Chicago Theatre Week

The Chicagoland area has a large and varied theatre scene with over 250 professional theatre companies calling Chicago and its suburbs home. Chicago leads the nation in world premiere productions annually, sending new works to Broadway, across the nation, and all over the world. Chicago Theatre Week has become an annual celebration of all of this.

Now in its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week offers opportunities to see numerous theatre performances in the Chicago area at discounted ticket prices. It all starts this coming Thursday, February 8th and runs through Sunday, February 18th. Tickets will be priced at $30, $15 or sometimes even less, offering great opportunities to see amazing productions and visit venues that you may not have been to before.

Visit the Chicago Theatre Week website to see a complete listing and to purchase tickets for the 18 different shows, totaling 120 productions, that are being presented this year.

And don’t forget–The Fine and Performing Arts Center here at MVCC hosts a variety of wonderful productions throughout the year.

Are You A “Sexpert”? Sexual Health for College Students

We welcomed special guest Patty Murphy, M.S. CADC to speak about sexual health. Topics may include consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention, obtaining consent, and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book We Believe You.

Are You A “Sexpert”? Sexual Health for College Students (Video contains images of the impacts of sexually transmitted infections.)

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Reputable News Sources

Sometimes it becomes a bit difficult to know how to evaluate our news sources. Some news organizations have a more liberal bent while others definitely lean more conservative. Some can be relied upon for factual reporting while others contain more fabricated information. This infographic provides a pretty easy to read layout of where different news organizations fall on a scale of how reputable they are. If you’d like to see a larger version click here.





This is an image of a dead seabird that ate some of our trash that has been floating in our oceans.

Did you know that China has been the garbage dump of the world for the last 20 years? I thought you wouldn’t know. Well, they have had enough, and now the rest of the world is scrambling to get rid of its trash. Read this  article from the Huffington Post. Click here to see how our love, especially for plastics, is going to have to be addressed.


25th Anniversary Time Capsule Exhibit

In 1993, Moraine Valley celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The college put together a capsule of items that represented the college in that time period. In the fall of 2017 the capsule was unearthed and opened. These items are now on display in the library lounge display case. Check out the items that represented Moraine Valley in 1993 from the Moraine Valley Troll to the items from the McDonald’s that was on campus.

The New American Writers Museum

The American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, is a new entry in the local museum scene. A current exhibit celebrates the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Upcoming events include a discussion of the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (Feb. 9) and Madeleine L’Engle (Feb. 11). Eve Ewing will discuss her book Electric Arches with poet José Olivarez on Feb. 13. See the website for more information about the museum and events.

Student Podcast: Check Out the Upcoming Black History Month Events

Members of the Black Student Association announce the upcoming 2018 Black History Month events.

The audio of this discussion is available below:

01.27.2018 — Maintenance on ProQuest News, Criminal Justice, and History Databases

Our database vendor, ProQuest, will be performing system maintenance on the following databases beginning 9pm, January 27th to 6am, January 28th.

  • US Dailies
  • New York Times
  • New York Times Historical
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Tribune Historical
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • History Study Center
  • Criminal Justice Periodical Index


Okay! So this article from  Atlantic magazine is a bit on the long side, but for you board game enthusiasts, it is truly informative. Gain some insight into the German fascination with this phenomenon or fad, if you like. Take a read here.

Do you know that the MVCC Library has board games on reserve at the Circulation Desk (first desk on your left as you enter the library)? I typed in “board games” in the catalog and scrolled down a bit for the list of what the library owns. Click here to get to the catalog.

Finally, check out the current board offerings on the web. Just get yourself to Google and type in “board games”. There are many board games for any budget. Some websites actually have an Amazon link to facilitate purchase of your favorite game.




The United States experienced a serious pandemic in 1918 and 1919. During the 1918 “Spanish flu”  that killed up to 50 million people, many were reported to have died within hours of showing their first symptoms. The virus caused between 20-40 million deaths worldwide. It infected over 28% of the U.S. population and almost 700,000 Americans died from the flu during this time period. Most of the victims were between the ages of 20 and 40.  The medical profession had no idea how to treat the disease. 

One hundred years later, the United States is faced with another alarming flu season. Flu deaths are on the rise, including children and young adults. Fortunately in 2018, the medical experts have more medical tools at their disposal.
For additional information on staying healthy as well as interesting facts about this seasonal disease, check out the following sites.