Willie Dixon- Chicago Blues Great

Blues legend Willie Dixon was born on this day in 1915 and was one of the most prolific artists of all time. If you have never heard of him, he is known for being one of the main songwriters at the world famous (and local) Chess Records in Chicago. His songs have been performed by Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers, Aerosmith, the Yardbirds, Cream, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elvis, and countless others. He is buried at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip.

Here is a  link to his album, “Willie’s Blues” in our database, Naxos Jazz Library. Stream it for free with your Moraine Valley Library account.

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

On June 26 1948, Shirley Jackson’s horrifying short story was released in The New Yorker. The backlash was instant and massive. To this day it remains the most negative response the magazine has ever experienced. More than sixty years later, “The Lottery” remains one of the most shocking short stories ever written. Read or listen to one of the most controversial stories ever printed by clicking here for our print copy, or here for Hoopla audio book edition. Then watch the equally horrifying Encyclopaedia Britannica video production that was shown in schools throughout the US.

Analysis of ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson

11 Facts About Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

50 Years Ago This Happened

Abbey Moraine- Keleher & Arellano

Abbey Road turns 50 years old this year and the Moraine Valley Library is your source for all things Beatles! In honor of the classic album’s birthday, the Beatles released the entire officially licensed album on YouTube for free. Click this link to hear the playlist of all 17 tracks and click here to see our entire Beatles catalog.

Apollo Moon Landing

“We choose to go the moon.” U.S. President John Kennedy stated in 1962. On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong left his footprints on the surface of the moon. Kennedy’s quixotic vision became reality.

This July, America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Why not check out the MVCC catalog and become familiar with one of the greatest events in the 20th century? Also, you may want to view the MVCC historical newspaper databases to read the actual articles that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times on that historic date.

View this silent film, A Trip to the Moon (1902). “This movie was made before we even thought it was possible to land on the moon. For its time, this is absolutely brilliant.”

Forget Annabelle and Chucky. Meet the REAL Robert the Doll.

Haunted dolls is the theme this box office weekend.  Two horror films starring Chucky and Annabelle open this Friday. If you enjoy movies like Annabelle Comes Home, or Child’s Play, then you really should know Robert the Doll.

Robert, is the most haunted doll in the world.

Locked in a museum in Key West, Florida, Robert the doll is known to allegedly curse visitors who don’t show him the proper respect.

Want to learn more?

Click the links to read articles from  from the Sioux City Journal, Atlas Obscura, or watch this PBS segment.

The Most Intense Chicago Crosstown Classic was the 1906 World Series

Crowd outside South Side Park, 1906 World Series

Can you imagine how intense a World Series would be if the Cubs played the White Sox? Chicago and its surrounding suburbs might rip itself apart. Well in 1906, the Cubs played the White Sox in a legendary six-game series. Back when there was no Wrigley Field, the Cubs hosted three games at West Side Park (located at the current site of the University of Illinois Medical Center) and the White Sox held three games at South Side Park (currently the Wentworth Gardens Community). Sound interesting?  Read the story about the most intense Chicago Crosstown Classic ever in Bernard A. Weisberger’s “When Chicago Ruled Baseball” available here on Hoopla.

Windows Steps Recorder

If you are trying to show someone how to do something online, or showing something how something goes wrong (and you don’t have Camtasia at your disposal) then you should try Windows’ Steps Recorder.

According to Lifewire, “Steps Recorder is a combination keylogger, screen capture, and annotation tool for Windows. It’s used to quickly and easily document actions made on a computer for troubleshooting purposes.”

Click the link here, to find out how to use this useful windows tool.


This year marks the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s novel, 1984.

Numerous scholars, historians and journalists note that many of the literary components of 1984 (setting, plot, theme, characters, etc.) mirror life in 2019.

This is a novel that spotlights the evil of governments that allow their citizens no freedom of individual thought. It includes an intricate plot, unusual characters and a theme that guarantees its readers an understanding that fake news, double speak and the erosion of freedom of speech are not new phenomenons.

Check out the MVCC catalog for more information.

Fun Fact-Check out 1984 Apple Super Bowl commercial.