“Let Freedom Read:” Banned Books Week 2023

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The American Library Association website has information about the increase in book challenges in the last couple years. In 2022, ALA tracked 1,296 book challenges, nearly double the number of challenges in 2021. Every year, Banned Books Week is held to publicize these challenges and the books that are challenged. But also, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. Want to read a book that has been under attack? See the list here.

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****RESOLVED **** ProQuest Service Interruption

Access to ProQuest databases have been restored. The issues have been resolved.

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.


One of of the Library’s vendors, ProQuest, is currently experiencing a system issue effecting database access both on-campus and off-campus. The following databases are effected:

• Alexander Street Press Streaming Databases
• Chicago Tribune
• Chicago Tribune Historical
• Coronovirus Research Database
• New York Times
• New York Times Historical
• Nursing and Allied Health Premium
• SIRS Researcher
• U.S. Major Dailies
• Wall Street Journal

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian. This post will be updated when new information is received.

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The Great Outdoors

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Written by Kirsten Weir

Psychological research is advancing our understanding of how time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition.

From a stroll through a city park to a day spent hiking in the wilderness, exposure to nature has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation. Most research so far has focused on green spaces such as parks and forests, and researchers are now also beginning to study the benefits of blue spaces, places with river and ocean views. But nature comes in all shapes and sizes, and psychological research is still fine-tuning our understanding of its potential benefits. In the process, scientists are charting a course for policymakers and the public to better tap into the healing powers of Mother Nature.

Find out more about the benefits of the nature with these books from the library collection.

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Job Search and Career Resources

Are you graduating? (Congratulations!) Do you graduate in a year? Are you thinking about your future jobs and career? Here are some resources to help you.

The Moraine Valley Job Resource Center is in Building S, Room S202. They can assist you with resume and cover letter reviews, interview skills, and possible internships. You can email them at jrc@morainevalley.edu.

How about some Ted Talks? They have a list of talks regarding interviewing, body language, and staying calm when you are stressed.

And here are some books available in the library.

Job Interview Tips for Overcoming Red Flags

The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide

101 Job Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again

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May the Fourth be With You!

As anyone using the internet today has likely noticed, the Fourth of May is Star Wars Day – a galaxy-wide day of Star Wars Celebrations. What started as a pun on “may the force be with you“, May 4th has become an unofficial nerd holiday that Disney also uses to announce new content.

Whether you have attained the rank of Jedi Master or are a lowly Padawan, the Moraine Valley Library has you covered with books, video, eBooks, comics, audiobooks and more! Check out our Digital Display to see tons more Star Wars from the MVCC Library!

May the Fourth be With You – Always

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National Library Week

Happy National Library Week! 

With national library week finally upon us, some may wonder what National Library Week actually is. National Library Week is a yearly celebration that emphasizes the importance of libraries & their staff in their respective communities. Libraries have a plethora of resources that help build the community and they act as a central hub in the community connecting their members to the resources they may need, inspiring growth/change. While libraries have always been important, National Library Week wasn’t always a thing. Around the mid to late 1950’s, many people were spending less time reading and more time with radios, tvs, and other activities. To encourage more Americans to read, the ALA formed a nonprofit organization called the National Book Committee. One of their many plans involved National Library Week, which was a plan developed to encourage more people to read so libraries could have more support and see more use. The first National Library Week took place in 1958 and now we are celebrating the 65th anniversary of the event.

If you would like to read more about National Library Week, read here

To celebrate National Library Week, we at MVCC Library are having our very own 2nd “Hue-mongous” coloring event where students can color any number of pictures we have on display. Students can also donate a $1 that will go to the student scholarship fund and have their picture hung up in the library.

(Fun fact-  Coloring is known to relieve stress because of the way it calms the brain and relaxes the body. Because of that, coloring is know to improve sleep while helping with body aches, heart rate, and feelings of depression/anxiety)

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