Thursday, January 9, 2020

Welcome Jackie Lepeau!

We are so excited to welcome our new full-time librarian, Jackie Lepeau! 

Tell us a little about your background in libraries:
I started out as an elementary school librarian at my hometown in Lemoore, California. Then I was a youth services librarian for eight branches with the Fresno County Public Library (FCPL). I supported early literacy programs and developed early learning centers at FCPL.  I also created fun story times and programs--Dungeons and Dragons was a particularly popular event! 

Lastly, I was an adjunct librarian at two community colleges I attended as an undergrad: West Hills College, Lemoore and College of the Sequoias, Visalia (COS). At COS, I taught one-unit courses on information literacy (LIBR 101: College Research Strategies, LIBR 102: Internet Information Resources, LIBR 103: Evaluating Information Sources) and was an adviser for the COS Giant Book Club. The Club created campus-wide events, like poetry slams to celebrate Black History Month. 

What draws you to working with community college students?
I enjoy working at community colleges because I believe that I can make a true impact on the students that I meet on a daily basis. I see myself in each student, because I myself was in their shoes! I want to make the lives of students easier and more enjoyable. I think that the library and the library staff have a crucial and pivotal role in the lives of each and every student. 

My favorite book is: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Any other interesting details you may want to share?I enjoy board games and traveling. My BA is in Anthropology, so I took a trip last summer to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help track and observe bonobos in the wild! Coolest celebrity event to happen to me: Having John Cleese ride with me in my Prius!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day

Image of small American Flags placed on a lawn with tulips

The Moorpark College Library will be closed

Monday May 27, 2019

in honor of 

Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Asian American Heritage Month



Asian American Heritage Month

Image book cover of The Making of Asian America
Call Number: E184.A75 L43 2015

The above title offers a broad and informative perspective of the Asian American experience from a historical perspective and can be found among our over 200 titles available through the Moorpark College Library on this subject area.

The Library also has a rich collection of videos through Films on Demand. The collection includes interviews with George Takei and Maya Lin. Also there are Documentaries such as The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film and Television available to view for students and faculty of Moorpark College.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

LLR Extended Hours

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The Library and Learning Resources building will be extending their hours for Spring finals beginning May 6, 2019.

Extended Hours Spring 2019 (May 6 - 17)

May 6 - 11
Monday - Thursday7:00am - 8:00pm              
Friday7:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am - 5:00pm
May 13 - 17
Monday - Thursday7:00am - 8:00pm              
Friday7:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Monday, April 8, 2019

3D Design Art Display

3D Design
Wood Sculptures

We are excited to have the 3D Design class exhibit their work in the Library.

Below is a description of the assignment courtesy of Cynthia Minet:

The assignment was to use only one entire 2 x 4 inch x 8 foot board, and to use it in its entirety, except for small cut-off pieces and sawdust, (although some used even the sawdust).  They were to construct a free-standing sculpture that illustrates one dominant principle of design. Students chose to represent repetition, emphasis, symmetrical and asymmetrical balance, movement/rhythm, scale, unity and variety, and economy. 

The students learned to use the wood working tools, including the miter saw, jigsaw, nail gun, power sander, band saw, table saw, drill press, drill, clamps, and hammers and chisels. Much of the project wouldn't have been possible without the tools purchased by the MC MakerSpace. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Women's History Month

Maya Angelou

We are proud to share our vast collection of titles that honor the many notable women throughout history. The book jackets shown here are examples of what is available for a 3 week loan to students and staff. 

We are also celebrating Women's History through our display 
cabinet on the second floor of the LLR building. 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
 If you are interested in our online content, we also have over 600 titles that cover Women's History across cultures, traditions, and nationalities. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

American Politics

African American history wouldn't be complete without highlighting some of the many influential political figures that have been instrumental in pushing the boundaries and advocating for equality and fair representation across demographics through political participation.

Black and White image from Library of Congress of Hiram Rhodes Revels
Hiram Rhodes Revels
(courtesy of Library of Congress)
Born in North Carolina in 1827, Hiram Rhodes Revels  became the first African American 
member of Senate in 1870. (source)

Shirley Chisholm

In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman to become elected to the House of Representatives. (source)

Colin Powell

In 2001 General Colin Powell  became the first African American Secretary of State. (source)

We are honored to celebrate these and the many other amazing individuals who demonstrated strength and bravery in the face of opposition to represent and advocate for the value of diversity and equal representation.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Black Veterans

Thank You for Your Service!

Image Statues of Vietnam soldiers

Today we are proud to acknowledge the strength and bravery of our African American Veterans.

The legacy of these courageous individuals can be found documented in the following anthology, which can be picked up in the Moorpark College Library:

Other recommended titles within our collection include (but are not limited to):

...And finally,

 below we highlight the life of the oldest WWII Veteran, Richard Overton,
celebrated in the following National Geographic video.

Richard Overton

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Image of book cover for A Bad Woman Feeling Good
A Bad Woman Feeling Good

Originating in the South, Blues music beats at the heart of African American History. The soulful lyrics stir the emotions and the distinctive style has influenced musicians and artists across genres and mediums. (source)

Today we celebrate the female legends that have influenced blues and left an indelible mark in our hearts and history.

The above book is available for check out and below we have links to titles that highlight some of the incredible women who have been instrumental in influencing the world through their music.

Image of Billie Holiday Singing
Billie Holiday

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Althea Gibson

Image of female tennis player ready to serve

Althea Gibson

In 1950 the United States National Championships, now the US Open, 
provided a stage for Althea Gibson to challenge stereotypes and break barriers 
as the first African American tennis player to compete there. 

Six years later, she won the French open and later won the 
Women's Doubles at Wimbledon.

This phenomenal woman continued to establish herself
as a force to be reckoned with, which
eventually saw her move into golf
as she joined the LPGA Tour 
as the first black female member of the association.

Althea Gibson's biography, 
is available for check out at the MC Library.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Carter G. Woodson

Black and white drawing of Carter G. Woodson in military uniform with the text African-American History Month below bust
Carter G. Woodson
This month we will be highlighting notable African-American individuals 
in celebration of African-American History Month.

Our first historical figure is 
Carter G. Woodson,
also known as the "Father of Black History."

Born to former slaves, Dr. Woodson became an esteemed 
writer, publisher, and historian. 
He established a wealth of scholarly works aimed at 
building a historic narrative that would 
include the critical contributions of 
African Americans throughout American history. 

Founded by Dr. Woodson,
Black History Week became official in 1926,
which then quickly grew to become 
Black History Month.

Titles available at the Moorpark College Library 
written by Carter Godwin Woodson 

Our virtual libraries such as Gale and Proquest also include 
further reading available for easy access from your device 
(Student/Staff Login Required).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr.

Graphic of Martin Luther King Jr.

"I have a dream..." are words that have resonated throughout our history since they were spoken at the Lincoln Memorial on that balmy August day in 1963.

While that speech is a popular reference to the man that we all know as Martin Luther King Jr., he also left a powerful impact on multiple fronts.

The Moorpark Library is proud to provide access to over a hundred resources of material relating to works generated by this iconic individual.

If you have any questions relating to access to these materials, please don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian.