Posted in Books & Film News

Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Has Passed Away

The New York Times reports that Nadine Gordimer died in South Africa yesterday (July 13):

Here are links to available books by her that McCain Library owns and to criticism and interpretation of her work.

The Academy of Achievement in Washington, D.C. provides a succinct page about her, including an interview.

ASC-affiliated readers may wish to explore this article about her in the Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms.


 Nelson Mandela and Nadine Gordimer in 1993.
Photograph: Louise Gubb/© Louise Gubb/CORBIS SABA
Posted in Books & Film News, New Books

Eight New Agnes Scott Independent Studies!


We are pleased to welcome to the shelves eight recently published independent studies!

  • Alexandra Brosius.  A Study of Bis(L-Serinato)Copper(II) Decomposition Kinetics.
  • Rebecca Cross. Demographic and Environmental Variables Associated with Cognitive Test Participation of Monkeys in Large Social Groups.
  • Andrea Harris. Sustainability and Integration in German Media.
  • Keely Lewis. *Results Not Typical, Or Leads to Unusual Outcomes.
  • Juniar Lucien. Correspondence Principle : Case Study of the Dynamics of a Classically Chaotic Water-Driven Pendulum.
  • Emily Reed. Fairy Tales for Modern Queers : A Collection about Love, Representation, and Accepting Yourself in Spite of the Thorns.
  • R. Larkin Taylor-Parker. Unruly Creature of the State : The Life and Times of Georgia’s Central State Hospital.
  • Amanda Vincent. Interactions with Infants in the Captive Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla) Family Group at Zoo Atlanta.

Congratulations to the authors!

Browse the full list of independent studies published at Agnes Scott College (with the most recent listed first) to find the work of friends, classmates, and loved ones.  All independent studies are shelved by the authors last name and are available for in-house use in the Main Reading Room.

Posted in Books & Film News, Events & Exhibits

Book Event: Jean Kwok at Decatur Library at 7:15pm on Wednesday, June 25

mamboinchinatownGirl in Translation by Jean Kwok is a popular novel in the McCain Library Browsing Collection.  If you are one of the many fans of this novel, be sure to see Jean Kwok read from her latest novel Mambo in Chinatown.
  • DATE: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • TIME: 7:15 p.m.
  • PLACE: Decatur Library Auditorium

Mambo in Chinatown will be released on Tuesday, June 24th and is the tale of one woman’s love for ballroom dancing.

Posted in Books & Film News, Events & Exhibits, Library Spaces, Services, & Resources

Movies News for June 3

Students, Faculty and Other Library Visitors:

Please note that a movie is expected to be filming in front of McCain Library for at least some portion of Tuesday, June 3.

If affiliated with Agnes Scott College, please bring your ID with you and, if the front doors are blocked, use the ID readers at the east side Ground Floor entrances, facing Alston. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Questions? Call 404-471-6094 (8:00 am- 5:15 pm).

Posted in Books & Film News

Books by Faculty

facbookpicsNext time you are in the library, stop by our new display of selected works written by our very own pioneers of knowledge.

The display is located in the stand alone shelf in the Main Reading Room.  Resources will be periodically switched out.

Check out a book written by your favorite professor today!

Posted in Books & Film News, New Books

New Books! Pinterest! Say What?

Yep, that is right! McCain Library is now on Pinterest.  Go to to check out our new books and movie boards! As soon as we order a book or movie we pin it to our boards.  If you follow us you could be the first one to check out a hot new movie or book!  Yay you!

Each pin will let you click through to a description on Amazon.  Once you have decided it is something that interests you check SOPHIA, the library catalog to see where it is located in the library or pin it to your own boards to check out later.

Some books may still be on order.  If that is the case  we are sure you can sweet talk the Circulation Desk into placing it on hold for you so you are notified when it comes in.  (Of course, we want give everyone a chance at the new material so let’s just limit it to one hold at a time.)

Questions? Want to see it in action?  Check out this quick video!




Posted in Books & Film News, Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Megan Cieri

Megan (left)
Megan (left)

Megan Cieri ’13

Major: English Literature-Creative Writing

Minor: History

Do you have any special areas of interest, academic or otherwise?

Animal behavior and southern history/ southern literature.

What are your favorite resources at McCain Library?

Ms. Magazine, Time magazine, and the browsing section

Do you enjoy reading? How would you describe yourself as a reader?

Yes, yes, YES! I am a reader who enjoys coming of age stories and stories that involve animals, especially if they are talking animals!

What kind of books to you like to read outside of your classwork?

I like to read books about families, about people going on adventures across a country. I like to read books about animals and books about the south. I also like to read biographies about interesting people in history (Jack London) and funny memoirs (by Tina Fey and Sloan Crowley)

What books do you recommend as must-reads?

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and Watership Down because they are fantastic books about animals.

What kind of movies do you enjoy watching?

I like watching movies about animals, of course. I also like wildlife documentaries and other types of documentaries.

Are there any movies you recommend?

Up, because it is an adventurous, touching story. Muppet Treasure Island, because it has such great writing and it’s a classic and I love muppets!

Do you have any memorable stories about reading that you can share?

A book that has remained close to my heart is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH because it involved talking animals and suggested that animals are more intelligent than most people choose to believe.