Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Spine Poetry Contest

To wind up the Spring Semester the Alexandria Campus Library hosted a Book Spine Poetry contest.  Students were challenged to select lyrically-titled books and arrange a stack to form a poem.  Finalists were selected and library users voted for their favorite.

The winning poem:

was by Margaret Ransom:

Winners were awarded a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Some participants were so enthused they even made book-spine poems in the book stacks!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Extended Hours

During the last week of classes and final exams the Library served 201 students before 8.30am and 452 after 10.00pm for a total of over 650 students served during times the Library would normally be closed.

Extended hours are made possible by Library staff voluntarily re-adjusting their schedules to come early and stay late to keep the Library open for study and research and additional 19 hours.

9 gallons of lemonade, 80 bottles of water, and a seemingly endless supply of cookies, chips and snacks were consumed.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

British Politics

The UK General Election was held today.

To follow the latest developments from newspapers around the world, visit the Library database page and click on LexisNexis, Factiva or Proquest to view full text newspaper articles from around the world.

Want to see what resources the Library provides for Political Science, or research a political topic in greater depth?  Visit our Political Science Research Guide

Not sure how the General Election works in the UK?  The British Parliament has some answers.

Or just read a good book:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Spine Poetry!

Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating poems with the titles on the spines of books from the Library collection:


Stack books to create a poem from the titles
Take a picture and send it to us through email or Instagram NovaAlexandriaLibrary

Book Spine Poetry Contest in the Library!

First Prize is $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
2 second-prize $50 Cards also available!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Extended Hours Return!

Back by popular demand --

The Library will open half an hour early and close an hour late during the last week of classes and final exams week.

April 27th - April 30th the Library will open at 8AM and close at 11PM.
May 1st the Library will open at 8AM and close at 6PM.
May 4th - 7th the Library will be open from 8AM to 11PM.
May 8th will be 8AM - 6PM.

To keep the brain cells well-primed, lemonade, iced tea and a variety of snacks will be served around 10PM.  Be sure to join us!

Good luck in Final Exams!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Go Caps! Go Nats! Go Wizards!

DC teams stormed to victory Tuesday night:

Washington Capitals defeat the Islanders 2-1 (in overtime).

Washington Nationals defeat the Cardinals 2-1 (in th
e 10th Inning!).

Washington Wizards defeat the Raptors 117-106.


Check out these titles to read up on DC's sports legacy:

Red Rising: The Washington Capitals Story. GV848.W37 S73x 2012

National Pastime: Sports, Politics, and the Return of Baseball to Washington DC.  GV863.W18 S87 2006

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.