The week of November 15-19th is both American Education Week and International Education Week! Check out the link below to explore just a few of the nonfiction e-books within MVCC Library’s databases surrounding education, teaching, and learning.
Born on October 25th, 1881, Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Picasso’s artistic mediums ranged from paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. Picasso was also at the forefront of the Cubism and is considered one of the founders of the artistic movement. Many in the Chicagoland area may be familiar with Picasso due to his famed unnamed sculpture presiding in front of Daily Plaza in downtown Chicago. Others may have come across some of his other famed works residing in the Art Institute of Chicago. For those interested in learning more about Picasso’s life and artistic works, the Moraine Valley Community College Library holds a wide selection of books, articles, and images in our general collection and library databases. Listed below are several links to a small sampling of the databases offered at the college with additional links to learn more about Pablo Picasso.
Oxford Art Online: This database contains a large number or peer-reviewed articles and a vast trove of images of artistic works. Linked below is an article providing the history of Pablo Picasso and his place in art history.
Art and Architecture in Video: Collection of documentaries and interviews detailing art history, theory, and artistic practices. Linked below is a short informational video on Pablo Picasso and his artistic works.
Credo Reference: Collection of reference books spanning across a wide range of subjects. Linked below are several possible articles of interest relating to Pablo Picasso and his artistic work.
JSTOR Arts and Sciences: Academic database containing scholarly articles and images spanning across many subjects. Linked below are images of Pablo Picasso artistic works.
Hoopla: Digital media service offered to library patrons, providing access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and TV shows. Linked below are ebook titles relating to Pablo Picasso.
Practice the intricate art of paper folding this Sunday, October 24th. MVCC Library features many physical books and e-books teaching origami to both beginners and high-level folders. Click the link below to view the virtual book display showing off just a few of the books available through MVCC!
1984 by George Orwell: Published in 1949, 1984 is set in a totalitarian futuristic superstate, Oceania where all aspects of civilian’s lives are monitored and controlled by the governmental power, “Big Brother.” A classic in political dystopian science fiction, 1984 centers its story around Winston Smith, a middle-aged working class citizen, as he becomes increasingly disillusioned to the propaganda pushed forth by the totalitarian government.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: The first of a three book series, The Fifth Season intertwines elements of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Set on a planet containing a single supercontinent called, Stillness, the novel centers itself around a climate change crisis of massive proportions that occurs every few centuries. Addressing issues such as race, class, and climate change, Jemisin has established herself as a new voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
A Clockwork Orange Directed by Stanley Kubrick (Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess): Set in a futuristic London, A Clockwork Orange centers on a character named Alex, a highly charismatic teenager who heads up a local gang of “droogs.” Tracking the violent sprees, arrest, and “rehabilitation” of Alex, the film offers a unique societal critique of morality and psychology. Content Warning: This film contains graphic depictions of sexual violence.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: The novel takes place in a totalitarian patriarchal society, The Republic of Gilead, which has overthrown the United States government. The Handmaid’s Tale centers around the story of Offred, a woman forced into servitude as a “handmaid” who’s primary societal role is to birth the children of the ruling class of males called the “commanders.” Examining the lack of agency given to women in such a totalitarian patriarchal society, the novel offers a frightening societal critique.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Taking place in the aftermath of an unnamed apocalyptic event, The Road tells the story of a father and his son as they traverse across the barren remnants of what was the United States of America. On the brink of starvation and forced to evade bands of marauders, the father works to provide his son with hope that they will reach safety once they reach a warmer climate.
October 15th is National Cake Decorating Day! Celebrate this sweet day with an E-Book all about cake recipes or the history of cake. Click the link below to explore our curated titles and more, all available through the MVCC library databases.
This Saturday is National Pancake Day and our digital collection is loaded with pancake recipes and tutorials for all ages! Click the links below to access our collection through Hoopla.
Pancakes & Waffles by Lou Seibert Pappas
The Best Of Waffles & Pancakes by Jane Stacey
101 Things To Do With Pancake Mix by Gibbs Smith
Flipping Out For Pancakes – A children’s book about the history of pancakes
Let’s Make Pancakes A children’s book to cooking pancakes.
Made With Love: Pancakes! Another children’s book about cooking pancakes
How can I even describe the proclaimed, “Best Worst Movie” of all time? I can’t. This film emits such a level of love or loathing in its newest viewers that fan reactions are just as comical as this film. Bring this film up to friends or coworkers and you will either get judged for your terrible choice in movies or make a new best friend.
Pick up the best of Batman titles this Saturday, September 18th on display at the library. We’ve got an excellent assortment of Batman graphic novels curated by the Moraine Valley librarians. We’ve got the classic Batman run “A Death in the Family” by Jim Starlin, the man who created Thanos. You can also pick up Alan Moore’s legendary title, “The Killing Joke” . This seminal title was the foundation for nearly every Batman movie since and the 2020 blockbuster Joker. In the mood for a great detective story? Read Jeph Loeb’s “The Long Halloween”, where Batman tracks down all the famous DC villains in the hope of stopping a series of terrible crimes. Checkout these titles and more on display at the library and online through Hoopla.