The State of Our State Education (at MVCC and Beyond)

A SpeakOut and Dialog on Higher Education.
Student present their researched calls to action on higher education. Students offer their own thoughts and concerns about the nature of higher education.
This event was held December 1, 2016

The State of Our State Education (at MVCC and Beyond): Session 1

The State of Our State Education (at MVCC and Beyond): Session 2

Feeling stressed? Keep Calm and Check Out a Movie

As the semester is winding down, many of you are probably feeling pretty stressed out. Take a couple hours for yourself to relax and watch a good movie. The library has a nice selection to choose from. You can browse them here on our catalog.  Click here, if you just want to browse our streaming video choices.

New to Collection: Nutcracker(s)

nutcrackerIt’s that time of year again, when the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…and you might want to watch the Nutcracker ballet! Two new versions have been added to our library collection. The first is The Nutcracker featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre. It premiered in 1976 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and was recorded for television in 1977. It remains one of the most popular televised productions even until today and earned Baryshnikov an Emmy nomination. Our copy is the Blu-ray version which was released in 2012.

The second version is the Nutcracker choreographed by Helgi Tomasson for the San Francisco Ballet. This was a new version of the ballet, which premiered in 2004 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. The story is set during the time of the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, a 1915 world’s fair held in San Francisco celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Another difference from Baryshnikov’s version is that the main female character of Clara is played by a young girl instead of an adult female dancer. One of the extra features of our copy is a documentary on the 1915 World’s Fair.

Both versions of the Nutcracker can be located in the library’s main floor lounge for a limited time. In the meantime, here’s some fun Nutcracker facts!

My Depression – A Picture Book and a Film

Helpful, but definitely not a self-help book. Based on the author’s experience, but not a traditional memoir.  A picture book full of scribbles.   Elizabeth Swados’s My Depression: A Picture Book is hard to classify but even harder to forget.  The author makes a subject that many people find impossible to talk about accessible and maybe even… funny?   Just as entertaining and dynamic is a HBO documentary film based on the book My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It. And just like the book, it’s a short time commitment: only a half hour!

Both titles are available for check out if you need something to help you feel a little less alone this month.

Rebroadcast of Hamilton’s America on Sunday, December 4th

Did you miss Hamilton’s America from Great Performances in October? Well, you get a 2nd chance. It will be rebroadcast on WTTW on Sunday, December 4th at 7pm. This year, we are using the musical Hamilton as our One Book, One College “text,” so this is a great accompaniment to our events.

Hamilton’s America, the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton – winner of 11 Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize — explodes onto THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m. on PBS as the season premiere of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Check local listings.)

Coming around again?

Are LPs making a comeback? For those of us with stacks of them in the basement, they never left. But statistics show that there seems to be renewed interest in the format. In 2015, revenues from vinyl sales were $416 million, the highest level since 1988. RIAA keeps these statistics and has other information about music sales on its website. And there’s a historical connection for this time of the year—Edison demonstrated the hand-cranked phonograph for the first time near the end of the year in 1877.

“The Perfect Crime”

Earlier this year, PBS aired an episode on Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb’s murder case as a part of the American Experience television series. The episode titled “The Perfect Crime” examines how Leopold and Loeb murdered a 14-year-old Chicago boy in 1924 and the significance of the trial that followed. Broader issues of morality and capital punishment were brought to light in the heated debate amongst Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe and defense attorney Clarence Darrow. You can now check-out this episode on DVD from our library, and further explore this case in fact and popular imagination.

This case has been an inspiration for numerous other works, including:

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, starring James Stewart, John Dall, and Farley Granger, released in 1948.
  • Meyer Levin’s novel, Compulsion, published in 1956.
  • Richard Fleischer’s 1959 movie, Compulsion, starring Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, and Diane Varsi.
  • Swoon, a 1992 film by director Tom Kalin, starring Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, and Ron Vawter in lead roles.

Each adaptation adds something unique to the original story, while providing a true depiction of the original “thrill-seeking” motive of the crime.


The MVCC Library loves to help you find answers to your questions. But sometimes, for some questions, there is a better way. For all your Thanksgiving turkey related questions, there is Butterball.

Butterball’s Turkey Talkline (1-800-BUTTERBALL) began in 1981 and answered 11,000 questions that holiday season. Now, the experts at Butterball answer more than 12,000 questions on Thanksgiving Day alone. And for the first time ever this year, you can text them your turkey questions at 844-877-3456.

The MVCC Library will be closed for the holiday from Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th. Enjoy your break!