “Walking the walk : my enduring sustainability journey.” Check these resources out if you get a chance and Happy Earth Day!
March is a graphic novel trilogy chronicling the civil rights struggles of Congressman John Lewis. Coinciding with the release of Book Two, Rep. John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell guested on The Rachel Maddow show last night for an interesting discussion.
If this further piques your interest, then check out March, Book One in MVCC’s library catalog.
For those of you who find reading Shakespeare hard to understand as I do, discovering a different adaptation of his work might be helpful. Continuing our graphic novel theme, today I am highlighting acclaimed graphic novel creator Gareth Hinds. He has created and illustrated several Shakespearean texts including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and other anonymously written epic poems and mythological tales. Our MVCC Library has Beowulf in its catalog which you can find here. “…Grendel’s black blood runs thick as Beowulf defeats the monster and his hideous mother, and red fires rage in the hero’s final battle against a ferocious dragon. From lightning-paced contests of muscle and will to the funeral boats burning on the fjords, all are rendered in glorious and gruesome detail. Told for more than a thousand years, Beowulf’s heroic saga finds a true home in this graphic novel edition” (Candlewick Press, cover flap, 2007). If you are a fan of Hinds’ work, and would like to see more of it in our collection, check out his website for other titles. If you would like to recommend other titles for our collection fill out the “Suggest an Item for the Library Collection” form on our website.
Today, January 28, is “Data Privacy Day.” Taken directly from StaySafeOnline’s website, “Data Privacy Day (DPD), celebrated annually on January 28, is an international effort centered on ‘Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.’”
With the advent of technology, we are losing our right to privacy more and more as companies are being hacked, personal identities are being stolen, and our own government is tracking cell phone usage. New to MVCC’s library is a DVD titled Erasing David. It is a documentary that was filmed in England, but its topic is highly translatable to anybody around the world who does not protect personal data. The filmmaker, David Bond, decided to disappear from his regular everyday life and see how long it would take a pair of private detectives to find him using his personal information that they could get their hands on. Scarily and astonishingly, it did not take them long to find him.
You might also like to check out the “Erasing David” website. On it you’ll find ways to protect yourself online, on social network sites, etc., and educational materials on privacy. It’s our right, so let’s protect it!
Moraine Valley Community College Library has added new English as a Second Language (ESL) titles to its catalog. Materials range from flashcards, to crossword puzzles, to books on Internet resources, and books with accompanying CD-ROMs. We have a little bit of everything for ESL students and teachers, so keyword search at our library website with the subject heading “AVL Program” and brush up on the English language.
New to the MVCC Library collection is a journal series by Lewis H. Lapham entitled Lapham’s Quarterly. Each issue focuses on a singular topic such as animals, death, youth, etc., and collects writings from the past and present exemplifying how much our present time is still influenced by our past history. Included in the journal issues are writings from prolific authors such as Shakespeare, Aristotle, Tolstoy, and Twain, in addition to reproductions of paintings by the world’s greatest artists illustrated throughout. While this journal series will appeal to Art, Communication/Composition, History, and Literature students, the appeal is widespread with topics to interest many.
Check out Lapham’s Quarterly in our collection today: LQ : Animals, LQ : Comedy, LQ : Communication, LQ : Death, LQ : Family, LQ : Intoxication, LQ : Magic Shows, LQ : Politics, LQ : Revolutions. Check back often for new issues being added to the collection by doing a keyword search for Lapham’s quarterly. To learn more about this interesting journal you can also peruse the Lapham’s Quarterly website.
If you enjoyed the Graphic Novel Symposium at MVCC Library a couple weeks ago, check out Chimera Comics in La Grange for its 24 hour Comics Day. It’s this Saturday, October 4 from midnight until 11:59 PM. This is the Facebook post from the La Grange Business Association describing the event: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152533336554737&id=154666604
Check it out if you have time!
Banned Books Week is scheduled for September 21-27, 2014, and has a comic book and graphic novel focus this year. Every year the American Library Association (ALA), along with the national book community, celebrates the freedom to read and raises awareness of censorship and banned/challenged books by celebrating Banned Books Week. With MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium happening this Thursday and Friday (September 18-19) I thought this article, by Ian Chant from Library Journal, was apropos.
MVCC Library has many of the challenged graphic novels in its collection:
- Bone by Jeff Smith
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- The Sandman Omnibus by Neil Gaiman
- Watchmen by Alan Moore
Check them out as we defend your right to read! To see a list of more banned/challenged comic books and graphic novels check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s (CBLDF) list here. To find out more about Banned Books Week and how you can help prevent censorship check out the CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Handbook, where you can also contribute to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
The start of a new semester brings returning and new students on campus. Safety is our utmost priority, not only in the library, but on the MVCC campus as a whole. A PC Magazine article, written by Neil J. Rubenking, gives some tips as to how students can protect their electronics while on campus.
And while you are at it check out the many different magazines and journals the library has access to on its website.