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Smoke on the Prairie

MVCC Campus 4/12/21

The Moraine Valley campus is surrounded by Cook County Forest Preserves. Most of us drive by without much appreciation of the open land. The amount of work that goes into sustaining these green spaces is staggering, not only financially but also the amount of strategic planning to keep these spaces viable for future generations.

You may have recently noticed the smoke billowing out of the Preserves that surround the college. During the spring and fall, the Cook County Forest Preserve conducts a prescribed burn. This procedure “helps to stimulate the growth of native plants and hinder invasive vegetation. Simply put, native plants in this area evolve alongside periodic fires, while most invasive species introduced to this area later did not.” View this short video on A Day in the Life of a Cook County Burn Crew.

Check out the MVCC catalog or the science databases for more information on this topic

EDZTER ***NEW LIBRARY DATABASE**

The library now has access to EDZTER. EDZTER is a digital magazine database which holds over 5000+ digital magazines both foreign and domestic. Experience a digital reading library that offers students and faculty unlimited access to thousands of magazines, newspapers and journals across 40+ categories and 60+ languages. Patrons can enjoy access by desktop or through apps in the Google Play or Apple Store.

EDZTER is accessible through this direct link and the database page.

Please contact the Library if you have questions or need support. 

ScienceDirect ***NEW LIBRARY DATABASE***

The library now has access to ScienceDirect, one of the largest, highly-regarded, full-text online and comprehensive science databases. ScienceDirect is split into three main sections: Health & Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. ScienceDirect hosts over 16 million articles and over 3500+ journals covering engineering, chemistry, earth & planetary, medicine, agriculture, and more!

ScienceDirect is accessible through this direct link, the library’s database page and the library catalog.

“Nothing in the Whole World Felt as Good as Being Able to Make Something From a Sudden Idea”

These words were uttered by beloved children’s book author Beverly Cleary, who passed away last week at 104 years old. Her love of reading started at an early age. Her own school librarian suggested she should write books when she grow up. She did just that, after first becoming a librarian herself, when a young patron asked her “Where are the books about kids like us?” From this came her first book, Henry Huggins, introducing us to the characters of Henry, his dog Ribsy, and sisters Beezus and Ramona. Hearing news of her passing makes me want to take a trip down memory lane and re-read some of the wonderful books that I grew up with. If you’d like to join me, check out what we have in our catalog!

EBSCO Database Error *** RESOLVED**

The Ebsco database is”officially” resolved, as confirmation was received from vendor. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

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Patrons are currently experiencing off-campus access issues for our EBSCO Databases. The library is currently working with the vendor to solve this issue. This post will updated as new information comes available. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

Women’s History Month 2021

Started in 1978, Women’s History Month observes the contributions of women to culture, history and humankind. President Jimmy Carter first declared the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week in 1980. The following year, U.S. Congress passed a resolution that made the week a national celebration. In 1987, The National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March.

To celebrate check out these free virtual programs being offered by Illinois institutions to recognize some important contributions of women to the world. Registration is required. Click on the title of the program for registration information.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

High Tea at Hall: The Women of Hall Branch — Archivist Beverly Cook will discuss the librarians and patrons of the past from the Chicago Public Library Hall Branch in Bronzeville; including Vivian Harsh (branch manager), Charlemae Hill Rollins (children’s librarian), and Gwendolyn Brooks (patron). 

March 25th, 2021 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Title IX – The Landmark Legislation that Transformed American Sports — Join Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the co-authors of the definitive book on Title IX and others to discuss the impact of the 1972 legislation that vastly expanded opportunities for women in sports at the high school and college levels. Brought to you by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

March 25, 2021 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Virtual Artist Talk: Miranda July on Mail Art — Filmmaker, artist, and author Miranda July and others join for a conversation exploring the history and practice of mail art, a form of art that has re-established itself in this era of social distancing. Hosted by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Source information: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month, Image credit: https://alltogether.swe.org/2021/02/celebrating-womens-history-month/

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