A Valentines Day Jazz Playlist

Here is a curated collection of jazz  songs that is guaranteed to be better than any Spotify playlist you will find. Many of the titles are in the Naxos Jazz Library Database, which can be accessed through the library’s website. This Valentines Day list features classic performers, varying styles, and a range of tempos that will not disappoint.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong- I`ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

Nat King Cole- When I Grow to Old Too Dream

Billie Holiday- Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

Nat King Cole- (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

Mel Torme- Lullaby of Birdland

Bobby Darin- More

Bill Evans Trio- My Foolish Heart

Django Reindhart- I’ll See You In My Dreams

Luiz Bonfá- Manha De Carnaval

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)

Barbara Mendes & Eumir Deodato- Useless Landscape (Inutil Paisagem)

Shirley Horn -Once I Loved (Amor Em Paz)

Alison Krauss – This Time the Dream`s on Me

Chet Baker- My Funny Valentine

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – In a Sentimental mood

John Coltrane- Naima

Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster- La Rosita

Andy Warhol, Burger King, and the Experimental Films of Jørgen Leth

If you were one of the millions of Super Bowl viewers who thought Burger King’s Andy Warhol Super Bowl commercial was different, then you are not alone.

That four minute and 23 second video was part of a 1982 experimental film called, “66 Scenes from America”. That film was directed by Jørgen Leth.

To find out more about the Danish poet and film maker, click here. His 2004 Bomb Magazine interview gives insight into the man and his film making process. Login with your mvconnect information.

If you would like to check out one of his most important works,
“The Five Obstructions”,  then you are in luck. The library owns a DVD copy. Click on the film title to see its availability in the catalog.

Math Might Make You Reconsider the Not So Super- 2 Medium Pizza Deal

We’ve all seen the ads. Two small or medium pizzas for a great price. Many Moraine Valley students may already know that these Super Bowl Specials may not be so super. Let’s take a closer look at the math at behind this common promotion.

The area of a pizza can be calculated the same way as calculating the area of a circle. The area A=? * r (radius)2   . Then dividing  the cost of the pizza by the square inches will determine our cost per square inch.

For an extra large 18 inch pizza with a radius of 9 inches, the square inches is calculated at 254.46. At an average prize of $16.50, the cost per inch is 6.4 cents.

For a large 16 inch pizza with a radius of 8 inches, the square inches comes out to 201.06. At an average price of  $14.99, the cost per inch is 7.4 cents.

For a medium 12 inch pizza with a radius of 6 inches, the square inches comes out to  113.09. For the most marked down special we could find, 2 medium pizzas for $11.98, the cost per inch for 226.08 square inches of pizza  is 5.2 cents.

This is just a base formula because some pizza places offering those specials are known for leaving a large space at the end.  A big section by the crust with no toppings or cheese, only tomato sauce.

Accounting for this we can take another 2 inches off the radius of each pizza.

So for an extra large 18 inch pizza with a true radius of 7  inches (accounting for at least 2 inches of crust and sauce) we get 153.93 square inches. At an average cost of $16.50, the cost per square inch is 10.7 cents.

For a large 16 inch pizza with a true radius of 6 inches (again accounting for at least 2 inches of crust and sauce), the square inches is approx 113.09. At an average price of  $14.99, the cost per inch is 13.2 cents.

For a medium 12 inch pizza with a true radius of 4 inches (again accounting for at least 2 inches of crust and sauce), the square inches is approx 50.26. For the most discounted special of  2 medium pizzas for $11.98, the cost per inch for 100.52 square inches of pizza  is 11.9 cents.

So comparing the cost for square inch, unless you find the greatest of all 2 medium pizza deals, statistically you are better off getting your average 18 inch pizza over two -12 inch ones.

For a good YouTube video explaining the math behind pizza deals, click here.








Hoopla- The Netflix of the Moraine Valley Library Databases – but better!

Instantly borrow movies, music, audio books, eBooks, audio books, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your Roku, Kindle Fire Stick, computer, tablet, or phone! Best of all, there are no fees!

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

Click here for help getting started with Hoopla.

Courtesy of the Moraine Valley Community College Library.

Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois!

