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Best Books of 2020

Looking for something to read over Winter break? Check out the titles considered some of the best of 2020 by the New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library. Click on the title or link below for a book summary. If you are new to Hoopla–create an account using your MVCC email, select Moraine Valley Community College as your library and use your MVCC username in place of a library card number. For help with Hoopla click here or Ask a Librarian. For Library Winter break hours click here.

The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda (e-book)

The Bear by Andrew Krivak (e-book)

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (book)

Everywhere You Don’t Belong: A Novel by Gabriel Bump (e-book)

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (e-book)

Hurricane Season: A Novel by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes

https://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb430510 (e-book)

Interior Chinatown: A Novel by Charles Yu (book)

Little Gods: A Novel by Meng Jin (book)

Long Bright River: A Novel by Liz Moore (book)

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

by Candacy A. Taylor

https://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb672595 (e-pub full-text)
https://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb708526 (e-book Hoopla)

Such a Fun Age: A Novel by Kiley Reid (book)

Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen (book)

Temporary: A Novel by Hilary Leichter (e-book)

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (e-audiobook)

Writers & Lovers: A Novel by Lily King (e-book)

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2020

New York Public Library Best Books of 2020

Relax and Check out our Streaming Video and DVD Collection

Once finals are over, I’m sure you are all looking to do some relaxing. We have all kinds of streaming videos and DVDs in our collection for your enjoyment. Looking to stream one of our feature films? Or would you prefer to check out the feature films in our DVD collection? Do you like documentaries? Here are our streaming documentaries. We have many documentaries in our DVD collection as well. Are you a stand up comedy fan? We’ve got you covered. We have stand up comedy in our streaming collection. Here are our stand up comedy DVDs. We even have streaming audio stand up comedy. If you need help with these, or any of our resources, remember to Ask a Librarian. Here are some of my streaming films:

Some of Jen's Favorite Streaming Films

Take a Break in Tokyo

If the thought of immersing yourself in a far away place appeals, even while we must stay close to home, step outside the everyday with this virtual display of e-books and e-audiobooks from the library that explore these surreal, tender, and humorous examples of contemporary Japanese fiction.

Contemporary Japanese Fiction

If further exploration of contemporary Japan appeals to you, the hypnotic and beautiful videos of Japan on the YouTube channel run by the anonymous Rambalac are an unusual and captivating glimpse of everyday life.

In the middle of the lockdown last Spring, I stumbled across a recommendation for Rambalac’s channel, which posts ‘walking videos.’ Rambalac records themselves walking around Tokyo’s districts, neighborhoods, and suburbs–other Japanese cities and locations appear periodically. There are videos recorded during the day and at night, in rain and snow. Rambalac describes the videos as “Not a vlog, no intrusive faces or talking, pure Japan only.” 

During the lockdown, I loved being able to get such an (extra)ordinary glimpse of an unfamiliar place even while I was stuck at home–in a more visual, but no less compelling way than in the Japanese fiction in the above display. Try Sakura in snow, recorded last April, or this night walk, to get a feel for the hypnotic calm and the vibrant glimpses of contemporary Japan.

Veterans Day 2020

Today the MVCC library would like to thank all veterans who have served and continue to serve our country. “Moraine Valley is honored to have those who served our country in the military as members of our college community.” Visit the MVCC Veteran site and explore the numerous resources that the college offers.

National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. The celebration of adoption began in 1976 when Governor M. Dukakis announced that Massachusetts would “promote awareness of the need for adoption for children in foster care”. Here is a brief background on adoption in the United States. The MVCC catalog and databases are an excellent source of information on this topic.

Happy National Adoption wishes to all loving adoptive families.

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