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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.

cny display pic

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Student Requested Additions to the Libraries LGBTQA Collection

Last semester the McCain Library asked for LGBTQA book and DVD suggestions from Agnes Scott students to better inform our purchasing requests for the year. As a result, nearly 20 titles were purchased for the collection.

All of the requested items are available for checkout by the circulation desk on the first floor.

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Transgender History

Fried Green Tomatoes (DVD)

I Am Not Myself These Days

Carry On

This Book is Gay

Will Grayson

One Man Guy

Kissing Kate

I’ll Give You the Sun

Boy Meet Boy

More Happy Than Not

Geography Club (DVD)

The Normal Heart

A Word to Victor Frankenstein

Testo Junkie

Queer Times, Queer Assemblages

Dykes to Watch out For

Becoming Nicole

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Students, Borrow McCain Library Books for the Entire Semester


To better facilitate the research needs of our students, all regular collection books in the McCain Library are now loanable for the entire semester. Your new due date will be the last day of exams unless the book is needed by another user.

The change to our circulation policy is meant to reduce the stress of overdues, ensuring you have the materials needed for your research throughout the semester.

Reserves, interlibrary loan, browsing, equipment, and media items are not included as semester long loans. If you do need items from one of the aforementioned groups for a longer period, please let circulation staff know and we will work with you.

For a detailed list of loan times, please consult the following page.


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Study Carrel Reservations at McCain Library Begin Tuesday


Study carrel reservations for spring 2018 will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. 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.

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McCain Library Winter Break Hours


Mon., Dec. 11, 2017    Open 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 12, 2017    Open 8:30 AM –11:30 AM*
Wed.– Fri., Dec. 13 – 15, 2017   Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat.– Sun., Dec. 16 – 17, 2017   CLOSED
Mon.– Fri., Dec. 18 – 22, 2017   Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017 –
Mon., Jan. 1, 2018
Tues.– Fri., Jan. 2 – 5, 2018   Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat. —- Sun., Jan. 6 -7, 2018   CLOSED
Mon., Jan. 8, 2017   Open 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 9 (Classes Start)   Open 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM

*Closed for all staff holiday party

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McCain Library Closing @ 2 pm Today (12/8/17)


Dear Students,
We’re sorry to announce that McCain Library will close today at 2pm due to deteriorating road conditions and staff needing to be safe getting home. That should support those of you taking the 2pm exams today.
Our apologies also for canceling extended hours tonight.
We expect to open the library at 11am Saturday. A determination about Sat. night will be made tomorrow.
McCain G11 is available for studying later today and tonight if you’re on campus.
If you have items to return to the library please keep them until Saturday (any fines will be waived) or place them in the book drop next to the front doors. Stay safe and warm! Good luck finishing the semester.
Thank you.
Liz Bagley
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Third Wave Feminism: Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the first in a series by Rachel, a first year student at Agnes Scott.

I wanted to do this project not only because of my interest in Third-Wave Feminism as a movement, but because I am interested in doing research about what McCain Library has to offer on the topic. My contributions will connect McCain’s resources and the topic of Third-Wave Feminism and the Riot Grrrl movement.

After two decades, on November 5th, legendary band
Bikini Kill finally played together again. I felt it necessary to highlight Bikini Kill and their contributions to the riot grrrl movement given that for the first time in twenty years the band played a set together.

Bikini Kill is a pioneer of the riot grrrl movement in the early 1990s. They got their start in Olympia, Washington in 1990. It was made up of four members. Kathleen Hanna as lead guitar and vocals, Billy Karren on guitar, Kathi Wilcox on bass, and Tobi Vail on drums. The group emphasized a mostly female centric environment at

Image Source: Brad Sigal (Flickr)

their concerts, encouraging women to come to the front of the crowd and even giving them lyric sheets so they could sing along. The group was known for their radical feminist lyrics and seemingly angry shows. Hanna used to dive into the crowd and forcibly remove men who would harass women and said men would often abuse Hanna both physically and verbally when concert tickets were still cheap. Concert goers would often beat up male hecklers at these concerts pressed on by the members of the band. In one interview, Kathleen Hanna had said that in the early years of the band it was hard because so many people hated them. At one point the band even called for a media blackout amongst riot grrrls because they felt that the band and the riot grrrl movement was being misrepresented in the media. Even so, Bikini Kill reached a large audience of both men and women and was very popular until their split in 1997. The band created two full length albums, several EPs and two compilation albums. Their first demo cassette Revolution Girl Style Now! Built their fan base and eventually led to an EP entitled Bikini Kill which was followed by their two full-length albums: Pussy Whipped in 1993 and Reject All-American, their final album in 1996. 

Since their split in 1997, each of the members of the group has moved on to other projects. Though most of the bands the members joined did not make it out of the early 2000s, Kathleen Hanna still is involved with music today. In 1998 she started a solo act under the name Julie Ruin. It has survived to recent years but the name has been changed to Le Tigre. The act still has very feminist and political songs that are influenced by Kathleen Hanna’s Time in Bikini Kill. Le Tigre took a break in early 2007, but announced they were back in the studio working with Christina Aguilera and they reunited again in 2016 to release a special track to support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


The Guardian

The Portland Mercury

Sources with
Bikini Kill in McCain Library:

The Punk Singer: A Documentary Film About Kathleen Hanna

Location: DVD 3501 Floor 1


Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

Author: Sara Marcus

Location: Ground Floor Call Number: ML82 .M27 2010


The Riot Grrrl Collection

Edited by Lisa Darms

Location: Ground Floor, Call Number: ML3534 .R536 2013


Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music

Edited by Elaine Barkin and Lydia Hamessley

Location: Ground Floor, Call Number: ML82 .A93 1999


We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, The Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

Author: Andy Zeisler

Location: Browsing Floor 1, Call Number: HQ1421 .Z46 2016


Radical Act: A Documentary

Location: DVD Floor 1, Call Number: ML82 .R34 2010 DVD

Helpful Internet Sources:

Online Articles:

The Guardian: What Happens When A Riot Grrrl Grows Up?

Rolling Stone: Bikini Kill on Riot Grrrl’s Legacy, Taping Over Nirvana Cassettes

All Music: Bikini Kill Biography