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“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.” On July 13, the Washington Redskins stated that they would change the name and the logo of the team. A combination of advocacy groups and financial sponsors insisted that the team’s name be changed. There have been numerous suggestions for the new name, but the two names that have piqued my interest are the Washington Red Tails and the Washington Code Talkers.

The Red Tails would honor the Tuskegee Airmen. This group consisted of the first black airmen in the United States Armed Forces. The men of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group painted the tails of their planes red. Eventually they were given the nickname Red Tails.

The Navajo Nation initially suggested that the Washington Redskins team name be replaced by the Washington Code Talkers. This name would be a tribute to the Navajo soldiers who created an intricate code that played a crucial role in the Pacific during World War II. After deliberation, the Navajo nation rescinded their suggestion of Washington Code Talkers.

The team plans to reveal the name before the 2020-2021 football season begins. Here are some possible new names for the team.

CQ Researcher Degraded Performance — RESOLVED

CQ Researcher is now working again off-campus. The issue has been resolved. If you any questions, please ask a librarian.


One of databases, CQ Researcher, is not working off-campus and users are receiving an error. We are working with database vendor to solve this issue. This post will be updated as new information arrives. If you any questions, please ask a librarian.

The Comic that Foreshadowed a Pandemic

What if I told you that a title debuted in November of 2019 where the U.S was cut itself off from the world with a massive wall around its borders, and citizens were dying of a mysterious respiratory disease.


Soon after its release Undiscovered Country sold out its initial printing of 85,000 copies and Image announced it was issuing a second printing. An impressive feat for any independent title outside of the DCU and MVU .

Read Undiscovered Country Vol. 1: Destiny for FREE on Hoopla.

Virtual Book Display Retrospective: Covid-19 and other Current Events

A lot has happened over the last few months, and to help keep you informed and up to date, MVCC library folks have created virtual displays of online Library resources that deal with various topics relating to current events.

If you need assistance accessing any of these online resources, Ask a Librarian.

Pandemics and Public Health

Librarian Jessica brought together this collection of informative resources on Pandemics and Public Health.

Conversations about Race

ILL Specialist Sue recommends collections on Hoopla that can help start the conversation.

Pride Month eReads

Librarian Jessica has suggestions for e-books to read during Pride Month.

Catch up on Library Events and Podcasts!

Librarians recommend episodes of the Library Podcast that speak to the present moment, including the two part collaboration with MVCC Counselors–Self Care During Social Isolation Parts I and II.

Bastille Day

July 14 is Bastille Day, the most important public holiday in France. The country joins in a celebration to honor its people and history. The French call this day la Fête nationale (the National Holiday).

The origin of this holiday took place in 1880. French government officials felt that the country needed a national day of celebration. After much debate, July 14 was chosen, the same day as the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison.

France has an interesting history and culture. The MVCC library has many resources to help you understand why this this holiday is celebrated worldwide.

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo

Courtesy of The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art . Frida Kahlo on a bench, carbon print, 1938.

Today we celebrate the 113th birthday of Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican painter, famous for her surrealist portraits. Kahlo’s work is globally renowned and she has since become a feminist icon.

Learn more about Frida Kahlo by placing a hold on an item and picking it up curbside, or checkout out one of our many eBooks and streaming videos.

Then zoom some friends and take a digital tour of her Casa Azul (The Frida Kahlo Museum) in Coyoacan, Mexico where Frida Kahlo was born and passed away. 

No Library Online Support July 3 and 4

In observance of Independence Day, the MVCC library will not have online support on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. There will be no online support available on Sunday, July 5, because the library is always closed on Sundays during the summer sessions.

Library will be “reopen” online on Monday, July 6.

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Fireworks have been around for over 2000 years. Most historians agree that fireworks originated in China around 200 BC. Villagers would throw pieces of bamboo into a fire to ensure that evil spirits would be frighten away by the exploding bamboo. This country also invented gun powder in 600 AD. Serendipity played a pivotal role in the history of fireworks. Gunpowder was placed into a piece of hallowed bamboo thrown into a fire. There was no aerial show, just a series of explosions. Gunpowder also proved to be an amazing addition to the weapons of war. Explorers and traders brought the new technologies to Europe. The Europeans utilized this new knowledge on the battlefield and for special occasions.

Europeans used fireworks to celebrate religious holy days, military victories, and royal events. The shows became more colorful and in addition to noise, the pyrotechnics went aerial. English settlers brought the science of fireworks to the colonies. John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a letter to his wife on July 2, 1776, stating that “this day ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks).” On July 4, 1777, fireworks were included in the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Happy 4th of July to all.

Take a Walk!

Many people are still apprehensive about venturing out this summer. Restrictions are being lifted but the threat of an increase in Covid-19 cases has kept people close to home. One activity that the medical field encourages us to do is walk. A wonderful backdrop for this activity is the numerous preserves of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The MVCC campus is surrounded by thousands of acres of nature. The library has some excellent e-books that may help you understand the importance of exercise.

“Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak”.

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