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:

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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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Social Justice Week 2016

SJW2016 poster

Merrimack College held its third Social Justice Week this spring.  Under the theme “Diversify”, this year’s SJW exemplified the ongoing commitment to inform students, faculty and staff about issues related to Social Justice, focusing on what diversity looks like at Merrimack College and in our world, as well as what the Merrimack College community can do to contribute to a more just campus climate and a more just world.

McQuade Library directly sponsored three of the wide variety of activities featured in SJW 2016:

  • Native Species Threatened: the Environment, Climate Change and Faith, from 1600s New England to Pope Francis” was a talk by Beverly, Massachusetts artist Janel Houton, based on the exhibit of her art work mounted on the first floor of McQuade Library.  Janel was on hand to answer questions about her work from the audience, after the talk.
  • Honor Diaries: Culture is No Excuse for Abuse” was a screening of the first film to break the silence on “honor violence” against women and girls in Muslim-majority societies around the world, including here in America.  The screening of the documentary was followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Luis Saenz de Viguera Erkiaga, Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah, and International Student Danya Ali.  Find the film at call number HV6250.4W65 H6 2013.
  • Books at McQuade Library on Social Justice were put on display on the first floor by the Access Services staff for the duration of SJW.

Other events featured in SJW 2016 included:

  • “Why We Shouldn’t Sentence Juveniles as Adults: the Karter Reid Story,” a talk by professor, activist, and author Jean Troustine, Professor Emeritus at Middlesex Community College.
  • Food Chains,” a documentary that explores the connection between farm workers’ struggles and the fruit and vegetables that we consume on a daily basis.  The screening was followed by a discussion facilitated by Sociology and Social Justice Faculty Dr. Rob Koegel.
  • “A Fence or a Wall?” presentation by recent Alternative Spring Break San Diego participants who talked through the conflicting thoughts connected with the continuing debate on the Mexico-U.S. border.
  • Global Justice (Poster Presentations) – Professor Sandra Raponi’s PHL 3030 Global Justice class showcased their work.

Access Services Manager Christina Condon, and Instruction/Liaison Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah served on the SJW 2016 Program Planning Committee.

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Congratulations to the Graduating Seniors of the Honors Program!

Honors Class 2016

The staff at McQuade Library is extremely proud to feature Honors Capstone projects in a new Honors Program collection in Merrimack ScholarWorks! This year’s capstone projects range from a look into the history of medicine in the Islamic Golden Age, a manual for adding sweatshop-free and fair trade items to the college bookstore, an assessment of the obstacles to tax reform, and even more exceptional projects!

Faculty members- if any of your students created exemplary work this semester, we would love to show it off! Contact Michaela Keating for more information about including student work in Merrimack ScholarWorks.

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Welcome, Christine!

Christine Morrell

McQuade Library is delighted to welcome Christine Morrell to the staff.  Christine will join us as the Library Office Manager in June. She will work with the Resource Management department as well as provide administrative support to the library staff.

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Works Uploaded to Digital Commons are Having a Big Impact!

In the past year, two works uploaded to the Digital Commons network (the same network that hosts Merrimack ScholarWorks) saw a significant increase in downloads after they were cited in articles by major publishers.

A student senior thesis from Claremont McKeanna College’s institutional repository (Scholarship@Claremont) received over 80,000 downloads after the thesis was cited and linked in a November 2014 Elle article.  In December 2015, Fordham Law Review (hosted by The Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History repository) became one of the most downloaded publications in the Digital Commons network after a 2004 article was cited and linked in an October 2015 Huffington Post article. The same article was cited previously in a 2013 Salon article, and has since received over 50,000 downloads.

Merrimack ScholarWorks uses the same tools as Scholarship@Claremont and the Fordham Law Review to make your work discoverable through search engines like Google. If you are interested in finding ways to increase readership of your work contact Michaela Keating.

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Farmer Dave’s Share Outs Starting Soon!

Farmer Dave’s share outs are starting on June 15th and will run for 20 weeks.  Check out how to make pesto in this Farmer Dave’s Vegisode.  If you are interested in joining the Farmer Dave’s CSA pick up at McQuade, click here.

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Check Out The Summer McQuade Messenger

The Summer Issue of the McQuade Messenger is now available here:

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Hot Titles Are Great For Summer Reading!


Looking for something fun and interesting to read this summer?  Check out McQuade’s Hot Titles, located on the second floor of McQuade.  

We have fantastic new books (both fiction and non!) by popular authors like: Rainbow Rowell, Stephen King, James Patterson, Gillian Flynn, Robert Galbraith, and Ransom Riggs. We even have graphic novels (which are definitely not just for kids!).  Not sure where to begin? McQuade has got you covered- Look for books with gold stars to indicate Staff Picks!

Know of a new Hot Title that we don’t have yet?

Email Kadie Turcotte to make a request! 

Top Hot Title Picks by Genre

Young Adult: Tease by Amanda Maciel  

Non-Fiction: Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Fiction: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Graphic: Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King & Mark Jude Poirier

Thriller: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Memoir: Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

Prize-Winning: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Retelling of a Classic: After Alice by Gregory Maguire 

Historical: Rywka’s Diary by Rywka Lipszyc & Anita Friedman



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