Mary Joan Glynn Irish Studies Library
Modeled on the idea of the Little Free Library, community members can now visit the Irish Studies Library in Donahue Hall and browse or adopt a wide range of books. Alumni and patrons of Stonehill College have generously donated books and other printed resources housed here. The aim of this collection is to provide another space on campus where members of the College community can exchange ideas in the form of books they enjoyed or found meaningful. The books are a mix of scholarly and popular readings, ranging from biographies of Irish writers, to educational materials, to philosophical and religious texts, to popular crime novels. Members of the College community are welcome to borrow, exchange, or permanently adopt materials from this collection. There is no checkout process. Simply help yourself! Go to the Stonehill Calendar and enter “Irish Library” in the search all events field to see if the room is in use before visiting.
The Little Free Library project started in 2009 in Wisconsin, when Todd Bol created a miniature one-room schoolhouse library in honor of his mother, a former teacher. According the the Little Free Library organization, “He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.”
The mission of the Little Free Library organization is to “promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide” and to “build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”
As of January 2014, there were approximately 15,000 Little Free Libraries registered across the world.
To read more about the Little Free Library movement, visit the organization’s website.
For more information on the Irish Studies Library collection, contact Elizabeth Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment and User Engagement by email or by phone at 508.565.1329.
Sam Smith ’14 reflects on her time spent at the MacPháidín Library.
It’s funny how, after four years of calling a place your home, you can very easily start to take it for granted. The thought of no longer attending Stonehill as of two weeks from now is a terrifying yet exciting thought. Over the past several months, I have started to believe that I was ready; I was getting tired of the school’s idiosyncrasies which, while once charming, were occasionally getting on my nerves. But I’ve started to slowly realize as the end of my four years quickly approaches that perhaps I had been telling myself those things to make myself feel better. Now, less than two weeks away from graduation, I’m less sure than ever that I’m actually ready to leave.
The thought of saying goodbye to many of my professors has resulted in maybe one or two incidents of water works. The same goes for many of the staff at the Library, whom I’ve had the chance to work with over the past three years. My last shift at the Circulation desk is coming up this coming Thursday and while I won’t miss all things about the desk, I will most definitely miss the staff members and students I’ve had the pleasure getting to know there. The same is true of the staff members in the Reference, Periodicals, and Cataloging Departments. I tell myself that I don’t live far away, I can get an Alumni library card and make an excuse to come this way when I want to say hello but it doesn’t really mask the truth: things won’t be the same after graduation. The Library won’t be in my proverbial backyard.
So what is a soon-to-be-graduate supposed to do when there are so many tear-inducing changes coming up? The best thing I have found that helps is to remember all the good that came out of these experiences. The fact that I will be missing Stonehill, the friends I’ve made here, and the staff and buildings and professors that I’ve come to assume will just be there so badly is a sign of how awesome my time here has been. I’m so excited for the incoming freshman class to experience this place and get to know these people, and I hope they know to treasure it because before you know it, they’re kicking you out to make room for some new kids to give your mailbox to. The only way to move on is to keep moving and I guess that means I’m ready. There will be some tears in the next two weeks and some painful goodbyes, but the goodbyes are only painful because they mean so much, and of course, they’re never forever.
Kasey Berardi ’14
Kasey Berardi ’14 reflects on her time spent working in the Cataloging department of the MacPháidín Library.
I am one week away from becoming a Stonehill College Alumna, and I have recently been reflecting on my experiences at Stonehill over the past four years. It seems like just yesterday I was moving into Corr Hall as a timid freshman, not knowing what to expect. After a few short months into my first semester at Stonehill I was assigned research papers, projects, and notified of upcoming exams. I turned to the library for help with what seemed overwhelming at the time. I even ended up getting a work-study job in the cataloging department. The librarians at MacPhádín were dedicated to making sure I found the sources I needed to succeed. They spent countless hours teaching me the different resources I could utilize, such as e-journals, research guides, RefWorks, Interlibrary Loan, and the plethora of electronic resources.
If it were not for the hardworking, devoted librarians, I would not have completed my college assignments to my highest potential. Over the summer of 2013 I joined two political science professors in the SURE program conducting research on the partisan biases apparent in the redistricting process. This research led to my yearlong undertaking of a 60+ page Senior Honors Thesis. If it were not for the librarians and the resources offered I would never be able to complete this work. I would like to say thank you to all of the librarians who work so hard to make sure Stonehill students are aware of the resources they need to succeed. From an outgoing senior to the incoming freshman, I would like to say, utilize the resources Stonehill offers! MacPhádín Library is here to help you, so do not hesitate to ask questions!