Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Books At YOUR Alexandria Campus Library: 4-22-14 Edition

Once again it is new book time in YOUR Alexandria Campus Library. We're all as pleased as punch as new books give us all a case of the

Here are some of the highlights from our latest group of titles.

Learn about the fascinating ways our individual disease fighting genes work to help us find mates, reproduce, and make personal decisions in this book by immunologist Daniel Davis.

This detailed and practical guide dispenses authoritative information about planning and executing successful tabletop and computer games.

Read about the fascinating and disturbing ways pregnancy is depicted in Hollywood films in philosopher Kelly Oliver's book.

Gil Reavill tells the curious tale of state trooper Edgar D. Croswell serendipitous discovery of a mob meeting in rural New York, and recounts how Croswell's discovery began a policy of robust mafia prosecutions by the Kennedy administration..

Randell Feezell uses the frame of sports to probe important philosophical questions. Explore his case for how athletics can teach participants and fans how to live meaningful, ethical, and compassionate lives.

After receiving this question from her 8 year old daughter during the 2008 election, author feminist Mariane Schnall set out to find an answer by interviewing a diverse range of American thinkers.

Book Spine Poetry Contest: Our Finalists

We're pleased to announce the five finalists of our Book Spine Poetry Contest. Congratulations to the poets who made it through the first elimination round.

The Finalists

What if 
the future is not what it used to be?

Who will provide 
art as therapy?

Everyday Mysteries
Looking Out
Looking In

The ethics of identity
The agony and the ecstasy
The best American poetry

School Girls
The world’s youth
If you could be anything, what would it be?
What Matters.

Dear life
I’m not crazy I’m just not you
Yesterday, I cried
The future is not what it used to be

Ways of dying
Things fall apart

Weep not, child
The beautiful ones
are not

Something in the way she moves
I don’t know what to say -
Yesterday, I cried
She’s gone.

Remember that the finalists are determined by the votes of our patrons. Votes can be registered on a white board by our circulation desk or via the comment sections on this blog.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Spine Poetry: The Last Day of Our Contest and Judgement Rounds

Thank you to everyone who participated in our book spine poetry contest. The staff has so enjoyed the creativity of our patron community. Reading the poems and watching contestants labor over their works of art was certainly the highlight of our National Library Week.

Here is the very last submission to our contest:


Now that all the submissions have been accepted, it is time for the judgement rounds. On Tuesday, Library staff will whittle down the field to five finalists. Wednesday the finalists’ submissions will be displayed near the circulation desk for public vote. The poem with the most tallied votes will win the grand prize of a $40 dollar Barnes and Noble gift card. Second, third and fourth place winners will receive $20 dollar gift cards. All contestants will be informed of their winnings via social media on Friday, April 25th.

Good luck to all the contestants. Keep following along on the blog, twitter, and instagram.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fast Five Friday: Rock Me, Amedeus

Though it hardly seems possible, there are only three weeks left in the Spring 2014 semester. This means that our community is entering into one of its busiest times of year. So this Friday YOUR Alexandria campus is highlighting a force in our collection that can soothe, inspire, and energize our patrons: music.

The Alexandria Campus library’s music collection, while not extensive, focuses on essential works from the classical, jazz, and world music traditions with a few popular items sprinkled in.

Music in our collection can be found in two forms. Compact Discs can be found near the shelving by the stairs to the second floor. The rest of our music collection can be found in digital format through subscription databases.

Here is just a brief sample of the the types of music that can be found in the Alexandria Campus Library.

Find works by major classical composers in our disc collection.

Explore folk and traditional music from around the globe with our Putumayo compact discs.

Listen to recordings of American roots music using by utilizing the items in our physical collection.

Patrons can also use titles in our compact disc holdings to listen to standards from the American songbook.

NOVA patrons can also access all these musical genres, and more, through the Music Online database. Users who access this resource have the ability to search for and stream music by musician, genre, composer, time period, instrument, album, and language. Music Online also contains reference materials about the music and artists in its holdings, making it possible to simultaneously listen to a beautiful piece of music while learning more about the context in which it was created.

So while you are gearing up and preparing for the end of the semester, why not come to the library and check out some of the amazing music available through YOUR Alexandria library?

Book Spine Poetry: Fourth Day of Our Contest

We had many creative entries from our patrons on the fourth day of our contest.






Remember, today is the very last day to enter and win a Barnes and Noble gift card!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Spine Poetry: The Third Day of Our Contest

We had a huge uptick in the number of poems submitted on the third day of our contest. Here are the brilliant, funny, and poignant entries:











Love My Face

We are loving the entries. Keep composing poems and sending them to us. The cut off for new entries is tomorrow, Friday April 18th at 5 pm. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Spine Poetry: The Second Day of Our Contest

Here are some great poems from the second day of our contest.



A poem by anonymous. Claim your poems to have a chance to claim our prizes!

Keep composing AND sending your poems to us at Lkhoury@nvcc.edu, tweeting it to us at @LorainALlibrary, or instagram at LORAINALLIBRARY.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Spine Poetry: First Day of Our Contest

The first day of our contest was a complete success. Students, staff, and faculty have been using the display to create amazing and funny poetry. We want to remind everyone that they can submit multiple poems and that there is a grand prize of a $40 Barnes and Noble gift card on the line.

Our first student poet, hard at work

Here are some of the latest entries into the contest.




Keep composing NOVA Alexandria patrons! We'll share our latest entries tomorrow.
Follow the contest on twitter @lorainALlibrary, or on instagram at LKHOURYINSALLIBRARY

Sunday, April 13, 2014

National Libraries Week: Our Contest!

The staff of YOUR Alexandria Campus Library is gearing up to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year: National Library Week. This annual celebration was started in 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA) as a way to promote library use and engagement.

So why should our patrons care about this national event organized by librarians? The staff of YOUR Alexandria Library thinks National Library Week is worth observing because of the central place that libraries hold in our communities. This week serves as a time to for libraries to enter into a dialogue with our patrons about the critical contributions school, public, academic, private and government libraries make to all aspects of American life. It also serves as a fun way for libraries to increase their visibility and highlight the materials and services they make available to their patrons.

YOUR Alexandria is observing this important week with a Book Spine Poetry contest open to all NOVA Alexandria Campus students, faculty, and staff.

Short, sweet, and to the point. The beauty of the book spine poetry as form

Entry in our contest is easy. Simply enter the Alexandria Campus library and start stacking the provided books so that their titles read together create a poem. Poems of all types are welcome. We're looking for funny, clever, or moving poetry that will get our patrons thinking about the range of books we offer. Creativity will be rewarded handsomely. The grand prize is a $40 Barnes and Noble gift card, and the three runners up will all  receive $20 Barnes and Noble cards.

When you're happy with your work of genius simply email (lkhoury@nvcc.edu), tweet (@lorainALlibrary), or instagram (lorainallibrary) your book spine poem to the library to enter the contest.

Click here to access a Calgary Public Libraries gallery for more inspiration

 Entries are due by 5 pm on Friday, April 18th. Library staff is responsible for the first round of judging and will select our top five favorites to go onto the second round of selection. Public voting on the top five entries will begin on Monday, April 21st. Public votes will be tabulated on the white board nearest the Circulation desk.

All received entries will be published through our social media portals and on the library blog. Winners will be contacted on Friday, April 26th so they can collect their prizes.

So come celebrate the wonderful place libraries hold in your life by entering YOUR Alexandria Library's Book Spine Poetry Contest. We cannot wait to see the poetry our patrons produce.