In the city: Cézanne is featured at the AGH

November 7, 2014

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH).  From now until February 2015, the AGH is featuring the exhibit The World is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.  This special exhibition is just one more way that the AGH is celebrating its centennial year – sharing stunning art with its patrons.


Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) Still Life with Apples (Pommes sur une chaise), c. 1878 oil on canvas 9 1/8 × 15 5/8 in. (23.2 × 39.7 cm) Museum of Art: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 41.012

The exhibition examines Cézanne’s monumental achievement in the genre of still life painting, and features nearly twenty masterpieces.  The World is An Apple includes “…early paintings engaging with past masters to very late works unique to him, and treating the range of themes, including apples, flowers and skulls.”  This is a rare exhibit, and the AGH is the only Canadian venue.

Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about Cézanne.  These books can help you discover information about his life and his work.  For a brief view into art from prehistoric times to the 20th century, the library recommends the website World Art Treasures.  This collection of slides from the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation includes art from Egypt, China, Japan, India, and Europe.

Get involved: Student leadership opportunities

January 28, 2014

Are you a born leader?  Are you interested in supporting your fellow students?  Then consider a student leadership position with the Mohawk Students Association (MSA).  To learn more about it, check out this YouTube video.

MSA elections

If you’re unsure about what your leadership style is, why not take some time to find out.  The Mohawk College Library suggests these books to get you started: The leadership brain for dummies, and Exploring leadership: For college students who want to make a difference.  Learn how to assess your strengths and weaknesses, and adopt a leadership style that suits your personality.

The Community Leadership subject guide offers a variety of resources for those of you already involved with event planning, fundraising, the non-profit sector, and volunteer management.

Good luck to all the candidates in the MSA student government elections!

Everything Canadian, eh!

December 4, 2013

Be prepared to be mesmerized with, The Canadian Encyclopedia‘s new interactive website! Yes, that’s right; we used the words mesmerized and encyclopedia in the same sentence.  The encyclopedia has come a long way from the original 3 volume set published back in 1985. With loads more content (of course everything is Canadian!) and added features that will surely knock your Mukluks off!

Here are just a few … starting with, today in Canadian history (psst … scroll down a bit), go ahead select your birth date – everyone does – you just might be surprised by what you’ll learn.  If you’re not into history you’ll be glad to hear the encyclopedia has stepped into the digital age (about time, eh!)  with Canada Tweets.  It includes Canadian tweet feeds from everyone from David Suzuki to Hockey Night in Canada to  Weird Canada. A particularly engaging feature of the site is Canada’s Story where you can connect with Canadians far and wide and even add your own story and photos to the map!

Proceed with caution though, because this site can be addictive – in a good way! Need to find facts and information fast? Checkout the Library’s Quick reference subject guide (and yes, we’ve included a link to The Canadian Encyclopedia.)


It’s not too early to start preparing for exams

November 29, 2013

Study skillsIt’s never too early to prepare for final exams.  If you’re looking for a study buddy, the Mohawk College Library is available!

The Study skills for academic success subject guide includes resources that can help with study skills, time management, dealing with stress, and services that are available to students.  For students interested in developing their reading and study skills, the library recommends the book College reading and study skills.  The book Study smarter, not harder can help you develop new methods to improve memory and concentration.  If you prefer to work and study from your mobile device, check out the Mobile apps subject guide.  It includes recommendations for productivity, and program specific apps too!

For those night owls out there, the Collaboratory has extended its hours.  Students may use the space to study until midnight.  As always the Cummings Library is a Quiet Study space and there is also the Silent Study room for students who want a noise-free environment.  For a detailed schedule of hours at each location, click here.

We all live in a yellow submarine

July 17, 2013

submarineOn this day in 1968, The Beatles released their feature-length animated motion picture entitled “Yellow Submarine”.

This film was “inspired by a song and hailed as an avant-garde amalgam of pop art, Beatles music, and highly innovative animation (The Beatles Store, 2013)”.  According to Heinz Edelmann, the film’s art director, this film was a success because it was a series of interconnected short films that were a collage of classic and modern images.

If you want to learn more about the fab four, check out The Beatles: The biography; or, learn to play the songs from Yellow Submarine borrow Learn to play the Beatles to a tee from the Cummings Library.

And don’t forget, all you need is love!

The Beatles Store. (2013). Books. Retrieved from

Hamilton’s Farmers’ Markets

July 5, 2013

We are finally in the height of the growing season, which means that local fruit and vegetables are available now more than ever.  As many of you may already know, you don’t have to go far to get the freshest produce – it’s practically at your door!  The City of Hamilton is surrounded by a diverse and flourishing farming community, and these farmers are more than happy to share their harvest with everyone.

The City of Hamilton boasts a variety of farmers’ markets, the largest being the Downtown Hamilton Farmers’ Market.  The downtown market offers a variety of meats and fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, baked goods, pasta, and so much more!  The market also hosts events, programs and cooking demo’s.  “Programs are facilitated by the City of Hamilton Farmers’ Market, market vendors, food experts, and a variety of community agencies and non-profit organizations.”  To find out what’s happening in the market this weekend, click here.  Tourism Hamilton has posted this list which includes information about each of the farmers’ markets in and around Hamilton, their operating days and times.

A healthy lifestyle includes eating right, exercising and striving for work-life balance.  The Mohawk College Library is the best place to start  achieving those goals!  Our Health, Wellness & Fitness subject guide has everything you need to get you on the path of health living.  The Films on Demand database also has some great videos about eating on the go, how to prepare meals in minutes, and other videos on achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Mohawk College will soon be opening the doors to the new David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.  It will house gymnasiums, a fitness centre, an indoor track and much more. So there won’t be any more excuses for avoiding the gym.

Let us know how you stay healthy, and share what you found at your local farmers’ market – we’d love to hear what’s on your plate!

The Four Food Groups

Summertime and the reading is easy

May 29, 2013

summer readingNow the weather is nice, kick back in a lawn chair in the backyard, or at the beach, plan on doing some reading over the summer.

Why not check out the library’s collection of paperbacks and see if we can satisfy your recreational reading needs.  You can browse the collection here. If you’d rather have a book read to you, we can help you with that too. The library subscribes to EBSCOhost’s Audiobook Collection.  This database provides an extensive collection of unabridged books to download.

You can  keep track of the books you read, or plan to read, at LibraryThing.

If you need some ideas for titles to be read over the summer, why not check out some of  the following sites; or search #summerread on TWITTER.

  1. The Globe & Mail’s Bestsellers Lists
  2. goodreads’ Popular Summer 2013 Books
  3. BookNet Bestsellers: Fiction 
  4. What to Read to Fill the Void Left by Your Favorite TV Shows This Summer
  5. Shelfari Book Activity Authoritative List