Troy Swanson

Mexican Independence Day: 16 de Septiembre: El Grito de Independencia

Mexican Independence Day: 16 de Septiembre: El Grito de Independencia
Brief background about the origins of the celebration of Mexican Independence Day on September 16. Also includes a description of how the holiday is celebrated today, such as the ceremony in Mexico City on the evening of September 15, in which a government official leads a crowd in giving “the grito or cry of Independence.” From a company that produces and distributes educational video programs about Mexico and Mexican culture. [from]

Don’t miss these library resources on Mexican History.

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Labor Day Marks Appreciation of U.S. Workers

Labor Day Marks Appreciation of U.S. Workers
Background about this U.S. holiday celebrated on the first Monday of each September to commemorate workers. Discusses the holiday’s origins, contrasts it with May Day (on which a number of European and other nations celebrate International Workers’ Day), and explains how Labor Day has traditionally marked the end of summer with activities such as picnics and barbecues. From the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs. [citation from]

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2008 Election Timeline

2008 Election Timeline
Timeline and related material about presidential debates, primaries, and caucuses for the 2008 presidential election. Also includes news stories and a list of presidential candidates with links to websites. From Congressional Quarterly (CQ). [citation from]

If you are interested in the 2008 presidential elections, you may want to take a look at the book You Decide! which has an interesting chapter about the 2008 elections.

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How to Kill Creativity

As the staff and faculty at Moraine Valley prepare for the fall semester, we attended an in-service day on Thursday, August, 16th. We had a guest speaker Dr. Stephen Steele who mentioned an article from the Harvard Business Review called, “How to Kill Creativity.”

I wanted to post a link to that article so share with others: How to Kill Creativity (must have valid MVCC Photo ID to view) from the Harvard Business Review.

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Civics and Citizenship Toolkit

The Moraine Valley Library will be receivng copies of the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to “to help immigrants to learn English, embrace the common core of American civic culture and become U.S. Citizens.” There is also informaton on the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit Web site

The description from the Government Printing Office:

The toolkit contains a variety of educational materials designed to help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. It includes immigration and civics publications, handbooks, and multimedia tools. Some examples are:
* Welcome to the United States – a comprehensive guide for new permanent residents;
* The Citizen’s Almanac, a collection of America’s most cherished speeches, poems, anthems and documents, and
* Civics and Citizenship Multimedia Presentation, an engaging and informative film series on DVD for immigrants.

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Simpson Family Values

Simpson Family Values
In anticipation of the July 2007 release of “The Simpsons Movie,” this article provides a “behind-the-cels oral history from the TV show’s voices, writers, animators, and ultimate boss — Rupert Murdoch.” Also includes links to a Q&A with former Simpsons writer Conan O’Brien and picks for the ten funniest Simpsons episodes. An expanded website feature from Vanity Fair magazine.

Citation copyright 2007 by Librarians’ Internet Index.

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The CIA’s Family Jewels

There has recently been a flap about new documents released by the CIA that outline some activities in the 50s, 60s, and 70s that stepped outside of the CIA charter, so I thought I’d pass along a few sources that might be useful in adding context to this issue.

First, this NPR story, “CIA Releases 700 Pages of ‘Family Jewels’,” discusses the released documents.

Second, the site Central Intelligence Agency: FOIA Electronic Reading Room provides “an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents.”

Finally, the library offers a number of items from our collection on the subject heading: Central Intelligence Agency that might be of interest.

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