The Comic that Foreshadowed a Pandemic

What if I told you that a title debuted in November of 2019 where the U.S was cut itself off from the world with a massive wall around its borders, and citizens were dying of a mysterious respiratory disease.

Seriously.

Soon after its release Undiscovered Country sold out its initial printing of 85,000 copies and Image announced it was issuing a second printing. An impressive feat for any independent title outside of the DCU and MVU .

Read Undiscovered Country Vol. 1: Destiny for FREE on Hoopla.

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Covid-19 and other Current Events

A lot has happened over the last few months, and to help keep you informed and up to date, MVCC library folks have created virtual displays of online Library resources that deal with various topics relating to current events.

If you need assistance accessing any of these online resources, Ask a Librarian.

Pandemics and Public Health

Librarian Jessica brought together this collection of informative resources on Pandemics and Public Health.

Conversations about Race

ILL Specialist Sue recommends collections on Hoopla that can help start the conversation.

Pride Month eReads

Librarian Jessica has suggestions for e-books to read during Pride Month.

Catch up on Library Events and Podcasts!

Librarians recommend episodes of the Library Podcast that speak to the present moment, including the two part collaboration with MVCC Counselors–Self Care During Social Isolation Parts I and II.

What Are *You* Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • “Viral Modernism” by Elizabeth Outka
  • “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond
  • “Underland” by Robert Macfarlane

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

Bastille Day

July 14 is Bastille Day, the most important public holiday in France. The country joins in a celebration to honor its people and history. The French call this day la Fête nationale (the National Holiday).

The origin of this holiday took place in 1880. French government officials felt that the country needed a national day of celebration. After much debate, July 14 was chosen, the same day as the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison.

France has an interesting history and culture. The MVCC library has many resources to help you understand why this this holiday is celebrated worldwide.

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo

Courtesy of The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art . Frida Kahlo on a bench, carbon print, 1938.

Today we celebrate the 113th birthday of Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican painter, famous for her surrealist portraits. Kahlo’s work is globally renowned and she has since become a feminist icon.

Learn more about Frida Kahlo by placing a hold on an item and picking it up curbside, or checkout out one of our many eBooks and streaming videos.

Then zoom some friends and take a digital tour of her Casa Azul (The Frida Kahlo Museum) in Coyoacan, Mexico where Frida Kahlo was born and passed away. 

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Summer Reads

Over the last few months, library folks have created wonderful virtual collections of online Library resources, and for the holiday weekend, we are bringing together the displays with great suggestions for things to read and listen to this summer, from cookbooks to music to graphic novels.

If you need help accessing any of the resources listed in these displays, you can Ask a Librarian.

FIRE UP THE BARBECUE!

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue has great suggestions for cookbooks to up your grilling game this summer.

Virtual Comic Stand

Access Services Coordinator Oscar recommends some of the best comics available virtually through the online Library.

Here be Dragons...

Librarian Hannah suggests novels featuring dragons to combat the summer heat.

Gardening

Librarian Jen brings together e-books to help out in the garden.

Gamer Essentials

Librarian Jessica recommends e-books for video game enthusiasts.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poetry Audiobooks

Librarian Hannah has suggestions for listening to award-winning poetry.

Can't Sleep at Night?

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue found soothing music options available to stream on Hoopla.

Scoob Section

Access Services Coordinator Oscar brought some of the Library Scooby-related online resources together.

The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler

Librarian Jessica collected the Library’s digital copies of Octavia Butler’s work in honor of Butler’s birthday (June 22nd).

No Library Online Support July 3 and 4

In observance of Independence Day, the MVCC library will not have online support on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. There will be no online support available on Sunday, July 5, because the library is always closed on Sundays during the summer sessions.

Library will be “reopen” online on Monday, July 6.

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If It’s Wednesday, It’s What Are You Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Stand” by Stephen King
  • “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
  • “Tiny But Mighty” by Hannah Shaw
  • “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James

Please continue to submit your responses via the linked form. #mvcclibraryonline2020

Fireworks

Fireworks have been around for over 2000 years. Most historians agree that fireworks originated in China around 200 BC. Villagers would throw pieces of bamboo into a fire to ensure that evil spirits would be frighten away by the exploding bamboo. This country also invented gun powder in 600 AD. Serendipity played a pivotal role in the history of fireworks. Gunpowder was placed into a piece of hallowed bamboo thrown into a fire. There was no aerial show, just a series of explosions. Gunpowder also proved to be an amazing addition to the weapons of war. Explorers and traders brought the new technologies to Europe. The Europeans utilized this new knowledge on the battlefield and for special occasions.

Europeans used fireworks to celebrate religious holy days, military victories, and royal events. The shows became more colorful and in addition to noise, the pyrotechnics went aerial. English settlers brought the science of fireworks to the colonies. John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a letter to his wife on July 2, 1776, stating that “this day ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks).” On July 4, 1777, fireworks were included in the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Happy 4th of July to all.

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