A is for Arab: Traveling Exhibit Coming to MVCC

July 22nd, 2015

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We are very excited to be hosting a traveling exhibit about the different ways that Arabs are portrayed in popular media. This exhibit is sponsored by the MVCC Arab Student Union and created by New York University. The exhibit will arrive at the MVCC Library starting around November 1st and remain up for viewing through December 10th.

Here is a description from the NYU website:

A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture

Powerful, accessible and compelling, A is for Arab, which features images from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. Providing historical context about these images which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons, this traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy.
You can learn more about the exhibit and downloard images on the NYU Near Eastern Studies site. 

Summer Hours Ending Soon

July 20th, 2015

As summer term ends, our hours will be changing. Here’s the info you need as we head toward the fall term.

Summer Semester Hours
(Ends August 1)

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – Noon
Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Summer Inter-Session Hours
(August 2 – August 16)

Monday-Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 8am – noon
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Fall Semester Hours
(August 17-December 11)

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: Noon – 4 pm

Summer is almost over! We are here to help!

July 20th, 2015

As the summer term ends, don’t forget that the library has many resources (and people) here to help you. This includes collaborative study spaces and quiet study spaces. We have laptops, iPads, and graphing calculators. We have textbooks and study guides.

You can visit, call, text, chat or text us! See our Ask a Librarian page for more information. 

Geeks, Nerds, Comics, Games: 2015 Graphic Novel Symposium

July 14th, 2015

We are excited to announce the featured speakers for our 2015 Graphic Novel Symposium. Visit our website for more information. 

Building Comics: Constructing Visual Narratives featuring Adam Fotos
Wednesday, Sept 30, 11 am-11:50 pm, library lounge, Building L
Artist and graphic novel writer Adam Fotos will discuss the mechanics and decision-making process involved in visual story telling. He will draw on examples from his work and the works of others to demonstrate techniques that make graphic novels a unique artform.

From Pencils to Print: Small Press Comics and Publishing
Wednesday, Sept 30, 1 pm – 1:50 pm, library lounge, Building L
Gain an inside view of comic production from local writers, publishers and printers. Writer David Gruba and artist Rene Castellano of Instant Press Comics discuss creating, producing and publishing comics. Jacob Way and Samantha Amborn of Kraken Print will share their experience and knowledge about printing comics.

Generation Next: How to Keep Nerd Communities Growing
Thursday, Oct 1, 2 pm – 2:50 pm, library lounge, Building L
Geek culture and fandom are more popular than ever, providing more doorways to becoming part of nerd communities. How do we welcome new people into our communities so they continue to grow and thrive? What are the ways we can create space and opportunities for new fans and creators to share their nerdy passions and talents? A panel of creators, organizers, and fans will discuss the importance of mentorship and inclusive spaces in maintaining healthy geek communities. Panelists will include

  • Carlye Frank (educator, artist),
  • Dawn Xiana Moon (Raks Geek producer & director),
  • Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine managing editor & Chicago Nerd Social Club board of organizers),
  • and Ytasha L. Womack (Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture author).

We are hoping to add one more panelist to this line up and will provide bios for everyone as soon as the last panelist is confirmed.

Thanks, Tessie!

June 25th, 2015

Today we are sad to bid farewell to one of our awesome catalogers, Tessie! We have been happy to call her our friend and colleague. Tessie started as a practicum student as a graduate student. After she finished her degree, she came on as a cataloger who has classified hundreds of books, DVDs, music, and electronic resources.

Tessie

Thanks, Liz!

June 22nd, 2015

It is a sad but also exciting day! Today we bid farewell to Liz Garcia, who has been a librarian at MVCC for almost eight years. We are excited that Liz is moving on to the next phase of her career, but we will definitely miss her. She has taught many classes, worked days and nights, and been part of our library through many changes. Thanks, Liz!

liz

Happy Ramadan!

June 17th, 2015

Happy Ramadan to our students, faculty, staff, and community members who celebrate this holiday!

If you are not familiar familiar with Ramadan, check out this post: Ramadan 2015: Facts, History, Dates, Greeting And Rules About The Muslim Fast.

Fall 2015 Events: Celebrating Latino Americans

June 8th, 2015

We are excited to announce our fall 2015 event schedule. The Library is partnering with the MVCC Democracy Commitment for the Celebrating Latino Americans program. Additionally, we will be workign with the Green Hills Public Library and Blue Island Public Library to host events.  For more information, visit out website. 


