Nancy Drew

Tonight, the CW Television Network premieres it’s newest teen drama series based on the classic adventures of Nancy Drew, teen detective. Enjoy the original novels by Carolyn Keene (and her many ghostwriters) here at the library!

Nancy also occasionally teams up with the Hardy Boys to solve cases, which you can read about in the comic series available through Hoopla!

If you want something to compare to the new CW series, Nancy Drew also starred in another television series, which can be streamed through the library.

Learn everything about what Nancy has accomplished, how she came to be, and the women who created her in Girl Sleuth.

And finally, if you want to solve mysteries like Nancy, check out Her Interactive for a series of immersive, first-person games where you get to play as Nancy Drew! The newest game in the series, Midnight in Salem, is available for pre-order on October 15th!

Fired Up About Getting Fired: Workplace Discrimination Against the LGBTQ+ Community

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments regarding the legality of workplace discrimination against people who identify as LGBTQ+. Join sociology professor Jeffrey McCully as they explore the history of workplace discrimination targeting the LGBTQ+ community and legislative attempts to end it. Sponsored by Celebrating Diversity Committee, ¡GASP! club, and Democracy Commitment.

How It Works: Introduction to NaNoWriMo 2019

Be a part of the world’s largest writing community this November during the 21st annual National Novel Writing Month. During November, nearly a half a million participants around the globe work to meet their writing goals. Many of these writers have gone on to publish their work!

Moraine Valley is now an official “Come Write In” location for the event, which means you can use our campus as a base for completing your writing. But since part of the NaNoWriMo experience is connecting with other writers, Moraine Valley is here to help!

Library Pumpkin Contest

The MVCC Library Annual Pumpkin Contest will soon be here. It’s time to start planning and creating your pumpkins. 

  • Students, faculty, and staff are invited to decorate – not carve – a pumpkin. 
  • Pumpkin drop off and voting begins Oct 23, 8 a.m.
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Vote for your favorite pumpkin. 25 cents per vote or 5 votes for $1
  • Pumpkins will remain in the Library until Oct 30, 1 p.m., when the winners are announced.
  • Purchase a pumpkin for $20. 

All proceeds go to the Moraine Valley Library Student Scholarship fund.

Anniversary of “Little Women”

“Little Women” Coming to theaters in December

On October 1st, 1868, Louisa May Alcott published the classic coming of age novel, “Little Women.”

Over the course of it’s 150 year life, “Little Women” has seen many incarnations. From the original novel to the silver screen, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March have captivated readers and audiences with their supportive sisterhood and vivid imaginations.

For access to the ebook, audiobook, musical soundtrack, movies, and more, check out the material available on our library catalog.

Greta Gerwig, acclaimed director of 2017’s “Lady Bird,” will be directing the latest version of “Little Women,” which will be coming to theaters this December. You can watch “Lady Bird” on DVD or stream it through the library website.

It’s finally October!

If you’re like me, you’ve been eagerly waiting the yearly onslaught of pumpkin-themed products and Halloween decorations. While I feel it’s never really too early to spookify your life, we have now entered the socially acceptable time to do so. Here are some great ways to get into the season:

You can get pumped up for fall by training for the Moraine Valley Halloween 5K. Proceeds from the race go to the Moraine Valley Foundation, which provides scholarships to students. You’ve got 26 days to get in shape! 

The Moraine Valley Flute Choir will be presenting Sounds that Go Bump in the Night on October 11th. Spooky flute music is a great way to get into the season! 

The library also has some great books and movies to curl up with this month:

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? Does it matter?

Find out what happens when four vampires share an apartment in What We Do in the Shadows.

Death by Pumpkin Spice: Can you really ever have too much pumpkin spice? This murder mystery might shed some light on the answer.

In the Addams Family Halloween Special, the original spooky family is back together AND in color!

And finally, if you need something supernatural to binge watch this month try Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season One. We have seasons one through seven!

RIP Preacher and Vertigo Comics

This weekend saw the conclusion of the epic comic turned TV series, Preacher. Sadly, this summer also saw the end of legendary Vertigo Comics, DC’s edgy, mature, independent imprint. This is a sad time for comic book fans, writers, and artists of independent comics.

