Huge hit! Library’s first event in its Community Conversations series

community_conversations“I am so full of energy now!”

“I learned so much!”

“There was magic in the air!”

“I think the idea and how it all played out is great. It feels good to be a part of a community of scholars.”

“Nice work on getting students to attend…that alone will keep me coming back whenever I can.”

These were a few of the comments overheard at the Marygrove Library’s Community Conversation event, held today at noon in the Library’s Rare Book Room. The intent of this event was to foster relationships among faculty, staff, and students, encourage communication, and help spread ideas about resources and programs on campus. We members of the Marygrove community work so hard and so intently that it’s sometimes a challenge to lift our heads from our work, look around, and create new connections. But today, that’s what happened.

Ten people attended, not including the members of the Library Events Committee: two faculty members, three staff members, one administrator, and four students. We began by splitting everyone into two small groups and offering a warm-up question to get the conversational juices flowing: “When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be?”

It was hard to pause the conversation after 10 minutes! But since we wanted to keep the energy high, we mixed up the tables and posed some more questions: “What crossroads have you faced on your career path”? “What does your department do that most people don’t know?” “Describe a specific positive experience you’ve had with a particular Marygrove department.” “Share one thing your department does to help students develop their career goals.” An hour passed in no time…

The informal theme today was ‘student career development.’ Since we want to reach even more people next time, we’d love to hear your ideas for future topics. Just call the library (313.927.1346), email us (, find us on Facebook, or leave a comment below.

Thank you to everyone who came – you made our day! Today’s event was the first in a series, so if you missed it, join us for the next one. (Did we mention the delicious food and drink?) Stay tuned…

Mark your calendar! Good food and relaxed conversation on April 4 in the library

CommunityOn Thursday, April 4, the Marygrove College Library will host the first gathering in its Community Conversations series. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to meet in the library’s Rare Book Room at 12 pm for some good food and a relaxed facilitated conversation. Our short-term goal is to help move you away from your books or your office and into a friendly space where we can learn more about the work we’re all doing. Our long-term goal is to encourage campus-wide conversation and share ideas with each other.

See you there!

Do you like money? Do you like art?

Then you should consider proposing an artistic project that will help brighten our community. You may have heard of Detroit SOUP, a monthly dinner that funds microgrants for creative projects in Detroit. Well, now Marygrove has its own SOUP!

PACO Soup is a student-led, microfunding initiative at Marygrove College, funded by the BOLD grant. The inaugural meeting will take place on Monday, February 11, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm on the 4th floor of the Liberal Arts building. $5 will buy you dinner (soup, salad, and bread – bring your own beverage) and grants you the privilege of casting a vote. You’ll listen to the proposals for artistic projects and then vote for your favorite. Whoever wins the most votes earns the money collected that evening.

The deadline for submitting a proposal to Robert Tompkins ( is February 5. Read this 2-page PDF file for more information. The proposal form is on page 2.

Everyone is welcome, whether you’re proposing an idea or just voting. See you there!

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!

Thank you for your generosity!

We are so impressed with how many people have been willing to donate!  We want to thank everyone for their generosity during our holiday decorating event!  There is still time for giving for anyone that didn’t get a chance today.  We will continue to accept donations for the Angel Tree Foundation in exchange for candy canes at the circulation desk until Friday morning.  All proceeds will go to the foundation, which helps provide a Christmas celebration and gifts to children with incarcerated parents.


PLEASE Help Beautify the Angel Tree on Wednesday, December 5th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm


‘Tis the season and the Marygrove Library is getting into the spirit of giving this year!

The Marygrove Library will be having an ornament-decorating fundraising event on Wednesday, December 5th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Fisher Room.  Come to the library and donate a dollar (or more) to The Angel Tree Foundation for a chance to decorate, or personalize, an ornament for the library’s “Angel Tree”, add to our donation box to have some holiday refreshments, or anytime next week purchase a candy cane at the circulation desk.  Please come join us, have fun, and give what you can!  All donations will go to the campus ministry to be contributed to the greater campus wide donations for the Angel Tree Foundation.  Angel Tree Foundation provides gifts to children with incarcerated parents.

Happy Holidays!!