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There is Still Time to Respond to the 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census is in full swing, but only 38.4% of American households have responded!

This image was created on 4/2/20. For the most recent response data, check the 2020 Census website.

While Illinois has a slightly higher response rate than the current national average, less than half Illinois households have responded to the 2020 Census! But there is still time to respond! 

This image was created on 4/2/20. For the most recent response data, check the 2020 Census website.

The 2020 Census marks the first Census with an online response option, so you can respond from home and maintain social distancing!

At some point over the last few weeks, you most likely received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census (It probably looked something like this.) Your invitation will have complete information about ways to respond to the Census remotely (online, by phone, or by mail).

If you did not receive the first invitation, keep an eye out in April; the Census Bureau will follow up with households that have not yet responded.

It is especially important to respond to the invitation as soon as possible because of the current Covid19 crisis. At some point, Census workers will have to seek out household that have not responded to their 2020 Census invitations. Given current and projected social distancing guidelines, this is not ideal for households or for Census workers.

So, keep an eye out for you 2020 Census invitation and respond remotely! The 2020 Census will determine the distribution of federal funds to Illinois for the next decade, affecting health care, education, infrastructure, and more!

2020 Census Update: Census Invitations are Coming!

The 2020 Census is a bit different from previous Census years. For the first time, it is possible to submit your household’s Census response online! Beginning on March 12th, households will receive an invitation from the 2020 Census to respond online, by phone, or to request a paper response form. 

The invitation your household receives in the mail should look something like this and include a Census ID number to use in your household’s response. 

If you are unsure about any correspondence you receive related to the 2020 Census, check out this article from the U.S. Census Bureau on verifying Census-related mailings, surveys, or contacts.

The U.S. Census Bureau–and any people or correspondence related to the 2020 Census–will never ask for your Social Security Number, bank account details, or passwords. 
You can also contact the Chicago regional office by phone at 800-865-6384, the national Census Bureau helpline at 301-763-4636, or check out ask.census.gov.

Prepare for the Primary: Find Your Polling Place and Research Candidates

The Illinois Primary Election is next week on Tuesday, March 17th! Here are a few links that may be useful as you prepare to vote:

Want to do even more research? Check out our Voting Research Guide!

60th Anniversary of Civil Rights Sit-Ins

Greensboro (NC) Lunch Counter -- The national Museum of African American History and Culture Washington (DC) 2017
“Greensboro (NC) Lunch Counter — The National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington (DC) 2017” by Ron Cogswell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This February marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of sit-in campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement. On February 1st, 1960, four students staged a sit-in at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina. The idea to stage sit-ins spread, led by student activists across the country. 

Interested in learning more? The Library has a number of books about the history of nonviolent protest in the United states, or check out the ebook Civil Rights Sit-Ins, for a comprehensive history of the sit-in movement.

Prefer a visual history? John Lewis (then a student organizer, now a congressman) describes his experience as a leader of the Nashville Sit-Ins in the first book of his award-winning graphic novel series March.

The 2020 Census: What You Need to Know

2020 is a Census year!

The US Census is a constitutionally required decennial (once every ten years) count of all persons living in the United States.

The data collected during the Census determines representation on a federal, state, and local level, the distribution of billions of dollars of funding, and provides information used to make decisions about education, business, health care, and many other issues that affect the MVCC community.

Activities related to the Census will take place throughout 2020, but most people will only have to actively participate in March. Here is how the 2020 Census will look for most households:

  • March 2020: Receive an invitation to respond to the Census online, by mail, or by phone.
  • March-April 2020: Receive periodic reminders to respond, if your household had not yet participated in the Census.
  • April 1st 2020: Census Day!
  • May-August 2020: Census workers will follow up in person, if your household had not yet responded.
  • December 2020: Results of the Census are compiled and officially presented. 

Learn more on the 2020 Census website, a great resource to learn more about participating in the 2020 Census. The Library also offers a Census 2020 Research Guide with helpful links and research tips.

