Library System Offline 4 – 8pm, Saturday 9/20

September 18th, 2014


system maintenance

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable from 4pm to about 8pm on Saturday, September 20th, as IT will be making upgrades to the network.


We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.


Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion (online video)

September 17th, 2014

We were excited that faculty members from literature and the library discussed James Baldwin’s classic text Giovanni’s Room. This event is part of our One Book series on James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.

Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion

The audio of this event is available below:

Graphic Novel Symposium Starts Tomorrow!

September 17th, 2014

Stop by the library tomorrow and nerd out with us! Visit the Comic Shop Fair. Learn about the impact and influence of comics and graphic novels. Join a game.

Don’t miss Graphic Novel Symposium, September 18-19.

Comic Books & the Art of Visual Story Telling
Faculty Lecture, Erik LaGattuta, Professor of Fine Arts
Thursday, Sept. 18th, 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge


Graphic Novels as Literature
Faculty Lecture, Sheryl Bundy, Professor of Communications and Literature
Thursday, Sept. 18th, 12:30-1:45 p.m.. Building L, Library Lounge

Gaming and Learning
Faculty Lecture, Jason King, Professor of Development Ed. & Geography
Friday, Sept. 19th, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge

Congrats to Meg!

September 10th, 2014

We are excited and sad that today is Meg Hixon’s last day here at the MVCC library. Meg has been one of our librarians specializing in cataloging. She has done a great job. She even wrote standards for cataloging board games for our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Meg is taking a super cool archival job at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. We can’t wait to hear about her new work, but she will be missed.


Explore comics, gaming at Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium

September 10th, 2014

Press release from MVCC’s Deparmtent of College and Community Relations

Explore comics, gaming at Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium

Comic books, gaming and pop culture will rule at Moraine Valley Community College’s Graphic Novel Symposium on Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most events will take place in the Library, on the second floor of Building L, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Over two days, symposium participants can play games and learn about gaming, engage in cosplay (costume play), buy comics and other gaming items, and attend faculty lectures.

“While superheroes and sci-fi do have fun and flashy sides, the Graphic Novel Symposium has more depth to it. Comic books offer a whole range of storytelling that brings together visual and text literacies in unique ways that are relevant to the online world,” said symposium co-creator Dr. Troy Swanson, teaching and learning librarian and Library department chair. “Our hope is people will show up and learn something new. There’s something there for everyone.”

The symposium kicks off Thursday, Sept. 18, with two featured speakers in the Library Lounge. Erik LaGattuta, professor of Fine Arts, will present “Comic Books and the Art of Visual Story Telling” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Sheryl Bundy, professor of Communications and Literature, will follow with “Graphic Novels as Literature” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
The Comic Shop Fair will be open throughout the symposium. Chimera’s Comics and Tenth Planet, both from Oak Lawn, and Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics, from Tinley Park, will set up shop outside the Library to sell comics, games, figures, and other items.

Moraine Valley’s Student Life Office and the student Anime Club are hosting a cosplay contest on Thursday at 3 p.m., in Building U. Entrants should dress as a favorite comic, superhero or sci-fi character from movies, TV shows and comic books. Sign-up for cosplay will be from noon to 2 p.m., outside the Library. Rules for cosplay costumes and the contest can be found on the website:

Gaming is the focus on Friday. Jason King, professor of Developmental Education and Geography, will present “Gaming and Learning” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Library Lounge. The Library also will have six strategy board games set up to play: Ticket to Ride, Carcassone, The Settlers of Catan, Tsuro—the Game of Path, Blokus, and Hey, That’s My Fish. Anyone is welcome to walk up and play or reserve a time slot with friends. Information about the games and reservations for time slots can be found on the web site:

Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion (Tue, Sept 9)

September 8th, 2014

Don’t miss tomorrow’s One Book, One College event:

Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion 
Tuesday, Sept 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Faculty members from literature and the library will discuss James Baldwin’s classic text. They will offer historical analysis as well as views of the text through various literary texts. This discussion is the opening One Book event that will identify the range of themes within Baldwin’s text.

First Annual Cosplay Event!

September 5th, 2014

In conjunction with the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium, the Moraine Valley Anime Club will organize a special Cosplay event. This event is intended to be a fun, community-building program that highlights the creativity and interests of Moraine Valley students. All students are welcome to participate. The rules below will govern this event. Participants are required to adhere to these rules and the rules set by the college’s Code of Conduct Office.

Sign-up for the contest will be Sept. 18 from Noon-2 p.m. outside the Library (Building L).

The Cosplay contest will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, in U building Café Moraine, Building U. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cosplayers.

The rules for the event are posted here on the Graphic Novel Symposium,

Sign Up for Our Gaming Day

September 5th, 2014

As part of our Graphic Novel Symposium, we are excited to host a gaming day on Friday, September 19th. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to come in an play.

We’ll be playing:

-Ticket to Ride
-The Settlers of Catan
-Tsuro – The Game of the Path
-Hey, That’s My Fish

You can walk up and play or you can sing up online here:


Take a Selfie with Our Superhero, Win a Prize!

September 4th, 2014

Want to win to some cool Moraine Valley or comic book stuff? Here’s what you need to do.

Take a selfie with our Graphic Novel Symposium Superhero. Post the photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #comicculture. 

MVCC’s Marketing Department will give out prizes (until the prizes run out). We have three Superheroes around campus, one in the bookstore, one in student life, and one outside of the library.

For more information on the Graphic Novel Symposium visit


Labor Day Weekend Hours

August 30th, 2014

Labor Day weekend is upon us!

We are open Saturday, August 30th from 8am to 4pm.

We are closed Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st.

We open at 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Have a great weekend!