In the city: Eat ribs for great cause

August 29, 2014

downloadThis weekend is the last long weekend of the summer.  There cannot be a better way to end the season than with the biggest barbecue in Canada!  Each Labour day weekend, Spencer-Smith Park in Burlington hosts Canada’s Largest Ribfest.  This is a fundraising initiative of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, and draws about 150,000 people each year.  This free,  family friendly event, hosts award-winning ribbers from across North America to sell food and compete for the title of Best Ribs.  There will be musicians performing on two stages, and vendors to purchase unique products from.

The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore is 65 members strong, and  believe that when you come together, you can create a bigger social impact.  Ribfest is the largest and most successful community event, and all proceeds go to charity.  To date over $3 million dollars have been donated to local and international charities.  A list of charitable organizations that have benefited from the proceeds can be found here.

book_cities_reducing_povThe Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about community involvement.  The book Creating vibrant communities: How individuals & organizations from diverse sectors of society are coming together to reduce poverty in Canada tells the story of people all across Canada that are approaching poverty in a positive, creative, and energetic way.  You can find library resources by searching the library catalogue for keywords, subjects, titles, or authors.  Other library resources such as e-books and databases are available online, whenever and wherever you need them.  Learn more about off-campus access here.

If you do visit Spencer-Smith Park this weekend, be sure to tell us which ribber you think is the best!

Welcome back Mohawk College students!

August 28, 2014

Mohawk College Library welcomes back all returning students, and invites all new students to drop by our campus libraries!

We hope that you have enjoyed your summer break, and are ready for another school year.  Whether it is your first semester, or your last, the beginning of a new semester is very exciting!

Speaking of excitement…Mohawk College invites you to learn all about the services available to students, and have a little fun while you do!  Student Engagement & Employment has been working hard to organize Orientation Events at each campus location.

Speaking of getting social…the library is hosting its very own social event!  Students can pick-up a “book card” from the library table at the President’s Welcome at the Fennell campus, on Tuesday, September 2nd, or at any library location.


Complete these 3 easy steps to win:

1. Change your email password


2. Connect to WiFi, and,


3. Find your Subject Guide






Library staff will be available to help you.  We have saved the best for last!  Once you are done, have some fun in our photo booth!  Take a selfie, or a group shot, and remember to get creative!  The photo booth will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from September 2nd to 4th.  Once you’ve taken your photo, post it to Instagram, and include #mohawkcollegelibrary.  After you have completed each of the steps, you can enter a draw to win a prize, and the best Instagram photo also wins!

So, join in the fun at your Mohawk College Library location; we are looking forward to seeing your smile!

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!

Construction wrap up at Stoney Creek Campus

August 18, 2014

Construction is starting to wrap up at Stoney Creek Campus. Very soon the library will move into our new and improved location. Furniture, computers and books still need to be arranged and the doors hung but we are getting there. We will be closed while we move back in. Please check the Library website if you are planning a visit to the Stoney Creek Campus Library in the next two weeks.

Around the campus there are other changes. Tim Horton’s is now located in the front atrium. The only thing Tim Horton’s needs is the coffee brewing and the donuts baked. The bookstore, cafeteria, the new fitness centre and student engagement are conveniently located down the “main street” hallway. Sorry no pictures of “main street” it is still under construction. By September all the construction gates will be removed and we will be ready to welcome you back to school.

The new library almost ready for furniture.

The new library almost ready for furniture.

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Tim Horton’s located in the front entrance of Stoney Creek Campus

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The new bookstore location

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.

How much tax do you pay?

August 13, 2014

frasertaxvideoThe Fraser Institute, a rather right wing Canadian think tank, just published the results of one of its 2014 surveys, the Canadian consumer tax index.   You can check out the quick summary, the infographic or the full report here or get the basic scoop from this video.   Bottom line … it’s not good news.  We spend more in taxes each year than on the sum total of our other big expenses: clothing, food and shelter!

Not everyone agrees with the Institute’s methodology but, regardless, it’s interesting food for thought.  Want to know how much tax you pay?  Not sure what your marginal tax rate is?  Check out Ernst & Young’s tax calculator and tax rates tool , available online from the Library.

Maybe some better financial planning is in your future?   Check out the Trends & Issues page on our Subject guide for Mohawk’s Business – Financial Services program; you’ll find some great blogs to follow!


MOCOmotion: A brief introduction

August 12, 2014

Welcome first year students!  You are probably excited to start this new phase in your life as a college student.  We are pleased to welcome you to Mohawk College, and are looking forward to seeing you in the Mohawk College Library where we can help you succeed in your chosen field of study.

MOCOmotion is Mohawk College’s portal. MOCOmotion is where you will find your official college email, grades, and timetable. You will also find an area to pay your fees, find your T2202a tax receipt, and update your personal information.


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MOCOmotion "my student account"

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These are just a few of the resources you will find in MOCOmotion; take some time to explore  all the information on your own. If you would like help navigating through MOCOmotion, visit a Mohawk College Library TECH BAR location for a one-on-one introduction.  Check out the Technical Support web page for more information.


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