Less Stress Week!

May 4th, 2016

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Feeling the pressure of final projects and studying for exams? Check out the library’s less stress week! We’ll have a number of activities each day to help you relieve some of stress and anxiety of finals. From 10am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday, there will be presentations to attend and tables to stop by for an activity. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening.


Monday – Meditation and mindfulness with presentations at 10am and 2pm.

Tuesday – Yoga and stretching with sessions at 10:15 am and 1pm

Wednesday – Board Games from 10-3

Thursday – Origami and coloring

Student Life will also be around with snacks!

Come learn and try different ways to reduce stress while prepping for your finals. Reducing stress and anxiety around finals will help keep you focused and be better prepared for the task at hand. See you next week!

Relaxation and personal wellness

May 4th, 2016

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With this useful eBook, you’ll learn a range of proven methods for overcoming anxiety, such as relaxation and breathing techniques, how to quiet negative self-talk, and the use of imagery to help you relax.  The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook helps you work through the processes of making lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise changes, and helps you cultivate better coping skills.

250 Million Trees

April 29th, 2016

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Today being the last Friday in April means that we celebrate National Arbor Day today. The very first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska in 1872 and since that time 250 million trees have been planted all over the country through the Arbor Day Foundation. A day set aside to celebrate the importance of trees in our lives and to promote their planting and care came about through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton, an early Nebraska pioneer and editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper. He often wrote about agriculture and environmentalism and promoted the idea of a day for tree planting. Nebraska’s State Board of Agriculture agreed with his proposal and declared the first Arbor Day. Prizes were offered for the largest number of trees planted and over a million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day. Other states soon followed and eventually the day would be celebrated in all 50 states and numerous countries around the world.

Join the celebration today at 1:30 with the MVCC Go Green! Club. They will be planting a magnolia tree on the north side of the pump house in front of Buildings F and T. Then at 2:00 in D116 there will be a talk entitled “Climate Action Plan? What’s That? & Other  Sustainability News.” Also, don’t forget to check out the many books in our collection covering the natural history of trees as well information about different varieties of trees around the country, growing tips, and even a book about famous trees. To find out more about Arbor Day or to add to the next 250 million trees visit the Arbor Day Foundation website.

“Arbor Day…which has already transplanted itself…to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands…is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.”  –J. Sterling Morton

How Language Functions as a Window to Our World (video)

April 28th, 2016

Language use and its potential to accomplish various things has always intrigued linguists for centuries. As the discipline has evolved, many linguists have sought to ascertain how language can serve as a veritable index for culture and its complexity. In this discussion, Ernest Gray, PhD. Student in Linguistics and New Testament studies will share how the promising arena of Systemic Functional Linguistics can serve as a window into culture as well as help us make sense of our world. This event was organized by the Psychology Department.

How Language Functions as a Window to Our World 


The audio of this discussion is available below:

New to Collection: “Capitalism: a Love Story” by Michael Moore

April 28th, 2016

MichaelMooreA must see movie this election season is Michael Moore’s Capitalism: a Love Story. IMDB summarizes the film as examining “the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes, and their savings. Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal. . .and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. ‘Capitalism: a Love Story’ also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do?”

No matter what side of the political aisle you fall, you will take away various interesting tidbits, such as plutonomy: “a term that Citigroup analysts have used for economies where economic growth is powered by and largely consumed by the wealthy few.” Also, according to Moore, the top 1% are afraid because the middle and lower classes (the 99%) have the larger vote. One person, one vote. . .so use it wisely!your-vote-counts

The DVD can be located here in our catalog. If you are a fan of Michael Moore, check out some of his other movies we have in our collection.

The Best ________ Ever

April 26th, 2016

There’s always plenty of  disagreement when something is named THE BEST.  Whether it’s a List of the Top Pizza places in Chicagoland by a local food writer or a list of The Best 50 Guitarists in Rock’n’Roll by a big music magazine, there’s bound to be disagreement.   And that disagreement can turn nasty when it’s a person being crowned the best in their field: who’s the best American president? what about the best actor of this generation? who’s the best rapper alive? The best pop star of the 2000s?  All those questions would be answered in many different ways. It’s hard to agree!

But there is one “Best of” title that pretty much everyone will agree on.   William Shakespeare is THE BEST playwright. Ever.   There maybe others who come close in certain ways but Shakespeare’s emotional relevancy and mastery of the English language are as real today as they were centuries ago in Elizabethan London.  That’s why we’re still studying his plays, performing them, turning them into movies, reimagining them for our modern era and writing books and articles about his life and times.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (he died at 52).  If you’ve noticed a glut of news and interest in his works this year, that’s probably why.  Chicago is holding events in over 100 places throughout the year to celebrate.  If you think Shakespeare plays are boring musty things that you were forced to study in English Class, then you’ve never considered an interactive Shakespeare videogame, or Improvised Shakespeare.  Still not convinced? In September, there’s Company Theatre Mumbai’s Piya Beharupiya (a Hindi translation of Twelfth Night). And if Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet doesn’t get you, nothing will.

