Choose Your Direction at the Library!

Reynolds Libraries will be hosting three open house events this fall. We would like each of you to join us in the library for access to all of the tools you will need for succeeding in your future. Plus, we will be giving away three Kindle Fires! (One at each event.) We would love to see you there and we have lots of informative and fun activities planned for each day!

Downtown Campus: Sept 20th 11AM-1PM

Parham Road Campus: Sept 21st 11AM – 1PM

Goochland Campus: October 26th 11AM – 1PM

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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.

Downtown Display: Can You Hear Me Now?!

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One of the worst places for people with a hearing loss to work in is the library, because everyone whispers.   I am one of those people.

In his thirties my father had the hearing of a fifty year old man.  He slowly lost his hearing and became profoundly deaf in his 60s.  He had to retire early because his hearing aids could not give him the hearing he needed for his job.  I have also been losing my hearing over the years starting in my early 40s.  I now have a hearing aid that is much better than his, but my hearing is still not perfect. I often have to ask people to repeat themselves and to face my way so I can read their lips.

Hearing loss can be very exasperating for the hard-of-hearing person and the people with whom he communicates.  Family and friends get tired of repeating everything, and for the person with a hearing loss, it sounds like everyone is mumbling.

Age-related hearing loss has been a problem for generations, but now noise-induced hearing loss is a growing problem.  People who listen to music through ear buds in the high decibel range could lose their hearing many years before they should.  A decibel is a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound which increases on a logarithmic scale.  Listening to sounds greater than 85 decibels for extended periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss.

Young people today may have the option of cooler hearing aids (see below), but being hard of hearing is a permanent and frustrating state of being.  Prevention is the best cure.

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First Library Student Expo

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Mazhar Anik, Assistant Dean of the School of Business, and Alice Starke experience viruses in 3D

Over 200 students, faculty and staff attended the first Library Student Expo, held April 22 and 23 at the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries.

Through their instructors, students submitted assignments completed as part of their coursework. Items came from multiple disciplines, ranging from Biology to English to Middle college

Projects included artwork, posters, sculptures, and even a student directed video. Refreshments were served.

Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library
Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library

Students were impressed with their peers’ work. One student remarked “They made this in biology? I have to take biology!”

Another student asked, “Can I enter my work next year?”

Dr. Susan Hunter, the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, encouraged colleagues to attend the Expo.

“I had the opportunity to stop by the library and see this Expo and I was not expecting what I saw. The students’ projects were sophisticated, professional and creative. I think you would be amazed at the depth and breadth of these student work examples.”

Thanks to all students and faculty participated in this inaugural event! A big thank you to Beth Bensen-Barber, Kristin Hott, Jerrod Hunter, Chris Thomas and Shalini Upadhyaya for volunteering their students’ work. Hopefully next year will be even bigger!

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Poetry written by students in Middle College

The Library Student Expo is Reynolds Library’s spring semester event. The Expo showcases Reynolds students’ accomplishments completed during the school year. In the fall the library hosts the Library Open House, which introduces new and returning students to the library. Both events are free; students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Dates for the 2016 Library Open House will be announced in September.

Student Expo at Reynolds Library!

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The library will be hosting a Student Expo at the Parham Road and Downtown Campus Libraries next week.  Drop by to take a closer look at all of the great student projects on display in the library and grab some refreshments while you’re there.

Wednesday April 22nd
12PM – 2PM
Downtown Campus Library

Thursday, April 23rd
12PM – 2PM
Parham Road Campus Library

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Spring Garden Fest: Book Signing on April 25th

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At this year’s Spring Garden Fest, Reynolds’ own Cindy Conner, and author of the new book Seed Libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people, will be signing copies of her book at the Goochland campus library on April 25th from 12 noon to 1:15PM.

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Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. If you already have a copy, bring it to the event for her to sign.  Hope to see you there!

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Local Event: Two Best-Selling YA Authors Coming to Richmond!

ifistayhbGood news for all you YA fanatics!

Next Wednesday, January 28th Fountain Bookstore is hosting a discussion and book signing with bestselling authors Gayle Forman (If I Stay – now a major motion picture!, Just One Day, I Was Here) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, The Scorpio Races, The Shiver Series). They will be discussing their latest books, answering questions, and signing books for fans. (Copies will be available for purchase at the event.)

Date: Wednesday, January 28th
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: Free!
Venue: Richmond Public Library – Main Branch
Address: 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA