“I Want to Drive to Campus in Cold Weather for a DVD”, Said No One Ever

You ever think, “I’d like to watch a movie, but I don’t want to pay for it or leave the house”? Don’t worry, the library understands. Better yet, we don’t judge.

You can stay home AND warm while simultaneously NOT violating any piracy laws by streaming video through the library! Being lawful has never been easier.

Arrr, be ye downloading that video legally?

Browse movie titles in Hoopla, one of the library’s streaming services. Want to snuggle up with a good book or a graphic novel? They have those too! Music? You bet! You’ll need to create an account, but it’s free for MVCC students, faculty, and staff.

You also have access to the Swank Digital Campus, full of streaming Hollywood films just a click away.

Hoopla and Swank not your thing? Check out the classic and indie films found in Kanopy.

BONUS: these services are available even when the library is closed!

Don’t be sad, tiny cat! Streaming media is always available!

The 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, an abandoned federal prison located in San Francisco Bay. In 1969, Native Americans, including members of the American Indian Movement, took over the island from November 1969 to June 1971. The Native Americans claimed it as “Indian land under the Treaty of Fort Laramie“.

The occupation lasted 19 months and ended with the occupiers forced off the island. The event became a watershed for the Native American civil rights movement. The incident eventually led to the return of millions of acres of ancestral land and numerous proposals supporting tribal self rule.

Ironically, Alcatraz Island is now one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

If you want more information on Native Americans check out the MVCC catalog for books or dvds. The MVCC databases have periodicals and streaming video if you need additional information.

Before I was Your Teacher: My Life Overseas

Intensive English Language faculty members talk about the time they spent teaching English outside of the United States. They talk about their time in Saipan, Yemen, and Mexico. This event is part of International Education Week. ?

24 Hours of Reality: A Climate Conversation

As part of a global event, “24 Hours of Reality” Moraine Valley Community College is presenting a panel discussion on the global climate challenges we face, and how we can begin to solve them. Listen and learn about the science and the psychology behind this current climate reality.

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Do you love animated films as much as I do? If so, then you probably already know that Disney’s Frozen 2 is being released in theaters this weekend. But did you also know that the original Frozen is based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale called The Snow Queen? Andersen is also responsible for other classics such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, and The Ugly Duckling, to name a few.

If you are interested in reading Andersen’s complete collection of fairy tales and stories, you can check that out here.
If you would like to just read a selection or them, check out this.
You can also check out all that the library has to offer from Andersen here.
Lastly, if you haven’t seen the original Frozen you are in luck because the library has a copy! Fair warning, you will have the song Let It Go stuck in your head for a good three months afterwards.

Paradise Lost

Fire in Paradise, a Netflix Documentary, is a “harrowing, real-life apocalyptic story of a fire that took place in California in 2018.” This film has won several awards and there is talk of a possible Oscar nomination. The film reflects on the impact of climate change in California and how it affects forest fires. The film is riveting and informative. I would highly recommend this documentary.

Check out the MVCC catalog or a news database for more information on this subject.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Short History of Baseball & its Fans in America and Around the World

From its simple 19th century roots, baseball by the 20th century became a globally popular sport captivating millions. Associate Professor of History Josh Fulton provides a short introduction to the game, it’s history, and the culture surrounding it. From Abner Doubleday to Satchel Paige, from cross town rivalries to concession foods, this history of the game looks at how it reflected and challenged both American and global culture.

What’s New Wednesday’s: Kids Books

Book covers taken from publisher’s websites.

In honor of Family Reading Night tomorrow (held annually in Illinois the third Thursday in November) we’re showcasing some new kids books from our Juvenile Collection. Spend quality time reading with your kids over the coming holidays!

  • How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear? / by Vanessa Bayer ; illustrated by Rosie Butcher. “When someone dear is dealing with illness, it’s difficult to know what to do or say. The actor Vanessa Bayer experienced this firsthand when she was treated for childhood leukemia. In her first children’s book, she offers gentle, reassuring advice that people of all ages will appreciate.”–Publisher description.
  • When Aidan Became a Brother / by Kyle Lukoff ; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. “When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl’s room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn’t fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. ‘When Aidan Became a Brother’ is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.”–Publisher description.
  • A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories / written by Angela McAllister ; illustrated by Alice Lindstrom. “Step on to a stage full of stories with this beautiful anthology of 12 stories from Shakespeare. Featuring much-loved classics such as ‘The Tempest,’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Hamlet,’ and ‘Othello,’ each story is rewritten in a comprehensive way that is accessible for children and stunningly illustrated by collage artist Alice Lindstrom.”–Publisher description.
  • Where Are You From? / by Yamile Saied Méndez ; illustrated by Jaime Kim. “When a girl is asked where she’s from–where she’s really from–none of her answers seems to be the right one. Unsure about how to reply, she turns to her loving abuelo for help. He doesn’t give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one. Where am I from? You’re from hurricanes and dark storms, and a tiny singing frog that calls the island people home when the sun goes to sleep…With themes of self-acceptance, identity, and home, this powerful, lyrical picture book will resonate with readers young and old, from all backgrounds and of all colors–especially anyone who ever felt that they don’t belong.”–Publisher description.

All of these books are currently available in our Juvenile Collection (both fiction & nonfiction) located at the lower level of the Library. If you need help locating these books, or would like to place them on hold, don’t hesitate to “Ask a Librarian.”

We also have MANY more kids books to choose from so come & check out the collection!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to honor those who were lost to anti-transgender violence.

TDOR began in 1999 as a vigil honoring the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman that had been killed the previous year. It has since become an annual tradition used to remember other members of the transgender community that have passed.

Learn more about transgender rights with these resources at the library.

No Disney +? No problem!

Don’t feel bad if you can’t jump on the Disney+ bandwagon- many of your favorite Disney classics are right here at the library. We may not have The Mandalorian, but we can certainly satisfy your need for Star Wars films.

And best of all, they’re free when you show your Moraine Valley ID at the circulation desk.

Well Obi-Wan, if you want to take that DVD home we absolutely do. Jedi mind tricks don’t work on librarians.