Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Fourth of July

Celebrate the Fourth of July, not just with a picnic and fireworks, but a good book:

Fourth of July and the founding of America.  E286 A266 2007

Or a history of Old Glory:

Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag. N8217 F55 H55x 2001

Note that the Campus (including the Library) will be closed July 3rd and 4th in observance of the holiday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Library with a View

As the new academic building rises on Campus, the Library affords a very fine view of the progress:

Monday, June 15, 2015

Liberal Arts Celebrate LBGT Pride (with a little help from the Library)

June is LBGT Pride month.

Check out these titles and more from your campus Library.

The Library continues to be an active partner with the academic divisions in promoting the curriculum, campus, national and world events. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Better Late Than Never

This Norton Anthology must have been too good to give up, because it was returned 17 years late!

Fortunately the Library does not charge fines for regular circulating material (but if this previous student had tried to retrieve a transcript -- woe be unto him!)

Friday, June 05, 2015

National Donut Day

What National Donut Day is NOT:

A made-up corporate holiday designed to sell you breakfast confectionary

What National Donut Day IS:

A commemoration of the women who served in the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

The Library celebrated by (how else?) serving donuts.  Donuts:  they're not just for breakfast anymore.

Is the correct spelling "donut" or "doughnut?"  Check the Oxford English Dictionary.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Saving the Bay... blade of aquatic grass at a time.

Above:  Michelle Jerney-Davis plants wild celery in the Chesapeake Bay after growing the grass in the Library.

Underwater grasses in the Bay are in danger from pollution and run-off, but are a vital component in the environmental stability of the Bay.  Aquatic grasses help clean the water, provide oxygen, help prevent erosion and provide habitats for shellfish, waterfowl and fishes.

Above: the Library's grass, in its new home.

Thanks to Library Specialists Kevin O'Hagan and Michelle Jerney-Davis who partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to bring the grasses to the Library, raise awareness about the Bay and clean-up efforts, and worked with our BIO/ENV faculty on this semester-long project.

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!