Spring Break Reads

We’ve added some exciting new books to our Pop Collection, just in time for Spring Break.  Stop by the McGraw-Page Library and check one out for a relaxing read!

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Cover of the book The Hate U Give
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
POP PS 3620 .H62463 H38 2017
Catalog Link – The Hate U Give

Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby
Cover of the book Bone GapEighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
POP PS 3618 .U28 2015
Catalog Link – Bone Gap


Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green
Cover Photo of Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her best and most fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
POP PS 3607 .R432928 Z84 2017
Catalog Link – Turtles All the Way Down

Symptoms of Being Human
by Jeff Garvin
Cover of the book Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin.Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s life.  On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.
POP PS 3607 .A782895 S9 2016
Catalog Link – Symptoms of Being Human


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Cover of the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

POP PS 3551 .L257 S5 2015
Catalog Link – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda


We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
Cover of the book We Are OkayMarin has picked up and left everything behind in California, carrying only her phone, her wallet, and a picture of her mother. Now she’s in college, and her former friend Mabel is coming to visit. Marin will be forced to confront her grief and the truths that caused her to flee her home.
POP PS 3612.A36 W4 2017
Catalog Link – We Are Okay

From Special Collections and Archives: Fishtales


Cover of 1957-1958 Fish-Tales, the R-MC Student handbook, with cartoon Pogo drawing
Fish Tales, 1957-58

The 1957-1958 edition of Fish-Tales, the R-MC student handbook, is notable for the drawing of Pogo, a popular cartoon character of the era drawn by Walt Kelly, in a Randolph-Macon freshman beanie. Assistant Editor Tom Inge, who later returned to R-MC as Dr. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of Humanities, solicited this and drawings from several other prominent cartoonists for inclusion.

In 1933, the first student handbook was produced by the Y.M.C.A., which had a large membership among the students. Originally entitled Handbook of Randolph-Macon College, this was meant as a guide to college life for incoming students and included a college map, descriptions of student clubs and fraternities, sports schedules, important phone numbers, listings of faculty, and other essential information that now we find online. Advertisements from local businesses funded its printing for many years. Starting in 1946, the student government took over the production of the handbook until 1969, when it transitioned to the Dean of Students’ office.

The title Fish-Tales first appears on the 1948-1949 edition. As this handbook was still geared towards freshman, the title was derived from R-MC’s local term for its newest class members, “fish,” so-named because when they arrived on campus, so did large rains that flooded the campus. In 1967, the hyphen was dropped making it Fish Tales, and in 2001 the words were merged into Fishtales. Over the years the content shifted from practical tips and general information about the College for freshman to a focus on College policies and procedures for all students. The College Archives has copies of most of the years of Fishtales, including the contemporary ones that are produced online only.

Learn about other specialized and unique collections in the Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections and Archives.

MakeSpace for Learning and Creativity

The Library MakerSpace is open to the R-MC community!

Library Makerspace Poster
Library Makerspace Poster

In addition to 3D design and printing, we have added the HTC VIVE Virtual Reality system, as well as tools and resources for prototyping and making projects. In this space, students can explore technologies for creative projects and class assignments. Faculty can collaborate with the Instructional Designer and Instruction Librarian on incorporating emerging technologies into teaching and scholarship.

Since 3D printing became available in the Library last summer, we have seen a variety of creative uses of 3D design and printing. Here are some examples:

  • Students created and had printed homunculus figures for the J-term course “Artificial Body/Germ Lit & Film”, taught by Professor Lauren Mossett.
  • Jake Hickman (Engineering Physics and Math double-major) designed a 3D part for his capstone project.
  • A 3D workshop offered by the library piqued Anna Crabill’s interests; she designed an “Easter Chick”.

As we continue to facilitate creative use of 3D technology, we are studying ways Virtual Reality enhances teaching and learning. By presenting real-world scenarios, VR holds great potentials for enhancing learning experiences. Students learn and use knowledge to interact with real-world applications. We would love to hear from faculty and students on what VR resources to get for our curriculum, and how to use VR in classroom teaching.

For now, please stop by and  check out the MakerSpace resources in the library!

Student experiencing Virtual Reality in the MakerSpace
Student experiencing Virtual Reality in the MakerSpace

Looking for 20th Century News? Use Magazine Archives!

Before Facebook, Twitter, and even television, weekly print news magazines captured national and world events and provided analysis and interpretation for most Americans. Collectively, these magazines had 10s of millions of weekly readers.

Our database, Magazine Archives, includes the full text of five of the most important 20th century popular news and business magazines: Time, Life, Forbes, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Coverage is from the beginning of each magazine through 2000, with start dates ranging from 1917 for Fortune and Life starting the latest in 1936. Magazines can be searched, as Magazine Archives, or individually (all links are for current R-MC users only).

