Get to know your library!

December 16, 2014

Mohawk College Library is encouraging all students to sign up for a library tour in January.  Each campus library location offers a variety of study spaces, services, and resources to help you succeed.  So, even if you are a returning student, be sure to sign up to get to know your library!

Please click on this link to sign up to participate in a library tour at your campus.



Mohawk College presents Laverne Cox

December 12, 2014

The Mohawk College community is already getting ready for a special guest early next year!  Social Inc. in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association, The Well (LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton) and the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area present Laverne Cox.

Laverne Coxlaverne cox is well-known for her role on the hit show “Orange is the New Black” and will discuss her life and journey as a transgender actress.  This event will be held at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, located at the Fennell campus on March 23rd, 2015.  For more information and tickets, please click here.

Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about the LGBTQ community.  The library has recently acquired the video Beautiful Boxer which  is based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgendered kick-boxer, Parinya Charoenphol (known as Nong Toom in Thailand).  The book, Transgender people discusses gender identity disorders, the transgender rights movement, and other issues faced by the transgender community.

If you do go to the event, be sure to send us a message on Facebook, Tweet us @mohawklibrary, or send us a picture on Instagram.

Films on Demand

December 9, 2014

Do you have a presentation? Don’t know how to fill the entire 20 minutes? Mohawk College Library has the solution. Films on Demand!  Films on Demand online videos are produced for educational use making them a resource for reliable, current information. New videos are added monthly and … bonus! … there are no commercials or ad banners to be found.

All Films on Demand videos are broken down into short segments making them easy to use in a class presentation since you can choose a small clip or number of clips to view. Searching the database is easy:  simply type in your search term and click search! The default search is by segment but you can choose to do a title search by using the drop down menu beside the search box. The example below allows you to see the results for both a segment and a title search:



Similar to YouTube you will see a description of the video, the date published, the number of views, and can also expand the video to full screen. films4

Give Films on Demand a try when researching your next project.

In the City: CP Holiday Train supports local food banks

November 28, 2014


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: World AIDS Day

November 21, 2014

In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014) the AIDS Network, in partnership with Mohawk College’s positive space, Social Inc., presents the movie “The Normal Heart.”   This community event will take place on Thursday, November 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at the Fennell campus. The movie stars Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, and deals with the emerging AIDS crisis during the 1980s.  A panel discussion will take place following the film.

The AIDS Network will also be hosting an Open House on Monday, November 24th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to celebrate HIV/AIDS Awareness week.  Guests are invited to meet staff and learn more about the programs and services for people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C.

Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources that can help you learn more about HIV/AIDS.  The book HIV/AIDS: A very short introduction includes information about the emergence of the epidemic, scientific responses, and its impact on the world.  100 questions & answers about HIV and AIDS answers the most commonly asked questions about HIV and AIDS including: diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment quality of life, alternative medicine, targeted therapy, and coping strategies.  The series HIV/AIDS: Real people, true stories is available through the online video database Films On Demand.  The videos dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, explain how HIV is acquired and how it can be prevented, and discusses the physical, psychological, and social effects of being HIV-positive.


From the website CATIE: Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information.

In the city: Protect yourself this flu season

November 14, 2014

As the weather grows colder, flu season begins.  Protecting yourself and others around you from the flu virus is important for our overall health and wellness.

Influenza, most commonly referred to as the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus.  Symptoms may include: fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, weakness and tiredness.  The flu virus is spread through contact with people or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus.

You can help prevent the spread of the flu:

– get your flu shot every fall

– wash your hands

– cover your cough and sneeze with something other than your hands

– stay home when you are sick

The vaccine is widely available in the city of Hamilton; to find a free flu shot location near you, click here.  For more information about influenza, getting your flu shot at Mohawk College, or other health related topics, check out the Wellness4U@Mohawk web site.

Mohawk College Library can help you protect yourself this flu season.  The video Resisting the flu: How to minimize your risk provides habits to improve your resistance, tips on how to take care of people who are infected, and covers mild and severe symptoms.  The Health, Wellness, & Fitness subject guide includes great library resources to keep you healthy this flu season and all year round!


