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.

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


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: 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!


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: 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: 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!

In the city: It’s all Greek to me!

August 15, 2014

This weekend in the city, do not be alarmed if everyone around you is screaming OPA!  They are only getting in the spirit of things for Hamilton’s one and only Greek Fest.  The annual Hamilton Greek Fest is located at Inch Park on the Hamilton mountain.  The fun starts at noon on Friday and doesn’t stop until 9 p.m. on Sunday.  This family friendly, fun-filled event features a kids zone, authentic homemade greek food and desserts, dancing, vendors, live performances, and much more!  For more information check out the event schedule.

If you want to brush up on your knowledge of all things Greek, the Mohawk College Library has the right resources to get you started.  Find books, videos, and more on Ancient Greece, Classical Greece, culture, and civilization.  Let this list of library resources be your guide!

The library also has e-books that you can download anywhere for information on the go.  The History Reference Center offers access to nearly two thousand full text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Or search the EBSCOhost eBooks database which includes thousands of full-text reference, scholarly, and professional e-books.

If you plan to attend Hamilton’s Greek Fest, tell us about it!  Tweet us @mohawklibrary (don’t forget #hamgreekfest!), find us on Facebook, or leave a comment below.

In the city: Summer festivals

August 8, 2014

The summer season just would not be the same without a music festival.  This weekend in the city, the Ancaster Fairgrounds welcomes the Festival of Friends.  The festival is celebrating its 39th year, and offers free admission and family friendly events.  Weekend parking passes are available, or you are welcome to take the HSR shuttle service directly to the fairgrounds.  As always, the festival will include multiple stages and musical lineups, food of the world, arts and crafts, and a midway.


Promoting events can be a large undertaking; organizing volunteers, vendors, sponsors – the list is endless!  Mohawk College offers Continuing Education programs to help you learn more and further your career in all these areas.  The latest CE catalogue is now available and registration is open for courses beginning in the fall.  The Community Services and Support certificates offered at Mohawk College include: Event Management, Fundraising/Development Associate, Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit sector, and Volunteer Management.

If you are already taking courses to complete one of the above certificates, or planning on registering for the fall, the Mohawk College Library has all the resources you will  need to successfully complete your program.  You can access the best resources through the library Subject Guides, which were created to assist students with their research needs.  The Community Leadership – CE guide includes books, journals, websites and videos to support your learning objectives.

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.