Category Archives: Celebrations

FREE “Roanoke Valley Reads Book” for VWCC Students

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Students — Get a FREE copy of the 2015 Roanoke Valley Reads book, Factory Man! How?

  • Come to the top floor of Brown Library with your student ID or class schedule on Wednesday, October 14th
  • Ask for the book, Factory Man
  • If you’re one of the first 60 people to ask, you’ll get your own copy of the book for free!

Want to get it signed by the author, former Roanoke Times reporter, Beth Macy? Head to her Kickoff talk at the Jefferson Center later that evening on October 14th at 7pm. The “Factory Man” himself, John Bassett, III, will be joining her, and she will be greeting people and signing books after the event.

Brown Library and Student Activities have partnered once again to hold a book giveaway of the featured Roanoke Valley Reads selection. Roanoke Valley Reads is a community-wide reading experience that brings people together, promotes tolerance and understanding of differing points of view, and emphasizes the importance of literacy.

Love Your Library Day!

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“Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto.” Raekwon Moore breaks it down in the early morning hours at the Reference Desk.

Come celebrate “Love Your Library Day” today (Monday, February 24) in Brown Library. This is your opportunity to get to know the Learning Resources that are available for you on all three floors of the Brown Library Building — your ticket to academic support and success.

Check out Today’s activities:

Building-Wide Scavenger Hunt

  • (For Students Only) Get scavenger hunt forms from the Circulation Desk on the top floor of the library. Submit completed scavenger hunt forms to the Circulation Desk for a chance to win a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card. Six runner-up prizes will also be awarded. Prizes provided by Student Activities and the VWCC bookstore. Contest winners will be notified on February 25.

Ground Floor Activities

  • (For Students Only) The first ten students who visit the Writing Center and say, “I love my library” will get a goodie bag.
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They dance more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day! From left: Kristen Bailey, Carol Ann Bailey, Michael Bailey.

Main Floor Activities

  • (For Students, Staff, and Faculty) Kiss Contest! Guess the correct number of candy kisses on display at the main floor Resource Desk, and win a prize. Prizes provided by Bubblecake. Contest winners will be notified on February 25.

Top Floor Activities

  • (For Students, Staff, and Faculty) Free hot beverages 10am-2pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.
  • (For Students Only) The first ten students who visit the Reference Desk and do “The Robot” will get a goodie bag. Research assistance provided for those who are not familiar with that dance.
  • (For Music Lovers) Electrifying performance by the “Mime-All-Mime Air Guitar Band.” We don’t know exactly when the band will be performing, so you will just have to come and spend the day in our building.

We look forward to seeing you and serving you in Brown Library.

What About the First Day of Spring? Standing eggs?

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia

On the first day of Spring — March 20 in 2014 — day and night hours are about equal, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Around this day, we experience the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun rolls northward across the celestial equator. This means the sun rises “exactly due east and sets exactly due west,” the almanac tells us.

The Almanac editors tried out a bit of folklore related to this period and have the results on their “Spring” page. Editors tested this: “According to folklore, you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox. Is this true?”

Here’s what happened:
“One spring, a few minutes before the vernal equinox, several Almanac editors tried this trick. For a full workday, 17 out of 24 eggs stood standing. Three days later, we tried this trick again and found similar results. Perhaps 3 days after the equinox was still too near. Try this yourself and let us know what happens!”

The Virginia Western Community can learn more about the equinox by logging in to Brown Library’s book catalog and searching on equinox to find this film that can be streamed: “Orbit – Earth’s Extraordinary Journey” by BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Happy Holidays from Brown Library

The library is here to serve you on the top floor and will return to our normal hours on Tuesday, January 7th. Our holiday schedule is:

Wednesday and Thursday, 12/18-12/19: 8am-5pm

Friday, 12/20/13 — Wednesday, 1/1/14: CLOSED

Thursday and Friday, 1/2-1/3/14: 8am-5pm

Saturday, 1/4/14: CLOSED

Monday, 1/6/14: 8am-5pm

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Photo by Petritap

See you in 2014!