MGTalks in the Library

Contrary to popular belief, there IS talking allowed in the library.  Throughout history, libraries have been not only a place to explore new ideas independently, but also to gather and discuss community issues and potential solutions.

Students gathered yesterday (Wednesday) after school for this year’s first MGTalks Summit.  Joined by local musician, Anthony Ward and MG alum, Emma Cox, student leaders encouraged participants to engage in discussion about the tough topic of racism and its impact on the MG community.  Coffee was provided through our own Eagle Eye Cafe.

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Picture Courtesy of A. Magnor and MG Talks



Finding Balance in Your Library

I’m working in my office today, comfortably aware that there are 30+ students spread out on the main floor practicing yoga.  This work that Ms. North-Hester is doing Ms. Z’s AP Psychology classes highlights the library as a place for gathering together but learning at our own pace, finding a balance between the things we need to know and an awareness of our own strengths and potential for growth.

YogaBookThe notion that libraries are a place for reading and silent study misses a true understanding of how libraries have functioned in society throughout history. Think back to the ancient libraries, such as the Great Library at Alexandria.  That library was a place where people gathered to not only read or borrow the ideas housed inside, but more importantly, to discuss, and to augment those ideas. Throughout the middle ages, libraries were maintained in monasteries which would later becoming central to the development of institutions of learning — the universities.  In the United States, public libraries were established as free public institutions to support an informed and active democracy.

As a librarian, I’m happy to see our school library’s purpose growing, while not physically, theoretically into a place where students come together to try new things and to become more self-aware.



We’ve made the plunge.  After a one month trial on the new FLIPSTER platform, the MGHS Library has subscribed to 8 titles that will be available to students 24/27, cover-to-cover throughout the school year and summer.  There are NO LIMITS to the access you’ll have to these magazines, for learning, for reading, for enjoyment.  We’ll publish a guide, of course, to make using this awesome new resource a breeze.  Before we do, feel free to stop by the library for a quick how-to, one on one.

MGHS tries out FLIPSTER!

The MGHS Library has set up a trial to FLIPSTER, Ebsco’s new online magazine portal.  The MGHS community has until November 28 to try out the entire collection of online magazines.  After that, we’ll be selecting a few to include in our virtual collection.

Accessibility ranges from 100 to an unlimited number of users.  You can access the magazines through your computer or through an iOS app (download info here). An Android app will be added later.


  • Go to
  • click on the FLIPSTER icon: flipster_app_icon
  • Enter the User ID “mononagrove”
  • Enter the password “trial”
Take time to look at these magazines and more:
  • Mental Floss
  • Faces
  • Forbes
  • People en Espanol
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Time Magazine


Happy reading and tell us what you think.  You can leave a comment here or email Mrs. Cowell.

NEW! Pro/Con Database Makes You Think!

The MGHS Library has added a new database to it’s collection of online tools for you.  SIRS Researcher is focused on helping you research controversial topics, examine multiple viewpoints, and make more informed decisions.  Whether you’re completing a class project or examining issues important to you, knowing more than one side of an issue can help you make important decisions.  Already taken your stand? It’s still important to KNOW the arguments you’ll encounter.  People who take the time to understand an opponent’s point-of-view are better prepared to defend their own with solid evidence.  It all makes for a more intellectual and civil discussion around topics that can sometimes seem HOT!


Want to try it from home? Just ask in the library for a remote access password!

Wild, wild librarians?

It’s homecoming week, the theme this year has your library staff feeling inspired.

The television show, Wild, Wild West, aired from 1965-1969, foreshadowed a genre of literature that is now more commonly known as “steam punk.”  The movie, starring Will Smith, came out in 1999 and rocketed the genre into the public eye, inspiring a new form of dress (and play). Rooted in the historical period of industrialization, steam punk spins off into the realm of science fiction with mechanization and imagination.  We carry a number of steam punk titles in our collection, including:

  • The Clockwork Princess series, by Cassandra Clare
  • A Thousand Steampunk Creations, by Joey Marsocci
  • Steampunk Frankenstein, adaptation by Zednca Basic
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a graphic novel by Alan More
  • Full Metal Alchemist, anime by Hiromu Arakawa
    …and many more

Be sure to check out the book display in the hall.  Just ask if you’d like us to get one of them out for you.

Ms. Prunella McShushWe even have a steam punk librarian (sort of).  Meet Ms. Prunella McShush, featured in a blog of the same name.  When Mrs. Cowell was a little girl (about the time of that original television series (Wild, Wild West) her mother often fondly referred to her as Prunella.  Coincidence?  Maybe.

Pass it on…

The library is an open resource at MGHS.  This means that students and staff can use our facility before and after school, as well as during free and scheduled learning periods (class time, study halls, preps, etc.).

Of course, the library is also a shared resource.  There are times when we simply can’t accommodate everyone.  Below are guidelines getting in when you need the space.

Have class?  Teachers, you can schedule your whole class to come into the library through our online library calendar and scheduling systems. You can also use the system to schedule small groups of students who need to work collaboratively away from the classroom into our collaboration rooms.  If you need to send a student to work individually, just give us a call to make sure we have the space/computers your student will need.

Have study hall?  Students, you can come in during your study hall, but you’ll need to drop by and pick up a pass from us prior to the period you’d like to be here.  These passes help

  1. US plan for facilities and computer use (maximizing our space!)
  2. YOU to move quickly from your study hall to the library (maximizing your time!)

Once you get here, drop your pass and your student ID (we scan these to track attendance) at the front desk.

Have open campus?

Please drop your ID at the circulation desk.  This allows us to track your usage of the library, too.