Friday, June 23, 2017

Picnic!

It's summer -- good weather for a picnic:

Levy, Walter.  The Picnic: A History  GT2955 L48 2014

Unless you have allergies, but we can help with that, too:


Sears, Robert.  The Allergy Book.  RJ386 S43x 2015


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Politics. And more politics.

Lots going on the political world today, on both sides of the Atlantic.  Read all about it at YOUR Library.

Former FBI Director James Comey is on Capitol Hill to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.



FBI.  HV8138 .U53

The bureau : the secret history of the FBI.  HV8144.F43 K466 2002

The politics book. JA71 .P64185 2013

And in the UK, voters go to the polls for the General Election:



Scandal : the sexual politics of the British constitution DA480 .C567 2004

Empire : the rise and demise of the British world order and the lessons for global power DA16 .F47 2003

Friday, May 26, 2017

May the 40th Be With You

May 25th was the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars.


To celebrate over the long weekend, check out one of these books or videos:

Star wars : where science meets imagination PN1995.9.S695 S87 2005


Star wars : the visual dictionary PN1995.9.S695 R49 1998

Star wars and history  PN1995.9.S695 S74 2012


Star wars, Original Trilogy AV PN1997 .S65954x 2005


Myth, media, and culture in Star Wars : an anthology  PN1995.9.S695 M97 2012 


Sex, politics, and religion in Star wars : an anthology  PN1995.9.S695 S49 2012


The making of Star Wars : the definitive story behind the original film : based on the lost interviews from the official Lucasfilm archives  PN1997.S65943 R56 2007




Monday, May 01, 2017

May Day, mayday, M'aidez

May 1st is May Day, the day the ancient Celts celebrated as the start of summer.  It is also International Workers Day, but is not related to the distress call 'mayday' which derives from the French "m'aidez!' (help me!).


Read more about May Day traditions online in this e-book

The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe

Past, Present and Future





Saturday, April 22, 2017

EXTENDED HOURS

Just in time for finals and the last week of classes, the Alexandria Campus Library will once again offer extended opportunities for study and research:


The Library will be open an extra hour in the evenings of May 24 - 27, closing at 10pm.

Don't miss study break snacks in the evenings, pancake parties in the mornings, and de-stress activities such as origami, puzzles and coloring all day long!

(Thanks to the Office of Student Live and the Destress4Success club for partnering to sponsor these activities).




Friday, April 07, 2017

STEM Day comes to the Library

On Saturday 1 April the Alexandria Campus celebrated NOVA STEM Day.  The campus welcomed over 300 neighbors and community partners to a day full of activities and events.

In the Library, visitors explored the mathematics of paper folding (and the promise of the science of folding, for more see The Origami Revolution,  and also of course the ecology of butterflies), producing hundreds of paper butterflies currently taking flight:








STEM attendees also had an opportunity to learn about the role of aquatic grasses in nurturing the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoyed hands-on algae abatement activities.


Visit YOUR Library today to watch our grass grow, or see our butterflies fly!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Library Facelift

Following the construction of the new SILENT study rooms, the Library received a fresh coat of paint, upstairs and down, which provided an excellent opportunity to re-hang and re-display the Library's Student Art Collection:


New home for existing piece Incandescent.(above)


First Prize winner of the Student Photography Show, print, Untitled Collage.  (above, l-r)


Community College/ College Community PHT student project (views of the Alexandria campus, above)


2 new acquisitions, silent study room.

All art, in any medium, displayed in the Library is student work.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cooking with the Library (Keys to Success)

On March 21, the Alexandria Campus Library (in partnership with Student Services) presented a Keys to Success workshop to introduce strategies for healthy eating on a student budget.


Over 30 students (as well as faculty and staff members) attended to discuss issues of food insecurity, food bank and community resources, best practices for cooking healthy food on a budget as well as related Library and campus resources.

 
Copies of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day (TX714 B785 2015) were also distributed.

The cookbook is also available for download for free. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Save the Bay

Once again, the Library is growing grass to save the Chesapeake Bay.


In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program the Alexandria Campus Library is nurturing aquatic grasses that will be transplanted into a tributary of the Chesapeake.

