HURRICANE HARVEY

Not too many people in the Houston, Texas, area will forget August 26, 2017! Just as forecasted, Hurricane Harvey made landfall bringing with it a lot of rain and wind, and spawning many tornadoes. The devastation is enormous.

Want to give a helping hand by means of a donation? Check out this article by The New York Times. There are any number of groups or associations that are providing assistance. Even a modest amount such as $10 will help someone who perhaps has lost everything. Click here for the link to the article.

Thinking about Charlottesville

Are you struggling with how to process the hate and violence committed in Charlottesville this past weekend? One step you can take is to better understand the history and ideology of the groups involved. American Swastika: Inside the white power movement’s hidden spaces of hate, by criminology professor Pete Simi and sociology professor Robert Futrell, draws on a decade of research and interviews to reveal how white power groups recruit,organize, and perpetuate their ideology. You can follow this up with a short interview on NPR with ex-FBI agent, Michael German, who explains how although the group names have changed since the 1990s, the underlying ideologies and tactics are the same. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has also just published a guide for students to understand and counter the alt-right on campuses. And finally, if you want to take a stand against hate in your own community, the SPLC has an excellent guide for recognizing and responding to every day bigotry. If you’d like more recommendations, just ask a librarian.

COMPLETE: Wednesday, 7/5, 3PM: Library System Down for Scheduled Maintenance

Update: The system upgrade has been completed!

Thank you for your patience and have a great day!

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Access to the library’s resources, including the catalog and subscription research databases will be down for a couple of hours on Wednesday, July 5th beginning at 3PM so we can perform a needed system update.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you need any assistance, please Ask a Librarian!

Thanks!

Summer in the City – Art Museums

This is part two  of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.

Add the Art Institute of Chicago to your list of must see Chicago sights. Current exhibitions include Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist and Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg.

You might want to include the Museum of Contemporary Art if you want to include a museum that emphasizes contemporary works of art.

There is a student discount at both museums.

Don’t forget to use the MVCC library for additional information on your favorite artist or art history.

 

“Turning life into a game”

The MVCC library is promoting board games this week.  There are various games in the display cases and they all have different game pieces, number of players, goals, etc.  But they all have one thing in common: human interaction.  I may not have noticed this particular exhibit had I not just read an article on “gamification.”  The board game with those colorful, old-fashioned game boxes are the polar opposite of the games that are described in the article.

Read this article on how “marketers are trying to make life easier by borrowing techniques from the gaming industry.” It is a fascinating theory and it will certainly make you ponder the pros and cons of the gamification saturation in our world. Check out the links in the article. The MVCC library owns one of the books mentioned: Irresistible. Why not check out the list of board games that are located in the MVCC catalog.

Savor the Season: Head to the Farmers’ Market

I’m one of those annoying people who always finds something to complain about when it comes to weather: in the winter, it’s too cold and dark and dreary and depressing but as soon as summer comes, it’s too hot and sticky and gross.   To try to beat that bad attitude, I do my best to focus on the great things summer brings!   One of my favorites?   The Farmers’ Market!

I’ll make weekly visits until the fall but I’m not a very natural chef, so I need plenty of inspiration and direction to tell me what to do with all the scrumptious seasonal goodness.  I’ve checked out some great cookbooks, maybe you want to as well!

Don’t feel like lugging a book home? Check out these e-books!

Don’t feel like spending any more time staring at a screen? Check out these books!

 

“Summer in the City”

This is part one of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.

The Tribune Tower, constructed in 1923-1925, is an iconic symbol of Chicago. It is less than 25 miles  from the  Moraine Valley Community College campus. The Tower is an architectural jewel filled with treasures from all over the world. The treasures include rocks from the Colosseum in Rome, the Giza pyramid, the Arc de Triumphe, Aztec Ruins and the Berlin Wall. These are just a few examples of historic rocks that are incorporated in the walls of this building.

Check out more information on the Tribune Tower and other great Chicago architecture from the MVCC catalog.

 

Wednesday, 6/7, 4pm: Library Catalog Maintenance

 

Access to the library catalog will be down for a couple of hours beginning at 4pm on Wednesday, 06/07/2017 so we can perform system updates.  Please use this alternate link to access the library catalog:  http://library.morainevalley.edu/

Please Ask a Librarian for help if you need assistance.

Thanks!