Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Diwali!

"Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn.
Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, the main theme is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Here we take a look at one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture."

Hinduism.  BL1202 K475 2008

Essential Hinduism.  BL1202 .R55 2006

Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Art

We gave our student assistants Exacto knives & glue and let them loose on some old books.  Here is some of the art they created:

(above:  a "burning" book.  Most appropriate for Banned Books Week)

All these and more are on display in the Library.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Constitution and Citizenship Week

Constitution Day (September 17th) will be observed at NOVA during the week of September 18 - 22.

September 17th is also designated as Citizenship Day:

In 1952 Congress repealed this joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate “the formation and signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States.” The day was still designated as “Citizenship Day” and retained its original purpose of recognizing all those who had attained American citizenship. This law urged civil and educational authorities of states, counties, cities and towns to make plans for the proper observance of the day and “for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”

Alexandria Campus will observe both commemorations with a series of talks given by faculty, as well as appropriate resources to read or watch available in the Library:

America's constitution : a biography.  KF4541 .A87 2005

The genius of America : how the Constitution saved our country--and why it can again.  KF4541 .L334x 2007

The Amendments to the Constitution Bill of Rights and beyond.  DVD KF4557 .A44x 2008

Friday, September 15, 2017

Student Success Conference a SUCCESS

The 2017 Student Success Conference wrapped up with the Grand Prize Drawing on Thursday 14 September in the Library.  Amidst popcorn and sodas Interim Dean Matt Todd drew tickets for a chance to win two Chromebooks.

Both lucky winners were present!  Congratulations!

 (students enjoying the final Library Open House, popcorn fest and prize drawing)

This year's conference included sessions on:  Blackboard, Healthcare, Time Management, Microsoft Office, Course Scheduling, Leadership, Volunteer opportunities, Google, video-making, campus resources such as Library, Tutoring, TILT, Student Services, Open Computer Lab and more!

Many thanks to the Office of Student Life which funded the conference.

There were over 500 student participants.

(Courtney Boland, Tutoring Coordinator and one of the conference planners)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Student Success Conference 9/11-9/14

The Alexandria Campus Student Success Conference is in full swing!

Find out about campus resources, study skills, student opportunities, networking and MORE in this four day conference to help NOVA students START STRONG.

Partnering with Student Services, TILT, Library, Open Computer Lab, Testing Services, Campus Police, Arlington Public Library, Provost's Office, Academic Success Center and MORE the conference gives a broad overview of resources on campus available to promote student success and learning; also introduction to skills and behaviors like mindfulness, time-management and study skills; and finally many opportunities for students to engage in college life at NOVA.

The Conference lasts from 10am and concludes with POPCORN and prizes at 3.30 in the Library.

And of course, what is success without SNACKS:

(we have lots of snacks!) 

Monday, August 21, 2017


Although it was the first day of classes, campus came to a communal stand-still around 2.30pm as we all donned special 3-D like glasses, craned necks and gazed into the sky:

Eclipse.  QB541 .B74 1991

(viewing party in the Library)

Eclipse-viewing glasses were available for checkout in the Library.  Demand was high.

(Alexandria Provost Dr Haggray and Director of Student Engagement Ms Diaz view the eclipse) 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome to Fall Semester!!

Fall Classes begin August 21st and the Library is ready to welcome you.

Visit the Alexandria campus Library for

Research assistance (locate, evaluate and use scholarly resources appropriate to college-level work)

Citation Help (who is this MLA and who made them in charge?)

Course Texts and Materials (use textbooks FOR FREE)

Calculators (Got Math?  We've got graphing calculators for use for free)

Study Space (study in a group, study quietly, study silently hint: silent study is on the upper level)

Internet, BlackBoard, Print (hint: if you need a computer or printing assistance, visit the Open Computer Lab in room 332)

Fall Semester Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday-Sunday: closed

Monday, July 31, 2017

Miracle of Dunkirk

Unless you've been trapped on a sandy beach somewhere you will be aware that the epic film Dunkirk was released last week.

Telling the amazing story of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force by a flotilla of small civilian vessels, the film's narrative follows three major threads covering different periods of time: one beginning on land and covering one week, one on the sea and covering one day, and one in the air covering one hour.

Read up on the history of the Evacuation of Dunkirk:

Dunkirk : fight to the last man D756.5.D8 S43 2006

Dunkirk : retreat to victory.  D756.5.D8 T48 2011

The miracle of Dunkirk D756.5.D8 L67 1984

Friday, June 23, 2017


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


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.