Underwater grasses—also known as submerged aquatic vegetation or SAV—are plants that grow in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its streams, creeks and rivers. Underwater grasses are a critical part of the Bay ecosystem: they provide wildlife with food and habitat, add oxygen to the water, absorb nutrient pollution, trap sediment and reduce erosion. Like all plants, underwater grasses need sunlight to grow, which makes improving water clarity an important step in underwater grass restoration.



Check out the Libraries other aqua-culture efforts.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Sweet Sounds of... Silence!

We know the Library is loud.  You've told us.  And you've told us what you need is a SILENT place to study.  And we heard you, loud and clear (ha!).

Alexandria Campus Library's silent study rooms are here, are open, and ready to use!


The Upper Level of the Library is designated as the "Quiet Level" (think golf tournament or tennis match whispering).  Just off the quiet level you will find the silent study rooms.



Please be considerate of your fellow students.  Be silent in the silent rooms.  Be quiet in the quiet area.

There is plenty of group study space available on the Library's main level, in the Academic Success Center (room 229) or in ANY open classroom.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

China In My Eyes: Grand Opening

The vision of the China In My Eyes project is to introduce people to China, to engender curiosity and promote awareness about the Chinese culture and to take viewers on a journey through China.


Professor Dali Tan (Chinese, AL) picturedhere with Lucia Claster (Deputy Director, Confucius Institute):


Associate Dean Matt Todd delivers welcoming remarks:


The exhibit remains on display through March 6, 2017.


The exhibit also promotes the Library's wide collection of materials on Chinese history, art, culture and language, as well as popular and classic Chinese cinema on DVD.

China In My Eyes: Exhibit

In partnership with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University  the Alexandria Campus Library is proud to host a special exhibit of photographs of everyday life in China titled China In My Eyes.


On Wednesday 1 February the Library hosted a festive opening of the exhibit:




The Confucius Institute, in partnership with the Alexandria Campus and the Alexandria Campus Library Foundation provided refreshments:


Over 80 students, photographers, faculty, faculty emeriti, friends of the Confucius Institute, friends of the Library and community patrons attended the event:


Friday, January 27, 2017

Silent Study: Almost here!

This Library is a loud Library.  The students know it and the staff know it.  Unfortunately, the way the Library was designed and constructed does not allow to easily "zone" or divvy up space for different uses.

And this Library has a lot of  different uses.  People come to to do research, consult with Librarians, check out books, use Reserve textbooks, seek directions, register for classes, check Blackboard, check Facebook, email, type papers, complete homework, take online quizzes,  print (and print and print and print), seek help with printing, seek instruction with printing, complain about printing, study independently, study in groups, use wi-fi, read newspapers, discuss the news with friends, charge phones, meet friends for lunch, bring lunch to friends, meet professors, have a rest, have a cuddle, or just chill out.

What many of these activities produce is noise.  While the upper level of the Library is our "quiet" level, it is a balcony mezzanine and open to the noise activities on the main floor.

And until now, there has been no place to completely close off and allow silence to reign.

But the time has come!

 
Over the break construction began on creating two new glass-enclosed SILENT study rooms on the upper level.  


In response to long-stated student demand, these rooms will now provide enclosed, completely SILENT study space adjacent to the quiet space on the upper level.

Furniture will be in place soon!

Shhhhhhh.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

14 Week Session begins

And activity on campus kicked up a notch (or three!)


The Library has been crowded with students studying, reading, printing, researching, catching up, photocopying, and checking out books,

Does the Library have the textbook for your class?  Chances are we do.  Check the Course Reserves list to find out (or choose Course Reserves here).


Please let a Librarian know if there is a textbook or other resource you cannot find.  And stop by the Research Desk for help finding articles, books, online sources, directions to campus, the shuttle bus schedule, the restroom and much much more!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Spring Semester: Welcome!

Happy New Year and welcome to NOVA Alexandria Campus Library for 2017.



Spring Semester classes started today, Monday January 9th.

The Library begins regular semester hours:

Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 12.00pm (noon) - 4.00pm

If you are a looking for a copy of your textbook it is likely the Library has a reserve copy for your use (for free!).  Note that reserve materials must be used in the Library, and most are on a 2-hour loan, with a $4/hour fine if late.

If you have a research assignment your Librarians can help you locate appropriate resources and show you how to cite them.

Finally -- exciting things are happening upstairs!  Things are in a bit of disorder as we construct two brand new SILENT STUDY ROOMS.  They should be available for use by the end of the month!


Silent Study coming soon!