In the city: Christmas in Gore Park

December 5, 2014

This weekend in the city, the Downtown Hamilton BIA and local radio station AM 900 CHML celebrate Christmas in Gore Park with a variety of family friendly activities.

The fun begins on Friday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. with a free concert by local band Crank.  The lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope will take place at 6:00 p.m.  Children can ride the Christmas miniature train and merry-go-round, and everyone is welcome to enjoy free refreshments.  And don’t forget your letter to Santa; letters may be sent to Santa in a “direct to the North Pole” mailbox.


The Downtown Hamilton BIA invites everyone back to Gore Park on Saturday, December 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to shop in Santa’s village.  The event includes great vendors, free refreshments and Christmas crafts.  There will be carolling and Christmas entertainment throughout the park.  You can even have your picture taken with Santa Claus.

Mohawk College Library can help you get ready for the holiday season.  The library has books on cooking, crafts, and your favorite Christmas carols.  If you still have names to cross off our list, checkout this gift guide from People magazine.  You can always keep up-to-date on the latest trends using library databases and e-journals.

Of flying sleighs and airplanes

December 4, 2014

santaThe Official NORAD Santa Tracker is hard at work counting down the days, hours and minutes ’til his arrival.   This year on Christmas Eve, you’ll also be able to follow Saint Nick’s progress on Google Maps!    understandingflight

Perhaps you’ve wondered about the aerodynamics of a guy in a sleigh with 8 tiny reindeer?  You’re not alone!  Check out the interesting numbers presented in this article and do your own weight and balance calculation or learn more about the science of flight from our  e-book, Understanding flight.

Maybe Santa actually flies in a Westjet plane?  There’s a town in the Dominican Republic that believes that!   Don’t miss Westjet’s 2014 Christmas miracle video.  It’ll put a big smile on your face and a tear in your eye!

Support the MSA food bank at your campus library

December 1, 2014

The season for giving is upon us, yet so many people in our community are in need.

The Mohawk Student Association operates a student food bank at each campus in the MSA Office.  This is a free service for students in emergency need of food.  To learn more about the MSA food bank, you can read this article published earlier this year by Mohawk’s own Ignite News.

The Mohawk College Library is encouraging you to support our students and the MSA food bank this holiday season.  The library will be collecting non-perishable food donations at each campus library location in support of this MSA initiative.

Please give generously to support our students!

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Careers in the trades: Myths and misconceptions

November 21, 2014

skilled-trades-apprenticeship-graduates-in-demandApprenticeships and skilled trades are in the news again!  Maclean’s recent Jobs report issue included an article entitled, The tricks – and the stigma – of the trades.   Often overlooked and underestimated by parents, guidance counsellors and prospective students, trades careers are an excellent choice for many, including the best and the brightest.  From great compensation (“plumber” makes yesterday’s Workopolis list of jobs that don’t require a degree … but pay really well) to challenging work to flexible schedules to no boss (!),  these are careers that merit some serious consideration … and not just by “general level” students.   Math skills are essential as well as problem solving and other academic skills, according to a recent Talent Egg post.  Interested in learning more?   Check out our Careers in skilled trades  subject guide for everything you need to know and pop into our Stoney Creek campus to see Mohawk’s skills training in action!


How far is it from good to great?

November 12, 2014

goodtogreatMohawk’s new president, Ron McKerlie, is asking how we can move the College from good to great.   It’s a catch phrase proposed by management and leadership guru, Jim Collins, in his 2001 book by the same name which tracked and analyzed the traits of 11 companies over a 5 year period in a rigorous research study.

An early review published in the prestigious Harvard Business Review said: “In fact, so contrarian are its findings that some managers may be tempted to dismiss it out of hand. But that would be a mistake; the book does make the leap to greatness.”   Managers listened;  Collins’ book  has sold millions of copies and still makes the top ten on most best business reads lists.

Need to get your hands on this business bible?  You guessed it!  Mohawk College Library – Cummings branch –  has a copy!  It’s seen a fair bit of action in the last few months 🙂 and may not be available just when you’re ready to read, so join the queue.     While you’re waiting your turn, why not check out Jim’s twelve questions or Inc’s quick and dirty version of his approach?   Join in the conversation: let us know what we can do to move Mohawk from good to great!


In the city: Supercrawl 2014

September 12, 2014

Supercrawl 2014

This weekend in the city, James Street North is celebrating it’s 6th annual Supercrawl!  There is no better way to spend the weekend than enjoying local artists, musicians, family events, literary readings, and lots of food.  This year Hamilton band the Arkells are part of the huge lineup of shows; you can read more about the Arkells from this Hamilton Spectator article.

