Keeping North Run Creek Beautiful

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The Reynolds family cleaning up North Run Creek. Photo courtesy Neale Foster.

Did you know that North Run Creek snakes along the property line of Reynolds’ Parham Road Campus? All along the path you’ll find informational signs that were originally put up by DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation) and approximately 2 miles of trails that follow the creek line and zig zag through the surrounding woods and fields. Not only is this peaceful, mostly shade-covered trail available to Reynolds students, faculty and staff, but it’s also available to the public every day!

 

On Friday, August 12th, at 9AM in 95 degree weather, a group of volunteers from Reynolds, comprised of staff, faculty, family members, and including one adventurous rising freshman, participated in the annual creek clean-up with the patient help of buildings and grounds employees. We are proud to say that three library staff people, Suzanne Sherry, KC Frankenburger and Neale Foster, assisted with this clean-up.

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Afterward, cooling down in the air conditioning. Photo courtesy Neale Foster.

Volunteers spent roughly two and a half hours picking up paper, styrofoam, plastic, old tires, bottles, cans, candy wrappers, and any other litter they found along the path. And they didn’t complain about the weather once! (Okay, maybe once.) But no matter the weather, it’s always important to remember to that keep our environment beautiful we have to do our part.

If you get the chance, please check out the trail to experience the beauty of nature right here in our own Reynolds back-yard! And remember: Re-use, reduce, recycle!

Student Expo Projects…Delectable!

On an average day the library at all three Reynolds campuses is full of people studying and reading. On April 19th, 20th and 21st of this year,  however, Reynolds Libraries were jam packed with biology projects, nursing projects, hand welded sculptures, paintings, floral designs and yes, even… wedding cakes!

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This wedding cake featuring orange blossoms and bees was created by Sara Coats in Chef Puja Wingfield’s HRI 286 class within the Culinary Arts Program.  It was one of five “dummy” wedding cakes displayed at the downtown campus, and there was SO MUCH MORE!  To see photos of all of the projects, click here.

In its second year, the Student Expo drew over 300  people to gaze in amazement at the works of Reynolds students.  We are so grateful to the students and faculty who contributed their fine projects.  The library truly came alive with all of your work!

 

Floral designs on display at Goochland Campus Library

floral design 1The Goochland Campus library is showcasing displays from one of David Pippin’s Floral Design Classes.  Drop by the library to study, read a book or newspaper, use one of our new computers, laptops or iPads and be surrounded by these beautiful floral designs.

The library has numerous books in the collection to help guide you through tFloral design 1he creative process of floral design.  Our premiere Floral Design instructor, David Pippin, is well-known in Virginia’s horticultural world, and is a sought-after designer of floral arrangements throughout the Commonwealth.  His “taste and skill in floral design have a refinement and cutting edge to them that can match the best New York has to offer.”

Reynolds offers a Career Studies Certificate in Floral Design. Read  about our instructor, David Pippin, at his website http://www.davidpippin.biz or better yet, sign up for one of his floral design classes!  Classes can be found on the Reynolds Community College homepage.

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ImageThe library is proud to introduce the new and improved Library Scavenger hunt! The Library Scavenger hunt is a great activity for your class that incorporates technology, information literacy modules, and a library orientation all in one fun session.

Students working in teams search for library resources and post their answers, with a few selfies along the way, on Instagram.  Back in the library classroom, teams present their answers and are scored for accuracy.

We are excited to offer this activity to your classes.  The activity can be scheduled for 50-75 minutes depending on your time frame.


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to schedule a Scavenger Hunt for your class!

High School to College Transition Initiatives: A Repeat Performance

denise-pig Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated again on the presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Conference in Williamsburg, VA. During their session, Denise and Anita discussed the various collaborative initiatives they are working on to better prepare high school students for college level research. Denise attended some awesome sessions, networked with other high school librarians, and met a pig that loves libraries!

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Your Brain on Peppermint: Peppermints and Pencils in the Library!

peppermintsAccording to study published in 2008 in the International Journal of Neuroscience, “participants exposed to peppermint oil experienced enhanced memory and processing speeds…[and peppermint] also increased their alertness while helping them maintain a sense of calm.”

We figured if it was published in the Journal of Neuroscience then it must be true. So, beginning Monday, December 7th through Saturday, December 19th (or until we run out of peppermints and pencils!), the Reynolds Libraries will be hosting our popular Peppermints and Pencils  event. Come in anytime during our extended hours to pick up a snazzy Reynolds pencil and some peppermints to help you study for your exams.

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The Reynolds Library Staff wishes you the best of luck through these last two weeks of the semester and please remember we are always here to help!

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Be a Part (…of Something Bigger)

Alright, cadets, listen up! At this very moment, the library is looking for a group of adventurous students to take part in a brand new focus group about technology on campus and in the library.

Who are we looking for?satellite

First, you have to be a Reynolds student. Secondly, you have to have something to say about technology. Whether you love it or hate it, technology is a part of our world and we use it every day. It makes our lives both more simple, and more frustratingly complicated. And for you, the student, this means that, like it or not, you have to use technology for most of all of your research and classes. So help us help you navigate this complicated world of gadgets and gizmos by telling us what you need. We need your voices, your opinions, your ideas, to shape the future of technology at Reynolds.

(If that didn’t convince you to take part in the group, did I mention there are prizes involved? And yummy treats too!)

We’ll be hosting two sessions next week and you can find the info below:

Monday, Nov. 16th at 11 AM

Parham Road Campus library (Massey building), Room 103-J

Tuesday, Nov 17th at 10AM

Downtown Campus library instruction room, Room 212

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