Playwright August Wilson dies

Many Moraine Valley students read the works of the late pulitzer prize winning playwright August Wilson for literature and drama classes. Listen to thisNPR Story about Wilson. You can find materials in the MVCC library collection in the library’s catalog by clicking here. For additional information on Wilson, visit August Wilson’s main page in LION (MVCC password required) or visit Dartmouth’s August Wilson site.

LexisNexis U.S. Politics & World News

You can find current news articles at LexisNexis U.S. Politics & World News. This free service compiles news from over 4,000 U.S. and international sources, including newspapers and television transcripts. The material is grouped by subject, emphasizing current issues, recent events, press releases and people in the news. LexisNexis is well known for its subscription database services.

The John Roberts Confirmation

John Roberts Confirmation: “President Bush on Monday [September 5, 2005,] nominated John Roberts to succeed William Rehnquist as chief justice of the Supreme Court. Roberts … at one time served as Rehnquist’s clerk.” This site provides a collection of stories about the Senate confirmation process and Roberts’ prior work, a biography, and highlights of past Supreme Court nominees. Includes audio and video clips and lesson plans. From the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Online NewsHour.
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Looking for Caldecott Medal Winners?

Some students have stopped by the library looking to find books that have won the Caldecott award. Our library has some of these books on our shelves. You can find a list of past medal winners at the American Library Association Web site: Caldecott Medal Winners. On a related note, you can find Newbery Medal Winners at this page. If you find a title that you like, you can search the library’s Public Access Catalog by title to see if we own it. Students, staff, and faculty can check out as many books as they’d like.

Thinking Like Einstein

Thinking Like Einstein: returning to our visual roots with the emerging revolution in computer information visualization: This is a book in the library. Here is a review from Library Journal:

“Drawing on a series of columns that he wrote for Computer Graphics magazine, West (director, Ctr. for Dyslexia & Talent, Krasnow Inst. for Advanced Study) postulates that we are on the verge of a new era of visually based thinking that will replace traditional, word- and number-based modes of teaching and learning. He is quick to point out that this world of visual imaging is quite different from ubiquitous television images comprising low information content and no interaction, citing as classic examples Albert Einstein as well as some contemporary pioneers in the forefront of visualization technologies. West explains how these individuals are working to infuse visualization technologies into education and business. This is not a how-to book like Michael Gelb’s How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, another visual thinker, but instead a persuasive, provocative argument for the societal benefits of visual thinking. Recommended for all computer science collections.”