Posted in Interesting News & Commentary

New Cell Phone Charging Station

Need to charge your phone? You can always borrow a charger from us, but if you’re going to be in the library studying for a while, you can charge your phone in the new Cell Phone Charging Station! This charging tower is located in the Main Reading Room near the Browsing Section, next to the guest computer stations. There are 8 charging slots in the tower, and by following the directions on the screen, you can safely and securely leave your device to charge while you study or browse the collection. Thanks to SGA and Director of Student Involvement LeAnna Rensi Casey for providing this new station in McCain Library!

Charging Station next to Guest Desktops in Main Reading Room of McCain Library
Charging Station in McCain Library Floor 1
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Brush Up on our Skill Builders!

Since Fall 2020, McCain Library staff have hosted several workshops geared towards building research and technology skills as well as sessions around library services. Now is a great time to catch up on any you missed!

Skill Builder Series topics: Are these images free to use; Company Research; Record Collecting; Researching Health Issues; Integrating Sources; Podcasting Resources and Recommendations; License and Promote your photos and artwork; Best places to bike near ASC; Finding Newspapers and magazines.

Recorded Skill Builders from McCain Library can be located on the Skill Builder Series Youtube Playlist. Find videos on Decatur and Atlanta bike trails, researching family ancestry, voting information for local, state, and federal elections, and accessing audiobooks, eBooks, movies, and music through McCain Library and your local public libraries!

Looking for a skill builder that we haven’t made yet? Email us to let us know what you want to see us share next semester!

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary, Reading Habits

Rewritten Folk Tales and Fairy Tales for Adults

Some stories have survived the test of time through centuries, foreign lands, new languages, and shifting cultural changes, so it is no surprise that so many authors have offered their own takes on popular folklore or fairy tales. Check out the list below to find a selection of renowned novels that retell popular stories!

Rewritten Folk Tales and Fairy Tales for Adults (set on a dark purple background with orange flowers around the words)

Deerskin by Robin McKinley (eBook) – A retelling of Donkeyskin, the young, beautiful Princess Lissar is forced to run away when her father announces his intentions to marry her. However, her journey leads her to a job in another king’s kennels and she finds herself struggling to keep her identity secret while falling for the young prince.

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (Print) – Angela Carter’s phenomenal collection of short stories shares traditional fairytales in a modern manner, keeping the gothic elements that made them stand out centuries ago.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy (Print and eBook) – In 1920, young couple Jack and Mabel have recently arrived at their new Alaska homestead where if the harsh winters won’t kill them, the loneliness will. When a young girl appears outside their home the day after they build a snow child, they quickly begin to care for and love the child like their own. But where did she come from and how long will she stay?

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Print) – Retelling a Slavic folktale, The Tiger’s Wife follows a young physician working to uncover the secret behind her grandfather’s mysterious death, discover the immortal man he always spoke of, and recover the stories that became interwoven through her grandfather’s existence.

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord (eBook) – This novel reimagines the Senegalese folktale “Ansige Karamba the Glutton” in a clever and comedic manner. After Paama leaves her husband for being a foolish glutton, she develops powers that allow her to manipulate the world.

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Last Chance for Free Seeds!

Next Thursday, June 17th, will be the last day to pick up seeds from McCain Library! Stop by the Circulation Desk on the first floor to pick up seeds for your own garden before planting season is over. We’re thrilled that so many students, faculty, and staff have participated in our first ever Seed Library, and special thanks to Lois Swords, Agnes Scott’s Organic Gardener for cultivating the different types of seeds for us to give out!

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McCain Library Filming Updates (Tuesday-Wednesday)

McCain Library is adjusting its services to facilitate our collaboration with the film crew on campus this week.

Please note:

  • On Tuesday, May 25, library services will be virtual. Patrons will not have access to services within the building.
  • On Wednesday, May 26, please enter and exit through the McCain front doors ONLY. The ground floor doors will be locked and that floor will be completely closed to visitors.

Please email or phone 404.471.6094 for more information. Note that these plans are subject to change. The library home page will post the most current directives from EMS liaisons, as will our social media accounts.

Posted in Birthdays, Books & Film News

Happy May Birthdays!

Happy birthday to all of the students, faculty, staff, and community members with May birthdays! See our list below highlighting a few authors with May birthdays (and some of their titles available at McCain Library).

Authors with Birthdays in May

May 5 – Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan)
May 7 – Angela Carter (Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter)
May 10 – Joy Harjo (Soul Talk, Song Language: Conversations with Joy Harjo)
May 19 – Nora Ephron (Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women)
May 25 – Jamaica Kincaid (A Small Place)