Closeout Hispanic Heritage Month with Classical Music

Celebrate then end of National Hispanic Heritage Month with the beautiful diversity, warmth, and cultural richness of Latin America with inspiring works of classical music by Latin American composers. Click on the links to hear a brief selection of composers and performers  whose bodies of work are still being celebrated today.

1) Arturo Márquez: Danzon no. 2 -A modern Mexican classic inspired by a Cuban dance.

2) Tárrega, Francisco: Capricho árabe -Tárrega’s extremely popular Capricho árabe, was composed after a trip to Granada, and is dedicated to his friend and composer Tomás Bretón.

3) Carlos Chavez: Sinfonia india, “Symphony No. 2”- Chavez used tunes, rhythms, and instruments from indiginous Mexican cultures in his symphony.

4) Revueltas, Silvestre: Sensemaya– Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas used an eponymous poem by Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén as inspiration to depict a sacrifice in a traditional Afro-Cuban religious ceremony.

5) Rodrigo, Joaquín: Concierto de Aranjuez– Undoubtedly, the most famous and most acclaimed guitar concerto ever written.

6) Albéniz, Isaac: Suite española No. 1, Op. 47 – A recital favorite with an unforgettable opening.

To explore more pieces by these composers, select the Naxos Music Library icon that can be found on the Moraine Valley Library website. Find it under Research Tools, and then select, E-Books, Streaming Video, and Digital Media.

Me or We: A Panel Discussion on Heroes, the Social Contract & Our Responsibilities to Each Other

Joined by Psychology Professor Dr. Amy Williamson and Sociology Professor Dr. Jeffrey McCully we will consider questions such as: Do individuals have responsibilities to society? If so, what are they? If not, what is the role of individuals in a society? What responsibilities do heroes and leaders have to society? Are individuals becoming increasingly egocentric, and if so, what are the implications of this? What is the social contract that we hold with each other? This event is a collaboration between One Book One College and the Democracy Commitment.

Me or We: A Panel Discussion on Heroes, the Social Contract & Our Responsibilities to Each Other

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Infobase Databases Down

The following databases are currently are down on the Infobase platform:

  • World Religions
  • World Geography
  • Science Online
  • Today’s Science

In addition, Films media on Demand videos are working but they are loading slow.  An anticipated fix this issue is expected Monday, October 15th. An update will be made when these databases are restored. Please contact the reference desk if you have any questions:

Pumpkin Contest Looking Back: Pumpkins of the Past Exhibit

While you’re getting your pumpkins ready for the 2018 Pumpkin Contest take a break by viewing the Pumpkins of the Past exhibit brought to you by the College Archives.  These pumpkins are from 2003, 2007, 2016, and 2017.

Pumpkins of the Past

Don’t forget to check out the Pumpkin Contest Information page for contest information.

Voter Registration Drive, October 11th, 11am to 1pm

October 11th from 11-1pm
The Arab Student Union will host a voter registration table outside of the Library.
The students will encourage their peers to register to vote (online registration will be available) in an attempt to increase civic engagement in the community.

Planning for the Future

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college after your time here at Moraine, stop by Moraine Valley’s Transfer Day from 10am-1pm, today, October 10th, located on the second floor of buildings B and L by the bridge. There you will be able to meet and talk to representatives from nearly 60 four-year institutions.

To assist in your future college search the Moraine Valley Library has resources available to compare and research different colleges and universities throughout the country. Also, the library has a variety of resources to help you choose a future career or major. Transfer guides are available through the college to assist you in the transfer process.


200 Years of Illinois History in 75 Minutes (video)

Honest Abe, Prairie settlement, steel plows, Jane Adams, the blues, urbanization, labor riots, the Black Hawk War, protests, railroads, Barack Obama, and more! Faculty members discuss the history of Illinois to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.

200 Years of Illinois History in 75 Minutes

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Invisible Illness, Sikh Understanding & Chocolate Truffles: Nov 7th TLC Talks

We are excited to announce our talks scheduled for our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event. This event will be held in the library on Wednesday, November 7st at 11am with a 2nd session at 12pm in the library event space.  Each talk will last 15 minutes followed by a short Q & A period. They are scheduled to align with the general Wednesday class schedule.

My Struggle to Feel Normal: How an Invisible Illness Forced Me to Take Charge of My Health
November 7th, 11am-11:50am
Amanda Sidorowicz
never wanted to be a burden to her family, friends, and coworkers, so she hid her health struggles for years. It wasn’t until she hit a breaking point in 2017 when she decided to put her health first and seek answers to her medical mystery. In this talk, Amanda will discuss her struggle to feel normal, including coming to terms with the symptoms of the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, her breaking point, and how she’s feeling today.

To Sikh Understanding: My Faith as a Sikh
November 7th, 11am-11:50am
Sumeet Singh
grew up the Northwest Suburbs of the Chicago land area. He had a pretty normal childhood and grew up in a house filled with love, care, and an actual white picket fence. He felt like everyone else except the fact that he looked different. Sumeet shares his experience about embracing his Sikh identity and his unique perspective on life.

My Culinary Journey: From a Truffle to a Teacher
November 7th, Noon-12:50pm
Do you believe that one event, one person or one moment in your life change your life? Did you go to college for one major, yet found another passion in life that changed your journey? Rose Deneen shares her journey starting with the single chocolate truffle that changed her life. This one truffle led to her becoming a chef and eventually to a culinary teacher today.

Pumpkin Contest Time

It’s almost time for the Moraine Valley Library’s annual pumpkin contest. You can enter individually or as a group, club, department, etc. The more the merrier. We look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas! And, don’t forget to stop by the library to see all the great pumpkins and vote for your favorites.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Students, faculty and staff groups are invited to DECORATE A PUMPKIN. No Carving!

Artificial pumpkins are allowed and encouraged.

Pumpkin drop off begins Oct 22nd at 8am.

Voting for the best pumpkin begins Oct 22nd at 8am and runs until Oct 25th at 9pm.

Votes sell for 25 cents or 5 for $1.  Purchase a pumpkin for $20.

Pumpkins will remain in the Library until Oct 26th, 1 pm.

Winners announced Oct 26th at 1pm.

Trophy will be awarded to the pumpkin that receives the most votes.

All proceeds go to the Moraine Valley Library Student Scholarship fund. For more information, contact Sue Yach at 708-974-5297 or