New to the Collection: “Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility” 2 Disc DVD Set

November 24th, 2015

SenseAndSensibilityIf you are a fan of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey, you’ll want to check out this DVD set to tide you over until the new (and final) season of Downton starts in January on PBS. It’s a BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

In Sense & Sensibility, Dan Stevens (best known for his role as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey) plays Edward Ferrars. Elinor Dashwood likes Edward until she finds out the devastating news that Edward has been secretly engaged for four years. Will Elinor find happiness with Edward or another suitor?

Also included in this 2 DVD set is Miss Austen Regrets, “the new BBC biopic based on the letters of Jane Austen” (DVD container). Jane reveals to her niece why she never married, and also remembers the man who got away, Reverend Brook Bridges, played by Hugh Bonneville (best known for his role as Robert Crawley on Downton Abbey).

It’s interesting to watch actors in other roles before they became famous for the best known ones!

Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility DVD set can be found here in our catalog.

Search for other Jane Austen materials here.

And if you’d rather just binge watch Downton Abbey until the premiere of the final season, click here for available seasons on DVD.


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

November 23rd, 2015

Gobble! Gobble!

Our library will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen at 7:30am on Monday, November 30.

We hope that our students, faculty, staff, and administrators have a great break. Those of us in the library are thankful for the successful semester!!

Thanksgiving is Next Week – Plan Your Menu Now!

November 17th, 2015

Now is the time for the Moraine community to give thanks for our abundance of library resources. Items in our collection can help you make the holiday a delicious one whether you’re hosting, contributing a dish or cooking for yourself.

The Nov/Dec issue of Cook’s Illustrated will give you EVERYTHING on turkey: buying, prepping, cooking, carving AND dealing with leftovers.  Also, light, loose and crispy sounds delicious right– find out how to make a rustic bread stuffing that’s exactly that.

Not to be outdone, Martha Stewart Living is full of ideas for the great American holiday: 2 tasty turkey recipes (apple-cider-glazed or herb-rubbed), 17 sides (including some you can make ahead!) and a dozen desserts (including vegan and gluten-free).   You’re not good at setting the mood?  This issue has you covered with easy and elegant table setting ideas too.

Did you gain a few pounds just reading about those recipes? Don’t worry, Cooking Light has a fantastic DOUBLE issue for Thanksgiving with a full holiday cookbook. There are pages and pages of everything you’ll need- sips and snacks, gravy, sides, rolls, desserts, even leftovers are accounted for.

Are you into big Thanksgiving meals, but meat is not your thing?   Vegetarian Times is a resource to be treasured: this month’s issue will give you plenty meatless tasty traditions.  You’ll also find some holiday favorites from some top American chefs for side dishes.

All of the above are shelved on the stands in front of the coffee shop.  Browse through them on your next break!


The Arab Experience Through Graphic Novels: Featuring Toufic El Rassi

November 17th, 2015

We welcome acclaimed writer Toufic El Rassi to Moraine Valley for this special event organized by the Arab Student Union. Toufic El Rassi is the author of the graphic novel Arab in America which is the story of average Arab-Americans who struggle with their identity in a post-9/11 world.

The Arab Experience Through Graphic Novels: Featuring Toufic El Rassi

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Drop a Fine, Help a Family: Food for Fines

November 16th, 2015

Starting Monday Nov 16 – Nov. 24 the library will be collecting food in exchange for student library fines for Elsie’s Food Pantry.

One food item= one fine.

In an effort to help out the food pantry at a particularly difficult time, we also encourage campus staff and faculty to contribute non-perishable food items or make a monetary donation to help in the effort. All food and monetary donations are accepted at the library circulation desk. We’d like to raise at least $300.00 this year for the pantry along with the food donations, even $1 will help them in their effort to supply food for hungry families.

We look forward to seeing all of you in the library and hope that you will help us help families in need.

Feeling stressed?

November 16th, 2015

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Anxiety is the most common mental health complaint, and all of us have felt it at some point in our lives. Some anxiety is healthy and necessary to keep us alive, but too much anxiety can interfere with living well.  The Anxiety Answer Book (it’s an e-book!) pulls together helpful information in an easy question-and-answer format, providing tools to help reduce anxiety and enjoy life more.

