The United States experienced a serious pandemic in 1918 and 1919. During the 1918 “Spanish flu” that killed up to 50 million people, many were reported to have died within hours of showing their first symptoms. The virus caused between 20-40 million deaths worldwide. It infected over 28% of the U.S. population and almost 700,000 Americans died from the flu during this time period. Most of the victims were between the ages of 20 and 40. The medical profession had no idea how to treat the disease.
One hundred years later, the United States is faced with another alarming flu season. Flu deaths are on the rise, including children and young adults. Fortunately in 2018, the medical experts have more medical tools at their disposal.
For additional information on staying healthy as well as interesting facts about this seasonal disease, check out the following sites.
Are you looking for something exciting to read over the semester break? You may want to add the new sci-fi novel “Artemis” to your reading list. The book will be added to the MVCC collection soon. The author, Andy Weir, also wrote “The Martian” which was made into a movie starring Matt Damon. Weir wants his novels to be believable, so the author admits that he “did tons and tons of Google searches” to build his moon city and develop the plot for his new novel.
Here are some sites that will help you understand some of the scientific concepts that he explores. Some of the other links discuss the author and his writing process.
Whether you are vegetarian or just looking for a vegetable side dish, be sure to check out our collection of cookbooks this holiday season. We have a great variety of print books, along with electronic books from EBSCO and eRead Illinois. Click on the following link to browse our collection of books on cooking vegetables or narrow your search to vegetarian cooking. Also, if I may recommend How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman for recipes ranging from gnocchi to preserved lemons. The tenth anniversary edition of Bittman’s book released earlier this month and will soon be available on our shelves.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you might be thinking a lot about turkeys. If not, maybe you need a little inspiration. Turkeys are interesting birds and have a truly American story. The Turkey: An American Story is a book in the MVCC Library’s collection that covers both myth and fact about the species and the history of how the turkey came to be such an iconic bird in the United States.
Myth: Turkeys are not very intelligent because they have been known to drown in a rainstorm. While it is true that turkeys can drown in a storm, it is due to their anatomy rather than intelligence and they have in fact been shown to be very intelligent.
Fact: Turkeys can be a great help to farmers. Turkeys eat almost anything but they especially love bugs and worms. They are incredibly efficient at ridding crops of pests. Fifty turkeys can clear pests from 100,000 plants.
Here are some other interesting facts to know about turkeys:
Wild turkeys can run up to 25 mph and can fly at 55 mph.
Turkeys can produce 20 distinct sounds. One of these is the gobble that males produce to attract females.
The red, dangly part under the turkey’s chin is called a waddle and the fleshy part over the beak is called a snood.
The color on a turkey’s head and throat can change between red and blue depending on its level of excitement or stress.
Droppings can tell us the gender of the bird. Males leave spiral-shaped droppings, while females produce a J shape.
If you don’t know what graphic novel to read or are searching for more information regarding a particular comic book, we have the guide for you. Michael Pawuk and David S. Serchay’s Graphic Novels: A Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More is a bibliography with a listing of 1,000 popular graphic novels. The book is easy to read, organized by genres and subgenres to help you find your next graphic novel. Click on the link above for direct access to the e-Book; off-campus users will be asked to login with their MVCC username and password.
On October 26, the National Archives will release classified documents about the John F. Kennedy assassination. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.
The library has these books and eBooks about the assassination.
Gene Luen Yang was appointed by the Library of Congress back in January 2016 to be the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. According to Yang “every ambassador picks a platform, something they want to focus on. Mine is ‘Reading Without Walls.'” While the audience for this particular platform are children, his challenge can easily apply to everybody. His challenge is the following:
So I challenge you to browse our library catalog and pick one of the above criteria and read something new! You could even begin the challenge by browsing our catalog for some of Yang’s graphic novels and knock off number three.
To learn more about Yang’s involvement with this project, check out his website.
Read Latin American folklore and fairy tales for National Hispanic Heritage Month. You will find a variety, some just recently acquired, in our library collection. The following anthologies and picture book adaptations have stories that span from the Rio Grande Valley to Colombia and Bolivia.
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial Earth satellite. That year, the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union commenced.
In 2011, President Obama stated the following in his State of the Union address: “Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t even there yet. NASA didn’t exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.”
Explore the MVCC catalog and our databases for information on this incredible event in history. Make sure you check out our historical newspapers to get a real feel on how America reacted to Sputnik.