Saturday, April 22, 2017

EXTENDED HOURS

Just in time for finals and the last week of classes, the Alexandria Campus Library will once again offer extended opportunities for study and research:


The Library will be open an extra hour in the evenings of May 24 - 27, closing at 10pm.

Don't miss study break snacks in the evenings, pancake parties in the mornings, and de-stress activities suck as origami, puzzles and coloring all day long!

(Thanks to the Office of Student Live and the Destress4Success club for partnering to sponsor these activities).




Friday, April 07, 2017

STEM Day comes to the Library

On Saturday 1 April the Alexandria Campus celebrated NOVA STEM Day.  The campus welcomed over 300 neighbors and community partners to a day full of activities and events.

In the Library, visitors explored the mathematics of paper folding (and the promise of the science of folding, for more see The Origami Revolution,  and also of course the ecology of butterflies), producing hundreds of paper butterflies currently taking flight:








STEM attendees also had an opportunity to learn about the role of aquatic grasses in nurturing the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoyed hands-on algae abatement activities.


Visit YOUR Library today to watch our grass grow, or see our butterflies fly!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Library Facelift

Following the construction of the new SILENT study rooms, the Library received a fresh coat of paint, upstairs and down, which provided an excellent opportunity to re-hang and re-display the Library's Student Art Collection:


New home for existing piece Incandescent.(above)


First Prize winner of the Student Photography Show, print, Untitled Collage.  (above, l-r)


Community College/ College Community PHT student project (views of the Alexandria campus, above)


2 new acquisitions, silent study room.

All art, in any medium, displayed in the Library is student work.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cooking with the Library (Keys to Success)

On March 21, the Alexandria Campus Library (in partnership with Student Services) presented a Keys to Success workshop to introduce strategies for healthy eating on a student budget.


Over 30 students (as well as faculty and staff members) attended to discuss issues of food insecurity, food bank and community resources, best practices for cooking healthy food on a budget as well as related Library and campus resources.

 
Copies of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day (TX714 B785 2015) were also distributed.

The cookbook is also available for download for free. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Save the Bay

Once again, the Library is growing grass to save the Chesapeake Bay.


In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program the Alexandria Campus Library is nurturing aquatic grasses that will be transplanted into a tributary of the Chesapeake.

Underwater grasses—also known as submerged aquatic vegetation or SAV—are plants that grow in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its streams, creeks and rivers. Underwater grasses are a critical part of the Bay ecosystem: they provide wildlife with food and habitat, add oxygen to the water, absorb nutrient pollution, trap sediment and reduce erosion. Like all plants, underwater grasses need sunlight to grow, which makes improving water clarity an important step in underwater grass restoration.



Check out the Libraries other aqua-culture efforts.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Sweet Sounds of... Silence!

We know the Library is loud.  You've told us.  And you've told us what you need is a SILENT place to study.  And we heard you, loud and clear (ha!).

Alexandria Campus Library's silent study rooms are here, are open, and ready to use!


The Upper Level of the Library is designated as the "Quiet Level" (think golf tournament or tennis match whispering).  Just off the quiet level you will find the silent study rooms.



Please be considerate of your fellow students.  Be silent in the silent rooms.  Be quiet in the quiet area.

There is plenty of group study space available on the Library's main level, in the Academic Success Center (room 229) or in ANY open classroom.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

China In My Eyes: Grand Opening

The vision of the China In My Eyes project is to introduce people to China, to engender curiosity and promote awareness about the Chinese culture and to take viewers on a journey through China.


Professor Dali Tan (Chinese, AL) picturedhere with Lucia Claster (Deputy Director, Confucius Institute):


Associate Dean Matt Todd delivers welcoming remarks:


The exhibit remains on display through March 6, 2017.


The exhibit also promotes the Library's wide collection of materials on Chinese history, art, culture and language, as well as popular and classic Chinese cinema on DVD.

China In My Eyes: Exhibit

In partnership with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University  the Alexandria Campus Library is proud to host a special exhibit of photographs of everyday life in China titled China In My Eyes.


On Wednesday 1 February the Library hosted a festive opening of the exhibit:




The Confucius Institute, in partnership with the Alexandria Campus and the Alexandria Campus Library Foundation provided refreshments:


Over 80 students, photographers, faculty, faculty emeriti, friends of the Confucius Institute, friends of the Library and community patrons attended the event: