Art Institute Online

The Art Institute of Chicago has recently enhanced the online availability of its digital archives, making much more of its collection available for online viewing. More than 44,000 images of its collection are now available online with unrestricted access. The images are all downloadable under a Creative Commons license. Image viewing has also been enhanced, allowing the user to see the image in much greater detail, even down to the brushstroke level.

Explore the collection here. You can browse through varies genres or use the search function to look for more specific pieces.

To find out even more about the collection of the Art Institute check out these books from the MVCC library.

Pumpkin Contest Results

Are you curious about the results of the Library Pumpkin Contest? It was a great success! We had 19 fabulous pumpkins in the contest this year and raised over $400 dollars for scholarships. Thank you to everyone who created pumpkins and who came by to vote for your favorites. The top three vote getters were:

1st place – Arab Student Union – Preserving Arab Heritage

 

2nd place – Library Technical Services Dept. – Cat-O-Lantern

3rd place – International Student Ambassadors – Haunted House

Pumpkin Contest Time

It’s almost time for the Moraine Valley Library’s annual pumpkin contest. You can enter individually or as a group, club, department, etc. The more the merrier. We look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas! And, don’t forget to stop by the library to see all the great pumpkins and vote for your favorites.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Students, faculty and staff groups are invited to DECORATE A PUMPKIN. No Carving!

Artificial pumpkins are allowed and encouraged.

Pumpkin drop off begins Oct 22nd at 8am.

Voting for the best pumpkin begins Oct 22nd at 8am and runs until Oct 25th at 9pm.

Votes sell for 25 cents or 5 for $1.  Purchase a pumpkin for $20.

Pumpkins will remain in the Library until Oct 26th, 1 pm.

Winners announced Oct 26th at 1pm.

Trophy will be awarded to the pumpkin that receives the most votes.

All proceeds go to the Moraine Valley Library Student Scholarship fund. For more information, contact Sue Yach at 708-974-5297 or yach@morainevalley.edu.

Twenty Years of Magic

It was twenty years ago this month that Americans first met Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore and He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the six books that followed changed the worlds of children’s literature, fandom, pop culture and publishing in general. Harry Potter became a phenomenon with children suddenly eager to read 700 page books. It became acceptable for adults to enjoy children’s literature and a whole new culture of publishing emerged leading to more and more crossovers. Movies and theme parks appealing to this huge audience were sure to follow.

Harry Potter’s success happened at a time when internet use was exploding and fandom took off as a result. Suddenly, people had the means to interact with others all over the world who loved the books as much as they did. By talking and writing about Harry Potter, by making music and art related to Harry Potter, people were able to interact with the stories in ways they never had before. The careers of people like John and Hank Green, Cassandra Clare, and Darren Criss started in Harry Potter fandom online.

Twenty years later, we are still reading the books. New movies from the Harry Potter universe are still being released. People travel from around the globe to visit Harry Potter worlds. Quidditch is even played competitively on college campuses. The influence of the Boy Who Lived is unquestionable.

If you find yourself wanting to visit or revisit J.K Rowling’s stories, or delve into what has been written about them, you can find our collection of Harry Potter books, DVDs, ebooks, and audiobooks here.

New Name in Sports

Our local professional sports stadium is getting a new name. After the end of this current MLS season, Bridgeview’s Toyota Park will become SeatGeek Stadium. The 20,000 seat facility opened in 2006 and is the home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and to National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars. Besides the new naming rights, SeatGeek, the online ticket broker, will also work with the stadium’s management to bring more events to Bridgeview including concerts, music festivals, and international sporting events.

Naming stadiums after companies is nothing new. Chicago Cubs owner and chewing gum manufacturer William Wrigley named Wrigley Field back in 1926. But selling off just the right to name a stadium, without any other ownership involved, has become more and more common in recent years. While often very expensive for corporations, naming rights also garner lots of exposure for the brand through on-camera views and audio mentions.

If you are interested in reading more about this topic, here are few resources you might find helpful. To read more about naming rights in sports in general, have a look at these articles from our Academic Search Complete database. For a more Chicago area stadium focus, try these Chicago Tribune articles. Finally, to learn even more about sports stadiums, including some local Chicago ones, this search from our library catalog will be helpful.

 

 

 

Right-hoofed Horses Don’t Win Races

 

Are you right-handed or left-handed? I’m a rightie, which is a pretty good thing to be for us humans. About 90 percent of humans are right-handed and we’ve built our world to favor that majority. Many things end up being more cumbersome if you are left-handed, since humans use hands quite a lot.

What about animals? Do they exhibit signs of handedness? Even ones that don’t use or even have hands? As it turns out, some animals do. Most horses have a preference for right-front, hind-left. This means that most horses prefer turning left and that is why horse races are run counter-clockwise. Marsupials are interesting. It seems that the ones that walk on all fours don’t show a preference for handedness. But, the ones that hop on their hind legs, like kangaroos, do show sidedness and most are lefties.

What is even more interesting is that some bees seem to exhibit a “handedness” preference when flying. About half of studied bees don’t seem to care either way and deal with obstacles going either to the left or to the right. But the other half seem to care quite a lot and will put up with greater hardship to stick to their preferred side.

You can read more about animals and handedness in the article “Bee Sides” in the February 2018 issue of Scientific American magazine. To find out more about handedness in humans these books from our library collection will come in handy.

Chicago Theatre Week


The Chicagoland area has a large and varied theatre scene with over 250 professional theatre companies calling Chicago and its suburbs home. Chicago leads the nation in world premiere productions annually, sending new works to Broadway, across the nation, and all over the world. Chicago Theatre Week has become an annual celebration of all of this.

Now in its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week offers opportunities to see numerous theatre performances in the Chicago area at discounted ticket prices. It all starts this coming Thursday, February 8th and runs through Sunday, February 18th. Tickets will be priced at $30, $15 or sometimes even less, offering great opportunities to see amazing productions and visit venues that you may not have been to before.

Visit the Chicago Theatre Week website to see a complete listing and to purchase tickets for the 18 different shows, totaling 120 productions, that are being presented this year.

And don’t forget–The Fine and Performing Arts Center here at MVCC hosts a variety of wonderful productions throughout the year.

Reputable News Sources

Sometimes it becomes a bit difficult to know how to evaluate our news sources. Some news organizations have a more liberal bent while others definitely lean more conservative. Some can be relied upon for factual reporting while others contain more fabricated information. This infographic provides a pretty easy to read layout of where different news organizations fall on a scale of how reputable they are. If you’d like to see a larger version click here.

 

 

Lenette Staudinger, Retired Biology Professor

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“I loved the job. I thought that was really important–especially to be a role model to young women because when I joined the Biology department I was the only woman.”

Lenette Staudinger was a professor of Biology here for 32 years. She tells about some of the creativity involved in putting classes together in the college’s early days, like stocking the Botany classes with discarded plants from the cemetery. The college has grown and progressed so much and she is proud that Moraine Valley has done so well.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Lenette Staudinger, Retired Biology Professor

Dr. John Donahue, former Board of Trustees Chairman

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“What we focused on was making sure the community knew they could get a quality education here.”

Former Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. John Donahue speaks about the college’s 25 year plan and how the college has become a tremendous asset for the suburban community. A good board, teachers who care about their students, and quality education are reflected in a great student body.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Dr. John Donahue, former Board of Trustees Chairman