Category Archives: Staff Picks

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

Audiobooks

  • 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!”

New Shakespeare Portraits Found? A Tale of Two Sources.

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We love it when an announcement is made that a new portrait of Shakespeare is discovered. These stories are popular because everyone wants to see what the author of “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” looked like. The problem is that there is no definitive portrait out there. Every portrait must endure incredible scrutiny from scientists and scholars and, no matter the results, the experts will fall into one of three camps: yes, no, and maybe.

Compare two stories about recent discoveries of Shakespeare portraits. One is from Discovery News titled “Two New Portraits of Shakespeare Found” by Rozella Lorenzi, posted 12 February 2014. It’s the online news arm of the television folks who bring you Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Think about these questions based on the short article. Are there other portraits with competing claims of authenticity? The one scholar mentioned in the article is in the yes camp. Are there others who are in the “no” or “maybe” camp? Is it possible these portraits are not authentic? Who is the author?

A second article is from Science Daily, titled “Lifetime Portrait of Shakespeare Discovered?” based on material from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, posted March 10, 2009. Think about these two articles. What differences do you notice in how the information is presented? See Science Daily’s About Section on the page (scroll to the bottom). Which is a more reliable source of information: Science Daily or Discovery News?

Both articles make for interesting reading for the general public. But, as a college student, you have to carefully consider the sources you use in your work and don’t be afraid to question what you read.

Read the Book That Inspired the Movie.

Check out our latest book display! Faith Janney, our circulation manager, picked nearly 40 books from the collection that were made into movies.

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Four additional books will be available for check out today:

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Brett Witter

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips

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.

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!