McCain Library assistants Tamaria Reed (’22) and Folasade Fasina-Thomas (’22) created a display to celebrate Agnes Scott’s 2019 Journeys destinations. The display, in the case near the spiral staircase, features a map that pinpoints each destination and books that each of our six first-year student assistants – Tamaria Reed, Folasade Fasina-Thomas, Mia Iverson, Lauryn Ewens, Georga-Kay Whyte, and Perry Dowell – chose based on their Global 102 classes. Our First Year class will be travelling to their Journeys destinations from March 3rd to March 11th!
First year student assistant Mia Iverson curated a display on the evolution of African dance and its influence in Black culture today. When you visit McCain Library, stop by to view her display on the first floor by the elevator and borrow some of the materials she pulled!
“My name is Mia Iverson, and I’m a first year student assistant here at McCain Library. I was inspired to create this display because I have participated in dance since I was five years old. Then, I also saw the “Many Steps” movie last semester in Africana Studies, which sparked my interest in the overall topic of African dancing and its origin.”
About the Display:
“This display focuses on the evolution of dance in Africa. The books, movies, and music that is provided below offer a small portion of how African dance has been developed and maintained over the past decades. Some African dance practices have become apart of the black dance culture and that is shown in a few of the resources [for the display].”
Student assistant Tamaria Reed (’22) created a display on the First Floor of the library (near the elevator) to help explore the origins of Valentine’s day. The display explains the most common origin theories, answers the reasoning behind why people consume and gift chocolate on the holiday, and answers the question of why valentines are written.
Tamaria also highlights some of the classic movies and novels that coincide with the holiday, a list that includes titles that can be checked out from the library for the holiday.
In the advent Valentine’s Day, one of the most dreaded holidays of the year for some, perhaps you’re feeling a little apprehensive about what you will do that day. People are going on dates with their significant others, and some have even found a loophole in the system by planning an outing for their friends, but you still haven’t found something you wanted to do…
How about reading a book? Sometimes the best date you can go on is a date with yourself! Cherish your alone time! Feel like a kid again who didn’t have to listen to societal expectations of what Valentine’s Day should look like! Be a rebel! Capitalism’s worst enemy!
If this sounds enjoyable to you, check out McCain Library’s “Blind Date With A Book” event! Curated by your lovely staff members and student assistants, each book will be thoughtfully packaged in newspaper and decorated with festive cheer. You will also get to know the book by its “speed dating profile” before you check it out, which includes a few hints about its genre, the book’s country of origin, and a short blurb about its contents. People say it’s better than Tinder! The fun starts Sunday, February 10th!
Don’t forget to check out student assistants Lauryn Ewens (’22) and Rachel Magana’s (’21) display on Mexican Muralists when you get the chance! Their display combines visuals and literature concerning not just some of the most influential Mexican muralists, but also Mexican artists such as, Frida Kahlo and Jose Guadalupe Posada. They were inspired to create this display because of our LDR 101 class “Mexican Muralism and the Rise of Public Art” (shameless plug) taught by Professor Korol. This course sparked an interest in the art of that time period and has found a cozy corner in McCain!
Study carrel reservations for spring 2019 will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2019. If you are enrolled in a senior seminar or an independent study, here is your chance to reserve a carrel for a whole semester (to turn it into your home away from home)! Library staff at the main check-out desk will start reserving them as soon as the library doors open on the first day of classes.
There are 41 carrels around the library, so walk through McCain, choose 2-3 carrel numbers/locations as your ideal choice, fill out the form, and get in line early! The carrels typically are all reserved by 9 a.m. Please don’t despair if you miss getting one this spring! Any student may sit at a carrel until the reservation-holder arrives.
On Wednesday, December 19, McCain Library’s catalog, Sophia, will be unavailable due to server maintenance. We do not anticipate similar issues with database access.
If you have any difficulties accessing a database on Wednesday, or need help finding an item in the library, please stop by the circulation desk on the first floor, call (404-471-6094), or email (email@example.com) and we will be happy to troubleshoot.