Time Magazine - first cover        LIFE magazine logo         Fortunae magazine logo

Forbes magazine logo        Bloomeberg Businessweek logo

(Images courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Life was known for its photojournalism and many of the most famous images of the 20th century were published in this magazine, which covered both national and international events, politics, and culture. Time magazine has always been known for its in-depth coverage of the people who create the news in national and international current events, politics, sports, and entertainment. Forbes, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek cover various aspects of business and economics with extensive coverage of the events and news that shape our world.

These primary source materials are invaluable in helping us understand the 20th century from the perspective of those that lived it.

Three on the Third – March – The Arts

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection. Summaries of the books will be provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.

Kehinde Wiley: a New Republic
Published by the Brooklyn Museum
Copy of Kehinde Wiley: A New RepublicThe works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures. Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. The subjects in Wiley’s paintings often wear sneakers, hoodies, and baseball caps, gear associated with hip-hop culture, and are set against contrasting ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and a range of cultures. Through the process of “street casting,” Wiley invites individuals, often strangers he encounters on the street, to sit for portraits. In this collaborative process, the model chooses a reproduction of a painting from a book and reenacts the pose of the painting’s figure. By inviting the subjects to select a work of art, Wiley gives them a measure of control over the way they’re portrayed.
ND1329.W545 A4 2015
Catalog Link – Kehinde Wiley: a New Republic


Seeing Slowly
by Michael Findlay
Cover of Seeing Slowly Looking at Modern ArtWhen it comes to viewing art, living in the information age is not necessarily a benefit. So argues Michael Findlay in this book that encourages a new way of looking at art. Much of this thinking involves stripping away what we have been taught and instead trusting our own instincts, opinions, and reactions. Including reproductions of works by Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, Joan Miro , Jacob Lawrence, and other modern and contemporary masters, this book takes readers on a journey through modern art. Chapters such as “What Is a Work of Art?” “Can We Look and See at the Same Time?” and “Real Connoisseurs Are Not Snobs,” not only give readers the confidence to form their own opinions, but also encourages them to make connections that spark curiosity, intellect, and imagination. “The most important thing for us to grasp,” writes Findlay, “is that the essence of a great work of art is inert until it is seen. Our engagement with the work of art liberates its essence.” After reading this book, even the most intimidated art viewer will enter a museum or gallery feeling more confident and leave it feeling enriched and inspired.
N6490 .F534 2017
Catalog Link – Seeing Slowly


Cy Twombly: the Printed Graphic Work
by Cy Twombly
edited by Heiner Bastian

Cover of the book Cy Twombly: the Printed Graphic Work Cy Twombly was one of the most fascinating and remarkable artists of our time. His ceuvre, the paintings sculptures, drawings, photographs, and prints have been widely exhibited, both in America and Europe. His worldwide recognition is still growing. Twombly’s art reconciles grand themes of the memoriae of ancient topographies as well as modernism with the individual, personal experience of contemporary life. Seldom has an artist achieved such a distinctive, broad range of an ever new, surprisingly unique language, exploring and celebrating the poetic possibility of painting and drawing.
NE539.T86 A4 2017
Catalog Link – Cy Twombly: the Printed Graphic Work


Introducing the New Library Logo

New Library LogoI am pleased to introduce the new McGraw-Page Library logo. This logo represents several months of collaboration with the Marketing/Communications office at Randolph-Macon College, to whom we owe our thanks.

Libraries are constantly changing, and how they represent themselves in their print and digital materials needs to change periodically so that they accurately represent themselves.

This logo highlights three areas that the McGraw-Page Library currently emphasizes:

  • Resources (open book icon) continue to be an important service provided by the library, although print books do not represent the majority of what we provide. Ebooks, print and electronic journals, DVDs, streaming videos, databases, and our unique special collections and archives are equally if not more heavily relied upon by our students and faculty. We also provide access to many more resources through our interlibrary loan service and our cooperative borrowing agreements with other libraries. Other resources include our knowledgeable reference librarians and staff and our variety of study spaces, both of which meet critical needs on campus.
  • Technology (smartphone icon) is essential to any college degree obtained in the 21st century, and the library helps to provide both the hardware and software needed for academic and creative work. We provide hardware such as laptop and desktop computers and iPads, and software such as Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite. Our new MakerSpace includes a 3D printer, Legos®, virtual reality opportunities, and more. Workshops and one-on-one training are available.
  • Creativity (light bulb icon) is facilitated when the resources, environment, and technology are right. The library encourages creative approaches to assignments, thinking, and life by providing the spaces, tools, and support needed to maximize opportunities for creativity.

You can expect to see this logo appearing soon on our website as well as on posters, the annual report, and other materials associated with the library.