Avoid Slow Mo Charging

July 17th, 2014

How many hours does it take to charge your iPad, iPhone or tablet? This article  explains how to increase the efficiency of your charge.

Also, don’t forget your friendly MVCC library has a charging station (located near the front door) for thirsty iPads or iPhones.

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What Bigfoot Can Teach Us About Belief?

July 17th, 2014

Knowledge and belief are intertwined in surprising ways. Troy Swanson discusses how the mythic creature Bigfoot can teach us about knowledge and belief. This lecture was part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event.

What Bigfoot Can Teach Us About Belief

Giving the IMF a Run for its Money

July 16th, 2014

Ever hear of the BRICS group of Nations? They are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and they have just established a development bank with billions of dollars to help these and other nations with their monetary issues. Read this article from the South China Morning Post.

Cooler Than Google Maps

July 10th, 2014

Travel in 2014 is fast and fairly safe.  Cheap prices can be found on the internet. Compare our mode of travel to the ancient Romans.  Walter Schneidel, a historian from Stanford University, “created the interactive ‘Orbis: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World’ that lets you explore the Empire, and see how long it would have taken – and how much it would have cost – to travel the world in 200 CE. ”

Try out the interactive map

An American Hero Dies

July 3rd, 2014

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and World War II hero, has died at age 97.  The story of this remarkable man has been the subject of “The New York Times” best seller, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”  An upcoming film version is scheduled to be released this December. Mr. Zamperini survived 47 days in a life raft and 2 brutal years as a prisoner of war.

Read Unbroken

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Check out some of the materials we have in our collection on Prisoners of War

The Journey of East Asian Cultures

July 3rd, 2014

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The East Asian cultures are exotic, mysterious, aesthetical and fascinating to Westerners. Architecture, cuisine art, poems, wash painting, gardening, sado, Yin Yang, and Feng Shui, among other amazing things, all originate from the long-lasting East Asian civilizations that date back to as far as four thousand years ago. To get intimate with them, you do not have to make a physical tour; we can provide you a wonderful virtual journey to the East Asia from our library. The following resource list will give you a comprehensive overview of the cultures in East Asian countries and regions, which includes history, geography, customs, economy, politics, and social issues. In addition, you can also discover a lot of popular and amazing subjects in these books and DVDs, such as pop music trends, fashions and art designs, famous comic characters, traditional Asian foods, and local travel guides. Are you ready for this exciting journey? Let’s reveal the mystery and exoticism of East Asian cultures.

Books:

Ancient Chinese inventions

China—a global studies handbook

China in the 21st century—what everyone needs to know

Pop culture China: media, arts, and lifestyle

The Koreas

The Koreas – a global studies handbook

Japan—a global studies handbook

A travellers’ history of Japan

Japan Pop: inside the world of Japanese popular culture

DVDs:

Discovery atlas: China revealed

Eyes on Asia: China

Hong Kong & Taiwan

North Korea: Secret Nation

Blog author – He Tian (Dominican University graduate student)

Chicago Museums – Week 10

July 1st, 2014

This will be the final week for the Chicago Museum Blog. The last stop on our tour is a little known art museum located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Loyola University Museum of Art @ 820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

“Since its opening in 2005, LUMA has worked to fulfill its promise of exploring art that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all faiths and cultures.”

For travel information visit www.transitchicago.com

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Enjoy Chicago’s Museums

What Gives a Dollar Bill Its Value? Not Gold.

July 1st, 2014

What Gives a Dollar Bill Its Value?
Description: The value of money is determined by how much (or how little) of it is in circulation. But who makes that decision, and how does their choice affect the economy at large? Doug Levinson takes a trip into the United States Federal Reserve, examining how the people who work there aim to balance the value of the dollar to prevent inflation or deflation.

The Light in the Ruins- After Class Collection

July 1st, 2014

16099189Looking for a summer read? Try something from our After Class collection!

Today’s After Class pick: The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

In 1955 Florence, Serafina Bettini, a police investigator is assigned to a chilling new case that stirs up her personal demons. A serial killer is targeting the members of the Rosati family one-by-one. Serafina finds herself revisiting the victims’ past, which disturbingly intertwine with her own carefully hidden past tragedy.

Future Moraine Students Do Research (and Have Fun!) at the Library

June 26th, 2014

On Thursday afternoon, the library welcomed 2 groups of summer campers and their counselors for a little time travel learning.   The younger set enjoyed stories and coloring, while the older kids went through issues of Life magazine from decades past, and made collages about how the things they use every day have developed in the past 40 to 80 years.   At first, the children were a little concerned that the initial project did not involve using a computer, but once they were reassured that they were doing research just like people did in the past they studied the magazines and made many great observations.

Are you interested in vintage fashion or do you love old cars?  The issues of Life Magazine in the library’s collection are a great window into the past, and can certainly make you reflect on how far we’ve come as a society–all those cigarette ads!  Two months’ worth of issues are bound together and our collection starts in Jan-Feb 1938.  They are shelved behind the coffee shop, next to the more recent magazine and journals.   Come browse through them and escape into the past, just like our little scholars did today!

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