Have You Celebrated Poetry Month Yet?

April is Poetry Month!  We have some great titles in the first floor lounge that showcase the different ways poetry can speak to your heart.

Derek Walcott, Winner of the Nobel Prize and Saint Lucia’s favorite son, died last month.  We have a wonderful introduction to his decades of work Selected Poems Derek Walcott, Edited by Edward Baugh

The Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi is beloved by lovers of poetry all over the world.   If you know his poetry, you may want to check out a book about his life: Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love by Brad Gooch

Somos Como Las Nubes/We Are Like the Clouds is a moving and beautifully illustrated account of the tragic migrations of thousands of children in Central America to seek refuge in the US.  The poet, Jorge Argueta, was himself a refugee from El Salvador in the 1980s.

50th Anniversary Video-Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Each week this semester we will highlight one of the videos.

In honor of Earth Day this coming Saturday, it seems like a good time to focus on MVCC’s sustainability efforts. Stephenie Presseller talks about how proud she is of the college for the progress that she’s seen in her seven years here and that the President’s Climate Commitment pledges that Moraine Valley will be climate neutral by 2042.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager

New Test Prep Database!

We have added PrepStep: Test Preparation to the library’s database page.

This database offers practice tests in a range of topics including:
College success skills
Core math and science skills review
Core English skills review
Career and workplace preparation
Placement test preparation
ACT and SAT preparation
High school equivalency center
Basic computer skills
Spanish Center (Recursos para Hispanohablante)

Kindle Users Experiencing Issues with eRead IL App

Hi Everyone,

We heard from eRead IL, one of our ebook services, that folks using the Axis 360 App (a Baker and Taylor product) on their Kindles are experiencing some problems:

“An app update released last week contained a bug that has been causing connectivity issues for patrons. Baker & Taylor has released a corrected version of the app to Apple, Google, and Amazon. The corrected version has been released by Apple and Google into the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store but Amazon has not yet rolled it out to the Amazon App Store. Kindle Fire users looking for the Axis 360 app in the Amazon App Store may receive a message that the Kindle Fires are no longer compatible with Axis 360. This is not correct. We do not currently have any indication from Amazon about when they will release the corrected app.”  –statement issued from eRead IL, 4/18/17

It is suspected the issue will be resolved soon.

Thanks!

The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?

Our world of seamless information sharing and low-attention spans make it easy to spread news stories that are entirely fabricated. An entire industry of fake news sites has emerged generating advertising revenue for their owners. How do preexisting beliefs make us fall victim to outrageous stories? Why can’t we make rational decisions when it comes to evaluating information? How do our Why can’t we resist sharing articles that confirm our views? A panel of faculty members from philosophy, sociology, and psychology discuss these questions.

The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?

The audio of this discussion is available below:

So may I introduce to you Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

 

 

According to the magazine, Rolling Stone, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time – The Beatles.”

The MVCC library has books, e-books, dvds, and database articles on this band and their music. One way to get a “live streaming” feel to the album’s introduction on June 2, 1967 (U.S.) is to use the historical databases and read the world’s reaction to this historical album.

This short article is full of insights on how Chicago teens reacted to the album.

1967 Chicago Teens weigh in on the album

 

Bill Helmold, Director of Client Services, Information Technology

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Each week this semester we will highlight one of the videos.

Bill Helmond started coming 50 here years ago when he was a child to play on the tennis courts. He later enrolled as a student. He remembers wearing his parka during classes in the poorly heated temporary buildings. He later became a member of the staff and is now faculty. Moraine Valley has always been a part of his life.

“I just want to say, for over 50 years, how grateful I am for Moraine Valley, to help me learn, grow and gain an entire career here. It’s been fabulous and the people are awesome.”

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Bill Helmold, Director of Client Services, Information Technology

Be the Change featuring “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme

Freestyle rhymes calling for action from “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme!
This interdisciplinary discussion looks at climate and waste, parallels these crises with other great challenges that have been met, draws inspiration from what previous movements have accomplished, and imparts knowledge to students on what they can do. This event is part of Moraine Valley’s Earth Month programming.

Be the Change featuring “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme

The audio of this discussion is available below: