Category Archives: Celebrations

Bridging Cultures Kickoff Party!

Monday, Sept. 23rd, 10am-11am, front steps of Brown Library

FREE books to the first 200 students! (Current VWCC only.)  Students can choose from one of the following titles: In the Country of Men (the Bridging Cultures book discussion book), Persepolis, Dreams of Trespass, and House of Stone. Refreshments provided.

Come celebrate Brown Library’s newest special collection, the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Included in this award is a collection of 25 books and three films centered around Islamic art, literature, history, politics, current events, and religion, as well as a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. We are the only Virginia community college to win this great grant from the NEH!

Please come on down to the Kickoff as well as the rest of the events scheduled this Fall:

  • 9/24, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Prince Among Slaves (open to public)
  • 10/8, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (open to public)
  • 10/14, 6:30pm, Natural Science Center: Book Discussion—In the Country of Men (open to public)
    • “The truth couldn’t be kept away, it was cunning, sly-natured, seeping through at its own indifferent pace.” In Hisham Matar’s debut novel, a Libyan boy must come to terms with difficult truths about Libya, loyalty, and truth when his father disappears. On the surface a story of the violence and absurdity of life during the rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi, In the Country of Men describes the politics of childhood more than the politics of nations. Just as the plot brilliantly unfolds in unpredictable ways, we are catapulted forward to the next decade. We are left to reflect on the ties that bind us all—the universal embarrassments and frustrations of childhood, the challenge of constructing meaning from memory, and the presence of unavoidable truths. Led by Steven Salaita, Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
  • 10/22, 2pm, Whitman Theater:  Film Series—Persepolis (open to public)
  • 11/5, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Koran by Heart: Once Chance to Remember (open to public)

Library Closed for Labor Day Weekend

Brown Library will close on Friday, August 30th, at 5pm and will remain closed throughout the Labor Day weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 8am.

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access professional assistance, online library resources, and computers for doing class work or research. Check out these alternatives:

Computer Labs on Campus

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases and the Library Catalog

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Local Public and College Libraries

Top Floor of the Library Now Open!

The top floor of Brown Library is now open!

The entire book collection is back— for your academic needs and pleasure reading. Plus magazines, journals, newspapers, textbooks on reserve, iPads, laptops, handheld GIS units, *more* study rooms and tables, AND our ever friendly, helpful Circulation staff!

Both floors are done and ready for YOU. Come find out why Brown Library is the place to meet, study, collaborate, research, and learn.

Congratulations to Our Winners!

As part of National Library Week, Brown Library sponsored a Word of the Week contest. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to create their own definition for the word, “jentacular”— no Googling allowed!  We received many great definitions, many of them relating to either Jennifer Aniston or Jennifers in general. Some of them related the word to gentleman.

Congratulations to our student winner, Patrick Breslin! His definition: “When in the midst of an intense game of Jenga, and one performs a spectacular move that wobbles the tower but doesn’t fall.”

And congrats to our faculty/staff winner, James E. Smith, who defined it as “A spectacular jokester and entertainer.”

Both are the lucky winners of a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! Thank you to everyone who entered and put their creativity to work!

But the real definition is…

Jentacular—adj. Of or pertaining to a breakfast taken early in the morning, or immediately on getting up. (From the Latin ientaculum.)

Breakfast meal

Connect with Us

Library Tip of the Day

Did you know the library has a blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, YouTube channel, and Foursquare account? And Pinterest is in the making…

National Library Week Events:

  • Reading Flash Mob: Bring a book, comics, magazines, graphic novel and READ. Front steps of library, 11:15am on the dot, Friday, April 19th.
  • Word of the Week: Stop by the library to find out our mystery word. Create your own fun definition and enter to win a B&N gift card! (One student winner, one faculty/staff winner.)
  • Library Find-a-Word
  • Snapshot VA
  • Library Survey: Turn in a completed survey and enter for a chance to win $25!

We’ll also have a table at Spring Fling on Friday, April 19th—see you there!