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Working on Your Fitness?

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution related to health, well-being, or fitness? Maybe it wasn’t a resolution. Whatever your reasoning, did you know that Brown Library has popular magazines that can help with your health, well-being, and fitness goals? Climb the stairs for an extra calorie burn, and browse the magazines on the top floor. We’ve got Men’s Fitness, Shape, Health, Prevention, Bicycling, Nutrition Action Newsletter, and more!

Roanoke Valley Reads Kickoff

Thursday, October 17th is the official kickoff to a month of Roanoke Valley Reads programming! Some featured events include:

  • A talk by Wish You Well author, David Baldacci. Oct. 17, 7pm, Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center. Modern Appalachian Music provided by Maestro David Stewart Wiley & Jeff Midkiff. Seating is first come, first served.
  • Appalachian Storytelling. Oct. 22, 6:30pm, Franklin County Library.
  • A talk by Ed Sala, who plays Judge Henry Atkins in the new movie adaptation of the book. Oct. 23, 6:30pm, Williamson Road branch library.
  • From Book to Film: a talk by producer Sara Elizabeth Timmons. Oct. 24, 7pm, Taubman Museum of Art.
  • WVTF Book Club Discussion of Wish You Well. Oct. 29, 7pm, WVTF/Radio IQ Broadcast Center.

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. Brown Library previously participated in the Big Read Roanoke Valley 2010 and Roanoke Valley Reads 2011.

For more information about the featured book, Wish You Well, or for more events related to it, head to Roanoke Valley Reads 2013.

Bridging Cultures Book Discussion: In the Country of Men

countryofmenDon’t miss this exciting book discussion, led by Virginia Tech Professor Steven Salaita, author of six books and numerous articles. 10/14, 6:30pm, Natural Science Center. Open to the public; refreshments provided.

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.

This book is part of 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. The books and films are available to be checked out from the Circulation desk on the top floor of the library.

Roanoke Valley Reads 2013

The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” —Mary McGrory, Washington Post

Brown Library will host yet another FREE BOOK giveaway to current VWCC students at 10am on Thursday, October 10th, in celebration of Roanoke Valley Reads 2013. Head to the Reference desk on the Main floor or Circulation desk on the top floor of the library, and librarians will give you your book! First come, first served; there are only 30 copies available.

The book selected for all the city to read is Wish You Well by David Baldacci, a Richmond, Virginia native.

How do you participate in Roanoke Valley Reads?

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Pick up a copy of Wish You Well by David Baldacci. Current VWCC students can get their FREE BOOK at Brown Library! There are also copies of it on reserve at the Circulation desk.
  2. Read the book.
    • Think about it!
    • Talk about it!
    • Share it!
  3. Attend events October 17 – November 17, and take a friend!
    Book discussions and other programs based on themes in the book will be scheduled throughout the Roanoke Valley, including a talk and signing by the author on October 17th. Check the Events Calendar for updates.

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. Brown Library previously participated in the Big Read Roanoke Valley 2010 and Roanoke Valley Reads 2011.

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FREE Books on Monday!

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!

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