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.

In the city: Dundas Studio Tour

October 3, 2014


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: 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: 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.

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.

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.

ProQuest service alert

June 14, 2014

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, ProQuest will be unavailable due to scheduled improvements to its internal systems.





ProQuest expects that the following products will not be available:

  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest Support Center
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest K12 databases
  • ProQuest Genealogy databases
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • RefWorks


This maintenance interruption will begin at approximately 10:00 p.m., and should be completed by approximately 11:00 a.m., on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

The Mohawk College Library has other databases available for you to use; please use one of the following methods to search for magazines, journal and newspaper articles:

  1. Find articles by subject using this Ebsco search box
  2. Search alternative databases by title
  3. Search for specific magazine and journal titles using the e-Journal Portal

If you are having difficulty accessing library databases, please refer to the library web page How to Access from Home (Remote Access) for additional information.