Database Downtime

The following library databases will be inaccessible starting at 9:00 PM, Saturday July 24th until 7 AM, Sunday July 25th. These products will be under maintenance at this time. The following databases are effected:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Coronavirus Research Database
  • Criminal Justice Database
  • Literature Online
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Times
  • Nursing and Allied Health Database
  • Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune
  • Historical Newspapers: The New York Times
  • SIRS Issues Researcher
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post
  • U.S. Major Dailies
  • History Study Center

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

That Smokey Haze Across the Chicago Skyline

Have you noticed that milky haze across the sky? That’s smoke in the upper atmosphere from Western wildfires. There are 80 fires burning across 13 states and the smoke from those fires reaches across the entire US. Check out this NY Times story, See How Wildfire Smoke Spread Across America. (MVCC students and staff can sign up for a free account on the NY Times through our library).

A map from the NY Times traces the route of smoke across the US.
Haze in the sky of Chicago.

Jane Austen July

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student in possession of a summer break, must be in want of a reading challenge.

Okay, maybe not, but if you are looking for a month-long reading challenge and you enjoy a little early 19th century English literature, look no further than Jane Austen July!

Hosted by three Booktubers: Blatantly Bookish, Books and Things, and Spinster’s Library, the challenge has a Goodreads group, read-alongs, and a Bingo card that readers can complete.

The hosts have created 7 challenges, all of which can be completed with materials from MVCC Library!

  1. Read one of Jane Austen’s Six Novels
  2. Read something by Jane Austen that is not one of her main six novels
  3. Read a non fiction work about Jane Austen or her time period, The Late Georgian or Regency Era
  4. Read a modern retelling of a Jane Austen book
  5. Read a Book by a contemporary of Jane Austen (Some examples are Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, and more)
  6. Watch a direct screen adaptation of a Jane Austen Book.
  7. Watch a modern screen adaptation of a Jane Austen Book. (Some examples are Bride and Prejudice and Clueless)

I propose an 8th challenge: Read an article from a peer-reviewed Jane Austen academic journal!

Will you be partaking in this Regency read-a-thon?

#JaneAustenJuly2021 #JaneAustenJuly

What’s Going On?

This weekend I read the book All We Can Save. This is the “One Book, One College” selection for the MVCC 2021-2022 school year. The book examines climate change. Ironically, hours after I finished the book on Sunday, a tornado ripped through my neighborhood. Suddenly some of the facts in the book became a startling reality for me.

This storm was calculated as a EF-3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Some climate experts believe the frequency of tornadoes in the United States is stable but not their patterns.

I highly recommend this book. The authors’ perspective of climate change is interesting and the book is well written and persuasive. I have always championed respect for our world and its inhabitants. The June 20 tornado added to my resolve to continue educating myself about climate change.

Be Ready For Tornadoes

Late last night, Naperville residents had about 3 minutes between hearing their local emergency sirens and the formation of a huge tornado with winds possibly over 100 mph. Residents in Naperville, Woodridge, and Darien suffered damage to their homes and communities. A few individuals ended up in the hospital and many lost their homes. Trees damaged power lines and many lost power. Tornadoes don’t leave a lot of time for you to react, so the best way to deal with them is to prepare ahead of time.

While this event didn’t impact the MVCC campus directly, tornadoes can affect any community. Here are some resources that will help you be ready in case the next disaster is in your area:

Tornado Preparedness Resources:

5 Things to Know When the Tornado Siren Blares (Alternative link)

Tornado Preparedness and Safety

Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Guide

Building and Emergency Kit

Get Emergency Alerts on Your Phone

Apps and Social Media for Monitoring Severe Weather:

Want to help?

Suburban Chicago Tornado: How to Help Storm Damage Victims

Information about Volunteering, Donations, and Food Pantries

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Since President Biden just signed the law making Juneteenth a federal holiday, here is a video from our library from 2019 about the Juneteenth holiday.

Talk Description: “Moraine Valley Community College students will learn about the oldest known holiday to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. The session will focus on the historical significance and cultural traditions of the forgotten holiday.”

Loki in the Library

Moraine is your source to all things Loki.

Want to read his first Marvel appearance? Read Thor Masterworks Vol. 1. Want to read his fight with several of the Avengers before they were the Avengers? Read Marvel Masterworks: Avengers, Vol. 1. Want to read his standalone adventures? Read Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth, and Loki: Agent of Asgard. We have lots of digital titles to checkout for free on Hoopla! Click here to see all our Loki titles online.

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