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Drop a Fine, Help a Family: Food for Fines

Starting Monday Nov 16 – Nov. 24 the library will be collecting food in exchange for student library fines for Elsie’s Food Pantry.

One food item= one fine.

In an effort to help out the food pantry at a particularly difficult time, we also encourage campus staff and faculty to contribute non-perishable food items or make a monetary donation to help in the effort. All food and monetary donations are accepted at the library circulation desk. We’d like to raise at least $300.00 this year for the pantry along with the food donations, even $1 will help them in their effort to supply food for hungry families.

We look forward to seeing all of you in the library and hope that you will help us help families in need.

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Spring Is Coming, So Are Our Newest Streaming Videos

MV Library has a new series of streaming videos this March:

Engineering an Empire


(Taken from IMDb.com)

Engineering an Empire is a documentary program on History Channel that explores the accomplishments of engineering and architecture in the history of the world. This program includes the following episodes:
Rome; Egypt; Greece; The Aztecs; Carthage; The Maya: Death Empire; Russia; Britain: Blood and steel; The Persians; Da Vinci’s World

The Men Who Made Us Fat


(Taken from IMDb.com)

Around the world, obesity levels are rising. This three- episode documentary series entitled The Men Who Made Us Fat explores the political, economic and social events that led to our increasingly overweight world.
The Men Who Made Us Fat: Part 1
The Men Who Made Us Fat: Part 2
The Men Who Made Us Fat: Part 3

Children in No Man’s Land


(Taken from IMDb.com)

Children in No Man’s Land is an award-winning documentary that uncovers the current plight of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States every year. Click here to view.

New books, DVDs, music CDs, e-resources, activities, programs and SO MUCH MORE in MV Library!



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New Video Databases @ MVCC Library

Need to access a quick video clip, newsreel or a documentary for your class? Check out the new video/music databases @ MVCC library.

American History in Video
Historic news reals and video footage. This release includes 6,714 videos equaling 1659 hours.
Art and Architecture in Video
Welcome to Art and Architecture in Video, a collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture. This release includes 427 videos, equaling 261 hours.
Counseling and Therapy in Video
Provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. This current release includes 460 videos equaling 446 hours.
Criminal Justice & Public Safety Video Collection
Collection of documentaries, training videos, and interviews illustrating the strategies, techniques, and experiences of professionals serving on the front lines of justice and public safety. This release provides 559 titles, equaling approximately 379 hours.
Education in Video
Education in Video is the first online collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers. This release now provides 4,306 titles, equaling approximately 1301 hours.
Ethnography in Video
Brings together a wide range of streaming video, written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. This release includes 1,111 videos equaling roughly 759 hours.
Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 101,300 CDs with more than 1,469,500 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.
Nursing Education in Video
Collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. This release includes 379 videos equaling 122 hours.
World History in Video
Collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. This release includes 1239 videos equaling 828 hours.

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“Blowing Off Class? We Know” (From NY Times)

Hey students, ever wonder what we know about you? Well, in some ways, we do not know as much as you might think but in other ways we are interacting online more than ever. This article from the New York Times, Blowing Off Class? We Know by Goldie Blumenstyk, highlights some of the issues around college data collection. It is good food for thought for college students.

You probably know that librarians have been at the forefront of privacy protections for decades. Our library does not hold data on student checkouts, use of our research tools, or use of our facility. We support the library community’s principle that researchers and readers should be able to explore topics freely without scrutiny or judgment of others.

Here is a quote from the American Library Association’s statement on privacy:

Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. The courts have established a First Amendment right to receive information in a publicly funded library.1 Further, the courts have upheld the right to privacy based on the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.2 Many states provide guarantees of privacy in their constitutions and statute Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. The courts have established a First Amendment right to receive information in a publicly funded library.1 Further, the courts have upheld the right to privacy based on the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.2 Many states provide guarantees of privacy in their constitutions and statute law.3 Numerous decisions in case law have defined and extended rights to privacy.4

In a library (physical or virtual), the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others. Confidentiality exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and keeps that information private on their behalf.5

Protecting user privacy and confidentiality has long been an integral part of the mission of libraries. The ALA has affirmed a right to privacy since 1939.6 Existing ALA policies affirm that confidentiality is crucial to freedom of inquiry.7 Rights to privacy and confidentiality also are implicit in the Library Bill of Rights’8 guarantee of free access to library resources for all users.law.3 Numerous decisions in case law have defined and extended rights to privacy.4

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Pumpkin, more than just for pies…

Thanksgiving is never complete without that pumpkin pie baked with care by a relative anticipating all their loved ones eating it with joy. Or for some of us,  that pumpkin pie picked up at Jewel-Osco on the way to grandma’s house because your cousin forgot they had volunteered to bake that year.  Either way that pie somehow makes it to the table. Thanksgiving though is still a week away, and pumpkins can be used for more than just pies and lattes!

