eRead Loan Period Changes

As of January 2nd, 2019, the eRead E-book and E-Audio collection will change its loan period from 21 days to 14 days and holds will change from 3 days to 2 days. The goal of these changes is to maximize the availability of popular materials in the collection.

Any materials checked out prior to January 2nd, 2019 will still have the remainder of the 21 day checkout period.  For any questions, please ask a librarian.

Classic Movie Serials

Many MVCC students and staff enjoy reading graphic novels.   Take that reading experience one step further and make it a visual experience. View a different type of movie genre this  winter vacation – a classic movie serial.

According to Wikipedia, serials, more specifically known as movie serials, film serials or chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.

Also known as chapter plays, they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called “chapters” or “episodes”.  Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little chance of escape.  Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.

Pulp Cereal is the website that will give you a glimpse into the  first 50 years of this forgotten movie genre.  Watch the Flash Gordon serial, Radar Men from the Moon and many other serials that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will earth be saved from outer space invaders?  Will The SOS Coastguard save the sinking ship?  Binge viewing is encouraged.

You may also want to check out Links and read some interesting pulp fiction from 1896-1946.

So much to view/read over your break. Enjoy!


Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois!

On December 3rd 1818, Illinois achieved full statehood and became the 21st state. To celebrate its birthday, the Moraine Valley Library created a display at the front entrance, and is serving cake at noon. Also, on the State of Illinois website, Illinoisans voted on what are some of its greatest people, places, and moments in a variety of categories: Movies, Businesses, Inventions and Innovations, Buildings, Historic Sites, Scenic spots, Museums, Books, Writers, Heartbreaking Moments, Musicians, Artists and architects, Actors, Entertainers, Scientists, Athletes, Groundbreaking women, Minority trailblazers, Leaders, and Unforgettable moments.

To view the results, click the link below.

Top 200 of Illinois

MVCCPOV – Chapter Three – Mosaics and Muslim Performance Art

Continue listening to MVCCPOV: Voices from the Valley. Chapter Three focuses on the college’s grant funded Mosaics program.

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center received a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The program supports MVCC’s Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America programming, which explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America. In March 2018, Mosaics presented a week long residency to the campus, featuring performance artist, who also provide instructional and discussion based workshops.

Voices from the Valley got a chance to interview not only the resident artists but the Director of Moraine’s Fine Arts and Performance Center, Tommy Hensel as well. Listen to all four episodes in Chapter Three.

Episode 1 – A MVCC Leader’s point-of-view an Interview with Tommy Hensel

Episode 2 – Just about Creativity an Interview with Aja Black

Episode 3 – You are Beautiful! an Interview with Amirah Sackett

Episode 4 – Syn-Syrianly Yours an Interview with Omar Offendum


NASA’s InSight Mars lander touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018.  The Elysium Planitia, located on the western side of Mars, was the landing site.  NASA scientists chose this site because of its flat surface.

The InSight will monitor numerous aspects of the red planet and send daily reports back to planet Earth.  The Mars lander is similar to “an unmanned research station” that will help scientists analyze how earth and other rocky planets formed.

Job well done NASA!

Rescheduled! Award Winning Author of Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson, Visits Moraine Valley

We are excited to announce these rescheduled events!
G. Willow Wilson, writer of the award winning Ms. Marvel, will be giving two talks at Moraine Valley Community College. Both events are free and open to the public.

April 10, 2018, 1pm, Dorothy Menker Theater (Building F)
April 11,, 2018, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Dorothy Menker Theater (Building F)

Made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

MVCCPOV: Conversations at the ASU Scholarship Dinner

MVCCPOV: Voices from the Valley presents Chapter 2, episode 2 where we attend the Arab Student Union’s Scholarship Dinner. We got a chance to catch up with current ASU studetns, ASU alum, and community members that support them. The people in this episode get a chance to talk about how ASU has grown over the years and how it has impacted them. You’ll hear a sit down conversation with the ASU students hosting the event and on the spot interviews with community members and ASU students and alumni.

Check out the episode here!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3