Now that Vertigo is gone, you can relive or read for the first time, it’s best publications online with our database Hoopla. Click the links to read Vertigo’s legendary titles.

Preacher by Garth Ennis

Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Fables by Bill Willingham

V For Vendetta by Alan Moore

Ex-Machina by Brian K. Vaughan

100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello

Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

Invisibles by Grant Morrison

Animal Man by Grant Morrison

If you’ve out grown super hero comics and want to read current independent and edgier titles like Vertigo, Hoopla has an incredible selection of titles from Image Comics.

Click the Image Comics link to read the best of independent publishing.

Westworld: Robots, Entertainment, Power & Desire

Faculty members from different areas of study will discuss HBO’s hit show Westworld. They will consider this show as a commentary on our relationship with technology, the ways we engage in entertainment, and the power dynamics underlying modern life. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and a part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

The Greatest Batman Story You’ve Never Read and How it Changed the Marvel Universe FOREVER

In honor of our Graphic Novel Symposium, we are profiling one the newest additions to our collection, Batman: A Death in the Family.

So how good is Batman: A Death in the Family? This 1988 Batman story was so good, it changed it changed the Marvel Universe FOREVER. Seriously. So how does a DC story change the fate of its rival comic company? Look no further than comic artist and writer Jim Starlin.

Jim Starlin took over writing the caped crusaders comic and soon realized that the new Robin, Jason Todd was hated by Batman fans. Lacking the charm, and likability of the original Robin, Dick Grayson, Todd was outspoken, opinionated, and defiant. Identifying this opportunity, Starlin penned the DC Classic, A Death in the Family.

The result of this book, and the sub sequential death of a major comic character, resulted in DC ending their partnership with Starlin. His DC tenure did not end because of a lack of critical success. A Death in the Family is considered Batman canon. His DC career ended because they could no longer sell the large stock of pajamas and other merchandise of the deceased character. Six months later, DC showed Starlin his walking papers.

Fresh of the critical success of Batman, Jim Starlin begins working at Marvel works on the Silver Surfer comic. After the success of Silver Surfer, he  introduces a character that changes the MCU forever. Starlin writes the epic Infinity Gauntlet series and creates Marvel super-villain Thanos.

Nearly 30 years and a billion dollars in box office returns later,  Marvel fans have DC Comics,  unsold pajamas, and Jim Starlin to thank.

Click the link to see if Batman: A Death in the Family  is on shelf at the library.

To hear Jim Starlin tell the story of Batman: A Death in the Family, his fallout with DC Comics,  Thanos, and the Infinity Gauntlet, click here.

Manga!

Just in time for the Graphic Novel Symposium, the library has added several new manga titles to the collection. All these manga are available currently in the Library Lounge under New Arrivals.

Manga is typically read backwards from what Western audiences are used to. Here are some helpful sites to start learning how to read manga. Most published books have the same information in the back.

How to read manga (image) and longer explanation on reading manga

Legend says if you find all the dragon balls a dragon will grant you any wish. Join Goku on his exploits to find the dragon balls and to be the best. Dragon Ball is one of the most well known titles in manga and inspired many current manga authors.

Collect the dragon balls here

If you like superheros you should check out My Hero Academia. A world where everyone has a superpower called a “quirk.”

Click here to learn how to be a hero!

Science! One day everyone in the world was turned to stone. 3700 years later Senku emerges and starts to rebuild the world he remembered. Dr. Stone has realistic science (to a point) and no matter your love for science you will 10 billion percent enjoy Dr. Stone.

Start rebuilding the world here

Do you enjoy the Chinese Zodiac? Stumble into people who can turn into members of the Zodiac with Fruits Basket. Discover the mystery behind the Sohma clan and learn how Tohru changes everything.

Being the journey here

Brilliant surgeon, Tenma, saves twins from a violent event. Soon after the twins disappear. Years later, a serial killer is on the loose and Tenma knows who it is. He searches to understand the reasoning behind the killings. Monster is a critically acclaimed manga.

Discover the monster here

Also known as Detective Conan, Case Closed is about a high school detective solving mysteries. Case Closed began publication in 1994 and is the 4th best-selling manga.

Start solving mysteries here