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Local Book Featured in People Magazine

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by local author, Carol Wall, is featured in the “Books” review section of the March 10th issue of People Magazine. The review calls the book “a profoundly moving memoir that tells the story of an unexpected friendship and the rewards of reaping what we sow.

Two copies of this popular new book are available on the top floor of Brown Library. See a library staff member at the Circulation Desk, and check out this featured selection for a 2 week period.

Come to Brown Library and “Get your READ on!”

Popular Local Book on Reserve at Brown Library

Brown Library has two copies of the popular new book, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by local author and retired Roanoke Catholic English teacher, Carol Wall. The book, recently featured in the Roanoke Times, tells the story of Wall’s unlikely friendship with Kenyan immigrant, Giles Owita, who has a Doctorate in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. Go to the Circulation Desk on the top floor of Brown Library to check out this book for two weeks.

The library also has a large collection of beautiful and informative horticulture and gardening resources to support the college’s Horticulture programs and to appeal to gardening enthusiasts. Just a few of the available titles are listed below:

Books in Print

  • Flora of Virginia by Alan S. Weakley, J. Christopher Ludwig, and John F. Townsend
  • The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People by Marlene A. Condon
  • Flowers A to Z: Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging by Cecelia Heffernan
  • Sustainable Horticulture: Today and Tomorrow by Raymond P. Poincelot


  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

Magazines and Journals in Print

  • Fine Gardening
  • Garden Design
  • Horticulture: Magazine of American Gardening
  • Mother Earth News: The Original Guide to Living Wisely

Come to Brown Library and “Get your READ on!”

Library Renovation, Phase II Begins!

The top floor of the library–the Circulation department– will only be open through November 29th. Beginning Monday, December 3rd, all Circulation services, such as book and technology check-outs, textbooks on Reserve, and interlibrary loan, will be located in the classroom on the main floor of Brown Library. Any inquiries regarding the Archives will also be taken in the classroom.

Research assistance will still be available in Reference, as usual, on the main floor.

Please pass the word that the library’s main floor will continue to be the place to be, during the remainder of the Fall and Spring semesters!

Handheld GPS Units Now Available

The library now has nine small, hand-held GPS Devices available for check-out by current students, faculty, and staff. 

These Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS units each come with a fabric case and attached strap, a Quick Start Guide, a more detailed Owner’s Manual, a Tips Sheet, and a USB cable for connecting the GPS device to a computer.

NOTE:  We will soon have information about free software that can be downloaded to a computer from the internet to enable that computer to recognize and connect to the proprietary Garmin software on these GPS devices. Routes located and maps created by the units can then be imported into Google Earth and saved on a computer. As soon as we have it, we will make that information available with each GPS unit at time of check-out.

Check-Out Terms: 

  • The check-out period for Students = 1 week; Faculty & Staff = 2 weeks.
  • Each GPS unit requires 2 AA batteries to operate; the user (student/faculty/staff) must provide the batteries.
  • Each GPS unit must be returned in person at the end of the check-out term.  If there is no waiting list, it may be possible to check the unit out again. Renewals are not available by phone or email.
  • If a unit is lost, destroyed, or returned significantly impaired, the replacement cost is $200.  Replacement costs for individual accessories will be assessed as well. These GPS devices are for use outdoors, while camping, fishing or hiking, or during any kind of field work, and for scouting, tracking and recording routes to off-road destinations. But they are not indestructible.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 857-6941 or 857-6332.