Supercrawl developed out of the C & C Music Festival, the James Street North artcrawl, and the desire to showcase Hamilton’s community of local talent.  Today, six years later, organizers are anticipating even higher numbers than last year, which boasted over 100,000 people in attendance.  For more information about this weekend-long festival, check out the daily schedule for event listings.  Before you head out to the festival, be sure to take a look at the Supercrawl map for directions and road closures.

Mohawk College is a zone sponsor of Supercrawl, and there will be a Mohawk College Fashion Stage featuring live performances on Saturday, September 12th, and Sunday September 14th.

Mohawk College Library has lots of resources to help musicians develop their skills.  The Music subject guide includes books, e-books, articles, musical scores, videos, and apps to help you discover everything you need to know about musical instruments, marketing and the music industry.  The Trends & Issues page includes selected articles to help keep you up to date on industry news.

If you do head down to Supercrawl, share your expericne with us via social media – find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Greatist is great!

August 7, 2014

greatist One of our favourite blogs these days is called Greatist. With a focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, it features “awesome workouts, easy recipes, and wellness tips”.

Posts are written by a team of experts and certified professionals and even more importantly… from a cred perspective … they try to support all facts with a scientific study! (You know how we library types love that evidence based stuff!)  Great example of the format is a recent article on a topic we can all relate to: hand washing technique in public washrooms!     Cold water vs. hot,  paper vs. air dry, soap vs. hand sanitizer …  the winners are all supported by evidence in the works cited list!   Follow Greatist in all the regular places or subscribe to emails … you’ll be glad you did!

Interested in more info on how to live a healthy lifestyle?   We’ve identified other great blogs; find them on the Library’s subject guide for the Health, Wellness and Fitness program.

In the city: Art Gallery of Hamilton celebrates its Centennial year

July 25, 2014


The Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) is in its Centennial year, and they are inviting everyone to join them in celebrating this milestone.  The AGH is the third largest public art gallery in Ontario, and features over 10,000 works of art.  Its renovated and award-winning premises present exhibits that change three times a year.  The AGH Design Annex, located in the James Street North Arts District, showcases exhibits and has an intimate performance area, which is complemented by the home and office Art + Design Store.

The AGH has planned year-long Centennial events, with something new and exciting each month.  This Sunday, July 27, 2014, is the Centennial Family Picnic from 11;00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.  This all-ages event offers free admission, free BBQ lunch, entertainment, and fun-filled arts-related programs.  Check out their Centennial calendar  and their What’s on web page for more information about events, exhibits, and programs.

The Mohawk College Library has resources to help you appreciate the arts.  The Art & Design Foundations subject guide is a great place to discover library resources, including: books, e-books, journals, online videos, and websites.  This library catalogue search includes additional resources about art, art history, and famous artists including Monet, Renoir, and the Group of Seven.  Or browse the art, architecture, and applied arts collection of the  eJournal portal for magazine and journal articles.

Z is not just for zombies

July 15, 2014

Now Z stands for “generation Z”, the newest, youngest, most amazing generation yet!    On the cover of this week’s Maclean’s magazinegenz and recently hitting the likes of Bloomberg News this demographic seems to be taking the world by storm.  Even one of our favourite sites, how stuff works, has attempted to document what makes them tick. While the name seems to have been coined a few years ago, recent and renewed interest was sparked by a presentation created and posted by New York advertising agency Sparks & Honey in June.

The challenge of connecting with multi-generational customers/clients/patients is one that many of our Mohawk grads will face.  Find out more about communicating with these various age groups from the resources featured  in the Library’s subject guide for Marketing.

Are you part of Generation Z?  Let us know if the shoe fits!

In the city: Countdown to the Pan Am Games

July 11, 2014

The Pan Am games are nearly one-year away, and the City of Hamilton is inviting everyone to join them in starting the countdown to all the action.


Since 1951, the Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport games.  The games are held every four years, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.  Canada has had the honour of hosting the games twice; in 1967 and 1999, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Next year, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The City of Hamilton, soon to be referred to as “Soccer Central,” will host both the men’s and women’s soccer games in the new Pan Am Stadium.  To learn more about the City of Hamilton’s involvement in the games, click here.

This weekend the City of Hamilton will be hosting a free Pan Am one-year countdown celebration at Bayfront Park, Pier 8.  On Saturday, July 12, starting at 8:30 p.m. there will be a Walk, Move and Video Dance Party.

On Sunday, starting at 12 p.m. at Bayfront Park, Pier 8, there will be live music and ethnic dance, professional football freestylers, giveaways, prizes, and food, followed by the live broadcast of the FIFA Gold Medal match on a giant LED screen!

You can keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Pan Am 2015 Games with resources from the Mohawk College Library.  Search our online newspaper databases for articles in local and national newspapers.  Or search all the databases for news and magazine articles.  For more information about the library databases, check out our updated webpage for an A-Z database list, and tips on how to find articles.