Chicago–The Candy Capital of the World

Halloween is almost here. Getting to dress up in costumes is only part of the holiday fun. Because let’s face it, Halloween is also about the candy. Did you know that a lot of the candy that fills trick-or-treaters’ buckets has a history in Chicago?

Tootsie Rolls, M&Ms, Snickers, Brach’s, Wrigley, Lemonheads, Red Hots, Baby Ruths, Butterfingers, Jolly Ranchers, Milk Duds, Cracker Jack, the list goes on and on. These candies and many more are Chicago products. Even Hershey owes its start to Chicago, since it was at the1893 Chicago World’s Fair that Milton Hershey got the idea to start his own chocolate company. Chicago has long been known as the Candy Capital of the World, having been throughout most of its history the producer of one third of all the candy made in the United States.

Learn more about Chicago’s delicious history in the book Chicago’s Sweet Candy History, by Leslie Goddard. You can also find more histories of candy here in the MVCC Library collection.

October 25th: Remembering the Genius of Pablo Picasso

Picasso and Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Works by Stephanie D’Alessandro

Born on October 25th, 1881, Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Picasso’s artistic mediums ranged from paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. Picasso was also at the forefront of the Cubism and is considered one of the founders of the artistic movement. Many in the Chicagoland area may be familiar with Picasso due to his famed unnamed sculpture presiding in front of Daily Plaza in downtown Chicago. Others may have come across some of his other famed works residing in the Art Institute of Chicago. For those interested in learning more about Picasso’s life and artistic works, the Moraine Valley Community College Library holds a wide selection of books, articles, and images in our general collection and library databases. Listed below are several links to a small sampling of the databases offered at the college with additional links to learn more about Pablo Picasso.

Oxford Art Online: This database contains a large number or peer-reviewed articles and a vast trove of images of artistic works. Linked below is an article providing the history of Pablo Picasso and his place in art history.

Art and Architecture in Video: Collection of documentaries and interviews detailing art history, theory, and artistic practices. Linked below is a short informational video on Pablo Picasso and his artistic works.

Credo Reference: Collection of reference books spanning across a wide range of subjects. Linked below are several possible articles of interest relating to Pablo Picasso and his artistic work.

JSTOR Arts and Sciences: Academic database containing scholarly articles and images spanning across many subjects. Linked below are images of Pablo Picasso artistic works.

Hoopla: Digital media service offered to library patrons, providing access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and TV shows. Linked below are ebook titles relating to Pablo Picasso.

Climate Wars, Leaked Documents, Pentagon, Australia, Iraq & Climate Change

The Pentagon is worried about climate wars. Iraq is being ravaged by climate change. Australia, Japan, and majors companies are hiding the impacts of climate change. This week has been a major week in terms of Climate Change reporting.

Check out these stories!

This years One Book, One College program is focused on building sustainable communities in the midst of climate change. Learn more at our One Book website.

A Man for all Seasons

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, died today at the age of 84. Admiration for General Powell reached across both sides of the pollical spectrum. Powell was the first African American appointed Secretary of State under the George W. Bush presidency. He held many other high ranking positions in both Democratic and Republican administrations. There was a great deal of speculation that he might run for the presidency. He chose not to run but he continued to advise numerous presidents. Former President Obama said that “Michelle and I will always look to him as an example of what American-and Americans-can and should be if we wish to remain the last, best hope of earth.”

Check out the MVCC library catalog for additional information on General Colin Powell.

Five Dystopian Titles for Fans of Squid Game:

With the dystopian drama, Squid Game, capturing the minds of people all over the globe, it is likely that many are seeking similar titles to fill the void left by the cultural phenomenon. Luckily, the Moraine Valley Community College Library has a wide variety of dystopian books, films, and television shows that are ready for check out today. Listed below are five of the multitude of dystopian titles available in the library’s collection.

1984 by George Orwell: Published in 1949, 1984 is set in a totalitarian futuristic superstate, Oceania where all aspects of civilian’s lives are monitored and controlled by the governmental power, “Big Brother.” A classic in political dystopian science fiction, 1984 centers its story around Winston Smith, a middle-aged working class citizen, as he becomes increasingly disillusioned to the propaganda pushed forth by the totalitarian government.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: The first of a three book series, The Fifth Season intertwines elements of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Set on a planet containing a single supercontinent called, Stillness, the novel centers itself around a climate change crisis of massive proportions that occurs every few centuries. Addressing issues such as race, class, and climate change, Jemisin has established herself as a new voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

A Clockwork Orange Directed by Stanley Kubrick (Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess): Set in a futuristic London, A Clockwork Orange centers on a character named Alex, a highly charismatic teenager who heads up a local gang of “droogs.” Tracking the violent sprees, arrest, and “rehabilitation” of Alex, the film offers a unique societal critique of morality and psychology. Content Warning: This film contains graphic depictions of sexual violence.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: The novel takes place in a totalitarian patriarchal society, The Republic of Gilead, which has overthrown the United States government. The Handmaid’s Tale centers around the story of Offred, a woman forced into servitude as a “handmaid” who’s primary societal role is to birth the children of the ruling class of males called the “commanders.” Examining the lack of agency given to women in such a totalitarian patriarchal society, the novel offers a frightening societal critique.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Taking place in the aftermath of an unnamed apocalyptic event, The Road tells the story of a father and his son as they traverse across the barren remnants of what was the United States of America. On the brink of starvation and forced to evade bands of marauders, the father works to provide his son with hope that they will reach safety once they reach a warmer climate.

Blame it on the media: The erosion of trust and truth, and what we can do about it (video)

We love to blame “the media” for all of society’s ills. It’s true that trends in the news media have contributed to where we are today: divided, uncivil, unable to agree on the most basic facts. But trust in the media was declining long before claims of “fake news” and labeling the press as “the enemy of the people.” In the second part of this conversation, Communications and Journalism professor Lisa Couch and Information Lite racy Librarian Tish Hayes focus on practical ways to improve our own “fake news” filters and recognize truth amidst overwhelming amounts of misinformation. They will also consider how we might work toward solutions to the erosion of trust and truth—the very foundation of our democracy. This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

Carpool – The Remix: Creation of the PiggyBack Ride Share Network

Founder of the PiggyBack network, Ismael El-Amin, will discuss the development of the PiggyBack network which is a way for parents to share rides to and from schools and activities. Not only does PiggyBack make life easier but it also reduces traffic congestion and reduces our total carbon footprint. The PiggyBack network is a Chicago-based enterprise that has been featured on WGN and Fox Chicago. This event is part of our One Book programming.

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  • Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

    If you have children, chances are they have no school tomorrow (October 11th) due to Columbus Day. If they go to Chicago Public Schools, it’s due to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. (Moraine Valley is NOT closed tomorrow.) So which is it, Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day? According to an NBC5 article entitled What to Know about Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day in Illinois, in 2017, Illinois designated the last Monday of September as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However on Friday, President Biden made a proclamation that October 11th will officially be known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

    If you are interested in learning more about Indigenous Peoples’, the Moraine Valley Library has you covered. We have many books and videos about Indigenous Peoples’. We have many databases that might be useful for finding articles or videos about Indigenous Peoples. Here are the search results from our Academic Search Complete database on Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.

    When in doubt, the librarians are always happy to help. Just be sure to Ask a Librarian.

    Photo credits: “National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration” by danna § curious tangles is licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

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