New School Year, New MA Library!

Hi! You’re friendly neighborhood Marin Academy librarians, Derek and Alex, welcome you to MA and our amazing library. We hope you stop by. We’re here to help not just with finding research materials for classwork or untangling the complicated process of proper bibliographic citation, but for the fun stuff as well like finding a new book or comic to read.

There are a host of new features coming to the MA Library this year, including a ton of new fiction and comic books, a revamped blog, and an increased presence on Facebook and Instagram. If you aren’t following us already, you’re missing out…

Before we delve into too much books and social media talk, let’s play “Get To Know Your Librarians.”



How long have you worked at MA?
I just started this August, so I’m brand new. But I have worked in public, academic, and special libraries for 7 years.

Name something about yourself that not many people might know.
I keep pet rats, all of which are adopted from animal rescues. The two I have right now are dumbo rexes named Jonathan Strange and Quentin Coldwater after two of my favorite fictional magicians (from the books Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and The Magicians series by Lev Grossman).

What are the titles of the last 3 books you read?
Books: 1) Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon by Delilah S. Dawson – a novella starring Bazine Netal and set in the Star Wars Extended Universe. 2) Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – a historical fantasy about a young woman who gets swept up into the dark magic of Russian folktales. 3) 1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose – a collection of newspaper articles written by a Times-Picayune reporter during the aftermath and recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Comic books: 1) Paper Girls #9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. 2) Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #9 by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams. 3) Kim & Kim #2 by Mags Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, and Zakk Saam.

Favorite item in the collection?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 5-book trilogy. Douglas Adams is one of my favorite authors, and I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to how many times I’ve read this series. Dozens and dozens at least.

What is the weirdest book you’ve ever encountered in the MA Library?
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits by Carol K. Mack

Your favorite fun/weird/random fact about MA?
Marin Academy began life as the Mt. Tamalpais Academy in 1890 at Fourth and E Streets. When it relocated to its present site a year later, the school converted the former Tamalpais Hotel into the barracks. As of 1902, it was the only military school in the West to have a mounted artillery.


How long have you worked at MA?
It’s my 28th year at MA; I originally came to the school as a college counselor who also taught one section of history.  I became MA’s librarian in 2001 and continue to teach in the history department.

Name something about yourself that not many people might know.
I am trying to write a book. It’s a world history since 1500 as seen through the eyes of people who are not household names, but who experienced interesting lives.  I also love puffins, college football and ice cream.

What are the titles of the last 3 books you read?
1) Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (a funny, tragic novel about an eccentric man living in New Orleans); 2) Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (a laugh-out-loud story about a college English professor told just through a series of recommendation letters); and 3) Between Foreigners and Shi’is: Nineteenth Century Iran and its Jewish Minority by Daniel Tsadik (a scholarly book related to one of the chapters of the book I’m writing).

Favorite item in the collection?
Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.  This was the first book placed in the present library.  The book was selected by a vote of the students, staff, parents, and alumni of Marin Academy in June, 2006, when the library building opened.  The runner up in the voting was the Oxford English Dictionary.

What is the weirdest book you’ve ever encountered in the MA Library?
It’s not strictly a book; it’s a ledger that lists the books that were in the San Rafael Military Academy’s library when SRMA closed in 1970. Titles included Happy Boy (1944),  Omnibus of Crime (1929) and Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (1917).

Your favorite fun/weird/random fact about MA?
Glenn Stanfield is MA’s longest serving faculty member, not just today, but off all time.

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