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Enter your book suggestions for the Marygrove Library’s summer reading list

We need your participation!  The Marygrove Library is developing a summer reading list that we hope will be reflective of the diverse tastes and interests of our entire college community.   If there is a book that you would like to recommend please fill out our form:

We look forward to viewing and compiling your suggestions. Thank you in advance for your participation!

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Download eBooks @ Marygrove Library

OlwkTY0Did you know the library offers free eBooks to download or read on your computer or mobile device?  Marygrove offers students ebooks from eBrary, containing in a wide range of subjects: fine art, social work, to advanced science, and more.  Titles on eBrary are from trusted publishers and contain reputable information to advance your research, giving you a leg up in finishing (or starting) that term paper. 

Access to eBrary is easy, titles can be found in the Library catalog, or to search only for ebooks, under the “Books and Media” tab of the Library homepage, listed as “Ebooks” in the drop down menu.  To access the eBrary library, simply click on the link entitled “ebrary (Proquest).”   For further information, check out this link.

Books can be read right from your web browser, by clicking the link in the Library catalog, or downloaded for 14 days.  Directions for use on a PC can be downloaded here; for Android, Apple, or Kindle Fire users, directions can be downloaded here

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Now you can have access to American libraries, archives, and museums with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)


The Digital Public Library of America launched today at  Planning for the DPLA began in 2010 to bring to life the vision of a comprehensive public American online library. The project houses millions of items including: images, text, moving images, and sound files.  The content of the portal is provided through cultural institutions across the country.

From their blog:

“Many decades in the visioning, two and a half years in the planning, with a small steering committee and an incubation hub at the helm, and featuring dozens of great libraries, universities and archives involved in hundreds of meetings, workshops, plenary meetings, and hackathons, attracting thousands of volunteers backed by millions of foundation and government dollars, today the Digital Public Library of America goes live! It’s a great day for education and progress, as if the Ancient Library of Alexandria had met the Modern World Wide Web and digitized America for the benefit of all,” said Doron Weber, Vice Chair of the DPLA Steering Committee and Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a major, active funder of the project.

This project is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Arcadia Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Start searching this groundbreaking new resource at !

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Deadline for participating in World Book Night is Weds, Jan 23

Hi res WBN logo 2013The Marygrove College Library will be participating in World Book Night on April 23rd, 2013. “On World Book Night, 25,000 book-givers each give away 20 FREE copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. edition of a book they have read and loved, chosen from a list of 30 titles selected by a panel of librarians and booksellers.  The volunteer book-givers personally hand out their FREE copies to complete strangers, people who may never have owned a book of their own.”

If you are anyone you know are interested in being a Giver on April 23rd please apply by January 23rd, 2013, at: and choose the Marygrove College Library as your pick-up location. For additional information see the World Book Night website ( or feel free to contact the library.

Thanks for reading and to all those that have already signed up. The library is looking forward to celebrating World Book Night with you!

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The Banned Books Read-in is today from 3pm-6pm. Enter our raffle to win a gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Come celebrate Banned Books Week with the Marygrove Library from 3pm-6pm today in the Beyond the Words Gallery!

Our presenters will be reading passages from their favorite banned books and light refreshments will be served.

Enter our Banned Books raffle to win a $25 Gift Certificate to Barnes and Noble!

For more information contact Marygrove Library at or phone ext. 1346.

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Marygrove Library Needs More Presenters for Banned Books Week

Marygrove Library is calling for volunteers to participate in our Banned Books event on October 3rd from 3pm to 7pm in the Beyond the Words Gallery.  Participants will read one passage aloud from their favorite banned book and participate in discussion.  Refreshments will be provided.

We greatly appreciate  your participation and attendance!

Please contact Jessica Morales at or x1498 with questions or to sign-up.

More information on Banned Books week can be found below.


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Check out titles from our new book display!

Be sure to check out our new display featuring current political titles the next time you enter the  Research and Technology Commons.

Politics book display

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“At Root of Italy Library’s Plunder, a Tale of Entrenched Practices” (NYTimes)

From an August 12 article in The New York Times:

For months now, the alarm has been resounding throughout the insular and competitive world of antiquarian books: beware of volumes bearing the stamp of the storied Girolamini Library in Naples. They could be hot.

