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The End Approaches! Where Are Your Library Books? Spring 2015

May 11, 2015 - 5:08pm

As the blossoms appear and the heat drives us all to south pond, it can be easy to let all thoughts of books get washed away in the cool water and the nap-inducing sunshine.

So here is a reminder about some important upcoming dates at the Library, which are important for all library users (and especially important for graduating seniors).

Wednesday, May 13: Due date for most library items.

      • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 13.
      • Everyone: Please return all library DVDs before leaving for summer.
      • If you are returning in the fall, you can borrow/renew Marlboro College library books over the summer. See our full circulation policies.
      • Please, please, please do not leave library items in storage over the summer.
        • Not using them over the summer? Return them before you leave.
        • Using them over the summer, and coming back in the fall? Renew them and bring them with you on your summer travels!

Thursday, May 14:  The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by midnight on Wednesday. On Thursday:

      • All library books left around the building will be picked up, checked in, and reshelved.
      • Personal items will be moved to the lost and found (Recycling Room, middle floor); anything left there on June 1 will be donated/discarded.


      • Graduating seniors: Official print & electronic Plan copies (and optional personal copies) are due to the Registrar by noon. Questions? See Print and digital Plan submission guidelines or ask the registrar or library.
      • Want your own personal plan copy? Read this! Town Meeting provides funding for each senior to receive one bound copy of their Plan for free. Additional copies can be purchased for $20 each (payable when you drop off Plan copies). You must provide the extra printed out copies to be bound. Bring them to the Registrar when you drop off your official Plan copy, and provide the friendly person there with a mailing address to which your Plan can be sent in late summer/early fall. (More on personal Plan copies) And, hey: congratulations!

Sunday, May 17 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

      • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by Sunday, 5/17! Not sure what you have checked out? You can log in and view your account.
      • A return bin will be placed outside the entrance near the Service Desk when we close; please leave items there if the library building is not open.

Summer hours (8:30-4:30) begin on Monday, May 18.

Questions? Let us know.

Have a fantastic summer! Congratulations to all our wonderful graduates!

Little Known Library Treasures

May 7, 2015 - 10:45am

 Have you explored our Zine Collection?

It doesn’t hit you over the head with its presence, sitting at the end of the hallway on the middle floor, but don’t let its modest appearance deceive you! With over 400 zines to peruse, and a rotating cast on display, there’s no shortage of interest, entertainment, and education to be found on those shelves! Come by and check it out!

The collection was started in 2008, and boasts a healthy selection of personal and political zines, as well as a category for poetry & fiction, art & comics, sexual health, bikes & animal rights, prison zines, DIY (do-it-yourself) zines, history zines, zines in other languages, and locally produced zines by Marlboro folks.

The collection is currently undergoing a growth spurt, and new zines are being added every week. We’re working on beefing up our DIY section, as well as our zines about bikes, history, and foreign language zines. We also hope to introduce a new category for environmental zines, gender/identity, race/class, travel, and food/cooking.

For that matter, we are currently seeking new contributions! If you have zines you’d like to donate to the library, we are accepting donations over the course of the next two weeks (while we have someone here to catalog them!), and would welcome zines on any subject. Zines by Marlboro community members are particularly welcome. Zine donations can be given to a librarian at the service desk or left in the box labeled “Zines to Donate To Library”, located in the Zine Collection.

As always, feel free to search the collection online at LibraryThing. Zines can be searched by title, author, series, or subject (tag).

And just for fun, if you’re out and about in the northeast, here are some other cool zine libraries you can visit to garner some zine inspiration:

Papercut Zine Library in Allston, MA
Flywheel Arts Collective Zine Library in Easthampton, MA
Brooklyn College Zine Library
Barnard Zine Library
New York Public Library Zine Collection
Hampshire College Zine Collection in Amherst, MA
Smith College Zine Collection in Northampton, MA
Carnegie Library in Pittsburg, PA
The Soapbox: Philadelphia’s Independent Publishing Center in Philadelphia, PA

In the meantime, spread the word! Visit our collection! Read, celebrate and make zines!

It’s National Poetry Month!

April 14, 2015 - 10:57am

The Rice Aron Library is celebrating this month with a display of some of the wonderful poetry books in our collection. Come by and check it out to discover some of the treasures of our poetry collection! As always, feel free to check out any of the books on display, or peruse the stacks to find more.

There are also numerous ways to participate in NPM:

Here in the library we will be hosting a Magnetic Poetry Contest, open 24/7 for submissions. We’ve set a up a magnet board with plenty of words to help you create poetic masterpieces on the ground floor of the Library, next to the poetry display. Come by anytime and compose a poem! If you wish to submit a poem to the contest, take a picture of it and email it to with your name and contact information. We will remove your contact info before we post your photo.

We’ll highlight some of our favorites on our Facebook page, and one lucky poet will win a gift certificate to the Potash Grill!  The winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries at the end of the month.

Additionally, April 30th is

Join people across the country who will be selecting a poem to carry around their pocket and share with others throughout the day.

To learn more about National Poetry Month, visit

Celebrate your poet friends! Write poetry! Enjoy the month!


Research trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries, 4/19

April 13, 2015 - 12:23pm
Yes, that’s the library!

This Sunday, April 19th, the Library is sponsoring the second van trip of the semester to the UMass Amherst Libraries. Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the Library Research Bar.

The van will leave the Dining Hall at 11:30am and return by 5:30pm.

While at UMass, you can search their hundreds of databases and download or scan articles from their extensive journal holdings (e-journal list; library catalog). If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can get a library card and borrow books; if not, you can jot down any book titles that look useful and request them via Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Beth is happy to meet with you this week to help you make the most of your 3 hours (roughly) at UMass. Stop by or email us to set up an appointment!