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Free MLA and APA Citation Workshops

April 26th, 2016

Don’t miss these! Very useful skills for writing papers.

MLA Citations Workshop
When: May 4 at 11am
Where: Library, Classroom 1
Why: This collaboration between the Library and the Speaking & Writing Center offers an interactive, game-based overview of the MLA citation style providing students an understanding of why citation is important, what information is commonly needed for citations, and practice creating citations for the sources most often used.

APA Citations Workshop
When: May 5 at 11am
Where: Library, Classroom 1
Why: This collaboration between the Library and the Speaking & Writing Center offers an interactive, game-based overview of the APA citation style providing students an understanding of why citation is important, what information is commonly needed for citations, and practice creating citations for the sources most often used.

April is Earth Month

April 26th, 2016

And to help you think green, here is a list of materials addressing different aspects of environmental sustainability, ranging in scope from the larger problems to offering practical solutions.


Problems facing our environment today:

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot is a collection of photo essays edited by Tom Butler that draw attention to the perils of overpopulation and over development such as species loss and destruction of wildlife habitats.

Gasland and Gasland Part II are two documentary films by Josh Fox exploring the dangers of fracking (hydraulic fracturing). In the first video, Fox takes viewers on his journey through twenty-five states with accounts of exploding wells, flammable drinking water, pains and sicknesses, and government indifference to this process of natural gas drilling. Expanding his scope in the second documentary, Fox chronicles the expansion of fracking in the United States since the first film and in thirty-two countries worldwide.

Solutions to combating environmental threats:

Countering 21st Century Social-Environmental Threats to Growing Global Populations by Frederic R. Siegel offers solutions to a variety of social and environmental problems like climate change, water deficits, and competition for natural resources. Siegel proposes different political, economic, and scientific changes that would help cope with the strains of overpopulation.

Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars by Margo T. Oge is an account of how government agencies, environmental groups, and car manufacturers are partnering to address climate change through the development of cleaner, intelligent vehicles.

In Creating Regenerative Cities, Herbert Girardet argues for a paradigm shift in city-planning: a move from ‘sustainable development’ to ‘regenerative development’. He examines technical, management, and policy solutions to make cities self-sufficient, calling for a holistic approach to city operations in which cities operate in circular systems versus linear systems of resource use.

Andrew Hasse’s film Edible City looks at the Good Food Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, a movement for healthy, sustainable local food systems with practical solutions to monumental problems facing the larger food system.

The Emergent Agriculture: Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy is a collection of essays by Gary Kleppel on achieving sustainability in farming. Kleppel argues that a locally based food system is more economically stable and environmentally resilient than the destructive industrial agriculture system, allowing for food security and benefits for local economies.

Eat Local for Less: the Ultimate Guide to Opting Out of Our Broken Industrial Food System by Julie Castillo contains practical advice on buying, growing, and preparing local food, including how to navigate farmers’ markets, CSAs, and co-ops and cook fresh foods on a budget.

Do you have end of the semester worries?

April 25th, 2016

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It is only human to worry about problems in life – but for some, obsessing for weeks and months, or avoiding social events and situations due to feelings of panic can become a frequent part of life.  If any of these describe you or a loved one, then you or they may be considered “almost anxious”.  Those who are almost anxious may never address the issue because they don’t fully meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder.  In the eBook Almost Anxious, author Luana Marques, Ph.D., describes the spectrum of anxiety symptoms, from normal situational anxiety to full-blown anxiety disorder.  Drawing on case studies and the latest research, she gives the tools to:  assess whether your or a loved one’s worry is a problem; discover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of distress; gauge the physical, psychological, and social impact of your anxiety symptoms; and determine when and how to get professional help when needed.

Special Event: #FundMyCollege: The Importance of Funding Public Higher Education

April 22nd, 2016

Check out this special event on campus. With the budget crisis in the State of Illinois, this is an issue impacting our students and our college. Please attend if you can!

Event: #FundMyCollege: The Importance of Funding Public Higher Education
Date: Tuesday, April 26th: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Location: U-111 (NOTE: this is NOT in the library)

The Moraine Valley Political Activist Club would like to invite you to join us to discuss one of the most pressing issues facing our students today. With the Illinois Budget impasse in its tenth month, the lack of funding for public higher education has led to a crisis in higher education, hurting both colleges and students. Students will come together with state Representative Kelly Burke and Brenna Conway, the Director of the Roosevelt Institute in Illinois, to learn about the current status of higher education funding and to discuss how we can develop solutions and advocate for the future of our education.

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