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 12th through Saturday, December 17th (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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Library to library outreach: Reynolds librarians present to college-bound seniors at Hermitage High School

Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.
Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.

Denise Woetzel, Information Literacy Librarian, and Suzanne Sherry, Parham Campus Library Coordinator, presented the information session “College Libraries and Research: Top 10 Things to Expect” on December 8, 2014 to students at Hermitage High School.

College-bound senior English students participated in the six sessions, and the Reynolds librarians reached almost 400 students during the event. Students were interested in hearing about college libraries and research, especially the cafes in many large libraries. Students also shared their own experiences visiting other colleges.

Hermitage High School is located near Reynolds Parham Road Campus in Henrico County.

Anita Tarbox, one of the librarians at Hermitage High School, hosted the event. “High School students need help preparing and transitioning academically, particularly with the research skills they will need in college. The advice to ALWAYS ASK your professor or librarian will assist our students as they enter the adult world of college.”

Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School
Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School

Librarians are committed to helping students succeed in high school, college and beyond. Though this collaboration was one small step for librarians, it was one giant leap for student success.

All photographs courtesy of Anita Tarbox.