Thursday, April 16, 2015

How is Our Grass Growing?

71 days ago Library Staff planted aquatic grass in a specially designed growing tank in an effort to help save the Chesapeake Bay.

At the end of the semester, the thriving grass will be planted in a vulnerable area of the Bay.

To read more about efforts to save the Bay, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

YOUR Alexandria Campus Library: Now as Green as Grass

A curious phenomenon is afoot at YOUR Alexandria Campus Library. While temperatures whip between bitterly cold and arctic outside, things inside the library are growing more verdant by the minute. There is greenery everywhere in the library, providing a refreshing contrast to the muddy grays and browns outdoors.


A brightest green spot in our space is the aquatic nursery for the wild celery the Alexandria Library is growing for the Chesapeake Bay. Our staff is now weeks into the project and our once minuscule grass shoots are going strong. Interested patrons can follow the progress of our plants via the library's Instagram.

Look at that growth!

The display space along our circulating shelves has also undergone a complete greening. Come explore the stacks and enjoy all the diverse shades of green in our collection. The sights will help you prepare for St. Patrick's Day, and the upcoming Vernal Equinox.

So come in from the drab and dreary winter, and enjoy the earliest hints of a warming season in YOUR Alexandria Campus Library.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Growing Grass in the Library

Not that kind of grass!  The Alexandria Campus Library is contributing to efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay by growing aquatic grass: 
(pictured:  Library Specialists Kevin O’Hagan & Michelle Jerney-Davis and Professor Leslie Orzetti-Gollhofer)

What are we growing?
Vallisneria Americana or Wild Celery.
Wild Celery is a type of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) that grows in shallow water regions of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.

Why are we growing it?
The Chesapeake Bay needs saving!

Pollution, Agricultural Run-off, Sewage Treatment Plants, and many other factors have devastated the underwater grasses in the Bay. 

Underwater grasses are an essential part of the Bay clean-up effort.

Underwater Grasses are in trouble. 

Why is the grass important?

It cleans the water, clears excess nutrients, produces oxygen, prevents erosion, and offers food and shelter to fish, shellfish, and waterfowl – also acts as nursery for blue crabs. 

Our grass
We’re participating in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Grasses for the Masses Program.

Our grass will grow here in the Library all semester, and then get planted in the Potomac River as part of the larger effort to help Save the Bay. 

More info:
Check out the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Website:  

Follow grass on Instagram (By the way, you can follow the library’s Instagram account on your pc: ) 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fast Friday: Fight the Cold/Feel the Heat

Beloved readers, it is COLD outside, and with 8 more weeks of winter to go it is sure to stay that way for a while. So what can a person do to stay warm? YOUR Alexandria Campus Library has the answer: cuddle up with a hot and steamy book. Our shelves are packed with hundreds of books, on hundreds of titillating subjects, sure to throw off enough heat to get you through this dark and frigid season.

Behold: a small sampling of our red-hot titles

So stay warm out and come check out some of our natural, renewable, and sizzling sources of warmth.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday at YOUR Alexandria Campus Library: The Life (and Death) of Victoria

This Throwback Thursday YOUR Alexandria Campus Library is highlighting a biography just recently added to our collection, Victoria: A Life by A.N. Wilson. January 22nd happens to be the death day this enormously influential and long-ruling monarch, whose Empire spanned to length and breadth of the globe, and who was related by blood or marriage to nearly every royal house on the entire continent of Europe.

Victoria was a fascinating personality on an individual level, but Wilson’s book explores how her reign over the British Empire had political and cultural consequences that reverberate to this very day. Any person who is interested in history, political geography, commerce, international relations, fashion, or art will find something of interest in this accessible biography.

So this Thursday, why not come into the library and check out this or any of the many other books on the 19th century, the British Empire, or “the Grandmother of Europe?”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Books at YOUR Alexandria Library: Kick Off the Semester Edition

One of the most exciting parts of working at the Alexandria Campus library is the steady stream of new books being added to our collection. Here is a list of great new titles, curated by our collection acquisitions specialist, from our latest shipment of new books.

Written by a fanatic of The Rolling Stones, author Bill Janovitz peels back the layers of time to reveal the moments when Keith and Mick recorded what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll records of all time. Splitting a fifth of bourbon, Keith and Mick recorded “Brown Sugar,” “You Got to Move,” and “Wild Horses” on an eight-track recorder without the aid of Autotune or computers. The three songs recorded in that session propelled Sticky Fingers, a triple-platinum album, to the top of the U.S. and the UK charts in 1971. 

Written by an accomplished foreign relations historian, David F. Schmitz, this book provides the reader with the most current scholarship on Nixon’s foreign policy during the Vietnam era. The author particularly focuses on how Nixon's policy of containment, undertaken by the president to protect American credibility, ironically contributed to America's feelings of failure and defeat in the post-war period. 

Nineteen up and coming writers document their journey through the process of writing their first novel. This instructive anthology allows readers to peer inside the unique working processes of real artists, and to glimpse how those writers navigated the highs and lows of creating original fiction. 

Jessica Grogan, a cultural historian, presents a detailed account of the rise and fall of the humanistic psychology moment. This book outlines how Americans began to identify their anxieties, create identity, and locate purpose under the influence of new age thinkers of the late sixties and early seventies like Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Timothy Leary.

This coffee table book is a filled with robust photographs capturing scenes at the center of the world’s most colorful revelries. Photojournalist Steve Davey describes himself as a festival junkie, and his energy, excitement, and zeal for capturing traditional celebrations is evident in this visually arresting work. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday at YOUR Alexandria Campus Library: MLK Day

Photo by William Carter

Monday, January 19th Northern Virginia Community College will be closed to commemorate the life and the work of a great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though every state in the union now honors King, the creation and coordination of the holiday itself was a long and hard fought battle that NOVA students had a part in.

Read the full editorial in the February, 1982 edition of  The Collective

This Throwback Thursday YOUR Alexandria Library wants to honor the legacy of King by encouraging our users to join in the Sixth Annual NOVA MLK Day of Service. Find more information about the service event hosted by the Alexandria campus by clicking here: .