Here at Moraine Valley we have an extensive collection of cook books, baking guides, magazines and even a documentary about sandwiches.  These resources were chosen to support the study of our students in the Restaurant/Hotel Management and Culinary Arts program but are also here for YOU the avid baker! YOU the creative cook! or even YOU the novice baker wanting to learn to bake to impress your friends at that housewarming party later this month! So be sure to drop by the TX section of the stacks to browse to your culinary heart’s delight.

Here are some delightful pumpkin recipes linked to the cookbook in our collection they came from.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes, Pumpkin Empanadas, Pumpkin Pecan Loaf, Pumpkin Seed Nib Brittle, Brandied Pumpkin Gingerbread, Pumpkin Raisin Muffins and Pumpkin, Leek, Walnut, Cheese Tart.





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He Really Really Scared Me!






Read a Stephen King novel this week.


I was home sick from school, and it could have been a really nice day.  It was bright and sunny outside, and I was relaxing on the couch in my pajamas. I could hear my grandparents chatting in the kitchen as they ate lunch. The front door was open, there was a nice breeze.  I should have been watching Saved by the Bell and enjoying myself and a day of freedom from the 4th grade.  Instead, I was watching Pet Sematary and I was breathless and terrified and probably about to keel over from fright. 

He’s an American classic and he’s been frightening us for decades.   Since he’s so prolific, there’s a work for every terror you can think and every horror you don’t let yourself imagine.   So… what are you afraid of?

Kids? What about a girl who can set things on fire with her mind?   Try it.

Do you wish that all your friends would take their faces out of their cell phone screens? See how evil cell phones can really be.

Are you still having nightmares about The Shining?   Well… it’s not over.  Why don’t you check out the sequel, Dr. Sleep?

Perhaps you just want a few short stories to keep things moving quickly. We have Skelton Crew and Four Past Midnight.

Happy Halloween!

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A Century of African Americans in Film in the Library

(Well OK, 94 years really) We start with the directors:

Oscar Micheaux’s silent protest film Within Our Gates (1920) and 1938 musical Swing!
Mr. Micheaux founded his own film studio in 1919 (in Chicago no less) and went on to produce, script and direct 44 films. Read more about this pioneering filmmaker at:  http://www.naacp.org

Sidney Poitier began directing films in the 1970’s including the 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night. Micheal Schulz’s Cooley High (1975) was filmed in Chicago.  Look for Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater founder Jackie Taylor in the cast.

Also: Oz Scott’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide (1982), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) Malcolm X (1992) 4 Little Girls (1997) When the Levees Broke (2006) and Passing Strange (2009) as well as The Films of Spike Lee (1997); Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991) and The Rosa Parks Story (2001); John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood and Robert Townsend’s The Five Heartbeats (both 1991); Charles Burnett’s The Glass Shield (1994) and Warming by the Devil’s Fire (2003); Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta (1998),  Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher (2002), Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls (2010) and Ice Cube’s Something From Nothing (2012).






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A Decade of Blogging In Our Library






Today marks the 10th anniversary since our library’s first blog posts WAY back in 2004.

We started learning about and implementing our blogs in 2003 when few people even knew what a blog was all about. Now, a decade later, blogs a common part of media and social media. Today, our blogs feed content to our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts.

Over the years, many of our librarians have written for our blogs. We have written about library services, topics in the news, paper topics, campus events, and many other items. Our blogs are a history of our library and our history. Sometimes questions at the reference desk or questions that student ask us in classes become blog posts.

Read our first posts to our Search Tips Blog here. 

Read our first posts to our Search Tips Blog here. 

Some of Our Most Popular Blog Posts: 

Is there a Salt Mine Under Lake Michigan?  (2012)

Grant Park, Yesterday & Tonight (2008)

Abuse At Abu Ghraib: Selected Sources (2004)

Chicago White Sox History (2005)

What is it like to be Young and Arab in America? (2013)

The anime encyclopedia (2009)

Rosa Parks, 1913-2005 (2005)

Thundersnow is real. Did you hear it? (2011)

Finding Help for Hungry Students (2012)



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Local News and The Future of the Patch

We have been keeping an eye on the health and future of local news. Is local news dying? Are we going to be reliant on social media and gossip for local information? In the past we have had local reporters in the library to talk about the issue (listen here: Online Audio: Hyperlocal or Just Hyper? Future of Journalism). We have also posted about the future of the local news website The Patch (see What Does the End of the Patch Mean for Our Area?).

Local news (more specifically, local reporting) matters and has a great deal of value in how we run local government, schools, and community organizations. Understanding the “truth” that is based in sources beyond simple gossip matters.

Recently, the Patch (which has become a local source of information was sold by AOL (see Chicago Tribune: AOL surrenders control of Patch in joint venture). It is still not clear that the local Patch can earn enough money to stay around into the future.

With all this being said, I wanted to share this On the Media piece about the future of Hyperlocal media. Great thinking here about how local media is changing.


Here’s a list of the local Patch sites.

Palos Patch (Twitter: @PalosPatch)
Orland Patch (Twitter: @OrlandPatch)
Tinley Park Patch (Twitter: @TinleyParkPatch)

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