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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Are you anxiously trying to find a book to read before the weekend arrives? No fear! McCain Library has a great book for you!


Homegoing is the debut novel by young author Yaa Gyasi. This novel tells the story of two half-sisters born in Ghana in the 1700s and the lives of their descendants. The sisters, both raised in different cities, unaware that the other exists, live two drastically different lives. Effia marries an Englishman while the other  sister, Esi, is enslaved and transported to the Americas. Homegoing follows the lives of their descendants through eight generations in which they must learn to survive warfare, slavery, British colonization, coal mines, and the prejudices that corrupt both nations.

If you still are not sure that this is the book for you, check out what library staff had to say below.


Homegoing is a short, impactful book that anyone interested in history or creative writing should read. Yaa Gyasi was only 26 when it was published and she began her research for the book her sophomore year of college. If she can do it, so can our Scotties!” Kacey Long, Librarian

Homegoing is a captivating historical fiction novel that tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade and the generations of Africans that followed. The tale truly captured my attention due to the diverse set of perspectives through which the story is told and how these narratives connect.” Remi Des-Ogugua, Student Assistant

“I read. I cried. I read some more. I cried some more. It was wonderful.” Angus, Full-Time Succulent/Part-Time Librarian

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SCOOT Film Series Display

The Social Challenges of Our Time (SCOOT) film series kicked off last week with Time to Change, a thought provoking film about the threat of climate change and what solutions are available to deter it. There will be three more installments in this semester’s SCOOT film series.


If you are interested in viewing films from past SCOOT festivals, check out the SCOOT display on the First Floor of McCain Library where selections from past films are available for check out. Because this years film series highlights women in STEM, climate change, and Native American heritage, this display showcases books and movies that can further your education on these subjects. 


The SCOOT film series works hard to educate viewers on what social challenges we face every day and how we can work as a community to overcome them. If you want to become more involved with building a better tomorrow but are not sure how, attending this year’s SCOOT series or checking out some of the past films might be a great way to learn how other people actively work to create change. 


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Read and Ride

McCain Library is proud to present its newest feature: a stationary study bike! This quiet ride will give you the motivation you need to finish the last chapter of reading before tomorrow’s class! Or maybe you need to boost your energy before starting the big intro of that paper you’ve put off writing?

The library invested in the Flexispot Desk Bike to promote exercise and focus and to offer students an alternative resource for their study needs. So if you didn’t luck out and get a study carrel this semester or if you find the half-circle couch in the Elmore Reading Room makes you want to do a bit less studying and a bit more sleeping, try out the new exercise bike!

Angus gives the new ride a go and says, “If I can do it, I be-leaf anyone can!”

Over the next few days, the Read and Ride bike will be located on the First Floor of McCain Library by the Circulation Desk. You are free to take it to another location on the First Floor and give it a ride! There are also some surveys next to the bike that you can fill out to let us know how you liked it, if we should procure more bikes, and what part of the First Floor you think would make the best new home for the bike!

The shelf, seat, and resistance level are all adjustable, so your workout can be as strenuous or smooth as you want. We are excited about this new development and hope you will be too! Feel free to stop by the library and give it a try!

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Introducing Angus!



Have you had an opportunity to meet Angus, the library’s friendly pet succulent? Angus joined us shortly after the school year kicked off and has brought an overwhelming amount of support to the library staff. In fact, Angus is co-hosting tonight’s post by sharing some of his favorite reads. Angus picked three collections of short stories from our Browsing Shelves: Get in Trouble by Kelly Link, Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeymi. Angus likes short stories, because they are short and sweet (like him!). If you haven’t had a chance to meet him yet, be sure to come say hi! Angus loves meeting new people and recommending books for them to read!

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Heritage Center Open Hours


The Betty Pope Scott Noble Heritage Center, located in room 204 of McCain Library, now has official open hours for the Fall 2019 semester. On Wednesday mornings, from 9 AM until noon, the Heritage Center is open to visitors. The Archives Assistant will be available during those hours, answering any questions about the artifacts and images on display. The room can also be opened by appointment for those who aren’t able to visit during these scheduled open hours. Stop by if you are interested in learning more about the history of Agnes Scott and the Scott family!

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The Susan Dougherty Little Free Bookstore

Tonight, McCain Library hosted a small reception in the Main Reading Room for the launch of the Susan Dougherty Little Free Bookstore. Susan, who was an avid reader, had a vast collection of books in her personal library, and tonight, friends, family, and colleagues had the opportunity to take a few home with them. 

Susan’s library will be open for the next two weeks for Agnes Scott students, faculty, and staff to peruse. You can find the collection in the Main Reading Room on the shelves by the fireplace. The books are sorted by genre and highlight some of Susan’s favorite subjects, such as Ireland, which Susan visited often while supervising the first-year class trips. 

The Agnes Scott community is encouraged to take home a few of Susan’s books for their personal collection by listing the books they would like to take with them on the sign out sheet that will be near the collection. If you have time, please stop by and give the Susan Dougherty Little Free Bookstore a look so that her love of reading can continue through you.

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Posting Flyers in McCain Library


Did you know you can post flyers in McCain Library? If you are a student group on campus and would like to spread word about your organization or an upcoming event, bring a flyer to the Circulation Desk. Are you a department with an upcoming lecture series or poster that can educate students on how to make Agnes Scott a safer, healthier, smarter campus? Share your poster or flyer with us so we can do our part in educating students on campus affairs.


Once a flyer has been stamped with a McCain Library stamp of approval, a librarian will hang it on our Flyer Board, located on the first floor before you reach the elevator. Please don’t post any flyers without getting them approved first, as we will have to remove them. All flyers advertising events are posted the month that the event occurs in.

We love seeing your beautiful flyers and the hard work that goes into keeping this campus active! Be sure to bring your flyers by McCain Library so that we can help get the word out!

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New Materials

McCain Library has recently added new books and DVDs to our collection. Stop by and check a few out. Our favorites?


  1. Visible Man by Fahamu Pecou.
  2. The Art of Feminism: Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality, 1857-2017 by Lucinda Gosling, Hilary Robinson, and Amy Tobin
  3. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey and Zoé Whitley

Visit our New Materials shelf by the Periodicals in the Main Reading Room and discover many other new arrivals!

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Check Out Bikes from McCain Library

Did you know you could check out bikes at the library? You can! As soon as the library opens, you can check out a bike and helmet and navigate your way around the local Decatur trails. Going to the farmer’s market? Consider traveling by bike! Do you and a friend want to go on an adventure? Take a bike and explore Atlanta! We have seven bikes of different height and variety to accommodate your needs. 


For your safety, we do ask that bikes are returned before sunset to the bike rack in front of the library. If you are out and about on one of our bikes, share it on social media using the hashtag #ScottiesBike!


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Welcome Back Student Assistants!

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Pictured from left to right: Perry, Mia, Folasade, and Annel hard at work.

Welcome back to our awesome student assistants! Returning this year are: Lucie, Georga, Lauryn, Annel, Mia, Isabelle, Perry, and Folasade. We are excited to have them back in action and appreciate the help they bring to our library. Stop by and say hi to our phenomenal student assistants!