Michaela Keating and Kadie Turcotte speak on WMCK on Banned Books Week


Librarians Kadie Turcotte and Michaela Keating are taking the banned books read-out on the air this year during WMCK‘s faculty and staff radio hour. Tune into WMCK from noon-one September 28 to hear them talk about and read from some banned classics and popular books, accompanied by a special Banned Books Week playlist. #BannedBooksWeek




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It’s Banned Books Week!



McQuade Library has two book displays of books that have been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.  There is an interactive display of banned books on the first floor; librarians have created some helpful signs to “warn” our readers about what they’re getting into! There is also a terrific display of children’s picture books and the reasons for their banning in the ERC.

We’re excited to take our banned books read-out on the air this year, during WMCK’s faculty and staff radio hour. Tune into WMCK from 12-1 on Wednesday 09/28 to hear librarians Michaela Keating and Kadie Turcotte talk about and read from some banned classics and popular books, accompanied by a special BBW playlist.

We also partnered with Chrissi DiMartino and Rachel MacKelcan, two English majors and the hosts of the weekly WMCK show Bookish. On Thursday 09/29 from 7-8PM Chrissi and Rachel will be discussing several banned books, and playing songs that relate to each title.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read!

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Where are the newspapers & magazines?

We’ve moved to the McQuade atrium where they can be found more easily! photo of magazines in the McQuade atrium photo of newspapers in the McQuade atrium.

Read a current newspaper – the Boston Globe, Herald, New York Times or Wall Street Journal – and relax a minute while scanning current news and entertainment.  There are Andover, North Andover and Haverhill newspapers as well.

logo of Flipster appOr browse a current magazine, in print or online in Flipster – from Astronomy and The Atlantic to Sports Illustrated and Time! In print only we have Catholic newspapers, the Utne Reader, Yes! and more! And in Flipster we most of your favorite magazines – from Entertainment Weekly to Vogue. And now ArtNews, Communication Arts (great for graphics majors), Mindfulness, and Yoga Journal.

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You can still sign up for Farmer Dave’s CSA!

McQuade Library has partnered with Dracut’s Farmer Dave’s again this year to provide sustainably grown and local fruits and vegetables to the Merrimack Community.  Vegetable shares are available in small and large sizes and fruit shares are also available.  The vegetable shares come loaded in a plastic crate, which is easy to pick up.  The full season is 20 weeks, but if you are past the starting week, you can still sign up.  If you think the share might be too large to handle, find someone to share with.  Contact Librarian C.J. Wong (wongc) at McQuade if you are looking to share a share.  If you are ready for a convenient way to get your produce then click here to visit Farmer Dave’s CSA page!

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FYE Summer Reading

McQuade Library has partnered with the First Year Experience Program to have copies of convocation speaker Adam Shepard’s books available.  Check out the FYE Library Guide!

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New Children’s Books for Summer Reading

Fiction, non-fiction, on a school book list or just reading for fun – explore the ERC for the many new Young Adult and Picture Books available for Summer Reading. Traveling and don’t have room for those print books… set up an OverDrive account and enjoy new e-books and e-audiobooks too!  Check us out!

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Instruction Spotlight: ENG2055 Libguides Project

This spring semester librarian Lyena Chavez collaborated with Dr. Paul Vatalaro in an ENG2055 “Embodied Romanticism” Sophomore Seminar course.

Working in teams, this group of sophomores created collaborative group webpages using libguides software.  Each group created multimedia-rich resource pages that made insightful connections between our culture and the culture of the British Romantics:

Not only did these students acquire technical skills by mastering libguides, but they also gained valuable practice evaluating and curating information.  The project also reinforced the notions of scholarship as conversation and collaboration; both students and Dr. Vatalaro read and commented on each others pages throughout the semester.

Student Testimonials:
I think using the libguide platform was fun because we got to pick our material and we weren’t subjected to only using scholarly articles.

What did I learn?  How to incorporate sources into a web-based format.  How to write annotations for multimedia sources. How to design a web-page style template.  How to work in a community of other writers online — developing thoughts, ideas, and connections.

What I really liked about this project was that it forced you to examine the topics we discussed in class on a much bigger level. Though we looked at the text and how certain themes really stood out in different authors’ works, trying to connect those themes with the media we see on a more regular basis helped not only to understand the material but interpret it in a new and more personal way. Doing this project, you can see how literature is not only shaped by/shapes its time, but still remains relevant hundreds of years later.

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Bill Gates: 5 Books to Read This Summer

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Hot Titles @ McQuade for Summer Reading

Looking for something fun and entertaining to read this summer? Want to take a break from studying and reading textbooks? Need a good book to bring to the beach? What about something to listen to on a long car ride? Check out McQuade’s Hot Titles, now located on the 2nd floor of the library, on top of the reference shelving.

McQuade’s Hot Titles collection features books by today’s best selling authors, including: Jane Hamilton, Gillian Flynn, Rainbow Rowell, James Patterson, Stephen King, Jojo Moyes, and many, many more! The Hot Titles collection even features several graphic novels, as well as audio books! Not sure what to read? Look for gold stars that indicate Staff Picks!  

Do you  know of a book that would make a great Hot Title? Email requests to Kadie Turcotte.

Check out McQuade’s Hot Titles guide to see what we have to offer:http://libguides.merrimack.edu/HotTitles

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Therapy Pets Visit McQuade

Hundreds of members from the Merrimack community made their way over to McQuade Library this past May to have the chance to relax and enjoy some down-time with a few very special (and furry) friends. Thanks to the Pets and People Foundation (an organization committed to pet-assisted therapy) as well as Hamel Health and the McQuade Library, five  well-trained pooches, and one 16-pound cat, were able to visit Merrimack students and staff in an effort to de-stress during the busy week on finals. Each of the pets were accompanied by their human, who were all very knowledgeable and encouraged questions from the crowd.


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