On December 3rd 1818, Illinois achieved full statehood and became the 21st state. To celebrate its birthday, the Moraine Valley Library created a display at the front entrance, and is serving cake at noon. Also, on the State of Illinois website, Illinoisans voted on what are some of its greatest people, places, and moments in a variety of categories: Movies, Businesses, Inventions and Innovations, Buildings, Historic Sites, Scenic spots, Museums, Books, Writers, Heartbreaking Moments, Musicians, Artists and architects, Actors, Entertainers, Scientists, Athletes, Groundbreaking women, Minority trailblazers, Leaders, and Unforgettable moments.

To view the results, click the link below.

Top 200 of Illinois

To Get a Greater Return on Your Holiday Shopping… Consider the Proven Economic Benefits Of Shopping at Small Local Businesses

Before you click “Purchase” on your next online order, or stand in line for deals at a big box retailer, consider these findings of economic studies that show why you should consider shopping small and local.

1. You create jobs in the community

Local businesses create jobs both directly and indirectly. When you shop locally, there are more entry level and full time positions at small businesses for segments of the population, like college students. Also, the tax revenue generated through local sales will also be used to reinvest towards officers, fireman, and public works employees.

2. It is better for the environment

Shopping at a locally owned business saves on food/product miles. If you shop at a local farm stand or grocer that offer local products, it will consume less gas for transportation.

3. A higher percentage of the money spent will be returned locally.

Based on several studies, for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, on average $68 will stay in the community. That is 158% more than when you spend it a chain retailer.

4. Nonprofits and charities also benefit

Local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. Additionally, some local chamber of commerce’s also have scholarships for college students living in district.

5. You conserve your tax dollars

Shopping locally through small businesses means that local sales taxes are returned to the community.

For more information, visit these websites:


Andersonville Chicago Study


Palos Area Chamber of Commerce

Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce

Blue Island Chamber of Commerce

Warm up to the Sounds of the Caribbean at the Dorothy Menker Theater Friday, November 30th.

Brr! It’s colder here than in some parts of Alaska. Fortunately for us, the Caribbean Steel Pan music of Trinidad and Tobago, will warm up the chilly bodies of Moraine Valley students and staff.

To preview Steel Pan music, click here.

To read more about the history of Steel Pan music, click here.

From the NIU website: Liam Teague is Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where he also directs the renowned NIU Steelband.

Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan”, his commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him to throughout the world, and he has received many awards from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird National Award (Silver) and the Ansa McAl Caribbean Award for Excellence.

Liam Teague will perform at the Dorothy Menker Theater theater in next Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.



The Time Stan Lee (Marvel Legend and Father of Superheroes) Talked to a Room Full of Librarians

In honor of Stan Lee’s passing, here is video footage of his 2014 speech at the American Library Association in Las Vegas. Hear the stories behind legendary comic characters, then check out one of our many Stan Lee titles we offer both in print and online.

Main speech

On Villains

Creative Process




Closeout Hispanic Heritage Month with Classical Music

Celebrate then end of National Hispanic Heritage Month with the beautiful diversity, warmth, and cultural richness of Latin America with inspiring works of classical music by Latin American composers. Click on the links to hear a brief selection of composers and performers  whose bodies of work are still being celebrated today.

1) Arturo Márquez: Danzon no. 2 -A modern Mexican classic inspired by a Cuban dance.

2) Tárrega, Francisco: Capricho árabe -Tárrega’s extremely popular Capricho árabe, was composed after a trip to Granada, and is dedicated to his friend and composer Tomás Bretón.

3) Carlos Chavez: Sinfonia india, “Symphony No. 2”- Chavez used tunes, rhythms, and instruments from indiginous Mexican cultures in his symphony.

4) Revueltas, Silvestre: Sensemaya– Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas used an eponymous poem by Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén as inspiration to depict a sacrifice in a traditional Afro-Cuban religious ceremony.

5) Rodrigo, Joaquín: Concierto de Aranjuez– Undoubtedly, the most famous and most acclaimed guitar concerto ever written.

6) Albéniz, Isaac: Suite española No. 1, Op. 47 – A recital favorite with an unforgettable opening.

To explore more pieces by these composers, select the Naxos Music Library icon that can be found on the Moraine Valley Library website. Find it under Research Tools, and then select, E-Books, Streaming Video, and Digital Media.