Many states celebrated a “labor day” in the late 1800s but Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. One of the probable reasons for the federal holiday was that U.S. President Grover Cleveland was attempting to placate organized labor after the Pullman Strike, a nation-wide railroad strike that ended after many lives were lost and much property was destroyed. Workers began the strike at the Pullman Company in Chicago on May 11, 1894, as a reaction to wage cuts. You can visit the Pullman National Monument and Historic Pullman Foundation at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in Chicago.
For the next four weeks, the Library will be hosting the “On to 2050: Alternative Futures” survey. A special interactive station near the New Book Shelf in the Library offers this interactive survey. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking input on five “alternative futures,” each with distinct factors that could significantly shape our region for decades to come. The futures are:
1. Changed climate
2. Walkable communities
3. Innovative transportation
4. Constrained resources
5. Transformed economy
Students, employees, and members of the public are invited to visit the library to offer their perspectives. For more “On to 2050: Alternative Futures” visit
Starting Monday Nov 16 – Nov. 24 the library will be collecting food in exchange for student library fines for Elsie’s Food Pantry.
One food item= one fine.
In an effort to help out the food pantry at a particularly difficult time, we also encourage campus staff and faculty to contribute non-perishable food items or make a monetary donation to help in the effort. All food and monetary donations are accepted at the library circulation desk. We’d like to raise at least $300.00 this year for the pantry along with the food donations, even $1 will help them in their effort to supply food for hungry families.
We look forward to seeing all of you in the library and hope that you will help us help families in need.
Annually the Moraine Valley Community College Library host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Library student scholarship fund. If you didn’t already know, this is a really cool and might I add competitive event. As you can see from the pictures the creativity within the submissions is amazing.
But wait, there’s more…
Beyond my role as an Adjunct Faculty Librarian at MVCC, I am also a consultant and researcher in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Community Engagement. Recently, I have been doing a little observational research on ways to enhance the connection between local public libraries and the MVCC library.
While out visiting local public libraries, my travels took me to the Harvey (IL) Public Library. Immediately when I walked in I felt connected. The Harvey Public Library District (HPLD) also embraced the pumpkin decorating spirit. In another expression of creativity the HPLD staff connected their pumpkin decorating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. As you can see from the pictures pumpkin decorating at HPLD is also quite the festive endeavor.
So here’s a shout out to HPLD, well done!
Display in the library lobby
HLPD Staff Front Row (R to L): Antonia McBride, Head of Teen & Youth Services; Kim Peake, Head of Adult Services; Ina Bolling, Circulation Assistant; Back Row: Pat Nevin, Reference Librarian