On Campus and in the Community: Pumpkin Decorating

Annually the Moraine Valley Community College Library host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Library student scholarship fund. If you didn’t already know, this is a really cool and might I add competitive event. As you can see from the pictures the creativity within the submissions is amazing.

WINNER: Fran Hoak “Retired”

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But wait, there’s more…

Beyond my role as an Adjunct Faculty Librarian at MVCC, I am also a consultant and researcher in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Community Engagement. Recently, I have been doing a little observational research on ways to enhance the connection between local public libraries and the MVCC library.

While out visiting local public libraries, my travels took me to the Harvey (IL) Public Library. Immediately when I walked in I felt connected. The Harvey Public Library District (HPLD) also embraced the pumpkin decorating spirit. In another expression of creativity the HPLD staff connected their pumpkin decorating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. As you can see from the pictures pumpkin decorating at HPLD is also quite the festive endeavor.

So here’s a shout out to HPLD, well done!

 

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Display in the library lobby

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HLPD Staff Front Row (R to L): Antonia McBride, Head of Teen & Youth Services; Kim Peake, Head of Adult Services; Ina Bolling, Circulation Assistant; Back Row: Pat Nevin, Reference Librarian

 

 

 

Inspiring Designs: Our Herman Miller Chairs

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“Inspiring designs help people do great things.” (check out the cool video at the bottom of this post)

This quote is from the video below, and it refers to the design work of the Herman Miller company. Our library staff members have long believed that our spaces matter and that having a comfortable environment matters. We hope that our study spaces, lounge areas, and other public spaces offer places to work, to contemplate, and to find inspiration.

Along these lines, we have two flavors of chairs that have won design awards. The first chair pictured here are the Herman Miller Aeron Chairs that are at our computer work stations. The second image is of the classic Herman Miller Chairs that have been in our library since the 1970s.

Both chairs are designed for comfort and to enhance our space. We hope that you take the time to visit us and to have a seat and enjoy the design!  (See video below for a short history of Herman Miller.)

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108 years of Herman Miller in 108 seconds

108 years of Herman Miller in 108 seconds from Christian Borstlap on Vimeo.