“Turning life into a game”

The MVCC library is promoting board games this week.  There are various games in the display cases and they all have different game pieces, number of players, goals, etc.  But they all have one thing in common: human interaction.  I may not have noticed this particular exhibit had I not just read an article on “gamification.”  The board game with those colorful, old-fashioned game boxes are the polar opposite of the games that are described in the article.

Read this article on how “marketers are trying to make life easier by borrowing techniques from the gaming industry.” It is a fascinating theory and it will certainly make you ponder the pros and cons of the gamification saturation in our world. Check out the links in the article. The MVCC library owns one of the books mentioned: Irresistible. Why not check out the list of board games that are located in the MVCC catalog.

Interesting Reads! New Non-Fiction Titles

FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN
Sex, Gender, Feminism
By Camille Paglia

A collection of essays from well-known feminist academic, Camille Paglia, who the New York Times Book review calls a “fearless public intellectual…more necessary than ever.” Paglia was recently featured in a cover story by Molly Fisher at the New York Magazine website The Cut titled, “Camille Paglia Predicted 2017: What the ’90s provocateur understands about the Trump era.”

THE INKBLOTS
Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing
By Damion Searls

Read about how in the 1920’s Rorschach created and used his test to identify illnesses of a psychiatric nature and predict the traits of an individual’s personality. The author of the book was interviewed by Robert Seigel for the NPR program All Things Considered on February 17, 2017.

IRRESISTIBLE
The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter

Having trouble putting down your phone? In IRRESISTABLE, Alter, professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, follows the rise of behavioral addiction as it relates to technology and examines why so many of these products are keeping us hooked. Read an excerpt online at Wired.

JOURNALISM AFTER SNOWDEN
The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State                          Edited by Emily Bell and Taylor Owen. With Smitha Khorana and Jennifer R. Henrichsen

This anthology includes voices from a number of major journalistic players, both online and in print, and provides information on source protection, modern security measures, legal ramifications for journalists, data access, modern interpretations of privilege, and how journalism today is influenced by the Internet and modern telecommunications policy. Read book editor Emily Bells’ interview with Snowden, that was integrated into the book, online at Columbia Journalism Review.

SEX AND THE CONSTITUTION
Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century                                                                                                               By Geoffrey R. Stone

University of Chicago professor and constitutional scholar, Stone, offers insight into how sex became legislated and regulated in America. He includes the topics of obscenity, sodomy, abortion, birth control, and future issues facing the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Stone’s guest blog discussing the book at the Washington Post online.

Orland Grassland

 

Less than ten miles from the Moraine campus is a Cook County forest preserve that gives visitors a chance to experience nature as it looked centuries before the existence of the Orland Mall, the Marcus Orland Park Cinema, Whole Foods, and various other business that form a commercial corridor on South LaGrange Road. Welcome to the Orland Grassland where a “visitor is transported back in time, to an age when only native plants and animals lived on the land.” This preserve consists of over 900 acres of grasslands, wetlands and oak woods. “Each ecosystem provides a habitat for many threatened and endangered birds of the Chicago Wilderness Region.”

Take some time this summer to visit this southwest preserve.
Check out the MVCC catalog for more information on prairies .

 

 

 

 

Take some time this summer to visit this southwest preserve.

Check out the MVCC catalog for more information on prairies .

 

Free Comic Book Day Tomorrow – May 6

It’s “Free Comic Book Day” tomorrow! Held the first Saturday every May, “the [comic book] industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics put out free comics for fans to enjoy at the more than 2,300 local comic shops participating in Free Comic Book Day.” (www.freecomicbookday.com)

You can find local comic book stores near Palos Hills that are participating in the event by using Free Comic Book Day’s locator web page. Nearby participants are:

Also, check out MVCC Library’s graphic novel section. We have books about comics and we also have graphic novels that are bound collections of comic books such as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s She-Hulk, DC Comics’ Bombshells, and more!

Travel Suggestions for a Long Weekend

Memorial Day is just a few weeks away. If you don’t have plans but want to go somewhere new, here are some sites with details about nearby destinations.

13 best day trips

Weekend getaways near Chicago

Best day trips for under $100

Best train trips from Chicago

Also, the library has this book and ebook on the subject:

Last-Minute Travel Secrets: 121 Ingenious Tips to Endure Cramped Planes, Car Trouble, Awful Hotels, and Other Trips from Hell by Joey Green

Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective: Insider Tips on Getting the Best Value, Service, and Security in Accommodations from Bed and Breakfasts to Five-Star Resorts by Peter Greenberg (ebook)

New EBSCO eBooks

We have added dozens of new eBooks and eAudiobooks to our collection this past month. The electronic books can be easily accessed via Web browser. You will be asked to enter your MVCC login information for off-campus access, and access is limited to one user per book, multiple users can’t access the same book at the same time. The eAudiobooks will need to be checked out through the EBSCO Audiobook app.

Browse the whole collection of EBSCO eBooks or sample one of my favorites below:

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)

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

 

Game of Thrones and History

Did you know that the super popular fantasy stories Game of Thrones is based upon history?

Our librarians and our library staff love Game of Throne. We have the books, DVDs, graphic novels, and supporting books in our library’s collection.

The stories within the Game of Thrones heavily draw upon actual European and Medieval history. These two videos outline some of the real historic events upon which events in Game of Thrones are based. While there are no dragons and no magic, the actual history is just as amazing as the fiction.

The wars that inspired Game of Thrones

Why Game of Thrones reads like a History Book and not a Fantasy Epic