Remembrance Day

November 10, 2014

Please consider taking a moment and attending a Remembrance Day Ceremony. All Mohawk College Campus will be running ceremonies for students, faculty and staff.

Remembrance Service

Mohawk College Open House at the Stoney Creek campus

November 6, 2014

This evening, Mohawk College faculty, staff, and volunteers are welcoming you to the Mohawk College Open House at the Stoney Creek campus!   stoney creek

This is a great opportunity to discover the many different skilled trades and apprenticeship programs offered at Mohawk College, and to explore the recently renovated Stoney Creek campus.  You can meet with faculty and staff  who can provide valuable information about programs, admission requirements, and what to expect from campus life.  Our friendly library staff will be available to share the services that you can access at your campus library.

The Open House will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek campus.  For maps and directions, please click here.

Remembrance Day poppies

November 4, 2014


Have you heard about the poppy display at the Tower of London? I recently had the privilege of being in London and was able to view this amazing display of remembrance.  The display includes 888,246 ceramic poppies – one for each British and Commonwealth military personnel killed during World War One.  This memorial will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat, until the final poppy will be placed in the moat on November 11th at the 11th hour. Each evening at dusk up to November 10th the last post is played and the names of military personnel from World War One are read aloud by Tower employees. The display also serves a practical purpose as a fund-raising campaign. The money raised from the sale of the poppies is donated to veteran charities within the United Kingdom.

Canada, like the United Kingdom, also uses poppies to honour our military. Canadians wear poppies in remembrance of the sacrifices made during world conflicts and peace keeping missions by Canadian soldiers.  You will see poppy boxes in stores and malls from October 31 – November 11 each year. The funds raised by donating your change for a poppy help the Royal Canadian Legion fund a variety of programming. The Royal Canadian Legion helps veterans in need financially, emotionally, and physically.


This poem illustrates the sentiment behind why Canadians wear poppies.

Why Wear a Poppy

“Please wear a poppy,” the lady said,
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;

But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.

His smile was full of joy and fun,
“Lady,” said he, “may I have one?”
When she’d pinned it on, he turned to say;
“Why do we wear a poppy today?”

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered; “This is Remembrance Day.
And the poppy there is a symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.

And because they did, you and I are free –
That’s why we wear a poppy, you see.
I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.

He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird, he would race about.
As the years went by, he learned and grew,
And became a man – as you will, too.

He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he’d seemed with us such a little while
When war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day.

When he smiled at me and said, ‘Goodbye,
I’ll be back soon, Mum, please don’t cry.’
But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray.

His letters told of the awful fight
(I can see it still in my dreams at night),
With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire.

Till at last, at last, the war was won –
And that’s why we wear a poppy, son.”
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, “Thanks, lady, I’m glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight
But your son – did he come back all right?”
A tear rolled down each faded cheek;
She shook her head, but didn’t speak
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me, you’d have done the same:

For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,
Though our freedom was bought – and thousands paid!
And so, when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne
By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country’s call
That we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember – and Give!

– Don Crawford

In the city: Fall jazz concert series

October 31, 2014

This weekend in the city you can enjoy a great evening of music presented by the Hamilton All Star Jazz ensemble.  The series of concerts will be held at the Old Firehall Arts Center, 334 Wilson Street East, Ancaster.  The concert series includes the following performances: Broadsway with Heather Bambrick on Saturday, November 1; Tara Davidson Quartet on Saturday, November 8th; and a Tribute to Eva Cassidy featuring Candace Walkes on Saturday, November 15th.  Tickets are only $26 and doors open at 7:00 p.m. with performances starting at 8:00 p.m.  Visit the Hamilton All Star Jazz events page for more information.

jazzMohawk College Library has a variety of resources for the jazz aficionado, or those learning to appreciate jazz.  Discover the history and culture of jazz through one of the many books available, or listen to a CD and immerse yourself in jazz music.

If you are just beginning to appreciate this type of music, you may be interested in the book Jazz styles: History & analysis.  This book is an introduction to jazz, and it teaches the chronology of jazz by showing readers how to listen and what to notice in each style.

If you plan on attending one, or all, of this exciting concert series, be sure to let us know!  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.