Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues

We are excited to host a series of student presentations on a range of social issues. These discussions are available on the library’s YouTube channel (links below).

These students are in Mike McGuire’s composition classes. They are presenting their research and experiences on their service learning projects.


Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 1 Session 1)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 1 Session 2)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2 Session 1)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2 Session 2)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2, session 3)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 3, session 1)

Hamilton: The Revolution Co-Author Jeremy McCarter at Moraine Valley

Moraine Valley Community College hosted Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine Arts and Performing Center. McCarter’s presentation was part of Moraine Valley’s One Book, One College, a collaborative effort between the college’s Library and Bookstore. The event is made possible by Moraine Valley’s Liberal Arts and Student Engagement subdivisions, and the Library.

Hamilton: The Revolution Co-Author Jeremy McCarter at Moraine Valley

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Don’t Fall for Fake News!

This term our library hosted three events focusing on understanding fake news. You can watch them on YouTube and download them as podcasts.


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. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/the-big-fake-out-why-do-we-fall-for-fake-news/

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion
Join us in playing our own news game that is in the tradition of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Can you separate fake news from actual news stories? Fabricated news stories spread across the internet like wildfire impacting how we understand our world and how we make decisions as citizens. This event will discuss ways we can prevent ourselves from falling victim to online falsehoods. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/playing-the-fake-news-game-an-interactive-event-discussion/

Fake News, Journalism, and Media with the Chicago Tribune’s Margaret Holt
Margaret Holt, Standards Editor with the Chicago Tribune, discusses her career as a journalist and editor. She also discusses the impact of fake news and the state of journalism. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/fake-news-journalism-and-media-with-the-chicago-tribunes-margaret-holt/

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)

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:

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:

Take the Survey: On to 2050: Alternative Futures

For the next four weeks, the Library will be hosting the “On to 2050: Alternative Futures” survey. A special interactive station near the New Book Shelf in the Library offers this interactive survey. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking input on five “alternative futures,” each with distinct factors that could significantly shape our region for decades to come. The futures are:

1. Changed climate
2. Walkable communities
3. Innovative transportation
4. Constrained resources
5. Transformed economy

Students, employees, and members of the public are invited to visit the library to offer their perspectives. For more “On to 2050: Alternative Futures” visit
http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/onto2050

The U.S. Banking System and Your Finances

We were excited to welcome Dr. Mitra of Purdue University Northwest who discussed banking basics as part of our One Book program on Hamilton. Dr. Mitra also touched on some sound personal finance approaches for college students. This event was supported by the Social Action Club and the International Women’s Club.

The U.S. Banking System and Your Finances

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Local Views on the Situation in Syria and Syrian Refugees

Two weeks ago, the MVCC Arab Student Union hosted an event in the Library on the crisis in Syria. Last night the US attacked a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical attack on the Syrian people (see BBC’s page referencing the Syrian War for coverage of these issues). After these events, it seems appropriate to reshare the conversation held in the library.


Syrian Refugee Discussion