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Big Read Kick-Off A Big Success!

On Friday, February 12th, Virginia Western’s Brown Library hosted a kick-off event for The Big Read Roanoke Valley. Fifty copies for the Big Read book, A Lesson Before Dying, were given out FREE to the first fifty students who came by! To learn more about why you should participate in The Big Read, check out this video by our own Media Geeks.

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Big Read Kick-Off Tomorrow!!

February 12th is the VWCC Kickoff, steps of the Brown Library, 10am-12noon!!

Come learn about Roanoke’s literary event, The Big Read, and what Virginia Western is doing to celebrate it! Free books to the first 50 students! Refreshments provided.


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The Big Read is a national reading program that is being billed as “The Roanoke Valley’s Biggest Literary Event Ever!”

The Educational Foundation, Student Activities, and Brown Library invite you to join Roanoke Valley residents who will be reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Here’s how to get involved:

  • Get a copy of the book from your favorite library or bookstore (several local bookstores are offering discounts). Brown Library has two copies on reserve for you to check out at the Circulation desk.
  • Read the book before March 1.
  • Participate in the local and on-campus events described here and at bigreadroanokevalley.org.
  • Everyone is also encouraged to “Get Caught Reading.”  Get a picture of yourself with the book and submit it here.

Several on-campus activities have been planned especially for our students!

  • February 12th is the VWCC Kickoff, Brown Library, 10:00 a.m!! Brown Library and Student Activities will introduce The Big Read at this general information session for students and the Virginia Western community. Free books to the first 50 students!
  • March 16th is the Justice Club’s Panel Discussion, Natural Science Center, 7:00 p.m. Topic of discussion: “The Ultimate Sanction: A Commentary on the Administration of Justice in A Lesson Before Dying”
  • March 31st, Jazz Poetry in the Student Commons, 1:00 p.m. Live jazz complements the reading and recitation of spoken word and poetry based on themes from A Lesson Before Dying.

The Big Read Comes to VWCC

The Big Read is a national reading program that is being billed as “The Roanoke Valley’s Biggest Literary Event Ever!”

The Educational Foundation, Student Activities, and Brown Library invite you to join Roanoke Valley residents who will be reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Here’s how to get involved:

  • Get a copy of the book from your favorite library or bookstore (several local bookstores are offering discounts). Brown Library has two copies on reserve for you to check out at the Circulation desk.
  • Read the book before March 1.
  • Participate in the local and on-campus events described here and at bigreadroanokevalley.org.
  • Everyone is also encouraged to “Get Caught Reading.”  Get a picture of yourself with the book and submit it here.

Several on-campus activities have been planned especially for our students!

  • February 12th is the VWCC Kickoff, Brown Library, 10:00 a.m!! Brown Library and Student Activities will introduce The Big Read at this general information session for students and the Virginia Western community. Free books to the first 50 students!
  • March 16th is the Justice Club’s Panel Discussion, Natural Science Center, 7:00 p.m. Topic of discussion: “The Ultimate Sanction: A Commentary on the Administration of Justice in A Lesson Before Dying”
  • March 31st, Jazz Poetry in the Student Commons, 1:00 p.m. Live jazz complements the reading and recitation of spoken word and poetry based on themes from A Lesson Before Dying.

Support the Roanoke Public Library

hand-5Need something to do this coming Monday night? Come join us in a show of support for the public library. Friends of the Roanoke Public Library and other concerned community members will be at the short City Council meeting to celebrate the Library Master Plan and encourage its continued implementation.

Accomplishments thus far include the award-winning Valley View Mall e-branch and the Garden City e-branch, which had more than 25,000 visitors last year, and the renovations of both the Jackson Park and Gainsboro branches. These renovations included building new community and study rooms and expanding the book collection; teen centers will be completed early next year. Both a “Superbranch” and “Storefront” branch have been recommended as state-of-the-art facilities for the future.

In order for more improvements to be made in the future, we need to show the Council that the citizens of the Roanoke Valley value the library and its expansion. So bring some friends, a small book, and raise your hand in support of the public library!

LOCAL EVENT: 7:00pm-7:30pm, City Council Chambers (4th Floor) in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Bldg., 215 Church Avenue, Roanoke.

For more information and to RSVP, check out our Facebook page or the online Evite.

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Did you know that June is when diversity and civil liberties for all is celebrated across the country? Here’s a short history of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. 

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

The Brown Library has many books and resources by and about the LGBT community, including:

  • Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina. Circulating collection, call number PS3551.L453 B37 1993
  • Maupin, Armistead. Tales of the CIty. Circulating collection, call number PS3563.A878 T34 1994
  • Winterson, Jeanette. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. Circulating collection, call number PR6073.I558 O7 1987
  • Vidal, Gore. The Essential Gore Vidal. Circulating collection, call number PS3543.I26 A6 1999
  • Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle. Circulating collection, call number PS3552.R698 R8 1988
  • Duncan, Robert. The Opening of the Field. Circulating collection, call number PS3507.U629O6
  • Morris, Jan. Journeys. Circulating collection, call number G465.M66 1984
  • Fuss, Diana (editor). Inside/Out: Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories. Circulating collection, call number HQ76.25.I58 1991
  • Jost, Kenneth. Gays on Campus [electronic resource]. Internet—Books—Online Access. CQresearcher.com    

LOCAL EVENTS around town which commemorate Pride Month and/or celebrate the LGBT community:

  • June 14th, 2008–Roanoke’s Annual Pride Pageants, hosted by the historic Hotel Roanoke
  • September 19th-21st, 2008–19th Annual Pride in the Park, Elmwood Park