Library System: Scheduled Downtime, Thursday, May 26th

May 25th, 2016

The Library will upgrade its system software on Thursday, May 26th, 2016.outage

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription article databases will be unavailable beginning at 5 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

An announcement will be emailed when access to these resources has been restored.  Additionally, watch for news on the MV Connect Portal and the Library website.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. 

Please note: the Library will remain open on Thursday from 7:30AM to 10:00PM. 

Navigating a Stressful World with Mindfulness

May 23rd, 2016

Many of us experience stress in one form or another. Especially during finals week, it can be helpful to use tools to help keep us focused. In this lecture, Teresa Hannon discusses the use of meditation and mindfulness to help manage the stress of everyday life as part of Less Stress Week.  Teresa is a counselor at Moraine Valley Community College.

The audio of this discussion is available below:


Redesigned Library Website

May 23rd, 2016

Today, we launched our newly redesigned library website. This redesign was a nine-month process that started with a student usability study. The new site is simplified and easier to use. It also gives us a new look.

We will be using this summer to work out any kinks or problems. If you see anything, let us know!

We will also be reaching out to faculty and college staff asking them to check any links that they may have to be sure that they will with our new site.

Thanks to the students, faculty, IT staff, Marketing staff, and library staff who helped us in this process.

Retelling of Alex Haley’s “Roots”

May 23rd, 2016

Roots2Back in 1977, ABC-TV aired the Roots miniseries. “With 100 million viewers, the finale still ranks as the third-highest-rated U.S. entertainment program ever measured by Nielsen…” “…the series engendered a national conversation about the legacy of slavery. [Mark] Wolper, whose father, David, was Roots’ executive producer and owned the rights, thanks his teenage son for motivating him to reinvent [Alex] Haley’s story. ‘After he watched the miniseries, my son said, Dad, I understand it’s important, but like your music, it doesn’t speak to me’” (Rudolph 25-26).

Beginning on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and continuing over four consecutive nights, the History Channel, A&E, and Lifetime will be airing the retelling of Alex Haley’s television adaptation of Roots. One of the main characters, Kunta Kinte, (Haley claimed was one of his ancestors) was taken from Africa, transported to America, and sold into slavery. He is being played by an unknown actor (Malachi Kirby) as was done in the 1977 version when LeVar Burton was chosen. “History [Channel’s] remake has a similarly recognizable cast [as did the original]. Matthew Goode, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Tudors) and James Purefoy play slave owners, and Forest Whitaker is Fiddler, the enslaved musician who helps Kinte survive (a role that earned Louis Gossett Jr. an Emmy in the original). Anna Paquin and Mekhi Phifer (ER) play new characters, a Southern belle and her coachman, who share a big secret. Laurence Fishburne shows up in the final episode as Haley” (Rudolph 26).

In our MVCC Library catalog, we have Alex Haley’s 30th anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Roots: the Saga of an American Family and the DVD movie adaptation Roots, both currently available for checkout.Roots

Continuing the Roots theme, we have another book by Haley titled Alex Haley’s Queen: the Story of an American Family. Haley was the grandson of Queen, and his book tells the story about the children of black slave women and their white masters. We also have the first biography on Haley, written by Robert J. Norrell, titled Alex Haley and the Books that Changed a Nation.

“The time [for the retelling of Roots] also seems right with a renewed interest in America’s difficult racial history because of films like 12 Years a Slave… ‘That focus doesn’t happen accidentally,’ Wolper believes. ‘It’s a result of the reaction we have to things that are happening in the world” (Rudolph 26).

12YrsaSlaveCome check out the original version of Roots (in both print and DVD), any other works by Alex Haley, and 12 Years a Slave (in both print and DVD) for the Memorial Day weekend in preparation for the new remake. Also, check out the trailer for the new Roots remake.





Works Cited

Rudolph, Ileane. “Roots Revisited.” TV Guide Magazine May 23 – June 5 2016: 25-27. Print.


Bon Voyage Mary!

May 12th, 2016

We want to wish Mary Mathews a fond farewell and congratulations on her new position in Georgia! Mary has been one of our librarians working nights and Fridays. She has been a great colleague and friend. We will miss her but we are excited at her new opportunity.


Mary Mathews (right) posing with Barb Keleher (left). Our evening librarians.

New to Collection – “Concussion” Book & DVD

May 11th, 2016

ConcussionWSIt started with an article Jeanne Marie Laskas wrote for GQ magazine titled “Game Brain.” She helped to publicly expose the work of forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered the brain disease CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) that many NFL football players/retirees were dying from, some committing suicide over.

Omalu’s story began when Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers died suddenly. He performed the autopsy and started doing exhaustive research, paying for tests on Webster’s brain out of his own pocket, to try to figure out what made this former NFL player go mad. “What Omalu discovered in Mike Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident, but a disease caused by relentless blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL would do anything to keep secret.” (Back cover book.)

MVCC Library has Laskas’s book Concussion, which is based on her GQ article. We also have the DVD motion picture adaptation of the same name, starring Will Smith (as Dr. Omalu). As a librarian who does not enjoy sports, I can tell you the movie and book look riveting! Check them both out in tandem if you’d like. The book is located here in our catalog, and the DVD is located here (both for a limited time located in the main floor lounge area).

Also, check out Laskas’s original GQ article here. Concussion

Welcome to America!

May 10th, 2016

Immigration is such an important part of American history and every American should know how and when we all got here. Look carefully at this data visualization of who settled in America and you may come away with a greater interest and appreciation of our country and its newest citizens.

Click on map


Here’s Everyone Who’s Immigrated to the U.S. Since 1820


#FundyMyCollege: The Importance of Funding Public Higher Education

May 5th, 2016

Discussion about funding Higher Education in Illinois on April 26, 2016. This discussion includes a student panel where students share their experiences and challenges. This is followed by a talk by Representative Kelly Burke (Oak Lawn) and Brenna Conway, Director of the Illinois Roosevelt Institute. This event was organized by the Student Activist Club.

#FundyMyCollege: The Importance of Funding Public Higher Education

Moraine Valley Stories: Tom Sullivan pt. 2

May 5th, 2016

Retired literature and composition professor Tom Sullivan reflects on the his time at Moraine Valley Community College. This video was created in anticipation for the 50th Anniversary of Moraine Valley. (There some some microphone issues at points.) View part 1 here:

Moraine Valley Stories: Tom Sullivan pt. 2

New to Collection – Graphic Novel on Hurricane Katrina

May 5th, 2016

DrownedCityLast August, 2015 was the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which greatly affected the greater New Orleans area of Louisiana. New to our collection is a graphic novel depiction of this event titled Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans, written & illustrated by Don Brown. Considering many graphic novels are fictionalized stories, this is a very moving, illustrated portrayal of an environmental disaster appealing to children and adults alike.

I have also been reading a book on Hurricane Katrina that portrays the dire circumstances endured by one of the New Orleans hospitals. It is titled Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink. Without giving too much of the plot away, medical personnel in the hospital started making life and death decisions regarding Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) patients who were barely hanging on to be rescued. I am citing this book because below are two illustrations from the above mentioned graphic novel, depicting the harrowing situations faced in some of the flooded hospitals.


While we do not carry Fink’s book in our library collection, I will demonstrate how to request an item by Interlibrary Loan in my next blog post! But if you can, read these two books together as they complement each other rather nicely.

Drowned City can be located in our catalog here.

Read an excerpt of Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial here and see if you would like to order this from another library. If you would like to request a certain item be added to our collection, fill out the form here.

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