Eve Ewing’s 1919: A Critical Conversation with Dr. Janice Tuck Lively (video)

A discussion on Eve Ewing’s poetry in her book 1919. In this interview, MVCC Counselor Shanya Gray interviews Dr. Janice Tuck Lively of Professor of English at Elmhurst College and author of fiction and non-fiction. This talk is part of our One Book, One College program on Ewing’s 1919.

Shake Up Your Table

2020 is the year of “new”. New rules, new regulations, new tech, new ideas about health and safety. How about new food traditions? Why not try something different this year? MVCC has a variety of cookbooks, and plenty available digitally, so you don’t have to make a trip to the library. Here’s a small selection of cookbooks that might spice up your table this season. Check out our book catalog for more!

Don’t forget that you can always contact a librarian for help finding more resources like these!

Cook Something New

Veterans Day 2020

Today the MVCC library would like to thank all veterans who have served and continue to serve our country. “Moraine Valley is honored to have those who served our country in the military as members of our college community.” Visit the MVCC Veteran site and explore the numerous resources that the college offers.

National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. The celebration of adoption began in 1976 when Governor M. Dukakis announced that Massachusetts would “promote awareness of the need for adoption for children in foster care”. Here is a brief background on adoption in the United States. The MVCC catalog and databases are an excellent source of information on this topic.

Happy National Adoption wishes to all loving adoptive families.

1984

“The dystopia described in George Orwell’s nearly 70-year-old novel 1984 suddenly feels all too familiar. A world in which Big Brother (or maybe the National Security Agency) is always listening in, and high-tech devices can eavesdrop in people’s homes. (Hey, Alexa, what’s up?)  A world in which the government insists that reality is not “something objective, external, existing in its own right” — but rather, “whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth.” The perfect storm of 2020 is a tense presidential election, a pandemic that sees no end in sight and social upheaval that permeates every corner of the country. It may seem that reading this novel at this time may be counter-productive to one’s mental health. Perhaps it is paramount that we try to understand the past to find solutions to the future. “Today, 1984 reads more than a novel; it’s a prophecy that will sting you with parallels that still hold true some seven decades later.”

Sign into the MVCC Hoopla app and check out a 1984 e-book or a 1984 audio book by George Orwell. Or, perhaps you may want to watch a streaming video of 1984 also on Hoopla. I also plan to read the e-book On 1984. This book discusses the division in America and the similarities of 1984 to our present world.

VOTE!

Voting for Judges

Voting for judges has always seemed weird for me. How does the average person know if a judge is qualified? This is especially difficult in Cook County where there are so many judges (62 on the ballot). Worry not, the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screenings has compiled a grid that will help you. Each candidate is rated by up to 12 different Bar Associations on whether they are qualified and/or recommended. They have a separate page that summaries judicial candidate recommendations; it even states which associations said no. If you want to look more in depth, Injustice Watch has a Check your Judges page. If you live in another county, the Illinois State Bar Association reviews judicial candidates by county.

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