Voter Registration Drive, October 11th, 11am to 1pm

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
October 11th from 11-1pm
The Arab Student Union will host a voter registration table outside of the Library.
The students will encourage their peers to register to vote (online registration will be available) in an attempt to increase civic engagement in the community.

National Voter Registration Day (September 25)

Today (Sept 25) is National Voter Registration Day!! You can visit the National Voter Registration Day website to register to vote and find out about voting in your area.
National Voter Registration Image

From their website:
“National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).”

The Whole World was Watching Chicago 50 Years Ago

This week marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the riots in the streets of Chicago between protesters and Chicago police. This was a turning point of the 1960s, and many of us who live in Chicagoland now may know people on both sides of this highly charged event. Here are some sources that may help us better understand this historic event.

Retrospective from the New York Times (2018): ‘The Whole World Is Watching’: The 1968 Democratic Convention, 50 Years Later
On Aug. 28, 1968, violent clashes in Chicago between demonstrators and the police produced one of the most polarizing showdowns of the 1960s. People are still debating what it all meant.

Tribune Articles from August 29, 1968: Cops, Hippies War in Street: Scores Hurt in Battle on Michigan av. Police, Hippies Wage Pitched Battle in Michigan
Michigan avenue was turned into a bloody battleground last night as police swung their sticks on anti-war demonstrators and anti-Democratic convention pickets in streets outside the Conrad Hilton hotel, the convention headquarters.

Summary Video from the Newseum (2015): Reporting Vietnam: 1968 DNC Police Riot
Outside the DNC in Chicago on the evening of August 28, 1968, tensions between protesters and police reached a violent climax, as police attacked with tear gas, mace, and billy clubs. Journalists and protesters alike were arrested in the chaos that ensued.

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