Delphine Lytell

Librarian by profession; otherwise, a wonderful human being.

Reliable Info on Corvid-19: Stat

From the website…

“What’s STAT all about?
STAT is a media company focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. We produce daily news, investigative articles, and narrative projects in addition to multimedia features. We tell our stories from the places that matter to our readers — research labs, hospitals, executive suites, and political campaigns.”

Click here for Stat.

Take in a TED talk? Listen to MVCC Library Podcasts?

Around since 1984, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks have more impact now with the Internet. Click here to get to the website with 25 of the more popular TED talks. These talks are audio-visual.

How about taking in one of the Moraine Valley Community College Library podcasts. You have a choice of audio-visual, audio, or audio with transcripts (written texts). Click here to get to the 2020 and all previous podcasts.

Preparing for Qualifying Tests – ACT, CNA, etc.

Although the MVCC library has test prep items in its catalog, at this time that the campus is closed, below are two places (#1 and #2) where you may find what you want. Remember that not all test options are available – ever – at every library. 

First of all, the eResources found in the library’s online catalog that look like this

and send you to the EbSCOLearningExpress© items ( To access eBook), require that you use the computers on campus. Because the campus is closed, this is impossible to do.

Here are two places that might help:

  1. Hoopla. This service provides streaming videos and provides some test preparation opportunities. Just use the search window. Go here to get started, or search our catalog here and look for the Hoopla information in the record.
  2. eRead IL  Notice the first eRead option above. It is in our online catalog. Click here for quick access to the catalog and enter your search word(s).

Please remember that your user name is your MV Connect user name (Last name, initial of your first name and perhaps a number or numbers). Leave off the, which is for email use. Then enter the password that is associated with your user name.

Try Project Gutenberg

Although there is Kindle for your reading pleasure, and there is the MVCC library catalog to hook you up to eBooks and eAudio, for some of the classic literature, try Project Gutenberg. There are many options to hear or to read. Downloading to a Kindle is also possible, if this is a better convenience. Details are on the home page. Just scroll down for all of your options.

Click here to check it out.

Just a reminder: Project Gutenberg is available on the WWW. Just type in Project Gutenberg in the search window.

E Resources for You

At this special and unusual time, “come to the library” online. Here is the link to the library catalog where you can read or listen online. Just put in your search term(s) in the search space in the right-most area – Books, DVDs, Media (Library Catalog). Streaming video is also available through the library catalog.

Another eBook and eAudio resource can be found here in our databases.

If you need help to find the right app for your phone, go here. Scroll the page to find the correct information for the resource.

YouTube is not the only game in town! How about some music time. Go here to our databases for music from Naxos. Bonus: other eResources are listed too.

Graphic Novel Awards

There are several graphic novel awards presented here in the United States for various aspects of the process of creating the novel, graphic work, or comic book. Here are two of the many with the 2019 winners.

2019 Ignatz Awards Winner

Outstanding Graphic Novel: “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me” by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second).

The library at Moraine Valley owns this novel. Click here to find it on our shelves.

Inkwell Awards

Inking is a specialized skill exclusive to comic books, and these awards are meant to acknowledge this important aspect of graphic novels. Click here to see the Inkwell website. 

2019 winning inker is Walden Wong.  The MVCC library has many of his works in eBooks and paper format. He is listed with various other graphic artists. Here is a URL to direct you to the MVCC Library Catalog.

Although a hardcover or paperback book may be preferred, the eBooks may be a more suitable choice at this time. Follow the eBook prompts on the catalog entry. Cell phone users will need to download an app. Here is the information to help you. 

Try Googling Walden Wong to see his reputation as an inker.

REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE – Last Chance Before the Primary

Have you put off your voter’s registration? This is your last opportunity to register online to vote!  March 1, 2020, is the deadline to vote in the Primary which is on March 17, 2020. Here is the website with all of the information: click on State of Illinois Board of Elections.

Got your list of candidates? Click here to get the information of the early voting locations in Cook County.


As last year, the IRS has sent just two items for distribution to the public: 1.) a Tax Form booklet with a 1040 tax form and a SR 1040 tax form for senior citizens, and 2.) an Instructions booklet.

Most other worksheets, schedules, etc., are available online at IRS.GOV and must be printed.

Forms and Instructions booklets are located at the Information/Reference Desk.


Andrew McCollum, Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes. Of these names, most of us recognize Mark Zuckerberg. All five are considered founders of Facebook which was initially called The Facebook, and they were classmates at Harvard.

Just a year before this, Mark created a program called FaceMash, a website used to present two female students and to choose the “nicer” of the two. This last effort was not really a prototype, but a smarmy college boy’s “prank website”, according to Mark Zukerberg.

Facebook was “born on” February 4, 2004. Now at sweet sixteen, it is still going strong – not bad for a social website originally intended for Harvard!


This winter, area students, both from Moraine and from other colleges and universities, will have the opportunity to take a course during the semester break. All but one course are online opportunities to get ahead on your college education. Registration begins on November 7 and all of the details are here.

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