Using Earth Day as means to Employment (Volunteers are 27% more Likely to be Employed)

If you are unemployed or underemployed, defy the common assumption that volunteering is just for those well off to do so.

In reality, volunteering just like interning, can make you a stronger job candidate if you are unemployed, have no employment history, or are underemployed.

Research proves this.

Former United States Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis says, ” Volunteerism can be a way to help unemployed workers expand their network of contacts, improve their résumés, and make a positive impression in a competitive job market.”

Also, consider this common scenario, you are searching for work and you find the job you want.

The issue? The job post states that the company wants applicants with experience.

This is the worst catch-22 of getting your foot in the door: If you are a college student or recent graduate, you’re applying for entry-level positions, but even these are asking for experience.

How on earth are you going to get any experience when they ask you to have experience at the very start? If it is a real  entry-level position that’s meant for people with no previous experience, why do they ask for that requirement? Why do companies include it in their job listings? (Insert the sigh, angry emoji here.) This is incredibly frustrating, but not a complete deal breaker.

This is where volunteering comes in. You can get the skills, experience,  references, and respectable organization mentions on your resume that traditional first jobs do not often provide.

So take a moment and apply to volunteer organizations if your current part position is not fulfilling all points listed above. By applying now, you will have lined up a volunteer position in time for the summer.

In honor of Earth Day, here are some green volunteering options:

Lake Katherine

Forest Preserves of Cook County

City of Palos Hills- Parks and Recreation 

Friends of the Cal Sag Trail

Morton Arboretum

 

 

 

Cap Anson- A Chicago Baseball Name You Will Hear

On April 17th 1852, Adrian Constantine “Cap” Anson was born. One of the greatest first basemen to ever play baseball, Anson was a .300 hitter for 20 seasons. Anson was so prolific as a hitter, that he led the Chicago White Stockings (now called the Cubs) to a National League title in 1897. As a manager, he lead the team to five N.L. pennants.

Anson is enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, but not beloved like his cohorts. Why, you ask? He was a big proponent of segregation in baseball. Where Jackie Robinson was the person who broke the color barrier, Anson was part of the reason for its existence. He was one of the leagues biggest celebrities, and vehemently spoke out against equal opportunity in baseball.

Anson passed away on April 14, 1922. Nearly a hundred years later, he still holds Cubs career records for career batting average (.339), runs (1,712), hits (3,081), singles (2,330), doubles (530) and RBI’s (1,879).

A Chicago street is named in his honor. Anson Place at 418 North, is one block long and is between Leavitt Street and Oakley Boulevard.

Interesting Fact- Cap Anson is mentioned in The Simpson’s Episode, “Homer at the Bat”.

For more information, checkout  “Before the curse : the Chicago Cubs‘ glory years, 1870-1945″   or  A Ball Player’s Career, by Adrian C. Anson.

 

Stream or Download “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish for FREE

 

Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? Hoopla Download Page

If you haven’t been using our Hoopla app yet, now is the time!  Stream and download new albums from hit artists like Billie Eilish for free, with your Moraine Valley Library Card.

You can download the Hoopla App for iOS or Android.

To login in, create a Hoopla account with your moraine valley e-mail address here.

You can browse and check out Hoopla content through the app and your web browser.

Click here for help getting started with Hoopla.

 

Everyday Should Be Treated like April Fools Day

April Fool’s Day is a day when new sites and celebs release a trove of fake information. This years tricks brought us the news reports that Tom Brady is retiring, and Jason Mamoa and the Rock are leaving the acting business to play professional rugby in New Zealand. For those of you that were fooled, this is a great experience to learn from. April Fools Day should not be the only day of the year when we critically evaluate information before accepting them as true.

If you want to know some questions to ask, visit  Evaluating Resources from the University of Southern California. These are the same questions you learn from your Moraine Valley Librarians. Then practice asking yourself more questions in your everyday reading, and conversations. Questions, help us to be informed, cause us to learn, and make us grow.

Mies van der Rohe -A Chicago Name You Should Know

Mies van der Rohe- Kluczynski Federal Building- Photo by Samuel Ludwig

March 27th marks the 133rd birth date of one of the founders of modern architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies van der Rohe became internationally renowned with his design of steel skyscrapers entirely sheathed in glass, and his glass-and-steel skyscrapers (330 North Wabash-Chicago, IL). His buildings symbolized corporate power in the skyscraper era.  Not limited to just financial towers, Mies also designed homes (the Farnsworth House- Plano, IL) , campuses (the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago, IL), federal buildings (the Dirksen Federal Building,  the Kluczynski Federal Building) and apartment buildings (the Lake Shore Drive Apartments-Chicago, IL). All of which are staples of the Chicago Architecture Center Tours.   To find out more about Mies, checkout the book Mies by Detlef Mertins, watch Regular Or Super: Views On Mies Van Der Rohe-  documentary on Hoopla,  or click on anyone of the links below.

Chicago Tours with Geoffrey Baer- Architects: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Chicago Architecture Center (formerly called the Chicago Architecture Foundation)-Architecture Dictionary- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Chicago Architecture Docent Training including Course Readings

Mies van der Rohe Society at Illinois Institute of Technology

The Farnsworth House Website

Upcoming Farnsworth House movie starring Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Maggie Gyllenhall

C2E2 as a Literary Event

The books, graphic novels, and comics, at C2E2 can be a great place to find your next great read. For reluctant readers, they can also get you back into reading.  Don’t let critics tell you other wise. Comics and graphic novels create generations of new readers, fascinate its current readership with storytelling methods that combine high art and evocative text., and they make former readers nostalgic of the reading enjoyment of their youth. Readers who enjoy graphic novels/ comics, generally make an easier transition to Young Adult, and then Adult titles.

The annual C2E2 event in Chicago has more to offer than just celebrity appearances, and autograph signing. It offers a wide array of graphic novels, comics, nonfiction titles, and adult novels. There are also authors, and artists for just about everyone. If you are unable to make this years C2E2, here are the links to the convention’s authors, and artists so they can be part of your future reading selections.

Comic Guests

Literary Guests

SPOILER: Can Game of Thrones season 8 answers be found in George R. R. Martin’s 1980 Novella, “The Ice Dragon”?

If you are not caught up on Game of Thrones, then stop reading to avoid spoilers. If you are caught up, listen to George R.R. Martin’s nearly forty year old short story to hear how the author first described the power of ice dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will it be similar to the Night King’s dragon? Is this an early version of Viserion? We are less than a month away. For fans eagerly anticipating season 8, listen to the audio book here on Hoopla.  

Avengers: Endgame- True to the Book?

As the world awaits the next installment of the sprawling blockbuster Avengers franchise, fans are wondering if the movie will resemble its comic predecessor, Infinity Gauntlet.

If you are as curious as we are, read Infinity Gauntlet, and other Thanos appearances through Hoopla.

Click the links to read the following titles:

Infinity Gauntlet. Issue 1-6 (2011)

Thanos rising. Issue 1-5 (2013)

Deadpool vs Thanos. Issue 1-4 (2015)

Thanos. Volume 1, issue 1-6, Thanos returns (2017)

Avengers. Avengers vs. Thanos (2018)

Do The Right Thing

Oscar winners and runner ups are always up for debate. I finished the Academy Awards with the satisfaction that Spike Lee won a long overdue Oscar. His film, Do the Right Thing (1989), is one of the most important and powerful films in American history.  This is a movie you watch, encourage civil discourse on the difficult issues, and talk across political divides.

So if you have time this semester, check out the DVD at our library, or watch it online through our streaming library.