COMPLETE: Wednesday, 7/5, 3PM: Library System Down for Scheduled Maintenance

Update: The system upgrade has been completed!

Thank you for your patience and have a great day!

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Access to the library’s resources, including the catalog and subscription research databases will be down for a couple of hours on Wednesday, July 5th beginning at 3PM so we can perform a needed system update.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you need any assistance, please Ask a Librarian!

Thanks!

Summer in the City – Art Museums

This is part two  of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.

Add the Art Institute of Chicago to your list of must see Chicago sights. Current exhibitions include Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist and Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg.

You might want to include the Museum of Contemporary Art if you want to include a museum that emphasizes contemporary works of art.

There is a student discount at both museums.

Don’t forget to use the MVCC library for additional information on your favorite artist or art history.

 

“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.

Savor the Season: Head to the Farmers’ Market

I’m one of those annoying people who always finds something to complain about when it comes to weather: in the winter, it’s too cold and dark and dreary and depressing but as soon as summer comes, it’s too hot and sticky and gross.   To try to beat that bad attitude, I do my best to focus on the great things summer brings!   One of my favorites?   The Farmers’ Market!

I’ll make weekly visits until the fall but I’m not a very natural chef, so I need plenty of inspiration and direction to tell me what to do with all the scrumptious seasonal goodness.  I’ve checked out some great cookbooks, maybe you want to as well!

Don’t feel like lugging a book home? Check out these e-books!

Don’t feel like spending any more time staring at a screen? Check out these books!

 

“Summer in the City”

This is part one of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.

The Tribune Tower, constructed in 1923-1925, is an iconic symbol of Chicago. It is less than 25 miles  from the  Moraine Valley Community College campus. The Tower is an architectural jewel filled with treasures from all over the world. The treasures include rocks from the Colosseum in Rome, the Giza pyramid, the Arc de Triumphe, Aztec Ruins and the Berlin Wall. These are just a few examples of historic rocks that are incorporated in the walls of this building.

Check out more information on the Tribune Tower and other great Chicago architecture from the MVCC catalog.

 

Wednesday, 6/7, 4pm: Library Catalog Maintenance

 

Access to the library catalog will be down for a couple of hours beginning at 4pm on Wednesday, 06/07/2017 so we can perform system updates.  Please use this alternate link to access the library catalog:  http://library.morainevalley.edu/

Please Ask a Librarian for help if you need assistance.

Thanks!

Leisure Time Reading and Viewing

Now that finals are over, you might have plenty of leisure time to fill.  The library has lots of fun materials available for checkout.  If you like comic books and graphic novels, the library has a plethora to choose from.  If you would prefer a more conventional book, check out our After Class Collection.  Would you rather watch a movie?  We’ve got you covered. Are you looking to binge a show?  We have those too.

As always, if you have questions, please Ask a Librarian.

Novels in Verse and Young Adult Readers

Did National Poetry Month pass without your having the chance to read a sonnet or haiku? Maybe you prefer to read novels. Historical fiction? Non-fiction, even? Anything but poetry? If so, novels in verse may be for you.

The library’s Young Adult (YA) and Children’s collection has a number of interesting novels in verse that may help diminish your reluctance to reading poetry. (Critics may argue that novels in verse aren’t really poetry but few will quibble with their ability to resonate emotionally with readers, especially young adults.)  Consider these:

Like interesting rhymes and sports, try Coretta Scott King and Newbery Award winner Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover or Booked, available electronically or in print. Did you see the movie Loving (2016), which recounted the story of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court Case that invalidated states’ laws prohibiting interracial marriage? If so, maybe you would like Patricia Hruby Powell’s Loving Vs. Virginia, which combines verse with illustration and artwork. Carnegie Medial winning Irish author Sarah Crossan’s One tells the story of conjoined twins forced to make the most difficult choice of their lives.

A catalog search for novels in verse will bring up more titles, including print and e-books. Need help finding the right title or accessing the format that works for you? Ask a librarian.

Icebergs in the Desert

There have been numerous scientific theories on how to transform the deserts of the world into lush farmlands or dense forests.  Scientists have developed numerous permaculture projects specifically designed for dry land desert environments.  These projects range from”conserving scarce water and nutrients, building up fertile soil, and creating cooling micro-climates to protect tender crops from the desert heat.”  Other ideas are”Contour Trenching Technique“, which consists of digging trenches on contour elevation lines in the landscape and trapping precipitation in the trenches” or integrating solar power and desalination technology.

One idea that has been in the news recently is an attempt by the United Arab Emirates to drag an iceberg from the Antarctica (over 5,000 miles) to the coast of Fujairah.  It will be used to provide billions of gallons of fresh water and perhaps, as The Emirates’ weather experts hope, the enormous iceberg will change the weather system of this arid country.  Some scientists question the possibility of this plan harming the global climate.

Quick Facts on Icebergs

More information on the project

More information on icebergs and climate