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McQuade Messenger: Spring 2019

McQuade Library News

From the Director's Desk

Welcome to Spring Semester!

We invite everyone to join us in the Writers House on February 7 at 4pm to celebrate our community's exemplary creativity and scholarship at the 16 Annual Tolle Lege Reception.
Other library-sponsored events will include author signings, Environmental Movies, health & exercise research, and more.  Don't miss your chance to participate!

Kathryn Geoffrion Scannell

Fall 2018 Instruction Update

Therapy Dogs at Mcuade

CETL Book Group

Lunch and Winter Book Discussion: iGen by Dr. Jean M. Twenge

Wednesday, February 20

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Sullivan Hall, Office Suite B-2

Come discuss the pedagogical impact of teaching “a new generation growing up more slowly and more anxious - but also more socially tolerant and safe - than any generation in history."  RSVP kindly requested: iGen Book Discussion and Lunch

Universal Design Workshop

As part of the All Abilities Access grant, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, McQuade Library staff and Academic Success colleagues were invited to participate in a special workshop titled, "Introduction to and Application of Universal Design for Learning." The workshop was led by Kirsten Behling, Director of Student Accessibility Services from Tuffs University. Attendees learned about  aspects of universal design in a higher education setting.    


What is "naometry"? When was it first used?  Has the definition changed in recent centuries?
Look up your favorite word in the Oxford English Dictionary. Scroll a timeline.  See when it was first used and see how it has changed over the years. 

Take a Break from Studying

McQuade Library, in collaboration with the Office for Wellness Education, hosted a Take a Break event in McQuade's relaxing meditation space. The goal of the event was to encourage students to take a break from their studies and just relax. Those who attended the 4 day event, enjoyed assorted varieties of herbal tea, hot chocolate, and delicious snacks. Also available were 2 Expresso exercise bikes, fully equipped with maps and games, and the meditation space itself, which houses yoga mats, meditation mats and pillows, blankets, and meditation cds to listen to gentle harmonies. A special thanks goes out to librarian CJ Wong for helping to organize this fantastic event! 

Spring 2018 Environmental Movie Nights

McQuade Library along with the Green Team and Merrimack's Center for Sustainability and the Environment is hosting Environmental Movie Nights again this semester.  Movie Nights are on Wednesday nights at 7PM in Crowe Hall 126.  

Create and Make in the ERC














Students in Professor Gatling's Children's Literature class used ERC resources to create their final "World" project. Great Job!

Librarian Attends Health Literacy Training

Pictured: Catherine Wong, Megan Snow, Ashley Hall, Traci Alberti, Ana Ortiz

Librarian Catherine Wong traveled to The College of William of Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia to Literacy for Life to learn how to administer The HEAL Program for health literacy. Catherine is working with Traci Alberti and her students Ashley Hall and Megan Snow to teach HEAL this semester at Notre Dame Education Center in Lawrence. 

Tolle Lege 2019

A New Way to Access Resources!

You can still use your library barcode on the back of your MACKcard for database logins through the summer, but test your username/password and let us know if you have problems:

Climate Cafe

The Women in STEM First Year Experience: Race to Save the Planet class hosted a Climate Cafe at McQuade Library on November 16th, 2018.  FYE student mentor, Megan Snow, a junior health science major wrote and received an environmental mini-grant from the McLaughlin-Martin Family Environmental Innovation Fund to create a cafe atmosphere in the atrium of McQuade Library replete with snacks and tablecloths.  FYE students hosted each table with a question such as 'What is something we can do individually to combat climate change?' to serve as a conversation starter at that table.  Each table had markers and poster board to record thoughts and reflections from the conversation.  The Climate Cafe is part of a larger movement of New England Libraries hosting Climate Change Conversations around the region.  

Upcoming Climate Change Activities
Climate Preparedness Cafe at North Andover Public Library

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Seniors are teaming up with the North Andover Public Library to host a Climate Preparedness Cafe on March 6th at 7 PM.


Free Webinar

Climate Change Conversations in Libraries: Get Ready for Climate Prep Week 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:00-3:00 pm

Hosted by Massachusetts Library System

Presented by

Librarians: Madeleine Charney, UMass Amherst Libraries; CJ Wong, Merrimack College Library; Chris Glass, Boston Public Library

CREW* staff: Craig Altemose and Aaron Troncoso

Put Your Library on the Map* - Host a Climate Change Conversation!

Be part of the 2nd Annual Climate Prep Week (Sept. 24-30).

Massachusetts libraries are partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to host climate change conversations in libraries across the state. The webinar will begin with background on Climate Prep Week, followed by examples of resilience-building events you can host in your library. With an emphasis on World Café, other types of events will also be presented (e.g. environmental justice workshops, maker spaces, mindfulness practices, book talks, film screenings, reflective writing, and interactive displays). There will be time to brainstorm ideas and ways to find local collaborators…the possibilities are limitless. For all types of libraries: public, academic, school, archives, special.  



NOBLE Workshop
Hosting a Climate Change Conversation in Your Library

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10 AM- 12 Noon

Hosted by NOBLE

Presented by

Librarians: Madeleine Charney, UMass Amherst Libraries; CJ Wong, Merrimack College Library

Grad Student Studies McQuade's Exercise Bikes for Capstone

McQuade Library is very excited that Robyn Lebowitza graduate student in the Health and Wellness Management program, is working on her capstone project in the library on a survey about the new bikes in the library.  Robyn has worked in the fitness industry for 23 years gaining experience in health promotion and how to get people to take advantage of all the different ways to stay healthy in mind and body. As a seasoned personal trainer, she is passionate about teaching people how to better take care of themselves and we are very fortunate to have her on board!  The bikes may be moving around and she will be doing her survey in the spring semester. 



Hot Titles

Browse our newest Hot Titles on the 2nd floor of the library. We have a diverse collection of voices, stories, and genres to offer! Looking for some graphic novels, YA books, or adventurous fiction? We have some great picks for you. So take some time for yourself and get lost in one of our Hot Titles!


New Reference Works Online

McQuade Librarians Reunite with Former Colleague

McQuade staff were happily reunited with former librarian and colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah, who came for a visit this past November. Elizabeth departed McQuade in the summer of 2017 to take on the role of a lifetime- she was accepted as Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), working in Paris, France. It was great to catch up with Elizabeth and hear the stories of such an empowering woman! Learn more about Elizabeth's amazing journey here.

Flipster - Popular Magazines Online