Circulation

Everyday Should Be Treated like April Fools Day

April Fool’s Day is a day when new sites and celebs release a trove of fake information. This years tricks brought us the news reports that Tom Brady is retiring, and Jason Mamoa and the Rock are leaving the acting business to play professional rugby in New Zealand. For those of you that were fooled, this is a great experience to learn from. April Fools Day should not be the only day of the year when we critically evaluate information before accepting them as true.

If you want to know some questions to ask, visit  Evaluating Resources from the University of Southern California. These are the same questions you learn from your Moraine Valley Librarians. Then practice asking yourself more questions in your everyday reading, and conversations. Questions, help us to be informed, cause us to learn, and make us grow.

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Mies van der Rohe -A Chicago Name You Should Know

Mies van der Rohe- Kluczynski Federal Building- Photo by Samuel Ludwig

March 27th marks the 133rd birth date of one of the founders of modern architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies van der Rohe became internationally renowned with his design of steel skyscrapers entirely sheathed in glass, and his glass-and-steel skyscrapers (330 North Wabash-Chicago, IL). His buildings symbolized corporate power in the skyscraper era.  Not limited to just financial towers, Mies also designed homes (the Farnsworth House- Plano, IL) , campuses (the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago, IL), federal buildings (the Dirksen Federal Building,  the Kluczynski Federal Building) and apartment buildings (the Lake Shore Drive Apartments-Chicago, IL). All of which are staples of the Chicago Architecture Center Tours.   To find out more about Mies, checkout the book Mies by Detlef Mertins, watch Regular Or Super: Views On Mies Van Der Rohe-  documentary on Hoopla,  or click on anyone of the links below.

Chicago Tours with Geoffrey Baer- Architects: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Chicago Architecture Center (formerly called the Chicago Architecture Foundation)-Architecture Dictionary- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Chicago Architecture Docent Training including Course Readings

Mies van der Rohe Society at Illinois Institute of Technology

The Farnsworth House Website

Upcoming Farnsworth House movie starring Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Maggie Gyllenhall

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C2E2 as a Literary Event

The books, graphic novels, and comics, at C2E2 can be a great place to find your next great read. For reluctant readers, they can also get you back into reading.  Don’t let critics tell you other wise. Comics and graphic novels create generations of new readers, fascinate its current readership with storytelling methods that combine high art and evocative text., and they make former readers nostalgic of the reading enjoyment of their youth. Readers who enjoy graphic novels/ comics, generally make an easier transition to Young Adult, and then Adult titles.

The annual C2E2 event in Chicago has more to offer than just celebrity appearances, and autograph signing. It offers a wide array of graphic novels, comics, nonfiction titles, and adult novels. There are also authors, and artists for just about everyone. If you are unable to make this years C2E2, here are the links to the convention’s authors, and artists so they can be part of your future reading selections.

Comic Guests

Literary Guests

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SPOILER: Can Game of Thrones season 8 answers be found in George R. R. Martin’s 1980 Novella, “The Ice Dragon”?

If you are not caught up on Game of Thrones, then stop reading to avoid spoilers. If you are caught up, listen to George R.R. Martin’s nearly forty year old short story to hear how the author first described the power of ice dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will it be similar to the Night King’s dragon? Is this an early version of Viserion? We are less than a month away. For fans eagerly anticipating season 8, listen to the audio book here on Hoopla.  

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Avengers: Endgame- True to the Book?

As the world awaits the next installment of the sprawling blockbuster Avengers franchise, fans are wondering if the movie will resemble its comic predecessor, Infinity Gauntlet.

If you are as curious as we are, read Infinity Gauntlet, and other Thanos appearances through Hoopla.

Click the links to read the following titles:

Infinity Gauntlet. Issue 1-6 (2011)

Thanos rising. Issue 1-5 (2013)

Deadpool vs Thanos. Issue 1-4 (2015)

Thanos. Volume 1, issue 1-6, Thanos returns (2017)

Avengers. Avengers vs. Thanos (2018)

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Do The Right Thing

Oscar winners and runner ups are always up for debate. I finished the Academy Awards with the satisfaction that Spike Lee won a long overdue Oscar. His film, Do the Right Thing (1989), is one of the most important and powerful films in American history.  This is a movie you watch, encourage civil discourse on the difficult issues, and talk across political divides.

So if you have time this semester, check out the DVD at our library, or watch it online through our streaming library.

 

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A Valentines Day Jazz Playlist

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Andy Warhol, Burger King, and the Experimental Films of Jørgen Leth

If you were one of the millions of Super Bowl viewers who thought Burger King’s Andy Warhol Super Bowl commercial was different, then you are not alone.

That four minute and 23 second video was part of a 1982 experimental film called, “66 Scenes from America”. That film was directed by Jørgen Leth.

To find out more about the Danish poet and film maker, click here. His 2004 Bomb Magazine interview gives insight into the man and his film making process. Login with your mvconnect information.

If you would like to check out one of his most important works,
“The Five Obstructions”,  then you are in luck. The library owns a DVD copy. Click on the film title to see its availability in the catalog.

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Math Might Make You Reconsider the Not So Super- 2 Medium Pizza Deal

We’ve all seen the ads. Two small or medium pizzas for a great price. Many Moraine Valley students may already know that these Super Bowl Specials may not be so super. Let’s take a closer look at the math at behind this common promotion.

The area of a pizza can be calculated the same way as calculating the area of a circle. The area A=? * r (radius)2   . Then dividing  the cost of the pizza by the square inches will determine our cost per square inch.

For an extra large 18 inch pizza with a radius of 9 inches, the square inches is calculated at 254.46. At an average prize of $16.50, the cost per inch is 6.4 cents.

For a large 16 inch pizza with a radius of 8 inches, the square inches comes out to 201.06. At an average price of  $14.99, the cost per inch is 7.4 cents.

For a medium 12 inch pizza with a radius of 6 inches, the square inches comes out to  113.09. For the most marked down special we could find, 2 medium pizzas for $11.98, the cost per inch for 226.08 square inches of pizza  is 5.2 cents.

This is just a base formula because some pizza places offering those specials are known for leaving a large space at the end.  A big section by the crust with no toppings or cheese, only tomato sauce.

Accounting for this we can take another 2 inches off the radius of each pizza.

So for an extra large 18 inch pizza with a true radius of 7  inches (accounting for at least 2 inches of crust and sauce) we get 153.93 square inches. At an average cost of $16.50, the cost per square inch is 10.7 cents.

For a large 16 inch pizza with a true radius of 6 inches (again accounting for at least 2 inches of crust and sauce), the square inches is approx 113.09. At an average price of  $14.99, the cost per inch is 13.2 cents.

For a medium 12 inch pizza with a true radius of 4 inches (again accounting for at least 2 inches of crust and sauce), the square inches is approx 50.26. For the most discounted special of  2 medium pizzas for $11.98, the cost per inch for 100.52 square inches of pizza  is 11.9 cents.

So comparing the cost for square inch, unless you find the greatest of all 2 medium pizza deals, statistically you are better off getting your average 18 inch pizza over two -12 inch ones.

For a good YouTube video explaining the math behind pizza deals, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hoopla- The Netflix of the Moraine Valley Library Databases – but better!

Instantly borrow movies, music, audio books, eBooks, audio books, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your Roku, Kindle Fire Stick, computer, tablet, or phone! Best of all, there are no fees!

To login in, create a Hoopla account with your moraine valley e-mail address here.

Click here for help getting started with Hoopla.

Courtesy of the Moraine Valley Community College Library.

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