You Will Not Be Ready to Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker or The Mandalorian Until You Have Seen the Star Wars Holiday Special

I am lying, of course. I am a terrible human being with an even worse sense of humor. The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is absolutely awful. This made for TV production is so bad it may ruin the entire Star Wars Universe for you.

If you are looking to purchase a copy online, don’t waste your time. To this day, George Lucas and Disney have never released a copy in any format. Don’t try to find it on TV, either. The special has never aired again on TV since its original air date of November 17, 1978.

So if you want to be a TRUE Star Wars fan and know the complete Star Wars story … you need to go through the punishment of watching this film. Channel your inner Jedi. You can do this. As Yoda said, A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.

May the Force Be With You, Moraine Valley.

Dead Man Walking

is one of the most acclaimed operas of the 21st Century. Now onstage at Chicago’s Lyric Opera in a new production, the cast includes mezzo-soprano Susan Graham who originated the lead role in the 2000 premiere production.

The library collection contains the source of the story, Sister Helen Prejean’s 1993 memoir of the same title and Tim Robbins’ film adaptation from 1995.

Prejean recently published a new memoir, River of Fire also available in our collection.

Veterans Day

November 11 is the day that America honors its military veterans. MVCC is “committed to being a veteran-friendly campus, and the office of Veterans Services is the go-to resource for veteran students.”

The Moraine Valley Library is another source for veterans to use. Here are some helpful titles.

There are numerous local events that will take place on November 11 to honor our vets. Palos Heights Library, Village of Homer Glen and Brookfield Zoo Veterans Day Celebration will pay homage to the men and women who have served our country.

Prepare Now For Finals- Reserve a Study Room

Looking for places to study in groups or to practice speeches? Our study rooms are the answer! We actively encourage students, who want to study, to reserve one of our 8 study rooms in advance here. Make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to reserve a room during daytime hours. It’s easy to do.

  1. Find the Reserve a Study Room or Lab Seat link on the main page of the library website. 

2) Select a Study Room session  of 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours.

3) Select a specific Study Room (A-J) and pick a date.

 

4) Select a time.

5) Type your First Name, Last Name, Moraine Valley Email, Student ID Number, and click Yes to consent to the study room policies (only 2 hours of reservations per student per day).

 

 

6) Once you received your confirmation page you are all set. (staff members will verify double bookings, student id’s, and will contact you if more information is needed).

If you have any questions, please call us at (708) 974-5235.

11/7, Update–Resolved: Issues with Library Study Room Scheduling System

Update, 11/7/19:

The room scheduling issue has been resolved.

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11/5/19:

Users have reported that they are experiencing issues with the library’s scheduling system for group study rooms, media lab seats, and classrooms.

If you need to reserve any of these spaces, please call 708-974-5234 or visit the Ask a Librarian page to connect with a librarian who can help you book the space you need.

Daylight saving time is ending- what will you be doing?

Pocket Watch - 3D render
“Pocket Watch – 3D render” by Áron Jakab is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Have you thought about what you want to do with your extra hour this Sunday? Sure, you could catch up on sleep, but there are so many options to consider!

Why don’t you ~fall back~ into the couch and enjoy an hour long episode of the PBS series How We Got to Now on time.

Perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy the soothing vocals of Seal’s “Daylight Saving” from his 2015 (and conveniently 50-minute-long) album, 7.

Maybe you find yourself contemplating the very nature of time? Why not explore those questions by reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.

Need help with time management? Learn how to balance your time between your work life and social life while still prioritizing your personal time.

Now stop wasting time and make the most of your additional hour!

Are You Brave Enough to Listen to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?

It’s a windy, cold, and dark Halloween this year. You may be staying inside, or you maybe travelling. In either scenario, set the perfect eerie tone  tonight by playing the audio version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. This is the chilling childhood original.  The version with the skull smoking a pipe cover by Stephen Gammell. Click the link,  if you dare…

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12339508

Resolved: 10/31/19: Issues with SWANK Streaming Video Service

Update, 10/31/19, 2:30PM: The issue with SWANK has been resolved. Thank you for your patience!

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Library users have reported that they are experiencing access issues with our SWANK streaming video service, affecting a number of films we have available via online through our library subscription.

We are currently working with our vendor to resolve the issue. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Margaret Atwood Receives Award and Honors

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments, has been named a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for her services to literature by Queen Elizabeth. This is an award given to those with outstanding achievements in the arts. The Testaments was also awarded the 2019 Booker Prize, sharing the honor with Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. The sharing of this prize has caused a controversy, as the rules state that the prize may not be divided. The chair of the judges revealed that it was a unanimous decision to split the prize.

In 2016, Hulu began production on the dystopian drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Atwood’s 1985 novel. The show has received critical acclaim and has so far released three seasons. Don’t have Hulu and still want to catch up? You can find Season 1 and Season 2 here at the library!