Delphine Lytell

Librarian by profession; otherwise, a wonderful human being.

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS

Celebrate October

   Here are a few celebrations observed during the month of October from the 1st to the 20th, some fun and some quite serious, thought provoking, important, or somber.

1         Chinese National Day, National Fire Pup Day, National Homemade Cookies Day

2        International Day of Non-Violence Day, Mahatma Ghandi Day, National Name Your Car Day

3        National Kevin Day                                                      

4        National Taco Day, National Vodka Day                                                                 

5        Pchum Ben (Cambodian Buddhist Feast), World Teacher’s Day  

6        World Cerebral Palsy Day                                                      

8        National Pierogi Day                                                             

10       World Mental Health Day, National Hug a Drummer Day

11       National Kimberly Day                            

12       National Savings Day                                                   

13       Metastatic Cancer Awareness Day, National No-Bra Day,

National Stop Bullying Day

15       National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, National Mammography Day,

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

16       Dictionary Day, Sweetest Day, National Boss’s Day

17       National Clean Your Virtual Desk Top Day, National Pay Back a Friend Day, National Pasta Day

18       National No-beard Day

19       Milad an-Nabi (Mawlid) (Honoring the birth of the Prophet Muhammad)

20       National Day on Writing

Look at the entire list here:  https://nationaltoday.com/october-holidays/

FACT-CHECKING THE NEWS

Do you know when the news is altered, or old clips are used for current news and misinformation is given as fact? While it may be a challenge for us to research every thing we see or hear on the news, one news service provides some help. Go to Reuters.com and scroll down the page to Reuters Fact Check.

Ready to Vote?

Even Google’s webpage today has a message acknowledging that today, the fourth Tuesday of September, is National Voter Registration Day.

Have YOU registered to VOTE for the upcoming election for President in November?  If not, get the details here at the Illinois Board of Elections or the Cook County Clerk. Also, there is time to get a mail-in ballot and the Cook County Clerk has details on the website.

If YOU do not VOTE, then you have made a decision! So, be a good citizen and make the decision to participate in our democracy by VOTING. Can our country count on YOU?

WELCOME TO THE FALL SEMESTER

On campus classes – mostly virtual, that is – begin today. Librarians are on duty to help you be the successful student that you want to be. Just click on the Ask a Librarian link on the blue menu bar at the top of the page to see the ways you may contact the library. Also, look at Library Hours on that same menu for hours of available library/librarian access.

Textbook Reserves not Available

Because of Covid 19, the library cannot circulate paper copies of textbooks this semester. Quarantining items makes this service impossible. Need a textbook? Contact the Bookstore. Students who have issues with obtaining textbooks because of financial circumstances should speak with their instructors about some options.

No Library Online Support July 3 and 4

In observance of Independence Day, the MVCC library will not have online support on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. There will be no online support available on Sunday, July 5, because the library is always closed on Sundays during the summer sessions.

Library will be “reopen” online on Monday, July 6.

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Memorial Day – No librarians available to help.

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On Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25, (Memorial Day) there will be no librarians on duty for reference services, that is, virtual reference services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

So what, you say, is Decoration Day? That is the name formerly used for Memorial Day, an observance for those soldiers who died during the U. S. Civil War, a day, variously observed mainly in April or May, which was reserved for this purpose way back in 1865-1866. It was, however, only in 1971 that this day became a federal holiday, that it be celebrated on the last Monday of May, and that those who died in any U. S. conflict are now honored. Get more details about this important day, you history buffs. The History Channel provides quite a comprehensive explanation of this remembrance, which heralds the beginning of summer for us. Click here to get there!

Statistics lovers: here’s the Worldometer!

For about 15 years, this website has generated dynamic statistics. Of course, it has the Coronavirus information, but this service, vetted by ALA (American Library Association), has all kinds of statistical numbers under such headings as the following:

Bicycles made this year

Public education expenditures today

Cellular phones sold today

Forest loss this year

Overweight people in the world

Money spent on weight loss in the USA today

Days to the end of oil

Money spent on Illegal drugs this year (Big, big numbers!)

You may search by geographical region also. Some information may be disturbing or possibly uplifting. Find not only the categories and numbers but also check out the charts. Take a test drive here and be prepared to be overwhelmed.

Campus Closed This Weekend

Please note that the campus is closed this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 10-12).  Ordinarily this may be a difficulty; however, since access to the physical facilities has not been possible for the last few weeks, this closure should not be a cause for concern.

Good News: Although the “Ask the Librarian” option will not be available; still, a generous amount of electronic materials are as close to you as your computer. Click here to get to the library’s home page.

Always check our hours of operation here.

The library Student FAQs are here.

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.

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