National Library Week: Book Talk with Aaron


Mott Library is hiring Public Service Aides and Technical Service Aides


Mott Library is hiring Public Service Aides and Technical Service Aides.

The library is a great place to work! If you are eligible for work study, pick up a referral from Student Employment and drop it off at the Circulation Desk in the library.

*Our student workers receive comprehensive training and gain skills that will be valuable in their future careers.

*Mott Library student workers are a valuable part of the team.

*Our student workers have the opportunity to use their skills and interests to provide superior customer service to library users.

We are looking for individuals with a good work ethic and great customer service skills to join the Mott Library team.

We are looking for Student/Staff/Faculty authors who have been published or have self-published any books.


We are looking for Student/Staff/Faculty authors who have been published or have self-published any books. We are doing a Book Display on Local Writers. Contact for more information!

Need to write a research paper?

Here are a few hints to help you write that research paper:

  • This video provides an overview of the Mott Library’s Online Resources databases.  In these databases you can find articles from magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers.  Many of the articles contain the  full-text and are peer-reviewed.
  • LibGuides – Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly Mott Library librarians. Know what we know – find it in LibGuides!
  • Have a question?  Call the Mott Library Reference Desk at (810) 762-0411 or contact us via Mott Library Answers.

Inter-Generational Reading Project at Mott College


From left to right: Joan Smalley, Mott Library Reference Librarian; Minerva Boseman, student; Debra Gibes, Faculty Member – Reading, Humanities Division; Linda Rutherford, Coordinator of Technical Services – Mott Library; Sara Reazor, Student.

Through the support of the College Life Enhancement Fund (CLEF), a  collection of picture books with inter-generational themes are available for circulation at the Mott Library making it possible for Reading students participating in the Inter-Generational Reading Project to share these meaningful books with the elderly in the community. The picture books provide a springboard for building cross-generational understanding and personal growth.

Student comments:

“The project made me realize that even as we age, we still enjoy stories, and it is a tool to help connect our prior knowledge with the memory process.”
“Each person no matter how old, has value and knowledge that they can pass on to others.”

Pro – Con Resources at the Mott Library

Need pro – con essays for a research paper or a speech?

The Mott Library offers two outstanding databases that provide both sides of the story for a wide variety of social issues.

Note:  When off-campus, users will be prompted to enter the 14 digit number, above the bar code on their Mott ID cards.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

CQ Researcher

Covering today’s most important issues and controversial subjects, CQ Researcher has been the choice of students and librarians for 90 years. Each weekly issue—written by an experienced journalist—is an in-depth, single-topic report featuring more than 12,000 words of text and extensive bibliographies.

Books at the Mott Library

The Mott Library still purchases books for the library collection. This includes scholarly books, paperback books, children’s literature and a collection of young adult books. While various electronic readers and tablets have become very popular, not everyone owns one. If you are looking for a book check out the Mott Library Book Catalog. The Mott Library also features a New Books link that provides overviews of new books.
An interesting poll conducted for USA TODAY and Bookish, a website designed to help people find and buy books, provides some interesting facts:
• Why do you read books?
To learn something (72%), to be entertained (64%), to be able to talk with others about the books you’ve read (19%).
• What keeps you from reading more books?
More than half — 51% — cite lack of time as a major factor. Only 16% say lack of interest in reading; 14% cite a lack of quality books.
• How often does a book play a role for you in meeting a new friend or romantic partner?
Never, say 78%. But others says romances and friendships do spring from books often (3%) or sometimes (7%).

Start of the Winter Semester

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the winter semester.  Visit the Mott Library in person or online to become acquainted with all that we have to support your learning and research.   Here are some highlights:

  • Get help on the go with LibAnswers  and use LibGuides to locate information on specific subject areas.
  • We have dozens of research databases and a great collection of books for your research or entertainment.
  • Search the ebook Community College collection of 40,000+ ebooks designed with the college student in mind. Access them anytime from any Internet enabled device.
  • Films on Demand is our  streaming video service that allows you to view videos online, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from thousands of high-quality educational titles in dozens of subject areas.

Last of all, we would like to offer three tips to make this a great semester:

  • The Mott Library website is a great place for research, information about the library and the collections and services we have just for you.
  • You can use the study spaces available on the first and second floors that support both individual and group work.
  • Have questions? Stop by the library reference desk or use our LibAnswers service that connects you with a librarian online for research help or questions about the library.

