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If You’re Not Reading Saga, Then You Are Missing One of Greatest Cliffhangers in History

If the day ever comes that comics/graphic novels are granted the same respect as novels, then writer Brian K. Vaughan will be viewed as one of our greatest authors.

Saga is this generations great series. It contains blends a Star Wars-like epic, the scenery of Avatar, the adult content and language of Game of Thrones, a family-driven plotline like Breaking Bad, and the humanity of Friday Night Lights. 

If we’ve piqued your interest, then time is on your side. Saga is currently on hiatus. Long before the coronavirus, creator Brian K. Vaughan planned for Saga to take a planned break of one year. It is now entering its second year. For fans that finished all nine volumes (54 comics), this wait has been pure torture.

Read the entire 9 volume masterpiece for free with our Hoopla database.

Saga Vol. 1 ( Contains comic issues #1-6)

Saga Vol. 2 (Contains issues #7-12)

Saga Vol. 3 (Contains issues #13-18)

Saga Vol. 4 (Contains issues #19-24)

Saga Vol. 5 (Contains issues #25-30)

Saga Vol. 6 (Contains issues #31-36)

Saga Vol. 7 (Contains issues #37-42)

Saga Vol. 8 (Contains issues #43-48)

Saga Vol. 9 (Contains issues #49-54)

There is Still Time to Respond to the 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census is in full swing, but only 38.4% of American households have responded!

This image was created on 4/2/20. For the most recent response data, check the 2020 Census website.

While Illinois has a slightly higher response rate than the current national average, less than half Illinois households have responded to the 2020 Census! But there is still time to respond! 

This image was created on 4/2/20. For the most recent response data, check the 2020 Census website.

The 2020 Census marks the first Census with an online response option, so you can respond from home and maintain social distancing!

At some point over the last few weeks, you most likely received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census (It probably looked something like this.) Your invitation will have complete information about ways to respond to the Census remotely (online, by phone, or by mail).

If you did not receive the first invitation, keep an eye out in April; the Census Bureau will follow up with households that have not yet responded.

It is especially important to respond to the invitation as soon as possible because of the current Covid19 crisis. At some point, Census workers will have to seek out household that have not responded to their 2020 Census invitations. Given current and projected social distancing guidelines, this is not ideal for households or for Census workers.

So, keep an eye out for you 2020 Census invitation and respond remotely! The 2020 Census will determine the distribution of federal funds to Illinois for the next decade, affecting health care, education, infrastructure, and more!

A Job Out of This World!

I wrote a library blog about NASA on February 12, 2020. It was titled Help Wanted! Obviously the world has changed greatly since that day. For most people, going to the moon and beyond is not of national interest now. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how NASA was handling the applications. The application process opened on March 2, 2020 and closed on March 31, 2020. This undertaking of potential candidates has been more stringent than past employment postings. Education levels were extended and the time frame to apply was shortened. The good news is that over 12,000 candidates applied. NASA is expected to announce the new crop of space explorers in the near future. Here is some advice that current astronauts shared with potential astronauts.

Currently, life on Earth may look bleak, but the technology produced by scientist working on space projects has been impressive. Perhaps some of this future technology could help alleviate the problem of pandemics here on Earth.

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to celebrate poets and to continue the promotion of poetry and the role it continues to play in our world’s culture. Chicago is home to The Poetry Foundation, established in 2003, which publishes Poetry magazine and hosts related events like author readings and a book club. It also houses the Midwest’s only poetry library containing 30,000 volumes including audio and video recordings. Poetry magazine considers over 150,000 international poems per year for publication. Click on the links below to add a little poetry to your life!

Poetry-related materials available in the MVCC Library electronic collection

What’s Going On? Marvin Gaye’s Classic Album Revisited On His Birthday

What’s Going On- Marvin Gaye – 1970

Marvin Gaye’s quintessential album looked at the forces shaping American culture and himself at the beginning of the 1970s. It records Marvin as he soulfully and eloquently sings about a country affected by the Vietnam War, division, drug addiction, poverty, and racial discrimination. Much like the 1970s, the country is divided as ever over politics and the handling of the Coronavirus. Albums like this remind us to think, and ask ourselves and others, “What’s Going On?”.

Stream the 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition of What’s Going on by Marvin Gaye for FREE on Hoopla by clicking here.

Meet Me at The Cluny Museum Tomorrow!

On my magical world tour, all the places I visit are open for business. I am happy to put up with long lines, large crowds that block my view of art objects, and spending more money than I should, because the world has so many natural beauties and works of art to explore and enjoy. So, let’s begin. I am in Paris for another day. Second on my list (Wasn’t the Louvre great?) to visit is the Musee de Cluny, a short walk from the Louvre. It is a museum that highlights the medieval period of France. The most impressive object in the museum’s collection is the Lady and the Unicorna tapestry woven in 1511. There are other works of art that I could view, and this list will be helpful for my tour. The “current” exhibit is centered on “objects that offer glimpses into how people in medieval society spent their hours and days.” This may be an interesting topic to contemplate in Spring 2020. Don’t forget to use our MVCC databases to help you better understand the people and art of the Middle Ages.

After you view the tapestry, you may want to read the novel The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier Unfortunately, it is not available on Hoopla. Here is a review of the novel and links to the availability of the novel.

To be continued…

Update – Keeping You and Your Food Safe

Last week, I posted a video of a doctor showing how to sanitize your groceries when you bring them home. Since then, there have been some articles supporting the need and some disputing it. So I wanted to update you. According to the USDA’s website, “We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.” That said, some are still recommending sanitizing groceries if you or someone in your home is “at higher risk for severe illness“. Here is a Healthline article that may be helpful.

Reliable Info on Corvid-19: Stat

From the website…

“What’s STAT all about?
STAT is a media company focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. We produce daily news, investigative articles, and narrative projects in addition to multimedia features. We tell our stories from the places that matter to our readers — research labs, hospitals, executive suites, and political campaigns.”

Click here for Stat.

Take in a TED talk? Listen to MVCC Library Podcasts?

Around since 1984, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks have more impact now with the Internet. Click here to get to the website with 25 of the more popular TED talks. These talks are audio-visual.

How about taking in one of the Moraine Valley Community College Library podcasts. You have a choice of audio-visual, audio, or audio with transcripts (written texts). Click here to get to the 2020 and all previous podcasts.

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