In the city: Locke Street Festival

September 5, 2014

This weekend in the city, Locke Street is the place to be!  The annual Locke Street Festival is taking place on Saturday, September 6th, and starts at 10:00 a.m.  This family friendly event offers something for everyone; arts and crafts, performances, and great food will be lining the street.  Live entertainment featuring local performers will be on stage from noon until 11 p.m.  Check out the Live on Locke web page for more information.

Creative_sparks Mohawk College Library has great resources to help you discover your passion for the arts.  The Art & Design Foundations subject guide includes books, e-books, journal, videos, and websites to inspire your creative spirit.  The book Creative sparks shows you how to ignite your design ingenuity 24/7 with over 150 mind-bending concepts, images and exercises.

If you do attend the Locke Street Festival, be sure to share your fun-filled day with us.  You can find the library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

Welcome back Mohawk College students!

August 28, 2014

Mohawk College Library welcomes back all returning students, and invites all new students to drop by our campus libraries!

We hope that you have enjoyed your summer break, and are ready for another school year.  Whether it is your first semester, or your last, the beginning of a new semester is very exciting!

Speaking of excitement…Mohawk College invites you to learn all about the services available to students, and have a little fun while you do!  Student Engagement & Employment has been working hard to organize Orientation Events at each campus location.

Speaking of getting social…the library is hosting its very own social event!  Students can pick-up a “book card” from the library table at the President’s Welcome at the Fennell campus, on Tuesday, September 2nd, or at any library location.


Complete these 3 easy steps to win:

1. Change your email password


2. Connect to WiFi, and,


3. Find your Subject Guide






Library staff will be available to help you.  We have saved the best for last!  Once you are done, have some fun in our photo booth!  Take a selfie, or a group shot, and remember to get creative!  The photo booth will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from September 2nd to 4th.  Once you’ve taken your photo, post it to Instagram, and include #mohawkcollegelibrary.  After you have completed each of the steps, you can enter a draw to win a prize, and the best Instagram photo also wins!

So, join in the fun at your Mohawk College Library location; we are looking forward to seeing your smile!

In the city: Geek-out at ConBravo

July 18, 2014

ConBravo!_Logo,_on_PANTONE_300C_blue_as_per_company_guidelinesThis week in the city, it’s hip to be square, and it’s where ConBravo happily invites you to join them and geek-out!

ConBravo is a celebration of indie media, gaming, and cosplay — and everything in between.  It is Canada’s largest gathering of gaming and indie video producers, developers, and fans. The convention boasts three days of fun, including concerts, games, panels, live game shows, vendors, artists, and so much more.  This year ConBravo is conveniently located downtown at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s.  For more information about hours of operation, registration, and exhibitors, click here .

Interested in gaming and animation?  The Mohawk College Library has the resources you need.  The Graphic Design Production – Integrated Animation subject guide includes books, e-books, online journals and videos, websites, and apps to support your learning.  If you are new to this subject area, the Art & Design Foundations subject guide begins with the basics to help you develop your skills.

Are you planning to attend ConBravo this weekend?  If you are, tell us about your experience, or share a picture on one of our social media networks.

Don’t text and drive!

May 27, 2014

textanddrive2There’s nothing better than a drive on a lovely summer day.    Maybe the top is down or the sun roof open, likely the tunes are cranked and, for sure, you’re enjoying the scenery or the company of friends.

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes and, despite Ontario’s increased fines for distracted driving,  many of us find it impossible to put those mobile devices down!   Public service announcements (PSAs) are an increasingly important type of advertising (remember our Social farting post?).   This search of our Business Source Premier database  lists several articles written on the topic by industry heavyweights,  Advertising Age and Adweek.

And now for a haunting example….the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently commissioned this very disturbing but incredibly powerful PSA designed to warn us of the hazards of distracted driving.  See what Adweek has to say about it  and then … before you take your eyes off the road one more time … watch it!

Stay safe this summer!

In the City: Winona Peach Festival

August 23, 2013

Peach sundaeCelebrate the end of summer with the annual Winona Peach Festival this weekend. This community event is hosted by local  organizations, sports teams, and churches,   The funds raised this weekend are donated to registered charities or non-profit groups, assist in funding for local sports teams, and support community services.

The festival has entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, demonstrations, and a midway.  Whether you’ve lived in the Winona area, or have ever been to the Peach Festival, I think that everyone can agree it’s really all about the peach sundae!  There is a free HSR shuttle from Eastgate Square, free midway rides from 4-5 pm on Friday, and contests on their Facebook page.  Get the most out of the festival by planning your visit with the Peach Fest app.

If you’re inspired by all the arts and crafts, and are thinking about making something of your own, the Mohawk College Library can help.  The magazine Crafts “n Things is a general crafting publication that includes how-to’s and money-saving tips.  Online subscriptions are available through the e-Journal portal – a tool that allows you to search for specific magazine and journal titles.

Have a peachy weekend – and feel free to share your favourite Peach Festival activity with us!

Is social farting cutting edge?

June 3, 2013

fartingWho says Canadian commercials are boring?   As part of its multi-million dollar anti-smoking campaign, the Ontario Ministry of Health recently charged ad firm BBDO with creating a commercial to target “social” smokers.  The result was a video that received considerable media coverage and went viral with over 300,000 views since March!  The commercial even won the firm  “creativity pick of the day” from prestigious industry publication, Advertising Age.cuttingedge

Want to find out what constitutes “cutting edge” in the advertising world?   Check out Cutting edge commercials :  How to create the world’s best TV ads for brands in the 21st century from the Cummings Library.

Still laughing???  Let us know!