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LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels

June is Pride Month and we celebrate it with the diverse stories found in the following beautifully illustrated graphic novels. From relationships to self discovery to overcoming life’s challenges, we hope you discover a story that connects with you! Click on the image to explore our LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels virtual display!

AAPI Heritage Month Isn’t Over!

May is AAPI Heritage Month, celebrating the cultural and historic contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US. This curated list highlights just a few of the thousands of books and ebooks available that are authored by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that can be found physically in the MVCC Library or digitally through one of our databases. Check out the list by clicking on the image below!

AAPI Heritage Month

Finals Week in the Library

Student asking librarian for help

With finals starting tomorrow, I wanted to wish you all good luck and remind you that the library is here to help.

Do you need a quiet place to study? The library is the perfect place for that. We have many different spaces to study in including a small silent study area on the first floor of the library (which is pretty quiet to begin with). If you prefer to study with a group, you can book one of our study rooms for up to 4 people. You can also book a virtual study room.

Do you need to review your textbook? We have many of the books used on campus; search the library textbook collection to see if we have what you need. Most check out for 3 hours.

Do you need help researching for your final paper? You can ask for help at the library information desk, or you can call, email, text, or chat with us on the Ask a Librarian page. Do you need help citing sources? The librarians can help you with that too, or you can use our citing sources guide.

Do you need to print a paper? The library has black and white printers (10-15 cents a page) and a color printer (50 cents a page). We also have a scanner if you need it.

Do you need to know when your finals are? You can check the final exam schedule.

When in doubt, Ask a Librarian!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is important all year round. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. Please visit the resources below to find community or campus counseling or other help.

Library Books and Resources

Mental Health Awareness
Visit this curated display of fiction and nonfiction books, ebooks, and eaudiobooks about mental health available through the MVCC Library.

Library databases for Psychology

Databases include Counseling and Therapy in Video and PsycArticle. Research mental health topics and find articles, videos, and other resources.

Campus Resources

Personal Counseling
Short-term counseling services are available, at no cost, to currently enrolled students

ULifeline
Your online resource for college mental health

Community Resources

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health South Suburban Location)
NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a not-for-profit membership organization created to improve the lives of individuals and families challenged by mental illness.

Illinois Department of Health Services Mental Health Resources
Emergency and non-emergency resources and contacts in the state of Illinois.

In honor of Earth Day, don’t litter

How interested are you in keeping taxes down?  How interested are you in your/our environment?

The State of Illinois spent 6.1 million dollars on litter cleanup in 2020. Remember that this was also during the time of the Covid lockdown. While one person may not seem to make a dent in the costs of cleanup, so many of us could definitely do so.

Here are some Illinois photos that show the thoughtlessness of Illinoisians. Please note the credited organizations or news media.

abc7chicago.com
abc7chicago.com Dan Ryan Expressway
Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Kid’s Books in the Library

Do you have kids? Are you taking a children’s literature course? Or do you just like reading children’s or young adult books?  In any case, did you know that the library has a children’s book collection?  It is a small, but growing section in the lower level of the library near the men’s bathroom.  The best way to browse titles virtually is to do a search for “juvenile” in the library catalog. Once you get results, use the menu on the left to refine by the location “juvenile”.

Screenshot of menu to refine search

Do you prefer electronic books?  We have access to children’s e-books as well.  The best way to find the children’s e-books is to start at the library catalog. Search for “juvenile”. Once you get results, then use the menu on the left to refine by “juvenile fiction” and/or “juvenile nonfiction” and then under “format” choose “Ebooks” (see screenshot below).

Screenshot of library catalog

My Money Doesn’t Jiggle, Jiggle, it Folds With the Value Line Database



I have to do my research, it’s all on me
It’s all about investment, it’s all on me
We’ve got this awesome database, it’s all you need
Visit the librarians its all you need
With Value Line, your money doesn’t jiggle, jiggle, it folds
We want to see you research, for sure
It makes it makes really happy, you know
Riding out the semester
You don’t want it to fester
With only four weeks left, its so compact
Heading to the library, I can always go back
With Value Line and the library I can relax
In my mind, I’m feeling fine
With the library I’m never behind
And I’m taking my time

Click the link and select Value Line to access great investment research information

Library Resources and Events featuring Arab Americans

April is National Arab Heritage Month, and the library has several books and other resources by and about Arab Americans. Check out some selections:

Arab American Authors
Books, ebooks, and other media by and about Arab Americans available through the MVCC library.
2022 Arab Heritage Month Curated Collection
2022 Arab Heritage Month Curated Collection with links to YouTube videos featuring authors discussing their works.