Have a great semester,

The Mott Library staff


Building Bridges Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Building Bridges Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Theme: Literary Reflections

Dreams of Trespass:  Tales of a Harem Girlhood (1994)

Reviewed by Diana Hiles, Reference Librarian


My North American understanding of a harem has been conceived through movies, art and literature by western European and American artists and authors.  Mernissi’s memoir of growing up in a twentieth century harem illustrates her own struggle to understand harem life and where the cultural boundaries exist between males and females, families and the community, tradition and modernity. 

In a footnote, Mernissi identifies the “imperial harems” that have formulated my western understanding of harem life as “splendid palaces full of luxuriously dressed and lasciviously reclined indolent women, with slaves standing by and eunuchs watching the gates” (p. 34).  The “domestic harem” of Mernissi’s childhood is more like “an extended family, with hardly any erotic dimension to speak of. . .  [A] man and his sons and their wives lived in the same house, pooled their resources, and requested that the women refrain from stepping outside” (35). 

Mernissi describes the physical structure of her home from the center out—the center is a square courtyard that frames a small square of the sky—her only view of the world outside the two story structure where she lives with her parents and two siblings, her uncle and his wife and 7 children, and her paternal grandmother (4-6).  She contrasts her home’s domestic harem life with her maternal grandmother’s harem life on a farm—where the women ride horses, swim in a nearby stream, fish and climb trees (67).

When Mernissi questioned her maternal grandmother, Yasmina, about the farm harem without walls, Yasmina said the word harem is a “variation of the word haram, the forbidden, the proscribed. . . Mecca was a space where behavior was strictly codified.  The moment you stepped inside, you were bound by many laws and regulations. . . The same thing applied to a harem when it was a house belonging to a man.  No other men could enter it without the owner’s permission, and when they did, they had to obey his rules.  A harem was about private space and the rules regulating it.  In addition . . . it did not need walls.  Once you knew what was forbidden, you carried the harem within (61).”

Mernissi’s memoir relates the stories of the women in her life, and how each in her own way struggled with the seclusion and lack of freedom of the domestic harem, while at the same time making peace with the situation and finding happiness.  Although our worlds are extremely different, these Moroccan women struggle against the restrictions imposed on them by their patriarchal society, as do the women of yesterday and today in the United States, and around the world.

Building Bridges Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Late last year the Mott Library received Muslim Journeys Bookshelf from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The bookshelf consists of 25 books and 3 DVDs that can be checked out for use by Mott College students, faculty and staff.

As stated in the NEH press release, “The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programs through which NEH will provide resources to enhance libraries’ collections and their capacity to engage audiences in reflection on and conversation about a variety of Bridging Cultures themes”.

“The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Islam as a religion or of the Muslim world in all its complexity. Rather, it seeks to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The collection has been organized around six themes, including American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith, Points of View and Art, Film and Architecture”.

Building Bridges Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
Theme: Points of View
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (2003)
Reviewed by Jessica Himstedt, Librarian Technical Services/Circulation
Persepolis was not what I expected. Life in Iran in the late before the early 1980s was not what I expected. I chose this book originally as my Muslim Journeys selection based on the fact that it was a graphic novel and it was relatively short compared with the other book choices. But in that short, 153 paged book, I went on the wildest emotional rollercoaster ride of any book I’ve ever read in my life. I learned so much and was so completely mesmerized that I instantly ordered the sequel to find out how this truestory ended.
Before 1980, Iranian citizens were just as normal as Americans: they had normal jobs, drove nice cars, listened to Rock & Roll music, attended co-ed schools, and the list goes on and on.
Marjane and her classmates thought at the beginning of the crisis, that the changes in their little world were somewhat of a joke. They made fun of the new veils they were being forced to wear. They used them as jump ropes and pretended to be ghosts. Then when their school was closed and they were forced to go to new same-sex fundamentalist schools, Marjane knew something was not quite right.
Marjane was lucky. Her parents sent her away before things got worse and she survived. Most of her childhood friends did not.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The fact that it is in graphic novel format makes it accessible for pretty much everyone. The art panels help emphasize the confusion and emotions of the main character. It is an astounding work of art and literature.


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