Leaf Peeping

The days are getting shorter, which means chlorophyll production in trees is slowing. This lets the true colors of leaves come through. During the next few weeks, Fall colors will be everywhere. Whether you want to see the local showing or plan to take a leaf peeping trip, it helps to have an idea of when the best time to catch colors at their peak will be. This interactive Fall Foliage map from Smokymountains.com might help. You can view the predicted September through November progression of colors throughout the country.

Library Pumpkin Contest

The MVCC Library Annual Pumpkin Contest will soon be here. It’s time to start planning and creating your pumpkins. 

  • Students, faculty, and staff are invited to decorate – not carve – a pumpkin. 
  • Pumpkin drop off and voting begins Oct 23, 8 a.m.
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Vote for your favorite pumpkin. 25 cents per vote or 5 votes for $1
  • Pumpkins will remain in the Library until Oct 30, 1 p.m., when the winners are announced.
  • Purchase a pumpkin for $20. 

All proceeds go to the Moraine Valley Library Student Scholarship fund.

Bees and Honey

Stephenie Preseller The three bee hives on campus, in the nature study area, produced honey the first year. No production was expected but the bees had a different plan.

September being National Honey Month makes it a great time to talk about bees. Bees are vital to life on Earth for many species. Sure bees produce honey, but bees are also pollinators. Of the 396,000 types of flowering plants on Earth, 90% require pollination. A typical colony of bees can pollinate 250 million flowers in a day. Bees contribute $577 billion to global crop production and are also an important part of food and habitat production for many, many species.

But bee populations are in trouble, which means we are all in trouble. Bee populations are declining due to things like habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. One in four wild bee species are at risk of extinction and beekeepers are seeing annual hive losses of 30%. Efforts to save bee populations are vital. Moraine Valley Community College is trying to be a part of the solution with the recent addition of beehives to the prairie on campus. The MVCC bees are helping plants to thrive and have already produced some honey, as seen in the photo above. 

To find out even more about bees, check out these books from the library collection.

Electoral College

Though it is not expected to gain traction in the current Congress, a Constitutional Amendment is being introduced in the U.S. Senate this week to abolish the Electoral College. Current presidential candidates are beginning to talk more and more about abolition or reform of the Electoral College system of presidential election in favor of a system of election by popular vote. There is also currently a movement at the state level called The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact whereby states would agree to award electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.

Strong opinions are held on both sides of this issue. Defenders of the Electoral College seek to prevent urban areas of the nation eclipsing more rural ones in representation. Those seeking a change in our system wish to see the candidate with the most votes become President and to prevent further instances of elections like 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and most recently 2016, where that was not the case.

If you find yourself wanting to learn more about this topic, the MVCC Library has some resources that will help. Here are some items in the collection about the Electoral College system. We also have a couple of databases that are very useful for researching controversial topics such as this. Have a look at CQ Researcher and SIRS Researcher and do a search for “electoral college”. The graphic shown above is from SIRS Researcher.

Art Institute Online

The Art Institute of Chicago has recently enhanced the online availability of its digital archives, making much more of its collection available for online viewing. More than 44,000 images of its collection are now available online with unrestricted access. The images are all downloadable under a Creative Commons license. Image viewing has also been enhanced, allowing the user to see the image in much greater detail, even down to the brushstroke level.

Explore the collection here. You can browse through varies genres or use the search function to look for more specific pieces.

To find out even more about the collection of the Art Institute check out these books from the MVCC library.

Pumpkin Contest Results

Are you curious about the results of the Library Pumpkin Contest? It was a great success! We had 19 fabulous pumpkins in the contest this year and raised over $400 dollars for scholarships. Thank you to everyone who created pumpkins and who came by to vote for your favorites. The top three vote getters were:

1st place – Arab Student Union – Preserving Arab Heritage

 

2nd place – Library Technical Services Dept. – Cat-O-Lantern

3rd place – International Student Ambassadors – Haunted House

Pumpkin Contest Time

It’s almost time for the Moraine Valley Library’s annual pumpkin contest. You can enter individually or as a group, club, department, etc. The more the merrier. We look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas! And, don’t forget to stop by the library to see all the great pumpkins and vote for your favorites.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Students, faculty and staff groups are invited to DECORATE A PUMPKIN. No Carving!

Artificial pumpkins are allowed and encouraged.

Pumpkin drop off begins Oct 22nd at 8am.

Voting for the best pumpkin begins Oct 22nd at 8am and runs until Oct 25th at 9pm.

Votes sell for 25 cents or 5 for $1.  Purchase a pumpkin for $20.

Pumpkins will remain in the Library until Oct 26th, 1 pm.

Winners announced Oct 26th at 1pm.

Trophy will be awarded to the pumpkin that receives the most votes.

All proceeds go to the Moraine Valley Library Student Scholarship fund. For more information, contact Sue Yach at 708-974-5297 or yach@morainevalley.edu.