Delphine Lytell

Librarian by profession; otherwise, a wonderful human being.

The Library Pumpkin Contest returns…

The Library Pumpkin Contest, after a two-year hiatus, is returning! This contest unveils a lot of creativity on campus but its main idea is to be a fund-raiser for the scholarships that the library gives to some of its student workers.

But first a few words about the humble pumpkin…

This squash is a fruit – It can be eaten raw – It takes about 90-120 days to grow a pumpkin

Illinois is one of the major growers of the crop. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, 95% of the U.S. crop intended for processing is grown in Illinois. Other states that grow pumpkins are Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California. (from Google)

Check out this book in the MVCC library:

Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon     By Cindy Ott University of Washington Press, 2012, First edition. Located in the General Collection, SB347 .088 2012 Click here for the link to the catalog

Getting back to the important information about the contest! 

  • No carving of pumpkins, please. Artificial pumpkins are encouraged.

  • The Library Pumpkin Contest will start with the pumpkin drop off on Monday, October 24, 2022, 8 a.m., with voting being available too.

  • Voting will run through October 27, 9 p.m., and consists of purchasing votes at 25¢ or 5 for $1 and writing the number of your favorite pumpkin on the ticket.

  • Pumpkins are available for purchase at $20 and may be purchased at any time during the event. However, purchased pumpkins remain until the close of the event with the presentation of the trophy to the winner. This will occur on Friday, October 28 at 1 p.m.

  • Need more information? Contact Sue Yach at 708-974-5297 or


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In honor of Earth Day, don’t litter

How interested are you in keeping taxes down?  How interested are you in your/our environment?

The State of Illinois spent 6.1 million dollars on litter cleanup in 2020. Remember that this was also during the time of the Covid lockdown. While one person may not seem to make a dent in the costs of cleanup, so many of us could definitely do so.

Here are some Illinois photos that show the thoughtlessness of Illinoisians. Please note the credited organizations or news media. Dan Ryan Expressway
Forest Preserve District of Cook County

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This is the year that Leonidas C. Dyer, a Congressman and a Republican, who served eleven terms (1911-1933) in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, proposed the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill after the 1917 Riots in East St. Louis. Although the House voted for the bill, it was not passed into law by the Senate. Thus, begins the long journey that culminated in the Emmitt Till Antilynching Act that is now law. President Biden signed the legislation into law on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

From the BAIC (Black Americans in Congress) website you can trace the long history of lynchings. Click here.

The Chicago and Summit Connections

Here are two other possible individuals who had an impact on lynching, this heinous American mob action.

Ida B. Wells, a journalist, educator, and civil rights proponent, relocated from Memphis, Tennessee, to Chicago after her office was destroyed. The MVCC library owns Selected works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett / compiled with an introduction by Trudier Harris. Click here for the information and the call number to find it on the shelf in our circulating collection on the lower level. 

And, of course, Emmett Till spent some time as a child in Summit, Illinois, before his mother moved to Chicago. The village has placed a marker at the home, 7526 W. 64th Street. Emmett lost his life in 1955 in Mississippi. Click here to get to the items available at the MVCC library on Emmett Till.

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Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all have important fasts and feasts or celebrations this spring

The month-long fast of Ramadan, which Muslims observe, is based on a lunar calendar. It tends to cover the entire calendar ultimately. This year, however, Ramadan begins on April 2. By this time, Christians have had Lent for a month and are preparing for Easter on April 17 (or April 24 for Orthodox Christians). Meanwhile, Jews begin the celebration of Passover on Friday, April 15 and conclude on Saturday, April 3.

All of these commemorations represent very important events in each religion. While it is not easy to give a summary in this blog, we can get more depth and information not only off the web but also from the selections of materials that the MVCC Library has.


Try this ebook for the foundational faith of Judaism. Both Christians and Muslims draw from God’s first revelation of Himself to the ancient Hebrews: 


For a history of Christianity, here is a suggested ebook text:,119,333,B/frameset&FF=dchurch+history&23,,30?save=b380310


Finally, find this book on Islam in our circulating collection on the lower level of the library:

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For a few years now, Moraine Valley Community College has offered a four-week session of select courses between the fall and spring semesters, roughly from mid-December to mid-January. These offerings, now at 36, are totally online and can help you get ahead on your goal of obtaining a certificate or degree.

Take a look at some of the courses:

Bio 101 – Survey of Biology

Can 100 – Cannabis Introduction

Cis 115 – Microsoft Office

Com 101, 103 and 201 – Composition, Speech and Technical Writing, respectively

Nat 111 – Environmental Science

Soc 101 – General Sociology

Spa 205 – Conversational Spanish THE 107 – Film Appreciation

Get all of the information as well as the complete list of classes at



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:


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?

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