Midwinter book giveaway 1/30 – 2/1

two book covers: Reign of the Fallen and Krik? Krak!

Looking for a book to enhance your personal library?

Have an idea for an art project using worn or outdated books as materials?

Stop by the library’s midwinter book giveaway this Wednesday through Friday (1/30 through 2/1) to see which one(s) you might want to take home!

Why is the library giving away books?  Some giveaway books have been replaced with updated editions; others are duplicates of books already in the library’s collection (including a few “like new” donated books such as the two pictured); some books are outdated or no longer being used; others are worn out. But just because they’re no longer on the MW Library’s shelves, doesn’t mean there isn’t someone who’d like to give them a home, gift them to a friend, or creatively reuse them–and that someone could be you!

Curious about the concept of old books or book pages as material for art? Find sparks for your own ideas in the work of contemporary artists and makers like these:

  • Juane Quick-To-See Smith who often uses newspapers or other documents in art that engages social, political, and historical themes. Want to see her layered art up close? The VMFA recently acquired one of her works.
  • Samuel Levi Jones who often uses deconstructed texts as material to create art that, like Smith’s, engages social, political, and historical themes
  • Etsy artisans who use book pages to create whimsical earrings

What might you make that would express an idea or theme important to you? What might you create that would delight, surprise, or engage someone else?

stacks of giveaway books on right side

stacks of giveaway books on left side


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Posted by on January 29, 2019 in news


New Fiction Books!

Once the intensity of the first semester’s conclusion is behind you, reignite your imagination by diving into one of the fiction books that has just arrived. See the photo below for a sneak peek at just SOME of the titles.

There are also new titles in history, science, math, memoir, biography, essays, and poetry. These books are being processed now, so more are becoming available for checkout each day (including some that have already been checked out this week). If you’re eager to start reading one of them, let me know and I’ll move it to the front of the queue.

stack of new fiction books

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Posted by on January 23, 2019 in news


New resource for CMS citation help

Wondering how to cite that primary source for your GS10 paper?

Using a source type that Noodle Tools doesn’t list and wondering how to cite it in CMS?

Go to while on the MLWGS network and find the answers.

Thanks to a recommendation from Mrs. Voight and technical expertise from Mr. Bortz, the MW Library has arranged trial access to the Chicago Manual of Style Online through March 31, 2019. If you have any questions, see Ms. DeGroat.

If you consult this new resource and consider it useful, please let Ms. DeGroat know. The Governors School Foundation has offered to fund a subscription to CMS Online that would begin after our trial access ends. Our trail access gives us the same functionality that a future subscription would.

Remember, CMS Online is only available while you’re on-campus at MLWGS, so plan your time strategically.

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Posted by on January 11, 2019 in news


Export to NoodleTools from JSTOR or Gale databases

Our Gale databases (e.g., Opposing Viewpoints, World History in Context, General OneFile, etc.) offer two integrations that can save you time when you research:

  • SAVING sources directly to Google Drive or One Drive
  • EXPORTING citations for sources to Noodle Tools

Chances are you already use the Google/OneDrive integration.

This 1-minute video shows how to export a citation for a source to Noodle Tools.


Now JSTOR is offering the “Export to NoodleTools” option too. In this case, you can export citations in a batch for any articles saved to your “My Workspace” in JSTOR. To learn how to use this feature, follow the steps on this PDF: Export_to_Noodle_Tools_Dec2018.

selecting Export to NoodleTools in JSTOR

At this time, none of our other database providers have an “Export to Noodle Tools” feature for citations. However, you can SAVE articles to your Google Drive or One Drive from ProQuest’s GenderWatch or Historical Newspapers databases, and you can SAVE directly to Google Drive from EBSCO’s AP Source/Explora database.


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Posted by on December 7, 2018 in news