The library’s former director, Marino Massimo De Caro, was arrested in May, accused of systematically despoiling the library he had been charged with keeping safe, stealing books and selling them on the open market or directly to collectors. And sharp sleuthing on the part of a professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta has raised questions about Mr. De Caro and the sale of other, possibly forged, books.

Read the entire article here:

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Interview by Marygrove College student is featured in library reference book “The Great Migration North: 1910-1970″

An oral history interview of Pastor Sam Moore by Marygrove College student Keena Arrington is featured in one of the library’s newest reference books: “The Great Migration North: 1910-1970.” Keena took a psychology course taught by Dr. Dena Scher in which every student had to conduct an interview of someone in their community. Little did she know that her interview would end up published in a book!

“The Great Migration North: 1910-1970″ was written by Laurie Lanzen Harris. Here’s a description from the publisher’s website:

This book explains the social and economic factors that drove the African-American exodus out of the rural South to the industrial cities of the North during the first half of the twentieth century. The book also details the transformative impact of this migration on U.S. industry, culture, and race relations, as well as the daily experiences of the men, women, and children who built new lives for themselves in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, and other cities of the North. Finally, it explains how this multi-generational flight from oppression to opportunity changed the internal dynamics of African-American families and communities across America.”

Here’s a link to the book in the Marygrove library catalog:

And here’s a link to Keena’s interview of Pastor Moore at the John Novak Digital Interview Collection, where you can listen to the audio and read the transcript:

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“Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” and other new books in the Marygrove Library

Here are reviews for two of the newest books in the Marygrove Library:

“Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy,” by Bil Wright

“There’s a whole lot going on in Wright’s novel, but it’s handled deftly and, for the most part, believably. Best of all, Carlos is not completely defined by his homosexuality. It is an important part of him, yes, but so are his ambition, his concern for his sister, and his capacity for friendship.” (Booklist)

. . . and . . .

“From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity,” by Miles White

“Unique in both approach and scope, this work adds a scholarly perspective to the popular literature that examines issues of black masculinity and hardcore hip-hop as performed by black and white rappers. An example of excellent scholarship that sets new standards for writing on this topic.” (Portia K. Maultsby, co-editor of African American Music: An Introduction)

These books are two of the many that are newly-available in the Marygrove Library. Have you ever wondered how your librarians decide which books to buy? Each librarian is assigned subject areas for which she’s responsible. These assignments are listed here at our website: We take many factors into consideration as we buy new books, including (1) faculty, staff and student suggestions, (2) the curriculum, (3) undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research, and (4) book reviews such as those published in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

Here are some of the other books we purchased in 2011-12:


The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg [link to catalog]
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz [link to catalog]
Crimes of Love by Donald Levin
The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking by Mark Bauerlein [link to catalog]
From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity (African Amer Music in Global Perspective) by Miles White [link to catalog]
Mix It Up: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society by David [link to catalog]
Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City by Gyan Prakash [link to catalog]
Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs [link to catalog]
Toni Morrison and the Idea of Africa by La Vinia Delois Jennings [link to catalog]
Writing the Future of Black America: Literature of the Hip-Hop Generation by Daniel Grassian [link to catalog]
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood [link to catalog]

Modern Languages:

Computer-Aided Translation Technology: A Practical Introduction by Lynne Bowker [link to ebook - requires Marygrove password from off-campus]
A Practical Guide for Translators by Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown [link to catalog]

Children’s Literature:

Being Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-esteem by Wendy Moss PhD [link to catalog]
Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar [link to catalog]
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat [link to catalog]
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage [link to catalog]
North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson [link to catalog]
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright [link to catalog]
Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson [link to catalog]
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson [link to catalog]
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [link to catalog]
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond [link to catalog]


Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010 by Martin Munro [link to catalog]
Men’s and Women’s Weaving in Africa (DVD) [link to catalog]
The Black Power Mixtape (DVD) [link to catalog]
Vigilant Things: On Thieves, Yoruba Anti-Aesthetics, and the Strange Fates of Ordinary Objects in Nigeria by David Todd Doris [link to catalog]

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