Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Maya Angelou, one of the United States’ best known writers, died today at the age of 86. Learn more about her extraordinary life from her obituary in the New York Times.

Take a look at our books by and about Maya Angelou here.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Virginia Western will be live-streaming Commencement, along with the Dental Hygiene Pinning ceremony today. If you or someone you know cannot attend but would like to view the ceremonies online, please share the following web address:

Commencement: 6:30 p.m., TODAY

Dental Hygiene: Noon, TODAY

Virginia Tech Develops the Better Stink Bug Trap!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou may not know this, but the brown marmorated stink bug is the unofficial mascot of Brown Library. Before the renovation, these destructive Asian natives were everywhere. We still get a few from time to time. Thank goodness Virginia Tech is on the case. Read or listen to this story from WVTF about how researchers are trying to even the score with yet another invasive species. Go Hokies!

Why We Weed Books

I just discovered the Awful Library Books blog today, and I think it’s going to be a guilty pleasure. We remove books from our shelves, a process librarians call weeding, that are no longer helpful to Virginia Western students (the same thing happens with e-books and articles in databases). Time can make some of these titles seem very silly. Take a look at favorite weeded titles from librarians across the country.

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Don’t Miss Out on Foundation Scholarships! Apply Now.

What: Virginia Western Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: 4 p.m., May 16, 2014

Requirements: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, high school graduate or have a GED, and be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits at Virginia Western in Fall 2014

Apply Online:

Many scholarships have additional requirements, so it is important to read each scholarship description carefully when applying.

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation has over $140,000 in scholarship funds available for academic excellence or financial need to help you reach your educational goals. You don’t have to receive federal financial aid to qualify for financial need scholarships.