The Grand Canyon: Home to Ancient Vampire Bats and Ground Sloth Poop

A long time ago in a canyon far far away… prehistoric animals left traces of their existence for scientists to discover. We celebrate those discoveries and their contributions to science with National Fossil Day. This year’s focus is the rich knowledge gained from the fossils found at the Grand Canyon National Park

This year’s promotional artwork depicts a 9 foot long Shasta Ground Sloth entering Rampart Cave on the west end of the park, surrounded by the large droppings that remained fossilized in the cave for around 11,000- 40,000 years. The fossilized dung has provided a wealth of information about the local plants and environmental conditions from the sloth’s time.

Also included in the artwork is an extinct vampire bat, a distant but larger cousin to living vampire bats in Central and South America. Remains found in the cave suggests these bats may have fed on the blood of the Shasta Ground Sloth. Prehistoric life could be pretty rough!

The Grand Canyon might seem far from Moraine Valley, but you’re closer to fossils than you might think. Mazon Creek is a well-known fossil collecting site in Illinois, famous for its excellent preservation and fossil variety.

One of the more interesting findings to come out of Mazon Creek is now the Illinois state fossil. Known as the Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium), scientists currently believe it was a soft-bodied invertebrate that lived on the sea floor back when Illinois used to sit near the equator. Its strange body shape has left scientists stumped as to what kind of animal it actually was.

The library has plenty of books and media to satisfy your need for fossil knowledge. Find them here!

Leaf Peeping

The days are getting shorter, which means chlorophyll production in trees is slowing. This lets the true colors of leaves come through. During the next few weeks, Fall colors will be everywhere. Whether you want to see the local showing or plan to take a leaf peeping trip, it helps to have an idea of when the best time to catch colors at their peak will be. This interactive Fall Foliage map from Smokymountains.com might help. You can view the predicted September through November progression of colors throughout the country.

Middle Eastern Literature

Browse our extensive collection of Arabic and Persian literature, located primarily in the call numbers PJ7601-PJ8008 and PK6400-PK6599.7 respectively. Some recommended works include:

Library Resources on Impeachment

With talk of impeachment in the news, some of you may be interested in doing research on the topic.  We have many books and a few e-journal articles you can find here.  You can also search for articles through many of our database categories like government information, history, military information, and news.  Also, you will find information in a few of our multiple subject databases like Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, MasterFILE, and SIRS Researcher. 

If you need any help, please ask a librarian. 

Here Are the Record Breaking Spawn #300 and #301 Issues

Spawn is officially in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running independent comic in history. Read the record breaking #300 and #301 issues by clicking the links to Hoopla!

Spawn #300

Spawn #301

If you are not familiar with background of Spawn, watch this origin video.

If You Like The Twilight Zone, Then You’ll Love W. Maxwell Prince’s Ice Cream Man

If you took the best of the Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and Black Mirror  you just might come close to the brilliance of W. Maxwell Prince’s Ice Cream Man.  This is existential horror and dread at its finest.  Read the first three volumes (12 issues) of this new Image Comics series in time for Halloween. You won’t be disappointed.

Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles

Ice Cream Man Vol. 2: Strange Neapolitan

Ice Cream Man Vol. 3: Hopscotch Mélange

10-11-19: Access Issues with ProQuest Databases Off-Campus–Temp Solution Provided

Library users are currently experiencing issues with the following ProQuest databases when trying to access them from off-campus. Please use the links provided to access these databases while we work with our vendor to fix the issue. If you have any questions or need assistance, please Ask a Librarian.

Chicago Tribune
https://0-search.proquest.com.library.morainevalley.edu/chicagotribune%2Fadvanced%3Faccountid%3D1977

Chicago Tribune Historical
https://0-search.proquest.com.library.morainevalley.edu/hnpchicagotribune%2Fadvanced%3Faccountid%3D1977

Criminal Justice Database
https://0-search.proquest.com.library.morainevalley.edu/criminaljusticeperiodicals%2Fadvanced%3Faccountid%3D1977

New York Times
https://0-search.proquest.com.library.morainevalley.edu/publication%2F11561%2F%3Faccountid%3D1977

New York Times Historical
https://0-search.proquest.com.library.morainevalley.edu/hnpnewyorktimes%2Fadvanced%3Faccountid%3D1977

US Major Dailies
https://0-search.proquest.com.library.morainevalley.edu/usmajordailies%2Fadvanced%2Fnews%2FfromDatabasesLayer%3Faccountid%3D1977

National Coming Out Day

Come check out some LGBTQ+ materials from our traveling book cart!

Today is National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. There are plenty of ways to get involved!

Come to the library this month and check out some of the many books and videos featuring LGBTQIA+ themes.

Stop by these upcoming events sponsored by the GASP Club and Celebrating Diversity Committee:

Lunch Fundraiser: Wednesday 10/16 11:30 – 1:30 in U Cafeteria. All proceeds support the college’s first LGBTQ+ scholarship.

STI Testing: Tuesday, 10/22 11:00- 2:00 U209. Free and confidential testing provided by the Cook County Health Department.

You can find more information about campus LGBTQ+ resources here.