Off The Shelf

Ideas to help you beat the winter blues


Rachel Becker, Librarian

This winter has been rough and sunny days far and few between. It can be challenging to keep your mood up when the bitter cold and ice make outdoor activities difficult.

Your Madison College Libraries have some fantastic ways to lift your spirits and brighten your day.

Streaming Films

Did you know that you can watch many award winning films for free from the comfort of your home using your Madison College username and password?

The library currently subscribes to two streaming video databases, Kanopy and Films on Demand. Kanopy includes many former Oscar award nominees as well as other award winners. Films on Demand highlights include Ken Burns documentaries and A&E series. New titles are added periodically so check back often.

Fun Reads

Besides having books you need for your courses, the Madison College Libraries also have fun books to relax your mind.

Check out our collection of graphic novels (  located throughout our non-fiction collection.

The enthralling storylines and beautiful artwork make these a perfect choice for a quick escape.

The library also has a selection of popular newer fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from including: “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, and “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.

The libraries also have a selection of titles available in Spanish, including fiction. Books can be sent to any campus for pick up, checked out, and returned to any other Madison College Library.

Library Spaces

If you are like me, working in a bright and welcoming space improves your mood and boosts productivity. If you have not visited one of the Madison College Libraries recently, take a moment to stop in.

Library spaces at all campuses offer a bright and welcoming environment with fast desktop and wireless internet access to get your assignments completed quickly. If you are unable to make it to campus, librarians are available via email, phone or chat. Check out our website for details. 

Many locations also offer periodic rotating study break activities like puzzles, games, and coloring sheets.

Several times during the semester, an on-going film event called S.T.R.E.A.M. (screenings of thoughtful, relevant, engaging, and artful movies) hosted by Libraries & Academic Support Services will screen movies on campuses.

Ask your local librarian for more details.

For up to date information on library events and services check out our website and our Twitter page. We hope to see you soon.