Friday, May 26, 2017

May the 40th Be With You

May 25th was the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars.


To celebrate over the long weekend, check out one of these books or videos:

Star wars : where science meets imagination PN1995.9.S695 S87 2005


Star wars : the visual dictionary PN1995.9.S695 R49 1998

Star wars and history  PN1995.9.S695 S74 2012


Star wars, Original Trilogy AV PN1997 .S65954x 2005


Myth, media, and culture in Star Wars : an anthology  PN1995.9.S695 M97 2012 


Sex, politics, and religion in Star wars : an anthology  PN1995.9.S695 S49 2012


The making of Star Wars : the definitive story behind the original film : based on the lost interviews from the official Lucasfilm archives  PN1997.S65943 R56 2007




Monday, May 01, 2017

May Day, mayday, M'aidez

May 1st is May Day, the day the ancient Celts celebrated as the start of summer.  It is also International Workers Day, but is not related to the distress call 'mayday' which derives from the French "m'aidez!' (help me!).


Read more about May Day traditions online in this e-book

The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe

Past, Present and Future





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 such 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.