The Cathedrals of Europe

The flames that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral have died out but the ramifications of this disaster will be analyzed by historians for years to come. This cathedral and numerous other cathedrals are recognized for their historical and cultural significance by the  UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Want more information on this fascinating topic?  Check out the MVCC catalog.  One book that I would highly recommend is the historical novel, Pillars of the Earth.  We have numerous titles to choose from if you prefer non-fiction.   Also, our historical databases have informative articles that  explain the intricacies of medieval churches.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, promises that Notre Dame will rise from the ashes in the next five years.  Vive Notre Dame!

Improve Your Foreign Language Skills

Do you want to improve your fluency in Arabic, French or Spanish?  Try Hoopla, a digital media service offered by MVCC Library that allows you to borrow English or foreign language movies, music, audio books, e books, comics and TV shows. Type in one of the three languages in the Search Box and browse a variety of foreign movies, TV shows,audio books, etc.

To login, crate a Hoopla account with your Moraine Valley e-mail address here 

Click here for help getting started with Hoopla

Celebrate Spring!

Why not welcome spring by visiting one of the southwest suburban natures centers?

Here are some sites that are in close proximity to Moraine Valley Community College. Not only will you be viewing the beauty of spring but also you will benefit from a walk on a sunny day.

The Cal-Sag Trail

Lake Katherine

The Little Red School House

Orland Grassland

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

Waterfall Glen

You will be amazed at the variety of wildlife, plants and geology that is a short distance from MVCC.  Enjoy!

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.The date for World Down Syndrome Day is the 21st day of the 3rd month, which was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”

Check out Leave No One Behind on Facebook.

Classic Movie Serials

Many MVCC students and staff enjoy reading graphic novels.   Take that reading experience one step further and make it a visual experience. View a different type of movie genre this  winter vacation – a classic movie serial.

According to Wikipedia, serials, more specifically known as movie serials, film serials or chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.

Also known as chapter plays, they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called “chapters” or “episodes”.  Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little chance of escape.  Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.

Pulp Cereal is the website that will give you a glimpse into the  first 50 years of this forgotten movie genre.  Watch the Flash Gordon serial, Radar Men from the Moon and many other serials that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will earth be saved from outer space invaders?  Will The SOS Coastguard save the sinking ship?  Binge viewing is encouraged.

You may also want to check out Links and read some interesting pulp fiction from 1896-1946.

So much to view/read over your break. Enjoy!



NASA’s InSight Mars lander touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018.  The Elysium Planitia, located on the western side of Mars, was the landing site.  NASA scientists chose this site because of its flat surface.

The InSight will monitor numerous aspects of the red planet and send daily reports back to planet Earth.  The Mars lander is similar to “an unmanned research station” that will help scientists analyze how earth and other rocky planets formed.

Job well done NASA!

Smile…You’re on CCTV!

Many novels have been written with plots that center on  dystopian societies.  Brave New World,  1984 and The Hunger Games are well known dystopian titles.  These books are fiction but many citizens all over the globe are wondering if the dystopian restraints found in  books are more fact than fiction.

For example, Google “CCTV and private citizens” or “biometrics and privacy” and you will be amazed at the results. One fascinating website,  Leave no dark corner, is a video report  published on September 18, 2018 by The Australian Broadcasting Company.

How would this system affect you?  This may be a topic that you could use for a research paper or a speech. The MVCC  databases are  great tools to help you with your research.


September 11, 2001

Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. “The September 11 assault were a series of four coordinated attacks by the terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States”.

The MVCC library is an excellent source of information for research on this subject.

You may also want to view our historical newspapers Chicago Tribune Historical  or The New York Times Historical to get a day by day report of this tragedy.