Free Digital Downloads: Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dracula (1897)

Starting Monday September 30, 2013 (10:30 – 12:30) and periodically throughout the semester, we’re going to focus on digital downloads. We’ll be in the library lounge (located in the L building) to help you specifically download our feature items of the week. (It’s like soup for your soul. Wait, is that copyrighted?) We will feature one book and one film that are out of copyright, and thus, free for you to download unto your device. Next Monday (September 30) we will feature Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula,  but who knows what it could be next time! One thing is for sure, it will be free! So stop by!

Do you have more questions about public domain and copyright? Stop by! We’ll explain it to you! Or maybe you need technical help getting items downloaded onto your device? We can help!

If you’d like a little background information on Night of the Living Dead, please click here to take a look at a previous Film Blog post. Looking for more information on zombies? Who isn’t these days? Take a look at Generation Zombie : Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture (2011). I’ve embedded the film below, but if you have any questions about how to embed a video or how to download books legally onto your device, please stop by! Look for the big blue sign.

The Situation in Syria Growing Grim

There is global agreement that the Syrian government has violated many international arms agreements by using chemical weapons against it’s own leaders (see ‘No doubt’ Syria used chemical arms). Last year, our library held a discussion in the library about the Syrian civil war (listen to the event here Online Audio: A Discussion on Syria and the Suffering Grasses).

To learn more, you can learn more about the Syrian conflict from the BBC News here: News Syria Conflict.

This video offers a discussion about the possibilities around US actions following the US of chemical weapons. This is an important issue that all of us should examine.

U.S. Action on Syria Might Send Message to Other Nations

Oneline Zombie Graphic Novel from the CDC

zombie With our upcoming One Book Program on World War Z, we are loving all of the talk about zombies and thinking about all of the things that zombies can teach us. And, we are not alone.

The Centers for Disease Control are using zombies to spread the word about emergency preparedness. Take a look at this graphic novel from the CDC: Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.

If you are interested in more discussions about zombies and emergency preparedness, check out this podcast: Talking Zombies & Emergency Preparedness with Michelle Furlow (Check it Out Podcast)



Is Alternative Medicine Really Medicine?

I wanted to share this fascinating discussion between two MDs on alternative medicine. This piece hits on key issues and offers support for some alternative practice while also debunking some garbage.

Science Friday (NPR): Is Alternative Medicine Really ‘Medicine’? (July 5, 2013)

I find many friends who decry “big pharma” and the evil FDA, but they put their faith in the most flimsy, “alternative” medical claims. This discussion really hits on some of the existing problems with our current, “standard” system (including big pharma), but also shows some of the problems with unsubstantiated claims of “alternative” treatments. A nice discussion.

The topics of medical treatment and disease containment will be part of our upcoming One Book program on World War Z. For more information, check out these items in our collection on “alternative medicine.”

American Red Cross and Disaster Relief

Did you catch the blog post by Lizzie about Clara Barton, the Red Cross, and the Civil War? A nice piece connect history to the present.

Since the Red Cross is one of Clara Barton’s big contributions to the world, I thought it would be appropriate to send along this video about today’s Red Cross. This is from the Act Out Now service learning fair held in the library.

The American Red Cross and Disaster Relief featuring Jodie Lieffring

Henrietta Lacks’ Family Controls HeLa Genome

Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was our 2010-2011 One Book, One College selection. We held a range of public programming around this text.

Today, Henrietta Lacks has been back in the news. More precisely, her family and her genome have been in the news. The HeLa gene has been sequenced, and the National Institutes of Health have come to an agreement with the Lacks family on controlling the use of that genome. This is a significant step in the Lacks family story.

Read more about this story here:

NPR: Decades After Lacks’ Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

New York Times: A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later

Moraine Valley Faculty Use LEGOs to Teach Science

We have awesome faculty who not only work wonders with out students, but are also out in the community “teaching” and sharing knowledge. Check out this article from the Post-Tribune, “Learning with LEGOs,” featuring MVCC faculty member Steve Mastej, who works to foster scientific thinking in children using LEGOs through the eGenius Challenge Academy. Steve is a great faculty member who often helps us raise money for the Library’s student scholarship fund.

If you are interested in the connection between LEGOs & science/engineering, check out this video from Larry Langellier (a member in the same department as Steve).

Why Joni Can’t (Won’t) Do Math or Science—And What You Can Do About It

Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con

This fall we are gearing up for our One Book program on World War Z, so we have zombies all over the place. We studying all zombie-lore and history.

Thus, this video caught our eye. Here’s a panel discussion of the cast of AMC’s the Walking Dead from the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on TV, and it is based as a very popular comic book series.

The Walking Dead hits on some of the same themes as World War Z, so there will be some exciting comparisons to be made in the fall semester.

The Walking Dead Comic Con Panel 2013

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Did you miss the Act Out Now volunteer fair? Well, you can still watch the event’s featured speakers here:

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization featuring Claudia Ayala
Community organizer Claudia Ayala discusses the efforts of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. This lecture was part of the Act Out Now Service learning event held in the Moraine Valley Community College Library. Visit for more information.