This post is one of a series, highlighting resources on finding help for anxiety and depression, and is a collaboration between the Counseling and Career Development Center (CCDC) and the Library.

Being Arab American

November 16th, 2015

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Tomorrow at 11:00am, the MVCC Library is hosting the event The Arab Experience Through Graphic Novels. One of the novels being featured is Arab in America, which portrays the prejudices experienced by Arabs and Muslims in American society. If you want to explore this topic further you might want to check out some other items from our collection.

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America looks into the lives of twenty-somethings living in the largest Arab-American community in the US, with everything from government surveillance to workplace discrimination being part of their lives.

Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America tells the story of one Muslim American family–“a story of the struggles of assimilation and acceptance in a climate of confusion and prejudice.”

From Veils to Thongs: An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America takes a lighthearted look at being Syrian-American and trying to straddle two very different cultures with two very different views on women.

Homeland Insecurity: the Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11 is an ethnographic study of the post 9/11 Chicago area. Through more than a hundred interviews and five in-depth oral histories, we get a candid look into the lives and experiences of Arab and Muslim Americans. We learn of their experiences with government scrutiny and public mistrust, but also of their experiences of increased social and civic engagement.

In All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim we hear first-hand from Muslim American men from all walks of life. We hear about their lives and about what it means to be both Muslim and American.

In I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim 40 women under the age of 40, who are both Muslim and American, share their individual stories about womanhood as a Muslim and what their lives are like being Muslim in America.

In the DVD Arab American Comedy Tour: Featuring America’s Most Wanted Comedians!, three comedians, Maysoon Zayid, Ahmed Ahmed, and Dean Obeidallah find the humor in the stereotypes that are often experienced in this country and “at all major airports” when you are Arab American.

Challenges + Math + Creativity = Actuarial Science

November 13th, 2015

Want to be an actuary? Don’t know what an actuary does? Have a cousin who should be an actuary? Watch this video.

Presenter Maria Schiopu is a quantitative analyst who provides hedging services for mutual funds at Milliman Financial Risk Management LLC. Learn more about the work she and her team are doing to create transformational improvement in the retirement securities industry. Maria graduated with a degree in mathematics from Northwestern University and a certificate in financial economics from the Kellogg School of Management. This event is part of the STEM series organized by the Math Department.

Challenges + Math + Creativity = Actuarial Science

The audio of this discussion is available below:

In search of Zoroaster

November 12th, 2015


Recently the library purchased the book titled, Religions of Iran: from pre-history to the present by Richard Foltz. Inside is a chapter titled, “In search of Zoroaster.” Zoroaster is a mystery to many as the basics of his life–where he was born, lived and when he died (possibly born c. 628 BCE—died c. 551 BCE)–are uncertain. The religion, Zoroastrianism, relies on an ancient sacred text called the Avesta, which contains sections called “Gathas,” or hymns, which many consider Zoroaster to be author. According to Encyclopædia Britannica Online, “In more recent times the study of Zoroastrianism has played a decisive part in reconstructing the religion and social structure of the Indo-European peoples. Though Zoroastrianism was never, even in the thinking of its founder, as aggressively monotheistic as, for instance, Judaism or Islam, it does represent an original attempt at unifying under the worship of one supreme god a polytheistic religion comparable to those of the ancient Greeks, Latins, Indians, and other early peoples. Its other salient feature, namely dualism, was never understood in an absolute, rigorous fashion. Good and Evil fight an unequal battle in which the former is assured of triumph.” Read more about Zoroaster from the books and databases available via the library or from the link listed below:

Religions of Iran: from prehistory to the present by Richard Foltz (2013).

Heirs to forgotten kingdoms: journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East by Gerard Russell (2014).


“Zoroastrianism”. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2015. Web. 12 Nov. 2015

Determined in a World of Uncertainty: Latina/o Undocumented Students Striving for Success

November 11th, 2015

Featured Guest Maria Luna-Duarte, Interim Director of Northeastern Illinois University’s El Centro. She will discusses issues relating to community outreach and Latinos in higher education as part of the One Book Program organized in partnership with the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

Determined in a World of Uncertainty: Latina/o Undocumented DACAmented Students Striving for Success

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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