 

Tips for Academic Success
Sept 3, 12:30 pm , Building L, Library Lounge
Academic Adviser, Jeremy Kingery, will discuss important academic policies for students. This session is especially important for new college students who are learning to navigate college for the first time. This event is part of the One Book, One College program.

Film Showing: Foreigners in Their Own Land (Latino Americans Episode 1, 1565-1880)
Sept 8, 12:30 pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. One hundred years after Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests, push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come in conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S into the Mexican territories of the South West. A discussion about the film led by Matt Cullen will follow. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Conversation with the Author José Ángel N.
Sept 15, 11 am, Building L, Library Lounge
We welcome our One Book, One College author José Ángel N. to campus! MVCC alumni, José Ángel N. will discuss his book Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant and his life as an undocumented immigrant. His story presents a human face to the political and economic debates. This event is part of the One Book, One College program.

Mexican Chicago: A History in Pictures
Sept 17, 7pm, Green Hills Public Library (103rd St. Palos Hills)
Storyteller Rita Jirasek will be presenting stories of the Mexican experience in the Midwest through photographs. The audience will hear stories of many who have lived local Mexican history firsthand and about the importance place of Chicago in the Mexican community. This program is presented as a partnership with the Green Hills Library District as part of the Celebrating Latinos programming.

US Politics and Immigration: Political Science Panel Discussion
Sep 22, 11am, Building L, Library Lounge
As the presidential election gains momentum toward the primaries, Moraine Valley political science faculty discussion issues relating to immigration as part of the One Book program. This discussion will cover topics including reform efforts aimed at immigration policy, the impact immigration will have on the upcoming election, and the changing demographics that will shape our nation. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Jose Angel N.’s book Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant.

Films Showing: Prejudice and Pride (Latino Americans Episode 5, 1965-1980)
Oct 8, 9:30 am, Building L, Library Lounge
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new “Chicano” identity. The movement is ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Chicano/Chicana: Identity and Oppression featuring Ana Castillo
Oct 8th, 11 am, Building L, Library Lounge
Ana Castillo is a celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. Ana Castillo holds an M.A from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D., University of Bremen, Germany in American Studies and an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Talking Immigration in the Land of Lincoln Celina Villanueva
Oct 15, 11 am, Building L, Library Lounge
Celina Villanueva, from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, will discuss immigration issues in the Chicago region and across Illinois. She will present a regional view of this national view and consider how state and local policy impacts the lives of those arriving from abroad. This event is part of the One Book, One College program.

Mariachi Divas
Oct 17, 7:30 pm Fine & Performing Arts Center (this is a ticketed event)
Grammy award winning, all-female mariachi band from Los Angeles performs at Moraine Valley Community. This band represents the evolution of traditional mariachi music. This event is organized and supported by Moraine Valley’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, visit http://www.morainevalley.edu/fpac/

Film Showing: Peril and Promise (Latino Americans Episode 6, 1980-2000)
Nov 10, 9:30, Building L, Library Lounge
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. Is a new Latino world being created here as the Latino population and influence continues to grow? Alternatively, will Latinos in America eventually assimilate into invisibility, as other groups have done so many times? Latinos present a challenge and an opportunity for the United States. A conversation about the film with special guest Maria Luna-Duarte will take place following the film. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Discussion led by special guest Maria Luna-Duarte from NEIU
Nov 10, 11am, Building L, Library Lounge
Featured Guest Maria Luna-Duarte, Interim Director of Northeastern Illinois University’s El Centro. She will discuss issues relating to community outreach and Latinos in higher education as part of the One Book Program.

Film Showing: Screening of “Latino Americans”
Nov 24, 6:30pm, Green Hills Public Library (103rd St. Palos Hills)
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. One hundred years after Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests, push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come in conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S into the Mexican territories of the South West. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Subscribe the New (sorta) Library Podcast in iTunes

June 5th, 2015

The library’s podcasts have merged into a single, awesome podcast. This includes audio from events and discussions with faculty and staff. The podcasts focuses on a range of topics surrounding our curriculum, the college, and larger community. This new podcast feed includes content from 2006 to the present. You can link directly to the podcast in iTunes here.

You can also listen on the Library’s website here. Finally, you can also find these discussions on our YouTube Channel.

Happy Memorial Day!

May 25th, 2015

Happy Memorial Day! 

We say thanks to all who served and remember those who did not come home.

In honor of this holiday, we are closed today. We will be open tomorrow at 7am.