Taking Nanotechnology from Cleanroom to the Classroom: STEM Lecture

Do you know how diamond and graphene are created in the lab? Would you like to know how they’re applied and how they are changing our world? Learn from Argonne National Laboratory’s Anirudha Sumant. Nanotechnology (“nanotech”) is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale and is being utilized in many scientific areas right now. This event is part of Moraine Valley’s STEM Lecture Series.

Taking Nanotechnology from Cleanroom to the Classroom

The audio of this discussion is available below:

The Salesman

Are you familiar with Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman? Watch Forushande (The Salesman) for a spin on the classic. The Persian film is about the private struggles of a young couple in Tehran, who happen to be working on a theatrical production of Death of a Salesman. The film won an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2017.

While no background reading is required, the movie had me revisiting the 1949 play about Willy Loman and the end of his career as a salesman. You can find the original play and the following motion picture and television adaptations at our library:

  • Death of a Salesman: 1966 television film starring Stanley Adams, Edward Andrews, and Lee J. Cobb. Winner of three Primetime Emmy Awards in 1967.
  • Death of a Salesman: 1985 television film starring Dustin Hoffman, Charles Durning, and Kate Reid.
  • Salesman: 1968 documentary following door-to-door salesmen at work.

Rating Biographies of the Presidents

There are many, many presidential biographies. Now someone is reading many of them for you, rating them, and providing reviews on his blog. Stephen Floyd is an investment banker and an “avid fan of American history.” He has merged his love of American history and great biographies to focus on finding the best biographies of each president. In 2012, he started with George Washington and is now working on biographies of Richard Nixon. See his blog for the list of biographies and his reviews.


On the heels of a record setting wildfire season in California, forecasters are predicting a record setting season this year in Oregon.  The state is already facing drought conditions, and their wildfire season is expected to begin around June 1st.  Currently at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, there are 99 inches of snow.  While that may sound like a lot, they average around 43 FEET a year!

We have several newer materials in the library about wildfires.  Firestorm: How Wildfires Will Shape Our Future by Edward Struzik and Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame by Michael Kodas are two of them.  Megafire is also available as an eb00k if you rather read it on a device.

As always, if you have an questions, please Ask a Librarian for help.

World Down Syndrome Day

  • World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), March 21, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome is  defined as “the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.”

    Check out this YouTube video of  “50 Mums/50 Kids/1 Extra Chromosome”.








Check out this YouTube video of a group of “50 Mums/50 Kids/1 Extra Chromsome”.

What is the federal budget? How much does the government collect in income taxes?

Have you ever wondered what the federal budget looks like? One of the services of the MVCC Library is a list called RESEARCH GUIDES on the Library website. Click here to go to it.

Federal Documents Basic Collection and Governmental Information Research Guide are two Research Guides that can get you started. Look for the links on the lists to the federal budget.

Now for the money that the federal government receives. Go to the Internet and type in U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Once on this website, check out the menu at the top of the page that says DATA.

Click on Receipts and Outlays.

Getting back to taxes, type in federal income tax revenue by year into a search engine and several websites will give you information on income tax revenue.

Ian McEwan’s Nutshell

The Ides of March have come and gone, and while this may call to mind the drama of Julius Caesar, for this librarian the date just reminded me of Shakespeare or, to be more accurate, Ian McEwan’s 2016  retelling of another Shakespeare play. Nutshell is the story of pregnant Trudy and her lover Claude’s plot to murder Trudy’s husband, John. Sound familiar? It’s the story of Hamlet, this time set in modern London and told from the perspective of Trudy’s unborn baby. The story is a suspenseful, psychological, even disturbing read, with a great deal of dark humor infused throughout the short book. From the initially perplexing opening line of “So here I am, upside down in a woman,” through all of the unavoidable, uncomfortable and horrifying situations the narrating, verbal fetus, Hamlet, finds himself in, McEwan’s spare, clever version of the story is pretty unforgettable. Visit the Moraine Valley Library to check out this book (or one of the many versions of the original Shakespeare play it’s based upon). You can find it in our After Class collection in the library lounge.




Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon


  • This year’s Boston Marathon will be on April 16.  This race began in 1897.  It has undergone many historical changes in the course of its history, some tragic and some reflecting the social transformations that have taken place in America over the last 50 years.

    I recently had the opportunity to hear Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, describe her experience in 1967. Her story mirrors the struggle that American women faced in the 1960s and in some cases still face in 2018.  It is important to be familiar with the historical female figures that helped change the lives of American women.

    To learn more about women and sports check out the MVCC catalog or the MVCC library databases.

Upcoming Event: Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy

Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region.

Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy
Wednesday, April 18th , 11am-11:50am, noon-12:50pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region. Lincoln Cohen will speak about his experience in the Climate Reality Project, an intensive advocacy and awareness training program first developed by Al Gore. He will also discuss opportunities for the audience to engage in climate policy advocacy. Both will be available for more questions and discussion following the 12 PM. Refreshments will be provided after the 12PM presentation in the Library Cafe.

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