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Stress Relieving EBooks for Finals!

Stress Relief

We have gathered a short list of ebooks available through the MVCC library catalog and Hoopla! Titles include help with yoga, herbal tea, meditation, and more to help you keep calm, cool, and collected during this busy time. While some stress can help you be productive, these ebooks will guide you through relieving unnecessary stress so you can achieve more during this finals season and beyond. Search for physical or audio books on similar topics through the library’s catalog. Good luck during finals, everyone!

October 25th: Remembering the Genius of Pablo Picasso

Picasso and Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Works by Stephanie D’Alessandro

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.

Five Dystopian Titles for Fans of Squid Game:

With the dystopian drama, Squid Game, capturing the minds of people all over the globe, it is likely that many are seeking similar titles to fill the void left by the cultural phenomenon. Luckily, the Moraine Valley Community College Library has a wide variety of dystopian books, films, and television shows that are ready for check out today. Listed below are five of the multitude of dystopian titles available in the library’s collection.

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.

Waffles are just Pancakes with Abs, Give me Pancakes on National Pancake Day!

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

See Troll 2 at Strange Brew and Online

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.

See for yourself at Strange Brew Cafe (one of our campus vendors) or online through the Moraine Valley Library database Hoopla.

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