We interrupt our regularly scheduled “What’s New Wednesdays” blog to bring you the “What R U Reading Wednesdays” blog. Since we have all been relegated to our homes during this unprecedented time, we are curious as to what everyone is reading. Please click on this (What R U Reading Wednesday?) link where you can fill out the form. We will gather the results, make some recommendations (aka Readers’ Advisory) for other books in that genre via our digital collection from Hoopla, and share the results on Wednesdays. Hope you will join us! #mvcclibraryonline2020
Museums are among the many things that have been temporarily shut down. One of our librarians has been taking us on some great virtual tours of some of these museums. Recently another trend has begun as a way to interact with the art world. It’s called Between Art and Quarantine and you can get involved as well.
It began with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and was then taken up by the Getty in Los Angeles. The challenge invites you to use the online collections of museums as inspiration and then use household objects to re-create the artwork. People are then posting their creations to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #betweenartandquarantine. The posts are creative and fun.
You can see above that my family got involved in the challenge over the weekend. Shown are our interpretations of Monet’s Poppy Field and Corot’s Interrupted Reading. Both of these pieces are owned by the Art Institute of Chicago.
This blog post from the Getty tells you more about the challenge, shows some creative examples that people have posted, and gives how-to’s for making your own re-creation.
If you want to explore more artworks or artists, you can always consult the MVCC Library collection. In the library catalog, do a search for a genre, era, or artist. Then to the left of your results click on E-books to see the online sources.
If you like, in addition to posting your work to social media, please share with me what you come up with. Email a picture of your art to firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to see your creations!
The 2020 Census is a bit different from previous Census years. For the first time, it is possible to submit your household’s Census response online! Beginning on March 12th, households will receive an invitation from the 2020 Census to respond online, by phone, or to request a paper response form.
The invitation your household receives in the mail should look something like this and include a Census ID number to use in your household’s response.
If you are unsure about any correspondence you receive related to the 2020 Census, check out this article from the U.S. Census Bureau on verifying Census-related mailings, surveys, or contacts.
The U.S. Census Bureau–and any people or correspondence related to the 2020 Census–will never ask for your Social Security Number, bank account details, or passwords.
You can also contact the Chicago regional office by phone at 800-865-6384, the national Census Bureau helpline at 301-763-4636, or check out ask.census.gov.
2020 is a Census year!
The US Census is a constitutionally required decennial (once every ten years) count of all persons living in the United States.
The data collected during the Census determines representation on a federal, state, and local level, the distribution of billions of dollars of funding, and provides information used to make decisions about education, business, health care, and many other issues that affect the MVCC community.
Activities related to the Census will take place throughout 2020, but most people will only have to actively participate in March. Here is how the 2020 Census will look for most households:
- March 2020: Receive an invitation to respond to the Census online, by mail, or by phone.
- March-April 2020: Receive periodic reminders to respond, if your household had not yet participated in the Census.
- April 1st 2020: Census Day!
- May-August 2020: Census workers will follow up in person, if your household had not yet responded.
- December 2020: Results of the Census are compiled and officially presented.
Learn more on the 2020 Census website, a great resource to learn more about participating in the 2020 Census. The Library also offers a Census 2020 Research Guide with helpful links and research tips.
It’s not too late to apply for a 2020 Census Job! For more information and to apply online visit the 2020 Census Jobs page.
Many states celebrated a “labor day” in the late 1800s but Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. One of the probable reasons for the federal holiday was that U.S. President Grover Cleveland was attempting to placate organized labor after the Pullman Strike, a nation-wide railroad strike that ended after many lives were lost and much property was destroyed. Workers began the strike at the Pullman Company in Chicago on May 11, 1894, as a reaction to wage cuts. You can visit the Pullman National Monument and Historic Pullman Foundation at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in Chicago.
For the next four weeks, the Library will be hosting the “On to 2050: Alternative Futures” survey. A special interactive station near the New Book Shelf in the Library offers this interactive survey. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking input on five “alternative futures,” each with distinct factors that could significantly shape our region for decades to come. The futures are:
1. Changed climate
2. Walkable communities
3. Innovative transportation
4. Constrained resources
5. Transformed economy
Students, employees, and members of the public are invited to visit the library to offer their perspectives. For more “On to 2050: Alternative Futures” visit
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.
Annually the Moraine Valley Community College Library host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Library student scholarship fund. If you didn’t already know, this is a really cool and might I add competitive event. As you can see from the pictures the creativity within the submissions is amazing.
But wait, there’s more…
Beyond my role as an Adjunct Faculty Librarian at MVCC, I am also a consultant and researcher in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Community Engagement. Recently, I have been doing a little observational research on ways to enhance the connection between local public libraries and the MVCC library.
While out visiting local public libraries, my travels took me to the Harvey (IL) Public Library. Immediately when I walked in I felt connected. The Harvey Public Library District (HPLD) also embraced the pumpkin decorating spirit. In another expression of creativity the HPLD staff connected their pumpkin decorating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. As you can see from the pictures pumpkin decorating at HPLD is also quite the festive endeavor.
So here’s a shout out to HPLD, well done!
Display in the library lobby
HLPD Staff Front Row (R to L): Antonia McBride, Head of Teen & Youth Services; Kim Peake, Head of Adult Services; Ina Bolling, Circulation Assistant; Back Row: Pat Nevin, Reference Librarian