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.

It’s library poll time!

December 2, 2014

Complete the library poll this week and let us know what you think.

Your opinion counts!

In the city: AGH Film Festival

September 26, 2014

This week in the city, we are rolling out the red carpet for the AGH Film Festival!


The Art Gallery of Hamilton is celebrating the art of cinematography by hosting this annual event, which is meant to showcase the world’s best festival films. This year’s films include a diverse range of outstanding films, many of which were official selections at some of the top international film festivals, such as TIFF, Cannes, and Sundance, to name a few.  The festival runs from September 26th to October 5th, and is featured at downtown and other Hamilton theatres.  There are thirty films on the roster this year, and the official opening night party will be taking place tonight at the AGH.  You can preview film trailers, and pre-purchase tickets online; check out the Films + Trailers webpage for more information.

index  Whether you are a film buff, or just starting out in videography, Mohawk College Library has resources to support your passion for film-making.  The Broadcasting – Television & Communications Media subject guide offers books, e-books, journals, videos, and websites.  The e-book The technique of film and video editing: History, theory, and practice provides a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound.  This is a great resource to help develop your editing skills!  The library database, Films On Demand, contains over 7,500 online videos, and with a variety of subject areas, you are sure to discover something new.

Will you be seeing any of the films at this year’s festival?  Be sure to tell us about the film screenings you attend – we would love to hear about it!

In the city: Eat ribs for great cause

August 29, 2014

downloadThis weekend is the last long weekend of the summer.  There cannot be a better way to end the season than with the biggest barbecue in Canada!  Each Labour day weekend, Spencer-Smith Park in Burlington hosts Canada’s Largest Ribfest.  This is a fundraising initiative of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, and draws about 150,000 people each year.  This free,  family friendly event, hosts award-winning ribbers from across North America to sell food and compete for the title of Best Ribs.  There will be musicians performing on two stages, and vendors to purchase unique products from.

The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore is 65 members strong, and  believe that when you come together, you can create a bigger social impact.  Ribfest is the largest and most successful community event, and all proceeds go to charity.  To date over $3 million dollars have been donated to local and international charities.  A list of charitable organizations that have benefited from the proceeds can be found here.

book_cities_reducing_povThe Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about community involvement.  The book Creating vibrant communities: How individuals & organizations from diverse sectors of society are coming together to reduce poverty in Canada tells the story of people all across Canada that are approaching poverty in a positive, creative, and energetic way.  You can find library resources by searching the library catalogue for keywords, subjects, titles, or authors.  Other library resources such as e-books and databases are available online, whenever and wherever you need them.  Learn more about off-campus access here.

If you do visit Spencer-Smith Park this weekend, be sure to tell us which ribber you think is the best!

In the city: Hamilton Multicultural Festival

August 22, 2014

This week in the city, Ward 2 is celebrating its first-ever Hamilton Multicultural Festival!  This free, one-day festival, aims to connect and promote the diverse communities of Hamilton’s Ward 2 neighbourhoods.  The festival will feature local performers, music, games, kids’ activities, food, and arts and crafts vendors. There will also be a space for inter-cultural conversations about inclusion and equity in our communities.  


The Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Pier 8 at 47 Discovery Drive.  The festivities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  You can find out more information on Facebook, or read this article from CBC Hamilton.

The Mohawk College Library has resources that you can use to learn more about diversity, multiculturalism, and equality.  The library databases are a great place to find articles from thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers.  If you are looking for a specific journal or magazine title, the e Journal portal can help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Whether you are on-campus, or just online, Mohawk College Library staff are available to help you discover everything the library has to offer.  Contact us for more information about our services, locations, and discover how your campus library can help you connect, learn and succeed!

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.


In the city: Celebrate Canada Day

June 27, 2014

The summer season is officially in the city and it’s time to celebrate!  With so many activities happening this weekend, the most difficult decision you’ll have to make is choosing how to spend your time.

This weekend the Hamilton Community Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary by inviting you to enjoy our city. On Saturday, June 28th over 40 recreation, conservation and cultural centres will be free and open to the public.  For a detailed list of venue information, click here.

The festival season in Hamilton kicks off this weekend with It’s Your Festival at Gage Park.  This family friendly event includes food vendors, art and crafts, a youth talent search, the Hamilton Spectator Spelling Bee contest, and so much more.  The festival will have five stages for entertainment including Hamilton bands like Harlan Pepper; Tom Wilson will be performing with both Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, and Lee Harvey Osmond.  Find a complete list of all performers and show times on the program listings web page.


The Oh Canada Ribfest knows  that there is nothing like a summer barbecue to get you in the spirit of the season.  The festival is celebrating its 5th year, and is located at Memorial Park in Waterdown.  You can enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, movies in the park, fireworks, and ribs, of course!

The City of Hamilton will be celebrating Canada Day at Bayfront and Pier 4 parks.  You can enjoy more than ten of Ontario’s finest food trucks, live entertainment, face painting and balloonists.  The celebration will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 with a fireworks display at the end of the night.  For more details about this special event, click here.

Are you looking for a way to stay up-to-date with news and events in the city?  The Mohawk College Library has online access to newspaper databases including the Hamilton Spectator and Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies.  If you are looking for magazines or journals, the library offers online access through the e-journal portal.  You can search for specific titles, or browse the collection by subject.

If you are planning on visiting the library, please remember that all Mohawk College campuses will be closed on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.