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    Self-Isolation Care Package

    March 23rd, 2020

    Dear McGill Community & Beyond,

    This past week the Library has been continuing to provide services online. We are settling into our new reality and prepared to help our users in this era of remote instruction. However, we are also human. The idea of self-isolation and working from home may sound novel at first, but soon we all begin to feel its effects.

    We know a lot of you have been fatigued by mention of COVID-19 in the news. Your social media feeds are likely full of updates or memes on the topic. Even the conversations you have with your friends and family can’t seem to avoid the virus. It’s the same for us too.

    That is why we got to work and prepared a little Self-Isolation Care Package. These pages are an extension of our new online Redpath Book Display, and since we can’t exactly put up books in the library right now, we figured we could at least do a little something online. As we were looking for great E-books to share with you, we started to realize maybe this page should include a little bit more. Our staff helped put together a few of our favourite things, some you will find in the McGill Library catalogue and others might just be our go-to podcasts, recipes, or Netflix binge recommendations (we highly recommend not watching Contagion for the fifth time this week).

    Whatever it is, we hope that you find the same enjoyment in these things as we have. Until such time comes that we can put up another book display in the Redpath main floor hall, look for us here.

    All the best & stay well,

    McLennan-Redpath Library

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    “Food” for Thought!

    March 4th, 2020

    We’ve reached the beginning of March, and the winter weather is still upon us – the perfect weather for cozying up and indulging in those wonderful comfort foods. March celebrates World Agriculture Day, Tea for Two Tuesday, and national holidays celebrating peanut butter, frozen food, popcorn, chips and dip, waffles, and more. With so many holidays for such scrumptious foods, why not curl up with a yummy book as well?

    This month’s book display, Food for Thought, features a vast array of books about food – from cookbooks, to fiction, to works discussing the culture and history behind food. There is something for everyone who appreciates the deliciousness of foodstuffs.shelves of books from the food for thought display

    If you’re looking for fiction, we have wonderful food-related works by brilliant women writers (March 8th is International Women’s Day after all!), such as The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, Simple Recipes, a collection of short stories by Madeleine Thien, Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, and Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe.

    Need your Food Network, celebrity-chef fix? Food Media : Celebrity Chefs and the Politics of Everyday Interference by Signe Rousseau explores the rise of the celebrity chef and how they influence everyday eating, and features chapters written by chefs like Jamie Oliver, Rachel Ray, and Nigella Lawson. You could also explore the lives of famous chefs like Julia Child (My Life in France), Betty Crocker (Finding Betty Crocker), and Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential).

    You can also explore topics such as food as revolution (Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution; Edible Action: Food Activism and Alternative Economics; Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry), cooking (Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat; Chinese Home-Style Cooking; A History of Food in 100 Recipes), and the dangers of unhealthy eating (Fast Food Nation; Food Inc; Cooked.).

    No matter what your reading preference, we have something on the menu for everyone! Come check us out in the Redpath Library hallway on the main floor.


    This book display was created by our Graduate Student Reference Assistants, Lindsey Franks and Virginia Larose.

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    Puzzle Me This…

    March 2nd, 2020

    The Puzzle Station on the Redpath Bridge recently found a new home! The ever-popular puzzle has been moved just down the hall on the Redpath main floor. You will now find the table location around the corner from the stairs, close to our group study rooms, piano station, and the exercise bike. This new location will allow for both individual puzzle use and collaborative use.

    We would like to remind library users, that during this time of the year infections and bacteria can spread quite quickly. Remember to wash your hands frequently or use anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with a high alcohol content.

    Thank you to the AUS for funding the Puzzle Station!

    In addition to moving the Puzzle Station, we are now providing an additional table for McGill student groups and departments to promote their activities. Groups looking to book the table must fill out the request form online and consult our updated policies. Requests will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    You can also check the tabling calendar in advance to see what times are available.

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at hssl.library@mcgill.ca

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