Hannah Carlton

Chicago Poets: Past and Present

Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
–From “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

The Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” presents an iconic and enduring image of the city of Chicago. Sandburg was a long-time Chicago resident, and the city was often featured in his poems. But what makes a poet a “Chicago Poet?” A poet born in Chicago? Lived in Chicago? Someone who wrote poetry in or about Chicago? An artist embraced by the City? (For an in-depth exploration of this question, check out the Chicago Magazine article “Is Chicago the Poetry Capitol of America?“).

However you define a Chicago poet, the city has produced some of the greats, including Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, One Book selection 1919 author Eve L. Ewing, and many others. Check out the Library’s collection of works by Chicago poets, both past and present, in the virtual book display below:

Chicago Poets

And dive deep into the Library’s collection of One Book selection 1919 author Eve L. Ewing:

Eve L. Ewing

New Library Databases

To meet the need for increased online resources, the Library has introduced a number of new databases this Fall! If you have questions or need help with any Library resources, Ask a Librarian!

Nexis Uni

Legal, news, and business sources—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.

This could be useful for students:

  • Conducting legal or paralegal research
  • Looking for international new sources
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

University Press Scholarship E-books

30,000+ eBooks on humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law from Universities around the world.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for in-depth scholarly books or chapters
  • Researching complex speech or essay topics

Wiley Online Library

eBooks, articles, reference works, and other sources on a range of topics.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for reference or scholarly works in a specific discipline
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

Oxford Very Short Introductions

E-book series on a diverse range of subjects from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for a brief and thorough introduction to a common topic
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

Get to Know Eve L. Ewing, Author of the One Book selection 1919

Photo credit: Nolis Anderson

Eve L. Ewing, the author of the 20-21 One Book selection 1919, is a scholar, writer, artist, cultural organizer, and according to the bio on her website “made in Chicago.”

One of the things that makes Ewing unique is the wide range of her work, from poetry to scholarly texts, from podcasts to graphic novels. 

Explore her works available through the library below:

Eve L. Ewing

Ewing is amazingly prolific; her work is everywhere online. Here are a few interesting items:

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Covid-19 and other Current Events

A lot has happened over the last few months, and to help keep you informed and up to date, MVCC library folks have created virtual displays of online Library resources that deal with various topics relating to current events.

If you need assistance accessing any of these online resources, Ask a Librarian.

Pandemics and Public Health

Librarian Jessica brought together this collection of informative resources on Pandemics and Public Health.

Conversations about Race

ILL Specialist Sue recommends collections on Hoopla that can help start the conversation.

Pride Month eReads

Librarian Jessica has suggestions for e-books to read during Pride Month.

Catch up on Library Events and Podcasts!

Librarians recommend episodes of the Library Podcast that speak to the present moment, including the two part collaboration with MVCC Counselors–Self Care During Social Isolation Parts I and II.

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Summer Reads

Over the last few months, library folks have created wonderful virtual collections of online Library resources, and for the holiday weekend, we are bringing together the displays with great suggestions for things to read and listen to this summer, from cookbooks to music to graphic novels.

If you need help accessing any of the resources listed in these displays, you can Ask a Librarian.

FIRE UP THE BARBECUE!

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue has great suggestions for cookbooks to up your grilling game this summer.

Virtual Comic Stand

Access Services Coordinator Oscar recommends some of the best comics available virtually through the online Library.

Here be Dragons...

Librarian Hannah suggests novels featuring dragons to combat the summer heat.

Gardening

Librarian Jen brings together e-books to help out in the garden.

Gamer Essentials

Librarian Jessica recommends e-books for video game enthusiasts.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poetry Audiobooks

Librarian Hannah has suggestions for listening to award-winning poetry.

Can't Sleep at Night?

ILL and Serials Assistant Sue found soothing music options available to stream on Hoopla.

Scoob Section

Access Services Coordinator Oscar brought some of the Library Scooby-related online resources together.

The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler

Librarian Jessica collected the Library’s digital copies of Octavia Butler’s work in honor of Butler’s birthday (June 22nd).

2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Finalists

The winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week! Check out the Pulitzer Prizes website for a full listing of winners and finalists for 2020.

If you want to explore these titles in more depth, several of the winners and finalists are available in our digital collections:

Jericho Brown’s book The Tradition, which won the Poetry prize, is available as an e-book and an e-audiobook

The history category winner, Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel, is available as an e-audiobook.

One of the history finalists, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, is available as an e-book.

Greg Grandin’s The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, which won the General Nonfiction category and was finalist for History, is available as an e-audiobook

The General Nonfiction finalist Solitary by Albert Woodfox (which was recommended last year by librarian Sharon) is available as an ebook.

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.

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