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Library Hours Around Thanksgiving Break



                          Mon., 11/19      OPEN 8:00 am – 2:00 am*

                          Tues., 11/20     OPEN 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

                          Wed., 11/21      OPEN 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

                          Thurs., 11/22    CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Fri., 11/23         CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Sat., 11/24          CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Sun., 11/25         OPEN 1:00 pm – 2:00 am*

If you’re traveling, remember our online, no-password-needed, keyword searchable LibGuides ( – subject-oriented research starters for help at a distance, 24/7.

*Visitors allowed in the building until 10:30pm.

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Join McCain library to Celebrate National Writers Month 2018 in November

McCain library will celebrate National Writers Month 2018 by hosting a month long event for students to come together to work on their novels or other writing projects. This event consists of weekly meetings, Wednesdays from 6-7pm, November 7, 14, and 28. In the meetings, future authors will come together for writing exercises, hear from Scotties who have published their own books, and get tons of helpful advice. The final event on November 28 will feature a known published author.  Each meeting gives you a raffle ticket that puts you in the running for our prize! So, the more meetings you attend, the higher the chance to win. No matter where you are in your writing journey, stop by and finally get cracking on that book you’ve been meaning to write.

National writers month!

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Visit McCain Library’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Display

Visit the library at 4pm today (Friday, November 2) to enjoy some delicious baked goods celebrating Día de Muertos and make sure to stop by Annel Chavez’s (Class of ’21) incredible tribute to her grandfather and Día de Muertos on the first floor of the library.


This Ofrenda I made is for my abuelito, Feidel Chávez, who passed away my senior year of high school. This is my 4th year doing an ofrenda for my abuelito. It’s important to me because it’s a way to connect to my abuelito and my heritage. In Mexico, it’s something my whole family celebrates, and I never really got the chance to celebrate this special day with them. Imagine my grandpa coming back on November 2nd, Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and he finds one of his ofrendas in Agnes Scott! He would be shocked to find himself at a library of all places in a different state. It’s a very beautiful day in my culture filled with parties, laughter, and prayers. Even though it’s sad that my abuelito passed way, he’s here on that day celebrating and laughing with the family without a care in the world.


The Ofrenda (altar) is placed on a table and covered by a tablecloth. The ofrenda I made has 3 levels; the saying goes that the higher the ofrenda is the closer to God the dead are. I did this by stacking boxes on top of one another on the table (traditionally, if you were in Mexico, this would be done on the tombstone). It’s typically decorated with papel picado (cut tissue paper), crucifix, rosary, cempasuchitl (a traditional flower for the dead), candles, salt, water, drinks, copal (a type of incense), comida tipica (such as mole, tamales,arroz, pozole, menudo, fruits), Pan de Muerto (Bread of the dead), favorite clothing, small toys, cigarettes, liquor, pictures of the loved ones who passed away, Calavera de Azucar (sugar skulls), La Calavera Catrina (Dapper Skeleton), etc. Most of the items above also depend on if the deceased loved ones liked them while they were still in the land of the living. For example, my deceased abuelito (grandpa) liked to eat Fray Vasco de Quiroga (Mexican fruit roll-ups), so I put a small basket of them on his altar.

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Reserve a Library Study or Media Room

The McCain Library will use a new reservation system to   reserve the 3 media and 5 group study rooms in the library.

To reserve a room…

Step 1: Throughout the day and up to two weeks in advance, visit to schedule a room.

Step 2: Use the “Info” button next to each study space to explore seating, equipment, and whiteboard options in each room.

Step 3: Select an open room by clicking on the green square (room reservations are limited to one per day, per student ).

Step 4: Choose how long your reservation will last from the drop down box (a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours).

Step 5: Agree to the terms and conditions and complete the booking form using your Scottie email address.

Step 6: When the reservation system sends you an email, click the link to confirm your reservation.

If you have any questions, please stop by the library for more information or email –

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Zine Scene: Zine Culture at Agnes Scott and Beyond

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On Monday, April 2, please join McCain Library and the Agnes Scott Women’s Studies program for an evening of activities dedicated to zine culture in Atlanta and on the Agnes Scott campus.

Zines = “Short for magazine or fanzine, zines are self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression, not for profit.” – Barnard College

6-7 p.m.
Zine Crawl: Meet, discuss, and purchase zines from Atlanta zine makers

7-8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: A panel of Atlanta area zine makers will discuss their work, zine culture, and areas of interest to the audience

8-9 p.m.
Choose or mix and match from the following options:

  • Zine workshop with Isadora Pennington (RSVP to assure a seat for the workshop)
  • Visit the Agnes zine display and exhibit
  • Time to meet with zine creators

We still need more Agnes Scott zine makers and zine crawl participants. If you are interested, please email

– Amanda Mills (Atlanta Zine Library founder/WonderRoot Programs Manager)
“Amanda Mills started her organizing efforts as the president of Faces of Feminism and later as the owner of Big Blonde Records. She served as the founder/Executive Director of Murmur Media, co-founder of the Atlanta Zine Fest, and founder of the Atlanta Zine Library. Her passions lie in coordinating projects that align with social justice movements and the arts community, documenting and archiving practices, and establishing partnerships. Her work in expanding and supporting DIY media reflects her steadfast commitment to elevating underrepresented voices. She deeply believes in the importance of alternative spaces, community building, and cultural action as a vehicle to social change. She is excited to bring this passion to her position as the Programs Manager at WonderRoot.”

– Isadora Pennington (Artist and zine workshop facilitator)
“Isadora is a multidisciplinary artist with a penchant for print publications. Having worked as a graphic designer for six local newspapers since graduating from Georgia State University in 2011, she has an innate understanding in the process of bringing a publication from concept to execution. Isadora has participated in several Atlanta Zine Festivals, led zine workshops at WonderRoot, and taught zine creation to high schoolers at The New School, Atlanta. Currently working as a photojournalist, she has developed an extensive knowledge of the content creation aspect of print production as well.”

-Tia Haynes (Creator of Ping: A Visual Anthropology Zine)
“Tia “thefairchild” Haynes is an army brat. Trained as an architect, she enjoys applying her education fluidly to multiple artistic mediums.“

-Rachel Hortman (Dope Girls Zine Series)
“Female-identifying and non-binary artists tackle the intersection of cannabis culture, feminism and femininity in an effort to destigmatize the plant. Sale of the biannual zines and related merch help (unofficially) raise money for Planned Parenthood Southeast. We also aim to develop a global community of marginalized people who champion equal rights, reproductive justice and productive cannabis use.”

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Are you interested in learning more about the Chinese New Year that begins on Friday, February 16? Library student assistants Connie Tran and Lucie Blaise have curated a display on the first floor of the library. Learn more about the Year of the Dog, traditional items and common foods during the Chinese New Year. There are also take-home flyers that feature New Year events and popular Chinese restaurants right here in Decatur.

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