Friday, November 03, 2017

Guy Fawkes Day

Remember Remember the Fifth of November!

Guy Fawkes Day, or Bonfire Night, is almost upon us.

Commemorating the failed 'Gunpowder Plot' to blow up the English Parliament in 1605, Guy Fawkes Day combines celebrations, pyrotechnics, fireworks, history, folk memory, and even Doctor Who!

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Faith and treason : the story of the Gunpowder Plot.  DA392 .F76 1996

Guy Fawkes: or, a complete history of the Gunpowder Treason, A.D. 1605 : with a developement of the principles of the conspirators, and some notices of the Revolution of 1688.  ONLINE

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Friday, October 27, 2017


Halloween is right around the corner and some resident ghouls and goblins have moved into the campus Library:

Beware the Library Ghost.

For some reason Halloween always brings out cobwebs.  The spooks and sprites must not have dusters.

Read a spooky booky:

GhostlandAn American History of Haunted Places.  BF1472.U6 D53 2016

Halloween Encyclopedia.  GT4965 .M673 2011

Spellbound: Inside West Africa's Witch Camps.  BF1584.A358 P35 2010


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Diwali!

"Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn.
Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, the main theme is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Here we take a look at one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture."

Hinduism.  BL1202 K475 2008

Essential Hinduism.  BL1202 .R55 2006

Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Art

We gave our student assistants Exacto knives & glue and let them loose on some old books.  Here is some of the art they created:

(above:  a "burning" book.  Most appropriate for Banned Books Week)

All these and more are on display in the Library.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Constitution and Citizenship Week

Constitution Day (September 17th) will be observed at NOVA during the week of September 18 - 22.

September 17th is also designated as Citizenship Day:

In 1952 Congress repealed this joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate “the formation and signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States.” The day was still designated as “Citizenship Day” and retained its original purpose of recognizing all those who had attained American citizenship. This law urged civil and educational authorities of states, counties, cities and towns to make plans for the proper observance of the day and “for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”

Alexandria Campus will observe both commemorations with a series of talks given by faculty, as well as appropriate resources to read or watch available in the Library:

America's constitution : a biography.  KF4541 .A87 2005

The genius of America : how the Constitution saved our country--and why it can again.  KF4541 .L334x 2007

The Amendments to the Constitution Bill of Rights and beyond.  DVD KF4557 .A44x 2008

Friday, September 15, 2017

Student Success Conference a SUCCESS

The 2017 Student Success Conference wrapped up with the Grand Prize Drawing on Thursday 14 September in the Library.  Amidst popcorn and sodas Interim Dean Matt Todd drew tickets for a chance to win two Chromebooks.

Both lucky winners were present!  Congratulations!

 (students enjoying the final Library Open House, popcorn fest and prize drawing)

This year's conference included sessions on:  Blackboard, Healthcare, Time Management, Microsoft Office, Course Scheduling, Leadership, Volunteer opportunities, Google, video-making, campus resources such as Library, Tutoring, TILT, Student Services, Open Computer Lab and more!

Many thanks to the Office of Student Life which funded the conference.

There were over 500 student participants.

(Courtney Boland, Tutoring Coordinator and one of the conference planners)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Student Success Conference 9/11-9/14

The Alexandria Campus Student Success Conference is in full swing!

Find out about campus resources, study skills, student opportunities, networking and MORE in this four day conference to help NOVA students START STRONG.

Partnering with Student Services, TILT, Library, Open Computer Lab, Testing Services, Campus Police, Arlington Public Library, Provost's Office, Academic Success Center and MORE the conference gives a broad overview of resources on campus available to promote student success and learning; also introduction to skills and behaviors like mindfulness, time-management and study skills; and finally many opportunities for students to engage in college life at NOVA.

The Conference lasts from 10am and concludes with POPCORN and prizes at 3.30 in the Library.

And of course, what is success without SNACKS:

(we have lots of snacks!)