Sharon Byerly

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to celebrate poets and to continue the promotion of poetry and the role it continues to play in our world’s culture. Chicago is home to The Poetry Foundation, established in 2003, which publishes Poetry magazine and hosts related events like author readings and a book club. It also houses the Midwest’s only poetry library containing 30,000 volumes including audio and video recordings. Poetry magazine considers over 150,000 international poems per year for publication. Click on the links below to add a little poetry to your life!

Poetry-related materials available in the MVCC Library electronic collection

Illinois’ primary election continues through today

The March 17, 2020, Illinois primary election includes voting for the Democratic presidential primary, the race for Cook County State’s attorney, the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and the Democratic primary for Illinois Supreme Court, plus others. To register on election day, residents must bring two forms of identification, one with a current address, to your polling place for same-day voting. Polling places throughout Illinois are scheduled to be open until 7:00 PM today.

Census 2020

If you reside in the United States or one of its five territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) it is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census—citizen or not. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Expect to receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20 that will ask for a response online, by phone, or mail. Census results determine how billions of federal funding dollars are allocated to communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Results from the 2020 Census also help determine seats that each state holds in Congress.

You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov. The Moraine Valley Library is a resource for any questions and a place to respond online!

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Early Voting Information

For the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, traditional Early Voting will take place March 2-16

Early Voting locations and hours in suburban Cook County can be found here .

If you live in the City of Chicago please visit chicagoelections.com for their Early Voting locations and other important information.

What do you need to Early Vote?

  1. Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot vote on Election Day.
  2. Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address or signature.  Providing an ID can also speed up the process because ID card readers are at every check-in station.

Important dates

 2/19/2020  First day of grace period registration and voting
  3/1/2020  Last day to register to vote by online application
  3/2/2020  First day of early voting
  3/12/2020 Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
 3/16/2020  Last day of early voting
 3/16/2020  Last day of grace period registration and voting
 3/17/2020  Last day mail ballots can be postmarked
 3/17/2020  Election Day

Looking for a part-time job? Join the Census!

Representatives from the Census Bureau will be outside of the Library to answer your questions about Census 2020 jobs on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Apply for positions online.

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some application questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
  • Be able to speak, read, and write in English, if applying in the 50 states or Washington, D.C. (Bilingual applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after December 31, 1959.
  • Undergo fingerprinting and pass a criminal background check and a review of criminal records performed by the Census Bureau.
  • Commit to completing training.

Other Employment Opportunities

The Census Bureau has other employment opportunities; to learn more search the Federal Government’s official employment site at usajobs.gov, browse Field Jobs by State, and/or visit the National Processing Center site.

Illinois Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote in Illinois for the General Primary Election taking place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, you have until March 1, 2020, to register online. After March 1, 2020, grace period registration is only available “in-person” at sites authorized by each election authority.

Registration lookup

Early Voting/Grace Period Registration Locations

To vote In Illinois:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Voter Registration Drive:

1/28/ & 1/29 Main Campus

U-111 11:00am – 1:30pm

1/30 10am – 12pm at both extensions

Southwest Education Center
17900 S. 94th Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60487

Education Center at Blue Island
12940 S. Western Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406

When Citations Matter

A former New York times editor is being called to task for improper source attribution in her newly published book, “Merchants of Truth,” which is critical of the news business and specifically the New York Times, Washington Post, Vice and BuzzFeed.

According to the AP article linked below, Abramson on a news program Wednesday night said, “All I can tell you is I certainly didn’t plagiarize in my book and there’s 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information.” She and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, have promised to investigate the complaints.

For help with citations refer to the MVCC Library citation guide below or contact the library for help.

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Reporter alleges Jill Abramson lifted material for her book

https://apnews.com/d2d07e4cf0fc4a9da1b7453a5ca7a9b0

 

President Roosevelt digital archives

As reported by the New York Times on October 17, 2018, the Library of Congress now holds the largest collection of President Theodore Roosevelt’s papers and includes 276,000 documents and over 460,000 digital images that date back to 1759. The collection began in 1917 when Roosevelt first sent items to the Library of Congress for “safekeeping.” These items later became a permanent gift from Roosevelt and the collection grew over the years from the contributions of relatives and a literary executor. The Library of Congress Roosevelt holdings are digitized and accessible online and include diaries, speeches, letters, and other documents. Other collections of Roosevelt’s papers are located at Harvard University Library and The FDR Presidential Library. Use the links below to learn more about the Library of Congress and other Roosevelt collections and to view and search through thousands of digital images.

https://www.loc.gov/collections/theodore-roosevelt-papers/about-this-collection/

http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/archives/collections.html

https://library.harvard.edu/collections/theodore-roosevelt-collection

 

Interesting Reads! New Non-Fiction Titles

FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN
Sex, Gender, Feminism
By Camille Paglia

A collection of essays from well-known feminist academic, Camille Paglia, who the New York Times Book review calls a “fearless public intellectual…more necessary than ever.” Paglia was recently featured in a cover story by Molly Fisher at the New York Magazine website The Cut titled, “Camille Paglia Predicted 2017: What the ’90s provocateur understands about the Trump era.”

THE INKBLOTS
Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing
By Damion Searls

Read about how in the 1920’s Rorschach created and used his test to identify illnesses of a psychiatric nature and predict the traits of an individual’s personality. The author of the book was interviewed by Robert Seigel for the NPR program All Things Considered on February 17, 2017.

IRRESISTIBLE
The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter

Having trouble putting down your phone? In IRRESISTABLE, Alter, professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, follows the rise of behavioral addiction as it relates to technology and examines why so many of these products are keeping us hooked. Read an excerpt online at Wired.

JOURNALISM AFTER SNOWDEN
The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State                          Edited by Emily Bell and Taylor Owen. With Smitha Khorana and Jennifer R. Henrichsen

This anthology includes voices from a number of major journalistic players, both online and in print, and provides information on source protection, modern security measures, legal ramifications for journalists, data access, modern interpretations of privilege, and how journalism today is influenced by the Internet and modern telecommunications policy. Read book editor Emily Bells’ interview with Snowden, that was integrated into the book, online at Columbia Journalism Review.

SEX AND THE CONSTITUTION
Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century                                                                                                               By Geoffrey R. Stone

University of Chicago professor and constitutional scholar, Stone, offers insight into how sex became legislated and regulated in America. He includes the topics of obscenity, sodomy, abortion, birth control, and future issues facing the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Stone’s guest blog discussing the book at the Washington Post online.

Chicago area libraries


The Chicago area supports a number of literary wonderlands. If you feel yourself drawn to literature for entertainment, life-long learning, or  comfort, use libraries in our area to support your interests. Often these organizations offer free or low-cost literary events and workshops. Following organizations on Facebook and other social media platforms will help keep you in the loop. Click on the links below to get started.

Moraine Valley Community College Library https://lib.morainevalley.edu/

Moraine Valley Library events https://lib.morainevalley.edu/about/libraryevents.html

Poetry Foundation Library https://www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/library

Poetry Foundation events https://www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/events

Newberry Library  https://www.newberry.org/

Newberry Library events https://www.newberry.org/programs-and-events

Other interesting libraries in the Chicago area http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/secret-libraries-of-chicago

 

 

 

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