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”.

EBSCO Database Outage — RESOLVED

EBSCO databases are now working again and the issue has been resolved. Have any questions? Please Ask a Librarian


One of our vendors, EBSCOhost, who supplies databases for the library is currently experiencing an outage for with its services. The following databases are effected:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • American Antiquarian Archives
  • Business Source Premier
  • CINAHL Fulltext
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • EBSCO Audio Books
  • EBSCO E-Books
  • ERIC (EBSCO version)
  • Greenfile
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Library and Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • MAS Ultra
  • MasterFile
  • Military & Government Collection
  • Newspaper Source
  • Primary Search
  • PsycArticles
  • Regional Business News
  • SOCIndex

When the issue is resolved or new information is made known, this post will be updated. Have questions? Ask a Librarian

The Relevance of Octavia E. Butler’s Science Fiction

Today would have been Octavia Butler’s 73rd birthday, had the multi-award winning author not passed in 2006. She left us with a body of work that inspires, captivates, and often provokes thought and emotion in readers. Her science fiction, typically centering black, female protagonists, was never afraid to discuss race, gender, or sexuality.

Often writing about where she thought humanity was headed, her work is still so relevant today. Some even claim she predicted our current political situation with charismatic political leaders and famous slogans about bringing the country back to some idlilic past that never really existed.

Butler’s novels have never been adapted for the small or large screen, however a TV adaptation of her novel Dawn is in the works with some impressive talent behind the wheel.

MVCC Library has almost all of her books available digitally. Click the image below to see the collection and Ask a librarian if you need help accessing e-books.

The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler

What R U Reading Wednesdays?

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and start your summer reading! Includes:

  • “One Door Away From Heaven” by Dean Koontz
  • “The Eyes of the Dragon” by Stephen King
  • “Diary of an Oxygen Thief” by Anonymous
  • “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Please continue to submit your responses via the form below. Happy reading! #mvcclibraryonline2020

Proquest Databases Down ** RESOLVED

The Proquest database issue has been resolved. Please find the Proquest databases on the database page . If you have questions, please ask a librarian.


Temporary links to Proquest Databases have been created and can be used as an interim solution. To access and for directions on how to use these links please ask a librarian.


The following databases are experiencing intermittent issues. The library is currently working with Proquest to have these databases working again ASAP. Once the issue has been resolved or a temporary solution has been made , this post will be updated. Thank you for your patience.

  • Historical New York Times
  • Historical Chicago Tribune
  • US Major Dallies (includes Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
  • Nursing and Allied Health
  • Criminal Justice Periodical Index

The Children’s Farm

The Children’s Farm, located in Palos Park, is a hidden gem of the southwest suburbs. The farm is a part of The Center whose mission “is to give people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages the space to dream, grow, and become fully alive–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.”

The Center consists of a chapel, a farm, classrooms, camps and an AA-based long-term recovery program. The land that surrounds the farm is a microcosm of mid-western geographical features. It includes a slough, marshes, forests, prairies, ponds and cultivated land. There is an abundance of wild animals that roam the land. There are also domesticated animals that include chickens, rabbits, cows, horses and pigs that are housed in pens and barns. You can walk the trails or ride in a tractor-driven wagon. It is easy to picture what Palos Park may have looked like in the late 1800s.

This farm is not just for children. In pre-Covid days, the farm offered adult art classes, yoga and various other programs. Hopefully all of the programs will return. The farm is celebrating a grand re-opening. Spend some time enjoying the beauty of nature and the wonders of farming.

Hoopla Outage — RESOLVED

Hoopla has been restored. If you encounter any issues please ask a librarian.

Please be advised the hoopla digital service is currently experiencing some technical difficulties and you may temporarily see some challenges when accessing the service. The hoopla team is working on correcting the issue. Our apologies for the inconvenience. This post will be updated when this issue is resolved.

Drive-In Movie Theaters

An old form of entertainment is back. Two drive-in movie theaters are opening in the Chicago-land area this weekend. Many people may not be familiar with this form of movie watching, but you may find this “blast from the past” an interesting way to view movies. In March, the coronavirus restrictions forced movie theaters to shut their doors. This is not the first time that Hollywood has faced a crisis. The movie industry was threatened by television in the 1950s and 1960s, new technology in the later decades, and the latest assault, streaming. However,the industry has always reinvented itself and survived the attacks. Ironically, it is using an outdated method to lure viewers back.

The future of movie theaters is evolving. It will be interesting to see how the social distancing movement will affect the industry.

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