It’s not too late to apply for a 2020 Census Job! For more information and to apply online visit the 2020 Census Jobs page.

Bored Over Break? Check out an E-Book from the Library!

“Snowin’Spring” by GavinLi is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 

Did you know? Even when the library is closed, you can still access e-books and other streaming content!!! 

We even have books to read for fun! 

Browse the Library’s selection of e-books through the library catalog, or choose an e-book service to search (We recommend Hoopla and E-Read Illinois for recreational reading!).

Not feeling like an e-book? Try streaming or downloading an e-audiobook!

Questions about accessing E-Books or E-Audiobooks? Check out our E-Books and Streaming Video page for in-depth information about accessing e-content or Ask a Librarian.

Frankenstein Friday!!!

Did you know that the last Friday in October is Frankenstein Friday, a day devoted to Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein? Since Frankenstein’s original publication in 1818, Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation have captured the popular imagination, inspiring countless adaptations and reinterpretations. 

In honor of Frankenstein Friday, we’ve pulled together some of the library’s Frankenstein-related resources:

The Original Text

You can access the original text as a book, an ebook, and an audiobook.

We also have the Dean Koontz graphic novel retelling of the classic story.

Film and TV

Find the 1931 classic Frankenstein with Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, and the 1935 sequel The Bride of Frankenstein on DVD.

For a lighter take, check out Young Frankenstein, the Mel Brooks parody, also on DVD.

You can stream the Addams Family Halloween Special; the character Lurch is inspired by Boris Karloff’s interpretation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Adam, the villain of Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a part-human, part-robot, part-demon, all-Frankenstein monster. 

Other Interpretations

This summer, the library podcast I, Robot, Frankenstein & the 2019-2020 one book, one college program discussed some of the connections between I, Robot and Frankenstein.

The Monster Mash song features a Frankenstein’s monster-like narrator (You can also stream the animated Monster Mash movie!)

The eponymous It in Steven King’s novel is a Frankenstein-esque monster.

2020 Census Jobs

The 2020 Census offers opportunities to get involved, gain experience, and help your community. 

Did you know?

  • The Census Bureau plans to hire and is currently accepting applications for approximately 500,000 temporary workers across the country to help carry out the 2020 Census count.
  • These job opportunities offer excellent pay, flexible hours (for most positions), and, in many cases, paid training.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.
  • Interested individuals will need to complete an online application. 

Visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 for more information about job opportunities, pay rates, and the online application. 

What to Watch While You’re Waiting for the Next Episode of The Great British Bake Off

Need something to watch while you’re waiting for the next episode of the Great British Bake Off? Whether you want to reminisce or test your own baking skills, there are great resources at the library.


Reminisce and rewatch the first three seasons of Bake Off through our streaming video provider Hoopla. Click here for help creating a Hoopla account with your MVCC username.

Check out the PBS documentary The Final Table by The Chef and the Farmer’s Vivian Howard

Watch or listen to Moraine Valley professor Rose Deneen talk about her book Baking with Vegetables for a local perspective on baking. 


Expand your baking repertoire with the America’ s Test Kitchen Baking Illustrated A Best Recipe Classic

Be ready for Paul Hollywood’s notoriously difficult Bread challenges next week with Breads of the World.

Looking ahead, will there be French Week this season? Check out the Little French Bakery Cookbook to brush up on you French patisserie. Or maybe a German Week? Take a look at Classic German Baking.

Remembering Toni Morrison

In the New York Times obituary for celebrated American novelist Toni Morrison, who passed away on Monday, Morrison is remembered as a writer of “luminous, incantatory prose” with a style “resembling no other writer in English.”  President Obama remembered her writing as a “beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination.”

Morrison was successful critically and commercially throughout her career. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the Nobel Prize in Literature–and her four of her novels were selected for Oprah’s Book Club. 

Whether you are a long-time fan or are new to Morrison’s work, there are a range of titles available at the library, from her novels and essays to her Grammy Award winning spoken word album.

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