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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.

Cold Weather On The Way, Again.

Another polar vortex is set to bring the mercury way down again in the area. Just the term “polar vortex” sounds like something out of a summer blockbuster, right? Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Katniss Everdeen, save us! Arm yourself with knowledge provided by the National Weather Service website. The NWS Windchill Temperature (WCT) index includes a wind child calculator and it provides links to practical information to help you plan for extremely cold weather.

 

New Guide Helps You Find Statistical Information!

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Brown Library is putting the power of statistical information in your hands. Our new Statistics LibGuide, short for Library Guide, is a website with links to nearly 60 governmental and not-for-profit statistics sites. It just got much easier for you to find statistical information for your papers and projects. Find statistics on population, crime, religious beliefs, health-related topics, and the environment, among others.

There you will find the statistics guide and other LibGuides specific to classes offered here at Virginia Western.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need help with your research assignments.

Warning: Due Dates Are Closer Than They Appear

Need help with a research assignment? Now you can reserve a Research Consultation with a Reference Librarian for up to 30 minutes to help you find resources for your research paper and citations. To schedule a session, call 857-7303, email ddulaney@virginiawestern.edu, or stop by the 2nd floor of the Brown Library building. All you have to do is have your topic selected and provide a copy of your assignment. Hurry, the semester is almost over!

Free Movie Tuesday, 2pm: Koran By Heart

Don’t miss the final film of the Bridging Cultures Film Series!

  • 11/5, 2pm, Whitman TheaterKoran by Heart: Once Chance to Remember (2011)
    • Captures the drama of the annual International Holy Koran Competition, following three extraordinary ten year olds who have dedicated their lives to honoring their families, countries, and culture through memorization of the religious text.

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These films are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys award granted to Brown Library by the NEH. They are available to be checked out on a reserve basis from the Circulation desk on the top floor of the library.

Previous films in the series:

  • Prince Among Slaves  (2007)
    • The amazing true story of Abdul Rahman Sori, an African prince, enslaved in the American South and freed 40 years later.
  • Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
    • Explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, calligraphy, and metal work.
  • Persepolis (2007)
    • Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.