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
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.
It’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 TheNutcracker 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!
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.
————— 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.)
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.
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:
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!
There are a lot of apps to choose from, but if you or family members have boxes of old pictures taking up space, you may want to download this app. The PhotoScan app lets you scan printed pictures in a short amount of time.