Hannah Carlton

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.


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.


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.

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.

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