Voyages in Computer Engineering featuring Machine Learning (Video)

Do you know how the technology in your pocket works? What are the systems and architectures behind it? In this talk, Jim VanDeCasteele will talk about computer engineering and the move toward automation and machine learning. He will share his journey through computer engineering and offer tips about learning and being successful.
Jim VanDeCasteele is a Sr. Sales Engineer at Resolve Systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Voyages in Computer Engineering Featuring Machine Learning

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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.

Steve Kroft & Transforming Reporting for 30 Years

From car scams, to Chernobyl, to mob bosses, to serial killers, to US Presidents, Steve Kroft did them all for the news program 60 Minutes. This show transformed news. For 30 years, Steve Kroft has been an important voice within this show.

Here are some of his best:

Steve Kroft retires: Watch some of his favorite stories
After 30 years, the veteran correspondent says goodbye to “60 Minutes.” From investigations to adventures, here are some of his favorite reports.

The Intelligence on A.I.

“NAO” by Erik Arlen is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Have you seen the upcoming events for our One Book program? Over the next couple months the program will explore the expanding world of artificial intelligence. Get ahead of the robot invasion with the following books and videos from our collection.

Looking for fiction?

Machines Like Me: And People Like You

Set in an alternate 1980’s London, two people work together to create a personality for a synthetic human. A love triangle ensues and leads to questions about what makes us human. 

Looking for non-fiction? 

A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence : How Algorithms are Shaping our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control

“Kartik Hosanagar surveys the brave new world of algorithmic decision making and reveals the potentially dangerous biases to which they can give rise to as they increasingly run our lives.” (From the book jacket)

Interested in medicine?

Deep Medicine : How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

“’Deep Medicine’ shows us how the awesome power of AI can make medicine better, and reveals the paradox that machines can make humans healthier–and more human.” (From the book jacket)

Looking for a thriller?

Ex Machina (Streaming Video)

“A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.” (

Looking for a romance? 

Her (Streaming Video or DVD)

“In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.” (

Want to binge watch? 

Westworld: Season One (DVD)

“’Westworld’ is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin–exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.” (From the publisher)

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.

Glacier Gals

The Glacier Gals were an organization of women associated with Moraine Valley Community College and its purpose was to promote friendship.

It was active from 1969-1974.

In 1971, the Glacier Gals created a children’s doll house which they donated to Little Company of Mary Hospital.

To learn more about the Glacier Gals and the activities they did while the organization was active go here: Glacier Gals Online Exhibit or visit the physical exhibit in the Library Lounge.