The 1619 Project

This last August, the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrated the four hundredth anniversary of slaves arriving to this country. Some even want to date the birth of the United States with this significant event. Certainly, slavery has been a huge factor in our history.

The New York Times, for its part, has begun “The 1619 Project” with its printing of an issue of its magazine on August 18. Very few aspects of American life have not been touched by the advent of the ship that arrived at Point Comfort in what was then the British colony of Virginia.

Check out the Virginia commemoration here and check out the New York Times Magazine from our newspaper section of the periodicals shelves by the café.


May 1 is traditionally celebrated in honor of the worker, laborer. In many countries of the world this day is a holiday, their labor day. Here in the Chicago area, there is a bit of history associated with this date: the Haymarket Riot of 1886, although many would dispute the word “riot”. This event was a demonstration by workers for better working conditions, especially an 8 hour work day. It is called “haymarket” because of its location: Haymarket Square, on West Randolph Street in Chicago. Although the demonstration began on May 1, the violence erupted on May 3 and 4.

Here is the entry in the online version of the Encyclopedia of Chicago History:

If we have decent working conditions, we need to be aware of those who put their lives on the line to make these conditions a reality. People died to bring about better working conditions in this country.



Indeed, the time has come for MVCC students and staff to use their MV Connect information to gain access to the library’s databases. While a window will appear automatically asking for a sign-in, database users may find that logging into MV Connect at the onset might make the process smoother.

Just remember that you can always get help at the Reference/Information desk of the library in person, on the phone, in an email, or chat. Please refer to the library’s webpage and click on Ask a Librarian at the top of the page in the blue banner.The chat box is there as well as the phone number and the email address.


If you have been following my blogs, you know that when I tout a magazine, I am most often writing about a magazine in paper format! Today, we will look at the September, 2018, issue of Wired.

Found in the magazine racks in the coffee bar, Wired is an entire kaleidoscope of news with a look at some of the technological issues at risk, development, fiendishly or cleverly utilized.

  • Remember the worm, NotPetya, just about a year ago? It was the costliest bit of malware we have seen. Writer Andy Greenberg gives us a perspective from one company that suffered greatly, Maersk.
  • How about the situation in Puerto Rico after the hurricane? Who has been there all this time to help?
  • Technology is also helping to save lives in Syria. The civil war seems to be continuing and innocent lives are being lost.

While Wired is not found in any of our electronic databases, it is online. There may be some fees attached to getting all of the articles online, but lucky for us, we have the PAPER format.



This last January, an MVCC former faculty member and dean passed away at age 86. Back on June 17, 1968, according to the Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Moraine, the college hired Irene Hale Brodie as assistant professor. Here she taught and administered for several decades.

Irene Brodie was a gifted individual. She and her husband began as educators; but after his untimely death in 1966, Irene received her Master’s Degree in education from the University of Chicago. Tragedy continued with the death of her daughter in 1976. From 1986-2013 Irene was the mayor of Robbins, Illinois, a village she dearly loved, and in the 1990s she obtained a doctorate in education.

Throughout her life, Irene found her calling and success in public service of one kind or another. Additionally, she did not stint with her resources. Moraine, the Village of Robbins, and her church, Great Hope M. B. Church, have received of her generosity.

Interested in getting more information about this “Nationally-esteemed Educator, Philanthropist and Public Official” (from the book cover)? Check out the book entitled The Inheritance of a Dream: The memoirs of Dr. Irene H. Brodie by Irene H. Brodie, Ed.D, with Vincent Williams. The call number is     F 549.R58 B76 2015


Now that Justify has won the Kentucky Derby, we can all look forward to the Preakness Stakes on May 19, and the Belmont Stakes on June 9. These three races constitute the Triple Crown. The horses are three-year-old thoroughbreds.

Triple Crown Winner Secretariat 1973


Click here for a link on last Saturday’s race.

Click here to see what the MVCC library has about horses.

Finally, are you a horse lover who wants to ride a horse from time to time? This part of Cook County has some wonderful opportunities. There are riding stables close-at-hand; you can just Google horse stables southwest suburbs of Chicago

What is the federal budget? How much does the government collect in income taxes?

Have you ever wondered what the federal budget looks like? One of the services of the MVCC Library is a list called RESEARCH GUIDES on the Library website. Click here to go to it.

Federal Documents Basic Collection and Governmental Information Research Guide are two Research Guides that can get you started. Look for the links on the lists to the federal budget.

Now for the money that the federal government receives. Go to the Internet and type in U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Once on this website, check out the menu at the top of the page that says DATA.

Click on Receipts and Outlays.

Getting back to taxes, type in federal income tax revenue by year into a search engine and several websites will give you information on income tax revenue.