Help Clean South Suburban Waterways

“Thousands of volunteers throughout the Chicago region will gather from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 12, to help clean up the banks of the Chicago River system. The annual clean-up is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago River. Volunteers are needed for six south suburban locations, including Palos Park, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn and Blue Island.”

“Registration is closed but you’re still welcome to come out. Here’s a map of locations.”

“The event will be held rain or shine.”

Emergency Response and Safety at MVCC: Chief Patrick O’Connor

In 2014, MVCC Police Chief Patrick O’Connor spoke in our library about safety issues including the College’s response and procedures on active shooters. His talk is informative and reassuring. It may be a good moment to share this video.

Emergency Responses at Moraine Valley Featuring MVCC Police Chief Patrick O’Connor

Chicago Theatre Week


The Chicagoland area has a large and varied theatre scene with over 250 professional theatre companies calling Chicago and its suburbs home. Chicago leads the nation in world premiere productions annually, sending new works to Broadway, across the nation, and all over the world. Chicago Theatre Week has become an annual celebration of all of this.

Now in its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week offers opportunities to see numerous theatre performances in the Chicago area at discounted ticket prices. It all starts this coming Thursday, February 8th and runs through Sunday, February 18th. Tickets will be priced at $30, $15 or sometimes even less, offering great opportunities to see amazing productions and visit venues that you may not have been to before.

Visit the Chicago Theatre Week website to see a complete listing and to purchase tickets for the 18 different shows, totaling 120 productions, that are being presented this year.

And don’t forget–The Fine and Performing Arts Center here at MVCC hosts a variety of wonderful productions throughout the year.

The New American Writers Museum

The American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, is a new entry in the local museum scene. A current exhibit celebrates the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Upcoming events include a discussion of the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (Feb. 9) and Madeleine L’Engle (Feb. 11). Eve Ewing will discuss her book Electric Arches with poet José Olivarez on Feb. 13. See the website for more information about the museum and events.

Library Hours January 10-16

Here is a quick update on our library hours over the next 7 days.

Wednesday, January 10: 8am-5pm
Thursday, January 11: 10:45am-5pm
Friday, January 12: 8am-5pm
Saturday, January 13: Closed
Sunday, January 14: Closed
Monday, January 15: Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday)
Tuesday, January 16: 7:30am-10pm (normal semester hours begin)

Our librarians and staff members are preparing for a great Spring Semester!

Student Podcasters Giving Voice to Issues

Have you caught the recent wave of podcasts on the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel? They are great! You can listen at the links below or subscribe in many podcasting apps.

Here are direct links to the recent podcasts:

Women Musicians Transcending Boundaries

Seven Minute Radio: Diversity in Music and Art

AB Podcast: Topics of Domestic Violence and Gentrification

The Art of Being Muslim

Middle Eastern Artists and Their Audiences

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

Meet some of the women who have shaped Moraine Valley over the last 50 years. They tell their stories of overcoming many challenges as they worked to establish this college as a nationally recognized institution.

As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

Event Video: Make Your Statement! SGA Student Feedback Panel

SGA hosted an open panel for students to talk about what they want to see on campus. At the panel students had the opportunity to voice their ideas as well as their concerns. Learn more about the Student Government and what it has to offer.

Make Your Statement! SGA Student Feedback Panel

The audio of this discussion is available below:

2017 Pumpkin Contest Winners: Who Coughed Up Enough Cash to Win?

Thank you to all of our students, staff, and faculty who came in to vote for our pumpkins! Your donations have helped raise over $500 for our student scholarship. The library staff is grateful for your generosity!

This year’s pumpkins were creative, thoughtful and great fun! We had 27 pumpkins from 13 departments, 11 students clubs/organizations, and 3 from individual students.

Congratulations to our 1st place pumpkin, “Wicked Witch” created by the Student Success Department.

1st Place: Wicked Witch created by Student Success
1st Place: Wicked Witch created by Student Success with 529 votes.

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Place: MVCC Rock Solid Created by Library Night Circulation Staff & Mr. Val
2nd Place: MVCC Rock Solid Created by Library Night Circulation Staff & Mr. Val with 393 votes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place: Book Worm
3rd Place: Book Worm created by Library Reference Department with 220 votes.