Monday, February 29, 2016

Lights, Camera, Action!

Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher visited the Library last week to speak with students interested in film classes offered on campus. Professor Gebre-Egziabher will be teaching two eight week film during the second Spring 2016 session. Many of the titles used in these classes are available on reserve in the Library! Movies included in the class curriculum include: Do the Right Thing, Pulp Fiction, Moonrise Kingdom, Amelie, and many more. Check out the flyer below for class details and transfer information. Register before these classes are full!
If you'd like to learn more about Professor Gebre-Egziabher's exciting film background, she will be giving a presentation tomorrow on her experience teaching film in Ethiopia as a Fulbright Specialist. Join us in room 196 from 2 PM - 3 PM. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

***Please note that the flyer below lists an incorrect room number. The presentation will take place in room AA-196 at 2 PM.***
***Please note that the flyer above lists an incorrect room number. The presentation will take place in room AA-196 at 2 PM.***

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Midterm Madness

Extended Hours!!  February 29 - March 4.

There will be more time to prepare for midterms next week as the Library once again maintains extended hours.

Madness.  Get it?

The Library will be open 

Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 11.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 6.00pm

Snacks will be served at 10pm!

Come study with us!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hello from Willi

The Library Fish:

Willi is reading:

Fish that fake orgasms : and other zoological curiosities.  QL50 .W23 2007

Friday, February 19, 2016

Grasses for the Masses 2

The Grass is back!

On Wednesday, February 17th, Library Specialists Michelle Jerney-Davis and Kevin O'Hagan installed a grass growth chamber in the Library Living Room to help save the Chesapeake Bay! The Grasses for the Masses program enlists volunteers across the region to grow Wild Celery (Vallisneria Americana) as part of a continued effort to clean up the Bay. This is the second year in row we’ve had grass growing in the Library.

Michelle adds distilled water to the growth chamber.

Kevin skims the loose dirt from the chamber surface.

The grass will grow all semester in the Library and then be transplanted into the Potomac River. Come and see our grass grow!

Want to learn more about efforts to save the Bay? Check out the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s website:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Coming Soon... a Library near you (the Alexandria Campus Library).

Grass returns!  Beginning Wednesday February 17th the Library will once again support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's "Grasses for the Masses" project to bolster aquatic grass populations and help save the Bay.  Stop by and visit our growth chamber in the Library Living Room.  The Library first grew grass for the Bay last year.

Essential Oils.  The Green Club will present on the environmental and health benefits of essential oils on Thursday February 18th from 12.30-2.

Al-Mutanabbi Pop-Up Student Art Show.  The Library will host a book-arts exhibit from February 18-29 featuring the work of student from NOVA and George Mason University.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March 2016, throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Exhibits, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, and celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq, who have endured so much; and with people at home and abroad who are unable to make their voices heard.
Midterm Madness!!!  Back by popular demand: the Library will be open an extra hour from February 29th - March 4th to provide more study time for midterms and 8-week-session finals.  The Library will be open until 11pm Monday-Thursday and 6pm Friday.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Container Garden

How does your garden grow?  In pots!

Professor Cintas's BIO110 General Botany class is growing a variety of plants, and the Library is hosting:

Come by and see our garden grow, or check out a book on how to make your own contained garden:

The complete book of patio & container gardening.  SB473.2 .W55 2001

Time-saving gardener : tips and essential tasks, season by season.  SB450.97 .H88 2008

Urban agriculture : ideas and designs for the new food revolution.   S494.5.U72 T73x 2011

Apartment gardening : plants, projects, and recipes for growing food in your urban home.  SB453 .P358 2011

The edible balcony : growing fresh produce in small spaces.   SB419.5 .M58 2012

Thursday, February 04, 2016

NOVA Nighthawks

Not sure what a nighthawk is?

Read all about it in

Peterson field guide to birds of eastern and central North America.  QL681 P45 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

HELP!! The College is closed...

...and I have an assignment to submit!  I need to do research, find resources, and cite sources to complete my assignment.  What can I do???

Fear not!  Even when the College is physically closed, most Library collections and services are available online.

Go to the Library webpage to access


* ebooks.  Search the Library catalog follow the ebooks link to find tens of thousands of online holdings
*online articles (hundreds of thousand of full-text newspaper, magazine and scholarly journal articles)
*streaming video

Research Assistance:

* Chat with a librarian.  24-7, real-time assistance with a real-live Librarian (Ask a Librarian > 24/7 chat)
* Online Research Guides.  You can find one-stop guides for finding information for your course subject, or in many cases for your specific class. (instructors' names are indicated -- look for yours!)
* Citation Help.  It's not everyone's favorite thing, but you gotta do it

**Note that even when the College buildings are physically closed for any reason, class activity continues via BlackBoard.  Consult your college email and course BlackBoard pages for more information**

Monday, February 01, 2016

Snow's OVER!

The College re-opened Saturday January 30 and normal services, hours, and operations resumed.

What did YOU do while you were snowed in -- binge watch?  Binge read?  a little of both?

The Library staff recommended some of these options from the Library collections:

How did YOU stay busy in the snowzilla?  Aside from going to class online.


Alexander, The Chronicles of Prydain. PS3551.L35698 A6 2011

Gallsworthy, The Forsyte Saga.  PR6013.A5 F56 2002

Forsyte SagaAV PR6013.A5 F56 2002b

Vikings.  PN1992.77 .V555x 2013

The Young Ones. AV PN1992.77 .Y64664x 2007