If You’re Not Reading Saga, Then You Are Missing One of Greatest Cliffhangers in History

If the day ever comes that comics/graphic novels are granted the same respect as novels, then writer Brian K. Vaughan will be viewed as one of our greatest authors.

Saga is this generations great series. It contains blends a Star Wars-like epic, the scenery of Avatar, the adult content and language of Game of Thrones, a family-driven plotline like Breaking Bad, and the humanity of Friday Night Lights. 

If we’ve piqued your interest, then time is on your side. Saga is currently on hiatus. Long before the coronavirus, creator Brian K. Vaughan planned for Saga to take a planned break of one year. It is now entering its second year. For fans that finished all nine volumes (54 comics), this wait has been pure torture.

Read the entire 9 volume masterpiece for free with our Hoopla database.

Saga Vol. 1 ( Contains comic issues #1-6)

Saga Vol. 2 (Contains issues #7-12)

Saga Vol. 3 (Contains issues #13-18)

Saga Vol. 4 (Contains issues #19-24)

Saga Vol. 5 (Contains issues #25-30)

Saga Vol. 6 (Contains issues #31-36)

Saga Vol. 7 (Contains issues #37-42)

Saga Vol. 8 (Contains issues #43-48)

Saga Vol. 9 (Contains issues #49-54)

Self Care during Social Isolation (video)

Librarians host a discussion with MVCC Counselors about staying mentally healthy during this time of social isolation. The Counselors offer tips and insight for keeping focus, managing time, and dealing with the lack of social contact.

Between Art and Quarantine

Museums are among the many things that have been temporarily shut down. One of our librarians has been taking us on some great virtual tours of some of these museums. Recently another trend has begun as a way to interact with the art world. It’s called Between Art and Quarantine and you can get involved as well.

It began with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and was then taken up by the Getty in Los Angeles. The challenge invites you to use the online collections of museums as inspiration and then use household objects to re-create the artwork. People are then posting their creations to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #betweenartandquarantine. The posts are creative and fun.

You can see above that my family got involved in the challenge over the weekend. Shown are our interpretations of Monet’s Poppy Field and Corot’s Interrupted Reading. Both of these pieces are owned by the Art Institute of Chicago.

This blog post from the Getty tells you more about the challenge, shows some creative examples that people have posted, and gives how-to’s for making your own re-creation.

If you want to explore more artworks or artists, you can always consult the MVCC Library collection. In the library catalog, do a search for a genre, era, or artist. Then to the left of your results click on E-books to see the online sources.

If you like, in addition to posting your work to social media, please share with me what you come up with. Email a picture of your art to handk3@morainevalley.edu I would love to see your creations!

Illinois Appears to be Making Progress in Flattening the Curve!

According to the chief analytics officer at Rush University Hospital, the stay-at-home order in Illinois appears to be working. He and others at Rush built a Covid-19 forecast model that they made for hospitals, but is available for the general public here. We need to continue to hunker down if we want the curve to flatten more so please continue to stay at home to protect yourself and the people in our community! #stayathome #flattenthecurve

There is Still Time to Respond to the 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census is in full swing, but only 38.4% of American households have responded!

This image was created on 4/2/20. For the most recent response data, check the 2020 Census website.

While Illinois has a slightly higher response rate than the current national average, less than half Illinois households have responded to the 2020 Census! But there is still time to respond! 

This image was created on 4/2/20. For the most recent response data, check the 2020 Census website.

The 2020 Census marks the first Census with an online response option, so you can respond from home and maintain social distancing!

At some point over the last few weeks, you most likely received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census (It probably looked something like this.) Your invitation will have complete information about ways to respond to the Census remotely (online, by phone, or by mail).

If you did not receive the first invitation, keep an eye out in April; the Census Bureau will follow up with households that have not yet responded.

It is especially important to respond to the invitation as soon as possible because of the current Covid19 crisis. At some point, Census workers will have to seek out household that have not responded to their 2020 Census invitations. Given current and projected social distancing guidelines, this is not ideal for households or for Census workers.

So, keep an eye out for you 2020 Census invitation and respond remotely! The 2020 Census will determine the distribution of federal funds to Illinois for the next decade, affecting health care, education, infrastructure, and more!

A Job Out of This World!

I wrote a library blog about NASA on February 12, 2020. It was titled Help Wanted! Obviously the world has changed greatly since that day. For most people, going to the moon and beyond is not of national interest now. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how NASA was handling the applications. The application process opened on March 2, 2020 and closed on March 31, 2020. This undertaking of potential candidates has been more stringent than past employment postings. Education levels were extended and the time frame to apply was shortened. The good news is that over 12,000 candidates applied. NASA is expected to announce the new crop of space explorers in the near future. Here is some advice that current astronauts shared with potential astronauts.

Currently, life on Earth may look bleak, but the technology produced by scientist working on space projects has been impressive. Perhaps some of this future technology could help alleviate the problem of pandemics here on Earth.

Today is Autism Awareness Day (and Month)!

April is Autism Awareness Month, but April 2nd also happens to be Autism Awareness Day. There are many e-books and some streaming videos available here through our library catalog. You can also try searching for articles in our library databases. Academic Search Complete and PsycArticles are a good place to start. If you are looking for information from a teaching perspective, the Eric database and Professional Development Collection are your best bet. If you need any help, the librarians are all working from home and available to help. Our Ask a Librarian page will get you in touch with us.

April is National Autism Awareness Month - ADAPT Community Network

Quarantine Book Clubs

Now that you’ve been inspired to read War and Peace by my “Reading Time” blog from earlier in the week, maybe you’d like to connect with other people doing the same thing. Together Tolstoy might be just the group for you. It’s a free virtual book club. It started a couple of weeks ago, but they’re taking it slowly, reading 12 to 15 pages per day. So there’s time for you to catch up. And by the time summer arrives, you will have read War and Peace!

But maybe that particular book isn’t your thing. There are all sorts of virtual book clubs you can enjoy. The Quarantine Book Club is hosting Zoom author chats with authors from various genres. Or you might enjoy the Translated Fiction Online Book Club with a Zoom meeting every week discussing a different translated work.

These are just scratching the surface of virtual book clubs and many have been around for some time. This article from Bustle has a collection of 14 book clubs for various reading interests. You can also search for your favorite book or author in Facebook groups and likely find all sorts of people from around the world to engage in discussions of your favorite plot points and characters.

Whether you intend to read alone or to discuss with a group, the MVCC Library has you covered, even when the library building is closed. In the library catalog, search for an author, title, or topic. Then use the limiters to the left of your results to see ebooks or even e-audio books.

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to celebrate poets and to continue the promotion of poetry and the role it continues to play in our world’s culture. Chicago is home to The Poetry Foundation, established in 2003, which publishes Poetry magazine and hosts related events like author readings and a book club. It also houses the Midwest’s only poetry library containing 30,000 volumes including audio and video recordings. Poetry magazine considers over 150,000 international poems per year for publication. Click on the links below to add a little poetry to your life!

Poetry-related materials available in the MVCC Library electronic collection

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