Baking and Cooking in December

Do you have some traditional treats that you make year after year for celebrations? Are you interested in looking for something new? Here are a few cookbook suggestions that are available at the library.

Two shelves with an array of five book covers. The top shelf shows Breads of the World, Holiday Cookies, and The World on a Plate. The bottom shelf shows The Perfect Cookie and Classic German Baking.

Breads of the World TX769 .I54 2013b

Holiday Cookies TX772 .H65 2014

The World on a Plate TX725.A1 H5674 2015

The Perfect Cookie TX772 .P47 2017

Classic German Baking TX721 .W45 2016

In addition to the books listed above, here are two ebooks that you might like to skim for ideas: Vegan Holiday Cookbook and Christmas Baking.

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Who is going to fact check the fact checkers?

With public trust in government and other institutions both near all time lows, can we expect people to put their trust in yet another group: fact checkers? Many have pointed to fact checking tools and services as part of the solution to the misinformation pandemic. But what happens when fact checking itself becomes polarized and politicized? Are we just recreating echo-chambers with partisan fact-checking services?

While I personally think that there are several useful and unbiased tools for fact checking, it can be dangerous to rely on a single source to filter the internet for you. These tools can absolutely save you time and energy, but if you are not comfortable relying on an outside source to fact check for you, you can use the same process that professional fact checkers use: Lateral Reading.

Lateral Reading is a strategic way to contextualize and verify information that you find online. The basic idea (which takes time and practice to master) is to open up new tabs on your web-browser and read “laterally” or side-to-side across the internet. Start searching the open web and ask yourself: Who or what is behind the information you are seeing? What are others saying about this news source or author or institution? What are others saying about this story? Can you find the original story or trace data/claims back to the original source? Once you are armed with this additional information and context, you can start to decide how seriously to take the information you are reading.

While there is no simple solution to combatting the spread of misinformation – there are steps that you can take to be a more informed consumer. Ultimately, each of us has the responsibility to decide who to trust online.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Economy and Economics

Photo by Andre Taissin on Unsplash

Written by Eileen Davenport

Inflation.  Interest rates.  Monetary policy.  Rate hikes.  The Fed.  The FOMC.  Cryptocurrency.  What exactly do these words mean, and how will it affect you?  These are some of the terms that many people use, but not everyone understands.  The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has websites that outline and explain these concepts with brief papers on how these ideas affect the economy.  Open Vault explains economics in general terms, adding context to the market concepts that affect our lives every day.

Designed for teachers but useful for anyone with an interest in the subject, Econ Lowdown has resources on personal finance and economics.  The lesson plans are designed for K-college teachers, but clear definitions and real-world applications make the content here useful for anyone who wants to learn more.  You can learn at your own pace, and keep up-to-date with the latest updates on timely topics through the monthly Page One Economics newsletter.

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Is This The Last Time We Fall Back?

At 2am this coming Sunday morning we fall back one hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end once again. Is this the last time? It’s possible, but probably not.

If there’s one thing that most Americans seem to be in agreement about, it’s that they don’t want to change clocks twice per year. Both physical and mental health suffer as our bodies adjust. There is a difference of opinion though on whether we should stick with DST all the time, or use Standard Time all of the time. There are compelling arguments on both sides. Many businesses see increased profits with more daylight in the evening. There is also evidence of a decrease in accidents and crime. Sleep experts, on the other hand, tell us that our bodies are at their best when the sun is highest in the sky at midday. This is more in line with Standard Time. So, while a majority would like to stop changing clocks, we can’t agree on which system to make permanent.

In March of this year, the US Senate picked a side and unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which is set to take effect in November of 2023 and make Daylight Saving Time permanent. This means that we would spring forward in March of 2023 and then just stay on that time, never having to switch back and forth again. In order for this to happen, the US House must also pass the act before it gets sent to the White House for signing. The act is stuck for now, with the House of Representatives not taking any action on the measure. So this could be the last time we fall back, but only time will tell.

Find out more about the history of timekeeping with these books from the library collection.

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Voting Help: Voting for Judicial Candidates

Judges gavel

Often people skip the judicial candidates on the ballot because they have no idea who to vote for. It is much easier to research other types of candidates. How does the average citizen know which judicial candidates are qualified for the job? If you live in Cook County, the Vote for Judges website makes it easy. The Alliance of Bar Associations has compiled the ratings of 12 different Bar Associations into an easy to read chart in which the candidates are rated on their qualifications and whether each association recommends them or not. You can get to the chart from the Vote for Judges page — scroll down below “November 2022 Retention Election Evaluations” and click on the link for the PDF. (See screenshot below to see where to click – I highlighted the link in yellow.)

If you live in Dupage County, you can go to the Dupage County Bar Association Judicial Candidate ratings or to the Illinois Bar Association’s Judicial Candidates for Dupage County. If you live in Will County, I was only able to find compiles ratings from the Illinois Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate ratings for Will County.

If you need help researching any other candidates, please Ask a Librarian.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is dedicated to raising awareness about digital responsibility and security. It reminds us to stay safe online by practicing basic cyber hygiene, staying informed through joining cyber communities and keeping an eye out for suspicious scams and phishing. Whether at home or work, it is our responsibility to protect our information by keeping inform and secured.

Follow four key actions recommended by the CISA.gov Cybersecurity Awareness Program:

4 Things You Can Do
Throughout October, CISA and NCA will highlight key action steps that everyone should take:
Think Before You Click: Recognize and Report Phishing: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware.
Update Your Software: Don’t delay — If you see a software update notification, act promptly. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.
Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique, and randomly generated. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts. A passwords manager will encrypt passwords securing them for you!
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: You need more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked.

Learn more of what you can do to protect yourself all year long:
CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Program
National Cybersecurity Alliance

Download or Share this Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 Public Toolkit.


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INFLATION

INFLATION

Saving money during times of inflation

What is inflation?

Definition: Persistent increases in the general level of prices. It can be seen as a devaluing of the worth of money. (From The Penguin Dictionary of Economics)

Simply stated: Everything costs more! Here are some cost saving tips from your MVCC library:

Entertainment Savings:

FREE ebooks, comics, music, eaudiobooks, movies and TV shows! Download Hoopla – log in with your MVCC connect info.

FREE streaming access to a collection of feature films- JAWS, Black Panther, Reservoir Dogs & more! Download SWANK Digital Campus – Log in with your MVCC connect info.

Hulu’s Student Discount – $1.99/ month for College students with ID.

Health/Fitness Savings:

Moraine Valley FitRec Membership for Full-time students (12+credit hours) FREE.

Part-time students (1-11 Credit hours) $60/semester.

Discover more ways to reduce expenses- borrow these books from your MVCC library (always free!)

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What’s My Topic?

Is it time to start thinking about a topic for your paper or your speech? You might want to look at SIRS Researcher to get some ideas. SIRS Researcher is one database available through the Library website. In SIRS Researcher, you can browse topics and categories.

Opening page of SIRS Researcher database with SIRS Issues Researcher and Trending Topics titles highlighted in gold boxes.
Opening page of SIRS Researcher database.

You may find a topic that you have always been interested in or you may find a topic you don’t know much about. It’s easy to browse.

Page from SIRS Researcher database with Need help choosing a topic? title highlighted in gold box above a grid selection of 10 selections.
“Need help choosing a topic?” section of SIRS Researcher database.

SIRS Researcher has thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political, and global issues. The articles come from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, books, and government documents.

Access SIRS Researcher.

We also have a Help Guide for SIRS Researcher.

If you need help with this database or any database, Ask a Librarian!

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The Library Pumpkin Contest returns…

The Library Pumpkin Contest, after a two-year hiatus, is returning! This contest unveils a lot of creativity on campus but its main idea is to be a fund-raiser for the scholarships that the library gives to some of its student workers.

But first a few words about the humble pumpkin…

This squash is a fruit – It can be eaten raw – It takes about 90-120 days to grow a pumpkin

Illinois is one of the major growers of the crop. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, 95% of the U.S. crop intended for processing is grown in Illinois. Other states that grow pumpkins are Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California. (from Google)

Check out this book in the MVCC library:

Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon     By Cindy Ott University of Washington Press, 2012, First edition. Located in the General Collection, SB347 .088 2012 Click here for the link to the catalog

Getting back to the important information about the contest! 

  • No carving of pumpkins, please. Artificial pumpkins are encouraged.

  • The Library Pumpkin Contest will start with the pumpkin drop off on Monday, October 24, 2022, 8 a.m., with voting being available too.

  • Voting will run through October 27, 9 p.m., and consists of purchasing votes at 25¢ or 5 for $1 and writing the number of your favorite pumpkin on the ticket.

  • Pumpkins are available for purchase at $20 and may be purchased at any time during the event. However, purchased pumpkins remain until the close of the event with the presentation of the trophy to the winner. This will occur on Friday, October 28 at 1 p.m.

  • Need more information? Contact Sue Yach at 708-974-5297 or yach@morainevalley.edu.

     HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES FROM PAST PUMPKIN CONTESTS

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