Monday, September 23, 2013

Snapshot Virginia

One Day in the Life of Virginia's Libraries:

239,560 books, movies and more were checked out

1,645 new customers received library cards

25,602 people used computers at their library

15,905 people came to their libraries for 550 free programs and classes

5,492 people used their libraries to host 644 meetings

3,350 people were helped by their libraries with outreach programs

1,779 hours were logged by library volunteers

21,966 research questions were answered


The stats and advocacy for Snapshot Virginia have been published at There you will find posters based on compelling statistics and heartfelt comments collected during this year's Snapshot.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Constitution Day: September 17th

The Alexandria Campus Library celebrates Constitution Day on September 17th.  Check out one of these titles to read up on America's founding document or test yourself with the Washington Post's  Constitutional Quiz.

Amar, Akhil Reed.  America's Constitution: A Biography.  KF4541 A87 2005 

Barnett, Randy.  Restoring the Lost Constitution.  KF4541 B313 2004

Bernstein, Richard.  Amending America.  KF4555 B47 1993

Busch, Andrew.  The Constitution on the Campaign Trail.  KF4552 B87 2007

Farber, Daniel.  Retained by the People: The "Silent" Ninth Amendment and the Constitutional Rights Americans Don't Know They Have.  KF4558 9th F37 2007

Holton, Woody.  Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution.  KF4541 H58 2007

Levy, Leonard.  Origins of the Bill of Rights.  KF4749 L488 1999

Lipsky, Seth.  The Citizen's Constitution.  KF4550 Z9 L67 2009

Sunstein, Cass.  A Constitution of Many Minds.  KF4552 S86 2009

Turning Points in World History: Creation of the US Constitution.  KF4541 C68 2003

Tushnet, Mark.  Why the Constitution Matters.  KF4550 T873 2010

Vile, John.  A Companion to the United States  Constitution and its Amendments.  KF4550 V55 1997

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Go on a Blind Date!

well, a mystery date of a literary (or cinematographic) sort.

Take a chance on one of our "mystery selections" and take home a book or film from the library collection for a delightful surprise:

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Farewell Marion!

The Alexandria Campus community wished a very fond farewell to Library Specialist Marion Mirehouse after 36 years of service to the College.

Marion's primary responsibilities lay with the print periodical collection (and all of the association upheaval with the increasing and ongoing transition to digital sources).  Throughout her career she was also active at the campus and college level with such organizations as the VCCA and the (various iterations of) the campus environmental/green/conservation committee.

The Library also benefitted from Marion's green thumb:  She was the horticultural genius behind the plant life that is so prominent in the reading rooms.

(above:  Marion, seated, with the current library staff).

Marion will be much missed by staff, faculty and students alike!