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!


In the City: CP Holiday Train supports local food banks

November 28, 2014

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This weekend in the city, embrace the spirit of giving and visit the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train!  Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank fundraiser.  This annual program has raised nearly $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food.

The CP Holiday Train is stopping in Hamilton this Sunday, November 30th, at Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park.  The festivities start at 7:30 p.m., with the train expected to arrive by 7:45 p.m., including entertainment by ​Kira Isabella.  The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a cash or non-perishable food donation to Hamilton Food Share, which will be on site at the event.

The Holiday Train reminds us that even during this hectic time of year, there are families in need in our own community.  Supporting Hamilton Food Share, or any local food bank, helps to provide a nourishing meal to those who are at risk of going without.

To help you get informed about these issues, Mohawk College Library has a subject guide on poverty.  The guide includes an infographic about poverty in Canada, books, e-books, videos, websites, and much more.  A special investigation series, CODE Red Hamilton, from The Hamilton Spectator, provides interesting information about the lives of people living in Hamilton neighbourhoods.

So kick off the season by giving back to those in need, and support the Hamilton Food Share fundraiser at the CP Holiday Train event.  Take a picture with the Holiday Train and share it with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 


In the city: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

October 17, 2014

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This weekend in the city,  Mohawk College and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) celebrate a jazz legend as they present Ray Charles: A Tribute at Hamilton Place on Saturday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.).  The program features favourite songs from Charles’ repertoire and original arrangements from artistic director Matt Catingub starring singer Joni NehRita and Grammy-nominated drummer Steve Moretti.  This program is packed with classic Ray Charles songs like Hallelujah, I Love Her So, Georgia On My Mind and Hit the Road Jack.  Mohawk guests are also invited to a Motown themed after party at Hamilton Place.  Tickets are free but limited.  Students can call the box office at (905) 526-7756 to reserve their seats!

Mohawk College Library has resources for jazz musicians and for those of you that just appreciate the music.  The Music subject guide is a great place to start; it contains books, e-books, music scores, jazz CDs, and so much more!  Discover something new about jazz music or your favourite jazz musician with resources from the our collection.

If you plan on attending this exciting event, be sure to let us know!  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


In the city: Dundas Studio Tour

October 3, 2014

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This weekend in the city, discover something new at the 2014 Dundas Studio Tour. This event is held Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.  The theme this year is “Turning Up the Heat”  which “…calls to mind the jeweller’s torch, the potter’s and glass-maker’s fire, the warm feel of fabric, glowing colours from a paintbrush, and the great passion involved in an artisans creations.”

You can enjoy food samples, and purchase works of art, including: pottery, weaving, textiles, jewellery, blown glass, and more.  Check out the event webpage for more details about this event.

Mohawk College Library has a number of resources to help you “turn up the heat” on your own artistic creations!  The eJournal Portal offers a variety of titles; discover a new magazine or journal on art, architecture & applied arts.  The Art & Design Foundations subject guide includes books, e-books, videos, and websites.  The library catalogue is always a great place to search for resources!  Search using keywords, subjects, titles, or authors to find what you are looking for.


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!

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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: Supercrawl 2014

September 12, 2014

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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!


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!