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October 2, 2014

Free “Roanoke Valley Reads” Book for VWCC Students

Want to get involved with Roanoke Valley Reads 2014?  Brown Library still has copies of the featured book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. To get a free book, take your student ID or class schedule to the top floor of Brown Library, and ask a library staff member.

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.

September 15, 2014

Free “Roanoke Valley Reads Book” for VWCC Students

Students --- Get a FREE copy of the 2014 Roanoke Valley Reads book! Brown Library and Student Activities are partnering to provide 30 copies of  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Book giveaway times are at 11:00am and 5:00pm on Thursday, September 18. The first 15 students who bring their student ID or class schedule to the top floor of Brown Library at or after the designated times and ask for the book will receive a free copy.

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.

September 12, 2014

Free “Roanoke Valley Reads Book” for VWCC Students

Students --- Get a FREE copy of the 2014 Roanoke Valley Reads book! Brown Library and Student Activities are partnering to provide 30 copies of  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Book giveaway times are at 11:00am and 5:00pm on Thursday, September 18. The first 15 students who bring their student ID or class schedule to the top floor of Brown Library at or after the designated times and ask for the book will receive a free copy.

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.

April 18, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

TIP #4 – Help is always available for you in the library

The library has friendly, knowledgeable staff members who are happy to help you in person and by phone. Feel free to go up to our Reference Desk and our Circulation Desk (both on the top floor of the Brown Library Building) to get help with your research needs or to get general college information. If we don’t know the answer, we will keep looking until we find it. Hey, it’s what we do.  :-)

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

April 17, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

TIP #3 - If we don’t have the item you need, we can request it from another library that owns it. (Librarians are good at sharing.)

Our Interlibrary Loan service allows you to obtain books, journal articles, and other materials that are not available in Brown Library. Student requests are honored for materials needed to fulfill the reading and research requirements of the College's course offerings. Faculty and staff requests are honored for materials used for work-related inquiry or to support the mission of the college. Get more information here.

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

April 16, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

TIP #2 - You can access the library’s databases from home.

Our library databases contain thousands of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. Information that you can trust! You can access this information while using a computer in the library or in another location on campus. You can also access this information from home by entering your user name and password --- the same user name and password that you use for MyVWCC. Check out the databases that are available to you: http://virginiawestern.edu/library/databases.php

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

November 4, 2013

Free Movie Tuesday, 2pm: Koran By Heart

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

  • Tuesday, 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.

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.

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.

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.

October 22, 2013

Free Movie Tuesday, 2pm: Persepolis

Don't miss the Bridging Cultures Film Series!

  • 10/22, 2pm, Whitman TheaterPersepolis (2007)
    • Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.
  • 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.

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.

October 14, 2013

Book Discussion Monday!

Bridging Cultures Book Discussion: In the Country of Men

Don’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.