The library has hosted several events featuring Arab Americans over the years. See trailers for two of those events below, and visit the Moraine Valley Community College Library YouTube page to watch these events and more.

Trailer for Moraine Valley College Library Event: Inspiring Insight from Arab American Women: Professional, Passionate and Proud. To watch this full panel discussion from 2019, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urjNd1zB9mg
Trailer for Souzan Naser’s powerful examination of her two identities, Arab and American. Watch the complete 2014 presentation here: https://youtu.be/h2w__4KPvfM
Visit the Moraine Valley Community College YouTube page to view other videos featuring Arab American events sponsored by the library:

Rays & Reading

With picnic weather coming into fruition, and the urge to go outside and sit in the sun like a flower blossoms, here are some recommendations to keep you company.  

Cover Photo : Killer plants: growing and caring for flytraps, pitcher plants, and other deadly flora by Molly Williams; illustrated by Marisol Ortega 

When on a picnic it’s nice to know the life you are surrounded by, and if it’s capable of destruction. This fun read will keep you turning pages with a beautiful illustration style and fun fauna facts! With advice on how to care for your own plants, or what may fit your lifestyle, this is a must read for the summer. Who knows, this book might just be the line between you being a friend or foe to the plants.  

Check It Out Here!  

Cover Photo : The hello kitty baking book: recipes for cookies, cupcakes, and more by Michele Chen Chock 

Having a picnic with no sweets feels like reading a book with blank pages. Plus, who doesn’t want some cute snacks while they read? This cookbook is on all things toothachingly adorable. From macaroons to cookies, these recipes of different skillsets will be tons of fun to make with your friends or even to treat yourself. Why wait? Turn your favorite Sanrio character into a cake pop today! 

Check It Out Here! 

Cover Photo : Kiki’s delivery service by Hayao Miazaki 

This is a must. If you haven’t watched this absolute masterpiece, now is the time. I would go as far as to recommend all Studio Ghibli films but this one truly embodies the feeling of a spring night. With the lovable protagonist Kiki navigating her way in the world alongside her cat Jiji, this tale is unforgettable. With watercolor like dreamy visuals and a story that envelops you in a warm hug, your eyes will be glued to the screen and a smile on your face.  

Check It Out Here!  

Tim Donaghy and the Allegedly Fixed 2002 NBA Playoffs

Twenty years ago the 2002 Western Conference Finals featuring the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers took place and to this day it remains the most controversial playoff series in NBA history.

To anyone who saw the game in person or on live television, the one-sided officiating was too much for the Sacramento Kings to overcome. The Lakers would go on to win game 6 and the series. Former referee Tim Donaghy, who would eventually serve a 15-month prison sentence for a gambling scandal, alleged in a court filing that the playoff series in 2002 was manipulated by two referees who officiated that game.

Here is what was alleged:

“Referees A, F and G were officiating a playoff series between Teams 5 and 6 in May of 2002. It was the sixth game of a seven-game series, and a Team 5 victory that night would have ended the series. However, Tim learned from Referee A that Referees A and F wanted to extend the series to seven games. Tim knew referees A and F to be ‘company men,’ always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA’s interest to add another game to the series. Referees A and F heavily favored Team 6. Personal fouls [resulting in obviously injured players] were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees. Conversely, the referees called made-up fouls on Team 5 in order to give additional free throw opportunities for Team 6. Their foul-calling also led to the ejection of two Team 5 players. The referees’ favoring of Team 6 led to that team’s victory that night, and Team 6 came back from behind to win that series.” (ABC News)

Tim Donaghy’s full version of the alleged scandal is available to read for free on Hoopla.

Click the link to read Personal Foul by Tim Donaghy.

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