General Information

Keeping You and Your Food Safe from Covid-19

Hopefully we are all following the social distancing rules and staying home as much as possible. According to the National Institutes of Health’s webpage, “The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces…..scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.” So, when you need to get groceries or want to support your local restaurant by ordering takeout, do you know how to handle the food and packaging when you get back home? This video by an MD in Michigan details the procedures for sanitizing your groceries and keeping your takeout food safe. It’s been making the rounds on social media and news cites, but just in case you missed it, it’s well worth watching the entire 13+ minutes. (PS – it’s also a good idea to sanitize your mail before you touch it. I’ve been putting mine in quarantine for 3 days.) See my update to this blog post here.

Meet me at the Louvre tomorrow!

I had to get your attention.

So….we are staying inside for awhile, but we can still use technology to get us “out of the house.” In the next few months, I am planning to visit museums, cultural icons, and geographical wonders. I would like to share my adventures with you. We can “travel” and use the MVCC Library for additional information about the sites that we visit. We can only watch so much Netflix or Amazon Prime! Let’s start with the Louvre, one of the greatest art museums in the world. You can surround yourself with colors, emotions, cultures, histories, and a music video by Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

It may be helpful to look at The Elements of Art before you start your tour. Take your time and explore. Enjoy.

To Be Continued…

Preparing for Qualifying Tests – ACT, CNA, etc.

Although the MVCC library has test prep items in its catalog, at this time that the campus is closed, below are two places (#1 and #2) where you may find what you want. Remember that not all test options are available – ever – at every library. 

First of all, the eResources found in the library’s online catalog that look like this

and send you to the EbSCOLearningExpress© items ( To access eBook), require that you use the computers on campus. Because the campus is closed, this is impossible to do.

Here are two places that might help:

  1. Hoopla. This service provides streaming videos and provides some test preparation opportunities. Just use the search window. Go here to get started, or search our catalog here and look for the Hoopla information in the record.
  2. eRead IL  Notice the first eRead option above. It is in our online catalog. Click here for quick access to the catalog and enter your search word(s).

Please remember that your user name is your MV Connect user name (Last name, initial of your first name and perhaps a number or numbers). Leave off the, which is for email use. Then enter the password that is associated with your user name.

Try Project Gutenberg

Although there is Kindle for your reading pleasure, and there is the MVCC library catalog to hook you up to eBooks and eAudio, for some of the classic literature, try Project Gutenberg. There are many options to hear or to read. Downloading to a Kindle is also possible, if this is a better convenience. Details are on the home page. Just scroll down for all of your options.

Click here to check it out.

Just a reminder: Project Gutenberg is available on the WWW. Just type in Project Gutenberg in the search window.

More E-Resources – Books and Art Images

In addition to the E-Resources you can find in the Moraine Valley library catalog (see previous blog post), this article will link you to 25 different pages with free books available in the public domain.

Looking for art images? Through the Moraine Valley library, you have access to the Oxford Art Online database and the Saskia Art Images Collection database. To access these, you will need to log in with your MV user name and password. Also, the Paris Museum has given unrestricted use to over 100,000 images on their collections website.

E Resources for You

At this special and unusual time, “come to the library” online. Here is the link to the library catalog where you can read or listen online. Just put in your search term(s) in the search space in the right-most area – Books, DVDs, Media (Library Catalog). Streaming video is also available through the library catalog.

Another eBook and eAudio resource can be found here in our databases.

If you need help to find the right app for your phone, go here. Scroll the page to find the correct information for the resource.

YouTube is not the only game in town! How about some music time. Go here to our databases for music from Naxos. Bonus: other eResources are listed too.

Illinois’ primary election continues through today

The March 17, 2020, Illinois primary election includes voting for the Democratic presidential primary, the race for Cook County State’s attorney, the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and the Democratic primary for Illinois Supreme Court, plus others. To register on election day, residents must bring two forms of identification, one with a current address, to your polling place for same-day voting. Polling places throughout Illinois are scheduled to be open until 7:00 PM today.

Graphic Novel Awards

There are several graphic novel awards presented here in the United States for various aspects of the process of creating the novel, graphic work, or comic book. Here are two of the many with the 2019 winners.

2019 Ignatz Awards Winner

Outstanding Graphic Novel: “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me” by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second).

The library at Moraine Valley owns this novel. Click here to find it on our shelves.

Inkwell Awards

Inking is a specialized skill exclusive to comic books, and these awards are meant to acknowledge this important aspect of graphic novels. Click here to see the Inkwell website. 

2019 winning inker is Walden Wong.  The MVCC library has many of his works in eBooks and paper format. He is listed with various other graphic artists. Here is a URL to direct you to the MVCC Library Catalog.

Although a hardcover or paperback book may be preferred, the eBooks may be a more suitable choice at this time. Follow the eBook prompts on the catalog entry. Cell phone users will need to download an app. Here is the information to help you. 

Try Googling Walden Wong to see his reputation as an inker.

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