Satisfy Your Joker Fix With This Revenge Tale

New from DC Black Label and Hoopla!

A tale only DC Black Label and Brian Azzarello can tell. Told over the span of one night, Joker tells the story of one night of revenge as The Joker violently takes back what was stolen from the Riddler, Two-Face, Killer Croc, and the Penguin.

From Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo  of Batman: Damned.

Read it for free with Hoopla.

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Just Because It Maybe Safer, Doesn’t Make It Safe- Vaping and Vaping Lung Disease

There are no peer reviewed academic articles on Vaping Lung Disease.

This disease is new and is possibly the source of over 400 illnesses and six death.

An Illinois teen’s lungs has been described as a 70 year old’s lungs after vaping for only one year.

It is allegedly caused by a vitamin E acetate found in possibly unregulated vaping products but studies are still being done as to the exact cause.

Here is an article by the Wall Street Journal on the latest findings.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

We have a new book in our After Class collection that is perfect for everyone.  Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb is a fantastic memoir that I read on vacation this summer.  While a book about psychotherapy may not seem like a typical vacation book, it is fascinating, funny, and super readable (it’s even set to become a television drama).  Gottlieb became a psychotherapist after several career changes.  When she experienced a crisis in her personal life, a therapist friend suggested, “maybe you should talk to someone”.  The book alternates with stories about how she became a therapist, her relationships with her patients, and her relationship with her therapist.   As author A.J. Jacobs wrote:  “Here are some people who might benefit from Lori Gottlieb’s illuminating new book: therapists, people who have ever been in therapy, people who have ever been in relationships, people who have ever experienced emotions.  In other words, everyone.”

If you are interested in learning more about this book, here are a couple of interviews with the author:

abc New Interview

Family Action Network Interview

How’s this for Machine Learning…Target Figured Out A Teen Was Pregnant Before Her Father

Target knows…

Your phone, apps, the internet, and countless other entities are collecting  your data,  interpreting it, and then selling the results.

Click here to find out how Target’s (and online entities) analytics can determine sensitive information about you. In this case, how Target revealed to one family that their daughter was pregnant.

To find out more about Machine Learning, watch our  Voyages in Computer Engineering featuring Machine Learning  YouTube video that is part of our STEM lecture series.

Click here to win prizes, enter a world the world of Artificial Intelligence, and join countless other classes across campus that are learning about the technological future by playing our 100 A. I. game.

The 18th Anniversary of 9/11

Tomorrow marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist assault on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. The attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 people.

The MVCC library has an extensive collection of material that may help you understand the initial attack and “a tragedy that had long-lasting effects. New York, and the world, has not been the same since the events of September 11, 2001.”    

What to Watch While You’re Waiting for the Next Episode of The Great British Bake Off

Need something to watch while you’re waiting for the next episode of the Great British Bake Off? Whether you want to reminisce or test your own baking skills, there are great resources at the library.


Reminisce and rewatch the first three seasons of Bake Off through our streaming video provider Hoopla. Click here for help creating a Hoopla account with your MVCC username.

Check out the PBS documentary The Final Table by The Chef and the Farmer’s Vivian Howard

Watch or listen to Moraine Valley professor Rose Deneen talk about her book Baking with Vegetables for a local perspective on baking. 


Expand your baking repertoire with the America’ s Test Kitchen Baking Illustrated A Best Recipe Classic

Be ready for Paul Hollywood’s notoriously difficult Bread challenges next week with Breads of the World.

Looking ahead, will there be French Week this season? Check out the Little French Bakery Cookbook to brush up on you French patisserie. Or maybe a German Week? Take a look at Classic German Baking.

The 1619 Project

This last August, the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrated the four hundredth anniversary of slaves arriving to this country. Some even want to date the birth of the United States with this significant event. Certainly, slavery has been a huge factor in our history.

The New York Times, for its part, has begun “The 1619 Project” with its printing of an issue of its magazine on August 18. Very few aspects of American life have not been touched by the advent of the ship that arrived at Point Comfort in what was then the British colony of Virginia.

Check out the Virginia commemoration here and check out the New York Times Magazine from our newspaper section of the periodicals shelves by the café.

Happy Cat Month

Modified from Creative Commons
“sabrina works in the office” by bnilsen is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

Alright cat lovers and cat owners, we all know how this is going to go. All you want to do is read this blog post on your phone or your laptop or any other digital device that consumes your attention, and your cat is not going to be happy about it. In fact, they’re probably standing in between your face and the screen right now.

Well, good thing September is Happy Cat Month! Once you’ve given your furry friend all the love and pats they deserve, check out some of the cat material the library has to offer! Have you watched every funny cat video compilation on YouTube known to man? Look no further! Check out this video! Want information on how to care for your senior cat? We’ve got you covered! Do you need inspiration for commissioning a portrait of your fuzzy companion? Browse through examples of cats in paintings!

If you have the time and resources to volunteer or donate, check out Animal Welfare League, an animal shelter and adoption center located in Chicago Ridge!

Why would this seemingly loving family “fake” a wedding?

And why do they appear so grim about it?

For the answer see The Farewell in theaters now or listen to writer/director Lulu Wang’s real-life story that inspired the film on a segment of This American Life

For another ‘faked’ Chinese wedding, check out award-winning director Ang Lee’s first feature film The Wedding Banquet (1993) from our collection.

And if these don’t sate your appetite for Chinese weddings, consider viewing, listening or reading the wildly popular Crazy Rich Asians available in our collection in DVD, eAudio and eBook formats.