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Meet the Library’s Class of 2018!

Meghan Johnson

Book Selection

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

About the Selection

ITom Robbins is a very honest author, and that is why I love his work. This book in particular is lyrical in a unique way that makes it really easy to read and enjoy.

On Working in the Library

The best part of working at the library has been easy access to books and librarians. I also enjoy the quiet environment and the people who work here.

Sarah Kolenbrander

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Representations of Slavery : Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums by Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small

About the Selection

This book formed the foundation of my Honors Thesis in History. Not only does it offer a useful methodology for understanding how museums discuss slavery, but it is also a great read!

On Working in the Library

I have loved my time working in Archives and Rare Books with Ellen and the other amazing student workers! No two days are the same, and it definitely dispels the myth of the dusty old archive since you never know what secret (or scandal) you will unearth.

Isabel LaBonte-Clark

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

About the Selection

Long Way Down is a book written in verse that takes on the issue of gun violence from the perspective of a 15 year-old named Will. Most of the novel takes place in a single 60 second elevator ride. I read this book in one of my classes this year, and would highly recommend it!

On Working in the Library

The librarians and staff that I have worked with have been amazing and are an integral part of my Macalester experience.

Colette (Coco) Sime

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Now by The Invisible Committee

About the Selection

i’ve never been radical in practice because i’ve always been uncertain, and i’ve always been afraid. but i’m starting to think i’ll always be uncertain, and i’ll always be afraid. perhaps insurrection is irresponsible or naive or impossible, but what i am certain of is that this society hurts me, and it hurts others much worse. the recent projects of the invisible committee are worth our consideration. but consideration can only go so far, and faith in consideration itself is a weapon of our oppressors… the invisible committee also demands we move beyond consideration, despite our uncertainty and despite our fear.

On Working in the Library

libraries are community anchors! i’m so grateful to be able to participate in a space that connects mac and the greater community to information and to each other.

Dennis Sotelo Martinez

Book Selection

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

About the Selection

This novel tells the beautiful journey of a young boy in search of a clue left behind by his late father who died in the 9/11 tragedy. The story explores grief, loss, and love as experienced through the eyes of a nine year old.

On Working in the Library

One of the best takeaways from working at the library has been getting to know everyone sitting behind the front service desk. There have been many stories and jokes shared in that space. People have been creative and left notes, drawings, origami, and other little tricks for others to see. It’s been an open space made ours.

Chloe Swenson

Book Selection

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

About the Selection

My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE book. Wilde uses such beautiful, flowery language to engross me in the narrative he crafts.

On Working in the Library

I enjoyed getting to know the faces (and class loads) of my fellow Mac students, whether they be patrons or coworkers. Sitting in an elevated chair is always nice too.

Nadia Mezic

Book Selection

On the Edge of Reason by Miroslav Krleza

About the Selection

As an English major, I sometimes get so caught up in assigned reading that I forget to read for fun. These short stories are so perceptive, and just right to fit into a busy schedule.

On Working in the Library

The sense of community! The library is full of friendly staff members and coworkers who have made working here an especially bright part of my time at Macalester.

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