The 75th Anniversary of the Trinity Test

The atom bomb did not miraculously appear at the end of World War II. It took years and some of the world’s greatest scientific minds to develop the most destructive weapon ever created by humankind. In the late 1930s, rumors were circulating that Nazi Germany was working to develop a powerful new weapon. Two European scientists, Einstein and Fermi, refugees from fascist Europe, warned American officials of the danger of a Nazi atomic bomb. Einstein even sent a personal letter to President Roosevelt. The message warned the president of the dangers of atomic warfare. The threat of mass destruction by the Axis nations was the impetus of creating the Manhattan Project.

The new program was located in various parts of the United States. The Trinity project, one of the multilayered parts of the Manhattan Project, was located in New Mexico. It was the testing site for evaluating the most efficient way of dropping a super bomb. The military took over 52,000 acres of land in Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1942. The area was shrouded in secrecy. On July 16, 1945, the bomb was dropped. The Army reported that a large amount of munitions had exploded to hide the truth that America had successfully created an atomic bomb. “To help provide the public with a credible account, the Manhattan Project allowed New York Times reporter William Laurence to live on the Los Alamos compound in the months leading to the blast. He kept the secret and wrote a celebrated series in the Times after Hiroshima.”‘Atomic Bill’ Laurence, The New York Times, and the Birth of the BombA star science reporter had unparalleled access to the Manhattan Project, as chronicler and cheerleader.

The most poignant part of this research has been reading the eye witness accounts of the Los Alamos bomb drop. One can feel the uneasiness of the scientists who participated in the construction of the atomic explosive. Several of them compared the new technology to stories from Greek mythology, Pandora’s Box and Prometheus. An updated article continues to compare technology and mythology.

Christian Lous Lange, the winner of the 1921 Nobel Peace, writes, “technology is a useful servant but a a dangerous master.”


Self Care and Mental Health Resources at MVCC Library

Times are tough, stress is high, changes are happening rapidly. With everything that’s going on, it’s important to keep taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. In case you’re not sure how exactly to go about those last two, the library has collected books, e-books, and e-audio books to help. Included in the collection are videos of two panel discussions with MVCC Councilors about mental health in social isolation.

If you would like help with these resources, or would like to explore what else the library has available, please Ask a Librarian.

Click on the image below to see the collection:

Self Care and Mental Health Resources at MVCC Library

What R U Reading Wednesdays?!

We’re coming into the homestretch of our “What R U Reading Wednesdays” series, with only a couple more weeks left. Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • Save Yourself” by Cameron Esposito**
  • The Broken Earth Trilogy” by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyon
  • East of West Collection” by Jonathan Hickman, author ; Nick Dragotta, artist

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

What Are You Reading Wednesdays?! (WRURW)

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

  • The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey
  • Night Boat to Tangier” by Kevin Barry
  • The Extraordinaries” by TJ Klune
  • The Witcher series” by Andrzej Sapkowski

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

OLD TEAM, NEW NAME


“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.” On July 13, the Washington Redskins stated that they would change the name and the logo of the team. A combination of advocacy groups and financial sponsors insisted that the team’s name be changed. There have been numerous suggestions for the new name, but the two names that have piqued my interest are the Washington Red Tails and the Washington Code Talkers.

The Red Tails would honor the Tuskegee Airmen. This group consisted of the first black airmen in the United States Armed Forces. The men of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group painted the tails of their planes red. Eventually they were given the nickname Red Tails.

The Navajo Nation initially suggested that the Washington Redskins team name be replaced by the Washington Code Talkers. This name would be a tribute to the Navajo soldiers who created an intricate code that played a crucial role in the Pacific during World War II. After deliberation, the Navajo nation rescinded their suggestion of Washington Code Talkers.

The team plans to reveal the name before the 2020-2021 football season begins. Here are some possible new names for the team.

CQ Researcher Degraded Performance — RESOLVED

CQ Researcher is now working again off-campus. The issue has been resolved. If you any questions, please ask a librarian.

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One of databases, CQ Researcher, is not working off-campus and users are receiving an error. We are working with database vendor to solve this issue. This post will be updated as new information arrives. If you any questions, please ask a librarian.

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

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