No Disney +? No problem!

Don’t feel bad if you can’t jump on the Disney+ bandwagon- many of your favorite Disney classics are right here at the library. We may not have The Mandalorian, but we can certainly satisfy your need for Star Wars films.

And best of all, they’re free when you show your Moraine Valley ID at the circulation desk.

Well Obi-Wan, if you want to take that DVD home we absolutely do. Jedi mind tricks don’t work on librarians.

You Will Not Be Ready to Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker or The Mandalorian Until You Have Seen the Star Wars Holiday Special

I am lying, of course. I am a terrible human being with an even worse sense of humor. The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is absolutely awful. This made for TV production is so bad it may ruin the entire Star Wars Universe for you.

If you are looking to purchase a copy online, don’t waste your time. To this day, George Lucas and Disney have never released a copy in any format. Don’t try to find it on TV, either. The special has never aired again on TV since its original air date of November 17, 1978.

So if you want to be a TRUE Star Wars fan and know the complete Star Wars story … you need to go through the punishment of watching this film. Channel your inner Jedi. You can do this. As Yoda said, A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.

May the Force Be With You, Moraine Valley.

What’s New Wednesday’s: Environmental Theme

This week’s new book recommendations have an environmental theme; the photos alone in “Plastic Soup” will tug at the heartstrings.

  • Plastic Soup : an Atlas of Ocean Pollution / by Michiel Roscam Abbing. “A beautifully-illustrated survey of the plastics clogging our seas, their impacts on wildlife and people around the world, and inspirational initiatives designed to tackle the problem.”–Publisher description.
  • How to Give Up Plastic : a Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time / by Will McCallum. “An accessible guide to the changes we can all make–small and large–to rid our lives of disposable plastic and clean up the world’s oceans. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight.”–Publisher description.
  • The Conscious Closet : the Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good / by Elizabeth L. Cline. “‘The Conscious Closet’ is not just a style guide. It is a call to action to transform one of the most polluting industries on earth–fashion–into a force for good. Readers will learn where and how their clothes are made, before connecting to a passionate global community of stylish fashion revolutionaries.”–Publisher description.

All of these books are currently available on our New Arrivals shelves in the Library Lounge. Enjoy!

If you have trouble finding any of these books, don’t hesitate to “Ask a Librarian” for help. They can also place any of these books on hold if interested.

Dead Man Walking

is one of the most acclaimed operas of the 21st Century. Now onstage at Chicago’s Lyric Opera in a new production, the cast includes mezzo-soprano Susan Graham who originated the lead role in the 2000 premiere production.

The library collection contains the source of the story, Sister Helen Prejean’s 1993 memoir of the same title and Tim Robbins’ film adaptation from 1995.

Prejean recently published a new memoir, River of Fire also available in our collection.

Make it a Hobbit to Look for the Science

I said “peaceful” Bilbo!

November 11th marks the 65th anniversary of the publication of The Two Towers, the second book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Central to the story are the Hobbits, peaceful, large-footed people of short stature that love the comforts of home.

Most people accept that Middle Earth and its inhabitants are fantasy, but there’s some scientific evidence that hobbit-like people might have been real. In 2003 scientists discovered a hominin, or species related to humans, that was small in stature. Named Homo floreisiensis and nicknamed “the hobbit”, whether or not this fossil find is a distinct species has been hotly debated among scientists since its discovery.

There’s also some evidence that a volcano was partially responsible for the disappearance of the species and that Komodo dragons might have seen them as prey. Where have I heard a story like this before?

Mixing science and literature? It brings tears to my eyes!

Scientists have found evidence that H. floreisiensis created and used tools, but there’s no word of any gold rings found at any of the archaeological sites. If there were, the find would be precious...

Check out some of the other ways science honors Tolkien’s works. Feeling nostalgic for the films? We’ve got them! Want to research our human relatives? Try our Science databases!

Reflections on Fire: The Symbolic, Sacred & Destructive

A symbol in spiritual beliefs across the world, fire gives light and warmth, it transforms, and it destroys. It is at the center of celebrations and sacraments, but it has also been utilized as a tool of fear and destruction, as in the burning of books. In this talk, Dr. Randy P. Conner asks us to reflect on the significance of fire as he discusses its history and how it has played a role in his own life.

Deconstructing Home: The Journey that Challenged a Hometown Identity

Kipp Cozad grew up in Liberty, Missouri, a town with an infamous past connected to Bleeding Kansas and Jesse James. One piece of history that Kipp did not recognize was his home town’s history of institutional segregation. After joining the Peace Corps and serving in Yemen, the illusions around his hometown were shattered. His perspectives on “normal” had changed. In this talk, Kipp will explore how travel and living in a new culture forced him to see both his hometown and the world differently.

Veterans Day

November 11 is the day that America honors its military veterans. MVCC is “committed to being a veteran-friendly campus, and the office of Veterans Services is the go-to resource for veteran students.”

The Moraine Valley Library is another source for veterans to use. Here are some helpful titles.

There are numerous local events that will take place on November 11 to honor our vets. Palos Heights Library, Village of Homer Glen and Brookfield Zoo Veterans Day Celebration will pay homage to the men and women who have served our country.

Prepare Now For Finals- Reserve a Study Room

Looking for places to study in groups or to practice speeches? Our study rooms are the answer! We actively encourage students, who want to study, to reserve one of our 8 study rooms in advance here. Make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to reserve a room during daytime hours. It’s easy to do.

  1. Find the Reserve a Study Room or Lab Seat link on the main page of the library website. 

2) Select a Study Room session  of 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours.

3) Select a specific Study Room (A-J) and pick a date.

 

4) Select a time.

5) Type your First Name, Last Name, Moraine Valley Email, Student ID Number, and click Yes to consent to the study room policies (only 2 hours of reservations per student per day).

 

 

6) Once you received your confirmation page you are all set. (staff members will verify double bookings, student id’s, and will contact you if more information is needed).

If you have any questions, please call us at (708) 974-5235.

What’s New?

The Library has every movie adaptation of A Star is Born to suit one’s fancy! Check them out:

  • A Star is Born (1937) / directed by William A. Wellman ; produced by David O. Selznick ; starring Janet Gaynor & Fredric March
  • A Star is Born (1954) / produced by Sidney Luft ; directed by George Cukor ; starring Judy Garland & James Mason
  • A Star is Born (1976) / produced by Jon Peters ; directed by Frank Pierson ; starring Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson
  • A Star is Born (2018) / directed by Bradley Cooper ; produced by Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Lynette Howell Taylor ; starring Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper  

All are currently available and located either at the New Arrivals section in the lounge, or downstairs among the DVD collection. If you can’t find one of the DVDs, please don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance.