Collection Moves

1800 boxes of books in the auditorium

One of this summer’s many building and relocation projects is a renovated space for the Academic Success Center on the 3rd floor of McQuade.  The collections currently shelved there will be moved to other parts of the building, including a refurbished lower level.  The books have been packed into boxes while the construction is underway. We anticipate regaining full access to the books in the last week of June.  In the meantime, librarians can help you obtain needed materials digitally or through interlibrary loan–please don’t hesitate to contact us with your requests. Call your favorite librarian, or email us at

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Summer Reading Pick- Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

We’ve all heard stories of Mr. Lincoln and his melancholia, but this book goes right to the heart of it. In addition to leading the country through the bloody Civil War, he is mourning the loss of his 11 year old son Willie to typhoid fever.  Willie was quite a character. He was the apple of his father’s eye and a favorite among White House guests. Through historical quotes we learn of the lavish and much judged party held by the Lincolns at the White House and how Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln could not enjoy it because their son was upstairs with a fever. They climbed the stairs many times during the party to be with their dying, feverish son. Mr. Lincoln was thrown into a state of grief so severe that he visits his son’s coffin stored in a tomb to hold his son’s body and weep. The stories of the compatriot dead come forth as young Willie enters the afterlife. Willie is convinced his family will come to fetch him, but as he goes to greet his father, he finds that he runs right through him.

-C.J. Wong, Liaison Librarian for Science and Engineering

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Check Out Citizen Science Titles at McQuade

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Media Services

The Media Center is closed for the summer.  It will reopen in a brand new space in Cushing in the fall.  Kevin Salemme can be found in O’Reilly Hall 414 for the summer–he can be reached at x5377 or

Kevin Salemme selfportrait

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Summer Reading Pick- Civil Wars: A History of Ideas

Civil Wars: A History of Ideas

What is a civil war? Were the American and French revolutionary wars actually civil wars?  What does Augustine of Hippo say about Roman civil wars, as well as Hobbes, Sidney, Locke and others over recent centuries into our 21st. David Armitage gives us a review in his compact book that you can read in print, or place a hold on the audio CDs from another library.

– Frances Nilsson, Head of Resource Management, Business & Economics Liaison

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Dogs at McQuade

Four therapy dog teams shared their doggie love at McQuade Library during finals week.  Students had a chance to de-stress and refresh during their busy finals week with these furry friends. The event was sponsored by Hamel Health and McQuade Library.

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Exploring the Great Outdoors!

Summer is a great time to get outside! The ERC has many resources to help you, your family, and friends explore and enjoy outside activities. Check them out!


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McQuade Library Operating Hours

The McQuade Library summer operating hours are in effect until August 11, 2017 and are as follows: Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Friday, Saturday, Sunday – closed.

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Summer Reading Pick- Rivers of London: Body Work

A graphic novel in the fantastic “Rivers of London” series by Ben Aaronovitch. Described by io9 as “A blend of CSI and Harry Potter“, this series features London police constable Peter Grant, the first new wizard in the Metropolitan Police since WWII.  It’s a blend of standard police procedural with modern urban fantasy, spiced with plenty of humor. The graphic novel format works well in this setting, and this short story should send you searching for the full length novels, the most recent of which is The Hanging Tree.

-Kathryn Geoffrion Scannell, Library Director

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Plain Language for Health Workshops

Librarian Catherine Wong received a scholarship supported by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- New England Region to attend workshops at Tufts University School of Medicine on Plain Language for Health. She was able to bring elements of her three days of training back to Merrimack Health Science Students in Zi Yan’s Public Health and Sarah Benes’ Health Behavior and Promotion where she presented a mini-workshop on Plain Language for Health and MedlinePlus to help students learn to use plain language and culturally sensitive materials in their future careers in order to effectively communicate health information to audiences with literacy and language challenges.

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