Susan Miller

Shakespeare and the Library

July 21st is the dedication of the new Shakespeare Garden on campus and also the opening night for MVCC’s production of the play “The Taming of the Shrew”.  The MVCC Library has many resources related to “The Taming of the Shrew”, and also about Shakespeare and his works.

Click here to watch a streaming version of the famous Franco Zeffirelli production of “The Taming of the Shrew” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 

The Taming of the Shrew Poster

Discover more about any of Shakespeare’s plays by going online and reading the plot synopsis, character list, a discussion of the work’s principal themes, information about the style and literary devices used, a conversation about the work’s historical context, and a critical overview in Shakespeare for Students, found within the library database Literature for Students from Gale Virtual Reference

If you are inspired to read one or all of the Shakespeare plays, you can check out the book The Norton Shakespeare, which contains all of the Bard’s plays in one volume.




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Relaxation and personal wellness

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With this useful eBook, you’ll learn a range of proven methods for overcoming anxiety, such as relaxation and breathing techniques, how to quiet negative self-talk, and the use of imagery to help you relax.  The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook helps you work through the processes of making lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise changes, and helps you cultivate better coping skills.

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Do you have end of the semester worries?

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It is only human to worry about problems in life – but for some, obsessing for weeks and months, or avoiding social events and situations due to feelings of panic can become a frequent part of life.  If any of these describe you or a loved one, then you or they may be considered “almost anxious”.  Those who are almost anxious may never address the issue because they don’t fully meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder.  In the eBook Almost Anxious, author Luana Marques, Ph.D., describes the spectrum of anxiety symptoms, from normal situational anxiety to full-blown anxiety disorder.  Drawing on case studies and the latest research, she gives the tools to:  assess whether your or a loved one’s worry is a problem; discover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of distress; gauge the physical, psychological, and social impact of your anxiety symptoms; and determine when and how to get professional help when needed.

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Who will be the next Librarian of Congress?

President Obama recently announced his intent to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and the current Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland as the 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden has a Chicago connection; she served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993.  Her educational background includes an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

Commenting on the announcement, ALA President Sari Feldman said:

“The President could not have made a better choice. Hats off to President Obama for nominating Dr. Hayden, a professional librarian uniquely positioned with the leadership and management skills and understanding of digital technology to make the Library of Congress the preeminent national library in the world, highly-valued by and serving all Americans as a treasured resource.  We look forward to working closely with her to further librarians’ bedrock principle that all Americans everywhere deserve and must have equitable access to the information that they need to succeed and lead productive lives in the digital age.”

Dr. Carla Hayden

Dr. Carla Hayden

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Positive thinking help for finals week

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The Self-Esteem Workbook

Every now and then, we all second-guess ourselves. If you have low self-esteem, or are constantly comparing your successes and failures with those of the people around you, it may be helpful to re-evaluate how you treat yourself. The Self-Esteem Workbook (it’s an eBook!) is based on psychologist Glenn Schiraldi’s research, which has shown that self-esteem can be significantly improved through the use of self-help materials. This workbook is a self-directed program that guides readers through twenty essential skill-building activities, each focused on developing a crucial component of healthy self-esteem.

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Feeling stressed? Here are some ways to help cope.

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Stress Management and Prevention: Applications to Everyday Life

This eBook offers ways to learn about stress, its causes, and ways to deal with and prevent it.  The text explores both Western and Eastern views of stress to learn about its nature, what can trigger it, and the impact it can have on the body and life.  Numerous coping strategies are explored, including problem solving and time management skills, psychological and spiritual relaxation methods, and healthy nutritional and lifestyle choices.  Self-reflection and self-awareness exercises, activities, and hands-on techniques describe how to effectively manage stress and prevent it from reoccurring.  A collection of 17 online videos accompanies the text.

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Feeling stressed? Sometimes a workbook can help!

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Mind-Body Workbook for Anxiety: Effective Tools for Overcoming Panic, Fear, & Worry

Mind-body bridging is a method of self-help that teaches how to regulate strong emotions such as anxiety, anger, and worry.  This workbook (it’s an eBook!) helps the reader learn how to become aware of anxious thoughts, experience them without pushing them away, and then use physical senses to become more grounded and relaxed.




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Feeling stressed?

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Anxiety is the most common mental health complaint, and all of us have felt it at some point in our lives. Some anxiety is healthy and necessary to keep us alive, but too much anxiety can interfere with living well.  The Anxiety Answer Book (it’s an e-book!) pulls together helpful information in an easy question-and-answer format, providing tools to help reduce anxiety and enjoy life more.

This post is one of a series, highlighting resources on finding help for anxiety and depression, and is a collaboration between the Counseling and Career Development Center (CCDC) and the Library.

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Banned Books Week

Celebrating 30 Years of Liberating Literature
This fascinating visual timeline celebrates 30 years of Banned Books Week, the national book community’s celebration of the freedom to read. For each year from 1982 to 2012, the timeline highlights one book banned or challenged in that particular year. In most cases, these books faced significant controversy that spanned numerous years.

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